JB’s Wine Reviews 2022

Wines Tasted During 2022

Here is a list of all the wines I tasted and reviewed in 2022 – 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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2022 Wine Reviews


Melange ‘Rouge’ 100% Organic Pinot Noir 2022, Marlborough NZ
The 4th Wine from Harrison Eaton – Mid raspberry to ruby red in colour, paler at the rim, medium bodied, nice legs too. Lots of dark plum & red berry aromas on the nose, a little spice & oak notes. Quite a zingy palate with a young vibrant acidity, grippy tannins & oak textures with ripe plums, red & dark berry fruit flavours. A long warm, concentrated dry finish – a young fruit-driven, complex wine that already has an elegance about it. Love to see in 2 years. RRP:$34.00 https://www.instagram.com/melangewines/

Melange ‘Rougir’ 2022 Marlborough NZ
The 3rd wine from Harrison Eaton – Bright, translucent copper-red coloured wine, medium bodied. An aromatic nose of bright red summer berry aromas, strawberries & cream. The palate is vibrant & concentrated with tart red berries, ripe stone-fruit & dark plum flavours, nice grippy tannins & a zesty acidity make a textured, complex & punchy wine with a juicy long finish. Another interesting blend of Sauvignon Blanc 34%, Chardonnay 33% & Pinot Noir 33% made with minimal intervention – Rosé on steroids? Excellent. RRP:$34.00 https://www.instagram.com/melangewines/

Melange ‘Du Champ’ 2022 Marlborough NZ
Mid to pale orange coloured wine with a faint haze, medium bodied. Fragrant citrus aromas, lemon, mandarin & ginger in the nose. Lemon citrus, stone-fruit, & ginger spice flavours on the palate, while a nice grippy acidity & pear-skin textural elements give zing and depth – a long dry yet juicy finish. A natural co-fermented field-blend of Gewurztraminer 71% & Pinot Gris 29% – hand harvested, foot plunged, 28 days on skins, lees stirred, time in barrel etc. No additives – just grapes. Last tasted the 2020 release & have to say this is great too. Enjoying the different & really interesting wines that Harrison is producing. RRP:$34.00 https://www.instagram.com/melangewines/

Melange Blanc (Skin fermented) Sauvignon Blanc 2022, Auntsfield Vineyard, Marlborough NZ
Pale lemon coloured wine, light viscosity / body. Aromas of ripe citrus, grapefruit, mandarin & stone-fruit in the nose, a slight savoury note. The palate is fruit-forward with juicy tropical, mandarin & tart grape-fruit flavours, a grippy citrus acidity is softened with some malo / lees / oak influence – a long dry citrus finish. Unfined, unfiltered, no S02 just 100% grapes – fresh, crisp & interesting zesty young wine. Drink slightly chilled. RRP:$34.00 https://www.instagram.com/melangewines/


Nuala Sauvignon Blanc 2022, Marlborough NZ (Wither Hills?)
Very pale straw in colour with soft lemon hues, lighter bodied wine. The nose has aromas of tropical fruit, apple, lemon-citrus & a very subtle savoury note. The palate begins with fresh melon & stone-fruit flavours & a crisp lemon-pith acidity – it’s softer, more rounded with some residual sweetness and a smooth juicy finish. Very pleasant & easy to drink – a great introduction to savvy for those who don’t like the big grassy, zesty Savs NZ is famous for. RP:$20.00?

Yealands Single Vineyard, Awatere Valley, Sauvignon Blanc 2022, Marlborough NZ.
Bright, clear straw coloured wine with the palest of green hues. The nose is intensely fragrant, grassy, stalky, herbal notes all underpinned with lush tropical fruit aromas. The vibrant palate has juicy tropical fruit, lime & lemon citrus fruit flavours, very zesty acidity & a grippy wet stone / mineral mouthfeel all adding texture and depth. The finish is juicy, long & just mouthwatering! Champion Sauvignon Blanc at the recent National Wine Awards of Aotearoa – well deserved as this is an excellent Awatere savvy. RRP:28.00
Available online at: https://www.yealands.co.nz/

Equilibrium Makers Pinot Noir 2021, Te Muna, Martinborough NZ
Deep ruby-red coloured, semi opaque, medium bodied wine. A fragrant nose of juicy plum & dark berry aromas with hints of pepper, spice & savoury notes. The palate has loads of concentrated cherry, plum & dark berry flavours & subtle oak, while chalky tannins & fresh stalky acidity provide great texture & mouthfeel; great length on the finish. First time I’ve tasted this & would love to see it again in a few years – Kudos to Simone and Lucie – 3 excellent wines. RRP:$39.00 https://www.equilibriummakers.com/

Equilibrium Makers Chardonnay 2021, Martinborough NZ
Pale yellow in colour with subtle golden hues. Fragrant aromas of stone-fruit (peach, apricot) a toasty nutty note & a hint of spice in the nose. On the palate the wine has focus on the ripe stone-fruit, crisp apple & lemon flavours, a grippy, tart acidity, nicely textured with just a little subtle oak & a long concentrated juicy finish. A lively fruit-forward Chablis style of Chardonnay – I highly recommend you try this – excellent. RRP:$39.00 Purchase online at https://www.equilibriummakers.com/

Equilibrium Makers Pinot Noir Rosé 2022, Te Muna, Martinborough NZ
Pretty soft pink in colour with pale copper hues, medium bodied. Fragrant nose with enticing stone-fruit, red berry, cherry & lemony citrus aromas. The palate is nicely balanced with a crisp yet juicy acidity, flavours of berries, & citrus reflecting the nose & just a hint of spice on a long dry & very refreshing finish. My first taste of this wine and overall it’s a delicious, beautifully balanced Pinot Rosé. Excellent value too at around RRP:$30.00 Purchase online at https://www.equilibriummakers.com/

Hunter’s Miru Miru Non Vintage, Marlborough NZ
Bright straw coloured with lemon / gold hues, fine persistent bubbles. Lovely citrus & stone-fruit aromas in the nose with shortbread / biscuits notes. A fresh zingy palate has lively acidity, juicy lemon & sweet apple flavours balanced with a creamy, nutty texture and layers of complexity & great length. A delicious & elegant blend of classic Champagne grape varieties, 66% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Noir & 4% Pinot Meunier. RRP:$30.00 https://hunters.co.nz/

Known Unknown ‘I like Your Old Stuff Better Than Your New Stuff’ Sauvignon Blanc / Pinot Gris ‘Methode Ancestrale’ 2019, Hawke’s Bay NZ
Forgot I had this – tasted chilled – Pet Nat, Produced by Jules van Costello at his urban winery in New Plymouth – A clear, bright golden colour, tiny shortlived bubbles in the glass longer effervescence in the bottle. Aromas of citrus, green apple, pear & a subtle yeasty / brioche note in the nose. The palate is crisp and fresh with citrus & peach flavours, a bright zingy acidity and a grippy dry finish. Interesting approach to a SB /PG blend / bubbles. An enjoyable fun wine. RRP:$30.00 (N/A) https://knownunknownwine.com/

Hunter’s ‘Offshoot’ Pet Nat Sauvignon Blanc 2022, Marlborough NZ
Pale straw in colour with a very faint haze & a small persistant bubbles in the glass while in the bottle effervescence lasted for ages from a fine layer of sediment in the bottle. The nose is fresh & aromatic with citrus & tropical fruit aromas, a hint of spritz / yeastyness. A crisp tasty palate with citrus, green apple & passion-fruit flavours, a zingy acidity & spritz adding texture & interest, dry slightly tart finish – Refreshing & enjoyed – I thought “Methode Sauvignon Blanc” RRP:$25.00 https://hunters.co.nz/

Church Road ‘McDonald Series’ Chardonnay 2021, Hawke’s Bay NZ
Medium straw in colour with green / gold hues – nice legs (viscosity). Vibrant nose of lemon citrus & peach fruit aromas underpinned with nutty toasty oak & a hint of flint / smoke. Lush palate with stone & citrus fruit flavours, nice grape-fruity acidity then creamy butterscotch / nougat flavours & layers of texture & complexity to finish. Stunning wine – love it – I am a bit biased as a long time chardonnay fan though. Awarded Champion Chardonnay at the New World Wine Awards – excellent value too at just RRP$25.00 https://www.church-road.com/

Saint Clair Family Estate, ‘James Sinclair’ Syrah 2021 – Gimblett Gravels, Hawke’s Bay NZ
Deep ruby / purple in colour, paler at the rim, medium bodied. The nose is aromatic with dark plum & berry aromas, a hint of oak, some spice / pepper notes. The palate is concentrated & layered with dark plum and berry fruit flavours, silky tannins, grippy acidity & subtle oak. A long dry complex finish – perfect with our Med Rare Ribe-eye steak. Gold Medal at the New World Wine Awards (top 50 too) and amazing value at under $25.00 https://saintclair.co.nz/

Mount Riley Albarino 2022, Marlborough NZ
Pale straw coloured with green hues, medium bodied wine with a light oily viscosity. The nose is enticing with fresh peach, lemon & lime aromas all reflected on the palate; peach, citrus & green apple flavours, a hint of spice all supported with a lovely crisp acid backbone, a stony minerality & intense long dry, yet juicy finish. Beautiful wine & Champion Aromatic at the 2022 New World Wine Awards. RRP:$20.00 https://mountriley.co.nz/

Eradus Awatere Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2022, Marlborough NZ
Very pale straw with the faintest of green hues, lighter bodied. Fresh & fragrant nose with stone-fruit / tropical fruit aromas & grassy savoury green-herb notes. Luscious textured palate with juicy passion-fruit / peach / lemon / lime flavours, a really zingy acidity, & a nice wet-stone minerality. The finish is long, dry & refreshingly delicious. Excellent Marlborough / Awatere Sauvignon Blanc. RRP:$20.00


