JB’s Wine Reviews 2019


Wines Tasted During 2019

Here is a list of all the wines I tasted and reviewed in 2019 – feel free to browse and if there are any you’d like to try, just click the link for each wine to visit the producer’s website. Wines listed in order of tasting with the latest first. Cheers, JB

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DECEMBER

Villa Maria ‘Cellar Selection’ Merlot 2018, Hawke’s Bay NZ
Deep purple with violet hues. Fragrant nose of dark berries, plum and blackcurrant leaf aromas. Layered palate with concentrated black berry-fruit and plum flavours, grippy tannin / oak textures, and a long warming finish. Very drinkable even on a summer’s eve. Gold Medal – Hawkes Bay Bayley A&P Wine Awards 2019 RRP:$19.00 https://www.villamariawines.com/

Saint Clair ‘James Sinclair’ Chardonnay 2018 Marlborough NZ
Gorgeous lemon-gold in colour, fragrant nose of fresh baked bread, tropical fruit and oak spice – Barrel ferment, malo and lees influence quite evident on the palate – weighty, creamy and vibrant fruit flavours, well balanced and integrated, layers of complexity – love to see in 3 or 4 years. Highly recommended – Gold medal at the New World Wine Awards. RRP:$21.00 https://saintclair.co.nz/

Eaton Wines Sauvignon Blanc 2018 – Awatere – Flaxbourne, Marlborough NZ
Pungent & powerful – full blown oaked savvy in a chardonnay style. Bright lemon gold in colour with a rich nose of stonefruit, fine oak, baked bread and vanilla notes. Fabulously complex palate with lots going on. Great weight / mouthfeel with ripe tart grapefruit flavours, richly textured, nutty, spicy, beautifully integrated with a long dry but full flavoured finish – This is my favourite wine of the year so far! Thanks Michael and Harrison… 14.0% ABV RRP: $39.00 https://eatonwines.nz/

Te Awa ‘Left Field’ Albarino 2018 Gisborne NZ
Bright lemon gold in colour, fresh floral nose of citrus and stonefruit lead into a succulenty palate of ripe peach, nectarine and a hint of spicyness. Lovely textured wine with crisp acidity and a long limey finish. RRP:$18.00 https://teawacollection.com/

Matahiwi Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2019, Wairarapa NZ
Very pale straw coloured. Gorgeous aromatic nose of tart citrus and fresh cut grass. Gooseberry, passionfruit and ripe limes on the palate – very fruit driven, crisp, clean intense flavours, with a zesty, mouthwatering finish. Yum. 12.0% ABV RRP:$23.00 – GOLD at the New World Wine Awards 2019 https://matahiwi.co.nz/

Mélange Sauvignon Blanc 2019 Marlborough NZ
First Natural wine from Harrison Eaton – Hazey golden lemon coloured with slightly oily viscosity. Very shy nose at first with grapefruit and stonefruit coming through as it opens up. Lovely balanced palate with grapefruit pith and lime acidity, creamy textured mouth-feel and a very long juicy, slightly tart finish – Great stuff! Wild ferment, 75% tank ferment, 25% barrel fermented, full malolactic fermentation in both tank & barrel portions. About 4-6hrs on skins prior to whole bunch manual basket press. Unfined & unfiltered, no additives. Small amount of sulphur added prior to bottling. RRP: $30.00

Spade Oak ‘Voysey’ Rosé – Tempranillo 2019, Gisborne NZ
Pale watermelon / copper pink in colour. Sweet red berries & confectionary on the nose. Medium bodied with bright raspberry / red currant flavours on the palate, creamy mouthfeel, spritzy acidity and texture, long off dry finish. Lovely summer sipping with a Mediterranean style platter. RRP: $19.00 https://www.spadeoak.co.nz/

Spade Oak “Voysey” Sauvignon Blanc 2019 Gisborne NZ
Gisborne Savvy! Very pale straw in colour with a hint of pale green – Immediately there’s green tomato stalk & stonefruit / tropical fruit aromas in the nose. Vibrant palate with grapefruit and lemon flavours, wonderfully textured, juicy acidity, long slightly tart finish – very moreish! RRP:$19.00 https://www.spadeoak.co.nz/

Spade Oak ‘Voysey’ Pinot Gris 2019, Gisborne NZ
Slightly oily viscosity with a light golden / onion skin colour. Fragrant floral nose with spice, apple and peach notes. Punchy acidity with sweet pear, apple and stonefruit flavours on the palate, nicely textured and a long, spicy dry finish. Very tasty and great value. RRP:$19.00
https://www.spadeoak.co.nz/


NOVEMBER

Madam Sass Pinot Noir Rosé 2019, Central Otago NZ
Shiny salmon pink in colour. Lovely summer berry nose with a hint of confectionary, smoker lollies? Juicy fruit-forward wine with raspberry, strawberry flavours and spice on the palate. Nice crunchy acidity / textural elements end in a long tasty finish.RRP: $25.00

Summerhouse Pinot Gris 2019, Blind River, Marlborough NZ
Soft lemon gold with hint of onion skin in colour. Immediate waft of spice and fresh pears in the nose with a hint of nectarine. Rich textured palate of pear, stone-fruit and ginger flavours, slightly tart acidity leading into a long off dry, juicy finish. Quite delish actually! RRP: $19.00 https://www.summerhouse.co.nz/

Summerhouse Sauvignon Blanc 2019, Marlborough NZ
Light straw coloured with a pale green tinge. Vibrant nose of tropical & citrus fruit with a green herb / tomato stalk note. Ripe stone-fruit flavours with an intense grapefruit / lime citrus on the palate, bright acidity, full of flavour with a delicious long puckering finish. RRP:$19.00 https://www.summerhouse.co.nz/

Summerhouse Chardonnay 2018, Marlborough NZ
Bright lemon gold in colour. Ripe stonefruit & tropical fruit aromas in the nose with just a hint of oak. Mouth-filling palate of ripe apricot & nectarine flavours, fresh lemony citrus acidity, richly textured with a long juicy finish. A lovely lightly oaked chardy for summer seafood matching. RRP:$19.00 https://www.summerhouse.co.nz/

Mount Michael ‘The Mountaineer’ Pinot Noir 2017, Central Otago NZ
Deep cherry red medium bodied wine – vibrant fresh herbal nose with spiced plum & cherry fruit aromas. Ripe cherry and plum flavours on the palate with a bright acidity, soft silky tannins and a very fruit forward long finish. Amazing value, very affordable Central Otago Pinot! RRP:$30.00 https://www.mountmichaelwines.com/

Mount Michael ‘The Mountaineer’ Pinot Noir Rosé 2019, Central Otago NZ
Copper / pink in colour. Lighter bodied. The nose is bursting with summer strawberry and raspberry notes. Crisp and grippy palate with lots of ripe stonefruit, red berry flavours and an almost spritzy acidity that’s very refreshing indeed. Summer in a glass! RRP:$25.00 https://www.mountmichaelwines.com/

Mount Michael “The Mountaineer” Pinot Gris 2019, Central Otago NZ
Pale Straw coloured wine, with a fragrant nose of tart citrus & granny smith apples. Lovely textured palate with nashi pear, spice, green apple & lemony citrus acidity. Juicy long finish with lots of flavour. The first wine tasted from this new label / range – off to a great start! RRP:$25.00 https://www.mountmichaelwines.com/

Giesen Wines “The Sister’s Land” Riesling Blush – 2019, Marlborough NZ
Riesling with a splash of Syrah – Shiny pale watermelon coloured with a floral nose of summer berries, lemons and tangelos. The palate is vibrant, juicy and full of lemon / lime acidity soft juicy berry flavours and a hint of spice. Textured, medium dry finish. A lovely surprise Rosé / Blush! Yummy Summer sipper! RRP:$17.00 – https://giesen.co.nz/

Giesen ‘Gemstone’ Riesling 2018, Marlborough NZ
Three parcels of Riesling fermented in Granite tanks, French oak barrels & stainless steel, rested on lees, blended then bottled. Pale lemon gold in colour, fragrant floral nose with citrus notes – juicy layered palate of concentrated lemon & lime fruit, subtle mineral / textured mouthfeel, crisp acidity and a long yummy finish. A very special treat! RRP:$20.00 https://giesen.co.nz/

Giesen Estate Riesling 2019, Marlborough / Waipara Fruit, NZ
Shiny pale straw in colour, pale green hints. Flinty green notes, stonefruit and limes in the nose. Slightly sweeter than the 16/18 wines, with green apple, tangelo and limey citrus flavours on the palate… softer acidity, lower abv, nice dry finish. A bit young yet – as well all know “Riesling needs time.” RRP:$17.00 https://giesen.co.nz/

