Moutere Hills Nelson Viognier 2020

August 23, 2022By Yvonne

Moutere Hills Nelson Viognier 2020 $45 Leaning toward the mineral, dry end of the spectrum, this viognier has a very subtle nose yet unveils ginger, nutmeg and a hit of mineral-edged chalkiness on the finish. Lacks the classic stonefruit, jasmine and citrus oil notes that viognier is famous for, but will appeal to those who … Read More

St Pauli Vineyard Moutere Chardonnay 2020

August 16, 2022By Yvonne

St Pauli Vineyard Moutere Chardonnay 2020 $23 This tiny property is owned by Robyn Reid (a midwife) and her husband Gareth (a roofer), ex-pats from the UK, who opted to scoot to the other side of the world in 2017 to have babies and immerse themselves in the much more stressful life of learning to … Read More

St Pauli Vineyard Moutere Pinot Noir 2019

August 16, 2022By Yvonne

St Pauli Vineyard Moutere Pinot Noir 2019 $35 Fresh and spicy, this Moutere-grown pinot noir is a first for the folk at St Pauli and it’s already winning fans in the wine sphere. Showing hedgerow fruits, redcurrant and black guava on the nose and palate, fine sandy tannins, cheek-puckering textures and excellent length of flavour, … Read More

Richmond Plains Organic Nelson Sauvignon Blanc 2021

August 11, 2022By Yvonne

Richmond Plains Organic Nelson Sauvignon Blanc 2021 $22 I’m loving that this sauvignon is subtle and softly herbaceous on the nose (tomato leaf and basil anyone?) and gently zesty on the palate rather than punching you in the face with those boring, blousy-sweet passionfruit and lemonade layers that many commercial examples flout. I’m now also … Read More

Richmond Plains Nelson Blanc de Noir 2021

July 29, 2022By Yvonne

Richmond Plains Nelson Blanc de Noir 2021 $25.99 Crafted from certified organic pinot noir grapes, this blanc de noir (white from dark) wine has an incredibly attractive aroma of citrus blossom, white strawberry and soft almond notes alongside a zesty, deeply complex apple and pear-packed palate. Hand-picked and gently whole-bunch pressed to minimise any colour … Read More

Te Mania Nelson Pinot Gris 2021

February 23, 2022By Yvonne

Te Mania Nelson Pinot Gris 2021 $22 If you dust some ripe pears in nutmeg and poach them in citrus and inhale the result then you’ll have something resembling this frisky-fresh pinot gris. Punchy, nashi and white peach flavours in the mid-palate – bright, energetic, with great tension and verve. Excellent length of flavour and … Read More

Te Mania Nelson Riesling 2021

February 23, 2022By Yvonne

Te Mania Nelson Riesling 2021 $22 Wow – hows the grapefruity intensity of this wine?? It’s so chock full of citrus, there’s a lime and mandarin overload, stacks of acidity and gum tingling length of flavour. Good value for money. Te Mania

Blackenbrook Family Reserve Nelson Pinot Noir 2019

December 5, 2021By Yvonne

Blackenbrook Family Reserve Nelson Pinot Noir 2019 $45 I can totally see why this wine made the cut for Ursual and Daniel Swarzenbach’s Family Reserve – clearly 2019 was a year where Tāwhirimātea, Māori god of the weather, gave out the good behaviour awards to their vines. The resulting wine is plucky, plush and showing … Read More

Blackenbrook Nelson Chardonnay 2019

December 3, 2021By Yvonne

Blackenbrook Nelson Chardonnay 2019 $23 Bright roasted peach and pineapple on the nose combine with toasted almond and creme caramel characters to create a seductively sippable chardonnay that’s juicy and soothing and rewarding. Fresh, frisky and stacked with stonefruit. Delicious! Blackenbrook

Blackenbrook Nelson Gewürztraminer 2021

December 3, 2021By Yvonne

Blackenbrook Nelson Gewürztraminer 2021 $23 Is there anything the Schwarzenbach’s can’t do? If you’re looking for fragrant and fancy gewürz, then this is your ticket to a grin. Ginger, citrus zest, lychee, toffee notes and taut tropical fruit on the finish – it’s crunchy-fresh and fabulous. Made by ex-chemist-microbiologist Daniel Schwarzenbach and his wife Ursula, … Read More