Pegasus Bay Wine ‘Main Divide’ Pinot Noir 2020, North Canterbury NZ
Deep ruby red in colour, medium bodied wine. Vibrant nose of raspberry , dark berry & cherry fruit aromas, a savoury forest-floor note, subtle oak spice influence. Dark cherry, berries & savoury gamey flavours follow on the palate, with a zesty acidity, lush tannins & fine grained oak providing texture, weight & complexity. Long dry concentrated finish. An excellent North Canterbury Pinot from the Pegasus Bay / Donaldson family. Fantastic value too at just RRP:$25.00 https://www.pegasusbay.com/

Ant MacKenzie’s Theory & Practice Chardonnay 2020, Hawke’s Bay NZ
Bright yellow to gold in colour with pale green hues, medium viscosity. Lovely ripe peach and nectarine aromas in the nose, creamy nutty notes, subtle oak notes. Peach and nectarine flavours follow on the palate, with creamy nutty oak, a hint of spice, a little caramel popcorn & crisp acid backbone keeps everything in balance. A richly textured chardonnay from the Hawke’s Bay – Long dry flavour-filled finish. RRP:$26.00 https://www.instagram.com/tpwine.nz

Mahinepua Bay Chambourcin 2019, Northland NZ
Deep cherry red – indigo coloured to the rim, medium plus bodied, nice viscosity. Similar nose to the 2017 with dark plum & black berry fruit aromas but more savoury, earthy notes rounding out the bouquet. The palate again has those dark concentrated berry & plum fruit flavours, subtle spice & smoky oak notes, nicely integrated tannins & acidity with a long dry warming finish. Still quite youthful, drinking beautifully. My fave of the two vintages provided. RRP:$28.00 https://www.mahinepuabaywines.co.nz/

Mahinepua Bay Chambourcin 2017, Northland NZ
Dark cherry red coloured, semi opaque starting to show a little age at the rim. In the nose were sweet plum, dark berry & cranberry aromas with subtle green stalk & mineral notes. A medium bodied red with concentrated dark berry & plum fruit flavours on the palate, spice, liquorice, fine silky tannins & a refreshing acidity all nicely integrated. Years since I tasted chambourcin, a French variety – this is an interesting & quite approachable wine. RRP:$28.00. https://www.mahinepuabaywines.co.nz/

Loveblock Sauvignon Blanc 2021, Marlborough NZ
Clear pale straw with lemon / lime hues, medium bodied wine. Fragrant nose with ripe citrus & tropical fruit aromas underpinned with some savoury & herbal notes – a hint of Awatere armpit. A complex & full flavoured palate, with sweet stone-fruit & rock melon flavours, a crisp acid backbone, subtle wet stone stone minerality and a long layered juicy finish. A mix of hand and machine picked fruit, concrete eggs, amphorae, old french barrels & S/S, wild & malo ferments result in this wonderfully complex & textured savvy – Organic & Vegan too. Excellent! RRP: $27.00 https://loveblockwine.com/

Yealands Reserve Rosé 2021, Marlborough NZ
A 50/50 blend of Pinot Gris & Pinot Noir – A deep pink colour with copper & orange hues, medium bodied wine. It has a fresh aromatic nose of red berries, smoker lollies & spice while the palate has a crunchy acidity & lots of texture – concentrated flavours of summer raspberries & strawberries, a creamy vanilla note and a long off dry finish. Delicious – just in time for summer sipping. RRP:$23.00

Yealands Reserve Chardonnay 2021, Hawke’s Bay NZ
Bright lemon-gold coloured with pale green hues. Medium legs / viscosity. The nose shows peach, nectarine, pineapple & citrus fruit aromas then a hint of nutty oak & vanilla. Medium weighted palate filled with fresh juicy stone-fruit & tropical flavours while a little grape-fruit citrus acidity, creamy lees, oak & a mineral note textures add depth and complexity – long concentrated juicy finish. Battered Gurnard & fries perhaps? RRP:$19.00 https://www.yealands.co.nz/


Yealands ‘Reserve’ Sauvignon Blanc 2022, Marlborough NZ.
Pale straw almost clear with faint green & gold hues. The nose is very aromatic with ripe tropical & stone-fruit, citrus aromas, & green, grassy herbal notes. Lots of vibrancy on the palate with juicy peach, citrus & tart gooseberry fruit flavours, a zesty acidity all nicely textured by a slightly salty mineral note. An excellent lively & refreshing, top quality Awatere Savvy. Mouth-watering & under twenty bucks. Yum! RRP:$20.00 https://www.yealands.co.nz/

Mills Reef ‘Bespoke’ Cabernet Sauvignon / Cabernet Franc 2019, Hawke’s Bay NZ
Inky dark-cherry coloured full bodied wine, slightly opaque. The nose is all about the dark berry & juicy plum aromas with a savoury / green leafy note & fine oak. Lots of flavours & textures on the palate with juicy dark berries & plums, savoury herb notes, cedar / oak, bright acidity & grippy tannins add layers of texture & complexity to the mouthfeel. A long drying but mouth-watering finish completes the experience. Excellent. RRP: $39.00 https://www.wineportfolio.co.nz/brands/mills-reef

Mills Reef ‘Reserve’ Cabernet Merlot 2020, Hawke’s Bay NZ
Deep purple to crimson in colour, full bodied wine (77% Cab Sav 23% Merlot.)
Blackberry & dark plum fruit aromas on the nose with notes of chocolate & toasted oak. Wonderfully textured palate with black berry, plum & blackcurrant fruit flavours, underpinned with silky smooth tannins, a fine acidity & spicy oak influence – a long dry finish. Full of flavour, texture all beautifully integrated. Pair with seared venison or lamb rump – Yum! RRP:$24.00

Mills Reef Reserve Merlot Malbec 2021, Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay NZ
Deep ruby / violet in colour to the rim, slightly opaque wine. Savoury notes of leather & earth in the nose then spice & black fruit aromas follow. The palate is all about the texture, smooth silky tannins, a fresh line of acidity & fine oak textural elements, luscious red & black berry fruit flavours – a decent whack of alcohol 14% adds warmth & depth. A delicious Bordeaux style red without breaking the bank. RRP: $24.00 https://www.wineportfolio.co.nz/brands/mills-reef

Mills Reef Reserve Syrah 2020, Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay NZ
Dark cherry / ruby-red in colour, full bodied. Lots of red & dark berry fruit aromas in the nose, pepper, spice & an earthy savoury note follow. Juicy ripe dark berry & plum fruit flavours on the palate, fine powdery tannins, fresh acidity, a hint of pepper, subtle oak all beautifully integrated, with a complex & textured finish. A very drinkable, great value HB Syrah at just RRP: $24.00

Mills Reef ‘Elspeth’ Chardonnay 2020, Hawke’s Bay NZ
Vibrant yellow-gold in colour, ample bodied wine. The nose is fragrant & filled with citrus blossom, peach, apricot and nutty / butterscotch aromas. The palate is delicious with ripe stone-fruit (apricot, peach, nectarine) flavours, a grape-fruit pith acidity, spicy nutty oak & a creamy malo influenced mouthfeel – I love a good chardonnay, but is an excellent, elegant & beautifully integrated chardonnay. Gorgeous! RRP:$39.00 https://www.wineportfolio.co.nz/brands/mills-reef

Mills Reef ‘Reserve’ Chardonnay 2021, Hawke’s Bay NZ
Bright light golden coloured wine, full bodied with an oily viscosity. Immediate aromas of butterscotch & ripe stone-fruit in the nose with a subtle hint of oak spice. The palate is mouth-filling with a refreshing citrus acidity, juicy stone-fruit flavours all enveloped in a creamy textured body from barrel ferment & maturation in oak / lees stirring. A long full flavoured finish. Excellent value Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay at just RRP: $24.00 https://www.wineportfolio.co.nz/brands/mills-reef

Blackenbrook ‘Family Reserve’ Pinot Noir 2020, Nelson NZ
Dark cherry / purple in colour to the rim – medium+ bodied wine. The nose is enticing with lovely cherry, plum & blackcurrant aromas, then a smoky, earthy savoury note. The palate has concentrated flavours of ripe dark cherry & plum fruit flavours, while a big mouthful of peppery tannins, toasty oak, grippy acidity & 14.5% abv provide layers of texture & complexity. Long dry concentrated finish – a big bold ‘in your face’ Pinot Noir – Excellent. RRP:$49.00 https://www.blackenbrook.co.nz/

Blackenbrook Pinot Rosé 2022, Nelson NZ
Bright & shiny translucent raspberry-red coloured wine, medium bodied. The nose is fragrant & intense, filled with aromas of red berry-fruit / red currant, ‘raspberries & cream’ comes to mind. The palate is concentrated with lots of red berry fruit to the fore, a creamy mouthfeel is balanced with a crunchy acidity, long refreshing finish – with daylight saving not far away, an excellent sip for those long summer evenings! RRP: $26.00 https://www.blackenbrook.co.nz/

Blackenbrook Pinot Gris 2022, Nelson NZ
Pale straw coloured wine with the fainest hint of green, nice legs too. Fresh pears, sweet spices & honey in the nose. Fruit & spice continuing on the palate with pear & ginger, a ‘pear-skin’ textural element, crisp acidity & long juicy finish. Always a fabulous drop – love to see this again in a couple of years. Certified sustainable winegrower since 2010 / certified vegan wine. RRP: $25.00 https://www.blackenbrook.co.nz/

