Lake Chalice The Raptor Marlborough Chardonnay 2017


Unexpectedly classy for its price, this single-vineyard wine was hand-harvested in the Reed Vineyard at Dillons Point, in the lower Wairau Valley, and fermented and matured for 10 months in French oak barriques. Fragrant, with a slightly smoky bouquet, it is full-bodied (13.5% alc/vol), with strong, youthful, grapefruit-like flavours, biscuity, mealy notes adding complexity and a dry, creamy-smooth finish. Best drinking mid-2020+.


Mission Jewelstone Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2016


Already delicious, but still very ageworthy, the 2016 vintage (5 stars) is a single-vineyard red, estate-grown at Mere Road, in the Gimblett Gravels, and matured for a year in French oak casks (30 per cent new). Deep and youthful in colour, it is floral, concentrated and supple, with rich blackcurrant and spice flavours, savoury, earthy, nutty notes adding complexity, and a smooth, persistent finish. Best drinking 2021+. Certified organic.


Mangawhai Food & Wine Festival (Mangawhai, Kaipara)

Mangawhai Food & Wine Festival 30 March 2019

2019 Wine Tasting Notes – Now Available

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Homegrown rosé: The best of New Zealand’s pink wine

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