Wine Review: El Burro Kick Ass Garnacha 2011

What can I say? This is kick ass Grenache – wonderfully rich, soft ripe cherries with a touch of leathery spice.  Well balanced, and well priced! Get it while you can from Farro Fresh or First Glass.  Something for when winter digs it’s heels in, and fantastic value for around $16! As you can tell I had to buy more than one bottle because this wine … Continue reading Wine Review: El Burro Kick Ass Garnacha 2011

Wine review: Monte Nobile Nero d’Avola 2010

With the change in weather I decided to warm up with a sexy red.  On perusing the options I settled on this for three reasons: My partner has Sicillian blood I’d never tasted this grape variety before The label looks cool. I found it a bit schizophrenic – it was fruity and savoury – but that made it interesting. Lively bright blackcurrant, leather and spice … Continue reading Wine review: Monte Nobile Nero d’Avola 2010

Wine review: Milton Estate Crazy By Nature Shotberry Chardonnay 2011

If I had to describe winemaker James Milton of Milton Wines I would probably say “crazy by nature” – in a good way.  I had the joy of chatting to him at the RAW wine fair in London last year (I actually ended up interviewing him, but had to leave London and had left my tasting book at work, long story). I have a hazy … Continue reading Wine review: Milton Estate Crazy By Nature Shotberry Chardonnay 2011

Picking the bunch at Heron’s Flight Matakana

This week I was lucky to take part in grape picking for a morning at Heron’s Flight vineyard in Matakana. Heron’s Flight is a small, family-owned vineyard, with grapes first planted by David Hoskins and Mary Evans in 1987. They specialise in Italian varietals and only grow Sangiovese and Dolcetto, I’d been there before for one of their pizza afternoons – see the review here. … Continue reading Picking the bunch at Heron’s Flight Matakana

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

Cellar door visit: Runner Duck Estate/Plume Matakana

Food and wine go hand in hand, so we were pleased to come across Matakana’s Runner Duck Estate which is complemented by Plume restaurant. Husband and wife team team Farida and Clyde Cooper swapped a successful business in Mumbai, India for a small patch of vines just north of Auckland, NZ where they pursue their passion for food and wine. This is a small boutique estate  … Continue reading Cellar door visit: Runner Duck Estate/Plume Matakana

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