Providore P – Series Black Label Pinot Noir 2019, Central Otago NZ
The second new pinot from Providore Wines – Decanted before tasting. Deep black-cherry to garnet in colour & great legs / viscosity for a pinot. The nose opens with a smokey note, dark fruit aromas, baking spices, nutty oak & subtle earth aromas follow! There’s lots of dark fruit flavours, fine supple tannins, oak and a juicy acidity on the palate – a huge concentrated wine with 14.3% abv adding warmth – plenty of weight & texture, beautifully integrated, wonderful finish. Fantastic wine – Xmas Cake & this? Perfect. RRP:$69.00 Only 1,000 bottles produced: https://providorewines.com/

Providore P – Series White Label Pinot Noir 2019, Central Otago NZ.
The first of 2 special new pinots from Jody Pagey at Providore Wines – Decanted before tasting. Bright cherry / ruby red in colour lighter toward the rim, medium bodied. Fragrant nose of ripe red and black berry, dark plum & spice aromas, savoury / gamey notes too. Concentrated full flavoured palate with red & dark fruit, a refreshing acid backbone, fabulous dusty / chalky tannins & just a little subtle oak. Nicely integrated, complex with a long satisfying finish – beautiful sub-regional pinot made with minimal intervention but lots of care! Elegant, smooth, wonderful! RRP:$69.00 Only 1,000 bottles produced: https://providorewines.com/

Providore Pinot Noir 2019, Central Otago NZ
Deep purple / black cherry coloured to the rim, ample bodied wine. Quite an intense nose with dark berry, plum, spice & savoury forest-floor aromas. Concentrated palate filled with dark berry, cherry & plum fruit, a very juicy acidity, lovely chalky tannins & fine oak influence, textured, complex, beautifully integrated & all in balance. Long dry persistent finish. Excellent drop indeed! RRP$40.00 https://providorewines.com/

Providore ‘First Edition’ Pinot Noir 2020, Central Otago NZ
Bright ruby / red cherry coloured wine, lighter in body & style. Subtle savoury & floral notes in the nose with red cherry & berry fruit aromas & a little nutty oak note. Ripe cherry, red berry & dark plum flavours follow on the palate with nice grippy tannins, juicy acidity & a little peppery note all finishing dry with generous length. A great ‘drink now’ Pinot Noir, youthful, bright & full of flavour. RRP:$30.00 https://providorewines.com/

Rapaura Springs Limestone Terrace Vineyard, Pinot Noir 2020, Marlborough NZ.
A single vineyard wine from the Ward sub region of Marlborough’s southern coast.
Ruby / red cherry coloured wine, paler at the rim. Red & dark berry aromas fill the nose, fragrant savoury herb & warm spice notes follow. Dark fruit flavours of plum, berry & cherry on the palate with fresh acidity, fine silky tannins & spicy oak all add layers of texture & complexity. The finish is full of flavour, character, structure & although still quite young is drinking perfectly already. Fabulous Wine.
RRP:$46.00 from https://rapaurasprings.co.nz/

Rapaura Springs Rohe – Southern Valleys Pinot Noir 2021, Marlborough, NZ
Darker cherry red / ruby in colour lighter at the rim. An aromatic, floral nose with baking spices, cherry & ripe berry aromas follow. Lots of intensity & complexity on the palate, dark berries, spice & subtle choccy flavours supported by fine powdery tannins, a juicy acidity & subtle oak influence all beautifully integrated & balanced. Long delicious velvety finish. Another excellent wine. RRP:$37.00 https://rapaurasprings.co.nz/

Rapaura Springs Rohe – Awatere Valley Pinot Noir 2021, Marlborough NZ
Bright translucent ruby red in colour. Fragrant ripe cherry, red berry & plums aromas in the nose, a hint of spice. The palate is concentrated & full flavoured with cherry & berry fruit flavours underpinned with subtle spice & a savoury herb note. Silky tannins, fine acidity and oak influence add complexity & elegance. A long intense fruit-driven finish. Excellent. RRP:$37.00 https://rapaurasprings.co.nz/

Rapaura Springs ‘Bouldevines Vineyard Omaka Valley’ Chardonnay 2020, Marlborough NZ
Clear, light straw in colour with lemon & gold hues – great legs / viscosity. A note of gunpowder / flint at first in the nose, then ripe peach, nectarine & spicy oak aromas follow – A layered & textured palate with ripe stone-fruit flavours, a grape-fruit / citrus acidity, it’s nicely integrated & balanced, subtle oak results in a more fruit forward style with complexity & finesse. My first taste of this Chardonnay, only the second vintage produced from this vineyard I think. RRP:$37.00

Rapaura Springs Bull Paddock Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2022, Marlborough NZ
Shiny pale almost clear coloured wine with the subtlest green hues. An immediate note of savoury ‘armpit’ in the nose followed by fragrant tropical fruit aromas. The palate has a nice grippy mouthfeel and a savoury / salty minerality while juicy tropical & citrus fruit flavours & a zesty grape-fruit acidity add depth & character. These sub-regional savvies are all quite different but Oh So Very Good! Cheers! RRP:$28.00

Rapaura Springs Rohe – Blind River Sauvignon Blanc 2022, Marlborough NZ
Very pale straw in colour with faint green hues. Lovely tropical, passion-fruit & lemon citrus aromatics in the nose. The palate is concentrated & ripe with rock melon, stone-fruit & grape-fruity citrus flavours. A nice tart acid backbone & rich textural elements all meld together in a long balanced & delicious finish. A softer, richer style of savvy but without oak. Very nice drop! RRP:$25.00 https://rapaurasprings.co.nz/

Rapaura Springs Rohe – Rapaura Sauvignon Blanc 2022, Marlborough NZ
Bright pale straw coloured with pale green hues. Gooseberries & tropical fruit aromas fill the nose with a cut grass / savoury green herb / blackcurrant note. The palate is all about the gooseberries & tropical fruit flavours, a tart lime acidity & a savoury herbaceous element result in a classic, zingy fruit-driven savvy with lots of character. Another Juicy, ripe, mouth watering savvy! RRP:$25.00 https://rapaurasprings.co.nz/

Rapaura Springs Rohe – Dillons Point Sauvignon Blanc 2022, Marlborough NZ
Pale straw coloured, green hues, bright & clear. Intense fragrant nose of tropical fruit, green pepper / blackcurrant leaf & a savoury earthy note. Concentrated palate of tropical & stone-fruit flavours with lemon citrus, a steely acidity & a wet-stone textural element – layered, zesty & full flavoured with a long juicy finish. the 3rd vintage I’ve tasted – always excellent Marlborough Savvy. RRP:$25.00 https://rapaurasprings.co.nz/

Summerhill Heights Pinot Noir 2020, North Canterbury NZ
Cherry red in colour with purple hues the faintest haze. Ripe summer cherries, plums & berry-fruit aromas in the nose with smoky oak & savoury earthy notes. Nicely textured palate with layers of fresh acidity, fine powdery tannins & ripe cherry & berry fruit flavours, subtle oak & a stony whetstone minerality – delicious! Hand picked, fermented naturally in open vats, foot plunged, macerated a month post infused fermentation, then pressed off, settled & racked into old oak barrels then bottled un-fined and unfiltered. RRP:$35.00

Fancrest Estate Pinot Noir 2017, North Canterbury NZ
Medium opaque / hazy red cherry coloured wine, starting to show a little age at the edge. Aromatic nose with dried herbs, earth, cherry, plum fruit a hint of spice in the background. Concentrated fruit on the palate, cherry, plum & that green herb savoury note, a nice minerality / chalky tannins & fine acidity all in balance after 5 years. Made from a blend of all seven Pinot Noir clones grown on the Estate, without fining, filtering & zero sulphites. Highly recommend this – a Pinot with a difference. RRP:$45.00 https://www.fancrest.com/

Fancrest Estate Pinot Noir Rosé 2020, North Canterbury NZ
Pale peach / apricot coloured, medium bodied wine slightly hazy. The nose is savoury & earthy at first but then white stone-fruit, apricot, citrus & spice notes follow. The palate is light but tight with a fresh citrus-pith acidity, fine powdery tannins then the fruit flavours reflecting the nose arrive – juicy & dry medium length finish. Unfined, unfiltered natural & organic wine made using the saignée method. Different, very interesting, enjoyable: expanding my palate further. RRP:$26.00 https://www.fancrest.com/


Tannacrieff Hunters Collection ‘Red Stag’ Pinot Noir Port 2020, Central Otago NZ
Cherry red in colour lighter at the rim, medium+ bodied – dark for a ruby port. Enticing sweet nose of ripe black plum, cherry, spice & oak aromas – On the palate are concentrated flavours of plums, cherries, dark berries, sweet raisins, textured with fine tannin / oak and a smooth warming finish. Very moreish! $49.00 Available to buy online at https://www.tannacrieff.co.nz/

Tannacrieff ‘White Heron’ Port 2020 made from Pinot Gris, Central Otago, NZ.
Pale copper / gold /onion skin coloured fortified wine with a fab oily viscosity. Aromas of pear & stone-fruit, baking spices & a hint of caramel fill the nose. The sweet Pinot Gris fruit flavours & spice are reflected on the palate, luscious silky textures with warmth & depth, a little citrus bite on the finish. Gorgeous! RRP:$42.00 Available to buy online at https://www.tannacrieff.co.nz/

CharRees Riesling 2018 South Canterbury NZ
From Esma and Charlie Hill’s tiny family vineyard in South Canterbury before they sold the vineyard in 2020. This vintage is a deep lemon gold in colour, lighter bodied with fragrant lemon citrus & honey / bees wax notes in the nose. The palate is quite delicate with stone fruit & lemon / honey citrus flavours, a crisp acidity, nicely integrated with an off-dry finish. At it’s best now I think. Last bottle – I wonder what happened to the vines?

