Author: Yvonne Lorkin

Astrolabe Sleepers Vineyard Kekerengu Coast Pinot Noir 2019

Astrolabe Sleepers Vineyard Kekerengu Coast Pinot Noir 2019

Astrolabe Sleepers Vineyard Kekerengu Coast Pinot Noir 2019 (NZ $50) Grown on coastal, limestone-laden soils 50mins drive south of Blenheim, this pinot noir treads softly on the palate yet is underpinned with exotic, savoury spices, baked tamarillo and wild raspberry…

Giesen Uncharted Marlborough Pinot Noir 2019

Giesen Uncharted Marlborough Pinot Noir 2019

Giesen Uncharted Marlborough Pinot Noir 2019 (NZ $27) This is one of those wines I keep buying and re-tasting and over the last year it’s just getting more and more delicious. Ultra-friendly, juicy and chock full of cherry and hedgerow…

Mud House The Narrows Marlborough Pinot Noir 2020

Mud House The Narrows Marlborough Pinot Noir 2020

Mud House The Narrows Marlborough Pinot Noir 2020 (NZ $21.99) The ‘Narrows’ has fast become one of my favourite, best-value pinot noirs in the country. Highly complex, deeply fruity, dark, fulsome and supremely elegant” noted Yvonne, while Cameron loved its…

New for BC: Greywacke Marlborough Wild Sauvignon 2018

Greywacke Marlborough Wild Sauvignon 2018

Greywacke Marlborough Wild Sauvignon 2018 (BC $47.99) If you’d like to sip more sauvignon, but don’t want to deal with all that grassiness and squinty acidity, then this is for you. Crafted by winemaking legend Kevin Judd, the ‘wild’ has…

Astrolabe Wrekin Marlborough Chenin Blanc 2018

Astrolabe Wrekin Marlborough Chenin Blanc 2018

Astrolabe Wrekin Marlborough Chenin Blanc 2018 (NZ $32) Simon Waghorn and his wife Jane Forrest-Waghorn set up Astrolabe in Marlborough back in 1996 after years of making wine in Australia and Gisborne. I love that they’ve taken a leap and…

Sileni Circle Grand Reserve Hawke’s Bay Semillon 2019

Sileni Circle Grand Reserve Hawke’s Bay Semillon 2019

Sileni Circle Grand Reserve Hawke’s Bay Semillon 2019 (NZ $25) Sileni were one of the very first Hawke’s Bay producers to leap into making classlc dry Semillon back in the early 2000’s. Before that, most wineries were using the variety…

Jules Taylor Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2021

Jules Taylor Sauvignon Blanc 2021

Jules Taylor Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2021 (NZ $22) Get set for a whack and a wallop of passionfruit, pea pod, capsicum, basil and lime on the nose, followed by jumbo-loads of sensationally squinty acidity and tropical tension on the palate.…

Whitehaven Marlborough Pinot Noir 2019

Whitehaven Marlborough Pinot Noir 2019

Whitehaven Marlborough Pinot Noir 2019 (NZ $35) Crafted from fruit grown in the Awatere and Southern Valley’s sub-regions, this little banger of a pinot noir is destined for big things. Bursting with bright tamarillo, berry tea, cherry and all manner…