Giesen Estate Riesling 2018, Marlborough / Waipara fruit, NZ
Bright straw to lemon in colour. Medium viscosity. Intense nose of ripe citrus, mandarin & some spice. Again medium sweet on the palate with a bit more fruit concentration than the ’16, higher acidity / abv give the wine more punch, depth and grip. Long juicy finish. Gorgeous. RRP:$17.00 https://giesen.co.nz/

Giesen Estate Riesling 2016, Marlborough & Waipara fruit, NZ
Always brilliant, always consistently good. Straw gold in colour, with a green tinge. Floral, nose with honey, tangelo & mandarin notes. Medium sweet palate with juicy fruit flavours and a lime citrus acidity that balances beautifully with the 40gl rs. Luscious! RRP: $17.00 https://giesen.co.nz/

Mt Beautiful Chardonnay 2017, North Canterbury NZ
Gorgeous lemon gold in colour with ripe peach & nectarine aromas and a subtle hint of nutty oak in the nose. Fruit driven palate with intense flavours of ripe stonefruit, grapefruity acidity, a little malo / creamy / textured, long juicy finish.. Wonderfully balanced and very moreish. RRP $27.00 https://mtbeautiful.co.nz/

Coxhead Creek Rosé, Cabernet-Franc 2019, Matakana NZ
The palest orange / pink in colour, lighter bodied wine. Interesting nose of red berries and flinty notes. Fresh crisp palate with taught acidity, raspberry / citrus / apple flavours. Very dry, grippy, long finish. Another new and interesting wine style with point of difference – Cabernet Franc Rosé – could be a new fave! RRP:$25.00 https://coxheadcreek.co.nz/

Coxhead Creek, Verdelho 2019, Matakana NZ
Almost colourless with a green tinge. Medium bodied, oily viscosity. Savoury stoney notes & citrus blossom in the nose. Weighty palate with concentrated lime, tangello and tropical fruit flavours, nice mineral note, soft acidity and a little heat from 14.5% alc. Lovely change from the mainstream varieties produced in NZ. RRP:$25.00 https://coxheadcreek.co.nz/

Lawson Dry Hills “PINK” Rosé Pinot Noir 2019, Marlborough NZ
Bright candy-apple pink in colour. Gorgeous nose of summer raspberry and strawberry aromas. Nicely balanced palate with ripe, concentrated & juicy berry-fruit flavours, crisp acidity and a long dry finish. Perfect for summer platters or just by itself! RRP: $25.00 https://lawsonsdryhills.co.nz/


OCTOBER

Summerhouse Merlot 2016, Hawke’s Bay NZ
Deep cherry red in colour, with a fragrant and fruity nose of plum, blackberry and earthy notes. Lucious plum flavours on the palate with chalky tannins, grippy acidity & subtle oak influence giving texture and length. Drinking beautifully – Gold Medal – New World Wine Awards 2019. RRP:$19.00 https://www.summerhouse.co.nz/

Montana New Zealand Collection ‘Smooth & Velvety’ Pinot Noir 2018, Marlborough NZ
Translucent cherry red in colour – savoury notes with cherries & plum on the nose. Lovely textured palate of cherry & plum fruit flavours, subtle oak, silky tannins, and an earthy herbal background. Still young – will improve with a bit of age. Excellent value at this price! RRP: $20.00

Montana New Zealand Collection ‘Delicate & Fruity’ Pinot Noir Rosé 2019, Marlborough NZ
Shiny pink in colour with copper hues – on the nose there’s red summer berry aromas and a hint of spice. Fresh and juicy raspberry & strawberry flavours on the palate with a slightly tart acidity and a nicely textured finish. Super Summer Quaffer RRP:$20.00

Montana New Zealand Collection ‘Big & Buttery’ Chardonnay 2018, Gisborne NZ
Deep golden coloured, medium bodied wine with aromas of ripe stonefruit, apricot and butterscotch on the nose. A textured wine with apricot / stonefruit flavours, tart grapefruity acidity, subtle fine oak and a long juicy finish. Not as big and buttery as I expected but still great value Gizzy chardonnay under RRP: $20.00

Montana New Zealand Collection – “Crisp & Zingy” Sauvgnon Blanc 2019, Marlborough NZ
Bright clear pale straw with a green tinge. A vibrant grassy herbaceous nose with lemon & lime aromas. The palate is nicely textured, with intense tart gooseberry and citrus flavours, and a zesty acidity. It is indeed very ‘crisp’ with a long ‘zingy’ finish. 13.0% ABV RRP:$20.00

No. 1 Family Estate Assemble 60% Chardonnay – 35% Pinot Noir – 5% Meunier NV Marlborough NZ
Bright straw – gold in colour, very persistent bead. Freshly baked bread, stone-fruit and citrus on the nose… A crisp palate with bright acidity, flavours of ripe stone-fruit and preserved lemons, beautifully textured, long moreish finish – very elegant Methode Traditionelle and amazing value! 12.5% ABV RRP:$32.00 https://www.no1familyestate.co.nz/

Pa Road Chardonnay 2018, Marlborough NZ
Pale lemon / gold in colour, zesty lemon – lime and stonefruit aromas in the nose, textured and juicy palate of nectarine, pineapple fruit flavours, bright citrus acidity and a hint of nutty oak. Lovely well balance and value for money Marlborough Chardonnay! RRP: $18.00 https://www.tepawines.com/


SEPTEMBER

Blackenbrook Gewurztraminer 2019, Nelson NZ
Pale straw straw coloured wine with nice oily viscosity, lovely floral & ginger spice notes in the nose. Richly textured palate of honeyed pear / peach fruit flavours with ginger spice & a slightly grapefruity acidity. Off dry, a little heat from 14% alc – long mouth-filling and luscious finish. Delish! RRP:$23.00 https://www.blackenbrook.co.nz/

Blackenbrook Pinot Gris 2019, Nelson NZ
Pale straw / onion skin in colour, lighter viscosity (legs) medium bodied wine. Sweet pear & lychee aromas with ginger spice in the nose. Luscious palate of fresh pears underpinned with spice, fresh slightly tart acidity & nicely balanced with a little residual sweetness. Nicely textured with a long long finish. RRP: $23.00 https://www.blackenbrook.co.nz/

Blackenbrook Pinot Blanc 2019, Nelson NZ
Straw coloured with a hint of pale onion skin. Lovely oily viscosity in the glass, nose full of juicy pear aromas & spicy notes. The palate is succulent, with stonefruit, pear & spice flavours. Great palate weight, complex with sweetness, acidity & texture all nicely in balance. Long refreshing finish. Higly recommended. RRP:$26.00 https://www.blackenbrook.co.nz/

Eradus Awatere Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2019, Marlborough NZ
Bright, shiny straw coloured wine with a vibrant nose of ripe citrus fruit & green-stalk / herbal notes. Lovely zingy acidity with concentrated lemon & lime citrus flavours, complex texture & structure on the palate with a lingering bone dry, but mouthwatering finish. A great example of Awatere Valley Sauvignon Blanc. RRP: $20.00 https://www.eraduswines.co.nz/

Yakutin Family Wines “Tamgaly Series” Cabernet Franc 2018. Matakana NZ
Cherry red / ruby coloured, lighter at the rim. Medium bodied wine with a nose of plums, red berries & a hint of musk / earthiness. Lovely integrated palate with dark berry flavours, a little green leaf & black pepper notes, nicely balanced wine with integrated velvety tannins, gentle acidity & fine toasty oak. Dry persistant finish. Third wine from Oleg Yakutin’s first release – all of very high quality and beautifully made. Cheers! 12.5% ABV RRP: $28.00

Yakutin Family Wines ‘Tamgaly Series’ Malbec 2018, Matakana NZ
Bright cherry red to purple in colour, ample bodied wine. Lots of cherries, dark berries & savoury / leather notes in the nose. The palate is juicy & fruit driven with intense dark berry & ripe plum flavours, integrated fresh acidity & fine chalky tannins. Really long mouth watering “front of mouth” finish. Still so young but damn delicious already. ABV RRP: $28.00

Yakutin Family wines… Tamgaly Series Chardonnay 2018, Matakana
Bright straw gold in colour, medium weight / viscosity. Rich oppulent nose of ripe stone-fruit, butterscotch & subtle nutty oak. A lush palate of ripe peach & nectarine flavours, soft lemon / lime acidity, creamy, nutty with subtle oak influence. Long juicy finish, beautifully balanced / textured wine even at just 1 year old. Very elegant! Glenys loves it too! RRP:$28.00

