Author: Yvonne Lorkin

Whitehaven Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2020

Whitehaven Sauvignon Blanc

Whitehaven Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2020 (NZ $22) Classic, punchy, passionfruit-packed and citrus-saturated Sauvignon Blanc here from one of Marlborough’s original wine families. Its whipcrack acidity gives it a cleansing, texture and accentuates the basil, lime and tomato leaf layers. It’s…

Wither Hills Single Vineyard Taylor River Marlborough Pinot Noir 2017

Wither Hills Single Vineyard Taylor River Pinot Noir 2017

Wither Hills Single Vineyard Taylor River Marlborough Pinot Noir 2017 (NZ $25.99) Here’s the thing. I tasted this wine and immediately wrote ‘Black Doris Plum’ – then it wouldn’t let me go. It’s the perfect season for them and I…

Moana Park Estate Growers’ Collection Gisborne Chardonnay 2020

Moana Park Estate Growers’ Collection Gisborne Chardonnay 2020

Moana Park Estate Growers’ Collection Gisborne Chardonnay 2020 (NZ $25) Gisborne has a reputation for turning out classic, tropical, peachy, creamy styles that wow the crowds, and that’s why the Moana Park have opted to source fruit from the region…

Loveblock Tee Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2019

Loveblock Tee Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2019

Loveblock Tee Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2019 (NZ $26.99) Straight out the gate this is unlike any Sauvignon Blanc I’ve tasted recently.  Perfumed with lemon verbena, lemongrass, soft herbaceousness and a whisker of marzipan, on the palate it’s crunchy-fresh and flinty,…

Soljans Hawke’s Bay Merlot Cabernet Malbec 2016

Soljans Hawke’s Bay Merlot Cabernet Malbec 2016 label

Soljans Hawke’s Bay Merlot Cabernet Malbec 2016 (NZ $22) In 1927, Bartul Soljan and his wife Rakelina sailed to New Zealand with their children, found land out in Henderson, broke it in, planted vines, and in 1932 established Soljan’s Family…

Tiki Single Vineyard Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2019

Tiki Single Vineyard Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2019

Tiki Single Vineyard Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2019 (NZ $24.99) If you’re looking for seriously juicy chardonnay that powers pineapple, peach, citrus oils and a luscious lick of spicy, caramelised oak across your olfactories, then this is the business.  Beautifully balanced,…

McArthur Ridge Southern Tor Central Otago Pinot Noir 2019

McArthur Ridge Southern Tor Central Otago Pinot Noir 2019

McArthur Ridge Southern Tor Central Otago Pinot Noir 2019 (NZ $29) Shiny-new and showing a tonne of potential, this Central Otago-grown pinot noir has classic blueberry, rosehip and cherry aromatics and buckets of raspberry on the front palate.  It’s refreshing…