Wines Tasted During 2021
Here is a list of all the wines I tasted and reviewed in 2021 – 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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Church Road ‘Gwen’ Merlot Rosé 2020, Hawke’s Bay NZ
Third in the Gwen range – Medium salmon to copper coloured with a lighter viscosity. Fragrant aromas of strawberry & raspberry in the nose with a hint of savoury herb & floral notes, The palate all about the berries, juicy, crisp & dry, with a lovely acid backbone, layers of texture & mouthfeel from several months on lees. A delectable & elegant rose for summertime sips. Fantastic value at RRP:$25.00
Church Road ‘Gwen’ Pinot Gris 2020, Hawke’s Bay NZ
Second in the Gwen range of wines – Shiny pale lemon-gold in colour, medium bodied. Aromas of spiced pears, sweet apple, & stone-fruit fill the nose, fresh. The fruit aromas are reflected on the palate with pear & stone-fruit predominant, subtle ginger spice, a softer acidity, a creamy textured mouthfeel & a long mouth-watering finish make this a very tasty & elegant wine. Highly recommended. RRP:$25.00
Church Road ‘Gwen’ Chardonnay 2020, Hawke’s Bay NZ
A new addition to the Gwen range of wines – Clear straw to pale gold in colour lighter bodied. The nose is fragrant & very fruit focused with ripe stone-fruit & lemon citrus aromas, a mineral stony note evident too. The palate is crisp, clean & concentrated with a zesty acidity, ripe stone-fruit flavours, a subtle hint of creaminess from wild & malo ferments & time on lees. Juicy, textured fruit-driven Chablis style with a lovely complexity even sans oak. RRP:$25.00
CharRees Riesling 2015, Canterbury NZ
I managed to buy 4 vintages of this wine from Esma and Charlie Hill’s tiny family vineyard in South Canterbury before they sold it in 2020. This vintage is a bright green gold in colour lighter bodied with a lovely nose of lemon / lime citrus, honey and a whiff of kero! The palate is soft and delicate with stone-fruit & citrus flavours, a little grip – nicely integrated with a hint of lemon & honey in the finish. Lovely! 11.5% Sadly no longer available as the vineyard has been sold, but I have a 2106, 2018 & 2019 still to try.
Rocca Delle Macie, Tenuta Sant’Alfonso Chianti, Sangiovese 2018, Tuscany Italy
Translucent mid cherry coloured wine, lighter at the rim. The nose is quite fragrant with cherry, blackberry, cassis, spice & subtle oak aromas. The palate is full bodied and juicy with red & black fruit flavours, a fresh acidity, fine tannin & oak textures lead to a long warming finish. I don’t get to taste many quality Chianti but would drink this every day. A perfect red for our pasta dinner. RRP:$35.00
Nivarius Tempranillo Blanco 2019, DOC Rioja Spain
Also a first taste of this variety from Rioja – Pale straw in colour with an unctuous viscosity – a nose of apples & pears, white pepper & citrus while on the palate a juicy lemony acidity, flavours of pip & stone-fruit with grippy textures, whetstone, a little creamy element from 4 month on lees & time in French oak. Lovely mouth-filling flavours & textures – a lively & delicious wee Spaniard. RRP:$23.00
Saint Dune ‘Tirari’ 2020 McLaren Vale AUS.
A blend of Touriga, Grenache, Negroamaro, Mourvèdre & Shiraz, My first ever taste of this wine. Gorgeous translucent medium cherry red in colour – The nose is filled with red & black berry fruit aromas, plum & cherry with a white pepper & fresh mixed herb notes. Palate has a great acid backbone with powdery tannins, and vibrant juicy fruit flavours – raspberry, blackberry, a hint of choccy and fine oak all in unison – dry layered Auzzie red blend with lots of character. RRP:$35.00
Matawhero ‘Church House’ Pinot Noir 2021, Gisborne, NZ
Light translucent cherry-red in colour with a nose of raspberry, cherry & plum aromas. The palate is lighter bodied, fresh & tasty with red berry & cherry fruit, dark plum & just a smidgen of oak, great acid backbone, fine tannins & a very berry finish. Drinking well but still very young – would love to see again in 2-5 years after careful cellaring. Nice with my Beef Sirloin dinner. RRP:$26.00
Martin Codax, Mara Martin, Godello, 2019 – DO Monterrei Spain
Something new to try courtesy of Ric Little at Vintners NZ – Pale yellow gold in colour with a floral nose of apple, pear & peach aromas. Clean & fresh on the palate with lemony acidity & minerality, the white flesh fruit flavours balanced with a little creaminess and a long juicy finish. My first time with this variety – most enjoyable out on the deck! It comes from DO Monterrei (King’s Mountain) further inland from DO Rías Baixas, Spain. RRP:$25.00
Redmetal Vineyards Merlot / Cab Franc, 2019, Hawke’s Bay NZ
Deep purple to black-cherry in colour – medium bodied. The nose is filled with ripe dark plum & blackberry aromas, a little spice, oak & savoury earth elements. On the palate I tasted ripe dark plums & blackberry flavours with green-stalk leafy, savoury herbal characters & a hint of chocolate. It’s textured & grippy with dusty tannins & a long dry finish. Medium rare venison filet comes to mind. $25.00
Redmetal Vineyards Cabernet Franc Rosé 2021, Hawke’s Bay NZ
Pretty salmon to watermelon pink coloured wine, nice legs! The nose is fresh and fragrant with red berry fruit aromas, a whiff of confection & a hint of mixed herbs. The palate has sweet red berry flavours at first some savoury notes but then a tight acidity / texture / tannins come through with nice dry grip. It’s textured & full flavoured with a good whack of alcohol & a long dry finish – summer rose to be enjoyed with a Mediterranean themed platter me thinks! Delish! RRP:$25.00
Redmetal Vineyards Block Five Albarino 2021, Hawke’s Bay NZ
Pale lemon gold coloured, medium bodied wine with a bright nose of ripe nectarines, peaches & mandarin citrus aromas. The palate is wonderfully textured from time on lees, with juicy peach & nectarine flavours predominant & a slightly tart citrus acidity leading to a long mouth-watering finish. A great example of Hawke’s Bay Albarino, a variety with about 4 Hawkes Bay producers & only around 20 across the rest of NZ. RRP:$33.00 https://redmetalvineyards.co.nz/
Trinity Hill Syrah 2020, Hawke’s Bay, NZ
Deep purple / cherry coloured wine lighter at the rim, lighter bodied. The nose is all about red & black berry fruit aromas with pepper, spice & savoury notes. On the palate, raspberry & cherry flavours, a hint of liquorice, black pepper & green herb, with dusty tannins, a refreshing acidity & fine oak influence – a beautifully integrated wine with a long powerful finish. 2021 New World Wine Awards, Champion Syrah / Gold Medal – 96 Points RRP:$25 https://www.trinityhill.com/
Otuwhero Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2021 Marlborough NZ
Pale straw almost clear, the faintest of green hues. Fragrant ‘zingy’ nose with gooseberries, lime, green herb & tropical aromas. The plate is very vibrant with more lime, tropical fruit & green apple flavours, a really zesty acidity – dry finish that lasts for ages – outstanding Savvy! Recently awarded 98 Points / 5 Stars by Australian Wine Magazine, Winestate. RRP:$20.00
Rapaura Springs Reserve Pinot Gris 2021, Marlborough NZ
Pale straw with subtle gold highlights, medium oily viscosity. Lovely nose of apple, pear, stone-fruit & spice aromas. The palate is richly textured with a juicy citrus acidity, luscious pear, apricot & spice flavours & a well rounded, beautifully balanced & succulent long finish. Awarded 96 New World Wine Awards 2021. RRP:$19 https://rapaurasprings.co.nz/
Church Road Winery 1 Single Vineyard Gimblett Gravels Malbec 2020, Hawke’s Bay NZ
Inky dark purple in colour right to the rim. Fragrant floral notes in the nose with sweet ripe dark berry aromas & subtle spice & earth notes. On the palate red & black berry flavours are the focus with spicy oak. Loads of grip with dusty / powdery tannins, ripe acidity, some fine grained oak texture & a slight green stalk acidity in the background. I’ve not tasted a huge number of NZ Malbecs, but this one we both most certainly enjoyed with our spicy Italian beef / tomato pasta dinner. RRP:$120.00
Church Road Winery 1 Single Vineyard Redstone Syrah 2019, Hawke’s Bay NZ
Deep opaque black-cherry coloured wine, lighter at the rim. The nose is concentrated & fragrant with dark plum & black berry fruit aromas, a herbal / savoury element & subtle black pepper & spice. The palate is weighty & complex with the flavours of sweet dark berries & plums, coffee, spice, dark chocolate & smokey / savoury notes. This is all supported by velvety tannins, fresh acidity & some fine toasty oak influence – wonderful textural elements. The finish is textured, warming & long – a very memorable experience. Another outstanding wine from this series. RRP:$120.00 https://www.church-road.com/
Church Road Winery 1 Single Vineyard Terraces Chardonnay 2019 Hawke’s Bay NZ
Bright medium golden coloured wine with a nice oily viscosity. The nose is powerful & intense with an immediate whiff of flint / smoke, then stone-fruit & grapefruit citrus aromas follow through with nutty, yeasty, creamy notes. The palate is concentrated & textured with ripe stone-fruit, zingy tart citrus, burnt caramel, toasty oak and a wonderful long elegant finish – I love a ‘good’ Chardonnay at the best of times but this is outstanding! I would hope this is included in the Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay Collection 2021 alongside Tom. Outstanding. RRP:$100.00
Butterworth Estate Dry Riesling 2021, Martinborough NZ
Very pale straw with a hint of gold / green. The nose is fresh & floral with zesty lemon & lime aromas, and a hint of stone-fruit & honeydew melon. On the palate there are concentrated lemon & lime fruit flavours with a zesty acidity providing grip & texture, beautifully balanced – dry but juicy and has amazing length on the finish. Gorgeous & very classy wine – love to see it again in 5 years. RRP:$35.00
Prosper Maufoux Mâcon-Villages Chardonnay 2020, Bourgogne France.
