Aged semillon from the Hunter Valley is one of the world’s greatest things in my opinion. I love the straw, watercress, pepper, lemongrass, almond and biscotti aromatics which combine with nougat and summer flowers, green melon, baked apple, dried basil and almonds in this awesome 8 year old example. Extra for experts: The Tyrell’s can […]
Eight years on from harvest and this straight cabernet still bright, buoyant and incredibly fresh. I love how plucky and precise the fruit is, the berry and plum definition is just lovely and an injection of smoky cedar really fleshes out this delicious experience. This is great kiwi cabernet right here and it’s a treat […]
Purple-black and gorgeously glossy in the glass, this is a deliciously dense, berry-saturated cabernet blend edged with bouquet garni herbs and cocoa characters. Softly peppered, fleshy and plump in the mouth and boasting a line of black olive, bay and smoke, it’s a big blend with real pluck and personality. www.villamaria.co.nz
One of things I love about Kate Radburnd and her team at Pask, is that they are great keepers of secrets. Who knew they’d been sitting on an absolutely stunning sparkling wine for 8 years! Just released, this classically crafted blend of chardonnay and pinot noir has a deliciously finely-tuned texture in the mouth, soft […]
Alpha Domus The Aviator 2009
Very subtle on the nose, slightly dusty, savoury in the mouth, tannins still gripping, dark cocoa notes, lovely long finish.
Clearview Estate Syrah 2009 Violet, cocoa, dark berries, rich peppery, soft, luscious, moreish, smooth, hedgerow fruits, interesting layers, plum and berries. Top 5 in Cuisine Magazine.
Elephant Hill Airavata Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2009 $90 ★★★★★ Wow! Inky, purple-black in the glass and what a nose! Seductive aromas of plum paste, white pepper and chocolate lead to spicy, luscious liquorice and Belgian biscuit flavours, which are just fantastic. Winemaker Steve Skinner has created a really special wine here, with delicious warmth, succulence and […]