TH HAUPAPA Pinot Noir 2016 NZ

What a find, this Pinot Noir from Central Otago, South Island, New Zealand where the climate is a little cooler than North Island. Summers can be very hot which accounts for the high levels of alcohol in the wines produced here.

The cooler maritime climate is perfect for the long and slow ripening of this grape, allowing this variety to showcase its fruit aromas and flavours of ripe cherries and berries. This Pinot Noir is so juicy and velvety with a heavenly softness to round it up. There are traces of wild herbs as it slowly opens, exposing hints of damp earth whilst retaining the fruitiness. The subtle tannins hold this wine in a perfect balance. I loved it and would happily drink this wine without food.

Purchased from Aldi and priced at £8.99. I recommend you try it now before they sell out! It really was an enjoyable wine.


Gewürztraminer Villa Maria, East Coast NZ

Do not be fooled into thinking this wine is sweet, loaded with perfumed aromas that may confuse your palate. The very best Gewürztraminers are dry unless its a sweet dessert wine. Gewurz means ‘spice’ in German and spice it most definitely has! With hints of roses, grapefruit, gingerbread, fruit-cocktail, lychees and sweet spice. There was a slight edge of bitterness on the finish. This New Zealand example was an ‘off dry’ well balanced wine with medium – low acidity. Gewürztraminer is the perfect choice with spicy foods such as Thai cuisine, Mexican or your favourite Curry dish.

 The very best Gewürztraminers are the French ones, they have concentrated aromas and flavours, are deep yellow, full-bodied wines. Italy also showcases high quality Gewürztraminers the best examples are from the region of Trentino Alto-Adige.

An interesting wine that I would recommend when serving spicy food. This New Zealand attempt most certainly impressed me and my guests.

Available to purchase from Waitrose,  priced at £10.00



An old vine Sauvignon Blanc. Marlborough, NZ


This wine was received from a family friend, a surprise gift. I then stored it in the fridge anticipating when I might taste it.

Here I am now writing my review, having tasted this delightful ‘old vine’ Sauvignon Blanc.  Mouthwatering tropical fruit bursts, limes, lemons and layer upon layer of stone fruit aromas, with acidity adding wonderful balance to this wine. Old vines most definitely bring intensity to this Sauvignon, some may agree that this adds body.

Comparing the Sunday Bay with a Cloudy Bay (another of my favoured Sauvignon’s) I would have to say the Sunday Bay brings overwelming pronounced flavours of fruit that continue to develop as I sip. This wine is recommended to pair with shellfish, creamy pasta dishes or enjoyed simply on its own.

This exciting and thoroughly enjoyable wine is available through most reputable online retailers in the UK. Ching Ching!