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Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2013
"Bright, shiny and new -and super concentrated with the newness of a Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc fresh off the bottling line. This zesty youthful Sauvignon Blanc is driven by fresh herb flavours - coriander, rosemary - with a twist of lemon zest and ripe tropical appeal. It needs a little time to come into its own but this wine offers lovely drinking now and will develop well in the next six months into a rounded white. 17/20 Silver"
Joelle Thomson

"Mouthfilling, crisp, sweet-fruited wine, grown in the Wairau Valley. Fresh and zingy, with good intensity of melon, capsicum and slight passionfruit flavours, vibrant and sustained."
Winestate Magazine March / April 2014

Pinot Gris Marlborough 2012
"This Pinot Gris is driven by bright fresh acidity and a long finish; its core of flavour in the white pear and red apple taste spectrum. A good Pinot Gris which has the potential to work with light seafood. 16.5/20"
Joelle Thomson

Riesling Marlborough 2012
Bronze Medal NZ International Wine Show 2013
"There's no shortage of low alcohol wines pouring onto shelves in New Zealand right now but this one tastes like the real McCoy - as in, it's packed with concentrated flavours of lime zest, fresh picked green apples and crunchy red ones. It's also light bodied and super refreshing thanks to a beautiful balance of zingy acidity, which adds nerve and a lingering finish. Outstanding wine and top value too. 18.50/20 Gold"
Joelle Thompson

Gewurztraminer Marlborough 2013
Bronze Medal NZ International Wine Show 2013
"Clean, fresh and intense is one thing - which this Gewurztraminer has in spades - but it's the intense aromatics of Turkish Delight, lychees and tropical mango, pineapple and apple which give this wine its real appeal. This is also beautifully balanced with bright, above average acidity and a very long finish. 17.5/20 Silver"
Joelle Thompson
"Aromatic, richly varietal wine, grown at Omaka, in the Wairau Valley. Medium-bodied, with gentle sweetness and strong, citrusy, spicy, slightly gingery flavours. Already drinking well."
Winestate Magazine March / April 2014

Merlot Malbec Hawke's Bay 2012
"This Hawke's Bay red blend has relatively low tannins and acidity and is made in a smooth soft style. While it will age, it is ready to drink now with its spicy aromas, lightly peppery taste and fresh fruity upfront appeal. 16/20 Bronze"
Joelle Thompson

Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2011
"Youthful and lively, this is well fruited Sauvignon showing lifted aromas of grapefruit, feijoa and fresh herbs. The palate is ripe and smooth with good weight and intensity, leading to a lingering crisp finish. A textbook expression"
Sam Kim Wine Orbit Issue 17 2011

Pinot Gris Marlborough 2011
"Fruity and fragrant, the nose displays apricot, pear and citrus characters with a hint of floral. It's ripe and smooth on the palate with subtle sweetness and well pitched acidity leading to an elegant dry finish. Very pleasing on the palate."
Sam Kim Wine Orbit Issue 17 2011

Chardonnay Hawkes Bay 2011
"This youthful Chardonnay is very approachable and full of juicy flavours, displaying peach, citrus and pineapple characters on the nose. The palate is ripe and smooth with lovely fruit intensity and a refreshing finish. An immediately appealing Chardonnay showing excellent balance and harmony."
Sam Kim Wine Orbit Issue 17 2011

Gewurztraminer Marlborough 2011
"Another winner for this label. Elegantly perfumed, the bouquet displays floral, apricot and mango characters with hints of floral and spice. The palate is succulent and rounded with subtle sweetness, excellent weight and texture leading to a satisfying finish. The wine flows so effortlessly with beautifully woven flavours. 93/100"
Sam Kim Wine Orbit Issue 17 2011

Pinot Noir Central Otago 2010
"It's ripe and nicely lifted on the nose showing dark cherry, plum, game and spice notes. The palate is juicy and supple with smooth texture and a pleasant dry finish. The wine is well fruited and generously flavoured."
Sam Kim Wine Orbit Issue 17 2011

