Richmond Plains Supernova Nelson Sparkling Rosé 2022

January 20, 2023By Yvonne

Richmond Plains Supernova Organic Nelson Sparkling Rose 2022 $25.99 Just like its namesake, this new sparkling wine from one of New Zealand’s pioneering organic wineries delivers an explosion of bright berries, redcurrant, tropical tones and nectarine niceness on both the nose and palate.  It’s plump, plush, silky, creamy and super-succulent to sip no matter the … Read More

Greenhough Apple Valley Riesling 2022

January 20, 2023By Yvonne

Greenhough Apple Valley Nelson Riesling 2022 $25 Every year I marvel at the amount of intense granny smith and jazz-apple crispness and concentrated, spritzy, lime-laden sweetness that Andrew Greenhough and his team manage to cram into this organic wine. Sourced from a tiny, north-facing vineyard on Apple Valley Road (the cutest road name ever) overlooking … Read More

Waimea Nelson Sauvignon Gris 2022

January 20, 2023By Yvonne

Waimea Nelson Sauvignon Gris 2022 $22 Sauvignon gris is a single grape. It’s not, as many people instantly assume, a blend of sauvignon blanc and pinot gris. Sauvignon gris has its home in a tiny ‘department’ called Jura, in western France and it’s famous for producing wines that burst with spiced citrus, feijoas, white strawberries … Read More

Blackenbrook Nelson Pinot Rosé 2022

December 29, 2022By Yvonne

Blackenbrook Nelson Pinot Rosé 2022 $25 I love how this rosé sits up and starts singing from the moment you pour the first glass. Bright pink and bursting with ripe cherry, redcurrant and watermelon notes on the nose and palate, it’s fresh, squeaky-clean and roaring with personality. It’s also got decent weight and presence in … Read More

Blackenbrook Nelson Pinot Gris 2022

December 28, 2022By Yvonne

Blackenbrook Nelson Pinot Gris 2022 $23 Forget about the common description of ‘pear’ for pinot gris, because this wine is the whole darn orchard! Nashi, Golden Delicious apples, quince, yellow pears and hints of peach all feature in this new release grown in the mineral-rich Moutere Clays of Nelson. Dry, deliciously textural and nicely balanced, … Read More

Blackenbrook Family Reserve Nelson Pinot Noir 2020

November 2, 2022By Yvonne

Blackenbrook Family Reserve Nelson Pinot Noir 2020 $44 This new vintage does not disappoint. Bursting with vibrant, forest floor lushness, black tea, tamarillo and taut leather layers on the nose, it opens up in the glass to reveal a solid core of black cherry, cranberry and raspberry. The mouthfeel is ripe and clean with lovely … Read More

Blackenbrook Nelson Pinot Noir 2020

October 31, 2022By Yvonne

Blackenbrook Nelson Pinot Noir 2020 $32 Looking for a woolly, spicy, soothing and plum-stacked pinot noir? Then you’ve rolled your scooter down the right street my friend. Earthy, toasty and oozing personality, it’s the Moutere clay soils which inject massive minerality into the mid-palate and alongside a seam of fruitwood smoke and cocoa. Warming, friendly, … Read More

Blackenbrook Nelson Gewürztraminer 2022

October 27, 2022By Yvonne

Blackenbrook Nelson Gewürztraminer 2022 $22 From Nelson’s famous Moutere Clay soils comes the new vintage of one of my favourite gewürz producers. 2022 was a tricky vintage, but the Blackenbrookers have done an excellent job of creating a clean, spicy-driven, exotically-textured wine showing all the good stuff that we want in good value gewürztraminer. Rose … Read More

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