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

Matahiwi Wild Holly Pinot Noir 2019 $45

February 12, 2020By Yvonne

Matahiwi Wild Holly Pinot Noir 2019 $45 (to be released) Crafted by winemaker Ben McNab, this new vintage of the ‘Wild Holly’ is a step off the footpath and into the rugged, tufty, terrain on the outside of the norm.  Whole clusters of hand-harvested berries were sorted, gently transferred to an open-top fermenter, then punched-down … Read More

Loopline Vineyard Wairarapa Pinot Noir 2018

October 19, 2019By Yvonne

Loopline Vineyard Wairarapa Pinot Noir 2018 $22 (not released, may be in new label) Bright ruby colour, intensely aromatic, clove, alspice, nutmeg, black tea, cocoa and wild cherry, solid acidity, tree bark, slight salinity, earthy edge yet has truckloads of flavour and a deep, dried herb, pepper – loads of good stuff here!  It’s perfumed … Read More

Loopline Vineyard Wairarapa Pinot Gris 2018

October 19, 2019By Yvonne

Loopline Vineyard Wairarapa Pinot Gris 2018 $20 Grown just outside of Masterton on the Opaki Plains, this pinot gris is creamy-textured, yet dry and deliciously complex.  Full and generously proportioned on the palate, with gum-tingling acidity and great length of flavour – the apple, quince and baked peach notes shine through.  Love it!