Suncrest Orchard Plum Port 2019, Central Otago NZ
Dark purple in coloured with an oily viscosity. The nose is just like opening a tin of black doris plums with just a hint of wood / oak. The palate follows with succulent plum flavours, a slightly tart ‘plum skin’ acidity & nice warmth from 16.5% abv on the finish. A delicious fruit port made by Central Otago winemaker, Debra Cruickshank – Black doris plums are pulped, juiced & left to ferment slightly to create some natural alcohol before being fortified and left to age in neutral French oak barrels for 6 months. Excellent tipple on a cold winter’s eve! RRP: $25.00 375ml bottle https://suncrestorchard.co.nz/

27 Seconds Pinot Noir 2020, North Canterbury NZ
Deep red cherry in colour, lighter toward the edge. Fresh ripe cherry & berry aromas fill the nose with spices & savoury earthy notes following. The palate is full of character with bright cherry & berry fruit flavours, nicely integrated acidity, fine chalky tannins & nutty, spicy oak notes – lovely balance & depth with a long med-dry finish – Love it. Fantastic value North Canterbury Pinot Noir at just RRP:$25.00 https://27seconds.co.nz/

27 Seconds Syrah Rosé 2021, North Canterbury NZ
Bright pale watermelon coloured wine, medium bodied – Fragrant blossom & sweet strawberry aromas in the nose with subtle spice note. There’s a lovely crisp acidity on the palate then ripe strawberry & cranberry fruit flavours – a textural wine with nice weight, a creamy mouthfeel and a long dry but juicy finish. This Syrah Rosé is Yummy! RRP:$19.00 https://27seconds.co.nz/

27 Seconds Pinot Gris 2021, North Canterbury NZ
Medium lemon gold in colour with subtle copper hues, medium+ bodied with great legs / viscosity. A fragrant, lush nose with aromas of sweet honeyed pears, citrus & spices. Succulent pear & stone-fruit flavours follow on the palate, citrus peel acidity, warming spice notes, subtle ‘nashi pear skin’ texture with medium acidity & a long off-dry finish. A beautifully balanced wine! RRP:$22.00 https://27seconds.co.nz/

27 Seconds Riesling 2021, North Canterbury NZ
Pale lemon in colour with golden hues, slightly oily viscosity. Fragrant nose with aromas of honey, beeswax & sweet citrus. Medium sweetness on the palate with a tart mandarin / tangelo citrus flavours, sweet honey & a crisp limey acidity, long finish left me wanting more, and some creamy blue cheese! Scrumptious! RRP:$19.00 https://27seconds.co.nz/

27 Seconds Sauvignon Blanc 2021, North Canterbury NZ
Light straw coloured wine with pale green hues. Fresh stone-fruit & bright lemon-lime aromas on the nose, only the faintest hint of that usual grassy herbal note. Lovely ripe nectarine, melon & passion-fruit flavours on the palate with a grippy lemon-citrus acid backbone & a long succulent finish – North Canterbury Savvy with Zing! RRP:$19.00 https://27seconds.co.nz/

te Pa Oke Sauvignon Blanc 2018, Marlborough NZ
Shiny pale gold coloured with medium viscosity – the nose has tropical fruit & roasted stone-fruit aromas underpinned with flint & nutty smokey oak. The palate is concentrated & rich with citrus & stone-fruit flavours, a lively acidity, toasty nutty oak, toffee & a long very enjoyable finish – barrel ferment adds weight, depth, complexity to savvies – Love it. RRP:$30.00 https://www.tepawines.com/

te Pa ‘Pa Road’ Sauvignon Blanc 2022, Marlborough NZ
Pale straw in colour, faint green hues. The nose is fresh & aromatic with lime citrus & tropical fruit aromas, cut grass / green herbal notes. The palate is vibrant & lively with a crunchy acid backbone, some wet stone minerality, ripe tropical & tart gooseberry flavours & a slight green / savoury character, crisp, long & refreshing finish. Spot on Marlborough Savvie – Delish. RRP:$19.00 – https://www.tepawines.com/


The Landing Wines Chardonnay 2020, Bay of Islands NZ
Shiny bright lemon-gold in colour, medium viscosity (legs.) The nose is intense & layered with citrus, peach & apricot fruit aromas underpinned with nutty spicy oak notes. On the palate there are ripe stone-fruit flavours, juicy green apple acidity & complex silky / creamy / grippy textures. A gorgeous wine with lots of aging potential. Excellent. RRP:$48.00
Available from https://thelandingwine.co.nz/

The Landing ‘Boathouse’ Chardonnay 2020, Bay of Islands NZ
Bright lemon straw in colour with gold hues. Aromas of ripe stone-fruit, lemon citrus, wet stone & a hint of butterscotch in the nose. A juicy palate with a backbone of zesty citrus acidity, ripe stone-fruit / grapefruit flavours, time in oak & malolactic fermentation providing texture & depth – a creamy but zesty finish. Highly recommended. RRP:$30.00 Available from https://thelandingwine.co.nz/

Lake Chalice The Raptor Syrah 2019, Gimblett Gravels, Hawke’s Bay NZ
Dark cherry / purple in colour – lighter at the rim. Plum, cherry & dark berry aromas in the nose with smoke, pepper, spice & savoury notes. On the palate there’s concentrated red & black berry & cherry flavours, silky tannins, a juicy acid backbone & smokey oak – full bodied, complex, layered with a long, moreish finish. Nice drop for the cooler winter evening. RRP:$26.00 Purchase at https://www.lakechalice.com/

Lake Chalice ‘The Falcon’ Lighter Sauvignon Blanc 2021, Marlborough NZ
Light straw coloured with pale green hues. Nice tropical fruit aromas in the nose & a distinct cut / grass green herb note. Definitely lighter on the palate but the fresh lemon / lime acidity, ripe passion-fruit / gooseberry flavours & a hint of sweetness on the finish result in a very quaff-able lighter savvy with that Marlborough Savvy Zing. Nice.
Alc 9.5% RS 10.9 gms/l RRP:$20.00 – Purchase at https://www.lakechalice.com/

7th Heaven ‘the mad hatter’s” Viognier 2019, Central Otago NZ
Pale lemon / straw in colour with a nice oily viscosity. Lovely nose of tropical fruit, pineapple, apricot with a little spice note. The palate is rich, creamy & unctuous with honeyed tropical & apricot fruit flavours, refreshing acidity & long medium-sweet finish. Be delicious with Thai food. Only 400 Viognier vines, producing 200 to 350 bottles each vintage. 11.0% Abv RRP: $27.00 – Find out more and purchase online here: https://suncrestorchard.co.nz/7thheaven-central-otago-wine-port/

Butterworth Estate Layline Pinot Noir 2020, Martinborough NZ
Dark purple to cherry red in colour to the rim. Fragrant nose of cherry, plum & red berry aromas, hint of nutty oak. On the palate, ripe fruit flavours reflecting the nose, nicely textured with fine oak, grippy tannins, savoury herb notes, piquant acidity & warm spices – long dry finish. Still young but extremely drinkable now. Highly recommended & excellent value at just RRP:$35.00 https://butterworthestate.com/

Greywacke Pinot Noir 2019, Marlborough NZ.
Deep dark cherry coloured to the rim, medium bodied. Intensely fragrant nose of ripe cherry, plum & dark berry aromas, oak / baking spices & smoke notes. The palate is concentrated & complex with layers of dark berry, plum & cherry, toasty oak, dusty tannins & a savoury ‘meaty’ element. Long dry finish with lots of energy & drive – Outstanding Marlborough Pinot! Cheers, Kevin! $48.00 https://greywacke.com/

Greywacke Wild Sauvignon Blanc 2019, Marlborough NZ.
Shiny straw-gold in colour with a pale green hue, slightly oily. The nose is complex & aromatic with stone & tropical fruit, lemon citrus, subtle oak, flint & green herb aromas. The palate is rich & full bodied with peach, nectarine & lemon fruit flavours, creamy textured oak & malo influences, still lively acidity – great length & depth on the finish. An excellent savvy from winemaker Kevin Judd, drinking beautifully. RRP: $36.00 https://greywacke.com/

Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc 2021, Marlborough NZ
Bright clear straw-gold in colour, medium bodied. The nose is fragrant with ripe stone-fruit, citrus & tropical fruit aromas, a savoury herbal note in the background. The palate is concentrated & layered with juicy stone & citrus fruit flavours reflecting the nose, a crisp acid backbone: Complex mouth-filling wine with crunchy textures and a long zingy finish – classic Marlborough savvy with lots of class – Excellent. RRP:$27.00 https://greywacke.com/

Nga Pari Pinot Noir 2020, Martinborough NZ
Lighter bodied, translucent deep cherry-red coloured in the glass, lighter at the rim. Immediate black & red berry aromas in the nose, with spicy oak & chocolate notes. Vibrant concentrated palate with ripe berries, cherry & chocolate flavours, a zingy acidity, grippy tannins & subtle oak all meld into a textured, layered, youthful, racy wine! Love to see again in 4 years! RRP:$35.00 https://www.ngapari.co.nz/

Nga Pari Chardonnay 2020, Martinborough NZ
Pale lemon-gold in colour, medium bodied, nice legs / viscosity. In the nose, ripe peaches, nectarines & spicy, toasted oak aromas. The palate is vibrant with a zingy grapefruity acidity, more juicy stone-fruit & tropical pineapple fruit flavours, a little creamy malo & fine oak textures adding complexity & depth – A concentrated dry finish. An elegant wine drinking beautifully now although still quite youthful. RRP:$25.00 https://www.ngapari.co.nz/

