Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Saturday, 3 March 2018

Clearview Estate

Clearview Estate Winery Black Reef Blush 2017 Hawkes Bay
Dark rose and fuchsia in appearance. From Chambourcin aromas include plum and red cherry with old strawberry and dry stone mineral. Just dry with a lush and full flavoured palate, plum and cherry with red apple flavours, fine tannin, medium acidity and firm finish. A lovely example to enjoy with food. Served well chilled. Drink now and through 2020.
88 Points

Friday, 2 March 2018


Rockburn Pinot Noir 2016 Central Otago
Loads of pure fruit scents greet the nose with red cherry, plum and wild raspberry; barrel spices and mild toasty wood layers add complexity; a floral layer of rose then red apple skin add charm and elegance. On the palate - dry, fruity, varietal and completely please; fine tannins plenty of acidity, lengthy finish. Medium weighted with, balanced and well made. Drink now and through 2022.
90 Points

Clearview Estate Winery

Clearview Estate  Coastal Chardonnay 2017 Hawkes Bay
Creamy, nutty, oaky and fruity with aromas of over-whipped cream, vanilla and cashew, apple and roasted peach. On the palate - spft, creamy, buttery and just dry with flavours of stone fruit and preserved apple, fine tannin, medium+ acidity, vanilla and a nutty oak finish. balanced and well made. drink now and through mid 2019.
88 Points


Neudorf Moutere Albarino 2017 Nelson
Ripe, fruity and varietal with aromas of white peach and lemon, a distinctive core of mineral and fine white spice. On the palate - refreshing, dry, youthful and pure with flavours of citrus then white stone fruit, a fine white floral layer and minerality surge on the finish. A lovely example - drink now and through 2019.
90 Points

Waipara Hills

Waipara Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2017 Marlborough
Pungent, fruity and herbaceous with many classic aromas of lemon, green apple, fresh cut herbs and some tropical fruits. Equally powerful on the palate with flavours of fresh herb and citrus fruits; electric acidity and lengthy finish. Enjoy now and through to early 2019.
87 Points

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Domain Thomson

Domain Thomson 'Surveyor Thomson' Pinot Noir 2014 Central Otago
Fragrant and alluring bouquet of Pinot Noir with scents of rose, violet and a touch of wild thyme; oak scents of toasted wood and brown spices with layers of clove and vanilla. On the palate - dry with medium weight and flavours that reflect the nose; fine tannins, noticeable alcohol and generous length. Well made and reflects the wine region of Otago really well. Drink now and through 2022
92 Points


Empirical Chardonnay 2015 Hawkes Bay
Very inviting bouquet with a rich and nutty attack then roasted yellow stone fruits aromas, some new wood scents of vanilla and mild toasty oak. On the palate - full-bodied and dry with flavours of burnt butter, toasted cashew and stone fruit, some citrus flavours with grapefruit and a touch of lemon. Fine oak tannins and medium+ acidity. Balanced with good length and complexity. Drink now and through 2021.
90 Points