Merlot Malbec Hawkes Bay 2010
"It's impressively ripe and appealing on the nose displaying dark plum, game, spice and a hint of dried herb notes. The palate is medium-full and fleshy with lovely fruit purity and nicely pitched tannins providing a gently dry finish. A well balanced and smooth red showing good density and harmony. 90 points"
Sam Kim Wine Orbit Issue 17 2011

Gewurztraminer Marlborough 2010
Trophy International Cool Climate Wine Show 2011
Gold Medal NZ International Wine Show 2011
Gold Medal International Cool Climate Wine Show 2011
**** Cuisine
"Medium style Gewürztraminer with attractive confectionary/Turkish delight characters and a smooth texture. Nice purity and good length. "
Bob Campbell bobswinereviews.com

"Perfumed, musky, full bodied wine with pear, ginger and spice flavours, deliciously smooth, ripe and rich. "
Michael Cooper Listener April 30 2011

"Pretty nose, shows typical floral characters of jasmine and orange blossom. Dry palate with pure, ripe white peach with a hint of floral complexity. Moderate bodied; nice weight. Very well-balanced."
WineNZ Autumn 2011

"Musky, perfumed, intensely varietal bouquet.  Full-bodied, with good weight, strong pear, lychee and spice flavours, with hints of oranges and ginger, and a slightly sweet, smooth, lingering finish. ****"
Winestate July / August 2011 Edition

"... has quintessential exotic scents of Turkish Delight and spice and classical varietal flavours of juicy lychees with smoker lollies and a touch of hot spice that leaves a white pepper tingle behind. Quite luscious, yet not overly sweet, it's balanced by musk and orange zest. *****"
Sue Courtney www.wineoftheweek.com May 8th

"Fragrant with hints of eau de cologne, mint, roses and lychees, this is mouthfilling, off-dry and full of charm. A delicious wine that’s surprisingly versatile with food, particularly spicy dishes."
Charmain Smith Otago Daily Times Wednesday July 6th 2011

"It's gently perfumed on the nose displaying classic aromas of floral, tropical fruit and gentle spice. The palate is ripe and smooth with an easy flowing mouthfeel and elegant sweetness (11.5 g/l). Not overly pungent, this is actually lovely to drink and to partner mid spicy dishes."
Sam Kim Wine Orbit Issue 17 2011

Pinot Gris Marlborough 2010
Pure Gold Medal Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2010
Gold Medal NZ International Wine Show 2011
Silver Medal International Cool Climate Wine Show 2011
"A gorgeous floral nose, combined with ripe pear and melon aromas, lead to an off-dry palate with more stone-fruit, pear and fig flavours. There's a lovely rich, textural element that makes this extremely enjoyable now, but it will also cellar comfortably for another couple of years….though after a glass of this, the chances of that happening will probably be fairly remote!"
Scenic Cellars

"Full-bodied and fresh, with good concentration of ripe peach, spice and nectarine flavours, showing excellent delicacy and vibrancy, and a finely balanced, off-dry finish. ****"
Winestate July / August 2011 Edition

"Fine and gentle, showing appealing peach and pear flavours with a beautifully balanced and smooth fruity palate."
Sue Courtney Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2010

"...Showing well, plenty of traditional characters here with good life. Fairly supple, not delicate but not an in-the-face style either. A sound, fairly dry and well constructed style."
Peter's Picks, Hospitality Thirst May 2011

"...Showing well, plenty of traditional characters here with good life. Fairly supple, not delicate but not an in-the-face style either. A sound, fairly dry and well constructed style."
Peter's Picks, Hospitality Thirst May 2011

Riesling Marlborough 2010
Gold Medal International Cool Climate Wine Show 2011
**** Cuisine
"Clean, citrusy and straightforward on the nose. Palate is limey and shows apple and ripe white peach with some melon rind but also some kerosiney development."
WineNZ Autumn 2011

