Author: Yvonne Lorkin

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…

Hunter’s Home Block Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2019

Hunters Home Block Sauvignon Blanc 2019

Hunter’s Wines Home Block Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2019 (NZ$30) They might be one of Marlborough (nay, New Zealand’s) oldest and most successful wine companies, but it’s taken them until now to declare an ‘icon’ release Sauvignon Blanc.  Their young winemaker,…

Te Awanga Estate Mister Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2019

Te Awanga Estate Mister Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2019

Te Awanga Estate Mister Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2019 NZ$21.99 Word on the street is that 2019 was a cracker of a year in Hawke’s Bay for chardonnay and this little Rod McDonald creation definitely doesn’t let the side down.  It’s…

Spy Valley Echelon Marlborough Methodé Traditionnelle 2012

Spy Valley Echelon Marlborough Methodé Traditionnelle 2012

Spy Valley Echelon Marlborough Methodé Traditionnelle 2012 NZ$36.99 I was completely seduced by the tiny, fine bead inside the glass, white gold, glossy, aromas of rising dough, crusty bread, caramelised character and richly structured.  Full, generous, incredibly elegant and finely…

Misha’s Vineyard Cantata Central Otago Pinot Noir 2018

Misha's Vineyard Cantata Pinot Noir 2018 (Image courtesy Yvonne Lorkin)

Misha’s Vineyard Cantata Central Otago Pinot Noir 2018 $30 The good folk at Misha’s Vineyard have explained that a ‘Cantata’ is taken from the Italian word ‘cantere’, which means ‘to sing’.  It’s a vocal composition with an instrumental accompaniment apparently,…