Winery Review: Holla Mt Rosa

I went down to Queenstown for a holiday, so decided to check a few wineries I hadn’t been to. Gave Gibbston a miss as its gone a bit touristy, ran out of time for Amisfield (was pretty keen to try their food TBH) and had done Peregrine before – judging from their website they seem more about their architecture than their wine anyways. So we roll up … Continue reading Winery Review: Holla Mt Rosa

WINE AKL: EVENT REVIEW AND MANY WINES

I’m a big fan of the work that Heart of the City do, and Auckland Restaurant Month is fabulous – lots of special menus and events. Wine AKL was one of the smaller events of the month. When it popped up in my email there were two things that made me like it immediately. It was $25 to go (earlybird) and that came with 5 x … Continue reading WINE AKL: EVENT REVIEW AND MANY WINES

Wine review: Hooray for Rose

Rosé makes a superb summer afternoon drink, and for me, is best enjoyed outdoors. Just because it’s pink doesn’t mean it’s for girls, nor does it mean it’s sweet.  Most Rosé you’ll find is dry, you might get some off-dry varietals from California (say made from Zinfandel grapes) and that’s not counting pink Moscato – which has a slight fizz.  I have a thing for … Continue reading Wine review: Hooray for Rose

Wine tasting review: Getting to know Nautilus Estate

A long time ago I won a wine tasting with Nautilus Estate. We were hosted by Clive and taken through their range at Auckland’s best bar for wine lovers/winos, Golden Dawn. I believe Stephen Wong (one of a handful of New Zealanders with the Master of Wine qualification) does the wine list and it is full of interesting natural wines from New Zealand and around … Continue reading Wine tasting review: Getting to know Nautilus Estate

Sparkly review: Johanneshof Cellars Blanc de Blancs NV

They say don’t judge a book by its cover, and I say don’t judge this wine by its label.  This is an elegant sparkling from Johanneshof Cellars – a tiny boutique winery in Marlborough – if you want to get really specific, Koromiko near Blenheim. They hand pick their grapes,  a good sign that they take a ‘hands on’ approach to their winemaking.  Edel Everling … Continue reading Sparkly review: Johanneshof Cellars Blanc de Blancs NV

Wine review: Invivo Sophie’s Rose Marlborough 2012

Invivo is best known for their Sauvignon Blanc (made famous by being loved by UK talkshow host Graham Norton).  Being a lover of Rosé I was keen to give their flagship Rosé a try. How was it? Orangeblossom and rosepetals on the nose, juicy strawberries on the palate. Dry in style with a nice finish, and enough flavour to be interesting. In my opinion this … Continue reading Wine review: Invivo Sophie’s Rose Marlborough 2012

Vineyard visit: Heron’s Flight Matakana

On a sunny spring afternoon we drove up to Matakana,  (about an hour from Auckland, NZ) to check out some of the local wineries. Given Heron’s Flight were celebrating 20 years of their cellar door open with woodfire pizzas on the go we decided to visit. We did a tasting with David Hoskins, who established the vineyard and winery along with his partner Mary Evans.  … Continue reading Vineyard visit: Heron’s Flight Matakana