What’s in the glass tonight September 25th – Pinot Noir

Ohau Woven Stone 2014

Ohau Woven Stone Pinot Noir Martinborough 2014- $$

A gorgeous colour – bright clear ruby. 13.5% alc.

Showing nice development, with savoury and leafy characters, red cherries, dustiness and fustiness, and spice. Enveloping and engaging.

Sweet at first taste, quickly opens to fine, drying tannins and lean red fruits. Piquant acid, crunchy. Licorice and white pepper flavours. Long, grassy.

Recommended 88 points

What’s in the glass tonight August 3rd – Pinot Gris

Woven Stone Pinot Gris 2014

Woven Stone Pinot Gris Ohau 2014 – $$

From one of my fav local producers. Brilliant gold colour. 14% alc.

Aromatic with sweet pears, manuka honey, and golden delicious apples. Lovely.

There were apples in the mouth also, and mandarin peel. A lively and well-formed wine. Balanced acid and lightly itchy spice. Salty through the mid-palate, some pepper, with an intriguing oyster shell iodine finish. A good Gris, this.

88 points

What’s in the glass tonight Sept 19th

Woven Stone PB 2014

Woven Stone Pinot Noir Ohau 2014 – $$

I picked this bottle up at a Levin supermarket for a bargain price of $17. The Ohau vineyard is only a few k’s south of there. Good to buy local.

We were all driving up to the snow for a weekend’s skiing, and to compete in the annual Ruapehu Ski Club Champs. LG medalled in silver, and so did N. J, L and I managed to finish safely and upright, but outside the prizes.


I recall enjoying an earlier vintage of this wine. Those grapes were sourced from a Wairarapa grower. Not sure about the provenance of these grapes, as the wine smelt like a Wairarapa pinot – savoury, with some heft – but it said Ohau on the label, The website is silent on the matter, but did report that the site was chosen due to the soil’s similarity to those of Martinborough lying on the other side of the Tararua ranges that loom up behind the vineyard.

13.5% alc. Medium carmine and brownish. A great colour.

An really attractive savoury nose with red fruits and spice.

Great to drink too. Red cherries on the front and a peppery finish. Good weight of fruit and ripeness. Fine grained tannins. Great value!

This is another wine that points to the quality of the ’14 vintage in the North Island…

VG 4

What’s in the glass tonight June 12th

Woven Stone Sauv Blanc 2011

Woven Stone Ohau Sauvignon Blanc 2011 – $$

I was driving back to Wellington from my parents 50th Wedding celebration, and just HAD to stop again at the Ohau Vineyard to pick up a bottle.

I bought the Woven Stone Pinot Noir last time I was there (excellent), so re-tried their two Sauvignon Blancs I tasted on my first visit and chose from them. The ‘first’ label Ohau Gravels Sav has 5% wild fermented in oak, so it was a little more restrained and ‘together’ than this one, and a few dollars more, but they were both good value at the cellar door.

I preferred this one of the two…the wine is the colour of warm straw… very fresh and elegant. I like. There are gooseberries and limes on the nose, with the same concentrated fruit flavours on the palate, smooth not grippy in the way of Marlborough savs; and a long finish to finish.

I’d buy this again, and serve to others. A sauvignon blanc for those who (gasp) don’t like sauvignon blanc! A producer to watch. 4

The next day: even better – richer, deeper; warm chardy characters, I swear there is some honey in there!