Nga Pari Pinot Gris 2020, Martinborough NZ
Lighter straw-gold in colour, medium bodied. Juicy pear & stone-fruit aromas with a hint of spice on the nose. Concentrated pear / peach fruit flavours follow through on the palate with ginger / spice, a pear-skin textural element, medium acidity, long off-dry long finish – a delicious well made Pinot Gris & excellent value at RRP:$20.00 Previously known as Cottier Estate, the vineyard was renamed Ng? Pari (The Cliffs) in 2020 by new owners, Pete Mason and Karen Delehanty in 2016. https://www.ngapari.co.nz/

Outside the Box Wines, ‘Winter Soldier’ Winter Rosé 2021, Marlborough NZ.
Bright raspberry in colour, paler at the rim, nice legs too! Interesting nose with aromas of red berry & cherry fruit, vanilla wine biscuits, & subtle oak spice & savoury notes. Juicy palate with more juicy red berry fruit flavours, a crunchy acidity, nicely integrated tannin / oak textural influence – long & dry finish with a tart raspberry ping! $30.00
An interesting approach to this rosé – blended from 3 styles of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay: a Barrel fermented Pinot Noir Rosé, a Clayver fermented Chardonnay and a Clayver fermented Pinot Noir. Made in a dry style with full malolactic fermentation & integrated oak


Merekara Wines ‘Grace’s Secret’ Single Vineyard Pinot Noir, 2020. Awatere Valley Marlborough NZ
Bright, shiny translucent cherry-red coloured in the glass – lighter bodied wine. Fragrant cherry & red berry aromas with a subtle savoury herb / earth notes in the nose. The palate continues with cherry & berry flavours, savoury characters, there’s a lovely acid / tannin grip, a hint of spicy oak, all in balance – finishes long & elegantly with a little tart fruit finish! Love to see in a few more years. Only 600 bottles produced. Excellent value at RRP:$28.00 Find out more & get yourself a bottle or two here: https://www.merekarawines.com/

Merekara Wines Chenin Blanc 2021, Awatere Valley, Marlborough NZ.
Straw-gold coloured wine with a slight haze from fine lees. (decanted prior to tasting)
The nose is fresh & floral, with citrus blossom, stone-fruit, apple aromas & a wet stone / mineral note. The palate has a lovely grippy acid backbone & subtle oak, fleshed out with ripe stone-fruit & green apple flavours – all resulting in a refreshing, crisp dry finish. RRP:$29.00
Jaco & Sandra Hensbergen started Merekara in 2019 and produce only a few barrels per variety, currently Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. Find out more about them, the labels designed by their God daughter & their wines at: https://www.merekarawines.com/

October 30 Syrah 2019, Matakana NZ
Deep purple / dark cherry coloured to the rim in the glass, the nose is fragrant & filled with ripe red & black berry fruit, plum aromas, spice, pepper. More rich dark fruit flavours on the palate are underpinned with layers of texture, spiced oak, fine powdery tannins & a lively acidity all in unison – Very moreish, intense, concentrated long dry finish. Excellent. RRP:$35.00 https://october30.nz/

October 30 Chardonnay 2019, Matakana NZ.
Lemon / gold with pale green hues – nice legs! Apricot, peach & sweet apple aromas in the nose, vanilla & nutty oak notes. The palate is medium weighted, creamy & textured with stone-fruit, citrus & nutty flavours – juicy, grippy acidity & fine oak influence provide body & structure. Nicely balanced / integrated wine with a moreish long finish. A lovely organic chardonnay made with minimal intervention. Delicious! RRP:$33.00 https://october30.nz/

October 30 Gruner Veltliner 2019, Matakana NZ
Bright straw coloured with lemon hues. Fresh lemon, pineapple & apple aromas on the nose with white pepper & spice notes. Juicy crisp palate of crunchy apple & citrus fruit, a zesty acid backbone, a little minerality, apple-skin textures, light viscosity and a refreshingly long grippy finish. Organic single vineyards – Drinking beautifully at 4 years old – Highly recommended – a “must try” wine! RRP:$25.00 Find out more and purchase at https://october30.nz/

Eva Pemper Wines Pinot Noir 2021, Marlborough NZ
Bright garnet to dark cherry in colour. The nose is rich with aromas of dark plum, berry, cherry & some earthy smokey notes in the background. Ripe dark & red berry fruit on the palate complimented with earthy savoury notes, spiced oak, nice grippy tannins, long juicy concentrated finish. Eva’s first Pinot Noir and it is a beautifully made wine as are her Savvy and Chardy! Fabulous sip – love to taste again with a little age. RRP:$45.00 https://epwines.nz/

The Next 12 Wines are from the Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay Collection 2021

Villa Maria ‘Keltern’ Single Vineyard Chardonnay 2020, Hawke’s Bay NZ
Medium straw-gold in colour with pale green hues. A whiff of flinty smokey notes at first in the nose followed by ripe stone-fruit, peach, fresh lemon citrus & toasty oak aromas. The palate is complex, layered & textured with juicy nectarine, peach & grape-fruit flavours, a crisp acidity, a little whet stone minerality & fine nutty oak. The finish is intense, long lasting & very memorable. Wonderful! RRP:$80.00 Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay Collection 2021

Trinity Hill ‘125 Gimblett’ Chardonnay 2020, Hawke’s Bay NZ
Pale straw in colour with lemon hues, medium bodied, great legs. Gorgeous nose with aromas of grapefruit citrus, juicy stone-fruit, nutty toasty oak & nougat. The palate is a beautifully balanced amalgam of ripe stone-fruit & tart citrus flavours, a fresh lemony acidity, mineral grip, nicely integrated toasty oak, spice & creamy textures all melded into a long concentrated finish. Really just quite stunning! RRP:$80.00 Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay Collection 2021

Tony Bish ‘Heartwood’ Chardonnay 2020, Hawke’s Bay NZ
Light gold in colour with pale green hues, medium viscosity. Fresh stone-fruit & citrus aromas followed by nutty / vanilla oak and a flinty mineral note on the nose. Juicy fruit on the palate, nectarines, white fleshed peach and & lemon flavours, a zesty acid backbone & nicely integrated oak, textured, complex & beautifully balanced. Finishes long and juicy. A really delicious & elegant HB chardy. RRP $39.00 Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay Collection 2021

Te Awanga Estate ‘Quarter Acre’ Chardonnay 2020, Hawke’s Bay NZ.
Straw to gold in colour, medium bodied with a decent viscosity. The bouquet explodes in the nose with flinty gun-powder-barrel & burnt popcorn aromas, ripe stone-fruit & warm baked bread notes follow. The palate is weighty & concentrated with layers of oak texture, a stony mineral grip, lush stone-fruit & citrus zing, creamy b/f lees rounding it out – Long intense finish. A concentrated beautifully integrated ‘full blown’ HB chardonnay with all the ‘bells and whistles!’ RRP: $40.00 Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay Collection 2021 – https://teawangaestate.co.nz/

Squawking Magpie ‘Gravels’ Chardonnay 2020, Hawke’s Bay NZ
Bright straw-gold in colour with pale green hues. Lovely fresh stone-fruit & citrus aromas in the nose, subtle oak spice & buttery notes follow. A creamy rounded palate unfolds with flavours of luscious stone-fruit, crisp apple, lemon peel, a juicy acidity, fine spiced oak providing texture & a decent whack of alcohol at 14.5% adding warmth. Intense long fruit-focused finish – a delicious & amazing value Chardonnay at just RRP:$26.00 Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay Collection 2021

Helio Chardonnay 2020, Hawke’s Bay NZ
Shiny pale straw in colour with gold hues, lighter bodied wine. A whiff of gunsmoke / flint in the nose is followed by fresh grape-fruit & stone-fruit aromas. There’s more emphasis on the fruit with peach, nectarine flavours & a lemon pith acidity on the palate – grippy textural elements with subtle oak / malo influence. A crisp fruit-focused chardonnay with a long, dry, tart finish. Very refreshing! RRP:$35.00
Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay Collection 2021

Elephant Hill ‘Salomé ‘ Chardonnay 2020, Hawke’s Bay NZ
Bright lemon-gold in colour with faint green hues & a fabulous oily viscosity. The nose is very aromatic with ripe stone-fruit, grapefruit & ‘burnt buttered popcorn’ aromas. The palate of ripe nectarine, peach & lemon citrus fruit flavours, a backbone of lively acidity & minerality & fine nutty oak, all meld seamlessly into a beautifully textural wine with length and depth. Big & bold but not too buttery! RRP:$75.00 Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay Collection 2021

Coopers Creek Swamp Reserve, Chardonnay 2020, Hawke’s Bay NZ
Pale lemon in colour with green/gold hues. Fresh citrus & stone-fruit aromas on the nose with hints of smokey oak & a whiff of butterscotch. A creamy rounded full bodied palate of ripe stone-fruit flavours, peach, a little nectarine while a nicely integrated grapefruit acidity & subtle oak give texture & weight – the finish is long, dry yet deliciously mouthwatering. An excellent chardonnay – highly recommended and great value. RRP:$38.00 Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay Collection 2021

Collaboration Wines ‘Aurulent’ Chardonnay 2020, Hawke’s Bay NZ
Bright lemon gold in colour, a faint green hue, nice legs! Peach, lemon & grape-fruit aromas on the nose with fresh baked bread, gun-flint & subtle oak. On the palate there’s flavours of fresh stone-fruit, pineapple, vanilla creme brulee & a zesty citrus acidity, layers of texture – a long juicy lemon finish. A beautifully integrated, complex & textured barrel aged chardonnay. Wonderful – Highly recommend you try this RRP:$38.00 Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay Collection 2021

Clearview Estate ‘Reserve’ Chardonnay 2020, Hawkes Bay, NZ
Yellow gold in colour with a medium viscosity. The nose is luscious with peach & pineapple fruit aromas, flint & nutty oak notes follow. More juicy stone-fruit flavours on the palate, crisp grapefruit pith acidity & nice oak grip / texture – well balanced, creamy, buttery mouthfeel & intense fruit concentration on the finish. A classy HB chardonnay with style & depth – drinking beautifully now but one to cellar for a few years. Excellent! RRP:$45.00 Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay Collection 2021

