Friday, 20 May 2016


Matawhero Church House Malbec 2015 Gisborne
Crimson red, bright apprearance; aromas of ripe berry fruits with boysenberry and wild cherry suggestions; plenty of oak showing in the very youthful bouquet. On the palate - dry, fresh, crisp, youthful and quite fruity; flavours of red berries and even a little red beet; lots of acidity and vibrant tannins - a wine that needs a lot more cellar time to fuse the elements together. For moment - showing potential and energy with medium length.
85 Points

Jules Taylor Wines

Jules Taylor Wines Chardonnay 2015 Marlborough
Fruity, creamy and ripe with vanilla laced stone fruits and ripe red apple then toasty oak moments. On the palate - Dry, firm, youthful and fresh with a crisp attack - flavours of peaches, other stone fruit and citrus emerge, light creamy texture and balanced finish. Drink now and through 2018.
87 Points

Mills Reef WInery

Mills Reef Winery Estate Chardonnay 2015 Hawke's Bay
Ripe and fruity bouquet with a mix of peach, nectarine, apple and a touch of citrus, youthful woody oak and vanilla. On the palate - Chardonnay all the way with flavours of peach and vanilla then a light creamy texture and balanced acidity, a touch of citus and light tannins, balanced and well made.
86 Points

Mills Reef Winery Elspeth Chardonnay 2014 Gimblett Gravels Hawke's Bay
Ripe, rich, intense and packed with ripe, fresh peachy stone fruits and citrus, nectarine and nutty fresh new oak fragrances. On the palate - dry, firm, fresh and powerful with bold ripe flavours of peach and grapefruit, vanilla and cashew nut oak, plenty of spice and youthful woody appeal, long memorable finish. Great balance and length - will continue to imporess through 2025.
94 Points


Mahi Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Extremely ripe, fragrant and classic bouquet of both Marlborough SB and Mahi: Ripe gooseberry and citrus, crushed apple and moments of tropical fruit; plenty of stony mineral moments, sweet hay and dried herbs and a core  of steely determination. On the palate - dry, crisp and firm with flavours of wild honey laced white fruits, gooseberry and green plum, plenty of citrus and mineral, ripe acidity and lengthy finish. Complete, balanced and well made.
92 Points

Burn Cottage

Burn Cottage Pinot Noir 2014 Central Otago
Complex, fragrant, alluring and significant bouquet of Pinot Noir: Fragrant and organic layers with ripe red berry fruits, soft brown baking spices and complex layers of earth and dried herbs. On the palate - dry, fine and layered with youthful chalky tannins, plenty of acidity and packed with fine red berry fruit flavours; floral too with soft borrage and violet moments; lengthy finish. A delightful example that will age well into the 2020s.
95 Points

Burn Cottage Gibbston Pinot Noir 2014 Central Otago
Soft bouquet, quite fragrant and ripe with crushed black cherry and dark red apple skin; light brown spices and light toasty oak suggestions. On the palate - plenty of red fruit flavours laced with soft brown spice with a core of mineral and savoury complexities; fine to moderate tannins, medium+ acidity and lengthy finish, a complete wine, great balance and length. Drink now if decanted or cellar till 2020. 
92 Points


Julicher Pinot Noir 2013 Martinborough
Fruity, juicy, plush and ripe red berry fruit aromas with strawberry and sweet plum, a touch of raspberry and red apple skin; light brown spices of oak and a light vanilla tones. On the palate - just dry with plenty of fred fruit intensity, fine tannins and medium+ acidity, fine tannins with a light chalk and fine velvet texture, loads of flavour and leading to a lengthy dry finish.
92 Points

Julicher 99 Rows Pinot Noir 2013 Martinborough
Youthful, ripe and fresh bouquet with fresh red cherry and red apple skin aromas, noticeable oak and light silty soil suggestions, moderate complexity, simple yet enticing. On the palate - fruity, dry, crisp, fresh and flavourful with red cherry and sweet plum, crisp acididty and fine tannins. Balanced and well made for early drinking, but will also cellar well through 2019.
89 Points

Brick Bay

Brick Bay Pinot Gris 2015 Matakana
Fragrant and alluring bouquet of spiced white tree fruit - pears and apples, blossom and green tea with a light minerality. On the palate - just dry with a light rush of sweetness that morphs into a crisp, fruity and lightly dry wine on the finish; flavours of tree fruit and spice return with a lengthy finish, great balance and well made.
92 Points

Brick Bay Martello Rock 2013: Malbec/Cabernet Franc/Merlot Matakana
Loads of ripe red berry fruits with wild cherry and raspberry and boysenberry; violets, clay and oak all seeking attention; very youthful bouquet overall with plenty of energy and power. On the palate - dry, firm, fruity and youthful with plenty of acidity and fine to firm tannins taking charge; flavours of red fruits and violets return - leading to a firm yet fine finish. Decant for service or continue to cellar.
90 Points

Brick Bay Pharos 2013: Petit Verdot/Malbec/Merlot Matakana
Dark, broody, rich and intense bouquet of blackberry and blueberry fruits, toasty oak shot with vanilla and brown spices, quite complex and very youthful. On the palate - equally intense, powerfully fruity and loaded with flavour and texture; firm ripe tannins, medium+ acidity; lots of tension and impact, quite complex with a long finish. Delicious!
95 Points