Māori Point Barrel Reserve Central Otago Pinot Noir Rosè 2021

July 24, 2022By Yvonne

Māori Point Barrel Reserve Central Otago Pinot Noir Rosè 2021 $39 If you’re looking for a bright, fruity, lightly-styled rosé then pull over, indicate right and do a u-turn because this complex, multi-textural, slightly smoky rosé will take you in a different direction entirely. Winemaker Matt Evans has fashioned this from 100% hand-harvested Pinot Noir grapes … Read More

Church Road 1 Single Vineyard Gimblett Gravels Malbec 2020

October 26, 2021By Yvonne

Church Road 1 Single Vineyard Gimblett Gravels Malbec 2020 $120 Cropped to just one bunch per shoot, a very meagre amount equating to roughly 1.2 – 1.3kg of fruit per 1m of canopy, it’s no wonder the wine smells and tastes so densely concentrated. Soft, suede-like tannins cloak a core of seasoned leather, graphite, smoky … Read More

Whitehaven Greg Single Vineyard Awatere Valley Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2020

January 22, 2021By Yvonne

Whitehaven Greg Single Vineyard Awatere Valley Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2020 $28 Named after the late Greg White, Whitehaven’s co-founder, the ‘Greg’ range of wines are only created when the fruit is absolutely perfect and are made by winemaker Diana Katardzhieva. The 2020 is pretty darn delicious and absolutely stacked with citrus, lemongrass, crushed basil … Read More

Villa Maria Single Vineyard Seddon Marlborough Pinot Gris 2019

January 5, 2021By Yvonne

Villa Maria Single Vineyard Seddon Marlborough Pinot Gris 2019 $29 So beautifully balanced it’s like a ballerina tiptoeing in pointe shoes across your tongue on a tightrope. Aromatically it delivers fresh nashi and yellow plum perfume in spades, while the cleansing, juicy, white nectarine notes wash soothingly over the palate and leave a lengthy, textural … Read More

Yealands Single Vineyard Awatere Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2020

December 31, 2020By Yvonne

Yealands Single Vineyard Awatere Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2020 $24.95 Grown in their Seaview Vineyard on the wild and windy coastline south of Blenheim and just over the Wither Hills, the grapes here throw all their energy into creating tiny, flavour-packed berries which have a unique floral and apple-like character that’s quite different to sauvignon grown … Read More

Matawhero Single Vineyard Gisborne Gewürztraminer 2020

December 17, 2020By Yvonne

Matawhero Single Vineyard Gisborne Gewürztraminer 2020 $23.99 It is super-easy to see how this wine, in its short lifespan, has made such an impact out there among gewurz-hounds. It boasts beautiful top notes of classic lychee, white peach, pear and honeysuckle, while on the palate it reveals crisp, clean, juicy stone fruit and spice saturation. … Read More

Eaton Thistle Hill Single Vineyard Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2018

May 26, 2020By Yvonne

Eaton Thistle Hill Single Vineyard Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2018 $48 The Hickman family have been growing grapes on their farm ‘Taimate’ since 2006, and their sauvignon has been singled out by winemaker Mike Eaton as being ‘so good, it deserves ‘single vineyard’ status.’ Delicately hand-harvested, the whole bunches are gently squashed in a traditional basket-press … Read More

Sacred Hill Single Vineyard Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2018

September 11, 2019By Yvonne

Sacred Hill Single Vineyard Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2018 $25 Sourced from their ‘Riflemans’ vineyard (which is fast becoming known as a national treasure) this new chardonnay ticks all the boxes for fruit weight, bright acidity, caramelised, coconutty oak and citrus complexity in the mid-palate and finish.  It’s richly structured, toasty and shows a whisker of … Read More

Sacred Hill Single Vineyard Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2018

September 2, 2019By Yvonne

Sacred Hill Single Vineyard Marlborough Pinot Noir 2018 $27.99 Brand new from one of New Zealand’s best-loved brands, is this ‘single vineyard’ range which includes chardonnay and syrah to join this little lovely.  This pinot noir is juicy juicy juicy.  And despite its relatively pale colour, it heaves with cherry, wild raspberry and red fruit … Read More

Giesen Waihopai Single Vineyard Selection Pinot Noir 2014

August 8, 2018By Yvonne

Giesen Waihopai Single Vineyard Selection Pinot Noir 2014 $60 Individually numbered, heavy-duty, black glass bottles were made of this powerfully built pinot noir and if I were able I’d be filling my cellar with them.  Perfumed with raspberry leaf, wild cherry and baked, balsamic strawberry notes, there’s a lovely dried herb layer, hints of cola … Read More