JB’s Wine Reviews 2023

Wines Tasted During 2023

Here is a list of all the wines I’ve tasted and reviewed in 2023 – 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. All my wine tasting notes are posted to the NZ Wine Directory Social Media too.

Wines listed in order of tasting with the latest first. Cheers, JB

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2023 Wine Reviews


Tohu Wines ‘Rewa’ Blanc de Blancs, Méthode Traditionelle 2016, Rapuara Marlborough NZ
Deep yellow gold in colour, creamy mousse on pouring a fine persistent bead; has a nice oily viscosity too. Freshly baked bread & toasted nut aromas initially, then bright lemon citrus & green apple notes follow. Luscious palate with a crisp citrus acidity, slight wet-stone minerality & creamy lees mouthfeel adding texture and complexity. Beautiful long & refreshing off-dry finish. This fabulous aged Marlborough Méthode was awarded the NZ Wine Centre Legacy Award, sponsored by Marlborough Research Centre, at the Marlborough Wine Show 2023. 100% Chardonnay aged for 54 months in bottle before disgorgement then 5 more months before release. RRP: $40.00 Buy online at: https://www.tohuwines.co.nz/

Tohu Wines ‘Whenua Awa’ Single Vineyard Riesling 2019, Awatere Marlborough NZ
Light golden colour with a pale green tinge. Intensely aromatic nose of fresh lemon & lime, sweet apple, honey & beeswax aromas, just a hint of ‘kero.’ The palate is juicy & crisp, filled with flavours of tart lemon / lime citrus, green apple & ripe stone-fruit. Nice grip / acidity & textural elements with a long zesty finish. I tasted the 2018 vintage in 2019 & it proves that a few years in the cellar certainly benefits Rieslings. Excellent! Recently awarded a Trophy medal at the Global Fine Wine Challenge 2023.RRP: $26.00 Buy online at: https://www.tohuwines.co.nz/

No.1 Family Estate No.1 Cuveé NV, Marlborough NZ
Shiny clear golden in colour with a fine mousse & tiny persistent bubbles. The nose presents aromas of warm brioche, yeasty lees, ripe stone-fruit & lemon notes. Juicy peach & nectarine fruit flavours on the palate, with a bright lemony acidity, long creamy & complex finish. Always delicious! One of the best NZ ‘champagne’ styled bubbles… No.1 Family Estate is a member of Methode Marlborough.
RRP:$38.00 https://www.no1familyestate.co.nz/

Deutz Prestige Cuvee 2017, Marlborough, NZ
Pale gold in colour with a creamy mousse & persistent bead long after pouring. Toasty, yeasty notes in the nose accompanied by fresh apples, peach, lemon citrus & spice aromas. The palate is crisp & fresh with flavours of white peaches, a zesty green apple / lemon citrus acidity, nutty oak influence & creamy mouthfeel, finishing long and dry. Delicious! A blend of Pinot Noir & Chardonnay RRP:$35.00

The Next 12 Wines are all from the Appellation Marlborough Wine Selection 2023, recently announced. https://www.appellationmarlboroughwine.co.nz/

Barker’s Marque ‘Three Brooms’ Single Vineyard, Awatere Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2023, Marlborough NZ
Bright, clear straw coloured wine with faint green hues. An aromatic nose, with flinty / smokey notes initially then preserved lemons, limes & tropical fruit aromas. Nice grippy palate with tons of citrus acidity & textures, juicy limes, tropical fruit flavours and a wet-stone / salty minerality. Long concentrated juicy finish. RRP:$24.00 https://www.barkersmarquewines.com/

Altschwager Kenneally ‘Tapi’ Sauvignon Blanc 2023, Marlborough NZ
Pale straw in colour with soft green / gold hues. Fresh enticing nose of tropical fruit, lemon & lime citrus aromas & a subtle current leaf / green herb note. Ripe lemon citrus, tropical passion-fruit, guava & pineapple flavours on the palate, a zesty citrus acidity & textures, medium length with a nice off-dry juicy finish. Quite delicious! RRP:$27.00 Available in NZ from https://www.akwines.net/

Nautilus Estate ‘The Paper Nautilus’ Sauvignon Blanc 2022, Marlborough NZ
Bright mid lemon-gold in colour, medium bodied wine. A fragrant, floral nose with aromas of lemon citrus, grassy savoury herbals, and a whiff of smoky oak to finish. The palate is weighty, creamy, lemony flavours initially, then a grippy lemon-pith citrus acidity bites. A grippy, nicely textured mouth-feel oak fermentation & time on lees adding depth & complexity, all resulting in a long concentrated, slightly off-dry finish. Only released in exceptional vintages. Excellent. RRP:$36.00 https://www.nautilusestate.com/

Otuwhero Estate, Sauvignon Blanc 2023, Awatere Valley, Marlborough NZ
Light straw in colour with pale green hues. Fresh nose of tropical fruit, tart lime citrus & a savoury hint of herb / green capsicum. Medium bodied, nicely textured palate with just a hint of lees influence, piquant grape-fruit acidity, followed by juicy lemon, lime & passion-fruit flavours, with a nice fresh ‘citrus bite’ on the finish. Another classic Marlborough Savvy & excellent value too. RRP: $20.00 https://www.otuwine.co.nz/

Opawa Sauvignon Blanc 2023, Marlborough NZ
Clear mid-straw to lemon coloured in the glass with pale green hues. A vibrant nose exhibits aromas of juicy lemon, lime, tropical passion-fruit & grassy / green herb notes just perceptible. A crisp, clean palate with a zesty, slightly tart grapefruit acidity, sweet passion-fruit, pineapple & green apple flavours, subtle dried herb note. A little oak ferment & time on lees provides texture & mouthfeel. Very moreish Sav! RRP: $22.00 https://www.opawawine.com/

Mount Riley ‘Limited Release’ Sauvignon Blanc 2023, Marlborough NZ
Bright pale straw in colour with the faintest green hue. Fresh varietal nose of ripe tropical fruit, grassy herb / green stalk & tart citrus aromas. The fruit & savoury / herbal notes are reflected on the palate with concentrated & mouthwatering lemon / lime citrus, passion-fruit & green gooseberry flavours. Nicely textured wine has a zesty acidity & a lovely refreshing finish. In a word, Juicy! RRP:$24.00 https://mountriley.co.nz/

Greywacke Wild Sauvignon Blanc 2021, Marlborough NZ
Mid yellow – gold in colour, light oily viscosity. Lots going on in the nose, stone-fruit, green apple, lemon curd, dried herbs & flinty smoke. On the palate it’s big, bold & rich with flavours of ripe nectarine, baked apple & lemon, a vibrant, grippy acidity then creamy malo influence & toasty / nutty oak textures fill the mouth. Complex, layered wine with a long concentrated finish – last tasted the 2019 and again this does not disappoint – a stunning Savvy in a ‘wild chardonnay’ style which I love – Brilliant! RRP: $38.00 https://greywacke.com/

Forrest Wines Sauvignon Blanc 2023, Marlborough NZ
Clear straw in colour with pale golden hues, medium bodied. A fragrant & floral nose has lemon & lime citrus & passion-fruit aromas & dried herbal notes. A crisp, juicy palate has ripe stone-fruit, tropical guava, mango & tart citrus fruit flavours. A lively acidity is softened with creamy textures from some time on lees & a little oak, slight mineral element – all add depth & complexity – juicy long finish. Excellent! RRP:$25.00 https://www.forrest.co.nz/

Dog Point Sauvignon Blanc 2023, Marlborough NZ
Shiny, pale straw – lemon gold in colour, medium oily viscosity. Immediate notes of smoke / struck match in the nose (interesting!) then a tart grape-fruit note, stone-fruit & lemon citrus aromas follow. The palate begins with juicy peach, green apple & citrus flavours followed by a zingy acidity – there’s a salty mineral element too. Juicy & textured long finish. Still a baby though! RRP:$30.00 https://dogpoint.co.nz/

Smith & Sheth ‘Cru’ Sauvignon Blanc 2023, Marlborough NZ
Pale straw coloured wine with subtle green/ gold hues, nice legs! Some soft floral notes in the nose, then stone-fruit, rock melon, pineapple & citrus aromas follow. Medium plus bodied on the palate with a vibrant citrus acidity & a salty minerality, juicy tropical & citrus flavours predominant while subtle oak & lees influence provide creamy textures & complexity on the finish. Blended from Renwick, Waihopai Valley & Dillons Point grapes, small portions fermented in Oak Fuders. Delicious! RRP$30.00 https://www.smithandsheth.com/

Astralobe Sauvignon Blanc 2023, Marlborough NZ
Bright pale straw-gold coloured wine with a subtle green tinge, medium bodied. The nose is concentrated & enticing with juicy lemon & lime citrus notes, green gooseberry & savoury capsicum / bell pepper aromas. On the palate, there’s a lovely fresh citrus acidity & grippy textural elements, fleshed out with juicy mouth-filling lemon, lime & tropical passion-fruit flavours. A succulent moreish finish too. A blend of Awatere Valley, Kekerengu Coast, Southern Valleys & Wairau Valley fruit, Astrolabe savvies never fail to impress – Excellent. RRP:$29.00 https://astrolabewines.co.nz/

Barker’s Marque Wines ‘Arona’ Sauvignon Blanc 2023 Awatere Valley, Marlborough NZ
Clear & shiny very pale straw coloured wine with the faintest green hue. Vibrant nose of tropical passion-fruit, peach & lemon pith citrus in the nose, underpinned by savoury herb & smoky notes, a hint of ‘Awatere armpit funk’ too. Lovely mid weighted, zesty palate with juicy lemon & lime flavours, pineapple, then savoury / mixed herbs notes. Crunchy acidity and stony / mineral textural elements provides subtle grip. Long, very tasty off-dry finish. RRP:$30.00 https://www.barkersmarquewines.com/

That’s all Twelve Wines from the Appellation Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc Selection for 2023

Saint Clair Family Estate, ‘Pioneer Block 28, Camp Block’ Pinot Blanc 2020 , Waihopai Marlborough NZ
Pale straw coloured with lemon hues, medium bodied, nice oily ‘legs’ too. A fragrant nose with aromas of ripe stone-fruit, tart apple, lemon curd & subtle white pepper notes. The palate is concentrated & juicy with green apple, peach & apricot fruit flavours, while a zesty citrus acidity & nice grippy textural elements, result in a long off-dry fabulous finish. An outstanding absolutely gorgeous wine!
Trophy for Champion Other White – Marlborough Wine Show 2023, Gold Medal – NZ International Wine Show 2023, Gold Medal – Marlborough Wine Show 2023 RRP: $33.00 https://saintclair.co.nz/

Delta Estate ‘Hatters Hill’ Chardonnay 2022, Marlborough NZ
Shiny pale straw-gold in colour, subtle green hues, medium bodied wine. Aromas of ripe peaches, lemon rind, creamy, butter leesy notes & nutty oak. The palate has a bright acidity & a slight wet-stone minerality, juicy stone-fruit & citrus flavours follow, fine grained spiced oak & a creamy mouthfeel all finishing long and dry. A young, vibrant & juicy chardonnay with loads of character which will certainly improve with age. RRP:$30.00 https://www.deltawines.co.nz/

Delta Estate ‘Hatters Hill’ Chardonnay 2021, Marlborough NZ
Bright clear, mid yellow-gold in colour, medium bodied wine. In the nose, aromas of fresh peach, nectarine, lemon citrus, toasty / nutty oak & vanilla spice notes. A concentrated palate begins with ripe stone-fruit, white peaches, apricots, lemon & subtle butterscotch flavours, a crisp grapefuit acidity is balanced with creamy textural oak / malo / lees elements adding great complexity, depth and downright deliciousness! RRP:$30.00 https://www.deltawines.co.nz/

Vilaura Methode Traditionelle Blanc de Blanc, Chardonnay 2019 Hawke’s Bay NZ
A brand new label from Jascha Oldham-Selak. Jascha has been quietly laying down bottles of Vilaura year by year, since the first harvest in 2019, with a strong vision to provide NZ with a wine worthy of celebration. He’s off to a brilliant start with this first release. Read the full story here: https://www.vilaura.co.nz/discover On to the wine: Lovely, creamy mousse on pouring, small persistent bead, light yellow-gold in colour. Aromas of ripe peaches, green apple & lemon citrus, notes of lees, warm toast & spice on the nose. On the palate, juicy stone-fruit & citrus flavours, a crisp acid ‘spritz’ is balanced with creamy textures & nutty / spice notes. Long, bone-dry & deliciously concentrated finish. My first taste of this wine – it’s a beautifully handcrafted wine – excellent. I look forward to the recently released 2020 & future vintages. Highly recommended. RRP:$65.00 https://www.vilaura.co.nz/


Tiraki Pinot Noir 2021, Marlborough NZ
Mid ruby / cherry red on colour, lighter at the rim. Sweet fruit forward nose with red berry, cherry, plum & spice aromas. A lighter palate with dark berry fruit, plum & raspberry flavours, a gamey, savoury note, crunchy acidity, grippy tannins & fine grained oak spice. Long, dry slightly tart finish. Needs more time to fully integrate so pop some away for a year or two. RRP: $32.00
Tiraki is NZ’s First B Corp Wine Brand – read more about this and buy wine online at: https://www.tiraki.nz/

