Saturday, 29 February 2020
A fab Rosé hands down. "Inspired by the women in my life" are the words on the label courtesy of winemaker Narelle King.
Stu Dudine tears out some pretty smart wines. Here's another great Rosé from his very consistent label.
Friday, 28 February 2020
The sommelier at Noble Rot Wine Bar in Wellington was very keen for me to buy this. Oh, why not? Quite a delicious wine with some weight behind it.
Berton Vineyards have a knack of producing respectable wines at good prices. This Chardonnay is no different.
Thursday, 27 February 2020
Pegasus Bay's General Manager Paul Donaldson, the youngest of the family, was kind enough to walk me through their range of wines on a recent trip to New Zealand. Vergence, he tells me, is when the pupils of the eyes look outwards in opposite directions before focusing. I'm still trying to nail that one. Here's a 100% whole bunch, carbonic and naturally fermented Pinot Noir.
Wednesday, 26 February 2020
Tim Bailey is smashing out some smart wines at the moment. His little side project has grown to become his #1 winemaking venture. Small operators like these are the ones worth latching onto.
Tuesday, 25 February 2020
If there was such a thing as a sessional Pinot, this would be awfully close. It's such a delicious wine with no fuss or pretentiousness. Glasses are empty in no time with wines like these.
Monday, 24 February 2020
What this wine demonstrates best is Andrew Thomas' ability to blend parcels of his top fruit and create a wine of supreme class. Soon to be released, run at this, don't walk.
Head off the main track and down Georges Road in the Waipara region to find The Bone Line. This Chardonnay is a beauty and shows once again that this region is one that deserves more kudos than it is given.
Sunday, 23 February 2020
Pinot Noir from a relatively new region in New Zealand. Waitaki can be found in the North Otago area.
Tuesday, 18 February 2020
I was offered the opportunity to have a look at the 2018 Thomas Wines reds prior to their release. This Sweetwater oozes adorable precision.
Just up the road from the Sweetwater vineyard you can find the home for this Belford. Grown on 20 year old vines on red loam over limestone, this is a deep and powerful type.