The Red Edition, same varieties as The Pink Edition but of course with more Pinot Noir in it but the Pinot Gris and the Pinot Blanc offers beautiful perfume, lovely aromas and gives it an extra lift of freshness and vitality. A lovely Pinot Noir which is light, soft and almost in the style of a Beaujolais for comparisons sake which you can put in the fridge for 20 mins or so and is absolutely stunning! Crisp and refreshing with lovely cherry flavours, excellent on its own or with food. Delicious!
“The 2019 vintage was exceptional and has produced sensational Chardonnay across the board. The single-vineyard Coddington wine is strongly coloured and richly ripe in the yellow peach and apricot spectrum, with a background of toasted oak and caramelised hazelnut. It is the biggest style in our range, and satisfyingly rich as such, but also nicely balanced with its acidity.”
“The 2019 vintage was exceptional and produced sensational Chardonnay across all vineyards. Hunting Hill is very distinctive in its terroir typicity, with piercing lemon/lime fruit lift and florality on the nose, richness and volume in the mouth followed by lingering acidity and minerality on the finish. This is an absolute classic example of how great the Chardonnay grape can be: A beautifully powerful, yet elegant and complex wine with long term aging ability.”
"The 2019 vintage was exceptional and has produced the finest Estate Chardonnay that any of us can remember. The Kumeu vineyards that contribute to this wine gave us some magnificent fruit and we had a wide array of options in putting the Estate Chardonnay blend together. The level of citrus fruit complexity, and the layering of aromas and flavours that this wine shows are stunning. This is a quality Chardonnay wine of style and pedigree that is delicious now but has the capability of aging as well as if not better than any of its predecessors."
Nevis Bluff which was established in the mid 1990’s has been a great pioneer in Central Otago producing both Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. However their real star is the Pinot Gris, it’s dry and full bodied with lovely mineral overtones, crisp bright acidity with hints of Turkish delight, ripe pear and still remaining fresh and crisp. Frankly one of the best Pinot Gris in the country!
Pinot Blanc is a variety which is not widely planted in New Zealand, in fact there are very few of them around however this is superb, concentrated with beautiful acidity, textural and lovely complexity. Aromas of peach, nectarine and apricot with a touch of dry herbs. Lovely balance, pure and a persistent finish. Drink now or over the next 3-4 years.
Occasionally for various vintages Nevis Bluff produce their Reserve Pinot Noir. A selection of their best fruit from their oldest vines and given longer elevage, the result is a concentrated, medium to full bodied wine with aromas of Maraschino cherry, thyme and wild game. Lovely balance and intense yet soft and silky as Pinot Noir demands. Beautifully drinking now or over the next 4-5 years. Again if you haven’t tried it, this is a must because it is one of the top ones!
One of the classics from Otago going back to the mid 1990’s, Nevis Bluff are producing impeccable wines in particular their Pinot Noir mainly from Single Vineyards, close planted, non-irrigated and the results speak for themselves. A full bodied Pinot Noir with hints of thyme, forrest floor and black cherry, clean with precision and vibrant acidity.
Slightly oaked Chardonnay from Gisborne with hints of lime, peach and ripe mandarin with lovely acidity and surprisingly complex. Beautifully drinking now and over the next couple of years and ideal with fish and white meats.
This is one of those super deals that do not come round that often but when they do, you should take it! Selected from old vines, this Chardonnay delivers an array of butterscotch, freshly baked bread but yet maintaining a lovely freshness and fruit flavours. Frankly you would expect to pay close to the $20 mark for a Chardonnay of this quality. It is ideal with white meats or fish, drinking very well now but will also keep for a year or two. Excellent value at $13.95.
Deep magenta with an onyx-dark core, Bullnose ’18 has an immediate rich aroma of cinnamon, lavender, ultra-ripe raspberry and black cherry. Lush with plum and boysenberry, the palate has immense depth and is interwoven with black liquorice, spice and velvety chocolate tannins.
A deep delight, replete in detail, the 2018 has a classically beautiful Bullnose purity with power, a sumptuous dark heart, and a long, structured, elegant finish.
Dark and bright, Awatea Cabernets/Merlot ’18 is an inky purple with an electric crimson edge. From a warm and dry vintage, Awatea ’18 shows ripe blackberry and blackcurrant aromatics with elements of vanilla creme and sandalwood. On the palate there’s a banquet of plum, raspberry, dried herbs and lingering dark cherry, set out across cedar and cocoa powder tannins. Classical in structure, with fine balance and length, Awatea Cabernets/Merlot ’18 is resplendent in its purity and detail.
A deep midnight-magenta, Coleraine ’18 is symphonic in its harmony and presence. The aromatics are immediately varietal with grace notes of cassis, raspberry leaf, fresh roses, dark chocolate, lifted black cherry, espresso and cedar. The palate deepens the opening theme. There’s tapenade, darkest blackberry and ripe plum while underneath, quietly, a precise, profound tannin structure resonates.
Powerful, deep-set, graceful and complex, Coleraine ’18 is refined to an exquisite point while still retaining freshness and balance. It lingers after tasting. Layered and composed, resplendent and resolved, a gloriously seductive ensemble celebratory of all that fine New Zealand wine can be.