Tiraki Sauvignon Blanc 2023, Marlborough NZ
Bright, clear, very pale in the glass with just a tiny green hue. Fresh tropical fruit aromas in the nose, lemony citrus & subtle grassy herb notes. On the palate there’s juicy lemon, lime & passionfruit / guava flavours, a nice grippy acidity & oyster shell, mineral textures – crisp moreish finish. Great Value at RRP: $22.00 Tiraki is NZ’s First B Corp Wine Brand – read more about this and buy wine online at: https://www.tiraki.nz/

No.1 Family Estate Reine Cuvée Reserve NV Méthode Traditionelle, Marlborough NZ
Medium yellow gold in colour, a creamy mousse on pouring & fine persistent bead. Lovely nose of stone-fruit, peach, apricot, subtle toast / lees notes too. Fresh & crisp on palate with more juicy stone-fruit flavours, bright lemon citrus acidity and layers of creamy / leesy textures on the finish. Made from 50% Chardonnay, 43% Pinot Noir & 7% Pinot Meunier with 4 years aging on lees, No.1 Reine Cuvée is a tribute to the family’s Mother and Mémère, Reine Vautrelle Le Brun. The floral pattern is inspired by a precious heirloom ring handed down to grandaughter, her ‘petite-fille’, Virginie Le Brun. Read more here: https://www.no1familyestate.co.nz/blog/new-release
Available on the No.1 website shop – RRP:$63.00

Eva Pemper Pinot Noir 2022, Marlborough NZ
Medium translucent cherry-red in colour, lighter at the rim. Lovely aromatic nose of cherry, dark berry, red plum & savoury herb / earthy notes. Muti-layered & very textural palate with grippy tannins, finely grained oak, a ripe, juicy acidity & rich fruit flavours reflecting the nose, incredibly long dry, succulent finish. Brilliant Pinot Noir from low yielding vines in Marlborough’s Southern Valleys. Thanks Eva! RRP:$45.00 https://epwines.nz/

Eva Pemper Chardonnay 2022, Marlborough NZ
Bright pale straw in colour with subtle green & gold highlights, lovely oily viscosity. Intensely fragrant nose with aromas of peach, nectarine, green apple, citrus & nutty / vanilla notes. Lovely creamy & beautifully textured palate with fresh stone-fruit & citrus flavours, a vibrant grape-fruity acidity & nutty toasty oak influence. Long dry, concentrated & very tasty finish. Did I tell you I love a good Chardonnay? Well Eva makes an excellent Chardonnay. If you love this variety too, I certainly recommend you try Eva’s. RRP:$35.00. https://epwines.nz/

Ahi Ka Blackmore Grower Sauvignon Blanc 2023, Marlborough NZ
Very pale, almost clear wine with subtle green hues. Intensely fragrant nose with a savoury ‘armpit’ note on pouring, lush tropical fruit, capsicum & citrus notes follow. Racy citrus acidity & grippy texturals on the palate, juicy fruit flavours reflecting the nose, passion-fruit, blackcurrant, savoury / salty elements too. Long dry and utterly delicious finish. Excellent! “Ahi Ka is a partnership between winemaker Matt Thompson and grower John Blackmore and promises to you an outstanding Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc that has a genuine multi-generational connection to the land.” RRP:$30.00 https://www.ahikawine.com/

Tupari ‘Boulder Rows’ Sauvignon Blanc 2017, Awatere Valley, Marlborough NZ
Soft straw-gold coloured wine with pale green hues, medium bodied. Fragrant nose of tropical fruit & lemon citrus aromas, a hint of spice & nutty smoke. Bright juicy palate of ripe passion-fruit, zingy citrus, pineapple, a tart grippy grape-fruity acidity, subtle creaminess / oak spice all in balance and beautifully integrated. Long crisp & juicy finish. A delicious aged Awatere savvy! RRP:$30.00 https://tupari.co.nz/

Clearview Estate Reserve Cabernet Franc 2021, Hawke’s Bay NZ
Mid ruby to cherry red in colour to the rim. Lovely florals in the nose then aromas of plum, raspberries, a savoury herb note & subtle oak spice. Fruit flavours of dark & red berries, ripe plums & spice on the palate, nicely balanced with gentle tannins, acidity & oak all seamlessly integrated. Medium length fruit-forward finish – An elegant, very smooth & tasty drop. RRP:$45.00 https://www.clearviewestate.co.nz/


Blackenbrook Wines Pinot Rosé 2023, Nelson NZ
Bright translucent raspberry, red-cherry coloured, medium bodied. Enticingly fragrant nose filled with aromas of summer raspberries, strawberries, red currants & spice. The palate is concentrated with lots of red berry fruit flavours, with a crunchy acid backbone, although almost bone dry (3gms) has a creamy mouthfeel from a little lees aging & a nicely balanced, refreshing finish – serve slightly chilled. Juicy Summer Rose. RRP:$26.00 https://www.blackenbrook.co.nz/

Blackenbrook Wines Pinot Blanc 2023, Nelson NZ
Pale straw coloured wine with light golden hues. Fragrant & floral nose with ripe stone-fruit, green apple aromas & spice notes. On the palate, sweet fruit flavours of white flesh peach, nectarine & spice with a fresh acidity & stony mineral textural elements plus warmth from 14% abv. A beautifully textured long, off dry finish. Gorgeous! Gold Medals at both the NZ International Wine Show 2023 and Aotearoa Regional Wine Competition 2023. RRP:$26.00 https://www.blackenbrook.co.nz/

Blackenbrook Gewurztraminer 2023, Nelson NZ
Very pale almost clear wine with faint pear-flesh hues, light viscosity. Fragrant & floral nose with ripe citrus & apple aromas, a hint of spice & Turkish delight. Juicy citrus & green apple, tropical fruit & ginger spice flavours on the palate, a fresh crisp acidity, nice grippy textural elements & warmth from 14% abv, A persistent very tasty, off-dry finish. Excellent. Trophy for Champion Gewürztraminer – Aotearoa Regional Wine Competition 2023 RRP: $26.00 https://www.blackenbrook.co.nz/

Marlborough Sun Pinot Noir 2022, Marlborough NZ
Medium cherry red in colour, paler at the rim, medium bodied wine. Enticing aromatic nose of red berries, cherry & savoury mushroom, green herb notes. The palate has flavours of dark cherry, plum, spice & a savoury herbal note – it’s bone dry on the finish with powdery tannins & a racy acidity – quite youthful but will improve with a bit of age. RRP: $20.00 Visit: https://www.marlboroughsun.com/

Marlborough Sun Sauvignon Blanc / Malbec Rosé 2022, Marlborough NZ
Pale salmon pink in colour with copper hues. Interesting nose of Sauvignon Blanc characters; citrus, gooseberry, grassy herbal notes then red berries, currants & spices follow. A juicy palate with lemon-lime citrus flavours, green herb, red berries, blackcurrant, melon & apples. A fine acidity & layers of texture result in a long dry, concentrated finish. RRP:$20.00 Visit: https://www.marlboroughsun.com/

Marlborough Sun Riesling 2021, Marlborough NZ
Almost clear in colour with very pale green hues. Sweet floral notes in the nose then aromas of lime, apple, honey & beeswax. The palate has a nice zesty lemon-lime acidity and flavours reflecting the nose: lemon, lime, green apple, honey and a zingy, tasty medium-dry finish. Only 10% abv with 21 g/L RS. Super Summer sipper. RRP:$20.00 Visit: https://www.marlboroughsun.com/

Marlborough Sun Gruner Veltliner 2021, Marlborough NZ
Pale golden coloured wine, medium viscosity. The nose has aromas of ripe apple, nectarine, tart citrus peel, pepper & spice notes. Nicely textured palate with green apple, white peach & tangelo, mandarin citrus flavours, spice and subtle oak influence too. Nicely integrated wine, balanced, complex and very drinkable – Long grippy finish. Brilliant wine-match with spicy Asian food. RRP: $20.00
Visit: https://www.marlboroughsun.com/

Marlborough Sun Sauvignon Blanc 2022, Marlborough NZ
Light straw coloured wine with pale green hues. Fragrant, initially savoury, cut grass & herbal nose, then subtle stone-fruit & citrus aromas follow. A crisp acid backbone & slight mineral grip & wet stone textures on the palate support ripe stone-fruit, gooseberry & lemon / lime flavours. Medium length fresh & juicy finish. Lovely summer quaffer. RRP:$20.00 Visit: https://www.marlboroughsun.com/

Louis Vavasour ‘LV’ Méthode Traditionelle, NV Marlborough NZ
A blend of Chardonnay & Pinot Noir this bubbles is pale yellow / gold in colour, creamy mousse on pouring, fine bubbles / bead in the glass. Ripe stone-fruit, apple & citrus aromas in the nose, with warm, buttered toast / nutty notes. A creamy, nicely weighted palate has juicy peach, apricot & apple fruit flavours, a crisp lemony acidity and subtle vanilla biscuit / toast elements, a long off-dry & elegant finish. RRP:$59.00 Available online from https://www.lvwine.co.nz/

Whitehaven The Daughters ‘Pinot Noir Rosé’ 2020, Marlborough NZ
Pretty pale salmon pink in colour, creamy mousse on pouring, persistent tiny bead. Hints of summer with pink & red berries, then nutty, leesy, creamy aromas on the nose. A crisp acidity initially on the palate then juicy flavours of summer berries, a subtle hint of spice, creamy mouthfeel on the tongue, then a long, concentrated & absolutely delicious off-dry finish. Excellent. Latest release of this Pinot Noir M/T only 1,150 bottles produced. 2019 still available online RRP:$45.00 https://whitehaven.co.nz/

Deutz Limited Edition Prestige Cuvée 2017, Marlborough NZ
Pale golden in colour with a creamy mousse & a very presistent bead long after pouring. Toasty, yeasty notes in the nose accompanied by fresh apples, peach, lemon citrus & spice aromas. The palate is crisp & fresh with flavours of green apple, peach, citrus and a toasty oak influence, creamy mouthfeel, the a crisp acidity leads to a long dry finish. 65% Chardonnay / 35% Pinot Noir Another great example from Pernod Ricard, one of the 12 members at ‘Methode Marlborough’ RRP: $35.00 Available from fine wine stores and selected supermarkets.

Squawking Magpie ‘The Chatterer’ Syrah 2021, Gimblett Gravels, Hawke’s Bay NZ
Deep ruby / purple almost black in colour to the rim. Quite a fragrant nose with aromas of dark berry, plum, spice & black pepper. Medium weighted palate with powdery tannins, grippy acidity, flavours of black doris plum & blackberry supported with fine oak textural element. Long dry peppery finish – Great Hawke’s Bay Syrah and under RRP: $25.00 https://squawkingmagpie.co.nz/ Champion Syrah at the recent Top 50 Under $25 at the New World Wine Awards 2023

Caythorpe Family Estate Chardonnay 2021, Marlborough NZ
Shiny & bright pale gold in colour, nice viscocity too. Subtle note of struck match in the nose followed by ripe stone-fruit, lemon citrus peel & vanilla-wine-biscuit notes. The palate is concentrated, creamy and mouth-filling with juicy stone-fruit & grapefruit citrus flavours, a crisp acidity and nice nutty oak influence – very persistent dry finish. Excellent! No wonder it won Champion Chardonnay at the recent Top 50 Under $25 at the New World Wine Awards 2023. RRP:$25.00 Available from New World Supermarkets or visit https://caythorpe.nz/

Mudhouse ‘The Mound’ Riesling 2022, Waipara Valley NZ
Pale straw-gold in colour with faint green hues. The nose is fragrant with aromas of crisp apple & limes citrus. An off dry but unctious palate with ripe apple, stonefruit & lemon-lime fruit flavours – zesty acid backbone, subtle mineral grip is balanced with a medium sweetness on the finish. A juicy ‘very tasty’ Riesling indeed. RRP:$25.00 Champion Riesling New World Wine Awards 2023. Available from New World Supermarkets or visit https://mudhouse.co.nz/

Kokako Farms Uccello Brut NV.
A new sparkling Arneis cuvée from the Ohiti Valley in the Hawke’s Bay NZ – Tasted lightly chilled – Medium lemon-gold in colour, creamy mousse on pouring, persistent tiny bead. Fresh floral nose with aromas of apples, pears, citrus & honey note. A crisp acidity on the palate is followed by fresh fruity flavours reflecting the nose; green apple, pear, & a little honey sweetness on the long, crisp, bone-dry finish. This is a delightful, very drinkable cuvée made from one of the rarer grape varieties planted in NZ. This sparkling Arneis is a first in New Zealand, and I would highly recommend it as an aperitif, for celebrations or just for summer sipping. Excellent value, too. RRP: $25.00 Visit https://kokakofarms.co.nz/

Sorrell Wines ‘Churton’ Pinot Noir 2022, Marlborough NZ
Bright, very translucent raspberry-red in colour, paler at the rim. A complex floral nose, with red cherry, dark berry then subtle savoury herb & spice notes. Fruit forward on the palate initially with summer berry & cherry flavours. Lovely velvety tannins and a refreshing green-stalk acidity, fine light toasty oak & hint of mineral / stone grip on the finish. Very elegant but still just a baby. Excellent Pinot. This is Dan’s latest wine which uses grapes from a single block at the Churton Vineyard. RRP: $49.00 available from https://www.sorrellwines.co.nz