Medium golden coloured wine, bright and clear. The nose shows aromas of stonefruit, pear, lemons, fresh baked bread & a subtle mineral note. The palate follows with green apple, peach & lemon flavours, a zesty acidity, a little buttery / creaminess & just the right amount of oak influence all meld into a long juicy finish. Excellent! RRP:NZ$30.00
Orlando ‘Centenary Hill’ Shiraz 2015 Barossa AUS
Deep red to black cherry in colour, lighter at the rim, medium bodied, stained the glass! Beautiful nose with savoury notes, spice & ripe dark fruit aromas – plums, cherry, raspberry. The palate is wonderfully rounded, balanced & concentrated with dark berry fruits, plums, licorice, chocolate spiced oak & integrated tannins, acidity & oak, so many layers & textures – just bloody outstanding! One of 5 wines in the New Orlando The Legends range Just released in New Zealand. RRP:$70.00
Orlando ‘Printz Shed’ Shiraz 2018, Northern Barossa AUS
Dark opaque wine with black cherry / purple colours to the rim. The nose is fragrant & powerful with sweet dark berries, choccy notes & spicy oak aromas. The palate is vibrant with raspberry & blackberry flavours, dusty tannins, grippy acidity, fine grained oak texture & weight with a nice warming 14.2% alcohol rounding out the experience – a big grunty Barossa Shiraz – been a while as I usually taste NZ Syrah. One of 4 wines in the New Orlando ‘Heroes’ range Just released in New Zealand. RRP:$35.00
Orlando ‘Lyndale’ Chardonnay 2019, Adelaide Hills AUS
Pale straw gold coloured with subtle green hues. Immediate notes of flint / smoke in the nose – a good ‘swirl’ released ripe stonefruit & citrus aromas with hints of yeasty nutty notes. Fruit driven palate with a crisp acid backbone, grapefruit & fleshy stonefruit flavours & fine oak textures lead to a long, beautifully balanced finish. Delicious. One of 4 wines in the New Orlando ‘Legends’ range Just released in New Zealand. RRP:$50.00
Orlando ‘Hillary’ Chardonnay 2019, Adelaide Hills AUS
Pale straw gold in colour with faint green tinges, medium weight. The nose has fresh stonefruit & citrus aromas with a hint of nutty oak. The palate has a refreshing acidity, creamy mouthfeel & lovely nectarine, peach & lemon fruit flavours – nicely integrated textural elements with a juicy elegant finish. One of 4 wines in the new Orlando New Heroes range, just released in New Zealand. RRP:$35.00
Yealands Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2021, Marlborough NZ
Bright lemon / gold in colour with lime hues. Powerful nose of stalky, grassy, green capsicum, tropical fruits & citrus aromas. Concentrated palate with vibrant citrus & juicy stone-fruit flavours, underpinned with a crunchy limey acidity & sea-salt minerality. Wonderful depth & length on the finish. Champion Sauvignon Blanc at the New World Wine Awards 2021. Just Wonderful! RRP: $20.00
Tipping Point ‘The Woodsman’ Pinot Noir 2020, Central Otago NZ
Medium cherry red in colour lighter at the rim medium bodied. Vibrant floral & fruit driven nose with dark cherry, plum & spicy oak aromas. The palate is big & bold with concentrated red & dark fruit flavours, plum, cherry, black berry, earthy, leather & oak, textural with fine velvety tannins. Long rich complex finish. I could sip this all night! Support the MacKenzie Basin Wilding Trust by purchasing this excellent Pinot. RRP:$35.00
Tipping Point ‘Common Good’ Field Blend – (CH / PG / GW / SB) 2021, Marlborough NZ
Bright & shiny pale straw coloured wine, lighter bodied. Interesting nose with an amalgam of aromas, tropical, citrus, pear & spice notes. The palate is refreshing with a mix of nicely integrated flavours: lemons, pears, passionfruit, spice and a fine acidity backbone along with a silky mineral texture and a hint of residual sweetness. A very quaffable drop with a flavour profile difference. Try it – you’ll enjoy it while helping the Te Tira Whakam?taki and the work they do. RRP:$25.00
Astrolabe Comelybank Vineyard – Waihopai Pinot Noir / Pinot Gris Rosé 2021 Marlborough NZ
Very pretty medium salmon pink in colour, medium bodied wine. The nose is soft & elegant with jammy summer berries, pear & spice aromas. The palate opens with lovely red fruits, raspberry, strawberry flavours, juicy with a zesty citrusy acidity then lots of layers, structure, texture, complexity – dry intense finish with some residual fruit sweetness – Gorgeous! RRP:$32.00
Astrolabe Marlborough Pinot Noir / Pinot Gris Rosé 2021 Marlborough NZ
Clear bright pale watermelon pink in colour lighter bodied – the nose is quite aromatic with strawberry, cherry & pear aromas & a fragrant floral note. The palate is tight & balanced with a crisp acidity delivering concentrated peach, cherry & red berry flavours & a little spice. Nicely textured & finishes long, dry & delicious. RRP:$28.00
Blackenbrook Family Reserve Montepulciano 2020, Nelson NZ
Dark black cherry / indigo in colour to the rim. The nose is filled with dark berry & plum aromas, baking spices & a faint savoury / herbal notes. Immense palate with ripe dark fruit, choccy, spice, grippy, chalky tannins, big oaky textures & a long intense finish – a taste of Italy but from Nelson – Stunning! RRP:$52.00
Blackenbrook Pinot Blanc 2021, Nelson NZ
Very pale in colour with the faintest hint of lime/gold. Lovely fresh floral nose of ripe apple & stone-fruit & baking spices. On the palate the flavours are peaches, nectarine & spices with a fresh acidity, balanced with sweet fruit, stony mineral elements plus warmth from 14% abv. Long textured finish. Delish! RRP:$29.00
Blackenbrook Gewurztraminer 2021, Nelson NZ
Pale pear-flesh coloured wine lightly oily. Lovely floral nose with tropical fruit, citrus & apple aromas & a hint of cinnamon spice & turkish delight. The palate has a fresh acidity with delicious citrus & tropical fruit flavours supported with fine textural elements, complex with subtle oak, and a warming 14% abv all in unison – delightful, delicious wine. RRP:$25.00
Rockburn Wines ‘Stolen Kiss’ Pinot Noir Rosé 2021, Central Otago NZ
“It started with a kiss!” Medium pale salmon pink in colour, bright and clear. Spice & smoker-lolly / candy aromas fill the nose while on the palate it’s all sweet strawberries & toffee apples flavours – creamy mouthfeel with a medium acidity backbone balanced with 14gms/l rs. A delicious, succulent change from the usually bone dry Roses. Gorgeous! RRP:$30.00
te Pa Wines Rosé Pinot Noir 2021, Marlborough NZ.
A pretty soft pink colour with salmon hues. The nose is lovely & fragrant with ‘strawberries & cream’ aromas & some gentle spice notes. On the palate there’s some really juicy berry fruit flavours along with a fresh crisp acidity & chalky textural elements. Well balanced & rounded, finishing dry, crisp & very drinkable indeed! A nice antipasti platter and this – perfect! RRP:$19.00
te Pa Wines ‘Oke’ Sauvignon Blanc 2019, Marlborough NZ.
Shiny pale gold coloured with nice legs (viscosity.) The nose has tropical fruit & roasted stone-fruit aromas underpinned with a hint of smokey oak. Rounded tropical, citrus & stonefruit driven palate with light toasty oak influence, creamy toffee mouthfeel, zingy acidity and long dry finish – elegant and full of character – love barrel fermented Savvies – add weight, depth and complexity to the finish! RRP:$25.00 Available to purchase online at: https://www.tepawines.com/
te Pa Wines Sauvignon Blanc 2021, Marlborough NZ.
Bright pale straw-gold in colour. Vibrant nose of ripe nectarine, citrus & a hint of green stalk / herbal aromas. The palate is crisp & bright with concentrated lemon / lime citrus & stonefruit flavours, a zingy acidity & a stony mineral note. Juicy and refreshing finish. Great value Marlborough savvy! Available to purchase online RRP: $19.00 https://www.tepawines.com/
Giesen Wines Limited Edition Organic Pinot Noir 2019, Marlborough NZ.
Stunning bright deep indigo / red cherry coloured to the rim. The nose is earthy & savoury with ripe cherry & dark berry aromas. Beautiful on the palate – just the right balance of cherry & berry fruit flavours, & layers of chalky tannins, fresh acidity & oak. A lovely elegant pinot with character – the 2017 vintage awarded 96 points and double gold at the 2021 Melbourne International Wine Competition. RRP:$40.00
Giesen Wines Uncharted Pinot Noir 2020, Marlborough NZ.
Lovely vibrant ruby – red / cherry coloured wine, pink at the rim, medium bodied. In the nose a bouquet of ripe cherries, savoury herbal earthy notes & toasty oak. The palate is rounded & full flavoured with plum & cherry fruit, fine silky tannins, oak textures, medium acidity all beautifully integrated – perfect poise & balance with a very satisfying finish. Gold medal & 95 pts at the 2021 Melbourne International Wine Competition. Well deserved! RRP:$30.00 https://giesen.co.nz
Giesen Wines Uncharted Chardonnay 2020, Marlborough NZ.
Bright shiny lemon in colour with golden hues. Ripe stonefruit & lemon citrus aromas in the nose with some nutty oak & a hint of smoke / flint. Peach, nectarine, lemon citrus and grapefruit flavours on the palate, softer acidity & a buttery / creamy texture & mouthfeel with subtle oak influence – drinking beautifully – gorgeous chardonnay! Gold medal & 94 pts at the Melbourne International Wine Competition RRP:$30.00
Ara Wines Single Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2021, Marlborough NZ.
Clear light straw in colour with pale hints of green. Vibrant nose of green herb, blackcurrant, capsicum & citrus. The palate is all about the passionfruit & gooseberry fruit flavours with stacks of tart grapefruity acidity, but then a tropical fruit sweetness emerges – succulent but crisp dry finish! Intensely focussed and powerful example of SV Savvy from Marlborough – 95 Pts and Gold medal at the Melbourne Wine Show. Fabulous! RRP:$16.00
Takatu Merlot Cabernet Franc Malbec 2014, Matakana NZ
Deep cherry to indigo in colour, a little more translucent than the 2013. The nose is very fruit driven with aromas of blackberry & blackcurrant, savoury green herb & field flowers. Ripe blackberry, dark plum & spice flavours fill the palate, the tannins are velvety & acidity is still fresh. Subtle oak adds complexity & texture. Beautifully balanced. Excellent drop! RRP:$45.00
Takatu Merlot Cabernet Franc Malbec 2013, Matakana NZ
Deep black cherry coloured lighter wine at the rim. The nose is fragrant with red & blackberry fruit, plum, earth & floral notes. The palate is packed full of dark berries, ripe plums & spice flavours while very smooth tannins, fine acidity & oak influence build layers of texture & complexity. Long generous warming finish. RRP: $50.00
Takatu Merlot Cabernet Franc Rosé 2020, Matakana NZ
Pale watermelon pink in colour to the rim, medium bodied. Aromas of plums, raspberry, dried herbs & pepper in the nose – A palate of bright red fruit flavours with a mineral drive, powdery tannins, juicy acidity nicely textured with a portion being fermented in Frenck oak. A lovely savoury finish. Spring is for Rose! Enjoy this now, or in Summer! RRP:$25.00
Takatu Pinot Gris 2015, Matakana NZ.