Mills Reef Reserve Rosé 2019, Hawke’s Bay NZ
A blend of “various” grape varieties from throughout the Hawke’s Bay. Lightly oily viscosity, medium salmon pink in colour with a fragrant nose of fresh summer red berries & spicy notes. Medium bodied, crisp acidity & although bone dry there’s a ripe berry-flavoured sweetness on the palate which lasts for ages. Serve slightly chilled. Lovely refreshing Spring / Summer sip! RRP:$25.00 https://www.wineportfolio.co.nz/

Mills Reef Winery, Reserve Chardonnay 2018 – Hawke’s Bay NZ
Made from 4 separate parcels of grapes from selected vineyards in the Hawke’s Bay region – Bright lemon / gold in colour, medium bodied. The nose shows hints of butterscotch, ripe stonefruit, subtle oak and spice. On the palate there’s more juicy stonefruit, a nice creamy mouth feel from partial malo, and fine acidity & structure, with a medium finish. Drinking well but perhaps needs a little cellaring to reach it’s full potential. RRP:$25.00 https://www.wineportfolio.co.nz/

Spade Oak Vineyard “Vine Street” Sparkling Rosè Fruit Wine – Gisborne NZ
Deep copper-pink in colour, not as effervescent as the white, a blend of Spade Oak Tempranillo rosé & fruit juice. Very easy to drink, soft acidity, medium sweetness and lovely berry flavours – again this is a great “summer picnic” spritzer and at about $4.00 a bottle makes it very quaffable. RRP: Six Pack 375ml $25.00 Available from Countdown Supermarkets.

Spade Oak Vineyard “Vine Street” Sparkling White Fruit Wine, Gisborne NZ
Nice sparkle, pale lemon in colour. Fresh pleasant palate with a blend of muscat grape and fruit juice flavours, soft acidity, slightly sweet but not overly, most refreshing spritzer and very drinkable – 4% ABV so a great summer sipper. Twist top so no glass needed. Fab to take on Picnics (serve chilled) RRP: Six Pack 375ml $25.00) Available from Countdown Supermarkets


AUGUST

Jacobs Creek “Barossa Signature” Cabernet Sauvignon 2017, Barossa AUS
Deep indigo almost black in colour. The nose is full of rich dark berry aromas, earth and chocolate – Well structured palate with ripe dark berries, chocolate & savoury earthy flavours, wonderful fine tannins, with a long warm finish. RRP:$19.00

Waipara Hills Pinot Noir Rosé 2019, North Canterbury NZ
Lighter bodied wine, shiny watermelon pink coloured with pale copper highlights. Ripe raspberry & strawberry aromas on the nose. Refreshing juicy acidity & creamy palate of summer berry & toffee apple flavours lead into a nice long dry mouth-filling finish – Smoked salmon on crackers on the deck at sunset kind of wine! RRP:$18.00 https://witherhills.co.nz/

Trinity Hill ‘Lost Garden’ Syrah / Pinot Noir Rosé 2019, Hawke’s Bay, NZ
Second vintage of this wine tasted. Medium salmon pink in colour with lots of summer strawberry & raspberry notes on the nose with a whiff of spice. The palate is lovely and balanced with juicy fresh berry & tropical fruit flavours, a crisp limey acidity and a long dry finish. It’s a Vegan friendly wine too and released just in time for Spring and Summer Sipping. Highly Recommended! RRP:$30.00 https://trinityhill.com

No. 1 Family Estate “Adele Cuvee” 2013, Marlborough NZ
An amazing Methode Traditionelle from Daniel & Adele Le Brun – Made from hand picked and whole bunch pressed grapes (80% Chardonnay & 20% Pinot Noir.) Soft pale lemon in colour with a very tiny persistant bead. Beautiful floral nose of peach & lemon citrus, underpinned with brioche / yeasty aromas. Bone dry fruit-driven palate with nectarine, peach & citrus flavours, crisp acidity, creaminess mouthfeel, and a long intense dry finish! Just stunning. Thank you so much! Perfect!
RRP:$240.00 (Limited release) https://www.no1familyestate.co.nz/

Hunters Wines “Offshoot” Sauvignon Blanc Pet-Nat 2019, Marlborough NZ
Cloudy sparkling Pet Nat – creamy opaque pale lemon coloured wine with good amount of sediment. Stored upright and served chilled. Vigorous bubbles on opening – disipate quickly though. Distinctly sauvignon nose with yeasty & citrus aromas. Fizzy citrus acidity on the palate, nicely textured with a juicy finish. A fresh, lemony, zesty “Methode Sauvignon Blanc” RRP: $26.00 https://hunters.co.nz/

Hunters Wines “Offshoot” Chardonnay 2017 Marlborough NZ
Clear lemon gold in colour, with a nose of toasted nuts, freshly baked bread & stone-fruit / apricot aromas. Rich and weighty palate with lots of stone-fruit, juicy lemon citrus and nicely integrated oak. Textured, full flavoured & went perfectly with oven-baked deep-sea cod with lemon butter. RRP:$35.00 https://hunters.co.nz/

George Wyndham “I Am George” Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 Barossa AUS
Deep cherry / purple coloured to the rim. Leafy, herbaceous nose with black currant & spice notes present. Full bodied wine with layers of dark fruit, cassis, smoky oak spice & powdery tannins on the palate. Lovely finish with concentrated fruit & just a hint of green stalk. Needs a few more years to be at it’s best! Great value! RRP: $23.00 https://www.iamgeorge.com.au/


JULY

Giesen Estate Riesling Blush 2016, Marlborough NZ
Riesling with a dash of Syrah? Why not! Pale salmon coloured wine, a sweet floral nose with raspberry & citrus notes. Medium dry with classic riesling flavours on the palate, lemon & lime citrus, green apple & a honey, then a hint of spice & red berries. Quite refreshing acidity. Juicy moreish finish! Lovely! RRP:$15.00 https://giesen.co.nz/

Giesen Rosé Pinot Noir 2017, Lifestyle Range, Marlborough NZ
Deep watermelon / almost orange in colour, summery nose with lots of raspberry & strawberry aromas. Fresh crisp palate with more bright summer berries, a hint of spice and a refreshing acidity that gets the juices flowing – should have kept this until summer, but I will certainly buy at under $20 a bottle. https://giesen.co.nz/

Tohu Whenua -Awa – Awatere Valley Chardonnay 2017 Marlborough NZ
Bright straw gold in colour, med bodied. Immediately get a flinty smokey nose, underpinned with fragrant stonefruit, & grapefruit. Palate’s full of toasty / yeasty characters (lees & malo ferment) with peach, nectarine & pineapple flavours. Creamy, complex & voluptous. Long dry finish – my fave of the 2 chardonnays in this range. RRP: $40.00 https://www.tohuwines.co.nz/

Tohu Whenua – Matua – Upper Moutere Chardonnay 2017 Nelson NZ
Medium bodied / viscosity, bright lemon – gold in colour. Juicy peaches, nectarine, citrus oil & gun smoke in the nose. Light but creamy – malo mouth-feel with ripe stonefruit, cashew nuts, a lemony acidity, fine oak texture & a slightly tart, dry finish. Drinking beautifully but still young. Elegant. 12.5% ABV RRP: $40.00 https://www.tohuwines.co.nz/

Tohu Whenua Awa – Awatere Valley Pinot Noir 2017, Marlborough NZ
Medium bodied, unfined and unfiltered Pinot Noir – dark opaque cherry purple in colour. Dark cherry & berry fruit aromas in the nose with savoury oak. Rich palate of plum, blackberries & cherry flavours, fine chalky tannins, soft integrated acidity, beautifully structured with a long complex & harmonious finish. Fabulous! 13.0% ABV RRP: $42.00

Tohu Whenua – Matua – Upper Moutere Chardonnay 2017 Nelson NZ
Medium bodied / viscosity, bright lemon – gold in colour. Juicy peaches, nectarine, citrus oil & gun smoke in the nose. Light but creamy – malo mouth-feel with ripe stonefruit, cashew nuts, a lemony acidity, fine oak texture & a slightly tart, dry finish. Drinking beautifully but still young. RRP:$40.00 https://www.tohuwines.co.nz/

Tohu Whenua – Matua – Upper Moutere Pinot Noir 2017, Nelson NZ
Lighter bodied wine, bright translucent ruby red in colour. Dark cherry & berry aromas on the nose with a subtle hint of smoky oak. Lighter palate but with lovely concentrated plum & black cherry flavours, softer acidity / silky tannins, full flavoured finish. Fresh & elegant. RRP:$35.00 https://www.tohuwines.co.nz/

