Waiheke Road Gisborne Reserve Chardonnay 2013
NZD $39.95NZD $34.95
It’s not very often that we concentrate on Gisborne Chardonnay given the fact that most of it is fairly commercial however when you find the right one it can be quite exceptional. Waiheke Road has spent 8 months in oak barriques but is not oak dominated, it has lovely complexity with a bouquet of peach, almond and brioche, full bodied with the right balance and lovely crisp finish. A top Chardonnay by any measure. Drink now or cellar for the next 4-5 years.
Kawarau Reserve Pinot Noir 2011
NZD $26.95NZD $24.95
The 2011 vintage in Central Otago was one of the better vintages due to a mild spring which led to a long hot summer and extended autumn. The grapes for this wine were harvested from their oldest vines and aged for 10 months in French oak barrels. It displays dark cherries and plums complemented by spice. Elegantly structured, balanced with silky tannins and a lasting finish, one of the better balanced and structured Pinot Noirs with real potential for aging. Cellar for 4 years plus.
Alan McCorkindale Sauvignon Blanc 2011
NZD $19.95NZD $18.95
With the enormous amount of Sauvignon Blanc available around the country nowadays, they all seem to be put into the same bag however Alan has always exceeded in producing outstanding Sauvignon Blanc with character, finesse and structure that not only typifies the region but also the wines. We have no doubt that this is one of the very best available on the market and is still at the price of $18.95 which considering its quality, offers excellent value.
Kawarau Estate Pinot Gris 2011
NZD $21.95NZD $19.95
It is refreshing to find a vineyard that really understands what Pinot Gris should be like, this is dry, crisp and flinty not sugary, over alcoholic and flabby, wild fermentation and extended time on its lees have added to the complexity and structure of the wine. This Pinot Gris is an elegantly textured wine displaying orange blossom, pear and lime aromatics complemented by sweet pears and white pepper on the palate with a lasting and appealing mineral finish. Fantastic!
James Syrah 2008
NZD $46.95NZD $39.95
A new addition to Colin Carruthers’ Red Bank Estate and frankly, outstanding Syrah, one of the best around! Styled in the Cotes du Rhone, it’s peppery with black olive, excellent depth and structure. Even though it is drinking very well now, it will also cellar for another 3-4 years. Taking into account the high price of New Zealand Syrahs, this really offers excellent value for money.
Domaine Point Pinot Noir 2010
NZD $29.95NZD $27.95
This is a very clear example that Central Otago can make very good Pinot Noir without the exorbitant prices. We like this Pinot Noir because it is dry, well balanced and well structured yet with lovely frontal fruit, juicy and very good handling of the oak. Once you try it, it is a very clear example that you don’t really have to pay top prices to get a superb quality Pinot Noir. This is drinking superbly now however it has lovely structure, concentration and depth and it will also keep for another couple of years or so.
Domaine Point Riesling 2013
NZD $23.95NZD $21.95
Brand new vintage of this absolutely superb Riesling. Very much made in an Austrian/German style with a little residual sugar, off-dry, but vibrant, fresh, full bodied with lovely acidity and minerality. Central Otago seems to be producing outstanding Riesling.We’ve tried this together with excellent examples of German and Austrian Riesling and it’s just up there. Refined, focused with lovely citrus flavours and able to age for the next 4-5 years plus, absolutely outstanding especially at the price!