The third in this vertical of Takatu Pinot Gris – Bright Lemon gold in colour lighter viscosity. Fresh apple & pear aromas, citrus & a whiff of spice in the nose. More green apple & pear flavours on the palate with a medium lemony acidity, fine grained textural elements & a slightly tart grapefruity finish. Very drinkable right now at 6 years old. Juicy! RRP:$35.00
Takatu Pinot Gris 2014, Matakana NZ
Bright medium straw to gold in colour – lighter bodied than the 2013 still nice legs / viscosity. Interesting nose with savoury oak notes & shy fruit aromas. The palate is about apples & nashi pear with some sweet fruit elements, textures are good, fine grippy tannins / oak, gentle acidity and a tart dry finish. A very pleasant drop! RRP: $35.00
Takatu Pinot Gris 2013, Matakana NZ
Eight year old Pinot Gris from Matakana – Medium golden coloured wine with great legs – subtle “spiced apple & pear pie” aromas in the nose and on the palate – pear skin textured with a green apple acidity, some residual fruit sweetness and a finely textured finish. “Whole bunch picked, crushed & allowed some skin contact before being pressed. Partially tank fermented & partially in older French oak puncheons, hand stirring on lees. Possibly the oldest PG I’ve ever tasted and still drinking well! RRP: $38.00
Stad_Ko Wines Arapai Vineyard Pinot Noir 2020, Martinborough NZ
Bright translucent ruby in colour to the rim, medium bodied. Fragrant nose of ripe plum, cherry & savoury herb / dried floral notes. The palate is really approachable with structure & mouthfeel – red cherry, raspberry & ripe plum flavours underpinned with silky tannins, a nice acid backbone, and an intense long drying finish. Clones 115, 667 & 777 used 60% kept as whole bunch & a small parcel lightly foot stomped and fermented on the property the gently pressed to barrel for 10 months. An elegant & refined wine with character! RRP:$39.00
Stad_Ko Wines Arapai Vineyard Pinot Rose 2020 Martinborough NZ.
Clean & bright medium salmon pink coloured with copper hues. Lovely fresh nose of red summer berry fruit aromas and a hint of spice while the palate is bright & refreshing with tart raspberry flavours, crispy acidity some very fine tannins & a dry medium finish. “Made from the biggest bunches from around the vineyard 75% stainless steel & 25% barrel fermented, then cold settled & bottled without fining.” Spring evening with a platter of yummy things and this – yes! RRP:$29.00 Buy online at
Stad_ko Wines Arapai Vineyard Chardonnay 2020, Martinborough, NZBright shiny golden coloured wine, medium bodied. Fragrant stonefruit & citrus aromas in the nose underpinned with a little shortbread biscuity notes. Fruit forward palate with juicy white stonefruit & lemon citrus flavours, tart grapefruity acidity softened with some lees influence. Textural, layered and downright delicious chardonnay. Whole bunch pressed straight to barrel, 10 months on lees months before bottling – love to see this in another 2-3 years. RRP:$34.00
Yakutin Family Wines Malbec Rosé 2019, Matakana, NZJust found this in the wine cupboard – I misplaced it and it’s resurfaced. It’s the palest peach – salmon pink in colour, shiny & bright, nice legs! The nose has fresh strawberry, raspberry & apple aromas while the palate is nicely textured, with ripe red berry & cherry flavours, zesty acidity, drying tannins & a long refreshing finish. Glad I found it after it had a little unintentional rest! Drinking beautifully! RRP:$30.00
Jackson Estate Winery ‘Vintage Widow’ Pinot Noir 2017, Marlborough NZDeep translucent dark-cherry in colour, a little paler toward the rim. Vibrant fruit forward nose of red & black berry aromas, & savoury dried herb notes. Medium bodied with concentrated dark berry fruit flavours & spice on the palate – nicely integrated fine tannins, just enough oak & ripe acidity end in a long dry tasty finish – Lots of layers & character, drinking beautuifully now – Highly recommended. RRP:$40.00
Jackson Estate Winery ‘Gum Emperor’ SV Pinot Noir 2013, Marlborough NZBright ruby – red cherry in colour, slightly lighter at the rim, ample bodied, no sign of aging / oxidation at 8 years old. Fragrant nose of dark red & black berry aromas, spice, savoury earth & subtle oak notes. Juicy berry-fruit and dark plum flavours on the palate with wonderful intensity / focus, fine silky tannins, spice & oak. This is such a beautiful wine – complex, layered, elegant & most enjoyable – we’re having Scotch Fillet for tea – this will be perfect! RRP:$48.00
Jackson Estate Winery ‘Alayna’ Pinot Noir Rosé 2020, Marlborough NZPretty pale peach coloured wine with copper hues. The nose is gentle & floral with aromas of strawberries, red berries & melon. The palate is delightful with fresh red berry flavours, soft smooth tannins and a gentle grapefuit acidity all beautifully in balance – delicate & delicious with a juicy finish – just in time for Spring! I’m thinking Antipasto on the deck at sunset! RRP:$21.00 https://www.jacksonestate.co.nz/
Jackson Estate Winery Shelter Belt Chardonnay 2018 Marlborough NZShiny pale straw – gold in colour with oily legs / viscosity medium bodied. On the nose there’s ripe stonefruit, citrus & biscuity aromas with a hint of spice. The palate is textured & juicy with stone-fruit predominant, subtle oak, fresh acidity & a minerality all in balance. Single vineyard, single clone, indigenous yeast ferments in oak & tank on lees and M/F all blended to perfection – Excellent! RRP:$29.00 https://www.jacksonestate.co.nz/
Jackson Estate Winery Grey Ghost Barrique Sauvignon Blanc 2018 Marlborough NZSingle Vineyard – whole bunch, wild ferment, into old Frenck oak, lees stirring and full malo! Love barrique savs! Very pale lemon-gold in colour with great legs, medium bodied. The nose is filled with peach , nectarine, citrus aromas – a whiff of smoke / flint. On the palate there’s stonefruit & citrus flavours, wet-stone textures & acidity softened by lees, malo & oak influence – wonderfully rounded & balanced – long bone dry finish. My last taste was the 2008 vintage in 2013. Fabulous, elegant expression of SV B/F Marlborough savvy! RRP:$29.00
Jackson Estate Winery ‘Stich’ Sauvignon Blanc 2020, Marlborough NZBright pale straw in colour with light golden hues – light to medium bodied. A fragrant nose of lemony citrus, peach & nectarine aromas is followed by lovely fresh stone-fruit and citrus flavours on the palate with a vibrant zingy acidity backbone – subtle lees influence and mineral textures all balanced in a juicy moreish finish. Very drinkable Savvy as always – excellent value at RRP:$21.00
Neck of the Woods Wines ‘Master Abel’ Pinot Noir 2019 Central Otago NZA beautiful translucent dark “raspberry-cordial” coloured wine to the rim. The nose is all about ripe cherry & plum aromas with a herbal / earthy note in the background. The palate is filled with vibrant dark plum, red & black berry fruit flavours, a lively acidity, fine velvety tannins all nicely balanced with subtle oak to give texture and length. Elegant and Classy Pinot. RRP:$36.00 https://www.neckofthewoodswines.com/
Neck of the Woods Wines ‘Boss of Botany’ Chardonnay 2019 Central Otago NZBright & shiny pale lemon to straw coloured wine with a delightful nose of peaches, lemon citrus & background spicy oak aromas. The palate is of medium intensity, with lovely ripe stonefruit, juicy lemon & grapefruit citrus flavours, a hint of vanilla & a refresing acidity, while a little creamy malo & oak influence provide texture, mouthfeel & a long fruit focused finish. Very good Central Otago chardonnay at a brilliant price-point RRP:$32.00 Purchase online here: https://www.neckofthewoodswines.com/
Neck of the Woods Wines ‘Madhouse’ Pinot Gris 2020 Central Otago NZBright & clear pale lemon-lime coloured wine, lighter bodied with a slightly oily / viscosity . Lovely floral nose of crips nashi pear, vanilla & lemon zest aromas while the palate has a gritty pear-skin texture / acidity with ripe pear & red apple flavours & a subtle hint of oak influence – nicely balanced, textured, layers of complexity – a full-flavoured Gris with a long mouth-watering finish. RRP:$29.00
Neck of the Woods Wines The Bisexual Nun’ Orange Pinot Gris 2020 Central Otago NZMy first ever taste of this label – Deep golden almost toffee coloured wine clear & bright with great legs. Interesting nose of ripe pear, citrus & baking spice aromas while a juicy array of stone-fruit, pear, mandarin citrus flavours fill the palate, with grippy texture from the fine tannins / oak influence & zing from the acidity. Long dry but a juicy finish – 100% Pinot Gris in an open top fermenter, 26 days on skins, pressed gently each day & 11 months in barrel – this would be fun to taste blind with friends – really interesting and really tasty. RRP:$20.00
Greystone Wines ‘Vineyard Ferment’ Pinot Noir 2019, Waipara NZDeep raspberry to cherry red in colour, ample bodied wine slightly paler at the rim. Fragrant red berry & cherry aromas fill the nose with earthy notes & a hint of baking spice in the background. On the palate there’s concentrated raspberry & cherry fruit flavours, & a fresh acidity is balanced with fine velvety tannins & a savoury mineral element all in perfect harmony. “Organically grown, hand picked and fermented outside in the vineyard rows where the fruit was grown.” Stunning! RRP:$75.00 Read more and secure a bottle at:
7th Heaven Wine & Port – Pinot Noir Port, 2018 Central Otago NZFirst ever Pinot Noir based Port I’ve tasted. Bright cherry / ruby red in colour with medium oily viscosity – Very intense plum & raisin fruit aromas while on the palate there’s more dark caramelized fruit, toffee and lovely textural elements from 2 years maturing in French oak barrels. Not as ‘big’ as ports usually made from Touriga or Tinto grapes, more subtle with warmth from 18% abv, a raisiney sweetness with a silky tannin dryness on the finish. Absolutely Delicious! 375ml bottle RRP: $22.00 https://suncrestorchard.co.nz/product/7th-heaven-pinot-port/
7th Heaven Wine & Port Pinot Noir Rosé 2016. Otago NZQuite a deep pink colour with copper / orange hues. The nose is subtle with raspberry & strawberry aromas predominant. Medium dry in style with a nice residual berry-fruit sweetness on the palate, fine acidity and lighter tannins all in balance, long refreshing finish – drinking nicely & just in time for Spring / Summer evenings on the deck with a platter. Order online in 375ml or 750ml bottles. 12.5% abv RRP:$16.00 – $22.00
Suncrest Orchard 7th Heaven Sparkling Wine, Pinot Noir 2017, Otago NZ. Medium golden coloured wine with the palest pink hue & a tiny fine bead. Yummy fresh warm toast, green apple & lemon citrus aromas in the nose, while on the palate there’s a crisp, zingy acidity, ripe stone-fruit & citrus flavours, and a long dry finish – very elegant / classy bubbles. “Handpicked Pinot Noir grapes are pressed and go through 100% malolactic fermentation at Debra Cruickshank’s Bannockburn winery, the base wine then sent to No1 Family Estate in Marlborough for Secondary Fermentation, Riddling & Disgorgement – No wonder its so good – Highly recommend you try this. RRP:$35.00 https://suncrestorchard.co.nz/7thheaven-central-otago-wine-port/
Tussock Hill Vineyard Premium Pinot Noir 2017, Canterbury NZ
Medium cherry red coloured wine, lighter at the rim with a faint haze. The nose is quite subtle with a hint of earth, savoury oak & red berry aromas predominant. The palate is beautifully balanced, with a nice raspberry acidity & red berry fruit flavours, while the structure has fine tannins, medium weight and lovely dry finish. Elegant! This was the last vintage by Robin, the original owner of Tussock Hill, his previous vintages always impressed me – the vineyard is in a beautiful spot on the Port Hills overlooking Christchurch and beyond to the Canterbury plains – I’m Look forward to keeping up with the new owners’ future releases as they now have vineyards in Waipara too.
