Sunday, 24 September 2017


Tupari ‘Boulder Rows’ Sauvignon Blanc 2014 Awatere Valley Marlborough
High impact bouquet – herbaceous, savoury and fruity; aromas and flavours of peach, lemon, apple, thyme and dried hay; vibrant textures from acidity and lees work; persistent and lengthy finish with a sweet floral and tropical kick. Drik now and through 2024.

90 Points

Domain Road

Domain Road Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2015 Bannockburn Central Otago
Fragrant, quite elegant with fresh citrus and tree fruit aromas laced with herb and hay aromas, minerality evident as sweet wet stone, a little spice and floral lift. On the palate – crisp and dry with a spice layer, white peach, citrus and tree fruit flavours, a light tropical note with a gooseberry note; salivating and plush acidity, lengthy finish, balanced and well made. Lots to like. Drink now and through 2024.

91 Points

Baby Doll

Baby Doll Sauvignon Blanc 2016 Marlborough
Produced and bottled by Yealands estate
Plush, fruity, varietal and forward with aromas and flavours of spicy peach and red apple, mango and passion fruit then citrus, refreshing acidity, light weight and with some gassy sweet herb notes – a very easy wine to enjoy. Drink now and through 2018.

87 Points


Selaks ‘Zesty’ Sauvignon Blanc 2016 Marlborough
Pungent, fruity and herbaceous with aromas and flavours passionfruit, sweet basil, red apple and grapefruit; plenty of zesty acidity with a little jelapeno and red bell-pepper; light leesy note and a little residual sugar adds some extra texture; balanced and well made with decent finish. Totally drink now style in an expression that will please many palates. Drink now and through 2019.

88 Points


EON of Bendigo Pinot Noir 2012 Central Otago
Accolade Wines NZ Ltd
The bouquet of a wine that is ready showing a level of both ripeness and a transition through to bottle-development; raspberry, red and dark cherry, stony mineral, a touch of savoury spice and complexity overall is obvious. On the palate – a facsimile of the bouquet with vibrant textures from finer tannins and toasty oak as well as medium+ acidity. A lengthy finish showing off the fruit, oak and earthy qualities. Still coming together; balanced and well made. Drink now and through 2026.

93 Points

Two Paddocks

Two Paddocks ‘The Last Chance’ Pinot Noir 2015 Central Otago
Proprietor’s Reserve Earnscleugh Vineyard
Ripe, varietal, engaging use of oak, complex and intriguing; aromas of red and dark cherry, earthy mineral rocky soil tones, vanilla and soft clove brown spices, complex. On the palate – firm, youthful, tense and fresh; flavours reflect the nose with ripe red berry fruits mixed with oak and oak spices, plenty of acidity adding tension and poise. The fruits also show a tart side adding more poise and freshness – this will ease over time (if you can wait), fine tannins, balanced use of oak, lovely textures overall and lengthy finish. Drink from 2018 through 2030.

94 Points

Jackson Estate

Jackson Estate ‘Somerset Single Vineyard’ Pinot Noir 2013 Waihopai Valley
Ripe, fruity and fleshy aromas of red and dark cherry with some spicy plum tones and brown oak spice layers, quite complex and engaging aromatics. On the palate – still very youthful with a seesaw oak fruit effect enhanced by firm tannins and medium+ acidity; the oak is still quite fresh showing a youthful tension and poise across the palate softened by ripe fruit then savoury brown spices; lengthy finish, youthful and well made. Drink now if decanted otherwise from 2018 through 2026+.

93 Points