Wines

Added 24/04/2014

This chardonnay has a wonderful aroma that’s fresh and very appealing. White flowers such as jasmine dominate the lifted floral nose with a hint of lemon and lime zest. The palate has an initial piercing acidity that is quickly nullified by the creamy malolactic texture. A very interesting and complex wine. I would match the…


Added 18/04/2014

This is Rockburn’s top pinot, and it is absolutely amazing. Deep garnet in colour, it has an incredible nose of aniseed, mushroom, cloves, dark chocolate and highland whisky, and a dominating, unmistakable black cherry that has become signature of Central Otago. This is a rich, opulent wine with velvety tannins that coat your mouth. Outstanding.…


Added 11/03/2014

The Rockburn 2011 pinot noir is a big gun on the awards circuit, consistently taking out trophies. Garnet red – almost purple – in colour, this wine has many layers of spice (cloves, nutmeg and pepper) as well as the brooding backbone aromas of blackberry and black cherry. It has a ripe fruit taste on…


Added 04/03/2014

A very nice cool climate riesling that offers lime, peach, honey and a flinty mineral character on the nose. On the palate is initial sweetness that leads to a long, dry zesty finish. Perfect for people who crave a vibrant, fresh and balanced riesling with a touch of sweetness. This is a vegan wine made…


Added 25/02/2014

This is a wine for lovers of oak; however, it is still fairly approachable. The nose is melon, peach, breadcrumbs and toasted marshmallow. It has a bright minerality on the palate and well integrated oak. This is a vegan wine made without the use of fining agents.


Added 18/02/2014

In the glass, this vegan wine is a deep garnet red. It has a great deal of complexity, covering the three important flavours of a pinot noir (fruit, spice and earth). It has notes of American cherry pie, cloves, white truffle and toffee. A nice initial acid is followed by an opulent body and velvety…


Added 18/01/2014

The two pinots – pinot gris and pinot noir – are really coming into their own in Central Otago. This is a great example of a beautiful Otago gris. Medium straw in colour with aromatics of nashi pear, peaches, lemon cake and white flowers. On the palate it has a slight sweetness with good weight. The finish is…


Added 11/01/2014

This pinot gris has an intriguing nose of quince paste and pear with elderflower and honeysuckle. It is given a nice rounded weight by a touch of sweetness. It also has a creamy texture and very long finish. This vegan wine is made without the use of animal fining agents.


Added 18/11/2013

The marriage of these two Australian powerhouse grapes creates a wine that has the best of both worlds. The backbone structure of the cabernet and the ripe fleshiness of shiraz are outstanding in this wine. But there is also a strong oak influence. Aromas of ripe red currants and black cherry with cedar, tobacco leaf and dark…


Added 12/11/2013

The Yalumba Y Series Shiraz Viognier is a fairly light ruby-coloured wine. On the nose it has layers of blackberry, dark cherries and chocolate, but it is dominated by the typical shiraz eucalyptus character. On the palate there is a nice fruity concentration of light berries. At around $15 a pop, this is a very good…


Added 29/10/2013

This is a very interesting chardonnay made with little oak. It has notes of lemon, grapefruit and an earthen character. With its very bright, tart lemon acid and nice weighty texture, the Rockburn Chardonnay is a wine for people who love chardonnays that are light and bright rather than oaky. This is a vegan wine,…


Added 24/09/2013

This wine from Moana Park is the colour of pale straw. The nose is lifted and floral with notes of jasmine, honey, apricot and peach. On the palate, it has a very typical viognier texture, accompanied by lifted fruit and a gingery finish. This is a good-value vegan wine at around $24 a bottle, and a…


Added 17/09/2013

This is Rockburn’s entry-level Pinot, which has been made in a very approachable style. It has light, red fruit aromas of raspberries, red cherries and plums. The Devil’s Staircase 2012 Pinot Noir is smooth and easy on the palate with vibrant acidity and a good length. A good value vegan wine at around $25 a…


Added 10/09/2013

The wine is pale golden in colour. On the nose there’s white peach, slate/mineral and hazelnut praline with a decent but not overpowering amount of oak. It is powerful on the palate with a tangy grapefruit acidity that leads to a nice mineral finish and a vanillin oak background that adds complexity. The Black Estate 2011 Chardonnay…


Added 03/09/2013

This wine is dark ruby red in colour with a slight purple hue. Morello cherry jam and chocolate give a lifted, sweet nose, however, hidden away there is a medley of Christmas spices and a minty backbone. It has a seductive fruity sweetness, velvety tannins and a decent body. It is a very approachable and good value Shiraz.…


Added 27/08/2013

A single vineyard wine from Gibbston Valley’s Home Block, this is a lighter style Pinot Noir for someone who likes a complex fruit-driven Pinot Noir and doesn’t have a budget (it retails for around $75). A bright ruby red in colour, the Gibbston Valley Le Maitre is a fruit bomb of strawberries, raspberries and cherries…