RRP:$35.00 buy online at: https://tussockhill.co.nz
Rapaura Springs ‘South Brook Vineyard’ Pinot Noir 2019, Marlborough NZ
Translucent cherry to ruby-red coloured wine lighter at the rim. Fragrant nose of spiced cherry, blackberry & herbal aromas, a hint of mocha / choc & subtle oak. The palate has a ripe fruit core with cherry, dark & red berry flavours, oak spice, fine grippy tannins, a good dollop of acidity and a savoury note underpinning it all. A very special wine with great depth & character. Was an excellent match for our oven-roasted Pork Loin Chops with Asian Plum sauce! RRP:$46.00 https://rapaurasprings.co.nz/
Rapaura Springs ‘Bull Paddock’ Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2021, Marlborough NZ
Pale straw with a hint of lemon-gold hue in colour. A vibrant aromatic nose of passion-fruit, tropical & stone-fruit aromas with hint of green capsicum. The palate is rich & juicy with intense flavours of tropical fruit, green apple & citrus, medium acidity & a mineral / salty element – great fruit concentration, weight, texture & length. Loving these gorgeous (oak free) savvies – Fabulous wines from Rapaura Springs. RRP:$28.00
Rapaura Springs ‘Rohe – Dillons Point’ Sauvignon Blanc 2021, Marlborough NZ
Very pale straw with the lightest of lemon / lime green hues in colour. Lots of tropical fruit in the nose at first with citrus – green herb – black currant notes in the background. The palate is intensely flavoured with passion-fruit & limes, a steely acidity / minerality and a long juicy mouthwatering finish – another wonderful expression of Marlborough Savvy! RRP:$25.00
Rapaura Springs ‘Rohe – Blind River’ Sauvignon Blanc 2021, Marlborough NZ
A pale straw-coloured wine with just a hint of lemon/gold hues, nice legs! In the nose were ripe citrus & lemon-grass aromas with a little green leaf savoury note, fresh & zingy. The palate has a really nice acid backbone drive, with juicy grapefruit, lemony citrus & stone-fruit flavours, medium weighted with layers of texture & a lovely zesty finish. Classic Marlborough un-oaked savvy – Excellent. RRP:$25.00
Rapaura Springs ‘Rohe – Rapaura’ Sauvignon Blanc 2021, Marlborough, NZ
Shiny very pale straw coloured with faint lime hues. Aromas of gooseberry, tropical fruit, cut grass & a savoury green herb note fill the nose. On the palate the wine is concentrated with lemon / lime acidity having a nice bite & juicy passion-fruit & gooseberry flavours adding a little sweetness (rs 5.2 g/l) & savoury herb resulting in a classic zingy fruit driven savvy with character. Highly recommended. RRP:$25.00 https://rapaurasprings.co.nz/
Kokako Farms Ohiti Gravels Syrah 2019, Hawke’s Bay NZ
Intense deep indigo to black cherry coloured wine almost to the rim, medium+ bodied. The nose has aromas of cherry, plum, old leather, spicy oak & white pepper. On the palate there’s dark cherry & stewed plum flavours with a pinch of pepper, a hint of choccy – quite grippy tannins with bright acidity & lots of texture from 22 months in French Oak barriques. Fabulous HB Syrah with huge aging potential. Unfortunately we finished the bottle! Amazing value at just RRP:$25.00 https://kokakofarms.co.nz/
Kokako Farms ‘Awen’ Chardonnay 2019, Hawke’s Bay NZ – Wow, this is Rangiwai on steroids! Bright golden coloured wine with lime green hues, medium bodied & great legs! The nose is all gunsmoke, flint & oak aromas with ripe stone-fruit in the background. On the palate there are intense flavours of peach & pineapple, lemon and lime, a grippy acidity, fine toasty oak, mineral & wet stone textures. Long dry finish, big, bold & beautifully balanced Chardonnay – I love this style – it’s a very special wine worth popping away for a special occasion! RRP:$50.00
Kokako Farms ‘Rangiwai’ Chardonnay 2020, Hawke’s Bay NZ (new release)
Pale straw coloured wine with soft golden hues. Ripe stone-fruit & fresh citrus aromas in the nose with a hint of nutty oak / butterscotch. The palate is medium bodied & beautifully textured from time in french barriques, fresh citrus acidity is fleshed out with juicy peach / nectarine flavours, a tart grapefruit grip, & subtle hints of caramel in a fresh, clean finish – love to see this in another 3 years. Amazing Value at just RRP:$25.00 too.
Kokako Farms Ohiti Gravels Syrah 2014, Hawke’s Bay NZ – Deep purple to black cherry coloured lighter at the rim, no sign of age yet. Dark cherry & summer berry aromas in the nose, with light savoury earthy notes in the background. Fabulous weight & concentration on the palate, with dark fruit flavours, pepper, fine oak textures, dusty tannins and a long dry grippy finish. Silver Medal at Hawkes Bay Wine awards in 2020. Drinking beautifully at 7 years old & just $25.00 per bottle (6pack).
Kokako Farms Rangiwai Chardonnay 2018, Ohiti Valley, Hawke’s Bay NZ
Pale lemon gold in colour, bright and clear. Immediate notes of gunsmoke / flint in the nose followed by ripe stone-fruit, citrus & toasty oak aromas. On the palate there’s a zesty acid backbone with fresh stone-fruit & lemon grape-fruity citrus fruit flavours. It’s nicely textured with fine oak & just a hint of creamy malo softening the finish. A beautiful example of classic HB chardy & great value at just RRP:$25.00
Rockburn Pinot Noir 2020, Otago NZ
Just released – Deep ruby / cherry coloured wine, medium bodied. The nose is very enticing with dark cherry & plum fruit aromas, spicy oak & some earthy herbal notes. The palate is juicy & intense with ripe cherry & red berry fruit flavours, fine tannins, fresh acidity & toasty oak all resulting in a beautifully balanced, complex, textured wine with a very long elegant finish – Fabulous Rockburn Pinot as always. Absolutely recommend you try this! You will not be disappointed. RRP:$50.00
Matahiwi Estate Holly Pinot Noir 2019 Wairarapa NZ.
Deep inky purple in colour, lighter at the rim, medium bodied. Cherry, plum, toasty oak aromas & a faint herbal note fill the nose. Concentrated flavours of red cherry, berry & plum a hint of choc & a slight green-stalkiness on the palate – it’s beautifully textured with firm acidity, velvety tannins, fine toasty oak influence & a long very moreish finish. A full flavoured Pinot with great character and charm. Currently discounted to $30.00 at Matahiwi so grab some online while it lasts. RRP:$40.00
Matahiwi Estate Pinot Rosé 2021 Wairarapa, NZ.
Candy-apple / water melon pink coloured wine, shiny & bright. The nose is vibrant & fresh with aromas of summer strawberry, rock melon & a little hint of spice. Lashings of juicy red berry flavours on the palate, lively acidity at first, but then toward the finish, textures soften becoming creamy & just delicious. Love it! Just in time for spring too! RRP:$28.00 First time that I’ve tasted this Rosé. Highly Recommended.
Wairau River Reserve Chardonnay 2019, Marlborough NZ
Shiny pale lemon / gold in colour light to medium bodied. Aromas of citrus, yellow stone-fruit, warm bread, & a slightly flinty note in the nose. The palate has good weight / grip with a fine acidity & subtle oak textures, balanced with flavours of crème brulee, peach, lemon & tropical fruit – long fresh & elegant finish. RRP:$30.00
JULY – No Reviews as I participated in Dry July this year.
