The Boneline Waipara Barebone Chardonnay 2016


If you are looking for an unoaked, ‘Chablis-style’ Chardonnay, this North Canterbury beauty is hard to beat. It’s not at all brash, but still full of personality. Pale, with mouthfilling body, it is lemon-scented, very fresh and vibrant, with pure, delicate, citrusy, peachy flavours, lively acidity, a minerally streak, and excellent vigour and intensity. Fine value.

Kidnapper Cliffs Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot 2013


From Te Awa, this estate-grown red was hand-picked from vines averaging 25 years old and matured for 21 months in French oak barriques (35 per cent new.) It is full-coloured and ripely scented, with mouthfilling body and very generous blackcurrant, plum, spice and nut flavours. Delicious now, but also ageworthy, it’s a very finely textured red, savoury, complex and smooth.


Clyde Wine & Food Harvest Festival (Clyde)

Clyde Wine & Food Harvest Festival (Clyde) 1 April 2018

2017 Wine Tasting Notes – Now Available

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The best of Hawke’s Bay wine

Pinot gris and pinot noir are soaring beside the traditional varieties of Hawke’s Bay. 26 May 2017