Matahiwi Wild Holly Wairarapa Pinot Noir 2021

August 21, 2022By Yvonne

Matahiwi Wild Holly Wairarapa Pinot Noir 2021 $35-$44 Crafted by winemaker Liam Macklin*,  this wild and woolly pinot has had 3 weeks on skins to extract colour and texture and then aged for 14 months in French oak to inject some smoky tones and according to Liam, it was created with “No additives, no fining, … Read More

Matahiwi Holly Wairarapa Pinot Noir 2019

August 19, 2022By Yvonne

Matahiwi Holly Wairarapa Pinot Noir 2019 $39  What I really enjoy about this wine is its soft, floral aromas, lifted leather and spice layers and slippery, fleshy mouthfeel. It’s silky and lithe and shows lovely restraint and poise. The acidity is energetic and perky, yet the wine is developing some maturity and its tannins are … Read More

Gladstone Wairarapa Pinot Gris 2021

May 26, 2022By Yvonne

Gladstone Vineyard Wairarapa Pinot Gris 2021 $24.99 There’s something in the deep, dry, rocky soils of the ancient terraces of the Ruamahanga River that gives Gladstone Vineyard’s pinot gris its deliciously dry superpowers.  Spice-stacked and mineral-focused, it has a core (scuse the pun) of pear and green apple which provides the spine for crunchy acidity … Read More

Le Grá Wairarapa Sauvignon Blanc 2019

April 20, 2022By Yvonne

Le Grá Wairarapa Sauvignon Blanc 2019 $27 Sauvignon blanc from the Wairarapa is its own beast, floral, feisty and fanging with tree and citrus fruits. This Le Grá boasts fresh green apple, lemongrass and a flicker of feijoa in the mid-palate and followed closely by frisky acidity, a dry, lengthy, textural finish. Clean, lime-laden and … Read More

Gladstone Vineyard Wairarapa Viognier 2019

April 3, 2022By Yvonne

Gladstone Vineyard Wairarapa Viognier 2019 $28.99 The unmistakable aroma of orange zest, apricot and a little jiggle of jasmine tells you that this is going to be a great little viognier. Grown organically on the ancient rocky terraces above the Ruamahanga River, this is an ultra-bright, beautifully balanced example of a variety that’s notoriously difficult … Read More

Gladstone Vineyard Estate Pinot Gris 2019

March 11, 2022By Yvonne

Gladstone Vineyard Estate Pinot Gris 2019 $25 Paired with: Braised Fennel with Lemon in Canvas Magazine in the NZ Herald March 12th 2022 The state of the world is all a bit bung, a bit pakaru and more than a tad huckery right now. So tuck yourself away with a few good friends, bake them … Read More

The Flying Winemaker Wairarapa Pinot Noir 2019

March 11, 2022By Yvonne

The Flying Winemaker Wairarapa Pinot Noir 2019 $29 From winemakers Eddie McDougall and Monty Petrie and their team comes a rhubarb-laced, spice-edged, wild strawberry-stacked pinot noir from their small but perfectly formed vineyard on the Gladstone terraces between Carterton and Martinborough. Soothing textures, easy-like-Sunday-morning tannins and a moreish, meaty note on the finish, makes this … Read More

TeePee Cider The Earl’s Drop Methode Albion Cider 2017

November 30, 2021By Yvonne

TeePee Cider The Earl’s Drop Methode Albion Cider 2017 750ml 6.7% $28 Created by retired radiologist Dr Trevor Fitzjohn ONZM, TeePee is a new artisan cider crafted from a tiny, organic, heritage, cider apple orchard in the Wairarapa. The grass which grows around the trees is kept manicured by the nibbly trimming of ever-present sheep. … Read More

The Flying Winemaker Wairarapa Sauvignon Blanc 2020

November 5, 2021By Yvonne

The Flying Winemaker Wairarapa Sauvignon Blanc 2020 $20 Wairarapa sauvignon blanc is seriously underrated in my book. Its distinctive lemongrass, soft herb, citrus and sweetpea signature is evident in this example by winemaker Eddie McDougall. Juicy, plush and layered with lemon and apple characters, it’ll bring the grins. Gladstone Vineyard

Gladstone Vineyard Wairarapa Pinot Noir 2019

November 2, 2021By Yvonne

Gladstone Vineyard Wairarapa Pinot Noir 2019 $36 A stylishly savoury pinot noir that’s been grown organically and carefully shepherded into the bottle by Ollie Wylie and Chief Winemaker Eddie McDougall, this is a style that is absolutely classic Gladstone. Cherry, tamarillo and dried herb layers wash across deliciously dusty tannins and compliment its supple acidity. … Read More