Delta Estate ‘Hatter’s Hill’ 2020 Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough NZ
Pale straw coloured with pale gold hues. Fresh nose of tropical fruit & citrus aromas with a subtle grassy note. The palate is clean & fresh with lime, apple, peach & tropical fruit flavours, a grape-fruity acidity & wet stone minerality – nicely textured with a long fruity finish. Has softened / integrated a little since I tasted at release last year. Drinking beautifully now. RRP:$29.00
Torlesse Verdelho 2019 Waipara, North Canterbury NZ
Bright Yellow gold in colour with a medium oily viscosity. The nose is fragrant with apricot, mandarin citrus & spice aromas. The palate is laced with apricot & honey flavours with a gentle lemony acidity, it’s fruity, medium-dry, really tasty with a hint of apricot kernel & spice in the finish. Asian cuisine comes to mind. A lovely drop. Verdelho is a Portuguese white wine grape usually associated with making Madeira, with only 7ha planted in NZ. Be worth exploring who else grows it here. RRP: $25.00
Wairau River Wines Estate Pinot Noir 2019 Marlborough NZ
Quite a deep cherry-red in colour, right to the rim, medium bodied wine. Ripe cherries, plums, a little savoury earth & spice aromas fill the nose while on the palate the cherry, plum & savoury flavours are balanced with fine silky tannins, zesty acidity & fine smokey oak influence. Finishes dry with great length and focus – love it! RRP: $25.00 https://www.wairauriverwines.com/
The Darling Wines Chardonnay 2016 Marlborough NZ
Bright yellow / gold in colour, medium viscosity, showing it’s age well. The nose is aromatic with warm bread, roasted stone-fruit, melon & citrus aromas & a whiff of flint. Lovely creamy palate weight with stone-fruit sweetness & lemon citrus flavours predominant, softer acidity and subtle nutty oak resulting in complex, textured beautifully integrated wine. Did I tell you I love Chardonnay? Awarded a Gold Medal at the New Zealand Organic Wine Awards 2021 – Congrats, well deserved! RRP:$35.00
The Darling Wines Sauvignon Blanc 2020, Marlborough NZ
Light straw coloured wine with pale lemon hues. There’s vibrant tropical & citrus aromas on the nose with some subtle green herb / mineral notes. The palate is juicy & bright with loads of lemon / lime citrus, stone-fruit & tropical / passion-fruit flavours. Lovely balance & texture, clean, crisp and incredibly refreshing – I love this style, an excellent Marlborough savvy – brilliant value too. Cheers, Chris & Bart. RRP:$23.00
Mahi Alchemy Chardonnay 2019, Marlborough NZ
Medium golden coloured wine with pale lemon hues, medium weight / viscosity. The nose is full of rock melon, lemon citrus & nutty aromas with smoky / toasty notes. The palate is balanced & luscious with melon, stone-fruit & lemon pith flavours, bright acidity & texture are softened with a rich creaminess from time on lees. A beautifully integrated, very classic & elegant wine. Marlborough winemakers like Brian are producing some pretty amazing chardonnay. Love this one! RRP:$40.00
Mahi Wines ‘Boundary Farm’ SV Sauvignon Blanc 2019 Marlborough NZ
Crystal clear, straw gold in colour with great legs (viscosity). Complex nose with nectarine & citrus aromas, a grassy note, some oak, yeast & savoury notes in there too. The palate is concentrated with, grippy acidity, flinty-stony minerality, juicy stone-fruit & citrus flavours all rounded out with layers of complexity & textural elements from time in barrique on lees. The finish is long, juicy & mouth-watering with nice heat from 14.4% Alc. Last vintage I tried was the 2011 so long overdue – Stunning! RRP:$35.00
Mahi Chardonnay 2019 Marlborough NZ
Bright & clear pale yellow / gold in colour, medium bodied wine. The nose has peach, nectarine & lemon citrus aromas with buttery / nutty notes. The palate is juicy & concentrated with more stone-fruit & citrus flavours, subtle spicy, nutty oak influence, a bright acidity, some stony / mineral textural elements & a little creaminess from BF – all in perfect balance. The culmination of hand picking, whole cluster pressing, wild yeast & 11 months in barrel. Another excellent chardy from Brian and the team at Mahi. Cheers guys! RRP: $30.00
Eaton ‘Cuvee fforte’ Sauvignon Blanc 2019
Bright pale straw in colour with very soft gold / green hues. Medium viscosity. Fragrant floral nose of ripe apple, lemon & nectarine aromas, with a little hint of yeasty lees. The palate is intense, a fresh, zesty, pithy acidity and wet stone minerality, concentrated ripe stone & citrus fruit flavours, layers of oak texture & grip & the finish is long & saliva inducing – this is a big in your face style savvy – boom! As Mike says “not for the faint hearted” Fabulous! One wine you have to try at least once in your life! RRP:$54.00
Eaton ‘Thistle Hill’ Sauvignon Blanc 2019
Clear straw-yellow in colour with golden hues. Concentrated nose of ripe stone-fruit, preserved lemons, spice & nutty aromas. The palate has layers of texture, juicy citrus & green apple flavours, a zesty acidity, grippy minerality, fine oak texture and layers of complexity – very long elegant finish. I’m loving these Savvys made in a “chardonnay style” with minimal intervention / additives. You might pay a little more but the tasting / drinking experience is worth every cent. Just Excellent! RRP:$48.00
Eaton Wines Waimea Plains Gruner Veltliner 2020, Nelson NZ
Shiny yellow straw in colour, lighter bodied wine. On the nose there is a whiff of green apple, white pepper, spice & a green herbal / celery stalk note. The palate is clean, crisp & has a nice acid / mineral backbone – a more savoury & textured wine with apples / lemon flavours. Lovely long ‘lemon pith’ finish – juicy and zingy! Left me licking my lips for ages afterwards. RRP: $36.00
Eaton Awatere Sauvignon Blanc 2019
Bright lemon gold in colour, medium bodied with nice legs! A fragrant nose of grape-fruit, ripe stone-fruit, green apple & herbal notes. The palate is luscious & full flavoured with more stone-fruit, a zingy citrus & stony backbone, rounded out with fine oak & 100% malo influence. Long finish, juicy & complex, another excellent example of Awatere Savvy – Love it! RRP:$48.00 https://eatonwines.nz/
Eaton ‘Aromatic Blend’ 2020 Marlborough NZ
Pale lemon in colour with a light haze, medium bodied. Lovely tropical nose with floral notes, sweet citrus / mandarin & spice aromas. The palate has a spritzy acidity, with juicy lemon / guava flavours: it’s beautifully textured with subtle oak, a creamy element from malo & lees treatment & finishes long with a tiny, tart grape-fruity note on the back. Mouthwatering. RRP:$36.00
Matawhero Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2021 Gisborne NZ
Medium bodied wine, bright and clear, very pale straw coloured with faint green / gold hues. The nose is fresh & fragrant with tropical fruits predominant, a little citrus & herbal notes. The palate has an intense zingy acidity, with lemon, green apple and tropical fruit flavours, juicy, savoury, with nice grip & length. Matawhero grapes are all dry farmed (no irrigation) which seems to concentrate the flavours and aromas! My first 2021 Savvy – off to a great start – Thanks Kirsten, Richard & Team RRP:$24.00
Eva Pemper Chardonnay 2020 Marlborough NZ
Brilliant yellow-gold in colour with a lovely oily viscosity (legs.) The nose is enticing with aromas of ripe peaches, grape-fruity citrus, vanilla & yeasty leesy notes. On the palate there’s wonderful creamy layers of ripe stone-fruit fruit & juicy citrus flavours, underpinned with subtle spicy oak influence, lively acidity and silky textures. Finishes dry, juicy and beautifully rounded. A first class Chardonnay in a style I really enjoy – Highly recommend you grab a bottle to try. Thanks Eva. RRP:$35.00
Greywacke Pinot Noir 2018 Marlborough NZ
Dark coloured pinot with cherry-red & raspberry hues, paler at the rim, medium bodied. The nose is fragrant with cherry & red berries, followed by savoury herb & smoke notes. Red and dark berry-fruit flavours are reflected on the palate which is concentrated, complex & beautifully textured. Fine silky tannins, subtle oak, spice & acidity all in harmony – fabulous long warm, vibrant & inviting finish – I had to pour a second glass just to make sure I’d captured all the essence of this stunning wine – Cheers Kevin! RRP:$48.00
Greywacke Chardonnay 2017 Marlborough NZ
Light yellow-golden coloured wine with a light oily viscosity. Gorgeous nose of lush tropical & citrus fruit aromas, with toasty / nutty oak, vanilla & smokey notes. The palate is rounded and beautifully balanced with juicy stonefruit & lemon flavours, creamy textures & weight from malo & 18 months in barrel all in sync, providing an excellent chardonnay experience – I love this full blown style – Mendoza, Wild, Barrel, Malo, just bloody fabulous thanks Kevin! RRP:$40.00
Greywacke Wild Sauvignon Blanc 2018 Marlborough NZ
Clear & bright lemon / gold in colour with a wee green tinge, medium+ bodied. Beautiful nose filled with sweet citrus aromas, savoury earth & herbal notes, subtle oak, yeasty, smokey, complex. The palate is rich & layered with ripe lemon, honey, peach & grapefruit flavours, juicy acidity, nice grip & structure, balanced with a lovely creamy leesy element. Long mouthwatering finish. Gorgeous. RRP:$36.00
Nautilus Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2020 Marlborough NZ
Pale straw coloured with golden hues, light to medium bodied. Quite a floral nose with tropical fruit, citrus zest & faint herbal aromas. The wine has a nice fruit concentration, a hint of residual sugar with fresh lemon / lime & flavours on the palate. Lively acidity, subtle minerality, grippy texture, juicy finish – This is a classic Marlborough savvy – bright, clean, fresh and juicy! RRP:$23.00
Fairhall Downs Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2020 Marlborough NZ
Soft straw-gold in colour, light to medium bodied wine. A fragrant nose with tropical passion-fruit & bright grape-fruit / citrus aromas predominant. The palate is very citrus focused with juicy lemon & lime flavours, a zesty acidity with a subtle barrel ferment element rounding out the mouthfeel. The finish is long, juicy & beautifully balanced & textured – just delicious! Great value RRP:$24.00
Eva Pemper Sauvignon Blanc 2020 Marlborough NZ
Bright pale straw in colour with pale green hues. The nose is fruity & fragrant with pineapple, passion-fruit & slight herbal smokey back-notes. The palate is big & full flavoured with juicy lemon / grape-fruity acidity, lots of tropical fruit flavours, lovely mouth-feel with an underlying minerality. Long grippy finish! Love it! RRP: $25.00 https://epwines.nz/
Yealands Babydoll Sauvignon Blanc 2020 Marlborough NZ
Shiny bright, very pale straw in colour with faint green hues. Lovely fresh nose of tropical passion-fruit, lemon-lime citrus & a green stalk / leafy notes, typically Awatere in character. The palate is full, luscious & juicy with a wonderfully crisp grape-fruity acidity, a hint of residual fruit sweetness – mouth-watering. It’s also the favourite savvy at my local Club / RSA. Amazing value too! New look / branding launched from the 2020 vintage. RRP$18.00
Yealands Babydoll Rosé 2020 Marlborough NZ
A blend of Pinot Gris & Pinot Noir from the Awatere Valley – Peachy pink in colour with orange hues. The nose is full of fragrant apple, strawberry & sweet cherry aromas. The palate is medium bodied with sweet strawberry flavours, nice texture and weight in the mouth, a gentle acidity and a long juicy finish. RRP:$19.00
Torlesse Albarino 2017, Waipara North Canterbury NZ
One from the cellar – Crystal clear, bright golden yellow in colour, medium plus bodied wine. Fragrant nose of fresh tropical fruit , melon & a hint of oak. Ripe apricot, tropical & citrus fruit on the palate, a nice balance between the fruit, 9gms/l residual sugar & 13.5% abv. subtle oak and bright acidity add texture & depth. Drinking beautifully at 4 years old. RRP: $20.00
Mount Brown Estates 2019 Chardonnay North Canterbury NZ
Found in the local supermarket for $13.00 – Not tasted any wines from this producer before -Pale straw in colour, light to medium bodied. Citrus & peach notes in the nose with a hint of nutty oak. The palate is bright & juicy with stone-fruit, apple, grapefruit flavours & subtle oak influence, softer acidity medium fruity finish. https://www.mountbrown.co.nz/
Villa Maria Keltern Vineyard Chardonnay 2019 Hawke’s Bay NZ.
