Chard Farm Finla Mor Central Otago Pinot Noir 2019

May 3, 2021By Yvonne

Chard Farm Finla Mor Central Otago Pinot Noir 2019 $42 Clearly the gods were happy with the Chard Farmers because they’ve given them a blessed vintage in 2019. Sourcing fruit for the Finla Mor from fruit grown in the deep schist soils of Lowburn and Parkburn subregions of Cromwell, the vineyards are hand harvested in … Read More

Otu Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2020

April 19, 2021By Yvonne

Otu Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2020 $20 Lightly structured, lean and edged with soft peachy tones, a hint of popcorn and light lemony notes. It’s a simple, shippable, clean, non-confronting style. http://www.otuwine.com

Abbey Estate Hawke’s Bay Petit Verdot 2019

April 17, 2021By Yvonne

Abbey Estate Hawke’s Bay Petit Verdot 2019 $25 Paired with: Sticky Stir Fried Beef with greens and noodles (Dish Magazine Issue 97 2021) Increase the yum-ness of this satisfyingly sticky, spicy beef with a great slurp of the lovely new Abbey Estate Obsession Hawke’s Bay Petit Verdot 2019 ($25). Grown in the iron-rich soils of … Read More

Carrick Organic Central Otago Sauvignon Blanc 2019

April 17, 2021By Yvonne

Carrick Organic Central Otago Sauvignon Blanc 2019 $25 Paired with Salmon, potato, green olive and fennel tray bake (dish issue 97 2021) It’s the piquancy (love that word) of the green olives and the herby-anise-y notes in the fennel which make this dish sing with the Carrick Central Otago Organic Sauvignon Blanc 2019 ($25). With lemongrass, … Read More

Hunter’s Marlborough Pinot Gris 2020

April 17, 2021By Yvonne

Hunter’s Marlborough Pinot Gris 2020 $19.90 Vegan-Friendly certified, this dry, spice-stacked Pinot Gris get’s its layers of character from a combo of barrel and tank fermentation. On the nose and palate you can expect quince, hints of appleskin and nashi, yet it has a strong, mineral-focused backbone and a long cleansing finish. It’s definitely not … Read More

Zephyr Organic Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2020

April 6, 2021By Yvonne

Zephyr Organic Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2020 $23 Certified organic and seriously smashable, this shiny new release from the Glover Family of the Dillons Point subregion, is a lipsmackingly lush, lemongrassy lovely that pings around the palate with basil, tomato leaf, red capsicum and a squeak of sexy, salty, upper-lip sweat. The acidity is zesty and … Read More

Te Kano Central Otago Pinot Noir 2018

March 10, 2021By Yvonne

Te Kano Central Otago Pinot Noir 2018 $49 The international buzz for this wine is the equivalent of pouring Phar Lap, Lorraine Downes, Rod & Rach, Richie McCaw, LOTR and Lucy Lawless into a bottle and basking in the glory. Boasting concentrated cherry, powerful plum, saucy spices and dried herb complexity, it’s no wonder it … Read More

Hunter’s Offshoot Marlborough Chardonnay 2018

March 7, 2021By Yvonne

Hunter’s Offshoot Marlborough Chardonnay 2018 $34.90 I thought the previous vintage of this wine was pretty hard to beat, but I tell you now, this 2018 is an absolute knee-quaker, brain-shaker and rib-rattler of a wine. For a wine that proudly declares it’s ‘off-shootness’ it’s made with precision and extraordinary care. Cloudy juice was fermented … Read More

Ash Ridge Premium Bridge Pa Triangle Malbec 2018

March 2, 2021By Yvonne

Ash Ridge Premium Bridge Pa Triangle Malbec 2018 $32 Black Doris, Omega and Damson plums are all fighting for space in this dark, glossy, thing of goodness. Malbec is the signature red of Argentina, yet it’s clearly made a happy home at Ash Ridge in the sunbaked soils of Hawke’s Bay’s Bridge Pa Triangle sub-region. … Read More

Greystone Organic Waipara Valley Chardonnay 2019

March 1, 2021By Yvonne

Greystone Organic Waipara Valley Chardonnay 2019 $42 This is the real deal if you’re a fan of coconut, roast pineapple, vanilla and peachy vavoom, then this is your plucky, plush poison. Certified organic and crafted by the ultra-talented Dom Maxwell, this peaches and cream-fest of a chardonnay is juicy, layered with soft almond and nougat … Read More