Ninth Island

Soljans Estate

Barrique Reserve Pinot Noir 2015

This afternoon I have opened the 2015 Soljans Estate Barrique Reserve Marlborough Pinot Noir.

On the nose I am able to get ripe cherry, strawberry jam, cola, ckove, mushroom, some funk, wet leaves and forest floor.

On the palate there is ripe cherry, raspberry, cranberry, plum, clove, mushroom and an earthy component.

This wine is medium bodied with medium acidity and medium sandy tannins with a long earthy finish. I hope everyone's weekend went well and are doing well? We look forward to a wonderful week ahead and as always please stay healthy and safe. Nostrovia! 🍷🍷🍷🍷
— 5 days ago

Aravind, Paul and 15 others liked this

Cloudy Bay

Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Pale lemon with aromas of fresh tropical fruit, citrus and flinty notes. On the palate crisp peach, honeydew melon and lemon citrus flavors with a touch of herb floral spice. Well balanced with vivid acidity and wet stone on the long finish. — 14 days ago

Aaron, Clive and 3 others liked this

Barker's Marque Vineyards

Three Brooms Single Vineyard Riesling 2017

Really nice price at grocery outlet - peach , little reduced , touch of kerosene , med+ acidity bone dry - NZ Riesling should get a lot more attention — 15 days ago

Jason, Bob and 3 others liked this

Soljans Estate

Sauvignon Blanc 2016

On this Sunday night I have opened the 2016 Soljans Estate Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.

On the nose the aromatics are very compelling explosive with notes of lime, papaya, guava, honeydew melon, orange, passionfruit and minerals.

On the palate there are citrus notes, lemon-lime, nectarine, asian pear, melon, white peach and minerals.

This wine is nicely complex that is medium bodied with a oily saline mouthfeel that has medium acidity that moves nicely into a long clean citrus mineral finish. I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend staying safe and healthy? We look forward to the week doing the same. Nostrovia! 🥂🥂🥂🥂
— 12 days ago

Severn, Neil and 11 others liked this

Kumeu River

Rays Road Pinot Noir


I expected more from a #singlevineyard release from #kumeu and that has been touted by the likes of #jancisrobinson must be an #mw thing. Too expensive for what it delivered. Better off with the #estate wines of Kumeu. #newzealand #pinotnoir — 22 days ago

Dawn, David and 5 others liked this

Felton Road

Block 3 Central Otago Pinot Noir 2016

David T

I might have mentioned this in a previous Felton Road post. If you haven’t tried this producer and you love White Burgundy, Burgundy & Ca Pinot, you owe to yourself to find a bottle(s). The fruit Nigel and his team produce is top shelf & some of the best acidity I’ve had. This is better than most more expensive CA Pinots & Burgundies I’ve had & their offering’s are in the $50-$65 range.

I love warm day & cool night Pinots. This is the climate of Central Otago. Their fruits are nicely ripe with acidity for days.

The mouthfeel is glorious, sexy and elegant. The blackberries, black raspberries, black plum, raspberries and strawberries really sing. This 16 is young & I’d hold it another 3-5 years for better things. Think it hits 95-96 at that point. This still shows some stronger spice & cinnamon stick at this age. Dark soils, underbrush, some savory meats, a dash of herbaceousness, tree bark dipped in sap, mixed mid fruit cola. clove, some vanillin with amazing, bright florals that are dark, fresh; red, blue, purple set in violets. Perfect acidity and an elegant, ruby, well balanced, smartly polished finish that sings on the palate for minutes.

Photos of; the view from their property in April 2017 which, is their fall, outside fermentation tank, my walking the property with owner Nigel Greening and my wife enjoying her walk around the property.
— 18 days ago

Ron, Paul and 29 others liked this

Matahiwi Estate

Wairarapa Sauvignon Blanc 2019

Lychee, spice and pineapple on the nose. A bit heavy on the tartness on the palate, but also some nice, lingering fruit. Goes great with spicy food and for the price, this is tough to beat. — 6 days ago

Tom, Ira and 5 others liked this

Allan Scott

Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2020

Like many SBs from New Zealand. You can't go wrong. And you have to love the year. 2020. Lol 😓 — 2 days ago

Mike, Paul and 7 others liked this

Innocent Bystander

Central Otago Pinot Noir 2018

Medium ruby; medium plus intensity aromas of black cherry, raspberry, black plum, dried flowers, rose petals, forest floor, baking spices, vanilla; dry, medium plus acid, medium minus soft tannins, medium alcohol, medium body, medium plus intensity flavors consistent with aromas; medium plus finish, very rich and perfumes, very good — 10 days ago

Severn, Paul and 8 others liked this

Cloudy Bay

Marlborough Chardonnay 2016

Pale lemon with aromas of stone fruits with light wafts of orange blossom and spice, spent 15 months on new French oak. On the palate rich ripe apple and pear with a touch of zesty citrus fruits, crisp, with toasty vanilla notes. Nice mouthfeel, vivid acidity, medium+ finish ending with citrus mineral spice character. — 19 days ago

Paul, Clive and 4 others liked this