Medium straw-gold in colour with pale green hues, medium viscosity. Immediately in the nose were flinty gunsmoke notes, then ripe stone-fruit, fresh citrus & spiced toasty oak aromas. The palate is layered, complex & textured with juicy nectarine, peach & grape-fruit flavours, a bright lemon-lime acidity & fine toasty oak. A long elegant finish leaves you wanting just a little more! This is a brilliant Chardonnay – I highly recommend getting a bottle if you can – The 2012, 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018 vintages still available on the Villa Maria website. RRP:$80.00 https://www.villamaria.co.nz/
Tony Bish Heartwood Chardonnay 2019. Hawke’s Bay NZ.
Bright golden in colour with lemon hues, medium+ viscosity. Fresh nose of stone-fruit, tangelo, vanilla & nutty aromas with just a hint of struck match. The palate is all about the fruit, with peach, nectarine & lemons predominant, beautifully textured, with a grippy acid backbone & subtle oak all in perfect harmony. Juicy long finish – amazing value, stunning quality Chardonnay. RRP:$35.00
Sacred Hills Riflemans Chardonnay 2019, Hawke’s Bay NZ
Deep yellow-gold in colour with medium+ viscosity. Fragrant nose of citrus blossom & grapefruit, buttery toasted cashew & warm bread leesy aromas. Intensely fruit-focused on the palate with nectarine, peach & melon flavours, a vibrant grape-fruit acidity, spicy toasty oak balanced with creaminess from 100% M/F. A long succulent finish – Complex, textured & extremely elegant! Outstanding! RRP:$70.00
Pask ‘Declaration” Chardonnay 2019, Hawke’s Bay NZ
Yellow gold in colour to the edge, medium bodied with a lovely oily viscosity. The nose is all about the fruit with peach, nectarine & citrus pith aromas. There’s a nice bright acid drive through the palate with fresh stone-fruit flavours, creamy nutty oak textures filling it out, all leading to a long creamy, rounded finish. Drinking beautifully! RRP:$45.00
Monowai ‘Upper Reaches’ Chardonnay 2019, Hawke’s Bay NZ
Clear pale straw-gold in colour with pale green hues. The nose is shy but agreeable with soft citrus, melon, butter & spice aromas – very subtle. The palate is light to medium bodied with ripe peach, nectarine & apricot fruit flavours, a gentle acidity & fine subtle oak influence all meld together in a smooth elegant finish. Lovely, subtle, rounded Chardonnay. RRP:$35.00
Elephant Hill ‘Salome’ Chardonnay 2019 Hawke’s Bay.
Pale gold in colour with a soft green tinge. Aromatic nose of buttered popcorn, ripe stone-fruit & bright grape-fruity citrus notes. The palate is medium bodied & beautifully textured with nectarine, pineapple & lemon pith flavours, a hint of creaminess, lively acidity, subtle oak spice & a long juicy zingy finish. Drinking beautifully now – will cellar well for future special occasions. RRP:$75.00
Coopers Creek Limeworks Select Vineyards Chardonnay 2019, Hawke’s Bay NZ.
Pale straw gold in colour with a green tinge. Lovely stone-fruit & citrus nose with a little cashew nut & toasty oak. Medium bodied palate with butterscotch, peaches & grapefruit citrus flavours, a grippy lemon pith acidity, toasty oak & spice add texture & complexity into a very tasty long finish. This is amazing value for a top 12 Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay! RRP:$25.00
Collaboration Wines Aurulent Chardonnay 2019, Hawke’s Bay, NZ
Bright lemon gold in colour, medium bodied wine. Immediate nose of flinty struck-match with lemon & grapefruit fruit notes & warm toast aromas. The palate is full of tart citrus & pineapple flavours with layers of vanilla-wine biscuits & creme brulee – beautifully textured & balanced with fresh lemon pith on the long juicy finish. I tasted the Aurulent 2011 Chardonnay in 2013. Still an exceptional wine. RRP: $35.00
Clearview Estate Reserve Chardonnay 2019, Hawke’s Bay NZ
Shiny bright golden in colour medium viscosity. Gorgeous nose of ripe pineapple, peaches, flinty notes & smokey oak aromas. The palate starts with a salty, grape-fruity acidity followed by juicy stone-fruit flavours, creamy, subtle oak textures, the full bodied weight & flavours continuing into a long concentrated fruit driven finish. Fabulous!
Church Road ‘Tom McDonald’ Chardonnay 2019 Hawke’s Bay NZ.
Bright yellow gold in colour with a pale green tinge, lovely oily viscosity too. Intensely fragrant nose of ripe fleshy peaches & nectarines with buttery nutty oak, gun flint & smoke aromas. The palate is brimming with lush stone-fruit & a core of vibrant citrus acidity, toasty oak texture, grippy yet juicy with a very long citrus finish. Big & bold, yet very elegant. An exceptional chardonnay! RRP:$150.00
Bilancia Tiratore Chardonnay 2019, Hawke’s Bay NZ.
Pale gold in colour with soft green hues, medium viscosity. The nose is buttery, nutty with aromas of stone-fruit, citrus & freshly baked bread. The palate is complex with fresh, juicy peach & nectarine stone-fruit, pineapple & grapefruit flavours, a silky texture, bright acidity & a concentrated juicy medium finish! Wonderful! RRP:$90.00
Askerne “The Archer” Chardonnay 2019, Hawke’s Bay NZ.
Bright clear, pale straw gold in colour, medium viscosity. The nose is rich with vanilla, peach, citrus & smoky oak / flinty notes. The palate is vibrant & juicy with a refreshing lemony acid backbone, juicy peach & nectarine fruit flavours & a fine spicy oak texture. Full flavoured, dry with a very long intense finish. Big wine with character – still young – will soften with time. Excellent now! RRP: $50.00
Outside the Box Wines 3-Way Rosé 2020 – Marlborough NZ
Pinot Noir with a splash of Gewurztraminer – The most interesting wine I’ve tasted this year – see the image for how it’s produced. Slightly hazy, pale orange to watermelon pink in colour. Medium bodied with a fresh berry & spice nose & a hint of candy? The palate has zing with berry flavours fruity citrus acidity, dusty tannins & a creamy textured mouthfeel. Medium tart berry finish. Very enjoyable – Kudos to Brad Frederickson for trying something ‘Outside the Box!’ RRP:$30.00
Wairau River Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2019 Marlborough NZ
Shiny bright pale golden coloured wine – The nose is fragrant with bright citrus aromas, grassy savoury notes & sweet tropical fruit. The palate is full flavoured with passion-fruit, grape-fruit & lime citrus flavours, zingy acidity, & a lovely long textural finish. Succulent! RRP: $30.00
Eva Pemper Rosé Pinot Gris / Pinot Noir 2020 Marlborough NZ
Pale watermelon in colour with copper hues. The nose is fragrant with summer berries and citrus blossoms with a hint of spice. The palate has a stony acid backbone with delicious melon, strawberry & citrus pith flavours, and a hint of residual sweetness adding to the mouthfeel & long refreshing finish – all in perfect balance! Gorgeous & such amazing value at RRP: $20.00
Kairau Lodge ‘Mountain Road’ Pinot Noir 2019, Taranaki NZ.
Bright translucent red cherry in colour, lighter at the rim. Slightly shy nose of plum, red berries & savoury / dried herb notes. The palate is light – medium weight, with plum, ripe red & black berry fruit flavours, subtle oak influence, fine tannins & a softer acidity all nicely integrated & balanced – lovely Pinot grown & produced right here in Taranaki – Drinking beautifully! RRP: $25.00
Kairau Lodge ‘Mountain Road’ Pinot Noir Rosè 2019 Taranaki NZ (2018 label)
Medium salmon pink in colour with copper hues. The nose is fragrant with aromas of raspberries, strawberries & cream & a hint of baking spice. The palate is vibrant with juicy red berry flavours, a crisp acidity, soft tannins and a long refreshing finish. Best served lightly chilled & shared with your friends watching the sun go down. RRP: $20.00 http://www.kairaulodge.co.nz/
Kairau Lodge & Vineyard, ‘Mountain Road’ Sauvignon Blanc, 2019 Taranaki NZ.
Pale golden yellow in colour, bright and clear! Ripe stone-fruit aromas & lemon lime citrus notes in the nose, fresh & fragrant. Vibrant & juicy palate of fleshy peach & nectarine fruit flavours with a grapefruit acidity backbone – bright, textured & juicy wine with a long full flavoured & moreish finish. RRP:$20.00 Who knew – Sauvignon Blanc grown in Taranaki – just down the road from where I live, & they grow Pinot Noir too and make a #rose as well. Cheers, Joss, Colin & Cameron.
M & A Wines Pinot Noir 2020, Marlborough NZ.
Bright cherry red in colour with purple hues, lighter at the rim. The nose is filled with dark, cherry and plum aromas, warm spice notes & a hint of black pepper. The palate is rich & ripe with the spiced cherry & plum fruit flavours coming through, a hint of green stalk acidity, pepper & fine dusty tannins. A persistent dry finish rounds it out. Still so young but drinking beautifully already! Excellent! RRP:$35.00
M & A Wines Riesling 2020 Marlborough, NZ
Pale straw in colour with soft lemon hues. The nose is fragrant and zesty with limes, tropical fruit, some grassy notes & soft floral aromas. The palate is very young & fresh with lemon & lime citrus & passion-fruit flavours, a touch of honey sweetness remains balanced with a lively acid backbone. Excellent first Riesling from Matt & Anastasiia. Drink more Riesling people! Recommend this! RRP:$25.00
Borough Wines Pinot Noir Rose 2020 Marlborough NZ.
