North Island, New Zealand

Kumeu River

Maté's Vineyard Chardonnay 2012

Medium lemon in colour. An intriguing classy nose showing funky leesy notes, nectarine, cashew nut, flint and gunsmoke - many nuances. Palate staining citric intensity. One of the world’s great new world Chardonnays - no exaggeration. Has become an annual purchase for me. Postscript:: Similar notes to the 2010 vintage 193 weeks ago. This year I bought the “Hunting Hill” and “Coddington” Cuvées for the first time. Will be interesting to see the differences. — 3 days ago

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Bob McDonald

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@Jan A That’s good Jan. I never dreamt the distribution would be as wide as this.
Greg Gosselin

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I have not seen their Pinots here, but would love to taste those at some point. I’m guessing they are worth a try.
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@Greg Gosselin I’ve only had their Hunting Hill Pinot 194 weeks ago in Wellington at the NZ Pinot Celebration and it was very good. Notes here on Delectable but I think the Chardonnay remains Star of the Show.

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! 🥂🥂🥂🥂
— 16 days ago

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Wairarapa Sauvignon Blanc 2020

Very fruity. Lot of peach flavour. — 3 days ago

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. — 11 days ago

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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! 🍷🍷🍷🍷
— 9 days ago

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Martinborough Vineyard

Te Tera Martinborough Pinot Noir 2018

Scott C

I love Martinborough Pinot Noir ! A region you hear barely anything about ... this Pinot is delicious! Delicate , red & dark fruits , spicy . Lovely ! — 13 hours ago

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 — a month ago

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Ata Rangi

Martinborough Pinot Noir 2013

Ripe red fruits with cherry to the fore. Also spice and a hint of ginger - smoky. A light to medium bodied palate finishing with ultra fine grained tannins. To be honest not as impressive as I was expecting. This wine seems to between youthful exuberance but not yet gaining complexity. I did have one a few years ago brought by a friend which was delicious. Try the next in a year or so. — 19 days ago

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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 😓 — 6 days ago

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Craggy Range

Te Muna Road Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2018

I agree with the ratings here! Really great white. Perfect for the grilled octopus we had.
Full bodied Blanc. Great balance but nice pineapple overtones.
— 8 days ago