What’s in the glass today Feb 18th – Sauvignon Blanc

Dashwood Sav Blanc 2015

Dashwood Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2015 – $

In my opinion, this is one the best Marlborough Savs you can buy for under $20, and it can be bought for half that…

Pale straw. 13% alc.

The wine presents with a clean, fresh bouquet – cut grass, Turkish delight, lemon and cut limes.

In the mouth it starts with a dry attack, and builds crisp luscious flavours of green apples, green grass and red capsicum, and finishes on a spicy high. It tastes of long hot New Zealand summer days.

Great value. A seamless a Marlborough sauvignon blanc. You can’t see the joins.

VG 4

What’s in the glass tonight February 5th – Riesling

Mud House Mound Riesling 2014

Mud House The Mound Vineyard Riesling Waipara 2014  – $$

Pale straw colour. 11.5% alc. Single Vineyard product.

Welcome typical varietal phenolic, volatile and lifted characters. Smells of apple, lime and Meyer lemon. & Fresh. White blossom and brioche aromas at the back.

A off dry style, the wine tastes supple, ripe & bracing. It has that lovely mouthwatering astringency that makes Riesling so delicious. It is clear on the palate, with perfect fruit weight and a bracing linear finish. Another candidate that confirms Waipara as a go-to-place for delicious good value Rieslings.

VG 4


What’s in the glass tonight January 15th – Chardonnay

Villa Maria CS Chardonnay 2010

From the Cellar: Villa Maria Cellar Selection Chardonnay Marlborough 2011 – $$

Pale Gold colour. 13.5% alc.

A big nose. Cashew, honey, peach, pear. Warmth that cloaks a backbone of citrus. Poised, Refined.

In the mouth, I see lean golden fruit and citrus flavours. The wine is linear and long, graceful and powerful. There are nutty, crunchy characters on the mid-palate and a strong line of acidity at the finish.

The nose shows some great development in a short time. There isn’t enough fruit weight or overall acidity to make this a very long-lived example, but it does what it does when it did very well. (smiley face!)

VG 4

What’s in the glass tonight January 8th – Picpoul

Dom. Felines Jourdan 2013

Domaine Felines Jourdan Picpoul de Pinet 2013 – $$

Summertime is getting hot. Time for another look at this hot-weather white with another year under the hood.

13%. Light straw. Distinctive light aromas of lemon and pear. Delightfully fruity to taste, crisp, with a slightly bitter finish like a Pinot Gris. This is great value drinking while re-painting furniture.

VG 4

What’s in the glass tonight December 3rd – Tempranillo

Hihi Temperanillo 2013

Hihi Tempranillo Gisborne 2013

It’s not often I drink a Gisborne wine, and even less often it’s a Tempranillo! And I just missed International Tempranillo Day as well.

This is an interesting boutique producer. They grow a bunch of non-standard (for NZ) grapes on their property – Semillon, Barbera, Nebbiolo, Albarino, as well as the usual Sav/Chard/Merlot/Syrah etc. I drank an Albarino of theirs a while back and loved it!

Deep carmine colour.  14% alc.

Dense nose, dark stone fruit, complex, lush, earthy, peppery. Opens out in the glass luvly.

Bright ripe fruit, good fruit weight. A fresh attack, brusque tannins follow, heat on the back palate. Long.

Very young, off young vines I expect. This could definitely do another 2-3 years sleeping-in, so the whole wine can integrate together. And another 10 years of vine age. This is a wine to watch.

VG 4

What’s in the glass tonight November 20th – a Chardonnay

Clearview TA Chardonnay 2014

Clearview Te Awanga Chardonnay Hawkes Bay 2014 – $$

Pale gold colour. 14% alc.

Perfumed and floral white blossoms, oatmeal and aniseed.

To taste, the wine is fresh, layered and elegant, taut and rich. The malo is very well balanced with citrus. Quite an acidic and minerally finish. Mouthwatering.

It reminded me a little of that Corton Charlemagne GC I tasted a little while back. Very good, that.

VG 4

What’s in the glass tonight November 3rd – a Sauvignon Blanc

Haha Sauvignon Blanc 2011

From the Cellar: Hãhã Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2011 – $

Greenish-gold straw colour. 13.6% alc.

Elegant. Aromas of the usual tomato stalk & gooseberries & sweet limes, but also ginger root and palm sugar.

Softened, buttery and rich in the mouth, with a citrus top note. Focused, with a silky mouthfeel.

A ripping bargain! I wish I had a few more bottles stashed away for the approaching summer…

VG 4

What’s in the glass tonight November 1st – a Dry Riesling

Villa Maria Dry Riesling 2010

From the Cellar: Villa Maria Private Bin Dry Riesling Marlborough 2010 – $

Pale yellow. 12.5% alc.

Aromatic and phenolic, biting acids, with lemon notes. Not much age complexity showing as yet.

A quite sweet attack, showing very refreshing lemon, citrus flavours. Medium length with a mouthwatering finish.

A simple wine, well made and well structured. Very more-ish

VG 4

What’s in the glass tonight October 27th

John Forrest Chardonnay 2011

John Forrest Collection Chardonnay Waitaki Valley 2011

A North Otago Waitaki Chardonnay – my first.

12.5% alc. Pale gold colour.

White peach, vanilla, mealy notes. Suppressed fruit. Distinctive bouquet.

In the glass this is expressing minerality over fruit. Pip fruit flavours. Somewhat flat and soft. A European style of Chardonnay. Some tertiary flavours developing. A dry finish.

VG 4

What’s in the glass tonight – October 24th

Three Wizards of Oz

A big beautiful grab-bag of wines today!! Feeling very fortunate.

A and OB1 gave us a lovely bottle of Aussie Shiraz as a wedding present. After Saturday’s ride, I asked OB1 whether I should ‘drink or hold’? He must have asked A, cos she then came back to me to say that L and I must come over to try a glass and decide for ourselves! And so we did….

Joseph Angel Glly 2011

Joseph Angel Gully Shiraz Clarendon McLaren Vale 2011

Enjoyed on their deck bathed in the sun. The best way to drink a wine from the Lucky Country!

Deep dark carmine. Primo vino. 14.5%. Floral, big, aromatic, licorice, cedar, choc mocha. Superb. Made in an Amarone style – intense berries, soft ripe fruit.

Amazeballs. Outstanding 5

Then we were able to try this beauty…

Joseph Cab Cav Merl Moda 2011

Joseph Moda Cab Sav Merlot McLaren Vale 2011

Deep dark carmine. 15% alc. Somewhat closed nose, eucalyptus, pencil shavings and graphite.

Mushrooms, underbrush, wild thyme. Wants another year or two to open out. Amazing fruit. A gorgeous food wine.

Sibling of Amazeballs. BTVG 4+

Pra Otto Soave

Then we headed off to J and B’s house for dinner. I brought along a bottle of Pra Otto Soave 2013 which served as a light and pretty aperitif, but this was the star of the meal:

Jacobs Creek Double Barrel Shiraz

Jacob’s Creek Double Barrel Shiraz  2012

Finished in aged whiskey barrels. First vintage.

Heady bouquet liquorice, spice, and dark plums.

Generous and rich on palate with red fruits and dark choc, vanilla, nutty notes and soft dense fine tannins.

VG 4