"Very open and expressive, with strong, lemony, limey flavours, a hint of passionfruit, and gentle sweetness balanced by lively acidity.   Shows excellent freshness, poise and vivacity ****"
Winestate July / August 2011 Edition

"The wine is just starting to show bottle developed toasty complexity with lovely fine fruit flavours - lemon/lime, apple and floral. It's juicy and lively on the palate with a hint of sweetness (9 g/l) and bright acidity providing excellent structure and length to this lovely Riesling. 91/100"
Sam Kim Wine Orbit Issue 17 2011

Sauvignon Blanc Hawkes Bay 2010
"It's ripe and generously flavoured, displaying peach, tropical fruit and subtle herbaceous characters on the nose. The palate is fruity and supple with a pleasant juicy finish. A softer-style Sauvignon for easy drinking."
Sam Kim Wine Orbit Issue 14 2011

  • Pure Bronze Medal Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2010
  • Sauvignon Blanc Sparkling Marlborough NV
  • Bronze Medal International Cool Climate Wine Show 2011

    "It's fruity and generously flavoured with apple, citrus and peach characters with a touch of capsicum. The palate is juicy and rounded with a smooth mouth-feel and a crisp finish. A fruit-forward and nicely balanced bubbly."
    Sam Kim Wine Orbit Issue 12 2010

    Reserve Chardonnay Hawkes Bay 2010
    "An impressively complex and satisfying Chardonnay displaying mango, citrus, cream and vanillin oak characters on the nose. The palate is succulent and concentrated with silky texture and beautifully balanced acidity providing superb freshness and length. A highly enjoyable Chardonnay showing generosity and fruit opulence combined with well infused oak complexity. 93 Points"
    Sam Kim Wine Orbit Issue 17 2011

    Reserve Cabernet Merlot Hawkes Bay 2009
    "It's ripe, fragrant and complex on the nose displaying dark plum, cedar, dried herb and a hint of spice notes. The palate is medium-full and velvety with lovely fruit concentration and nicely polished tannins. Not too heavy, this is beautifully integrated wine showing early appeal as well as potential to develop greater complexity. 92 points"
    Sam Kim Wine Orbit Issue 17 2011

    Sauvignon Blanc Hawkes Bay 2009
    "…Here's a fruit bomb, oozing sweet lime, passionfruit, zesty nectarine, golden kiwifruit, and tropical fruits. Slightly sweet with a clean finish. - 5 stars (out of 5)"
    Charmian Smith Otago Daily Times 30-9-09

    Pinot Gris Marlborough 2009
    "A fruit bomb oozing fragrant nectarines and oodles of tropical fruit with a hint of herbs, this off-dry wine over-flows with flavour but has a nicely balanced crisp finish. For those who love fruity wine"
    Charmian Smith Otago Daily Times 23-9-09

    Pinot Noir Marlborough 2008
    "…Dry palate with strawberry and cherry fruit with dried herbs and some earth. Predominant oak shows on palate too with mid-palate filled with toast and vanilla. A note of warmth on the finish."
    WineNZ Winter 2009

    Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2007
    "Deliciously juicy with fresh citrus and grapefruit and a sherbet and tropical fruit brightness."
    Sue Courtney Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2007

    "…grown in the Rapaura and renwick districts, in the Wairau Valley. It’s a full bodied wine, fresh and punchy, with vibrant gooseberry, lime and melon flavours showing excellent depth and viguor."
    Michael Cooper Buyers Guide to New Zealand Wines 2008

    "…looks sharp and tastes delicious. A youthful nose displaying fresh limes, peaches and floral notes. The palate is succulent and sweet with rounded texture and a vibrant, fruity finish. ***** 92/100"
    Sam Kim Wine Orbit Issue 4 2008