Sorrell Wines ‘The Wrekin’ Pinot Noir 2022, Marlborough NZ
Translucent red cherry coloured wine lighter at the rim, medium bodied. Fragrant aromas of red berry, cherry & plum in the nose, then subtle oak & warm spice. On the palate there’s juicy fruit berry / cherry flavours reflecting the nose, lovely fine silky tannins, a fresh acidity & fine oak textural elements. A long succulent finish – well balanced and nicely integrate wine. Dan’s second Pinot Noir from the Wrekin vineyard. Drinking beautifully now but will improve with a few years. RRP:$49.00 available from https://www.sorrellwines.co.nz

Sorrell Wines ‘The Wrekin’ Chardonnay 2022, Marlborough NZ
Medium straw coloured wine with golden hues & a light oily viscosity. The nose has immediate nutty, creamy spice notes then fresh stone-fruit, green apple & lemon citrus aromas. The palate begins with with ripe stone-fruit, peach, nectarine & lemon citrus flavours, a juicy grape-fruit acid backbone & subtle oak textural elements. A complex, layered wine with a juicy, really persistent finish. Fabulous. Dan’s second Chardonnay from the Wrekin vineyard. Excellent wine to put away for a few years. Very highly recommended – Available for RRP:$42.00 from https://www.sorrellwines.co.nz

Sorrell Wines ‘Auntsfield Vineyard’ Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc 2022, Marlborough NZ
Pale gold in colour with subtle yellow & green hues, medium bodied. Fragrant & complex nose of peach, lemon citrus, floral notes & a stony / mineral note. Beautifully textured wine on the palate, tart citrus & ripe stone-fruit flavours with a juicy acidity, a long tasty finish – Influence from fermentation in both oak & concrete then 16 months maturing on lees has resulted in this concentrated, complex, textured wine. Another excellent wine from Daniel. RRP:$35.00 https://www.sorrellwines.co.nz/

Delta Estate ‘Hatters Hill’ Chardonnay 2019, Marlborough NZ
Bright pale lemon coloured with golden hues, medium bodied, nice legs. The nose is all about the stone-fruit, then toasted nuts & butterscotch aromas with some spice / oak notes. A creamy full flavoured palate has a softer citrus acidity, ripe peach, nectarine, apricot stone-fruit flavours, subtle barrel / oak influence too – layered, textured and a long tasty finish. Current vintage is 2021 – Excellent Marlborough Chardonnay – highly recommended. $30.00 https://www.deltawines.co.nz/

The Darling Pinot Noir 2020, Marlborough NZ
Deep ruby – cherry red coloured wine, medium bodied, lighter at the rim. Enticing aromatic nose of cherry, dark berries, savoury earth & hints of spice. Full flavoured palate with cherry, plum & dark berry fruit flavours, firm slightly grippy tannins & tart acidity, a little green stalk / herbal note and some spicy oak influence. Drinking nicely now but still young & will improve with age. Certified organic & vegan too. A highly recommended Marlborough Pinot at just. RRP:$35.00 https://www.thedarlingwines.com/

The Darling Sauvignon Blanc 2023, Marlborough NZ
New release from Chris and Bart – Medium straw-gold coloured with pale green hues. The nose is fragrant with ripe passion-fruit, lemon & lime citrus aromas & notes of savoury green herb. The palate has tropical, citrus, gooseberry & savoury flavours reflecting the nose, nice weight & texture with a slight wet stone minerality. Long juicy finish. Certified organic. The 2022 vintage won gold at the 2022 Organic Wine Awards. Excellent value too at just RRP: $25.00 at https://www.thedarlingwines.com/


Rockburn ‘Stolen Kiss’ Pinot Noir Rosé 2023, Central Otago NZ
Med salmon pink in colour, clear & bright, medium bodied. Sweet smoker-lolly, toffee-apple, strawberry & cherry aromas in the nose. On the palate there’s lashings of red berry, spice & more toffee apple flavours – the mouthfeel is silky & creamy, a subtle acidity balanced with 12grams RS, all resulting in a most delicious, very quaff-able Rosé. RRP:$32.00 https://www.rockburn.co.nz/

No. 1 Family Estate Reserve Cuvee NV Marlborough NZ
Bright shiny yellow / gold in colour, a creamy mousse on pouring and a fine, long-lasting bead / bubbles. In the nose there’s peach & citrus aromas then yeasty / nutty / biscuity notes. On the palate a crisp lemon citrus acidity is followed by flavours of ripe stone-fruit, brioche, vanilla wine biscuits & spice. Long intense, complex & textured finish. A stunning wine! Each year, Daniel Le Brun sets aside a limited amount of Cuvée No.1 for long-term ageing and then releases it after several years – giving it the title “Reserve.” Only 1,680 bottles have been released this year. Alcohol: 12.5%, RS: 5g/L, On lees: 7 years+ RRP:$96.00 https://www.no1familyestate.co.nz/

No.1 Family Estate Rosé NV Marlborough NZ. (100% Pinot Noir)
Gorgeous medium salmon pink with bright copper hues, creamy mousse & a fine bead. Fresh strawberry & raspberry aromas in the nose then creamy / nutty notes. The palate is all about summer berry flavours, a crisp zesty acidity, seems bone dry initially but there’s a residual fruit sweetness right across the palate. Long concentrated finish. A first class, very elegant Pinot Rosé with depth & character. RRP:$49.00 Available online from: https://www.no1familyestate.co.nz/

No.1 Family Estate Cuveé, NV Marlborough NZ (99% Chardonnay 1 % Pinot Noir)
Clear pale lemon colour with golden hues, a good fine mousse on pouring then a tiny very persistent bead. Immediate notes of lemon, ripe peach & nectarine in the nose then brioche / yeast / lees aromas follow. Ripe stone-fruit, citrus, melon flavours on the palate, a creamy mousse & a bright lemony acidity. A crisp, complex, layered wine with a long off dry finish. Absolutely delicious! One of my favourite NZ methode bubbles! RRP:$38.00 Available online from: https://www.no1familyestate.co.nz/

No.1 Family Estate Assemblé NV Marlborough, NZ (50% Chardonnay 43% Pinot Noir and 7% Pinot Meunier)
Shiny yellow gold in colour, brief creamy mousse when pouring then a tiny fine persistent bead. Fresh aromatic nose of stone-fruit & citrus, then baked bread, yeasty – lees aromas follow. The palate is crisp & fresh with a lemony acidity, green apple & peach fruit flavours, silky textured, long, dry, very moreish finish – an elegant & really excellent value for money Méthode Traditionelle from the very best NZ Producer. RRP:$34.00 Available online from: https://www.no1familyestate.co.nz/

Hampshire Vineyards ‘Awatere Valley’ Pinot Gris 2023, Marlborough NZ
Pale straw coloured wine with green & gold highlights, medium viscosity. Aromatic nose with aromas of sweet poached pears & baking spices. Concentrated palate with ripe pear / stone-fruit flavours & spice. Nicely textured with a ‘pear skin’ grip / acidity, nicely integrated, succulent mouth-filling, long dry finish. Excellent first release. RRP:$34.00 https://www.hampshirevineyards.co.nz/

Hampshire Vineyards ‘Awatere Valley’ Sauvignon Blanc 2023, Marlborough NZ
Very pale almost clear wine, just a hint of green. Fragrant nose of white florals, lemon citrus subtle savoury, green capsicum aromas. Lovely fresh palate of tropical & citrus fruit flavours, a zesty, grape-fruity acid backbone & wet stone / mineral textural elements all in harmony – juicy off-dry finish. Highly Recommended. RRP:$34.00 https://www.hampshirevineyards.co.nz/

Rapaura Springs Wine ‘Rohe – Awatere Valley’ Pinot Noir 2022, Marlborough NZ.
Bright raspberry / ruby-red coloured wine, quite translucent to the rim. Lovely aromatic nose with red berry & ripe plum aromas, savoury earth, herb & spice notes. Rich red berry flavours on the palate, are underpinned with a softer acidity & fine silky tannins, subtle nutty oak & spice. A really elegant, balanced wine with character & great length. An excellent Awatere Pinot! RRP:$37.00 https://rapaurasprings.co.nz/

Rapaura Springs ‘Rohe – Dillons Point’ Sauvignon Blanc 2023, Marlborough NZ
Pale straw coloured with the faintest green hues. Pure savvy aromas of ripe passion-fruit & mango, citrus, then savoury, salty, green-stalk notes. Wonderfully concentrated palate with ripe tropical fruit, citrus & currant flavours, a really juicy acidity, a hint of salty / minerality providing grip & texture. Long juicy finish. Gold at Mundus Vini 2023 already. RRP:$25.00 https://rapaurasprings.co.nz/

Rapaura Springs ‘Rohe – Blind River’ Sauvignon Blanc 2023, Marlborough NZ
Very pale almost clear wine with a tiny green tinge, medium bodied. A fragrant nose of tart citrus & grapefruit aromas, rock-melon & lemongrass / savoury herbal notes. Succulent & very moreish palate with lots of citrus fruit flavours, a crisp acidity & layers of complexity & texture. Long, intense & full flavoured finish. Love it… Excellent Thai Food match. RRP:$25.00 https://rapaurasprings.co.nz/

Rapaura Springs ‘Rohe – Rapaura’ Sauvignon Blanc 2023, Marlborough NZ
Pale straw in colour with subtle green hues. Intensely aromatic nose of tropical / passion-fruit, savoury green herb & blackcurrant leaf notes too. Concentrated tropical & citrus fruit flavours on the palate, savoury green-stalk, a zesty acid backbone & wetstone elements add texture, while a little residual sweetness balances out a long juicy finish! RRP:$25.00 https://rapaurasprings.co.nz/

Misha’s Vineyard ‘The High Note’ Pinot Noir 2020, Central Otago NZ
Bright deep cherry to ruby red in colour to the rim, medium bodied. Wonderful aromas of savoury herb & earth in the nose, then dark & red berry, plum & nutty spice notes. The palate has intense ripe fruit flavours reflecting the nose, a zesty acidity, mouth drying tannins and a long, dry beautifully balanced finish. A fabulous powerful wine with layers of complexity & texture. Stunning! RRP:$48.00 https://mishasvineyard.com

Misha’s Vineyard ‘Cantata’ Pinot Noir 2020, Central Otago NZ
Mid ruby / cherry red in colour, lighter at the rim, slightly translucent. Lovely fresh, floral nose with cherry, red berry & baking spice aromas. The berry & cherry flavours continue on the palate supported by hints of chocolate & vanilla, fine chalky tannins, firm acidity & some subtle oak influence, provide layers of flavour & textural elements. Elegant yet vibrant, long grippy & juicy finish for a wine still so young. RRP:$34.00 https://mishasvineyard.com

Misha’s Vineyard ‘The Soloist’ Pinot Noir Rosé 2023, Central Otago NZ
Bright, translucent raspberry / watermelon flesh red in colour, clear & bright. An enticing aromatic nose of raspberries, strawberries, spice & smoker lollies (is that a thing?) On the palate there are succulent flavours of summer berry fruit: raspberry, cranberry & strawberry, a crunchy acidity & softer tannins all finish long and off dry – Perfect Rosé for sipping with friends, on the deck watching spring sunsets! RRP:$30.00 https://mishasvineyard.com

Misha’s Vineyard ‘Limelight’ Riesling 2021, Central Otago NZ
Light straw coloured with soft green hues, slightly oily viscosity. Fragrant nose with lashings of lime juice & zest, lemon & tangelo aromas. Zesty lime & lemon fruit flavours continue on the palate, grippy mineral / acidity & crisp ‘green apple’ textural elements are beautifully integrated with residual sweetness for a med-dry long & juicy finish. Absolutely delicious! Love to see this in 5 years. RRP: $34.00 https://mishasvineyard.com/

Misha’s Vineyard ‘Dress Circle’ Pinot Gris 2021, Central Otago NZ
Shiny pale green / gold coloured wine, with a light viscosity. Aromatic nose of fresh ripe pears, sweet red apples & warm ginger / baking spice notes. Delicious fleshy pear, peach & crisp apple fruit flavours continue on the palate, pear-skin textures, a grippy acidity & touch of residual sweetness all in perfect harmony… Long concentrated finish. Scrumptious! RRP: $32.00 https://mishasvineyard.com/

Misha’s Vineyard ‘The Starlet’ Sauvignon Blanc 2022, Central Otago NZ
Pale straw in colour with faint green/gold hues, bright and clear. Fragrant nose with aromas of ripe tropical fruit, lemon citrus & subtle spice notes. Zesty mouth-watering palate with juicy citrus, gooseberry, passion-fruit & subtle savoury herb flavours, layers of texture & grip, crisp acid backbone & oyster-shell minerality, long off-dry finish that lasts for ages. Excellent! RRP: $32.00 https://mishasvineyard.com/

Black Quail Estate Pinot Noir 2020, Felton Road, Bannockburn, Central Otago NZ.
Bright semi-translucent, ruby / cherry-red in colour, lighter at the rim. Smoke, earth, spice & fragrant dried herb aromas in the nose followed by dark berry / cherry notes. Wonderful silky textures on the palate with fine powdery tannins, a refreshing lively acidity, juicy concentrated dark berry & cherry fruit flavours, subtle toasty oak & savoury nuances all in perfect harmony. A brilliant wine match for my Fathers’ Day Roasted Leg of Lamb dinner later. Cheers to all the Dads! RRP:$55.00 Read more about Black Quail, their vineyards and this wine made by the amazing Jenn Parr here: https://www.blackquail.co.nz/