Tohu Whenua Awa – Awatere Valley Riesling 2018, Marlborough NZ
Pale straw in colour with a green tinge. Fresh lemon & lime, and sweet apple aromas in the nose. The palate is crisp & full of tart lemon and lime citrus, juicy apple & ripe stonefruit flavours. A long puckering finish – love to try again after a few years tucked away! 12.0% ABV RRP: $30.00 https://www.tohuwines.co.nz/

Tohu Whenua Matua Albarino 2018 Upper Moutere, NZ.
Medium gold / straw in colour – nice oily viscosity, gorgeous nose of honeyed limes & mandarin notes. Full rich palate with nectarine / peach flavours, grippy lemon / lime citrus acidity and lovely “pear skin” textured – voluptuous, dry, salty, very moreish wine. only 1620 bottles made. RRP$30.00 https://www.tohuwines.co.nz/

Tohu Whenua Awa – Upper Awatere Valley, Pinot Blanc 2018, Marlborough NZ
Not tasted many Pinot Blancs over the years – this is so appealing and delicious. Bright lemon / lime coloured wine with medium viscosity. The nose is full of of baked apples, citrus & peaches with ginger spice. Lovely creamy palate with more peach and spicy, oak flavours / textures, subtle citrus acidity. A beautiful wine – elegant, structured and a new fave variety. Only 756 bottles produced so get in quick. RRP:$42.00 https://www.tohuwines.co.nz/

Tohu Whenua Awa – Awatere Valley, Sauvignon Blanc 2018, Marlborough NZ
Clear pale straw in colour with lush tropical fruit aromas & a whiff of savoury green stalkiness / armpit in the nose often typical from the Awatere. Silky smooth palate with lots of lovely grapefruity acidity, passionfruit & savoury herb flavours – textured, zesty, med-dry finish – clean, refreshing and just gorgeous! Highly recommend you get a bottle or 2 of this! RRP:$40.00 https://www.tohuwines.co.nz/

Rockburn Pinot Noir 2017, Central Otago NZ
Dark cherry / deep ruby coloured, medium bodied. Nose of rich cherries & berries, gamey, spicy and fresh cut herbs. Very fruit forward on the palate with sweet rich cherry & berry fruit flavours, fine tannins, fresh acidity and soft oak influence – complex layers of flavour & texture with a very intense lingering finish. Just Wonderful! RRP:$49.00 https://www.rockburn.co.nz/

Matawhero ‘Irwin’ Chardonnay 2017. Gisborne NZ
Bright golden in colour, medium bodied with a slightly oily viscosity. Ripe peaches, nectarine, toasted oak & a whiff of butterscotch on the nose. Beautifully balanced palate with nectarine & grapefruit flavours, some creamy malo & fine oak influence. Long dry moreish finish with tart acidity. Elegant & classy – a great seafood wine. Bottle no.3167. RRP:$60.00 https://matawhero.co.nz/


JUNE

Giesen “Clayvin Single Vineyard Selection” Pinot Noir 2015 Marlborough, NZ
Dark cherry to indigo in colour medium bodied wine. Savoury gamey nose with earth / mushroom, dark berry and spicy oak aromas. Weighty palate with concentrated berry and dark cherry flavours, soft fine tannins, gentle acidity, textured, layered and complex. Elegant and sumptuous. Opened way too soon. RRP:$60.00 https://giesen.co.nz/

Giesen “Clayvin Single Vineyard Selection” Pinot Noir 2014, Marlborough NZ
Ruby red in colour, medium bodied wine. Wonderful nose of cherry, red berries & hints of oak / spice / earth. Full flavoured & intense palate of rich cherry & dark fruit, integrated oak, underpinned with fine powdery tannins, softer acidity & refined & balanced finish. Fabulous wine to put aside for a special occasion. Outstanding! RRP:$60.00 https://giesen.co.nz/

Ara Single Estate Pinot Noir 2018 Marlborough NZ
Lighter bodied wine, cherry to garnet red in colour. Bright nose of red and dark berry fruit & spice. Lighter palate of red berries / dark plum flavours, fine tannins, crisp acidity with a nice dry finish – great value, easy drinking Pinot Noir for quaffing by the fire. RRP:$20.00 http://arawines.co.nz/

Giesen ‘Organic’ Sauvignon Blanc 2018, Marlborough NZ
Bright golden / green in colour, lighter body. Grassy, herbal and savoury aromas in the nose. Full flavoured palate of juicy lemon-lime citrus, zesty acidity and finely textured on the palate from a little wild ferment & a wee hint of oak during production. Slightly tart citrus on the finish – clean, fresh and mouth-watering! 13.0% ABV RRP:$20.00 https://giesen.co.nz/

Rapaura Springs “Reservoir Vineyard – Dashwood” Pinot Noir 2017 Marlborough NZ
Medium cherry to ruby red in colour. Medium bodied. A fragrant nose of cherries underpinned with coffee, chocolate and subtle sweet oak. Lovely juicy dark berry & bright cherry fruit flavours, fresh acidity, nice grippy tannins, fine oak, layered and complex with a long dry finish. Very elegant yet still so young! RRP: $40.00 http://rapaurasprings.co.nz/

Rapaura Springs “Rohe – Southern Valleys” Pinot Noir 2017, Marlborough NZ
Medium bodied wine, dark cherry-garnet in colour. Dark berry & cherry aromas, subtle herb & savoury oak notes in the nose. Ripe cherry & plum flavours flood the palate with silky tannins, tight acidity and fine oak influence – clean rounded finish – beautifully balanced – 91 points Decanter WWA 2019. RRP: $30.00 http://rapaurasprings.co.nz/

Rapaura Springs “The Springs Vineyard – Rapaura” Verdelho 2017 Marlborough NZ
Shiny pale lemon / lime in colour. Fresh nectarine, peach & citrus on the nose with a whiff of gunsmoke. Rich palate of ripe stonefruit, crispy apples and a zesty acidity, nicely textural mouth-feel, long juicy finish with a bit of tart grapefruit to get the juices flowing! Delicious… RRP:$33.00 http://rapaurasprings.co.nz/

Rapaura Springs. Bull Paddock Vineyard – Dillon’s Point, Sauvignon Blanc, 2018. Marlborough NZ
Very pale coloured with a hint of lemon / lime. Fragrant nose of tropical fruit, limes and a savoury green stalkiness. Quite rounded with fresh grapefruit acidity and juicy tropical fruit components, textured / mineral influence provides a nice weight and mouthfeel. Quite elegant and full of finesse. RRP: $25.00 http://rapaurasprings.co.nz/

Rapaura Springs, Rohe – Blind River, Sauvignon Blanc 2018 Marlborough, NZ
Light straw in colour with a pale green tinge. Intense nose of lemon, green capsicum, peach, grapefruit and a savoury note. Concentrated fruit-driven palate with vibrant acidity, tart citrus & tropical fruit flavours. Huge wine with a juicy – mouth-watering finish! Stunning! Platinum and 97pts at Decanter World Wine Awards 2019. RRP:$22.00 http://rapaurasprings.co.nz/

Ara Single Estate Chardonnay 2018, Marlborough NZ
Bright lemon gold in colour. Ripe stone-fruit & lemony citrus nose with a hint of nutty oak. Fruit forward palate with peach, nectarine & lemon citrus flavours, nutty, subtle oak / creamy malo. Nicely balanced wine with a long, juicy, more-ish finish. Excellent value! RRP:$20.00 http://arawines.co.nz/

Saint Clair Family Estate “Wairau Reserve” Sauvignon Blanc 2018 Marlborough NZ
Lighter straw coloured. An intense nose of green herb, blackcurrent stalk and tropical fruit aromas. The palate exudes grapefruity acidity, ripe peach and sweet passionfruit flavours along with lovely mineral / salty characters, beautifully textured wine with a long, juicy/ tart finish. Refreshing! NZ Sauvignon Blanc & International Sauvignon Blanc trophies at IWC 2019 – RRP: $34.00 https://saintclair.co.nz/

Giesen “Clayvin – Single Vineyard Selection” Chardonnay. 2015 Marlborough NZ
Bright lemon-gold coloured with green highlights, oily viscosity / body. Intense nose of smoky oak, gun flint, brioche & stonefruit. Great weight on the palate with layers of grapefruit acidity, pineapple/peach flavours, buttery crème brulee & fine oak texture and warm long juicy finish. This is a very special Chardonnay made with love – Hand picked, whole bunch pressed, wild yeast ferment and aged on lees in 1,000 litre Fuder barrels for 11 months, 100% malo…. Everything a chardonnay needs, to be amazing! Outstanding! Stunning! RRP: $56.00 https://giesen.co.nz/