Bilancia ‘Tiratore’ Chardonnay 2020, Hawke’s Bay NZ
Bright yellow-gold in colour light to medium bodied, lighter viscosity. An aromatic nose of spiced stone-fruit & lemon citrus, a stony mineral note & subtle nutty oak lead into a concentrated palate of roasted peach & pineapple flavours, spices, layered with fine oak, a zesty acidity & a slight ‘wet stone’ mineral texture, long mouth-watering finish. It’s an elegant seamlessly integrated wine, an outstanding example of Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay for me. RRP: $90.00 Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay Collection 2021

Askerne Reserve Chardonnay 2020, Hawke’s Bay NZ (Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay Collection 2021)
Bright light straw to gold in colour with pale green hues. Medium bodied – Juicy ripe stone-fruit, spiced oak, vanilla & lemon citrus aromas fill the nose. Flavours of peach, nectarine & pineapple on the palate, a creamy mouthfeel, spice & oak, refreshing citrus acidity all provide layers of texture and complexity – nicely balanced with a warm long dry finish. RRP:$35.00 Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay Collection 2021

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McArthur Ridge ‘Southern Tor’ Pinot Noir 2020, Central Otago NZ
Bright ruby / red cherry in colour, medium bodied wine. A complex nose of dark cherry & red berry fruit, smokey oak, spice, vanilla & savoury aromas. Fabulous sweet berry & cherry fruit concentration on the palate, with seamless layers of texture, integrated velvety tannins, softer acidity & subtle spicy oak – beautifully balanced & harmonious wine with a long, dry, generous finish. Stunning. RRP:$40.00 – Congratulations & kudos to Winemaker Matt Connell – Recently awarded GOLD and 96 Points, Trophy for best Central Pinot Noir & Trophy for best New Zealand Red at the International Wine Challenge 2022 – also Champion Pinot Noir Trophy at the New Zealand International Wine Show.

Soljans ‘Legacy Méthode Traditionnelle’ 2019, (Chardonnay – Pinot Noir) Kumeu / Auckland NZ
Bright lemon gold in colour – creamy mousse on pouring then tiny persistent bubbles. The nose is aromatic with yeasty baked bread & citrus aromas, followed on the palate with a crisp lemon citrus acidity, subtle apricot /stone-fruit flavours, a creamy lees influence, layers of texture & mouthfeel & mouthwatering finish. Delicious fresh, crispy aged MT with class. RRP:$36.00

Known Unknown ‘Tangerine’ 2020, Eskdale HB NZ
Another very interesting wine from Jules – Made from a single vineyard in Eskdale it is about 50/50 Chardonnay and Pinot Gris… It is a blend of co-ferments, carbonic ferments and pressings – bottled under cork / diam. Bright and clear golden butterscotch coloured wine, medium bodied. The nose is fresh, with citrus, pear & stone-fruit aromas which are all reflected on the palate – nicely textured, zingy wee acidity, a slight oily viscosity, grippy texture and a long juicy finish – fascinating! RRP:$25.00 (I think sold out sadly)

Honest Horse Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2021, Marlborough NZ
Pale straw coloured with golden hues, medium bodied, ‘nice legs / viscosity.’ Lovely tropical passion-fruit aromas in the nose with subtle grassy, tomato stalk, savoury herb notes. Nicely weighted palate with a light creamy / oily mouthfeel, sweet tropical fruit & lemon citrus flavours, a fresh zesty acidity with grip & a long juicy finish round it out. This is the first vintage from the Plunkett family’s new ‘Honest Horse’ label, the fruit comes from selected rows in their vineyard, showcasing their passion & love for what they do. Glenys and I both loved it. Fresh. crisp, zingy! RRP:$25.00

Borsao Vina Borgia, Grenache 2020, Rioja Spain
Dark cherry red coloured, lighter at the rim, medium- bodied with aromas of black & red berries, spice & earth in the nose. Lovely fruit-forward palate with berry flavours reflecting the nose, more spice / pepper, a refreshing acidity, nice silky tannins and a long juicy finish. At just RRP: $20.00 an excellent value Spanish Garnacha.

Known Unknown ‘Why Can’t Gris Be Friends’ Ramato Pinot Gris 2020, Eskdale Hawkes Bay NZ
Bright shiny copper coloured with orange hues, medium bodied. Aromas of tea leaves, spices & apricot fruit fill the nose. The palate is grippy & textured with apricot & spice flavours, a citrus peel acidity & a smokey, tart almost bitter finish – quite enjoyable – The process for making this style: “Pinot Gris grapes are crushed and the skins are allowed to spend time with the juice, a teasing, tactile texture and coppery hue resulting in a distinct Italian wine style called Ramato.” (Decanter)Glad I popped this one away for a while. RRP:$30.00 Shame it’s now sold out – make it again Jules. Cheers!

Piwakawaka Viognier 2020, Gisborne NZ
Bright lemon gold in colour, light to medium legs, viscosity. The nose is fragrant with floral notes, sweet stone-fruit, apricot & nectarine aromas. The palate is light and fresh, stone-fruit flavours come through, some honey characters, smooth integrated acidity, fine textural elements & a very refreshing finish. Grown organically, this is a passion project for Steve & Kristin on their tiny 2 hectare Gisborne vineyard. If you’d like to know more, buy wine or become a distributor for Piwakawaka Vineyard.

7th Heaven Pinot Noir 2018, Central Otago NZ
Deep cherry red in colour, lighter at the rim, medium bodied wine. The nose is filled with cherry & plum aromas with a hint of spice & pepper. Ripe plum, berry & cherry flavours on the palate, a little pepper & spice, lovely silky tannins & fine oak round out the mouth feel – again a nice fruit forward but dry finish, rounded & balanced. No. 4 of 4 Pinots from this producer – I have enjoyed them all – similar with subtle differences each vintage. RRP: $36.00 Currently $30.00 as part of a Pinot Vertical 2015 – 2018 Four Pack.

Cheese Tasting with No. 1 Family Estate No. 1 Cuveé Chardonnay Marlborough NZ
My fave methode traditionelle tasted with the limited edition, Cranky Goat No.1 Cheese, a rich wash rind cheese that has been washed in Marc – a spirit created using No.1 grapes. It’s a pungent rich creamy cheese with creamy, savoury, salty, flavours and textures, aftertaste has a wee bite to it. The creaminess & fresh acidity of the No.1 Estate Cuvee is a perfect match with this – had to try “cheese / wine / cheese” as Cameron Douglas did in his Mindfood video recently. It’s just SO YUM! What can I say – Many thanks to Adele and Daniel from. No.1 & Cranky Goat – Unfortunately sold out for Mothers day – I say produce it again – a wonderful match. Cheers, JB

Alana Estate Riesling 2019, Martinborough NZ
Pale straw in colour, clear and bright, medium bodied. Lovely floral nose with honeyed stone-fruit, lime & lemon aromas. The palate is dry & crisp with intense lemon / lime acidity and juicy citrus flavours. Crisp clean and delicious. RRP:$28.00


7th Heaven Pinot Noir 2017, Central Otago NZ
Very dark cherry in colour, lighter rim, medium bodied wine. The cherry, plum & spice aromas are followed with some savoury earthy notes. The palate is rounded & balanced with plum, cherry & dark berry fruit flavours a hit of pepper / spice, tart acidity, fine silky tannins & subtle oak influence all round out the mouth feel – fruit forward finish, dry with great length. No. 3 of 4 Pinots from this producer – all have been of excellent quality. RRP: $36.00 Currently $30.00 as part of a Pinot Vertical 2015 – 2018 Four Pack.

Loveblock Pinot Gris 2021 Marlborough NZ
Pale straw coloured, clear & bright. The nose has a floral note with melon, peach & lemon aromas following. Lovely mouthfeel / weight on the palate with pear & melon flavours, a hint of spice, crisp citrus acidity, nice pear skin textures with a long juicy finish. Fully organic, single vineyard, 10% fermented in French Oak / 10% in concrete egg. A really lovely PG – highly recommended. RRP:$23.00

7th Heaven Pinot Noir 2016 Central Otago NZ.
Dark ruby / black cherry coloured, medium bodied wine. Ripe plum & cherry aromas in the nose with dried herb / savoury notes. Still a youthful palate with lush cherry & plum fruit flavours, a hint of savoury garden herb / earth, spice, black pepper, a fresh acidity, nice grainy tannins & fine oak textural elements. Drinking beautifully, well balanced & finishes long & dry – We tried pan seared salmon fillet as suggested – Great match. RRP:$36.00 Currently $30.00 as part of a Pinot Vertical 2015 – 2018 Four Pack.

