Bald Hills Last Light Bannockburn Riesling 2019

July 3, 2021By Yvonne

Bald Hills Last Light Bannockburn Riesling 2019 $30 Erupting with crisp, sweet apple, lemonade, lime curd and honeysuckle, this new vintage of Last Light is an absolute cracker. Weighing in at a demure 11.7%, and showing intense mandarin, honey and peachy punch, it’s made by riesling legend Pete Bartle  and sourced from Bald Hills’ Bannockburn … Read More

Yealands Single Vineyard Marlborough PGR 2020

June 17, 2021By Yvonne

Yealands Single Vineyard Marlborough PGR 2020 $26 The nose is a tsunami of apricot, jasmine, ginger, nashi and lychee-laden loveliness and it all washes across the palate like a spring tide. This has always been one of my favourite blended whites because it has something for everyone, delicious balance and firm, generous textures on the … Read More

Claymore Superstition Reserve Clare Valley Riesling 2018

November 26, 2020By Yvonne

Claymore Superstition Reserve Clare Valley Riesling 2018 $29.99 Sourced from old vines growing in Watervale, one of South Australia’s premier riesling sites, this wine erupts with green apple and chalky, limestone and lemongrassy aromatics and shows lipsmackingly lime-laden dryness on the palate. Clean, crunchy-fresh and injecting a mouthwatering succulence into your smacker. http://www.winecentral.co.nz

Bald Hills Last Light Single Vineyard Central Otago Riesling 2018

November 23, 2020By Yvonne

$28 If winemaker Pete Bartle ever makes a riesling that isn’t exceptionally balanced and beautiful then I want to know about it. Sourced from a single hectare of vines grown in the Bald Hills Bannockburn site that are planted in such a way as to soak up the very last rays of the late afternoon … Read More

Whitehaven Marlborough Riesling 2018

October 28, 2020By Yvonne

Whitehaven Marlborough Riesling 2018 $21.99 While it says on the back label that it’s made in a ‘dry’ style, it actually has a squeak of sweetness which accentuates the soft apple and lime notes in this refreshing wine. It’s quaffably tasty, not overly complex, but will work nicely with classic butter chicken or sweet and … Read More

Rock Ferry Trig Hill Central Otago Riesling 2016

October 1, 2020By Yvonne

Rock Ferry Trig Hill Central Otago Riesling 2016 $33 This organic riesling absolutely roars with baked apple, crisp lime and loads of quartzy minerality. The acidity is pinging on the palate, there’s a tonne of tangelo and mandarin magic and loads of green apple characters crash through onto the finish as well. It’s a long-term … Read More

Paulownia Estate Wairarapa Riesling 2014

August 6, 2020By Yvonne

Paulownia Estate Wairarapa Riesling 2014 $18 Golden in the glass and showing some classic dry riesling aromatics of apple and lime, toast and honey, however, it’s begun to lose its mid-palate freshness.  Broadening out in the mouth, unfortunately.  It’s an ok thing to drink, but sadly not as vibrant as I’m sure it once was. … Read More

Paulownia Estate Wairarapa Riesling 2015

August 6, 2020By Yvonne

Paulownia Estate Wairarapa Riesling 2015 $20 Fans of riesling that rolls on the dry side of the disco floor need to hurtle on over to the glass cabinet and pour themselves a splash of this asap.  With classic lime and creamed honey notes on the nose, on the palate it becomes lovely and lean and … Read More

Paulownia Estate Wairarapa Riesling 2016

August 6, 2020By Yvonne

Paulownia Estate Wairarapa Riesling 2016 $20 It’s a smash-up of citrus and beeswax and ripe limes drizzled with honey and mandarin juice and how good does that sound!  Probably as good as it tastes.  Four years on and it’s really beginning to come into its own with a full, creamy character in the mid-palate and … Read More

Black Peak Central Otago Riesling 2017

July 15, 2020By Yvonne

Black Peak Central Otago Riesling 2017 $26 As the great poet and fashion icon Axle Rose once said, “Welcome to the Jungle”. Each sniff and sip of this Central Otago sensation contains a riot of citrus and tropical terrificness. Crafted by the criminally talented and not unhandsome James McElrea, this riesling heaves with honeysuckle and … Read More