Urlar Gladstone Pinot Gris 2018

April 17, 2021By Yvonne

Urlar Gladstone Pinot Gris 2018 $25 Organically and Biodynamically grown and tended by viticulturist Bevan Lambess, and crafted into wine by Jannine Rickards, this wild, wooly and mineral-edged Pinot Gris will definitely appeal to those who prefer their gris on the dry side. 12% of the blend went in as ripe bunches that were fermented … 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

Matahiwi Estate ME Wairarapa Pinot Gris 2020

June 20, 2020By Yvonne

Matahiwi Estate ME Wairarapa Pinot Gris 2020 $13 If you’re looking for a burst of sweet florals, peachy punch, apple, pear and yellow plum notes – then the tribe has spoken!  No frills, fresh and fabulous, this is a dangerously sippable, neat-as-a-pin, plucky little pinot gris that’ll wow the crowds. http://www.matahiwi.co.nz

Matahiwi Estate ME Wairarapa rosé 2020

June 16, 2020By Yvonne

Matahiwi Estate ME Wairarapa rosé 2020 $13 For starters the colour of this rosé is BEYOND glorious.  How to describe it?  It almost glows in the dark, it’s so luminously pink, it’s practically Pantone 673.  Scented with creaming soda, candy floss and raspberry buns and delectably dry on the palate.  Raspberry, cherry, white pepper and … Read More

Lime Hill Vineyard Wairarapa Pinot Noir 2018

May 19, 2020By Yvonne

Fans of discovering all that’s new and groovy in the local wine scene will want to fill their boots with the newest little hero in the Wairarapa, Lime Hill.  It’s a small but perfectly formed joint wine venture of Karl Johner of Johner Estate in Gladstone with his winemaker Raphael Burki. Located on a hillside … Read More

Lime Hill Vineyard Wairarapa Chardonnay 2018

May 19, 2020By Yvonne

Fans of discovering all that’s new and groovy in the local wine scene will want to fill their boots with the newest little hero in the Wairarapa, Lime Hill.  It’s a small but perfectly formed joint wine venture of Karl Johner of Johner Estate in Gladstone with his winemaker Raphael Burki. Located on a hillside … Read More

Matahiwi Holly South Series Wairarapa Chardonnay 2019

May 4, 2020By Yvonne

Matahiwi Holly South Series Wairarapa Chardonnay 2019 $24 Matahiwi means ‘raised ridge’ in Maori, and it’s named for the landform on Paierua Road where the vineyard and winery are located. ‘Holly’ is a wine that I eagerly anticipate every year because it indicates a step up from Matahiwi’s normal chardonnay (and they’re always pretty impressive … Read More

Cottier Gladstone Pinot Noir 2016

April 28, 2020By Yvonne

Cottier Gladstone Pinot Noir 2016 $28.50 Grown on that famous stretch of Wairarapa wine country, Dakins Road, this pinot noir captures the classic liquorice character which glows in many Gladstone district examples.  It boasts an earthy backbone, loads of savoury character and a tonne of spice to cloak powdery tannins.  Cherry and wild rhubarb dominate … Read More