Soljans Fifth Generation Series Chardonnay 2019, Kumeu Vineyard, Auckland NZ
Bright yellow gold in colour with a medium viscosity coating the glass. An inviting nose of ripe peach, nectarine & citrus aromas, underpinned with some toasty oak notes. The palate is beautifully balanced & textured with delicious nectarine & peach flavours & a mouth-watering lemon acidity, creamy malo influence, nutty oak & yeasty brioche elements – finishes long and dry. An excellent Chardonnay. Thanks to Tyler Soljan for this memorable experience. RRP:$48.00 https://soljans.co.nz/

Known Unknown ‘Sun Burn’ Syrah 2021 Hawke’s Bay NZ
100% Syrah from Hopesgrove vineyard – Quite a deep cherry red colour for a rosé, shy nose with red fruit aromas, spice / pepper & a green herb note. Red berry, cherry & plum flavours on the palate, nicely textured, fine acidity and a slight spritz? Warming medium finish. RRP: $20.00 https://knownunknownwine.com/

Known Unknown, Spray Tan – Beach Wine 1, Pinot Gris 2021, Hawke’s Bay NZ
Very pale copper / orange in colour, a slight haze, nose of pear, apple & a hint of spice. Lighter bodied, clean crisp palate with green apple, pear & tart apricot fruit flavours, medium acidity, finely textured, finishes a little short. Refreshing though. RRP: $20.00 (500mls) Read more & purchase at https://knownunknownwine.com/


7th Heaven Pinot Noir 2015, Central Otago NZ
Bright ruby red coloured, lighter at the rim with the faintest hint of brick. There’s ripe plum & cherry fruit aromas in the nose with savoury dried herb notes in the background. A vibrant textured palate with a lively acidity, nice grippy tannins & subtle oak influence, concentrated sweet cherry & plum fruit flavours reflect the nose & a little savoury herb / earth element all result in a beautifully integrated wine with a long juicy finish. Highly recommended. RRP:$36.00 Currently $30.00 as part of a Pinot Vertical 2015 – 2018 Four Pack. https://suncrestorchard.co.nz/product/7th-heaven-pinot-noir-vertical/

Marisco Vineyards ‘Leefield Station’ Chardonnay 2019, Marlborough NZ
Golden yellow with pale green hues in colour, medium oily viscosity. The nose has ripe stone-fruit & lemon citrus aromas, with hints of nutty oak & spice. The palate is medium weight with a nice creamy mouthfeel from barrel fermentation & aging on lees in French Oak – concentrated stone-fruit & citrus flavours predominant with a fresh acid backbone – vibrant, long concentrated, dry finish. Nicely integrated and Yum! Again excellent value at RRP:$20.00

Marisco ‘Leefield Station’ Sauvignon Blanc 2021, Marlborough NZ.
Bright pale straw coloured wine with hints of green-gold. Fresh grassy-green, herbaceous, aromas fill the nose with tropical, grapefruit & gooseberry notes coming through. On the palate, vibrant tart citrus & gooseberry fruit flavours & a zingy limey acidity get the juices flowing. Great length on the finish with a grippy wet-stone element balanced with the acidity and a little residual fruit sweetness – A Racy wee Savvy and amazing value at RRP:$20.00

Topsy Turvey Chardonnay 2019, Hawke’s Bay NZ
Shiny pale straw-gold in colour, medium bodied wine. The nose has sweet peach & apricot stone-fruit aromas, with lemony citrus & toasted nut / butterscotch in the background. The palate is well balanced with ripe stone-fruit flavours, a bright citrus acidity, it’s nutty & toasty, while a creamy, leesy element softens the overall mouthfeel. Long dry finish with a bit of heat & spice – An excellent Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay – Cheers Tim & Katie. Available only as part of the Topsy Turvey Six-Pack –

Topsy Turvey “Special Parcel Series” Viognier 2020, Hawke’s Bay NZ
Bright straw gold in colour, medium bodied, great legs (viscosity). The nose presents aromas of ripe pears, honeyed stone-fruit & a hint of oak / spice. The palate is voluptuous, weighty & textured with pear, stone-fruit, peach & apricot flavours, a refreshing citrus acidity, some nice spiced oak influence & a long intense warming finish – have tasted just a handful of Viogniers over the years – this is a standout – Absolutely luscious!

Hans Herzog Estate ‘Grandezza’ 2019, Marlborough NZ.
Opened & tasted over 2 nights – 50% Sangiovese, 25% Cabernet Franc, 25% Cabernet SauvignonDark ruby / garnet in colour, ample bodied wine. The nose is intense & fragrant with aromas of black cherry & dark berry fruit with savoury herbal, spice & smokey oak notes. On the palate flavours of dark fruit, are supported by beautifully integrated acidity, tannins & oak – It’s wonderfully textured, layered & complex with a long elegant finish – an outstanding wine – certainly one I will remember – Thanks Hans & Therese. RRP:$99.00 (only 501 bottles produced) Find out more and purchase here: https://www.herzog.co.nz/

Herringbone Wines Merlot Rosé 2021, Hawke’s Bay NZ.
First release from this new Bridge Pa Triangle producer – Pale salmon coloured with copper / orange hues, light viscosity (nice legs!) – Aromas of peach, strawberry & spice in the nose, while on the palate there’s red berry, strawberries & cream flavours, a core of fresh tart acidity, spice & fine tannins on the finish. Fresh, juicy & very moreish. Excellent value at RRP:$24.00

McCorkindale ‘Chalky’ Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2019, Waipara NZ
Dark cherry to deep garnet coloured to the rim, medium+ bodied. The nose is intensely fragrant with dark berry-fruit aromas predominant while a savoury herbal note sits in the background. The palate is beautifully balanced & seamless with silky tannins, fine toasted oak influence, a hint of chocolate all underpinned with juicy dark berry flavours – long elegant dry finish – Absolutely stunning example of Pinot from the North Canterbury wine region. RRP:$120.00

McCorkindale Pinot Gris 2020, Waipara NZ
Pale straw with green & gold highlights, bright and clear, medium bodied. Fresh floral nose of stone-fruit, ripe pears, citrus & spice. Concentrated palate with juicy stone-fruit, pear & spice flavours, a pear skin textured grip / acidity but creamy / leesy layers help soften & balance the wine. Beautiful long intensely flavoured finish – elegant – a wine to savour. RRP:$36.00


Church Road ‘Grand Reserve’ Chardonnay 2019, Hawke’s Bay NZ
My kind of Chardonnay – Bright yellow gold in colour, medium oily viscosity. The nose is all gun-smoke / flint with nutty, butterscotch & roasted stone-fruit aromas. On the palate there’s lush stone-fruit flavours, a bright citrus acid backbone, slight minerality while the overall mouthfeel has fine toasty / nutty oak, lovely creamy textures, a long intense finish – Everything I love about Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay crammed into in one bottle. Gorgeous! RRP:$35.00

Project Vino ‘TeiTei’ Pinot Noir 2020, Marlborough NZ
Bright translucent ruby red in colour, paler at the rim while the nose exhibits aromas of cherry, fresh red berries & hints of savoury, earthy notes. The palate is vibrant, with strawberry & raspberry fruit, a bright acidity, lovely powdery tannins & a peppery note to the long finish. A delicious, light, bright & fruity Pinot Noir. A Wine for a good cause – Alejandra Ruiz Lagos, Winemaker & viticulturist donates $10 per bottle to raise funds for the Oxford LandSAR and Christchurch Alpine Cliff Rescue (ACR) RRP:$30.00 It is available from Gramados in Blenheim, Vino Fino in Christchurch or directly from Project Vino at https://www.thewildyeasts.com/

Eaton “Raupo Vineyard’ Chardonnay 2020, Marlborough NZ
My first taste of this Chardonnay from Mike Eaton & it’s excellent. Bright shiny lemon-gold in colour, medium bodied wine. The nose has aromas of ripe stone-fruit, peach, nectarine, toasty, nutty & creamy lees / malo notes. The palate is rich & textured with lush fruit flavours, a vibrant acidity, fine oak & creamy / nutty elements all in unison. Long very moreish finish. I love this style of Chardonnay – so did the fruit fly that dived in on pouring the glass – I’m still alive, sadly the fly is not, but he died happy! RRP:$62.00 https://eatonwines.nz/

Harrison Eaton ‘Melange Rougir’ 2021, Nelson / Marlborough NZ
A blush blend from Nelson & Marlborough fruit. Grunerveltliner 43% (Nelson) Pinot Noir 15%, Sauvignon Blanc 24%, Gewurztraminer 13% & Pinot Gris 5% – Bright raspberry red in colour – clear & clean, medium bodied. A wiffy savoury nose (mercaptans in the PN says Harrison) to start but after a bit of swirling it blows off & the red berries & herbal notes start to come through. Fresh flavours of red berries, citrus, spice, a crisp acidity, flinty minerality & saltiness, fine tannins & oak influence – lovely grippy textured mouthfeel & a long fruity but dry finish. Really interesting & thoroughly enjoyable experience trying Harrison’s wines. I recommend trying them at least once, if not each year, as his winemaking approach is better each vintage. Only 472 Bottles produced RRP:$32.00
https://thebeerlibrary.co.nz/ or https://www.boutiqueconnection.co.nz/

Harrison Eaton ‘Melange du Champ’ 2021, Marlborough NZ
Pretty pale apricot / orange in colour with the faintest haziness. The nose is fragrant with spice & Turkish delight aromas predominant, orange, citrus & pear notes follow. The palate is beautifully integrated, with flavours mirroring the nose, a zippy acidity, it’s textured & complex & very drinkable. Hand harvested, co-fermented Gewurztraminer 64% Pinot Gris 27% & Sauvignon Blanc 9%, pigeage basket pressed into seasoned French oak, with lees stirring 2-3 time over 6 months. Settling in s/s tanks before bottling unfined & unfiltered. Both Glenys and I really enjoyed this new vintage – I think Harrison might be on to something with this release. One of the nicest natural wines I’ve tasted. only 566 bottles produced! RRP:$32.00
https://thebeerlibrary.co.nz/ or https://www.boutiqueconnection.co.nz/

Harrison Eaton ‘Melange Blanc’ Sauvignon Blanc 2021, Marlborough NZ
Medium lemon-gold coloured wine, a very faint haze, a few solids in suspension, light viscosity. The wine has a quite different savvy nose with capsicum & green herb, mandarin & grapefruit aromas. The palate has more tart grapefruit & mandarin flavours, a juicy lime-citrus acidity, stony minerality, a slight creaminess & a dry finish. Harrison has an unusual but interesting approach to his wines using what he terms ‘ancient methods’ unfined, unfiltered, minimum SO2 etc. Really Interesting wines. RRP:$32.00
https://thebeerlibrary.co.nz/ or https://www.boutiqueconnection.co.nz/