“Beautifully expressive and refined with sleek black cherry and blackberry fruit. It’s rich and seductive but also has freshness and detail. Great structure and harmony too. There’s some black fruit richness but also lovely red fruit crunch. Such a textural wine with real interest and detail, with opulence but also some seriousness.”
— JAMIE GOODE – UK
“An intriguing almost sensual bouquet of Chardonnay. Aromas of red apple and sweet peach tea, lees spices and white flowers, flint and chalk-like minerality, and a light dusting of fragrant baking spices.
Very sophisticated and quite pure on the palate - dry, complex, even and lengthy. A precise palate weight with a youthful acid line, extremely fine wood tannins and fine lees texture.
Flavours of white and yellow orchard fruits, wood spices, and fine stone minerality.
A delicious example, modern, youthful, complex and intriguing. Lots to like. Drink now through 2026”
95 Points — Cameron Douglas— NZ
Stunning soft and aromatic Pinot Gris, beautifully perfumed with essence of ripe pear, Turkish delight and a touch of honey suckle. Even though it is very well priced, you could serve it alongside a $25 Pinot Gris and it will compare very favourably.
This is the “Foundation” release of Saint Clair’s Sauvignon Blanc which along side the rest of their releases is showing to be some excellent single vineyard Sauvignon. Pale straw in colour, this Sauvignon displays powerful and intense aromas of passionfruit, blackcurrant, hints of grapefruit and an underlying mineral note. This is an intense Sauvignon Blanc with a powerful spectrum and an underlying mineral tone. The palate is intensely concentrated and full with a long, lingering finish. Ideal with some fresh salmon or scallops alongside a lovely summer salad. Drink now or cellar for 2 years.
Another exceptional offering for this very much underrated producer, it came to us by accident trying some top New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc and this just happened to come out on top. Fruity, flinty and aromatic, a barrage of gooseberry and lychee but dry with a lengthy middle palate, succulence and balance, what really good old fashioned Sauvignon Blanc used to be and the main thing really, all for $13.95. An absolute bargain!
Very few cases remaining of this lovely and excellent value Sav/Blanc, when it came to the crunch and the all important value for money it delivers hands down. Not just your usual grassy, semi-sweet run of the mill Sav/Blanc but a wine that truly captures the essence of Marlborough, lovely acidity, pungent with beautiful middle palate and concentration, very clean and generous also full body, classic Marlborough really. At $16.95 per bottle it is hard to pass considering the quality of many commercial ones on the same price bracket.
It's good to see that finally Pinot Noir winemakers in this country are waking up to the fact that not everybody wishes to spend $40-$50 to get a decent Pinot Noir. We were quite taken back by the quality of this wine, frankly we thought it would be between $40-$50 until we knew the price. It is a soft savoury and plumy Pinot Noir, in other words what Pinot Noir should be like. The 2013 vintage even though it was a good one, is ready for drinking now. Lovely cherry and soft plumy flavours, slightly savoury, well balanced oak and wonderful forrest floor characters. Having tried this alongside other Pinot Noirs at $30 let me tell you, it delivers! All of this at the price of $19.95.
“On the palate we see an equally gentle personality too. The friendly entrance builds rapidly with an effortless movement slowing down in the centre to add weight and focus through lemon flowers, lime juice and anise. The fruit intensifies towards the mid and finishes long with a precise and harmonious acidity, which gives the wine its “open” feel.
The wine is approachable now, but will reward cellaring for another seven to ten years.”
“Here it shows the heavier aromatics to symbolise its deep foundation through vanilla, toffee, dulce de leche and ripe pears. Fresh characters like melon, fennel and honey suckle bring lightness and are likely to reflect fruit from our younger pinot gris block. This wine spent a long time maturing on lees, partly in oak barrels, to bring aromatic complexity in the form orange cake and nougat.
An overwhelming sensation of grace and serenity hit us when tasting this wine for the first time after blending. Comforting and luscious, the gentle nature is like a welcome home wine, if you don’t mind the sweetness of the residual sugar. Its translucent and timid character make it rich and buoyant without the bling factor. The creamy fluffy textural element is that of a groomed gruffness, presumably from the time on lees in barrel, with hints of liquorice root and rock melon.
Our Pinot Gris gives drinking pleasure as a young wine, but is rewarding with time in your cellar – preferably five to seven years.”
"There is a light charred oak note present, easily confused with toasted almonds. Flowery scents like cherry blossom, violets and Christmas lilies are combined with plums, boysenberry and liquorice. Immediately the nose reveals this to be a serious wine: very coherent with rapidly expanding boundaries bringing aromatic volume.
The palate, too, has an escalating horizon and an inflating edge; it’s simply delicious, with well-rounded tannins. Initially there is a juicy, plush elegance, with the tannins claiming a more authoritative and luxurious presence, showing off its class and flamboyance. The mid-palate brings the wine back to earth with a grounding acidity that reigns the wine in again without overpowering the fruit weight. It is just enough to bring life again to the floral and lighter fruit aromatics, to highlight the central core and to show the length and smooth finish on the back palate. This is a thought-provoking wine that occupies all spaces and has aroused our excitement tremendously.
