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

Blackenbrook Nelson Pinot Blanc 2021

November 28, 2021By Yvonne

Blackenbrook Nelson Pinot Blanc 2021 $29 Remember the greatest gifts you ever got? A BMX, a Barbie, a G.I Joe, an Atari2600, a fishing rod and that awesome DIY tattoo gun? Well the joy that this delicious sip delivers, is just like turning seven and getting a recorder and a walkie talkie for your birthday. … Read More

Brightwater Vineyards Nelson Sauvignon Blanc 2021

November 14, 2021By Yvonne

Brightwater Vineyards Nelson Sauvignon Blanc 2021 $20 Imagine flinging some basil, lime zest, peapods, passionfruit pulp, lemongrass and tomato leaves into the kitchen whizz, blitzing it all up and slathering it all over your visage like a citrusy, herbaceous beauty mask. It’ll lift the jowels, close the pores, tighten the cheeks, and elevate the eyebrows … Read More

Blackenbrook Nelson Sauvignon Blanc 2021

October 7, 2021By Yvonne

Blackenbrook Nelson Sauvignon Blanc 2021 $20 This wine has some serious pedigree and it’s not only one of Nelson’s finest examples, it’s also one of the greatest $20 sauvignon blancs in the country. I say this because it’s so powerfully aromatic, with lemongrass, lime zest, sweet pea and tropical intensity on the nose and palate. … Read More

Brightwater Gravels Nelson Pinot Gris 2020

October 4, 2021By Yvonne

Brightwater Gravels Nelson Pinot Gris 2020 $18 Incredible value for money right here in this perky, plush, pear and apple-packed pinot gris from Nelson. Crisp, punchy, pure and licked with citrus and soft spices, it’s got ‘crowd pleaser’ and’ spring wedding’ written all over it. Clean, balanced and with a squeak of sweetness, it delivers … Read More

Blackenbrook Family Reserve Nelson Gewürztraminer 2019

October 1, 2021By Yvonne

Blackenbrook Family Reserve Nelson Gewürztraminer 2019 $30 The thing I love about this wine is its cool, calm mood. Unlike a lot of gewürztraminer styles that are all jazz hands and stage voice, brash, blousy and wearing way too much perfume. This new release rolls out subtle ginger, rosewater and musky spices on the nose … Read More

Anchorage Family Estate Nelson Pinot Gris 2021

September 22, 2021By Yvonne

Anchorage Family Estate Nelson Pinot Gris 2021 $17 Eyepoppingly pretty, diamond-bright and flecked with white gold, this shiny, new example of Nelsonian niceness is an exotically proportioned, nashi and apple strudel-spiced thing of beauty. It’s bodacious, luscious and laced with a ribbon of natural sweetness which accentuates the apple and nutmeg notes on the finish … Read More

Brightwater Vineyard Nelson Chardonnay 2020

September 14, 2021By Yvonne

Brightwater Vineyards Nelson Chardonnay 2020 $27 Lifted and lemony on the nose, this elegantly styled new release from one of our long-time WineFriend loves, is edged with roast cashews and nougat niceness. There’s a lick of smoke, an edge of grilled nectarine and a lush, peachy palate. Great late afternoon sip. Brightwater Vineyards