Loveblock ‘Triangle Vineyard’ Pinot Gris 2022 Awatere Valley Marlborough NZ
New release: Light straw coloured with pale golden hues, nice oily viscosity. Fragrant & floral nose of melon, ripe pear, lemon rind & apple. The palate is crisp & juicy with luscious pear & red apple flavours, a hint of spice, pear-skin textured, dry finish with a touch of residual fruit sweetness. Delicious. Organic grapes, machine harvested, gently pressed, inoculated in tank, 5% fermented in old French oak for 3 months then back to tank for cold stabilization & bottling. Certified Organic. RRP:$27.00 Visit https://loveblockwine.com/

Loveblock ‘Woolshed Vineyard’ Sauvignon Blanc 2022, Awatere Valley, Marlborough NZ
New release: Very pale straw coloured with subtle green / gold hues, slight oily viscosity. Green gooseberry & citrus aromas with grassy herbal notes in the nose, while the palate delivers juicy stone-fruit & lime flavours, a zesty acidity & stony minerality adding texture & grip. Long mouthwatering finish. Wine from low yielding 18 year old vines. 1/3 of this wine was wild fermented in concrete eggs, clay amphora & neutral oak full malo – 2/3 in stainless 25% malo. Certified Organic. RRP:$27.00 Visit https://loveblockwine.com/

Saorsa Wines Syrah 2021, Hawke’s Bay NZ
Deep black-cherry coloured wine, paler / translucent at the rim. Concentrated nose with immediate savoury herb, earth & subtle smoke notes then dark plum & berry fruit aromas follow. On the palate this is a robust, textural, chewy wine with big velvety tannins, dark berry fruit flavours, pepper, a good whack of acidity & a warming 14% abv. Mouth watering long, intense, bone-dry finish. Wonderful Winter Wine. Highly recommend you grab one or two to put away for a few years! RRP:$36.00 https://saorsawines.co.nz

Saorsa Wines ‘Rosé of Syrah’ 2022, Hawke’s Bay NZ
Soft salmon pink in colour with pale copper hues. Lovely florals in the nose, sweet strawberry & cream aromas & white pepper / spice notes. Bone dry with a ‘crisp as’ slightly tart acidity on the palate, lovely berry fruit intensity, nicely textured from gentle oak / malo / sur lee influence & minimal filtering / fining on bottling. Could sip this all night. Gorgeous bottle with glass stopper too. Delish & a must try! RRP:$32.00 https://saorsawines.co.nz/

Saorsa Wines ‘Cornerstone Vineyard’ Viognier 2021, Hawke’s Bay NZ
Bright, shiny yellow-gold in colour, nice oily viscosity. Fragrant nose with floral, stone-fruit (apricot, peach) aromas and a nutty, creamy note. The palate is medium weighted, complex & layered with ripe fruit flavours reflecting the nose, juicy ‘grapefruit’ acidity & subtle oak / spice textural elements: a long, dry, concentrated & really luscious finish. If you like this variety I highly recommend trying this one – excellent! RRP:$40.00 https://saorsawines.co.nz/

Nuala Pinot Noir 2021, Gladstone, Wairarapa, NZ
Bright ruby red coloured wine, lighter at the rim, medium bodied. A fruit driven nose with ripe plum, dark berry, cherry & spice aromas. On the palate, concentrated flavours reflecting the nose: plum, berry, cherry but there’s a nice savoury meaty note too. Fine tannins and subtle oak influence, long intense dry finish. Tasty! Second of 2 wines from Nuala made by Bordeaux native winemaker, Paul Martung – Martinborough Pinot made by a French winemaker for the French market. Wines not available in NZ (yet) mostly exported to France and other markets. Est RRP NZ$38.00 13.2% abv https://www.nualawines.co.nz/

Nuala Sauvignon Blanc 2023, Marlborough NZ
Very light straw coloured wine with pale green hues. Floral nose with aromas of gooseberry, tropical fruit & lemon / lime citrus notes. The palate continues with the tropical fruit, flavours of pineapple, passion-fruit and & limes, a crisp acid backbone & a mineral stony textural element, fresh juicy finish. First of 2 wines from Nuala made by Bordeaux native winemaker, Paul Martung – Marlborough Savvy made by a French winemaker for the French market. Wines not available in NZ (yet) mostly exported to France and other markets.
Est RRP: NZ$25.00, 13.5% abv Visit: https://www.nualawines.co.nz/

Rockburn ‘Twelve Barrels’ Gibbston Vineyard Pinot Noir 2022, Central Otago NZ.
Shiny dark crimson / cherry-red coloured, lighter at the rim, semi-tranparent. A pretty floral nose with aromas of dark berry & plum fruit with earth & mushroom savoury notes . A medium bodied palate, layered with dark berry & cherry fruit flavours, spice, layered, intense & complex – fine chalky tannins, a lively ‘citrus acidity’ (weird) and toasty, nutty oak – all fully integrated / balanced. Very long grippy dry finish. A very powerful wine – will go for many years yet. Excellent! RRP:$99.00 https://www.rockburn.co.nz/

Rockburn ‘Eleven Barrels’ Parkburn Vineyard Pinot Noir 2022, Central Otago NZ.
Bright ruby – red cherry coloured, lighter at the rim, quite translucent. Wonderfully fragrant nose of ripe plum & dark cherry fruit aromas, a wee savoury note of country herb at the end. On the palate, lovely concentrated fruit flavours plum, cherry & a touch of spice. Lighter in body but nicely textured with silky tannins, a youthful racy acidity, fine subtle oak influence and a long bright bone dry finish. Drinking beautifully already, but oh still so young. Fabulous. RRP:$99.00 https://www.rockburn.co.nz/

Honey Wine / Mead NV Golden Bay, Nelson, NZ
Some months ago I found this in my wine cupboard, long forgotten – after some sleuthing on the internet and help from Judy at Neudorf, I discovered it was made years ago by Terry Knight who now owns the Kiwi Spirit Distillery, producer of TeKiwi 100% Blue Agave Tequilana Spirit, gin, whisky, vodka & liqueurs. Thanks for the info Terry. So anyway, I’ve just opened it and shared with my brother in law who enjoys mead & ciders. Mid to deep golden in colour, a little sediment so decanted / filtered carefully, no presence of any oxidation. Lovely fresh nose of clover honey, just like opening a honey jar, hint of butterscotch. Lighter bodied with a fresh, ‘not too sweet’ honey flavour and more surprisingly, a little citrus acidity & a lovely textured mouthfeel. Long dry finish. A really enjoyable tipple still drinking well after possibly 12 years? Sorry you can’t buy this but Terry makes a honey Liqueur which you can buy online. Check his range out here: https://kiwispiritdistillery.co.nz/

Terrace Edge Albarino 2022, Waipara North Canterbury NZ
Shiny mid-yellow in colour with golden hues. The nose is fragrant & complex, with ripe citrus, stone-fruit & apricot aromas. A concentrated palate with lush stone-fruit, peach, apricot, lemon & lime flavours, a zesty acidity & grippy textural / mineral elements – a succulent & juicy off dry finish. Absolutely Delicious! Available from a number stockists across New Zealand RRP:$32.00 https://terraceedge.co.nz/

Rockburn Wines ‘Tigermoth’ Riesling 2022, Central Otago NZ
Another first-time taste for me – Pale straw coloured with a faint green tinge. Fragrant nose with zesty lemon / lime citrus & apricot aromas, a hint of ginger spice. Succulent medium sweet palate with green apple & mandarin fruit flavours, a zingy lime acid backbone, flinty grippy textural elements and a juicy finish. Love to see this again in a few years with a bit of age – (45g/L 10% Abv) Just 1,680 bottles produced so put some away now. Highly recommended! RRP: $37.00 Available from https://www.rockburn.co.nz/

Rockburn Wines Fumé Blanc 2022, Central Otago NZ
First time I’ve tasted this wine and it’s brilliant! Shiny & bright lemon – gold in colour. An aromatic nose of ripe stone-fruit, zesty citrus aromas & a subtle savoury wet-stone note. Juicy citrus & stone-fruit & citrus flavours on the palate, a vibrant crunchy acidity, toasty, silky oak & creamy malo / yeasty textural elements – off dry long, succulent finish. Love savvy made in a b/f ‘chardonnay style’ when you can get it & this is an excellent example – only 1,800 bottles produced so get in quick.
RRP: $37.00 Abv 14.0% Available from https://www.rockburn.co.nz/

Alcove Wines 100% Organic Syrah, Single Vineyard Rosé 2022, Marlborough NZ
The first release from this new label by owners Mike and Zana Whittaker. Just one acre, 38 rows of premium clone 877 Syrah grapes, close planted in old-world style. Deep salmon pink in colour with copper hues, medium bodied. An enticing nose with fragrant aromas of cherry, red berries & subtle oak spice. Luscious red berry & cherry flavours on the palate are supported with a crisp ‘ green apple’ acidity, while fine oak & silky tannins all add depth and complexity. Juicy fruit-focused very moreish finish. Yum! RRP:$32.00 https://www.thealcove.co.nz/

Clearview Estate Winery ‘Coastal’ Chardonnay 2022, Hawke’s Bay NZ
Bright lemon-gold in colour with pale green hues. Fruit driven nose with peach, pear, green apple aromas & a salty / mineral note. Fresh peach, citrus & apple fruit flavours, a grippy grape-fruity acidity & subtle nutty oak influence on the palate, a lighter style but complex & textured, fruit-focused chardonnay. Concentrated dry finish. Excellent value too at RRP:$22.00 https://www.clearviewestate.co.nz/


Tankersley Estate Pinot Noir 2016, Central Otago NZ
Deep cherry red / ruby in colour, slightly translucent, showing a little age (brick) medium bodied. Savoury mushroom, earth & herbal notes in the nose then ripe plum & dark berry aromas. Really grippy tannins & toasty oak, with juicy plum & cherry flavours, textured & layered, intense, complex, full flavoured palate with a long warm, dry finish. Excellent. RRP:$35.00 https://www.tankersleyestate.co.nz/

Unison ‘Syrah Rocks’ Syrah 2019, Hawke’s Bay NZ.
Deep purple with a lighter violet rim, medium bodied. Plum, raspberry, blueberry & spices in the nose, a hint of pepper & savoury earth notes. Bone dry on the palate, fine grippy tannins, tight acidity, dark berry fruit flavours, subtle nutty oak & spice all in ‘unison’ – Well balanced wine with a dry very lengthy finish. Still young & fresh wine but drinking beautifully. RRP$40.00. Available online here:

The Butcher’s Cellar Shiraz 2021, South Australia
Bright ruby to raspberry red in colour paler at the rim. Ripe red cherry, dark berry, plum & raisin aromas on the nose, with subtle oak spice. The palate reflects the nose with concentrated sweet dark fruit flavours predominant, hints of chocolate & vanilla, silky tannins, fine acid, light oak all nicely integrated. Long ‘off dry’ finish at 7g/l RS. I’m thinking a brilliant BBQ wine. Great value Ozzie Shiraz at: RRP: NZ$21.00

Brockenchack ‘Jack Harrison’ Single Vineyard Shiraz 2018, Eden Valley Barossa AUS
Dark cherry / purple almost black in colour, lighter at the rim, a full-bodied wine. In the nose dark cherry, plums, baking spices, vanilla a subtle earthy / meaty note. Huge, weighty mouth-filling palate with concentrated flavours of ripe cherry, plum, blackberries & pepper / spice, chalky tannins, a soft acidity & fine textured oak influence. A good whack of alcohol at 15% all melded together into a multi layered, textural wine with power, depth & length. Outstanding! My thanks to the team at Brockenchack for the opportunity to taste these exceptional wines of Australia. Cheers, JB RRP:NZ$69.00 https://brockenchack.nz/

Brockenchack ‘Megan Jane’ Single Vineyard Grenache 2020, Eden Valley Barossa AUS
Bright ruby to cherry red in colour, lighter at the rim, medium bodied wine. A lovely floral & fruity nose of raspberry & blackberry aromas, spice & nutty notes. Full flavoured palate, with lots of dark berries, raspberry & cherry fruit flavours, a lively acidity, light but grippy tannins, a savoury element with subtle spice & toasty nutty oak. Long concentrated dry finish with warmth at 14.5% abv. A lush beautifully integrated & very tasty wine. RRP: NZ$45.00 https://brockenchack.nz/

Brockenchack ‘Zip Line’ Single Vineyard Shiraz 2020, Eden Valley, Barossa AUS
Deep cherry red / crimson coloured, medium bodied wine. Fragrant enticing nose of ripe plum, blackberry & cherry aromas a hint of spice & a savoury herbal note. The palate begins with gorgeous silky tannins, a bright acidity & fine oak textural elements, then juicy cherry, plum & dark berry fruit flavours, subtle spice & a long intense warm finish. An excellent weighty wine with depth & character. RRP: NZ$26.00 https://brockenchack.nz/

Brockenchack ‘Great Scott’ Sparkling Shiraz NV, SV, Eden Valley Barossa AUS.
Bright ruby to raspberry-red in colour, fluffy mouse of tiny bubbles in the glass on pouring. Aromas of cherry, dark plum, red berry & spice in the nose. On the palate, a ‘wee spritz’ on the tongue, then ripe fruit flavours reflecting the nose, velvety, sweet, spice, cocoa but it’s dry at the same time. Shiraz made in the Charmat method, in-tank fermentation then bottled under crown cap closure. Quite delicious & an enjoyable change of wine style. Tasted slightly chilled. RRP: NZ$26.00 https://brockenchack.nz/