Pale salmon to water-melon coloured, medium bodied wine. There are aromas of white flowers, summer berries & those wee pink ‘smoker lollies’ in the nose while the palate is all about the fruit – dark raspberry & sweet ripe strawberry flavours, with zesty acidity & a hint of creaminess – a delicious mouth-watering rose for summer! RRP: $15.00 https://boroughwine.co.nz/
Borough Wines Pinot Gris 2020, Marlborough NZ
Pale ‘onion flesh’ coloured wine, medium bodied with ‘nice legs!” The nose opens with ripe pear & white stone-fruit aromas & subtle spice. The palate is rounded, creamy & nicely ‘pear skin’ textured, with nectarine & spiced pear flavours. A rich palate filling wine with a nice dry finish. Luscious! RRP:$15.00 https://boroughwine.co.nz/
Borough Wines Sauvignon Blanc 2020 Marlborough NZ
Bright pale straw in colour with a lovely nose of lemon / lime citrus, green pepper and passion-fruit aromas. Nice fresh palate, lighter bodied but with a great backbone of bright acidity, juicy tropical fruit & zesty lemon/lime citrus flavours ending in a long refreshing off dry finish. Zingy & fresh! RRP: $15.00 https://boroughwine.co.nz/
Ataahua Wines Merlot 2019, Waipara NZ
Dark cherry red in colour, full bodied wine. Aromas of ripe dark plums, & dark berries fill the nose with smokey savoury & vanilla notes. Big rounded palate filled with ripe dark plum & blackcurrant flavours, sweet spice, quite grippy tannins, fine acidity, & a full flavoured quite persistent finish. Still far too young – needs at least 2 more years! RRP: $30.00 https://www.ataahuawine.co.nz/
Ataahua Wines Pinot Noir 2018, Waipara NZ
Clear raspberry cordial to cherry red in colour, lighter bodied wine. The nose is fragrant with cherry & red berry fruit aromas & just a subtle hint of oak. The palate is filled with fresh red summer berry & cherry fruit flavours, a fresh zingy acidity, fine dusty tannins & subtle oak influence. A lighter style, but nicely balanced Waipara Pinot Noir. Excellent. RRP:$37.00 https://www.ataahuawine.co.nz/
Ataahua Wines Gewurztraminer 2019, Waipara NZ.
Shiny pale-straw coloured with golden hues, nice legs (viscosity) too. The nose is really fragrant with soft floral notes, spiced apples / pears & ginger aromas. On the palate there’s loads of grippy texture, ripe fruit flavours & ginger spice. Incredibly long finish leaves the palate feeling warm (14% abv) & satisfied. Highly recommended! RRP: $26.00 https://www.ataahuawine.co.nz/
Ataahua Chardonnay 2018, Waipara NZ
Bright & clear deep-golden coloured, medium bodied wine. The nose is full of wonderful baked stone-fruit, citrus & toasty nutty butterscotch aromas. The palate is weighty, creamy & rounded, with more ripe stone-fruit flavours, gentle oak and a fine grape-fruity acid backbone. Long juicy but dry finish – Damn delicious – This is my kind of chardy! Cheers Stephanie! RRP:$30.00
Ataahua Wines Riesling 2018, Waipara NZ
Bright golden coloured wine with nice oily viscosity. Aromatic nose with ripe stone-fruit, orange citrus, bees-wax & faint kero aromas. The palate is lush, medium dry with concentrated stone & citrus fruit flavours, lovely weight & a long honeyed finish – crisp acidity on the finish balances the fruit sweetness. Gorgeous! RRP: $26.00 https://www.ataahuawine.co.nz/
Ataahua Wines Sauvignon Blanc 2020, Waipara NZ
Very pale straw, almost clear in colour. Fresh nose of citrus, gooseberry, passion-fruit & green tomato-stalk aromas. The palate is vibrant with a racy acidity as the backbone, fleshed out with more ripe citrus & tropical fruit flavours & grippy textural elements. The finish is zingy, fresh & very moreish! Waipara produces some pretty decent Savvy too! Highly recommended. RRP: $26.00
Rusty Bell Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2019 Marlborough NZ.
First release from Rusty Bell – Hand picked, whole bunch pressed, a portion in old oak. Bright pale straw in colour with a faint green tinge. Fresh passion fruit & melon aromas fill the nose with some subtle cut-grass notes. Flavours of peach, nectarine & citrus fruit on the palate are underpinned by a tart green apple acidity, stony minerality, a little oak influence all finishing beautifully – juicy and fresh! RRP: $30.00 Only 4,650 bottles produced so get in quick.
Hope Wines ‘Gumboot Friday’ Shiraz 2019, South Australia
Dark cherry to purple in colour, medium+ bodied wine. Dark plum & cherry aromas with a hint of earth. Lighter style shiraz with bright acidity, ripe dark berry & cherry flavours, fine tannins & a silky smooth dry finish. A lighter style, easy drinking red quaffer – don’t expect a huge grunty Auzzie Shiraz tho! RRP:$17.00 https://nolas.co.nz/
Hope Wines ‘Gumboot Friday’ Pinot Noir 2020 Waipara NZ
Bright clear cherry red in colour, lighter at the rim. Ripe fruity nose with cherry & red berries predominant, underpinned with some savoury & subtle oak aromas. The palate is soft and silky with fine tannins, cherry & plum flavours along with a lovey textural mouthfeel. Balanced, easy to drink, finished a little short but a nice drop! RRP:$21.00 https://nolas.co.nz/
Hope Wines ‘Gumboot Friday’ Pinot Noir Rosé 2020, Waipara NZ
Shiny pale copper-rose in colour, medium bodied wine. Lovely sweet nose of strawberries & cream with a hint of candyfloss. The palate reflects the nose with summer berry fruit, rock melon, crisp acidity & a hint of spice. The finish is crisp and delightful – a very enjoyable rosé. RRP:$21.00
Hope Wines ‘Gumboot Friday’ Chardonnay 2020, Waipara NZ
Bright lemon to gold coloured, medium bodied wine. Lovely nose with peach, nectarine & subtle oaky – buttery aromas. Nicely rounded on the palate with ripe stone-fruit & citrus flavours, a refreshing citrus acidity & a oak influence. Not too buttery, not too fruit driven – just right & a great value Chardy! RRP: $17.00
Hope Wines ‘Gumboot Friday’ Pinot Gris 2020, Waipara NZ
Soft pale pear/onion coloured wine with nice oily viscosity. The nose is full of caramelized pear & sweet honeyed notes, quite complex and rich. A lovely weighty palate with ripe pear & stone-fruit flavours, honey, spice & a grippy acidity / textural elements all beautifully integrated. Full flavoured Waipara Pinot Gris with character. RRP: $17.00
Hope Wines ‘Gumboot Friday’ Sauvignon Blanc 2020, Waipara NZ.
Bright pale straw with hints of green / gold in colour. Fresh tropical fruit aromas in the nose with a subtle whiff of cut-grassy herbaceous-ness. On the palate there’s a juicy tropical fruit sweetness, balanced with a crisp limey acidity & a crunchy dry finish. Ripe crispy Waipara Savvy! RRP:$17.00 https://nolas.co.nz/
Moonlight Mile ‘Apocalypse’ Chardonnay 2020 Nelson NZ
Bright, clear wine, pale straw in colour, medium bodied with a light viscosity. Ripe peach & nectarine aromas in the nose with slight whiff of struck match. Stone-fruit & lemon-lime flavours on palate with subtle oak & a grippy texture, crisp acidity – a little Chablis in style with the focus on the fruit. I really like this – a subtle change from big B/F & M/F Chardys! RRP:$30.00 https://www.moonlightmile.nz/
Moonlight Mile ‘Pollen’ Pinot Blanc 2020, Central Otago NZ
Pale lemon in colour with just a hint of haziness. Interesting nose of stone-fruit & orange citrus aromas & a slight mineral note. The palate is vibrant & juicy, citrus fruit driven with a zesty acid backbone. Textural and crunchy – a little oak & malo influence rounds it out – long dry finish with grapefruit & ginger-beer spice. Nice interesting drop! RRP:$30.00 https://www.moonlightmile.nz/
Karikari Estate Pinotage 2016, Northland NZ
Was so looking forward to this – the last Pinotage I tasted was a 2010 Muddy Water (in 2012.) I was not disappointed. Deep cherry red to indigo coloured wine right to the rim, medium+ bodied. Powerful nose of raspberry / blueberry and lashings of savoury forest floor / gamey aromas. The palate is full & lush with more ripe berry flavours, chocolate / cocoa, spices and a wonderful mouthfeel with rounded silky tannins, medium acidity & a huge juicy full flavoured and textured finish! Fabulous – More Pinotage please NZ! I love it! 13.0% RRP:$42.00
Karikari Estate ‘Hell Hole’ Merlot / Cabernet Franc 2016. Northland NZ.
Dark cherry coloured wine with a faint brownish tinge at the rim. Medium bodied. The nose is fresh with Xmas cake fruit, burnt caramel & savoury herbal aromas. The palate is lively with great dark fruit & savoury flavours, silky tannins & fine acidity – nicely balanced & drinking beautifully – certainly not not “raucous and rough” as the back label states. Enjoyed it now! 13.5% RRP:$27.00 Buy this wine:
Karikari Estate ‘Calypso Rose’ Merlot / Chardonnay 2020 Northland NZ.
Clean & bright, pale salmon pink in colour with copper hues. Medium bodied, nice viscosity. Fresh aromas of summer berries, a hint of stone-fruit & spice in the nose, while on the palate it’s all about the summer fruit flavours, fine tannins, a nice ripe acid backbone & a long dry but juicy finish. The addition of Chardonnay has given this a nice twist! 13.9% RRP:$27.00 https://www.karikariestate.co.nz
Dancing Water ‘Art Series’ Pinot Noir 2019, Waipara North Canterbury NZ.
Dark cherry / raspberry-red coloured wine – lighter at the rim, medium bodied. The nose is savoury & fragrant with a mix of cherry & plum aromas, faint green herb/stalk notes & a whiff of oak. On the palate there’s an immediate burst of sweet cherry & plum fruit flavours, fine silky tannins, a juicy acidity & layers of texture & mouthfeel. Very young but already so beautifully balanced. Excellent! RRP:$48.00
Dancing Water ‘Art Series’ Chardonnay 2019 Waipara, North Canterbury NZ.
Bright pale golden coloured wine with ‘nice legs.’ Lovely nose with burnt toffee, peach, nectarine & grapefruit citrus aromas, along with a subtle hint of oak & creamy nutty notes. More roasted stone-fruit on the palate with fresh acidity & fine oak textures softened with a little B/f malo – Beautifully balanced & just absolutely delicious. RRP:$42.00 https://www.dww.co.nz/
Invivo X SJP Sauvignon Blanc 202 Marlborough NZ
Bright, very pale straw coloured in the glass. The nose is fresh & sweet with aromas of ripe tropical fruit, a zingy grape-fruity citrus, freshly cut grass & a savoury whiff of ‘armpit’. Medium bodied, medium viscosity. On the palate there’s a creamy lees influence but then the zesty acidity & juicy fruit flavours kicks in. Subtle oak texture / mouthfeel gives the wine depth & finesse. The finish is long, full flavoured & intense. RRP:22.00 https://invivowines.com
Giesen Wines ‘The August’ Sauvignon Blanc 2018 Marlborough NZ.