We expect this wine to gain further interest over the next ten years."
Ata Rangi's McCrone Vineyard was originally established by our team for friends Don and Carole McCrone who also grow Pinot Noir for leading Oregon producer Ken Wright Cellars. By 2001, when this 6-acre vineyard was planted, we had 20 years of Pinot experience and were able to choose clones and trellising styles that we considered consistently top performing. Unlike our own vineyard soil profiles,the McCrone site just around the corner in Regent St has a smattering of clay within the gravels. The cooling effect of this clay delivers a distinctively different aroma and flavour profile than that of the Ata Rangi Pinot Noir, even with vine age taken into account. The 2014 is the fifth release from this single site. Bottled in August 2015 this wine has been allowed to slowly evolve prior to release two years on. A bolder style than our flagship Pinot Noir, the nose offers a depth of rich spicy notes with a hint of manuka flower. It opens on the palate with a big swell of flavor supported by fine, velvety tannins. The finish is juicy and complex, with an evolution of flavours into a more savoury, umami style.
The 2014 Pinot Noir is more intense than the 2013 with more of the “forest floor” characteristics of a French Burgundy, but full of fruit and spice flavours with a long finish. Like the 2013 it will continue to develop with more bottle age but is drinking beautifully now. Being from North Otago, it has a beautiful balance with lovely acidity, freshness, elegance and even though it is very approachable now it will cellar for another 4-5 years plus.
The 2016 Riesling is a wine that we’re really excited about. This delicious Riesling has aromas of fresh lime zest, white flowers, and a touch of honey, beautifully balanced with a long and mineral finish. Beautiful now but will also cellar for the next 4-5 years plus.
Otago is becoming another great region for the production of stunning Riesling and Valli makes one of the best, off-dry, profound and concentrated with hints of petrol and wild flowers. This is something that even though is approachable now it will also cellar for many years to come.
"It’s youthful and ripe on the nose displaying red/black cherry, blueberry, spice and a hint of game characters. The palate is well-expressed with lovely fruit weight and silky texture, leading to a lingering dry finish backed by polished tannins.
"It’s beautifully ripe on the nose displaying white peach, pear, citrus and floral characters. The palate is concentrated and richly textured with succulence and well-balanced acidity, finishing impressively long and smooth. A lovely dry-style with a beautifully flowing mouthfeel.
Selected from various vineyard sites in Waiheke Island, this Syrah displays what the variety can do in the right vineyards. Inky purple wine with density, perfume of liquorice, dark plum and pepper. Great richness from a fantastic vintage that will cellar for the next 5 years plus.
Outstanding Syrah with enormous concentration, depth and panache. We’ve compared this with one of the great Northern Rhone Syrahs from Croze Hermitage and it’s just up there! Black olive, pepper, tapenade and blueberry. Well balanced, suave and built to last. Cellar for 5-6 years plus.
Syrah in New Zealand has come a long way over the last 10 years. This is more like a Northern Rhone version, purple dark colour with hints of dry herbs, pepper and black olive. Medium body with lovely richness and concentration, well balanced and drinking superbly now and over the next 4-5 years.
“A richly fleshy, concentrated style with aromas of fresh peaches and green mangoes, leading to a palate that has a very attractive, ripe and juicy core of peach and green-mango flavors. Smooth, powerful and seamless. Drink now. Screw cap.” 93/100 – James Suckling
“A wine with considerable, deep-set, spicy allure that has aromas of dried roses, blueberries, purple cherries and pot-pourri. The palate delivers a beautifully plush array of fine and seamless tannins, an exceptionally smooth mouthfeel and a long, alluring and convincing finish. Drink now. Screw cap.” 96/100 – James Suckling
“This has a very enticing and complex nose with lightly smoky red and purple cherries, freshly ground baking spices and sappy, woody, bracken-like nuances. The palate has a beautifully supple texture with juicy red and black-cherry flavors running long and fresh. Drink or hold. Screw cap.” 95/100 – James Suckling
Spicy aromas of black and white pepper abound with a heady perfume of orange blossom, mandarin skin essence, grapefruit and melon with hints of apricot kernels. The palate is rich and full yet with an elegance and purity at the same time; this is portrayed by the ripe flavours of passionfruit, orange and honey which is complimented by white pepper and lime zest. The palate is rich and long yet perfectly balanced by the acid leaving ones mouth cleansed and refreshed, making another glass irresistible.
Intense aromas abound; vibrant cherry fruit with an earthy, savoury undertone, reminiscent of being in an underground, chalk cave. This delicious herbal complexity being the result of a high percentage of whole bunches in the ferment. Generous fruit initially on the palate balances the salivating, chalky, mouth coating tannins. Good acid levels also enhance the drinkability of this Pinot and its ageability. A complex style of Pinot Noir showing the abundant fruit of NZ combined with the robust tannins more typical of a Pinot from Burgundy. The fruit weight and structure of this wine will allow bottle development and ageing for the next 8 to 10 years.
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