Wairau River Reserve Grüner Veltliner 2021

January 20, 2023By Yvonne

Wairau River Reserve Marlborough Grüner Veltliner 2021 $29 How’s them apples! This little bit of Austria here in Aotearoa gives an immediate hit of freshly cut apples, lemon pith, yellow plums and wildflowers on the nose and palate making this grüner groovy in all the right places. With a squeak of tarragon and soft, peachy … Read More

Leveret Estate Reserve Hawke’s Bay Merlot Cabernet 2020

January 16, 2023By Yvonne

Leveret Estate Reserve Hawke’s Bay Merlot Cabernet 2020 $25.99 Paired with: The Ultimate Beef Burgers by Annabel Langbein in the NZ Herald Jan 28 2023 Eating burgers isn’t something you can do sexily. Unless you’re Anya Taylor-Joy of course. Her character Margot gets to masticate Chef Slowik’s meaty offering in that mind-bending movie The Menu. … Read More

Mills Reef Reserve Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2022

December 15, 2022By Yvonne

Mills Reef Reserve Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2022 $22 Super-attractive nose showing pear strudel spices and creamy quince and apple notes, soft peach and nutmeggy magic which all flows through onto the palate in a wave of soothing, refreshing, cleansing crispness. It’s a lovely, beautifully balanced style showing layers of stylish complexity and a long … Read More

Mills Reef Reserve Gimblett Gravels Merlot Malbec 2021

December 1, 2022By Yvonne

Mills Reef Reserve Gimblett Gravels Merlot Malbec 2021 $25 One thing will become super-obvious when inhaling the scent of this Bordeaux blend from Hawke’s Bay’s famous Gimblett Gravels region. Meatiness. It’s rich, savoury and roaring with roasting pan juices on the nose. Combine that with dark blueberry, plum, pepper and bay leaf layers, black olive … Read More

Yealands Reserve Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2022

November 11, 2022By Yvonne

Yealands Reserve Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2022 $16 Bright and bouncing with snowpea, watercress, lemongrass and basil notes on the nose, this sauvignon surges with classic citrus and passionfruit power in the mid-palate. It’s upfront, with all guns blazing in terms of mouthfeel and texture, and it’s not subtle in any way. Yealands Estate

Mills Reef Reserve Gimblett Gravels Merlot 2020

September 28, 2022By Yvonne

Mills Reef Reserve Gimblett Gravels Merlot 2020 $22 If there’s a range of wines that consistently, crowd-wowingly over-delivers for the money, it’s the Mills Reef Reserves. 2020 is fast being written into the stone tablets of wine bibles as being an exceptional year for Hawke’s Bay reds and this plump, plush, mouthcoatingly rich and cocoa-crammed … Read More

Yealands Reserve Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2021

June 19, 2022By Yvonne

Yealands Reserve Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2021 $16 If aromatics of bruised basil, lemon zest, passionfruit and hints of jalapeno spin your wheels, then you’ve come to the correct car yard my friend. Classically styled, with citrus and herbaceous heft from woah to go, this is a clean, crunchy-crisp example that will please the crowds or … Read More

Yealands Reserve Marlborough Pinot Noir 2020

June 18, 2022By Yvonne

Yealands Reserve Marlborough Pinot Noir 2020 $27 Red apple, tamarillo and cherry aromatics all wash through onto the palate of this super-smooth pinot noir. Fresh, youthful yet showing some density and weight, and finely tuned tannins to finish. A ribbon of smoke curls around the core of spice rather nicely. Paired with: Indonesian Style Coconut … Read More

Brookfields Reserve Vintage Hawke’s Bay Cabernet Merlot 2019

May 28, 2022By Yvonne

Brookfields Reserve Vintage Hawke’s Bay Cabernet Merlot 2019 $59 Paired with Thyme Roasted Eye Fillet in dish Magazine Issue 104 2022 “Literally the second I began cooking this excellent eye fillet dish I decided to hurtle around my wine cupboard to find that bottle of Brookfields Reserve Vintage Hawke’s Bay Cabernet Merlot 2019 ($59) I’d … Read More

Mills Reef Reserve Gimblett Gravels Syrah 2020

January 16, 2022By Yvonne

Mills Reef Reserve Gimblett Gravels Syrah 2020 $25 When the 2020 grape harvest wrapped up, winemakers were hopping, skipping and clapping about the excellence of it all and right about now the reds being released are absolutely proving that point. This syrah is always exceptional value however 2020 is a squeak above the rest. Bold … Read More