HEAD WINEMAKER JO AND ATA MARA CENTRAL OTAGO ROSE 2018
This is one of my favourite wines. It's made from a single block of Central Otago Pinot Noir (so has the provenance box ticked) and is a seriously complex and interesting wine while also being completely delicious. It's the perfect wine to relax you through late summer evenings when you're back at work and the kids are away with the grandparents. SO worth it!
IVAN, WINE ADVISOR, LOVES BLOOD BROTHER REPUBLIC SHIRAZ MATARO 2017
We had the wine with a home cooked spicy vegetarian stir fry in between sessions of fire dancing. It fit absolutely perfectly, it was bold and spicy in itself to cut through the strong flavours of the stirfry. It has well integrated tannins but with beautiful plumminess to it that made it just delicious.
JULIN, WINE ADVISOR AND MUSK-HAT-O MOSCATO 2017
This is my instant go to as it's that time of the year for something refreshing, fruity and easy to drink. It is low in alcohol which makes it easy to drink on it's own, but you can also mix it. It's pretty pink colour makes for good cocktails or sangria. Really nice chilled on a hot day, especially with a small weekend gathering as everyone will be able to enjoy this, even non wine drinkers. If you're after a wine that is no fuss, sweet and light but quite elegant from the moment of entry til the end of the bottle then a moscato is the best option.
STEVE, WINE ADVISOR, AND CAPE CAMPBELL MARLBOROUGH GRUNER VELTLINER 2017
The Cape Campbell Grüner Veltliner is one of my favourites, and is drinking superbly at the moment. Crisp and refreshing, with notes of lime and a slightly spicy finish. Matches well with seafood, grilled chicken, or just a selection of good friends and a movie with an unconvincing, rubbery monster in it.
SHAYE, WINE ADVISOR, AND HAWKESBRIDGE RESERVE MARLBOROUGH CHARDONNAY 2017
I bought the previous vintage of this wine last year and I thought it might be challenging for Jo Gear to top but I stand corrected and so I should, she is AMAZING. I love a good Chardonnay, it's my favourite white varietal and this ticks all the boxes for me. Drinking this wine you get hints of butterscotch, toasted peach with notes of vanilla and cashew nut. Those warm toasty oak characters are present but I love that the oak doesn't dominate the wine.
A glass of this is beautiful on it's own however it is divine with a triple cream brie. This wine is definitely going to be on my wine rack this summer!