Pegasus Bay Winery “Main Divide” Pinot Noir 2019, North Canterbury, NZ
Another from my cupboard – Bright ruby red in colour lighter at the rim, medium bodied. The nose is filled with cherry, red berry, plum & savoury, earth / leather aromas, while the palate is complex & layered with red berries, plum & spices, soft silky tannins, subtle oak & a nice acid backbone – long intense fruit-driven finish – was a great match with our spicy beef enchiladas & corn salsa. RRP:$25.00

Church Road Chardonnay 2021, Hawke’s Bay NZ
One from the wine cupboard. Bright lemon gold in colour, nice legs, medium bodied. Lovely fresh nose of passion-fruit, peach, lemon zest & nutty oak aromas. The palate has more ripe tropical & stone-fruit flavours, a zingy lemony acid backbone & layers of texture: nutty, buttery, creamy mouthfeel, long juicy finish – Gorgeous young, easy drinking Chardonnay & great value too at just RRP:$20.00

Clark Estate ‘Noble’ Pinot Gris 2013, Marlborough NZ
Just re-discovered in my wine cupboard. Botrytised Pinot Gris fruit was fermented in stainless-steel a small portion of normal Pinot Gris added. A shiny deep toffee-gold in colour with wonderful viscosity / legs at 150 gms/l residual sugar. Intense apricot, mandarin, honey & toffee aromas in the nose, while the palate is vibrant & succulent with layers of baked stone-fruit, ripe apricots, burnt caramel & a bright acidity that balances the botrytis sweetness. A luscious, delightful sticky with some decent age, drinking beautifully after 9 years. Gorgeous! No longer available unfortunately. RRP:$21.00

Delta Estate ‘Hatters Hill’ Chardonnay 2019, Marlborough NZ
Bright pale golden coloured with faint green hues, medium bodied. The nose is filled with stone-fruit, toasted nuts & vanilla aromas with some spice / oak notes. In the mouth it’s creamy & full flavoured with great acidity, juicy peach / nectarine stone-fruit, and a spicy ginger grapefruit citrus finish. Lovely layers, textures & such a long finish too. Outstanding wine & well priced – I love this style of Chardonnay – A Xmas pressie from the team at Delta Estate – Thanks guys. Much appreciated. RRP: $30.00


B.wine ‘Lime Hill Vineyard’ Pinot Noir, 2018 Martinborough, NZ
Deep cherry – ruby red in colour paler at the rim. Lots of ripe dark fruit in the nose; plum, cherry & berry aromas with a little savoury herbal note to finish. Wonderfully integrated palate – ripe fruit, oak, spice, smooth tannins & medium acidity, long dry concentrated finish. 100% hand picked, macerated / fermented on skins 3 weeks, 20% whole bunch. Matured on fine lees / french oak barrels (20% new) for 12 months. No filtration or fining. Elegant & very drinkable Pinot. Stunning. RRP:$56.00

B.wine Lime Hill Vineyard Chardonnay 2020, Martinborough NZ
Pale straw in colour with soft green-gold hues, medium bodied. The nose is filled with citrus, nutty & warm bread aromas & just hint of spice. The palate has a vibrant & crisp acidity, salty mineral backbone with ripe stone-fruit, apricot & lemon citrus flavours. Creamy leesy textures & subtle oak influence combine to make this elegantly textured, layered & complex wine. Will age beautifully – My kind of Chardonnay. Only 1,827 bottles produced so make sure you get a bottle or two! RRP:$56.00

B.wine Pinot Noir Rosé 2021, Martinborough NZ
Gorgeous raspberry-watermelon red in colour, bright & clear, lighter at the rim. A fragrant nose of florals, red berries, cherries, spice & red lollies. The palate is vibrant with juicy raspberry & cherry flavours, a hint of spice, with a refreshing acidity, soft tannins, there’s a creamy element mid palate & a long intense dry finish. A very drinkable well balanced wine. Highly recommended – only 1384 bottles produced. RRP:$28.00

B.wine Chardonnay 2021, Martinborough NZ
Bright lemon-gold in colour, medium bodied with nice legs (viscosity.) On the nose, aromas of ripe stone-fruit, fresh lemons & a subtle hint of biscuits / toasty oak. The palate reflects the nose with peach, nectarine & citrus flavours & a fresh acidity all rounded out with creamy textural elements, and a lengthy finish. A lovely elegant & integrated – really delicious but only 1,812 bottles produced so get in quick. RRP:$39.00

B.wine Pinot Gris 2021, Martinborough NZ
Clear pale yellow – gold in colour, medium bodied. Sweet honeyed stone-fruit nose with pears & spiced aromas following. Nicely focused palate with lemon, peach & pear fruit flavours, some subtle spice while a zesty acid backbone & a nice oily viscosity provides weight & mouthfeel. Long, dry, moreish finish. Excellent PG. RRP:$39.00 https://bwine.co.nz/

B.wine Sauvignon Blanc 2021, Martinborough NZ
Bright pale golden / straw coloured with a soft green hue. The nose is fragrant with lemon, passion-fruit, green apple & spice aromas. Medium bodied the palate is complex with lime citrus & sweet fruit flavours, savoury green tomato stalk notes all underpinned with a grippy acidity, textured with subtle oak. A long sweet & savoury / salty but juicy finish. Delicious. RRP:$26.00

DV, Joy de Vivre Wines Summer Rosé 2020 Hawke’s Bay NZ
This Merlot predominant wine is medium pink in colour with copper hues, bright & clear. Aromas of ripe apples, stone-fruit, sweet berries and a whiff of spice in the nose. A vibrant berry-fruit flavoured palate with a grape-fruity citrus acidity – crisp, juicy, long concentrated finish. Gorgeous art on the bottle capturing the essence of summer, although we don’t have humming birds in NZ – Thoroughly recommend you try this – don’t over chill it – let the aromas & flavours escape! RRP:$25.00

Koerner ‘The Clare’ 20, 2020 Clare Valley AUS
Deep cherry red in colour, lighter at the rim – tiniest bubbles almost like a wee ferment going on & a slight haze from being unfiltered & un-fined. The nose is a complex amalgam of all sorts of dark berry fruit, spices & smokey oak notes. On the palate the berry & plum flavours continue with soft powdery tannins & medium acidity. Beautifully textured wine, not just your average ‘Red Blend” I was pleasantly surprised how this is NOT a big brash Aussie red as I sort of expected looking at the varieties – the website description sums it up perfectly “Bordeaux varieties made in a Loire style – vibrant, bright fruits & soft tannins” Wonderful! 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc, 12% Malbec, 12% Grenache, 9% Carignan & 1% Sciacarello RRP:NZ $49.00 Available from Vintners

Kairau Lodge ‘Mountain Road’ Sauvignon Blanc 2020, Taranaki NZ
Pale golden lemon in colour, still youthful bright & clear! Fresh stone-fruit aromas with lemon / grapefruit citrus notes in the nose. Full fleshy palate of juicy nectarine – peach flavours with a backbone of zesty grapefruit acidity – nicely textured wine with a medium length full flavoured finish. My last bottle of this Taranaki grown & produced Savvy. RRP: $20.00 – The Lodge and Winery was sold but not the vineyard – there will be no 2022 vintage but maybe 2023 – wines ARE still available from the website by contacting Jocelyn:

Dancing Water ‘Georgie’ Scheurebe 2021, Waipara NZ.
Almost completely clear in the glass, the nose is fragrant & floral with lemon, lime aromas & a savoury spice note. An off dry style with flavours of stone-fruit, lemon zest & baking spices, crisp acid backbone, nicely textured with a slight creamy mouthfeel. Great length and complexity on the finish. This wine is made from perhaps the only plantings of the Scheurebe (pronounced shoi-ray-ba) grape variety in New Zealand. The only other time I have tasted this was the Dancing Water ‘Tier Garden’ Waipara Scheurebe 2010 at a New Brighton Wine Club tasting in 2012 – Highly recommend that you get a bottle or two as this is a very rare wee gem of a wine. RRP:$25.00

Dancing Water ‘Scheurebe / Malbec’ Rose 2020, Waipara NZ
The palest pink I’ve ever seen in a rosé – made from Scheurebe & Malbec grapes grown in Waipara, North Canterbury – a most unusual yet really interesting blend of grape varieties. The nose is very fragrant with herbal, salty, smokey, pear & spice notes. There’s a nice viscosity on the palate with sweet stone fruit & spice, a fresh acidity, gentle tannins, chalky textures with a dry, long finish. A very “Provencale style” rosé from right here in North Canterbury NZ. Excellent value too at RRP:$25.00

No.1 Family Estate ‘Adele’ Cuvée 2016, Marlborough NZ
A fantastic, elegant & refined Méthode Traditionelle – 80% Chardonnay & 20% Pinot Noir aged on lees for 42 months!
Medium bright lemon gold in colour with a fine persistent bead. Beautifully floral nose of lemon citrus, butterscotch biscuits & yeasty aromas. Concentrated fruit flavours on the palate, nectarine, peach, citrus & vanilla biscuit, a crisp acidity but creamy mouthfeel then an intense, long dry finish! Absolutely stunning bubbles.
Only 150 bottles available from this 2016 vintage, the last being made in 2013. Many thanks to Daniel & Adele for the sample to taste and enjoy – “This limited edition vintage cuvée crafted especially by Daniel is a proud tribute to his wife Adele. The bottle is decorated with Swarovski crystals and presented in an elegant gift box that lights up this stunning wine.” RRP:$270.00

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