Love this – Absolutely amazing – Shiny lemon-gold in colour, medium+ body, oily viscosity. An intense nose of passion-fruit / tropical & lemon-lime aromas underpinned with toasty fresh baked bread & a hint of smoke! Weighty rounded palate with layers of texture from wild yeast & fermentation in German oak Fuders & French barrels. Incredible long balanced finish – I want more Savvy like this! Stunning! RRP:$46.00 https://giesen.co.nz
Giesen Wines Sauvignon Blanc 2020, Marlborough NZ
Always a fave! Bright straw coloured wine with a pale green tinge. Lovely enticing nose of tropical fruit & grassy herbal aromas. On the palate a zesty acid backbone surrounded by juicy citrus & tropical fruit flavours, great length too. Clean, crisp & very refreshing Sauvignon as always! RRP:$16.00 https://giesen.co.nz/
Hunter’s Wines Sauvignon Blanc 2020, Marlborough
Pale straw in colour with a faint lemon tinge, medium bodied. The nose is full of fragrant tropical fruit & lemon – lime aromas with just a hint of green herb / lemongrass. The palate is juicy & full flavoured with a fresh acidity & a fine wet-stone almost salty element. Lovely balanced wine with a slight creamy mouthfeel & a very dry long finish. Hunters make excellent savvy – many years practice! RRP: $20.00
Tinpot Hut Sauvignon Blanc 2020, Marlborough, NZ
Very pale straw coloured wine, medium bodied with quite a concentrated nose of cut grass, country herbs, grapefruit & tropical aromas. The palate is intensely fruit-driven with lots of tropical & stone-fruit flavours, some green stalk savoury elements & a nice zingy acidity to whet the whistle. Clean, refreshing, has great length and is very moreish! RRP:$23.00
Radburnd Cellars Merlot (70%) Cabernet Sauvignon (30%) 2018, Hawke’s Bay, NZ
Wine no. 3 from Kate Radburnd’s debut trio of ‘ultra premium’ wines. Merlot & Cabernet Sauvignon from selected sites on the gravel soils of the old Ngaruroro River, and old vine Merlot from the Bridge Pa region. Bunches hand-harvested, hand-sorted, de-stemmed, into open top fermenters, some more foot stomping etc. Then 21 months in French oak before blending & bottling. Deep black-cherry coloured right to the rim, medium bodied. The nose is fragrant with ripe plums, herbal & earthy notes & a faint whiff of licorice. The palate is seamless with ripe plum fruit, light chalky tannins, soft acidity & fine oak textures all beautifully in balance – A wonderful experience – Thank you Kate – 3 exceptional wines. RRP:$85.00 https://radburndcellars.co.nz/
Radburnd Cellars Syrah 2018, Hawke’s Bay NZ
Wine no. 2 from Kate Radburnd’s debut trio of ‘ultra premium’ wines. MS Syrah clone grapes from the Bridge Pa Triangle & Dartmoor Valley vineyards. Hand sorted, de-stemmed, open top fermenters, some foot stomping, etc. 18 months in new & seasoned barriques. Deep cherry red to purple in colour, with a fragrant nose of black & red berry aromas a hint of spice. The palate is so elegant & refined: ripe berry flavours, subtle oak, fine powdery tannins & all in balance – a long intense dry finish. Stunning! Love to see this in a few years! RRP:$85.00
Radburnd Cellars – Radburnd Chardonnay 2018, Hawke’s Bay, NZ
At last – my chance to try Kate Radburnd’s debut trio of very special ‘ultra premium’ wines – First up this amazing Chardonnay – 100% Mendoza old vines, hand picked & sorted, whole bunch pressed, lees stirring, full malo & aged in new & seasoned oak. Vibrant yellow gold in colour with a lightly oily viscosity. The nose is all stone & citrus fruit aromas, with creamy, buttery, yeasty notes. On the palate the wine is beautifully balanced with ripe stone-fruit flavours underpinned with a soft grape-fruity citrus acidity, subtle fine oak – a textured, creamy & very elegant chardonnay – Outstanding. Thanks Kate! RRP:$85.00 https://radburndcellars.co.nz
Greystone Vineyard Ferment Pinot Noir 2018, Waipara NZ.
Bright raspberry red in colour, lighter bodied, quite translucent. The nose is a mix of florals & ripe red berry aromas with subtle oak & savoury notes in the background. The palate is predominantly ripe red berries with a lovely balance of fresh acidity, fine tannins and a savoury mineral complexity. Dry full flavoured finish. Wild ferment in the vineyard, time in aged barriques have produced a stunning example of what Waipara Pinot Noir can be – Organic, Vegan, Natural wine, a special occasion on it’s own – venison back-strap with a Pinot Noir jus would be fantastic.RRP:$75.00 Outstanding. Available from https://www.greystonewines.co.nz/
Greystone Organic Pinot Noir Rosé 2020, Waipara North Canterbury NZ
Bright & clear, pale watermelon coloured wine with rose-gold hues. Raspberry & Strawberry fruit aromas predominant in the nose with a faint yeasty note in the back. The palate is lively with fresh red berry-fruit flavours, a nice crisp acidity balanced with a lush creamy mouthfeel – long dry berry flavoured finish with a little tannin grip! Yummy Summer Pink! RRP:$25.00 https://www.greystonewines.co.nz/
Greystone Organic Sauvignon Blanc 2019, Waipara, North Canterbury, NZ
Bright pale yellow gold in colour. In the nose, fragrant florals & aromas of ripe summer stone-fruit. The palate is creamy & rounded with more luscious stone-fruit & lemon citrus flavours – nothing green or herbal going on here. Lovely textural mouthfeel from wild yeasts, barrel fermentation, partial malo, & time on lees. This is a fabulous Sauvignon Blanc made in a Chardonnay style – Just Stunning! I want more Savvies like this & at RRP:$28.00 an absolute steal. https://www.greystonewines.co.nz/
Loveblock Organic Pinot Gris 2020 Awatere Valley Marlborough NZ
Very pale straw with pale golden hues in colour. Aromas of ripe pears, melon, apple and citrus notes in the nose. A dry crisp palate with juicy pear, green apple & rock melon flavours. Nice tension on the palate with bright acidity, pear skin / wet stone textures, stone-fruit & pear flavours and a long dry finish. RRP:$22.00 https://loveblockwine.com
Loveblock Organic Sauvignon Blanc 2020 Awatere Valley, Marlborough, NZ.
Bright pale straw with slight green hues in colour. Lovely clean nose of ripe tropical fruit with a subtle whiff of freshly cut grass / green pepper. A refreshing palate with juicy tropical & stone-fruit flavours and a zesty citrus acidity, nicely balanced & textured with a long juicy finish. Another wonderful wine from the hands of Kim Crawford – read about how this wine was grown & produced at: https://loveblockwine.com
Two Rivers ‘Isle of Beauty’ Rosé 2020 Marlborough NZ.
Soft rose-gold pink in colour with pale copper hues. Lovely delicate nose of fresh flowers, red berries rock-melon & a subtle herbal note. There’s a vibrant grapefruit acidity on the palate, nice tannin structure, with cranberry, raspberry & stone-fruit flavours, a slight savoury, salty minerality. Long dry crisp finish. A field blend of ‘various’ white & red grapes from 4 vineyards in the Southern valleys of Marlborough. Gorgeous award winning wine! RRP:$21.00 https://www.tworivers.co.nz/
Moana Park Estate Gimblett Road Merlot Cabernet Franc 2019. Hawke’s Bay NZ.
Very dark black cherry to purple in colour lighter at the rim. Lashings of aromatic plum & dark berry aromas & burnt oak / gunsmoke notes in the nose. Huge mouth-filling palate with intense plum & black berry flavours, green herb stalk, firm tannins, spiced oak elements, grunty alcohol at 14%. Finish doesn’t finish – dry & everlasting almost. Grippy, intense, big red! Very memorable wine. RRP:$45.00
Moana Park Estate Gimblett Road Chardonnay 2019 Hawke’s Bay NZ
OMG – This is my kind of Chardonnay… Bright lemon gold with green tinge – medium+ bodied. Gorgeous nose of ripe stone-fruit, nutty, spicy & whiff of warm buttered bread. Wonderful palate filled with ripe stone-fruit & juicy citrus flavours, nutty oak, gritty textural elements with a creamy long dry finish. Big Bold not overly buttery, but beautifully balanced Chardonnay. A stunner! RRP:$45.00
Moana Park Estate Growers Collection Chardonnay 2020, Gisborne NZ.
Light lemon-gold coloured wine with a nice viscosity – medium bodied. Gorgeous nose of ripe stone & tropical fruit aromas & a subtle hint of oak. Full flavoured palate of ripe stone-fruit, fresh tart citrus acidity, nice mouthfeel with a little time in tank and barrel on light lees, adding a little weight & texture to a crisp fruit-driven palate. Shellfish! One for the ABC crowd! RRP:$25.00 https://moanaparkcellar.co.nz/
Moana Park Estate Growers Collection Sauvignon Blanc 2020, Marlborough NZ.
Shiny pale straw coloured, medium bodied wine. Fragrant tropical & citrus fruit aromas in the nose with some savoury green stalk / capsicum notes. Lovely zingy acidity on the palate with juicy passion-fruit & grapefruit flavours, nice weight / textural elements and a long refreshing finish. Delish! RRP:$25.00
Moana Park Estate ‘Growers Collection’ Syrah 2019 Hawke’s Bay NZ.
Deep purple to black-cherry in colour, medium bodied. Fragrant nose of blackberry & raspberry fruit, black pepper & sweet spice aromas. On the palate there are ripe dark summer berry fruit flavours, a savoury peppery note, with wonderful depth, texture & flavours. Silky tannins, fine oak & medium acidity all in balance. Excellent value HB / GG Syrah – Lengthy dry elegant finish. Smokey marinated baby-back pork ribs for dinner – Perfect. RRP:$25.00 https://moanaparkcellar.co.nz/
Moana Park Estate Albarino 2020, Hawke’s Bay NZ
Shiny & bright pale lemon gold in colour, medium bodied. Gorgeous nose brimming with aromas of ripe stone-fruit, citrus & a hint of pepper. A full flavoured palate with layers of peaches, nectarine, lemons & a savoury salty mineral note, crisp limey acidity & nice oak influence from 100% barrel ferment – a delicious richly textured wine with a long juicy finish. A very special treat. RRP:$45.00