Brockenchack ‘Charli Jaye’ Single Vineyard Chardonnay 2018, Eden Valley Barossa, Australia.
Bright mid yellow-gold in colour with pale green hues, great legs too. Gorgeous nose of ripe stone-fruit, vanilla, buttered popcorn & nutty oak aromas. A weighty palate with intensity, bright citrus acidity & lush stone-fruit flavours, subtle oak spice & a silky, buttery, creamy texture round out the overall experience. A long very satisfying finish. My kind of Chardonnay! Still young at 5 years old. RRP:NZ$40.00 https://brockenchack.nz/

Brockenchack ‘Mackenzie William 1896’ Single Vineyard Riesling 2022, Eden Valley Barossa, Australia.
Crystal clear very pale straw coloured with the faintest of green hues. In the nose, fresh lemon & lime citrus aromas then a subtle wet-stone minerality. The palate is textural with a little grip & a zesty acid backbone, concentrated lemon / lime citrus & crisp green apple flavours all result in a long mouth-watering but bone dry finish. Love to see again with a few years aging. Excellent. RRP:NZ$32.00 https://brockenchack.nz/

Ataahua Wines Late Harvest Gewurztraminer 2020, Waipara NZ
Bright golden coloured wine with an oily viscosity (legs.) Wonderfully floral / fragrant nose of ginger, spice, citrus blossom & lychee. The palate is unctuous, with a delicious citrus fruit acidity, turkish delight flavours & warm spices, sweetness balanced with 14% Alc for an intensely long, warming finish! Luscious full-flavoured but not cloyingly sweet sticky. Who needs dessert? RRP:$32.00 https://www.ataahuawine.co.nz/

Ataahua Wines Pinot Noir 2022, Waipara NZ.
Deep ruby / cherry red in colour lighter at the rim. The nose is a mix of ripe cherries, berries & plum aromas while a savoury / earthy note lingers in the background. On the palate, concentrated fruit flavours reflecting the nose, fine polished tannins, softer acidity, some spicy oak influence & a long dry but succulent finish, a layered, complex & elegant wine. Still very young but drinking beautifully right now.
RRP:$40.00 https://www.ataahuawine.co.nz/

Ataahua Wines Pinot Noir Rosé 2021, Waipara NZ
Mid salmon pink in colour with copper hues, medium bodied wine. Slightly floral nose with aromas of raspberries & strawberries predominant. Crisp, fresh palate filled with sweet red berry & cherry fruit flavours, a crunchy acidity & fine grippy mouthfeel, finishes off-dry with a lovely lingering residual sweetness. Excellent. RRP:$28.00 https://www.ataahuawine.co.nz/

Ataahua Wines Chardonnay 2022, Waipara NZ
Clear bright yellow – gold in colour, medium bodied, nice legs! The nose has notes of smoke / flint then lush stone-fruit, lemon citrus aromas & just a hint of spice. On the palate, lovely creamy textured wine, flavours of ripe peaches, nectarines, a crisp lemony acid backbone while subtle butterscotch / nutty flavours & fine grained oak are all in balance. Long dry but very moreish finish. An excellent example of chardonnay from Waipara, North Canterbury – Absolutely Yum! RRP:$32.00 https://www.ataahuawine.co.nz/

Ataahua Wines Sauvignon Blanc 2022, Waipara NZ
Shiny pale straw coloured wine with pale green hues. A fragrant nose of tropical, gooseberry & citrus fruit aromas, followed on the palate with a zingy lemon citrus acidity, juicy passion-fruit, stone-fruit & lime flavours: it’s textured, grippy, concentrated & succulent finishing long & dry. Bright, fresh, vibrant North Canterbury savvy at it’s best. RRP: $28.00 https://www.ataahuawine.co.nz/


Weekend Wines ‘Gone Rogue’ Pinot Noir 2022, Central Otago
Third new wine from Weekend Wines – Deep cherry red / crimson in colour to the rim, semi transparent, medium bodied. Fragrant & floral nose with ripe cherry & plum aromas, a hint of baking / mixed spice. Lovely fruit-driven mouth-filling palate, stewed plums, cherry & savoury / earth minerality, chalky tannins, a lively acidity & subtle oak influence all in harmony. Mouth watering finish. 100% Pinot Noir Hand harvested from the Pisa Range 40% whole bunch fermentation, wild yeast, 13 days on skins Pressed & finished ferment in tank, then racked to old French oak for 6 months, blended to stainless steel tank to homogenise then bottled unfined & unfiltered with minimal sulfites added. RRP: $35.00 https://weekendwines.co.nz/

Weekend Wines ‘Tickled Pink’ Rose, Pinot Noir2022, Central Otago
Second wine from Weekend Wines – Bright & clear, dark ruby / raspberry red in colour, paler at the rim. The nose is filled with aromas of red berries, plum, cherry & a subtle spice note. Lighter on the palate with the red fruit flavours & spice predominant, lovely silky tannins & a zesty acidity that tickles the taste-buds, slight green-herb / savoury note in the background, bone dry finish. Fresh & tasty. 100% Organic Central Otago Pinot Noir 75% de-stemmed / 25% whole bunch, macerated in tank for 5 days to extract colour pressed in tank, clean juice to barrel / stainless for ferment, natural malolactic fermentation, 4 months on lees to settle before racking / bottling.
RRP: $30.00 https://weekendwines.co.nz/

Weekend Wines ‘Peachy Keen’ Pinot Gris 2022, Central Otago NZ
First of three new interesting wines from Central Otago – Mid apricot / orange in colour, slightly hazy, medium bodied. Interesting nose with aromas of apple, pear, tropical fruit & spice. Similar fruit flavours on the palate which is nicely textured with fine dusty tannins, a crisp citrus acid backbone and a long fresh & fruity yet dry finish. Quite yummy! Cromwell fruit de-stemmed, fermented on skins, pressed, aged in French oak / stainless steel for 6 months, racked & bottled un-fined & unfiltered with minimal sulphur.
RRP: $30.00 https://weekendwines.co.nz/

Terrace Edge Wines ‘St Laurent’ 2020, North Canterbury NZ
Deep cherry red in colour, slightly transparent at the rim, medium bodied wine. Enticing nose of ripe cherry & plum fruit aromas, subtle spice & toasty nut notes. Lots of concentrated fruit flavours of ripe plums & dark cherries on the palate, fine almost powdery / silky tannins & a bright acidity, combined with nice toasty oak, all deliciously integrated, fantastic depth. Long dry, succulent finish. “Pinot Noir with a bit of Grunt!” RRP: $40.00 Available online from https://terraceedge.co.nz/

Terrace Edge Rose 2022, North Canterbury NZ
Bright salmon pink in colour with copper hues, medium bodied. Lovely fragrant aromas of strawberries, cherries with creamy & spice notes in the nose. A succulent palate with concentrated flavours of red berries & cherries, a zesty acid backbone but balanced with creamy textural elements from extended skin contact. A long juicy but dry finish. Yum! 60% Syrah / 40% Pinot Noir CHAMPION, NZ Organic Wine Awards 2023 RRP: $24.00 Available online from https://terraceedge.co.nz/

NZ Cherry Corp, “Ruby’s Gold” Fortified Cherry Wine 2019, Central Otago NZ
Very dark ruby-red to black cherry coloured, full bodied, oily viscosity. Intensely perfumed nose with aromas of ripe, dark, spiced cherries. Silky smooth palate with delicious concentrated cherry fruit flavours, wonderful depth & texture, warmth from a decent 16.5% Abv – long very moreish finish sweet but not cloying at 95 g/l residual sugar. There’s the equivalent of a kilo of cherries used to make each bottle. Made by the lovely Debra Cruickshank of Tannacrief wines. Perfect for sipping on a cold winters eve by the fire! RRP: approx $25.00 – Available here: https://freshfruit.co.nz/collections/all

Outside The Box Wines ‘Winter Soldier Winter Rosé, Chapter 2’ 2022, Marlborough NZ.
Bright mid watermelon pink coloured, medium bodied rosé made especially for Winter quaffing. A lovely fragrant nose with aromas of red berry, cherry & subtle spice notes. The palate starts with a crunchy fresh acidity, red fruit / berry flavours & spice enveloped in fine textural elements from malo & old oak influence. Dry long moreish finish! Interesting approach using Clayver fermented Pinot Noir Rosé, a Skin fermented Pinot Noir, some Gewurztraminer & Carbonically macerated to skin fermented Pinot Gris – French oak & American Oak recovered from Bourbon and Rum Barrels were used. Only 100 bottles available so don’t miss out. RRP: $32.00 Available until sold out from: https://outsidetheboxwines.co.nz/

October 30 Syrah Rosé 2022, Matakana NZ
Clear salmon pink with copper hues, medium bodied. Fragrant nose of cherry & raspberry aromas with a slight savoury earthy note. The palate is all about the fruit, with plum, cherry & strawberries ‘n cream flavours, then a little tart acidity & a hint of pepper. Crisp & dry but fruity finish. 100% Syrah crushed & pressed, no skin contact, organic plant based yeast & fermented in stainless tank. Very refreshing drop. RRP: $28.50 Available from: https://october30.nz/

Greystone Organic Chardonnay 2021, Waipara NZ
Bright mid lemon in colour with a pale green hues, slight oily viscosity. Nutty, yeasty warm bread aromas then fresh citrus, red apple & mineral notes in the nose. Silky smooth palate with luscious stone-fruit & lemon flavours, a grape-fruit acidity, creamy textured mouthfeel, full malolactic fermentation & fine subtle oak influence adding complexity – a beautifully balanced wine with great length character. A stunning wine which won the White Trophy, New Zealand Chardonnay Trophy and the Canterbury Chardonnay Trophy at the recent International Wine Challenge, plus Wine of Show & Champ Chardonnay at the Aotearoa Organic Wine Awards. Outstanding. RRP:$50.00 Available now online at: https://www.greystonewines.co.nz/


Swift Wines Cabernet Franc 2022, Bridge Pa Triangle Hawke’s Bay NZ
The last of 5 excellent wines from Lauren Swift – Translucent red-cherry coloured, medium bodied – green leaf, smoky & savoury aromas in the nose, while the palate delivers flavours of red berry & plum, a bright acid backbone, dusty tannins & savoury earthy elements. Very tasty dry red with great length. Grapes hand picked, foot pressed, natural ferment, 8 months in neutral oak. Excellent result – Cheers, Lauren. RRP:$36.00 Available online at: https://www.swiftwines.co.nz/

Swift Wines Whole Bunch Syrah 2020, Bridge Pa Triangle, Hawke’s Bay NZ
Deep cherry / ruby red in colour to the rim – Wonderfully fragrant nose of juicy plum, dark berry fruit aromas, warm spice notes & a little hint of white pepper. Big full-bodied grunty – weighty palate with grippy chalky tannins and a crunchy acidity, loads of rich dark fruit. plum, cherry & berry flavours, subtle oak – textured, complex, beautifully integrated wine, intense warming finish that just carries on for ever! Excellent. RRP: $36.00 Available online at: https://www.swiftwines.co.nz/

Swift Wines ‘Whole Bunch’ Gamay Noir 2022, Maraekakaho Hawke’s Bay, NZ
Bright translucent ‘raspberry red’ coloured, lighter at the rim. A touch of savoury ‘earth’ then floral notes & sweet strawberry / raspberry fruit aromas on the nose. Medium bodied, it has succulent strawberry, raspberry & red plum fruit flavours on the palate, powdery tannins & a grippy acidity all coming together in a long dry finish. Serving chilled recommended but I tasted at ambient room temp. Not much Gamay Noir produced in NZ – We should grow more, this is great! RRP:$36.00 Available online at: https://www.swiftwines.co.nz/

Swift Wines ‘Whole Bunch’ Chardonnay 2021, Bridge Pa Triangle, Hawke’s Bay, NZ
Light lemon in colour with golden hues, medium bodied wine. A hint of struck match initially then ripe peach / nectarine / citrus & nutty oak aromas in the nose. The palate has delicious peach, green apple & grapefruit flavours, a crisp zesty acidity and lovely fine silky / creamy mouthfeel with nutty oak textural elements. A long dry concentrated fruit driven finish. Absolutely Delicious – Cheers, Lauren!
RRP:$36.00 Available online at: https://www.swiftwines.co.nz/

Swift Wines Chenin Blanc 2022 ‘Bridge Pa Triangle’ Hawke’s Bay NZ
Pale clear straw, almost colourless wine, medium bodied with ‘great legs!’ Fragrant nose with floral, smoky / flint, citrus & green apple aromas. The palate has concentrated juicy citrus & apple flavours reflecting the nose, a crunchy acid backbone & a fine gritty minerality all adding texture & complexity – long bone-dry yet intensely juicy finish. A most excellent & delicious dry white – New Zealand should grow more Chenin Blanc! RRP:$36.00 Available online at: https://www.swiftwines.co.nz/