Domain Thomson “Surveyor Thomson” Pinot Noir 2015, Central Otago NZ
Black cherry coloured, paler at the rim. Cherries, blackberries, earth & spice in the nose. Very finely balanced palate with soft acidity, silky tannins, subtle oak texture and red fruit coming through. Long dry finish. Elegant / Stunning! Champion Pinot Noir and the “Riedel Wine of the Show” at the 2019 NZ Organic Wine Awards. 13.5% ABV RRP: $60.00 https://www.domainethomsonwines.com/


MAY

The Hunting Lodge “Expression Series” – Silky, Pinot Noir, 2018 Marlborough NZ
Lighter bodiedwine, translucent cherry red coloured. Plum & cherry with a whiff of herb & an earthy note in the nose. Dark berry, cherry flavours on the palate, a little green-herb note, fresh acidity, fine silky tannins, and a medium length dry finish. Great value – Needs more time to integrate! RRP:$24.00 https://www.thehuntinglodge.com/

The Hunting Lodge “Expressions Series” – Delicate Pinot Noir Rose 2018 Marlborough NZ
Pretty bright salmon pink coloured. Soft nose of red berry fruit, rock melon & toffee notes. Lovely balanced palate with gentle acidity, toffee apple & red berry flavours & semi-sweet ‘berries & cream’ mouthfeel on the finish. RRP:$22.00 https://www.thehuntinglodge.com/

The Hunting Lodge, Expressions Series – ‘Plush’ Pinot Gris, 2018 Marlborough NZ
Bright straw-gold coloured, medium bodied. A gorgeous nose of spiced pears and stonefruit flow into a lush palate of sweet stonefruit, creamy pear-skin like textural elements, crisp acidity and a long medium-sweet finish that lasts for ages. RRP:$22.00 https://www.thehuntinglodge.com/

The Hunting Lodge, Expressions Series “vibrant” Sauvignon Blanc 2018, Marlborough NZ
Pale lemon-straw coloured, very fragrant nose of tropical fruit, capsicum and savoury herb. Intense green capsicum and grapefruit citrus on the palate, nicely textured with a long juicy finish and a wonderful vibrancy! Look forward to tasting others in this range soon. RRP:$22.00 https://www.thehuntinglodge.com/

Villa Maria Platinum Series – Organic Pinot Noir 2017, Marlborough NZ
Medium bodied, dark cherry / ruby red in colour. Red & dark berry fruit on the nose with a hint of spice / toasty oak. Youthful palate with fine tannins, intense juicy dark berry-fruit flavours, oak textural elements and a very long, dry finish – needs more time to fully integrate but drinking really nicely already! RRP:$30.00 https://www.villamariawines.com/

Villa Maria Platinum Series – Organic – Rose Pinot Noir 2018, Marlborough NZ
Lighter bodied, bright copper-orange-pink in colour. Fragrant floral notes, summer berries & toffee-apple on the nose. The palate is clean, dry and crisp with a bright citrus acidity, red berry flavours & just a hint of creamy texture from time on lees – Crispy, clean & dry finish. RRP:$25.00 https://www.villamariawines.com/

Villa Maria ‘Platinum Series’ – Sur Lie Chardonnay 2017 – Hawke’s Bay NZ
Straw-gold coloured, great viscosity / legs. Lovely nose of cashews, ripe peach & crème brulee – palate has great weight & complexity, crisp acidity, spiced nectarine & peach fruit flavours, spicy long warm finish. Delectable! RRP:$25.00 https://www.villamariawines.com/

Villa Maria “Platinum Series” – Sur Lie Pinot Gris 2018 – Marlborough NZ
Bright lemon-gold in colour, medium bodied. Fragrant nose of spiced pears & stonefruit. Full palate, lovely creamy textures, soft acidity & more spiced pear & apple flavours, a hint of ginger – warm finish, rich and opulent. RRP:$25.00 https://www.villamariawines.com/

Villa Maria, Platinum Series – Sur Lie – Sauvignon Blanc 2018, Marlborough NZ
Bright pale straw coloured, medium bodied, nice viscosity / weight. Gorgeous nose with floral & tropical notes & a whiff of yeasty lees. Crisp grapefruity acidity, fresh citrus & juicy stone fruit flavours on the palate, richly textured, long, dry puckering finish. Savvy with finesse! RRP:$25.00 https://www.villamariawines.com

Mud House ‘Dambuster’ Pinot Noir 2014, Marlborough NZ
Red cherry in colour, pale rim, light bodied. Red berry, sweet cherry, subtle oak & a hint of earth in the nose. Quite a balanced wine, with fine tannins, softer acidity, alcohol warmth & juicy fruit finish all in harmony. Delish! RRP:$23.00 http://www.mudhouse.co.nz/

Mudhouse Pinot Noir 2018, Central Otago, NZ
Bright ruby red in colour, translucent lighter bodied wine. Dark cherry & ripe berries in the nose with a hint of oak & spice. Juicy palate of intense cherry flavours, dusty / silky tannins, ripe acidity, long grippy finish – still young but drinking beautifully already. RRP:$22.00 http://www.mudhouse.co.nz/

Soljans “Fifth Generation” Chardonnay 2016 Kumeu, Auckland, NZ
Deep lemon-gold in colour, great legs / med-full bodied! Stonefruit & tropical notes in the nose with a splash of citrus and subtle toasty oak. Bright grapefruit acidity leads into a creamy palate of toasted nuts, burnt caramel, creme brulee, and butterscotch. Juicy long finish. My kind of Chardy – a glass of luxury! RRP:$48.00 https://soljans.co.nz/

Madam Sass Pinot Noir 2018, Central Otago NZ
Cherry – Ruby red in colour, lighter bodied. Blackberries, dark cherry & subtle spice all meld together in the nose. Quite a fruit forward palate with luscious cherry and plum flavours, dusty / chalky tannins, bright acidity, and a lovely balanced & juicy finish. Excellent value Pinot! Produced by the Mud House team. Available in most liquor stores & supermarkets! RRP:$25.00

The Last Shepherd Pinot Noir 2018 Central Otago NZ
Lighter bodied, translucent ruby coloured wine. Bright nose of cherries & red berries, faint earthy / savoury notes. Quite fruit forward on the palate, berry and cherry, lovely oak influence on the texture, grippy tannins and lively acidity – a juicy and full flavoured Pinot! Available in most liquor stores & supermarkets! RRP:$24.00 https://www.pernod-ricard.com/

The Last Shepherd Syrah 2017 Hawke’s Bay NZ
Deep cherry red / purple in colour, medium bodied. Black & red summer berries in the nose with a hint of oak & white pepper. Textured palate of rich juicy dark fruit, velvety tannins, soft acidity, a little spicy oak and a warming finish – fantastic value wine – Available in most liquor stores & supermarkets! RRP:$24.00 https://www.pernod-ricard.com/

The Last Shepherd” Chardonnay 2017, Gisborne NZ
Bright golden in colour, lighter at the edge. Lighter style with a nose of grapefruit, lemon citrus and rock melon. On the palate there’s grapefruit & stone-fruit flavours with a hint of toasty oak and a buttery mouthfeel, and a long juicy rounded finish. Available in most liquor stores & supermarkets! RRP:$24.00 https://www.pernod-ricard.com/

Q Wine Pinot Noir 2016, Waitaki Valley, NZ
Medium cherry red in colour, light to medium bodied. Floral nose with sweet berry, spice and savoury notes. Rich and full of flavour, dark cherry and blackberries, savoury herb and earth, fine tannins, softer acidity and a long ripe finish. Gorgeous! 13.5% ABV RRP:$57.00 https://www.qwine.co.nz/

Q Wine Pinot Noir 2015, Waitaki Valley NZ
Deep cherry red in colour, paler at the rim, medium bodied. Lashings of red & black berry fruit, & a hint of savoury earthy in the nose. Delicious mix of berry & plum flavours on the palate, soft acidity, smooth tannins & lovely oak texture all beautifully integrated, providing a satisfying mouthful with great length! 13.5% ABV RRP:$57.00 https://www.qwine.co.nz/

