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: Craggy Range Te Muna Road Riesling 2011

This Riesling is fantastic, it has a really lovely light finish, but it still has some body.  Flavours of lemon, lime and passionfruit are balanced by a gentle minerality.  It’s delectable. I’ve been drinking a lot of Australian Riesling from the Clare and Eden Valley (which is usually bone dry although the Monsters Attack was not) and I have to say this kiwi example definitely has a much gentler touch. Being … Continue reading Wine Review: Craggy Range Te Muna Road Riesling 2011

Wine review: Monsters Attack Riesling

How cool is this label? Cool as hell! This is an off-dry (which means it’s slightly sweet) Aussie Riesling from the Clare Valley in South Australia. Definitely sweeter than the bone dry Rieslings Australia is famous for, but it’s not a bad thing. Its has a lovely light lemon zest flavour and refreshing minerality with enough acidity to take on that sweetness. Basically, if you were … Continue reading Wine review: Monsters Attack Riesling

Return of an icon: Blue Nun Rivaner Riesling review

Blue Nun was HUGE in the 70’s, and was largely responsible for introducing German Riesling to the world with her distinctive blue bottle design and sweet nature. This summer she’s back with a new taste and new look for a new generation.  Back then she would have been a medium to sweet easy drinker, and has been blamed for giving German Rieslings a stigmata many of them didn’t deserve. … Continue reading Return of an icon: Blue Nun Rivaner Riesling review