Matawhero ‘Irwin’ Chardonnay 2017, Gisborne NZ
Matawhero’s Flagship Chardonnay is a tribute to the late Bill & Dennis Irwin, the founders of Matawhero – Previously tasted in 2020 so nice to try again. Bright yellow / gold in colour, medium bodied. The nose has an initial smoky note then ripe peach, apricot & melon aromas, subtle oak notes. Well integrated palate with juicy stone-fruit flavours, all underpinned with fine toasty oak influence, a refreshing citrus acidity and a long concentrated finish – not a huge buttery Chardonnay, more a classic expression of quality Gisborne Chardonnay – Highly recommended – available as a special Cellar release now. Matawhero grow 8 Varietals have had 47 Vintages & won 87 Trophies, Gold Medals and 5 Stars – Outstanding success. Very special wines. RRP:$60.00 https://matawhero.co.nz/

Matawhero ‘Church House’ Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2021, Gisborne NZ
Bright medium yellow / gold in colour, nice oily viscosity (legs.) Ripe stone-fruit aromas, peach, nectarine in the nose with subtle yeasty / warm bread & butter nose. Weighty rounded palate with juicy stone-fruit & creamy, butterscotch flavours. A subtle grape-fruity acidity & fine oak textural elements result in a delicious complex wine with a long moreish finish. Excellent. RRP:$31.00 https://matawhero.co.nz/

Matawhero ‘Single Vineyard’ Chardonnay 2022, Gisborne NZ
Bright straw – lemon coloured with golden hues. Fresh nose with stone-fruit, grapefruit, rock melon & butterscotch notes. Juicy lush stone-fruit flavours continue on the palate with a crisp, citrus acidity & lovely ‘not too oaky’ creamy textures & subtle spice & nutty influence. Nice long dry finish. 100% Mendoza from the Tietjen’s vineyard in the Hexton Hills or ‘Golden Slope’ region in Gisborne. A fantastic value Chardonnay too at just RRP:$25.00 https://matawhero.co.nz/

Osawa Wines ‘Prestige Collection’ Chardonnay 2016, Hawke’s Bay NZ
Bright mid yellow to gold in colour. A little flinty / smoky in the nose initially with ripe peach / nectarine / citrus aromas & a sweet nutty note. The palate has a zesty grape-fruit citrus acidity & lush stone-fruit flavours then subtle textural elements from whole bunch / barrel ferment / aging. Beautifully balanced with everything well integrated now after 7 years. Long concentrated bone-dry finish. A very classy HB Chardonnay – drinking beautifully – Excellent! RRP:$65.00 https://www.osawawines.co.nz/

Yealands ‘Reserve’ Sauvignon Blanc 2022, Marlborough NZ
Light straw in colour with pale green hues. Wonderfully vibrant, typically Awatere nose with tropical & gooseberry fruit aromas & those grassy, green herb notes. Intensely concentrated palate with a crisp, zingy acidity, juicy tropical fruit & lime citrus flavours – loads of texture & flavour and the finish goes on & on… An outstanding Savvy – NEWS!
One of four top-scoring Gold medal winners receiving a score of 97 points at the 2023 International Wine and Spirits Competition. RRP: NZ$21.00 https://www.yealands.co.nz/

On Giants’ Shoulders Pinot Noir 2020, Martinborough NZ
Gorgeous deep cherry coloured wine with purple hues, lighter at the rim, medium bodied. Dark ripe berry fruit & cherry aromas with subtle green herb & nutty notes on the nose. On the palate a complex amalgam of sweet fruit flavours reflecting the nose, fine grippy tannins, a fresh acidity, fine grained oak, and a long dry finish. Elegant and full of character – drinking beautifully right now. Excellent. 14% Abv RRP:$50.00 https://www.ongiantsshoulders.co.nz/

Yealands Estate ‘Single Vineyard’ Pinot Noir 2021, Awatere Valley Marlborough NZ
Medium translucent cherry red in colour. Fragrant nose with ripe plum, cherry fruit & baking spice aromas. Full bodied, complex palate with ripe cherry & plum fruit flavours, lovely balanced silky tannins, slightly tart acidity, subtle spicy / savoury oak influence. Long dry but fruit driven finish with a zing. Gold Medal (93) & Best in Show Pinot Noir at the recent London Wine Competition – RRP:$34.00 https://www.yealands.co.nz/

Nga Pari Pinot Gris 2020, Martinborough NZ
Clear straw-gold in colour, medium bodied / nice legs. Juicy stone-fruit & pear aromas with a hint of spice on the nose. Concentrated flavours of pears & peaches on the palate with ginger & spice, a grippy pear-skin textures, lemony acidity, long just off-dry finish. Delicious well made Pinot Gris & excellent value at RRP: $25.00 from https://www.ngapari.co.nz/

Yealands Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2021, Marlborough NZ.
Bright straw / gold in colour with pale green hues. A pungent nose of stalky, grassy, green capsicum, tropical fruits & citrus aromas. The palate has vibrant citrus & juicy stone-fruit flavours, underpinned with concentrated lime acidity & a sea-salt minerality. Wonderful textures, depth & length on the finish. Champion Sauvignon Blanc at the New World Wine Awards 2021. Just delish. RRP: $21.00

Wooing Tree, ‘Sandstorm Reserve’ Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2018, Central Otago NZ.
Deep cherry to ruby-red coloured, semi translucent, lighter at the rim. Wonderfully enticing nose with aromas of ripe plum, black cherry, blackberry, oak, spice & subtle savoury / herb notes. Full bodied palate, concentrated fruit flavours reflecting the nose, gentle acidity, smooth velvety tannins & fine spicy oak all in balance, refined & elegant with fantastic length & depth. An outstanding 5 Star / Gold medal Central Otago Pinot Noir. RRP:$87.00 https://wooingtree.co.nz/

Wooing Tree Pinot Noir 2019, Central Otago NZ
Medium cherry / raspberry red in colour, paler at the rim. Fragrant nose of cherry & berry fruit & savoury herb aromas, vanilla & spice notes. Really quite textural on the palate with flavours of plums, cherries & red berries, while chalky tannins, subtle oak & a lively acidity add complexity. There’s sweet juicy fruit on the finish even though it’s bone-dry. Excellent Pinot & drinking beautifully. RRP:$50.00 https://wooingtree.co.nz/

Wooing Tree ‘Beetle Juice’ Pinot Noir 2020, Central Otago NZ
Clear, shiny red-cherry coloured, medium bodied wine. The nose is filled with aromas of ripe cherries, dark berries a little plum & subtle oak spice. Fresh, lively & still young, the palate shows ripe fruit flavours reflecting the nose, dark berries, cherries, a little choccy note, silky tannins, soft acidity & spicy oak provide layers of texture & complexity – Long dry, full flavoured finish. Really enjoyed this, been many years since I last tasted it. Brilliant value too at just RRP:$30.00 https://wooingtree.co.nz/

Wooing Tree ‘Gewürtz’ Gewurztraminer 2022, Central Otago NZ
Bright pale lemon / gold in colour nice legs – lovely fragrant florals in the nose with citrus & spice aromas. Slightly oily palate with delicious pineapple, citrus & stone-fruit flavours, hints of Turkish delight & ginger spice notes, a grape-fruity tang. Nicely balanced / textured slightly sweet, warm, lip smacking finish (14 gms/rs & 14% abv help.) Great match for a spicy Asian noodle dish. RRP:$34.00 https://wooingtree.co.nz/

Wooing Tree ‘Blondie & Co’ Pinot Noir / Blanc de Noir Sparkling NV, Central Otago NZ.
A new release sparking version of the already popular Blondie Blanc de Noir – Very pale straw in colour with champagne hues, a lighter spritz / mousse. Enticing nose of sweet stone-fruit, honey & subtle strawberry & cream aromas. Crisp juicy palate with peach & strawberry flavours, a zingy grape-fruit acidity & a medium dry finish. This “Fun & Flirty” bubbles is delicious and very easy to quaff.
Serve Chilled! RRP: $42.00 https://wooingtree.co.nz/

Yealands Estate, Single Vineyard Awatere Sauvignon Blanc 2022, Marlborough NZ.
Pale, bright straw coloured with subtle gold & green hues. Intensely fragrant nose of tropical, citrus, green capsicum & savoury herbal aromas. The palate is really vibrant & concentrated with lime citrus, passion-fruit & gooseberry fruit flavours, while a really zingy acidity & salty / stony mouthfeel & textural elements result in a juicy, long ‘very memorable’ finish. Stunning! RRP: $28.00 https://www.yealands.co.nz/

Nga Pari Pinot Noir 2020, Martinborough NZ
Translucent cherry-red coloured in the glass, lighter at the rim. Black & red berry aromas in the nose, some oak spice & cacao notes. Concentrated palate of ripe dark & red berry & cherry flavours, just a hint of choccy, acidity still bright, powdery tannins & nice oak influence – textured, layered, full flavoured dry finish – maturing nicely. RRP:$35.00 https://www.ngapari.co.nz/


Giesen Wines ‘Zero % – Alcohol Removed’ Merlot NZ
Dark cherry red to purple in colour medium bodied wine. Fragrant nose with red & dark berry aromas & savoury herbal notes. Medium weighted palate with the dark berry fruit flavours, light toasty oak influence, fine tannins and soft acidity, a little green stalk note in the medium / dry finish. RRP:$18.00 https://giesen.co.nz/wines/

Giesen Wines ‘Zero % – Alcohol Removed’ Rosé NZ
Bright pale salmon-pink in colour, lighter bodied wine. The nose presents aromas of peaches & strawberries, a hint of sweet red apple. Stone fruit and strawberry, then tart cranberry flavours on the palate, lighter texture / acidity and a dry finish. Guessing Merlot predominant, medium dry finish. Served chilled. RRP:$18.00 https://giesen.co.nz/wines/

Giesen Wines ‘Zero % – Alcohol Removed’ Riesling NZ
Bright lemon straw in colour, lighter bodied wine with a light viscosity. Subtle nose with aromas of lemons, limes & honeysuckle. Bright citrus flavours of lime, lemon, tangarine on the palate, a crisp acidity and lovely sweet, juicy honeyed finish (50 gms/L RS) – serve well chilled. RRP:$18.00 https://giesen.co.nz/wines/

Giesen Wines ‘Zero % – Alcohol Removed’ Pinot Gris NZ
Clear, pale apricot pink in colour, lighter bodied wine. A nose of red apple and nashi pear aromas with soft floral notes. Palate has a nice pear skin acidity / texture, flavours reflecting the nose, apple, pear & a little spice., medium length finish. Serve chilled. RRP:$18.00 https://giesen.co.nz/wines/

Giesen Wines ‘Zero % – Alcohol Removed’ Sauvignon Blanc NZ
Pale straw with green hues – lighter bodied wine. Lemons and limes in the nose & a hint of tropical fruit. Light, crisp palate with lemon and lime flavours predominant a little passion-fruit / tropical sweetness and a dry refreshing finish – very light savvy – serve chilled. RRP: $17.00 https://giesen.co.nz/wines/

October 30 Gruner Veltliner 2019, Matakana NZ
Bright straw coloured with yellow hues. Fresh citrus, pineapple & apple aromas on the nose with white pepper & spice notes. The palate still fresh & crisp crunchy green apple & citrus, zingy acidity, slight minerality, apple-skin textured & a refreshingly long grippy finish. Paired well with our Lemon Chicken and feta bake – Nice. RRP: $25.00 https://october30.nz/

Catalyst Fruit Wines, Eketahuna NZ
“Paradisi” Grapefruit & Golden Plum 2022
A clear mid- orange coloured wine with medium viscosity. The nose is interesting – tart grapefruit pith, sweet stone fruit / plum then aromatic herb aromas. The palate has sweet stone-fruit & tart grapefruit flavours, a fresh acidity & some textural elements from time in oak. A blend of Golden Plum wine from their orchard & the Grapefruit and Oregano wine aged with French oak. There’s sweet, sour & savoury notes in the finish. Asian food match be great! RRP:$25.00 https://catalystfruitwines.co.nz/

Catalyst Fruit Wines in Eketahuna NZ
‘And all things nice’ Spiced Pear Wine 2022
Deep golden almost ‘brandy’ coloured wine, medium viscosity. A fragrant nose with aromas of baking spices & subtle pear notes. A concentrated palate with spices to the fore, a subtle pear-skin texture & medium sweetness on the finish. All about the spice. This would make a great liqueur with a bit more Alc. Fruit from their massive organic pear tree fermented with whole spices. An ‘Afternoon Tea’ wine. $25.00 https://catalystfruitwines.co.nz/

Catalyst Fruit Wines,in Eketahuna NZ
Lemon Daze, 2022, Very pale straw in colour clear and bright, medium viscosity. The nose has aromas of lemon / tart lemon-pith & ‘lemon-pepper’ notes. The palate is succulent with juicy lemony flavours, a tart lemon-pith acidity & a slightly creamy mouthfeel – long Gin & tonic like finish. Different & Interesting. Fruit sourced from a friend’s prolific organic lemon tree – best enjoyed ice cold. RRP:$25.00 https://catalystfruitwines.co.nz/

Rockburn Pinot Noir 2022, Central Otago NZ
Translucent cherry red in colour, lighter at the rim, medium+ bodied wine. Wonderfully fragrant nose of plum, dark cherry & red berry aromas with hints of toasty, spicy oak. A concentrated fruit driven palate with texture and depth, cherries, red berries, juicy plum flavours, silky tannins & grippy acidity / oak influence – a long dry powerful & complex finish – This is a stunning example of a premium Central Otago Pinot Noir – Love it! RRP:$48.00 https://www.rockburn.co.nz/