Q Wine Pinot Gris 2016, Waitaki Valley NZ
Shiny lemon with a green tinge, oily viscosity. Fuller bodied with a more floral, ginger nose than the ’15. Sweeter palate with pear, stonefruit and spice with a zesty acidity. Complex layered and juicy with slightly higher alcohol and RS, more textured & complex – very long fruit driven but dry finish. RRP:$31.00 https://www.qwine.co.nz/

Q Wine, Pinot Gris 2015, Waitaki Valley NZ
Pale straw lemon in colour, medium viscosity with sweet pear, lemon & spice on the nose. Lush pear, apple & spice on the palate, ripe acidity, full flavoured, textured & dry on the finish! Drinking beautifully 4 years on (previously tasted in 2016) RRP:$31.00 https://www.qwine.co.nz/

Tupari Late Harvest Riesling 2014 Awatere / Marlborough NZ
Bright lemon to gold in colour, nice oily viscosity, intense nose of lemons, honey, & orange blossom. On the palate sweet fruit, apricot, a hint of burnt toffee / crème brulee & a long honeyed citrus finish. Not cloying at all even at 120gms RS. Succulent! RRP:$34.00 https://tupari.co.nz/

Loveblock Sauvignon Blanc, 2018. Marlborough, NZ
Bright straw with green gold tinges, medium viscosity wine with a fragrant nose of tropical fruit, pineapples, melon & herbaceous grassy notes. Palate of ripe tropical & stone-fruit, fresh racy acidity, subtle malo & hint of herb / tomato stalk all lead to a lovely creamy / chalky textural finish. Love it! RRP:$22.00 https://loveblockwine.com/


APRIL

Pirathon Gold Shiraz 2017 Barossa Valley AUS
Full bodied, long legs, dark indigo to black in colour, lighter at the rim. Powerful nose of black berry / plum / prune, spice and sweet oak. Huge palate, intense fruit flavours, black pepper, licorice, grippy tannins & a long juicy finish. Stunner Shiraz! 15.2% ABV RRP:$99.00 https://www.pirathon.com/

Pirathon Silver Shiraz 2017, Barossa Valley, AUS
Big bold Auzzie red – full bodied, deep purple / black cherry coloured. Huge nose of ripe black and red berry fruit / plum & spicy oak. Intense & complex palate, grippy tannins, ripe acidity, lush dark fruit flavours, juicy – a little green stalkiness on the back of the palate – long warm finish. Needs more time or a fat juicy steak! 15.0% ABV RRP:$35.00 https://www.pirathon.com/

Mills Reef Estate Syrah, 2018, Hawke’s Bay NZ
Medium bodied, translucent purple red in colour. Fresh florals, pepper and dark berry flavours in the nose. lush red berries and spice on the palate with soft oak and fine tannins – long dry finish. Excellent value HB Syrah! RRP:$20.00 https://www.wineportfolio.co.nz/

Mills Reef Elsbeth Gimblett Gravels Chardonnay 2016, Mere Vineyard, Hawke’s Bay, NZ
Glossy lemon gold in colour, medium bodied. Stonefruit & almond biscuit notes on the nose while on the palate, fresh peach /nectarine flavours, soft grapefruity acidity, a hint of malo-creaminess & finely integrated spicy oak – perfectly balanced & drinking beautifully. 13.0% ABV RRP:$40.00 https://www.wineportfolio.co.nz/

Nockie’s Palate “Georgetown” Pinot Noir 2016, Central Otago NZ
Medium cherry red / purple in colour. Sweet cherry, plum & a hint of earthiness in the nose. The palate is well balanced, with juicy jammy fruit, chalky tannins, lively acidity & gentle integrated oak elements all culminating in a rich, complex long-lasting elegant finish. Highly recommend you try this if you can get it! RRP:$46 https://nockiespalette.com

Nockie’s Palate, Georgetown Pinot Noir Rosé 2018, Central Otago NZ
Most beautiful bottle / fabulous label art, wonderful wine. Pale watermelon pink in colour, soft sweet nose of red berry & strawberries, nashi pear and spice. Refreshing complex palate of raspberries, nectarine, crisp acidity and a long luscious fruity but drying finish. RRP:$38.00 https://www.nockiespalette.com/

Nockie’s Palate Chardonnay 2018, Hawke’s Bay, NZ
Bright lemon / gold in colour, oily viscosity. Lovely nutty, butterscotch & stonefruit aromas in the nose. Balanced, creamy palate of ripe stonefruit, a grape-fruity acidity, subtle oak influence, lovely juicy / textural mouthfeel and a long warming delicious finish. RRP:$39.00 https://www.nockiespalette.com/

Smith & Sheth, CRU – ‘Cantera’ Cabernet Sauvignon / Tempranillo / Cabernet Franc, 2016 Omahu, Hawkes Bay NZ
Deep black-cherry coloured, lighter ruby at the rim. Beautiful nose of blackberry / blackcurrant, earth, spice & licorice notes. Medium bodied with a complex layered palate of juicy black berryfruit & plum flavours, with nicely integrated tannin / acidity / oak textural elements. Elegant classy HB red blend! 13.0% ABV RRP:$60.00 https://www.smithandsheth.com/

Smith & Sheth – CRU. Omahu – Gimblet Gravels Syrah 2015, Hawke’s Bay NZ
Deep purple to black in colour, stewed blackberries with dark chocolate & earthy notes in the nose. Concentrated palate of dark berries, spice, pepper, grippy / chalk like tannins, very tight acidity, subtle oak, well structured wine but still too young. Stunner! 13.2% ABV RRP:$60.00 https://www.smithandsheth.com/

Smith & Sheth CRU – Howell Vineyard Chardonnay 2016 Hawkes Bay NZ
Shiny yellow / gold in colour. Lashings of fresh lemon citrus, crème brulee, cashew nut & soft smoky oak in the nose. A lush tart-citrus, grapefruit, creamy, juicy & textural palate with fresh acidity. Mouthwatering long, complex finish – Another fabulous wine from Smith & Sheth! 13.3% ABV RRP:NZ$60.00 https://www.smithandsheth.com/

Smith & Sheth CRU – Chardonnay 2017 Heretaunga, Hawke’s Bay NZ
Bright straw coloured with golden tints. Fragrant stonefruit & grapefruit citrus notes in the nose, with a hint of nutty charred oak. Palate has concentrated peach & grapefruit flavours, juicy acidity & ample bodyweight – a gorgeous mouthful with a long tart finish. Very elegant chardonnay! 13.2% ABV RRP: NZ$40.00 https://www.smithandsheth.com/

Smith & Sheth CRU – Albarino 2018 Heretaunga, Hawkes Bay NZ
Pale gold in colour, fascinating nose – citrus, apricot and wet stone, yeasty! Grippy, salty palate with lush pear and apricot kernal flavours, tart acidity, complex, nice weight from time on lees in barrel. Something a little bit special to try! 14.0% ABV RRP:$28.00 https://www.smithandsheth.com/

Smith & Sheth CRU – Sauvignon Blanc 2017, Wairau, Marlborough NZ
Bright straw with a hint of green, vibrant tropical, stonefruit & citrus notes in the nose, carry over into a nicely texured palate with juicy, grassy, tropical and gooseberry flavours, limey acidity & a long dry finish. Very classy – Wairau old-vines savvy! 13.0% ABV RRP:$28.00 https://www.smithandsheth.com/

Matahiwi Estate Brut Rose NV, Pinot Noir 65% & Chardonnay 35% – Wairarapa NZ
Pale salmon pink, fine bead, strawberry and melon notes in the nose with a hint of brioche, fresh crisp palate with light berry flavours, a soft yet creamy palate with a fresh citrus acidity. Fresh, light and full of flavour with a dry finish! RRP:$28.0 https://matahiwi.co.nz/

Giesen ‘The Brothers’ Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc 2014, Marlborough NZ
Deep bright orange- gold in colour, concentrated, oily, viscous bodied wine – Intense tropical fruit nose, laced with honey and ginger! Lush palate with concentrated sweet apricot, ginger, mandarin, spice, honey… 252 gms/l RS but a vibrant acidity balancing the sweetness. Absolute Stunner! 10.0% ABV RRP:$30.00 Champion Medium Sweet or Sweet Wine at the Royal Easter Wine Show 2019. https://giesen.co.nz/

Giesen “The Brothers” Chardonnay 2017 –  Marlborough NZ
Bright lemon / straw coloured, medium bodied wine. Fragrant nose of lush stone-fruit, freshly baked bread, a hint of smoke and nutty notes. Gorgeous palate of ripe peach and nectarine, juicy lemon / lime acidity, subtle oak, layered, complex, balanced… Perfect! fantastic value – Champion Wine, New World Award for Champion Chardonnay at the Royal Easter Wine Show 2019 – 13.0% ABV RRP:$20.00 https://giesen.co.nz

