Author: Yvonne Lorkin

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…

Mills Reef Reserve Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2018

Mills Reef Winery Hawke's Bay Reserve Syrah 2018

Mills Reef Reserve Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2018 (NZ $24.95) Green peppercorn, violet and blueberry aromatics stand shoulder to shoulder with bright plum and cherry flavours  and then they hold hands and do the Gay Gordons (remember primary school folk-dancing?) with…

Esk Valley Winemakers Reserve Hawke’s Bay Chenin Blanc 2019

Esk Valley Winemakers Reserve Hawke’s Bay Chenin Blanc 2019

Esk Valley Winemakers Reserve Hawke’s Bay Chenin Blanc 2019 (NZ$29) Returning to his dry-style roots not seen since 2013, winemaker Gordon Russell has taken fruit for the first time from Ian and Linda Quinn’s Two Terraces Vineyard located west of…