Te Mata Estate Awatea Cabernets Merlot 2020

December 8, 2022By Yvonne

Te Mata Estate Awatea Cabernets Merlot 2020 $40 If I were in a hostage situation and the gunman said “Somebody better tell me what’s the greatest local Bordeaux-style red wine that I can buy for under fifty bucks, in the next five seconds or the granny gets it!” I would be hollering “Te Mata Awatea … Read More

Mills Reef Reserve Gimblett Gravels Merlot Malbec 2021

December 1, 2022By Yvonne

Mills Reef Reserve Gimblett Gravels Merlot Malbec 2021 $25 One thing will become super-obvious when inhaling the scent of this Bordeaux blend from Hawke’s Bay’s famous Gimblett Gravels region. Meatiness. It’s rich, savoury and roaring with roasting pan juices on the nose. Combine that with dark blueberry, plum, pepper and bay leaf layers, black olive … Read More

Forrest Estate Marlborough Albariño 2022

September 20, 2022By Yvonne

Forrest Estate Marlborough Albariño 2022 $28 Ultra-vibrant nectarine, apple, lime and white peach will up and punch you in the kisser with every sip. The acidity is whipcrack sharp, like swallowing a sword, yet the underlying citrus and peachy plushness smooths and soothes it all out. It’s like an incredibly tasty exfoliation for your oesophagus … Read More

Bald Hills Last Light Central Otago Riesling 2021

September 12, 2022By Yvonne

Bald Hills Last Light Central Otago Riesling 2021 $30 At a positively demure 11.5% alcohol this riesling romps in with magic mandarin and apple aromatics, a palate draped in honeysuckle and a finish that’s laced with fresh lime layers. A lick of grapefruit and a teensy tweak of creamy nougat features in the background, making … Read More

Pegasus Bay Waipara Valley Merlot Cabernet 2019

August 21, 2022By Yvonne

Pegasus Bay Waipara Valley Merlot Cabernet 2019 $34 Three years on from harvest and this soothing, saucy Bordeaux-style blend is soothing, lithe, cocoa and coffee-edged. A saucy blend of merlot, cabernet sauvignon, malbec and cabernet franc, it was aged in French oak for 18 months (25% of the barrels were new) which encouraged the wine … Read More

Piwakawaka Gisborne Viognier 2020

August 21, 2022By Yvonne

Piwakawaka Gisborne Viognier 2020 $25-$28 It’s tricky striking the balance between fruit sweetness and acid tension, but Kristin and Steve Parkes reckon they’ve cracked it. They were landed with 2ha of viognier in front of a home they’d bought back in 2013  and that catapulted them into the crazy world of winegrowing. The grapes are … Read More

Valli Waitaki Vineyard North Otago Pinot Gris 2021

August 21, 2022By Yvonne

Valli Waitaki Vineyard North Otago Pinot Gris 2021 $34.50 White gold and gleaming in the glass, this snappy-fresh pinot gris has green pear, baked apple, tweaks of ginger, spice and white peach. Crafted by Jen Parr, it’s an intense style, with slight herbaceous notes, white pepper and a complex, dry. slightly saline mouthfeel. Valli Wine

Monowai Hawke’s Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2022

August 21, 2022By Yvonne

Monowai Hawke’s Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2022 $24.99 Emma Lowe and her husband Marcello are the super-talented duo who craft this crisp, clean, troptastic sauvignon blanc in their small but perfectly formed winery waaay out on Matapiro Road in Hawke’s Bay’s Crownthorpe district. The stones are so big in the vineyards out there, the locals call … Read More

Te Mata Elston Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2020

August 21, 2022By Yvonne

Te Mata Elston Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2020 $37-$43 There’s a reason why 2020 will go down as one of the greatest Hawke’s Bay vintages of the century. Not just that somehow during a nationwide lockdown and under incredibly tricky, worker safety conditions, did the wines even get made – but the ripening season was a … Read More

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