Giesen Estate “Limited Release” Riesling 2017, Marlborough & Waipara fruit, NZ
Always a delight – orange blossom and honey-suckle nose, concentrated palate of juicy lemons, zingy lime acidity and honey, succulent medium-sweet wine with great length and a citrusy finish. A fave NZ Riesling fab value at 17 bucks! RRP:$17.00 https://giesen.co.nz/

Giesen Estate ‘Limited Release’ Pinot Gris 2017 Marlborough NZ
Pale straw / onion skin coloured, with a nose of sweet pears, stonefruit & spice. Lush palate with juicy pear and peach flavours, nicely textured wine, lively acidity, creamy finish with a hint of spice. Delish! RRP:17.00 https://giesen.co.nz/

Giesen Estate ‘Limited Release’ Sauvignon Blanc 2017, Marlborough, NZ
Wairau / Awatere Fruit – Pale straw with hints of lemon / lime. Fresh tropical nose with grassy herbaceous notes, crisp palate with a vibrant lemon / lime acidity -crunchy, juicy fruit flavours with a long refreshing finish. RRP: $17.00 https://giesen.co.nz/


MARCH

27 Seconds Riesling 2018 North Canterbury NZ
Bright straw / lemon coloured, medium bodied, fragant floral nose of citrus and honey. Juicy mandarin and tangelo flavours, medium honeyed sweetness on the palate, tart crisp acidity to finish. Scumptious! RRP: $18.00 https://27seconds.co.nz/

27 Seconds Sauvignon Blanc 2018 North Canterbury NZ
Bright lemon / gold in colour. Wonderful fresh grassy and tropical nose lead to a mouthfilling burst of lemon, lime, passionfruit flavours, with crispy acidity and a long juicy finish. RRP:$18.00 https://27seconds.co.nz/

27 Seconds Pinot Noir 2017, North Canterbury NZ
Cherry Red in colour, fresh dark and red cherries with spice in the nose, light bodied with grippy tannins, fresh acidity and ripe juicy fruit finish – 13.0% ABV RRP: $24.00 https://27seconds.co.nz/

27 Seconds Rosé Pinot Noir 2018 North Canterbury NZ
Pretty Orange pink coloured wine with fresh strawberry, cherry and slightly herbal notes in the nose. Lively acidity on the palate with strawberry and cream flavours, quite dry but has a long fresh juicy finish. 13.0% ABV RRP: $19.00 https://27seconds.co.nz/

Toi Toi Sara’s Rose 2018, Marlborough NZ
Salmon to watermelon pink in colour, bright & clear. Lots of red berries and tangelo citrus in the nose. Fleshy palate of red berries, plum and citrus flavours with lively acidity and a long tart citrus finish. Balanced and full of Yum! 13.0% ABV RRP: $17.00 https://www.toitoiwines.co.nz/

Rock Ferry ‘The Corners Vineyard’ Nebbiolo, 2016 Marlborough NZ
Deep ruby red in colour, medium bodied. Fragrant nose of sweet dark berries, countered with earthy / savoury notes. Concentrated palate of lush berry, plum and fruitcake flavours, with layers of fine tannins, subtle oak & rich fruit all harmoniously in balance. My fave wine of the year so far! RRP:$65.00 https://rockferry.co.nz/

Mission Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2018 – Awatere / Marlborough, NZ
Bright pale straw in colour. Vibrant nose of fresh cut grass / herb, citrus & tropical aromas. Intense flavours on the palate of grapefruit, lime and passionfruit, zesty acidity, long textured puckering finish. Excellent value at 16 bucks! RRP:$16.00 https://missionestate.co.nz/

Trinity Hill ‘Lost Garden’ Syrah 2018 Hawke’s Bay NZ
Medium bodied wine, back cherry / crimson in colour. Gorgeous nose of spice, liquorice, pepper and juicy red and black berry fruit which flow through onto the palate, lush mouthfeel, cigar box, tobacco, fine tannins, drying acidity, and a lovely rounded long finish. Developing nicely after a year. RRP:$30.00 https://trinityhill.com/

Trinity Hill ‘Lost Garden’ Chardonnay 2018 Hawkes Bay NZ
Pale golden straw in colour, medium viscocity / oiliness in the glass. Stewed peaches & tropical notes balanced with toasty oak / brioche and sweet vanilla in the nose. Complex palate with layers of stonefruit, oak texture and a long morish finish. Nicely balanced with all the components in delightful harmony. 13.5% ABV RRP:$30.00 https://trinityhill.com

Trinity Hill ‘Lost Garden’ Ro?e, Syrah / Pinot Noir 2018 Hawke’s Bay NZ
Pretty pale salmon pink / blush in colour. Ripe summer berries, melon, and spice in the nose, fresh juicy acidity, fresh and fruity with ripe red berries, lime & nectarines on the palate, long drying finish. The Syrah / Pinot blend has given the wine a little “Je ne sais quoi.” Just Lovely! RRP:$30.00 https://trinityhill.com/


FEBRUARY

Mud House Claim 431 Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016 Central Otago NZ
Deep cherry red in colour, complex nose of cherry, dark berry and spice. Dark berry, cherry & plum fruit-driven palate, balanced with fine velvety tannins, a hint of oak, juicy acidity and a long harmonious finish. Lovely elegant wine drinking beautifully. RRP:$33.00
http://www.mudhouse.co.nz/

Mud House Pinot Noir 2018 Central Otago NZ
Bright Ruby in colour, lovely lifted nose of cherry, spice and dark berry aromas. Ripe berry and cherry flavours on the palate, with fine tannins, soft oak and a long juicy finish – still a baby! RRP:$25.00 http://www.mudhouse.co.nz/

Mud House “The Narrows” Pinot Noir 2017, Marlborough, NZ
Dark red / ruby with a paler rim. A whiff of savoury bacon fat, cherry, black & red berryfruit in the nose. On the palate there’s juicy red berry flavours, fine tannins, subtle oak influence, fresh crispy acidity and a long mouthwatering finish – Juicy but not a fruit bomb! RRP:$20.00
http://www.mudhouse.co.nz

Trinity Hill ‘Gimblett Gravels’ Montepulciano 2018, Hawkes Bay NZ
Dense purple / indigo in colour – fragrant nose of blackberries, plums and sweet spice. Intense palate with dark berry fruit, blackcurrants, and black doris plum flavours. Grippy acidity and powdery tannins lead into an incredibly long drying finish… Big bold and masculine! Love to see it in 5 years! 13.0% ABV RRP:$40.00 https://trinityhill.com/

Rockburn Devil’s Staircase Pinot Gris 2018, Central Otago NZ
Pale lemon / straw in colour – nice viscosity /oily medium body. Lovely spiced pear & citrus nose with really juicy, poached peach & pear on the palate. Mouthfilling, lusciously textured Pinot Gris, with a long honeyed finish. 13.5% ABV RRP:$24.00 https://www.rockburn.co.nz/

Rockburn Devil’s Staircase ‘Blushing’ Pinot Noir Rose, 2018 Central Otago, NZ
Very pale blush ‘pink gin’ in colour – Blanc de Noir. Sweet nose of strawberry, peach & lollies / confectionary? Lovely ripe stonefruit / red berry flavours on the palate with a refreshing acidity and a fresh juicy finish. Delightfully devilish! 13.6% ABV RRP: $28.00
https://www.rockburn.co.nz/

Clearview Estate “Black Reef Blush” Chambourcin Rosé 2018, Hawke’s Bay NZ
Bright raspberry juice coloured, summer berries and floral / spice notes in the nose, medium bodied with fresh juicy berries and almost smoker lolly flavours on the palate, juicy acidity and a clean fresh finish! 13.0% ABV RRP:$22.00 https://www.clearviewestate.co.nz/

Clearview Estate “Black Reef Blush” Chambourcin Rosé 2016, Hawke’s Bay NZ
Soft cherry / pink in colour pale at the edge, still fresh with a nose of bright red berry fruit and spice, quite sweet fruit on the palate with spicy notes, soft tannins, quite well balanced, nice fruity finish. So there! Three year old Rose can be OK when stored correctly! 12.5% ABV RRP:$22.00 https://www.clearviewestate.co.nz/

