Esk Valley Artisanal Collection Hawke’s Bay Gamay Noir 2020

June 18, 2021By Yvonne

Esk Valley Artisanal Collection Hawke’s Bay Gamay Noir 2020 $25 With less than 5 ha of gamay (full name Gamay Noir à Jus Blanc) planted in all New Zealand, it’s one of the rarest styles seen in our market. It’s mainly recognised as the red grape grown in Beaujolais to make their famously fresh, juicy, lightly-styled signature … Read More

Loveblock Marlborough Pinot Gris 2020

May 27, 2021By Yvonne

Loveblock Marlborough Pinot Gris 2020 $22 This certified organic gris drives down the dry side of the street and leaves a cloud of nashi, jazz apple, quince and a sprinkle of nutmeg in it’s wake. Crisp, clean and flooded with character, it’s a great little example from the talents of Kim and Erica Crawford, grown … Read More

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