Rockburn Chardonnay 2022, Central Otago NZ
Bright pale straw in colour, medium bodied wine. Fresh nose of ripe stone-fruit, peach & nectarine, some lemon citrus & mineral notes. Nicely balanced palate of bright stone-fruit & lemon / grapefruit flavours, a zingy acidity and subtle oak adds texture & complexity – a crisp bone-dry fruit-driven chardonnay with just the slightest hint of spice, butter & oak. Nine years we’ve waited! Worth every minute! RRP:$32.00 https://www.rockburn.co.nz/

7th Heaven Methode Traditionnelle 2018, Central Otago, NZ
Dark straw gold in colour with pale orange hues, fine persistent bead. Ripe stone-fruit, yeasty / bread notes & some toasty oak aromas on the nose. The palate is crisp & dry with a zesty lemon acidity, peach fruit flavours, lovely textures & complexity, dry fruity finish. Central Otago pinot noir grapes are hand harvested and pressed before undergoing 100% malolactic fermentation at the Bannockburn Winery. The base wine is sent to Marlborough where the team at No. 1 Estate finishes the wine – 49 months on lees / secondary fermentation, riddling & disgorgement before bottling – A delicious & most enjoyable bubbles. Highly recommend you try this. RRP:$42.00 Read more & purchase wine here: https://suncrestorchard.co.nz/product/7th-heaven-methode-traditionnelle-2018/

m.a.u.wines ‘The Basket Case’ Field Blend 2021, Clevedon Auckland NZ
Dark cherry to deep purple in colour to the rim, ample bodied wine. Wonderfully fragrant & floral nose of dark & red berry-fruit aromas, baking spices, vanilla? The palate is balanced & smooth with velvety tannins & refreshing acidity, lots of rich dark berry & stewed plum flavours then a subtle green / earthy / savoury character in the background. Medium length, dry finish. A really tasty Auckland blend of 80% Merlot, 10% Malbec & 10% Cab Franc. Picked in order over 10 days & added to the same tank, wild ferment, plunged daily, one rack + return then into 100% old French Oak for 14 months. RRP:$50.00 Available from https://mauwines.co.nz/

m.a.u. wines ‘The Basket Case’ Southern Clays Pinot Noir 2021, Marlborough NZ
Deep cherry red in colour, paler at the rim, medium+ bodied. In the nose there’s aromas of ripe plums, cherries, dark berries, spice & a little green herb / savoury note. On the palate there’s juicy berry & cherry fruit flavours reflecting the nose while chalky tannins, a good grippy acidity & toasty oak spice components are all nicely integrated. Mouth-watering juicy fruity bone dry finish. Fruit from a Southern Clays vineyard in Marlborough, shipped to their Clevedon winery in Auckland. 5% whole bunch, 2.5% whole berry pressed, the rest de-stemmed. A wild ferment, on skins for 17 days was plunged daily, 14 months in French Oak, 35% new. RRP: $50.00
Available from https://mauwines.co.nz/

m.a.u wines ‘The Basket Case’ Southern Clays, Chardonnay 2021, Marlborough NZ
Once I got the wax off, the wine is bright clear lemon – gold in colour. Immediate notes of struck match / smoke in the nose then toasty oak, ripe stone-fruit & biscuity, nutty aromas. Beautifully textured palate with grapefruit, citrus & ripe stone-fruit flavours, a refreshing acid backbone, slight creamy malo & some oak / spice influence adding complexity – long concentrated finish with nice warmth from 14% abv. Fruit from a special Southern Clays vineyard in Marlborough shipped to their Clevedon winery in Auckland. Whole bunch pressed straight to French Oak barrels, 30% new. Wild ferment, partial malo, then 10 months unsulphured in barrel. An excellent tasty complex Chardonnay! RRP:$50.00 Available from https://mauwines.co.nz/

McArthur Ridge ‘McArthur – Grand Reserve’ Pinot Noir 2020, Alexandra NZ
Deep cherry red to purple coloured lighter at the rim. Intensely fragrant nose of dark berry / plum / cherry / earthy / savoury / herbal notes & subtle oak. Powerful fruit-driven palate with concentrated ripe dark berry & cherry flavours, the tannins, oak & acidity are well integrated. Long textural, dry finish – A a really elegant & beautifully balanced wine even at this young age. Stunning! RRP:$80.00 https://www.mcarthurridge.nz/

No.1 Family Estate No.1 Rosé Marlborough, NZ 100% Pinot Noir
Pale salmon pink with copper hues, creamy mousse & a fine persistent bead. The nose is all strawberry & cherry aromas with subtle yeast / brioche / nutty notes. Vibrant & intense palate with berry flavours, full of complexity and depth, a piquant acidity & a long dry warming finish. Absolutely Delicious as always! RRP:$49.00 https://www.no1familyestate.co.nz/

Esses Millesime Methode Traditionnelle 2016, Kaikoura NZ
Bright clear pale lemon in colour with a tiny but persistent bead. Ripe stone-fruit, butterscotch & yeasty / warm baked-bread aromas in the nose. A vibrant & crisp palate of citrus & stone-fruit flavours, a juicy grape-fruity acidity, subtle nutty oak & soft creamy textures as it melts on the tongue. Long, dry and delicious finish. Produced from 20 year-old Pinot Noir & Chardonnay vines in Kaikoura, South Marlborough Whole bunched pressed, matured for 11 months, bottled & tirage undertaken with 60 months maturing on lees. Excellent!
RRP:$75.00 https://esseswine.com/


Outside The Box Wines ‘Rosé 3 Way’ 2021, Marlborough NZ
Light orange in colour with copper hues, very faint haze / solids in the bottle. Well chilled, nice floral nose with red berry & cherry aromas, strawberries and cream! Refreshing palate with raspberry, cherry & spice flavours, quite a juicy acidity, nicely textured with subtle oak influence, creamy yet dry on the finish. Made from Pinot Noir & a splash of Gewurztraminer in 3 styles – a Cold Ferment, a Chardonnay Inspired Ferment, a Carbonic Maceration, Malolactic Fermentation & Subtle Oak – Mouth-watering & most enjoyable, I highly recommend it. Great value at RRP:$30.00 too. Visit: https://outsidetheboxwines.co.nz/the-wines/

Silver Wing Wines ‘Nada’ Pinot Noir 2021, Marlborough NZ
Deep black cherry to purple in colour to the rim, medium+ bodied, great ‘tears.’ The nose is concentrated with dark berry fruit, plum, spice & toasty oak & earth aromas. Concentrated palate, of dark berry / plum fruit flavours, a vibrant acidity, silky tannins & toasty oak add layers of texture & complexity – there’s a slight savoury element in the background too. Intense fruit driven, long finish. Handpicked, Clone 5 grapes from Churton in Marlborough, (their oldest vines) approx 30 years old, bio-dynamically farmed and certified organic fruit. 90% De-stemmed. 10% whole bunch. No plunging. Mostly whole berries, top crust was buried every 2 days by hand. Gentle low extraction maceration technique No plunging just 3 pump-overs. Pressed when the cap sunk after 18 days on skins. Matured for 1 year in a Tonnellerie Cavin (Aphrodite) barrels Bottled without additions. Fabulous! RRP:$52.00 https://silverwingwines.co.nz/

Silver Wing Wines ‘Nada’ Reserve Barrel Chardonnay 2019, Waipara NZ
A golden yellow in colour, clear & bright, medium bodied. Lovely nose of ripe peach, nectarine & citrus, nutty buttery oak notes. A succulent palate with stone-fruit flavours reflecting the nose, a little butterscotch, nice grape-fruity acidity, textured, well integrated, creamy, nutty oak, medium dry finish. I like it – a delicious North Canterbury Chardonnay with character. Hand-picked Waipara single vineyard. Destemmed for overnight skin contact Pressed, settled for a day and racked to barrel. Fermented in a brand new Francois Freres Barrel. M+ After 4 weeks racked to a seasoned barrel to mature for further 11 months. Wild ferment, No additions. RRP:$41.00 https://silverwingwines.co.nz/

Silver Wing Wines Nada ‘Frankenfurter’ Pet Nat 2022, Waipara NZ
Chilled slightly – very vigorous bubbles on opening. Pale red to dark pink in colour, quite opaque / cloudy with fine lees in the bottle. The nose has red berry, plum & orange citrus notes, a hint of yeasty lees. On the palate it’s immediately effervescent, then a bright acidity & juicy red berry fruit & citrus flavours arrive, juicy, with a medium length, softer finish. Handpicked grapes 70% Pinot Noir & 30% Sauvignon Blanc, fermented in French barrels – Frozen juice reintroduced at bottling for bubbles, no additions. Fresh, Zingy & most Interesting! RRP:$39.00 https://silverwingwines.co.nz/

Silver Wing Wines ‘Nada’ Ceramic Pinot Noir Rosé 2022, Waipara NZ
Lightly chilled – Lovely pale orange coloured with copper hues, lighter bodied wine (a tiny bit of sediment). Fresh red berry-fruit aromas in the nose, a little mineral note, smoker lollies? Vibrant palate with more juicy red berry fruit flavours, a crisp acidity, wet stone minerality & a dry long finish. 100% Pinot Noir Organically grown fruit from vines planted in 2007 on the home block in Waipara, hand-picked whole bunch pressed fermented in a 675 L ceramic egg & no additions. A very drinkable Rose. RRP:$39.00 https://silverwingwines.co.nz/

Silver Wing Wines ‘Nada’ Pet Nat Riesling 2022, Waipara NZ
Lightly chilled upright. A persistent bead in the bottle, a little dropout / sediment in the bottom. Clear bright yellow-gold in colour with a fine bead in the glass. The nose is all about the citrus fruit, lemons, limes & a whiff of yeast. The palate is very crisp, a zingy acidity, crunchy & effervescent with citrus fruit predominant & a subtle savoury mineral note. A really refreshing drinkable wine at 12% Alc. Think “Riesling Methode Traditonnelle” 100% pure Riesling (organically grown fruit planted in 2007) from their home block (Waipara). Hand-picked, de-stemmed, 2 days skin contact, pressed, settled and racked to ceramic egg for wild fermentation. Bottled with reintroduced frozen juice. No additions. RRP:$39.00 https://silverwingwines.co.nz/

Silver Wing Wines ‘Nada’ Sauvignon Blanc 2020, Waipara NZ
Bright mid-golden coloured with the faintest haze, light oily ‘wine tears.’ Let it breathe for a bit, stone-fruit, savoury, citrus & lemongrass aromas predominant, a hint of oak. The palate has concentrated flavours of peach, tropical fruit, green apple, a grippy lemony acidity, nicely textured with a creamy / nutty oak influence & a long bright juicy finish. Hand picked. organically grown fruit from their home block, de-stemmed for overnight skin contact then wild ferment in seasoned barrels, matured for 9 months in seasoned barrels and bottled without additions. RRP:$37.00 https://silverwingwines.co.nz/

Sorrell Wines ‘The Wrekin’ Pinot Noir 2021, Marlborough NZ
Bright cherry red in colour with purple hues, lighter at the rim, medium bodied. The nose is fragrant & complex with berry, cherry & blackcurrant fruit aromas, subtle toasty oak & baking spices. The palate starts with juicy fruit flavours reflecting the nose then velvety tannins, grippy acidity & smoky oak are all beautifully integrated & in balance, long dry ‘very persistent’ finish. Another excellent example of small production Marlborough Pinot Noir. Only 100 cases made this vintage so don’t miss out. RRP:$49.00 Shop now at https://www.sorrellwines.co.nz/

Sorrell Wines ‘The Wrekin’ Chardonnay 2021, Marlborough NZ
Light golden straw coloured wine with great ‘legs’. It has a lovely creamy, nutty nose with ripe peach & nectarine stone-fruit & lemony citrus aromas. Wonderfully textured palate with a crisp grape-fruity acidity, layers of ripe stone-fruit, juicy lemon, spicy oak & vanilla flavours – it’s creamy, complex, textured & succulent with a long concentrated finish. You all know I do love a good Chardonnay and this is a brilliant Chardonnay. Cheers, Dan. RRP:$42.00 Shop now at https://www.sorrellwines.co.nz/

Shaky Bridge ‘Artisan Series’ Pinot Noir 2019, Central Otago NZ
Deep translucent cherry coloured wine, medium bodied -The nose is complex & enticing with aromas of blackberries, cherries, nutty oak spice & a savoury dried herb note. The palate is big & bold with intense concentration & complexity. Cherries, dark berries, plums, cocoa baking spice flavours are all supported by fine silky tannins, lively acidity, nutty oak textures & a long dry finish.Big, Bold & just Gorgeous! RRP:$45.00 https://www.shakybridge.co.nz/

Shaky Bridge ‘Pioneer Series’ Pinot Noir 2021, Central Otago NZ
Deep cherry red to purple in colour. A delightfully floral nose with aromas of plum, cherry & blackberry, a hint of spice & subtle savoury notes. The palate has juicy fruit flavours reflecting the nose, nicely textured with fine chalky tannins, toasted oak & a grippy acidity. The finish is concentrated, dry & very long lasting – Fantastic value at just RRP:$26.00 https://www.shakybridge.co.nz/

Merekara Chenin Blanc 2021, Marlborough NZ
Light straw coloured with pale golden hues, medium bodied with light ‘tears.’ There’s citrus blossom, apple aromas & a stony / mineral note on the nose while the palate is fresh & lively with crisp green apple flavours, a zingy acid backbone & subtle oak textural elements providing mouthfeel & complexity. A refreshing, dry & crisp finish – First tasted last year – drinking beautifully now. RRP:$35.00 https://www.merekarawines.com/