Rockburn “Devil’s Staircase” Pinot Noir 2018, Central Otago
Pretty dark cherry coloured, lots of dark berry and plum notes in the nose, juicy red & black berryfruit palate, with fine soft tannins, fresh acidity and a ripe mouthwatering finish. A nice change with no oak being used! A Summer Pinot! 13.5% ABV RRP:$27.00 https://www.rockburn.co.nz/

The Hunting Lodge ‘Crowd Blend’ ‘Summer Mojo’ Pinot Noir Rose 2018 Auckland NZ
Bright copper pink coloured, lots of summer berries in the nose, delish palate of strawberry / red summer berry flavours with a crisp acidity and creamy palate, long juicy finish – winning blend, made by Pete Turner – no longer available (sad face) https://www.thehuntinglodge.com/

Alan McCorkindale Rose PN 95% Meunier 5% 2009 Waipara NZ
Fascinating. Pale cloudy pink in the glass like a pale ‘orange’ wine. Very tiny bead, mousse faded fast, soft nose of berry and apple? Very dry on the palate, citrus acidity, soft red berries, spritzer rather than creamy! Really interesting! 12.5% ABV https://alanmccorkindale.com/

No.1 Family Estate? Rosé – 100% Pinot Noir Marlborough, NZ
Gorgeous pale pink with copper hints, tiny persistant bubbles, soft strawberry aromas with slight yeasty / creamy notes in the nose, dry but creamy palate with fresh acidity and red berry flavours… beautiful elegant Methode Rosé 12.5% ABV RRP: $47.00 https://www.no1familyestate.co.nz/


JANUARY

Matt Connell Wines, “Rendition” Pinot Noir 2017, Central Otago NZ
Dark cherry & quite dense in colour, nose of smoky oak, dark berry and cherry fruit with savoury notes of mixed herb and spice. Voluptuous palate with concentrated flavours of black cherry, plum, chocolate and spice. Silky tannins, lovely textural / oak elements, rich fruity finish that carries on for ages… Tasty! 14.0% ABV RRP $44.00 https://mattconnellwines.com/

Providore Pinot Noir 2017 Central Otago, NZ
Deep black cherry / purple in colour, lovely floral / herbal nose with dark berry fruit, spice and smoke! Rich concentrated palate of sweet black berries, plums and cherries, fresh acidity, velvety tannins, soft oak – complex wine with a long juicy finish – a wine full of character. 14.0% ABV RRP: $39.00 https://providorewines.com/

Providore ‘First Edition’ Pinot Noir 2018, Central Otago NZ
Bright dark cherry / ruby red in colour, with fragrant cherry, dark berry, plum and spice in the nose! Rich vibrant red fruits & cherry flavours on the palate, earthy background flavours, forest floor, silky smooth tannins, subtle oak, fruity long finish. Still very young! 14.0% ABV RRP: $25.00 https://providorewines.com/

Providore Wines Pinot Noir Rosé, 2018, Central Otago NZ
Medium salmon pink coloured wine with a fragrant nose of red summer berries and smoker lollies. A crisp dry palate of raspberry, cranberry and red plum flavours, quite full-on fruit with a dry, crispy finish. A gorgeous wine to sip ‘slightly chilled’ on summer evenings! 14.0% ABV RRP: $25.00 https://providorewines.com/

Providore Wines ‘Luminaire’ – Blanc de Noir, Pinot Noir, 2018, Central Otago, NZ
Very pale salmon / translucent in colour, fresh stonefruit, tart citrus & floral notes in the nose, on the palate full of red berries, apricots, grapefruity acidity, wet-stone minerality and a rich, fruity, citrus finish – hard to believe it’s 100% Pinot Noir. Gorgeous! 13.5% ABV RRP: $25.00 https://providorewines.com/

Providore Single Vineyard “Gibbston Back Road Vineyard” Pinot Gris 2018, Central Otago, NZ
Pale straw in colour, fresh nose of spiced pear & sweet citrus notes. Light viscosity, textural palate with partial oak ferment influence, juicy pear & stonefruit flavours, grippy acidity and concentrated sweet fruit, all result in a long and moreish finish. 14.0% ABV RRP:$25.00 https://providorewines.com/

Anchorage Pinot Noir 2017, Nelson NZ
Pale cherry / red coloured wine, light to med bodied with a clean fresh nose of fragrant cherry and plum notes, subtle oak, softer palate with plum, cherry and dairy milk choc flavours, very fine tannins and soft acidity. Lighter style pinot. 12.5% ABV RRP: $18.00 https://anchoragewines.co.nz/

Anchorage Pink Sauvignon Blanc 2018 Nelson NZ
Pale orange – salmon pink coloured in the glass – floral / candy nose with an unusual flavour profile of watermelon, strawberry, lollies, candy – a few sauvignon characters on the palate, soft acidity, decidedly different approach to savvy! 11.0% ABV RRP: $15.00 https://anchoragewines.co.nz/

Anchorage ‘Lighter Alcohol’ Sauvignon Blanc 2018, Nelson NZ
Straw lemon in colour, lighter alcohol style, fresh fruity tropical and herbaceous notes in the nose. Stonefruit, passionfruit and pineapple flavours on a sweet palate with softer acidity. Light easy drinking sauvignon for warm summer evenings – chill lightly! 10.5% ABV RRP: $15.00 https://anchoragewines.co.nz/

Anchorage Family Estate “Lighter Alcohol” Pinot Gris 2018, Nelson NZ
Very pale straw coloured in the glass, medium bodied, lighter alcohol wine, soft nose of pear and sweet stonefruit, fresh palate of juicy sweet pear / stonefruit flavours, soft limey acidity – nice easy-drinking summer quaffer – match with Asian Style food. 9.5% ABV RRP: $15.00 https://anchoragewines.co.nz

Anchorage Family Estate Chardonnay 2018 – Nelson, NZ
Bright gold in colour, light to medium bodied wine. Subtle stonefruit & citrus notes in the nose with a whiff of oak, On the palate there’s juicy stonefruit, grapefruity / citrus acidity and a fresh clean finish. Still a bit young! 12.5%ABV RRP: $15.00 https://anchoragewines.co.nz/

Anchorage Pinot Gris / Pinot Noir Rosé 2018, Nelson, NZ
Pale pink in colour, soft nose of confectionary and strawberry, lighter alcohol & body, soft acidity, pear, stonefruit and red berries on the palate, very easy to drink – should have chilled it more though! 10.0% ABV RRP:$15.00 https://anchoragewines.co.nz/

Anchorage Family Estate Chardonnay 2018 – Nelson, NZ
Bright gold in colour, light to medium bodied wine. Subtle stonefruit & citrus notes in the nose with a whiff of oak, On the palate there’s juicy stonefruit, grapefruity / citrus acidity and a fresh clean finish. Still a bit young! 12.5%ABV RRP: $15.00 https://anchoragewines.co.nz/

Eaton ‘Fortissimo’ Sauvignon Blanc 2017 – Awatere / Flaxbourne, Marlborough NZ
Deep golden coloured wine, huge nose of burnt caramel, lees & oak predominant with herbal fruit components taking a back seat! Massive palate, intense flavours but again, its about the oak and malolactic ferment giving the wine that chardonnay weight, texture and mouth-feel, with the bright Sauvignon acidity appearing on the finish. Only 528 bottles made. 14.0% ABV RRP: $48.00 https://eatonwines.nz/

Eaton “Thistle Hill” SV Sauvignon Blanc 2017 – Flaxbourne, Marlbrough, NZ
Hand Harvested, basket pressed, barrel fermented and aged &100% M/F. Bright medium golden / yellow in colour. Intense nose of very ripe stonefruit, yeasty, spicy, nutty notes. Powerful palate with layers of chardonnay-like complexity, lovely rich mouthfeel, oak textured, zesty acidity, grippy minerality, rich fruit flavours and a very long juicy finish. Another stunner from Mike! Something very Special! 13.5% ABV RRP:$64.00 https://eatonwines.nz/

Carke Estate Block 8 Riesling 2017 Marlborough NZ
Pale straw with hints of green. Citrus floral, green apple and honey notes in the nose, fresh juicy lemon and lime flavours with medium sweetness and a grippy acidity on the palate. Balanced, rounded, moreish… 8% ABV RRP: $21.00 https://www.clarkestate.com/

Clark Estate ‘Dayvinleigh’ Pinot Noir Rosé 2018, Marlborough, NZ
Salmon – pale orange in colour with fresh summer cherry / berry / strawberry notes in the nose. A medium to dry palate of fresh berries, quite soft acidity, finely textured, soft / delicate wine with a juicy mouthfilling finish. 12.5% ABV RRP:$24.00 https://www.clarkestate.com/

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