  • Gold Medal Air New Zealand Wine Awards
  • Sauvignon Blanc Hawkes Bay 2007
    "…A single vineyard wine, grown in the Dartmoor Valley. Lees-aged in tanks, it's fresh, crisp and smooth, with ripe melon, gooseberry and lime flavours showing good depth."
    Michael Cooper Buyers Guide to New Zealand Wines 2008

    "…Grapes were sourced from free-draining, gravel soiled Dartmoor Valley. The nose displays fresh feijoa, sweet herb and floral notes. It’s fruity on the palate with easy going texture and refreshing acidity. An attractive wine for wide appeal. ****"
    Sam Kim Wine Orbit Issue 4 2008

    Chardonnay Hawkes Bay 2007
    "…grown in the Dartmoor Valey, lees-aged and handled without oak. It’s a full bodied, slightly sweet wine with ripe, citrusy flavours, offering fresh, easy drinking."
    Michael Cooper Buyers Guide to New Zealand Wines 2008

  • Bronze Medal Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2008
  • Pinot Gris Hawkes Bay 2007
    "grown in the Dartmoor Valley and mostly lees-aged in tanks; 16 per cent of the blend was matured in old oak barrels. Enjoyable young, it’s a fresh harmonius wine with good depth of citrus fruit, pear and spice flavours, a touch of complexity and a slightly sweet smooth finish."
    Michael Cooper Buyers Guide to New Zealand Wines 2008

    "with pale pink hues has a vibrant aroma of peach and citrus with even a hint of banana, an aromatic fruit salad. The palate is delicate and delicuosly sweet, with citrus flavours adding to the flavours of nectarine and pear with maybe the faintest of hints of apricots. I would thouroughly recommend enjoying the Distant Land 2007 Pinot Gris with a creamy pasta dish like seafood ravioli."
    Palazzo del Marinaio The Weekly Wine

    "has a hint of applemint and eau de cologne along with pear and peach, and a zesty, dry finish."
    Charmian Smith Otago Daily Times 12-3-0

    Gewurztraminer Gisborne 2007
    "is a single vineyard wine, lees aged and made in a slightly sweet style. The bouquet is perfumed and gingery; the palate full-bodied, ripe, citrusy and spicy, with very good blance and flavour depth."
    Michael Cooper Buyers Guide to New Zealand Wines 2008

  • Bronze Medal Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2008
  • Pinot Noir Marlborough 2007
    "grown near Renwick, in the Wairau Valley, and French oak-matured for nine months. Ruby hued, fresh and fruity, it has decent depth of cherryish, plummy flavours, slightly spicy and savoury."
    Michael Cooper Buyers Guide to New Zealand Wines 2008

    Merlot Malbec Hawkes Bay 2007

  • Silver Medal International Wine Challenge 2008

  • "grown in the Dartmoor valley and matured for nine months in French oak barrels. A merlot-based blend, with 20 per cent Malbec, it is full-coloured and gutsy, with plenty of spicy, plummy flavour and firm tannins."
    Michael Cooper Buyers Guide to New Zealand Wines 2008

    Reserve Cabernet Merlot Hawkes Bay Gimblett Road 2006
    "…The Densly coloured 2006 vintage is a Cabernet-Sauvignon based red (71 per cent), with merlot (20 per cent) and Cabernet franc (9 per cent). Grown in the Gimblett Gravels and was matured for 16 months in French oak barrels (half new), it’s still very youthful and vibrant, but shows excellent concentration of cassis, plum and spice flavours, ripe and firm. A fresh, tightly structured wine, it needs cellaring; open 2009+" ****
    Michael Cooper Buyers Guide to New Zealand Wines 2008

  • Bronze Medal Air New Zealand wine Awards 2007
  • Bronze Medal Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2008
  • Reserve Chardonnay Hawkes Bay 2004
    "…Overtones of crème brulee, butterscotch and nuts, still with hints of citrus fruit and a crisp finish. It is nicely integrated and drinking well now…"
    Charmian Smith Otago Daily Times 20-2-2008

  • Silver Medal Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2008