Merekara Wines ‘Cuvee Jean’ Auslese Sauvignon Blanc 2022, Marlborough NZ
Shiny deep golden, almost toffee coloured wine with oily tears of joy! Sweet rich nose with a little hint of tropical / sauvignon notes then caramel & nutty toast aromas. Full bodied & concentrated with lush sweet stone-fruit, slightly burnt toffee & toasted nut flavours, then a grippy acidity (TA 6.3) that cuts through the 57gms/L RS – a long juicy finish that coats the palate with yum. Sauvignon made Auslese style with over-ripe and botrytised grapes, basket pressed & barrel ferment / aging. Highly recommend this if you like sweeter interesting wines. RRP:$32.50 https://www.merekarawines.com

Merekara Wines ‘Grace’s Secret’ Pinot Noir 2021, Marlborough NZ
Translucent mid cherry-red coloured, lighter at the rim, medium bodied. The nose nose exhibits aromas of raspberry, cherry & plum, a hint of spice & subtle herb / earth notes. Ripe dark plum, cherries & red berry flavours fill the palate, a refreshing acidity, silky tannins & a hint of oak spice all nicely integrated, layered and still youthful. Delicious, beautifully made Awatere Pinot with a long, tasty dry finish. Excellent. RRP:$36.50 https://www.merekarawines.com/

Merekara Wines ‘les Selectionnes’ Chenin Blanc 2022, Marlborough NZ
Pale straw – lemon straw in colour with a very faint haze. Fresh fragrant nose with aromas of ripe apples, stone-fruit & a nutty almond note. The palate has ripe stone-fruit & green apple fruit flavours, a fine acid backbone with a slight salty / wet stone textural element, subtle nutty oak finishing crisp & dry. Made from selected individual bunches, hand picked, foot pressed, indigenous ferment in an old barrel & puncheon. Minimal intervention, lees stirring no filtering. Elegant and delicate with a character all it’s own. RRP:$39.50 https://www.merekarawines.com

Merekara Wines ‘L’ Insolite’ Sauvignon Blanc 2022, Marlborough NZ
Pale straw to lemon in colour with a faint haziness from no filtration at bottling. Fresh grapefruit, citrus, tropical fruit & herbal aromas in the nose with a subtle yeasty / leesy note. The palate is complex & vibrant with tart citrus fruit & tropical / pineapple flavours, a nice grippy acidity, fine oak & stony / mineral textural elements all rounded out with a full bodied creamy mouthfeel – a very long concentrated juicy finish. A very different approach to Sauvignon. RRP:$29.50 https://www.merekarawines.com/


Dancing Water Rosé 2020, Waipara, NZ
An interesting blend of Scheurebe & Malbec varieties, first tasted last year. Very pale pink almost straw coloured wine. The nose is still quite fragrant, pear & spice predominant, smoke & forest / herb notes. A lighter viscosity on the palate, stone-fruit & nashi pear flavours, a hint of spice, the acidity has softened, as have the tannins, silky textured, a long off-dry finish. Still drinking well but has lost the vibrancy of it’s youth – I say chill lightly and enjoy now! RRP:$25.00 https://www.dww.co.nz/

m.a.u. wines ‘Pink Ensemble’ Rosé, 2022, Clevedon NZ
Merlot / Malbec / Cabernet Franc blend. Very pale salmon-pink coloured wine – a lighter viscosity (legs) present, medium bodied. The nose is fragrant with aromas of sweet apple, red berries & a savoury herb note. On the palate there’s a crisp acidity, flavours of sweet red berries & a hint of spice, “apple skin” textural / mineral elements and a long, intense bone-dry finish. A delicious wine to start with for NZ Rosé Day . RRP:$30.00 https://mauwines.co.nz/

Church Road Winery 1 Single Vineyard, Gimblett Gravels Merlot 2020, Hawke’s Bay NZ
Dark purple to black cherry in colour, quite opaque, lighter at the rim. Intensely fragrant nose with ripe dark berry & plum aromas predominant, then savoury earth & spicy oak notes – a hint of chocolate rounds it off. A big weighty & complex palate with lashings of ripe dark fruit flavours, totally coats the palate with wonderfully chewy-chalky tannins, fresh acidity & toasty oak influence all in harmony. Long succulent bone-dry finish that just carries for ages. I don’t get to taste many straight Merlot wines, usually blended in Bordeaux styles with Cabernet / Malbec etc. This is a a stonking big, absolutely stunning wine! Thanks Team Church Road! RRP:$120.00

Church Road Winery ‘1’ Single Vineyard, Terraces Chardonnay 2021, Hawke’s Bay NZ
Pale gold in colour with lemon hues, nice legs too (viscosity.) Intensely fragrant nose with immediate aromas of gunflint & smoke, ripe stone-fruit & grapefruit citrus aromas followed by nutty, yeasty, creamy notes. The palate reflects the nose with ripe stone-fruit flavours & a fresh citrus acid backbone, medium weighted this is succulent, complex, layered and beautifully textured with toasty, nutty oak influence and a long, elegant finish – I have to say that Chardonnay is my favorite white variety and this is right up there with the best I have ever tasted. Outstanding! RRP:$100.00 https://www.church-road.com/


The Wild Yeasts – Project Vino ‘Teitei’ Pinot Noir 2020, Marlborough NZ
Last tasted Feb 2022. Translucent ruby red in colour, paler at the rim. Aromas of cherry, fresh red berries & savoury / earth notes in the nose. Still lively on the palate, with strawberry & raspberry fruit, a softer acidity, light chalky tannins & a little pepper note on the finish. Still drinking well. This was a “Wine for a Good Cause” last year – Alejandra Ruiz Lagos, Winemaker & viticulturist donated $10 per bottle to raise funds for the Oxford LandSAR and Christchurch Alpine Cliff Rescue (ACR) It is still available from Vino Fino in Christchurch: RRP:$30.00 https://vinofino.co.nz/product/teitei-pinot-noir-2020/ Visit Project Vino https://www.thewildyeasts.com/

Eaton Wines ‘Thistle Hill’ Sauvignon Blanc 2017, Marlborough NZ
Last tasted this vintage in 2019 – Still drinking / aging beautifully – Bright golden / yellow coloured wine, medium bodied, nice legs. Intensely aromatic nose of ripe stone-fruit, grape-fruit, brioche, spice & toasted nuts. Concentrated palate with rich tropical & stone-fruit flavours & a lively grape-fruity citrus acidity, lovely mouthfeel, textured, stony minerality, creamy but grippy with layers of chardonnay-like complexity, A very long juicy finish. Excellent. https://eatonwines.nz/ (Currently 2019 vintage RRP:$48.00)

Orchard Lane Pinot Noir 2022, Marlborough NZ
Fruit from the Wairau & Southern Valleys, hand harvested into open top fermenters, hand plunged, aged in French oak with 100% M/F.
Bright clear raspberry to ruby-red in colour to the rim, lighter bodied. The nose exhibits aromas of ripe dark plums, raspberries & a hint of oak / spice. Concentrated plum & berry fruit flavours on the palate are underpinned with nicely integrated acidity, silky tannins & subtle oak influence. A long bone-dry finish, elegant & very drinkable Pinot Noir. Mostly destined for the export market but check your local supermarket. RRP:$30.00 http://www.orchardlanewines.com/

Orchard Lane Rosé, 2022, Marlborough NZ
A blend of Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir & Riesling from Sugar Loaf Wines. Mid watermelon pink in colour with copper hues, clean and bright. The nose provides aromas of apple, pear, citrus & a subtle hint of red berries. A soft, rounded palate with pear, stone-fruit, citrus & berry flavours & fresh acidity all nicely textured & in balance. Medium length off-dry finish – A lovely wee drop for ‘end of summer’ evening sips. Probably should have kept it for Rosé Day next month. Mostly destined for the export market but check your local supermarket. RRP:$16.00 http://www.orchardlanewines.com/

Orchard Lane Sauvignon Blanc 2022, Marlborough NZ
A little sister brand to Sugar Loaf Wines. Pale straw in colour with the faintest of green hues, medium bodied. Fresh fragrant floral nose of tropical fruit, passion-fruit, mango & lemon pith aromas. The palate reflects the nose with lush tropical fruit & crisp citrus flavours, a fresh but not too zingy acid backbone is softened by textural / mineral elements. Nice medium finish – a very easy drinking savvy – mostly destined for the export market but check your local supermarket. RRP:$16.00 http://www.orchardlanewines.com/

McArthur Ridge ‘Southern Tor’ Pinot Noir 2020, Central Otago NZ
First tasted last year (twice) and now sporting the new label and a few well deserved awards stickers too! Love these new front labels with GI info. Anyway on to the wine – Deep red cherry in colour with violet hues, ample bodied wine. A complex nose of red berry & dark cherry fruit, smokey spiced oak, earth & savoury aromas. Luscious concentrated berry & cherry fruit flavours on the palate, with layers of texture – velvety tannins, ripe acidity & subtle spicy oak – A fully integrated, balanced, harmonious wine with a really generous, memorable dry finish. Another absolutely fabulous wine from Alexandra! Surprised it’s still only RRP: NZ$40.00 Stunning! https://www.mcarthurridge.nz/

McArthur Ridge ‘Brass Knocker’ Pinot Noir 2021, Central Otago NZ
Deep cherry in colour a lighter ruby at the rim, light to medium bodied. Lovely enticing floral nose with ripe cherry aromas, a little savoury spice, pepper & coffee? A full flavoured & nicely textured palate with ripe cherry & red berry fruit flavours, a nice tight acidity, fine powdery tannins & a little subtle oak all in a long, dry and very agreeable finish. A bargain price for a Central Otago Pinot Noir of this quality. Delish!
RRP:NZ$30.00 https://www.mcarthurridge.nz/

McArthur Ridge ‘Lilico’ Pinot Noir Rosé 2021, Central Otago NZ
Shiny pale orange / pink in color with coppery hues, medium bodied, again good legs. Lovely fresh aromas of strawberry, cherry, red currant fill the nose with subtle spice & floral notes. The palate is concentrated & crisp with flavours of cherry, red apple, red berries, stone-fruit all supported with a zesty acidity & layers of texture, 14% alcohol adding warmth & depth. A long juicy finish. A really fresh, tasty rosé and a bargain at RRP:$26.00 https://www.mcarthurridge.nz/

McArthur Ridge Vineyard ‘Falls Dam’ Pinot Gris 2021, Central Otago NZ
Sporting a new, very informative front label for this vintage – Pale straw in colour with hints of gold & a lovely oily viscosity (legs.) The nose is fragrant & filled with floral notes, pear & juicy apple aromas & just a hint of spice. The palate has stacks of flavour with ripe pear, apple, peach & spice while a crunchy acidity, rich & luscious textures & a decent whack of alcohol at 14% provide a long, warm, intensely enjoyable finish. RRP: $26.00 https://www.mcarthurridge.nz/

Dancing Water Winery ‘Limited Release’ Pinot Noir 2021, North Canterbury NZ
Bright, shiny cherry to ruby red in colour, slighty paler at the rim, medium bodied, great legs too. The nose has a lovely earth savoury herbal note then ripe dark plum & cherry aromas, just a hint of oak spice. The palate is intense with, luscious dark fruit flavours all enveloped by ripe velvety tannins, a refreshing acidity, subtle oak & malo textural elements all wonderfully integrated. The finish is sensuous, off-dry, rich fruit flavours & textural grip lasting for ages. An elegant, complex “Absolutely Fabulous” North Canterbury Pinot Noir. Love it! RRP:$65.00 https://www.dww.co.nz/

Dancing Water Pinot Gris 2022, Central Otago NZ
Light straw coloured with faint green / gold hues, medium bodied with an oily viscosity. Lovely fragrant nose with aromas of ripe stone-fruit, citrus & a hint of baking spice. Concentrated palate with pear, apricot & lemon citrus flavours, warm spice notes and a lovely grippy pear-skin texture. A nice zesty acid backbone & long bone-dry finish makes for a very gorgeous & tasty PG.
RRP:$28.00 Visit https://www.dww.co.nz/ to buy!

Dancing Water Rosé 2022, North Canterbury / Central Otago NZ
Light watermelon pink in colour with bright copper hues, medium bodied with a light viscosity. The nose is delightful with aromas of stone-fruit, lemons, pears, summer berries & cream. The palate is full, rounded & concentrated with juicy fruit flavours reflecting the nose, a zesty acidity & lovely creamy textures all melded into one. Long complex & absolutely delicious finish. Fabulous! A limited release ‘assemblage’ of Nth Canterbury Pinot Noir & Chardonnay and Central Otago Pinot Gris – just 1981 bottles produced so will sell out quickly. RRP:$25.00 https://www.dww.co.nz/

Dancing Water ‘Pinot Noir Blanc’ 2022, North Canterbury NZ
A first time limited edition release, made from 100% Pinot Noir this wine is pale apricot-pink-blush in colour, medium bodied / viscosity. There’s a pretty floral nose delivering aromas of sweet strawberries & cream. Bright concentrated palate with raspberry & strawberry flavours, a fresh zingy acidity, mineral / stone / textural notes adding body & mouthfeel. The finish is crisp, dry and has great length. A delicious elegant drop. Unfortunately already sold out! RRP:$28.00 https://www.dww.co.nz/

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