Future favourites ripe for discovery (if only you’d dare)

Many years ago I remember a debate with a customer at a wine shop. She was looking for her favourite Sav Blanc: we didn’t stock it.

I pointed out that it had become her favourite once she tried it for the first time and that we had a vast array of other wines that could become her favourite? It was a dogmatic no!

Should we ever stop experimenting, or once we have found a favourite should we stick to the tried and true? I’m firmly in the former camp and today’s lineup might just take you out of your comfort zone to explore some new flavours?

2023 Jules Taylor Marlborough Gruner Veltliner 

Price RRP $25
Rating Very Good to Excellent

Fragrant nose of musk, 
gum, white flowers 
florality, spices and a 
touch of apricot with 
aeration. The palate 
shifts into the 
stonefruit spectrum, 
nutty nuances and an 
apricot kernel 
bittersweet aspect. A 
medium-weight style 
with lovely freshness, 
the flavours carrying 
nicely on the close; 
just crying out to be 
enjoyed now.


2020 Carrick Organic Bannockburn Pinot Blanc

Price RRP $36
Rating Excellent

Schisty/mineral notes, a hint of funky 
intrigue, pepper and 
pear nodding to 
peach. Rich and 
viscous palate, filling 
the mouth yet a clear 
line of acidity gives 
this zip. Nectarine and 
stone fruits, cooked 
apple, wisps of 
pepper on the close, a 
fruit-pithy chewiness 
adds to the texture, 
bottle development 
perhaps? Nice 
balance, flavours 
hang in the mouth, a 
winning combo.


Vergence MK2 by Pegasus Bay 

Price RRP $27
Rating Excellent to Outstanding

Smoke, wild yeast funkiness, green 
herbs, delightful 
fragrance swells with 
air, citrus zest. 
Brimming with flavour, 
lime cordial, sweet 
fruit yet vibrant and 
zesty picking up 
licorice/anise hints, 
spices and black tea. 
Complex, vital, alive, 
super integration and 
enjoyment but I 
suspect potential too. 
Textural impact 
without weight, a 
deliciously salivatory 
close. A winner.


2022 Ruru Central Otago Gewurztraminer 

Price RRP $28
Rating Excellent

Delightfully aromatic, rose petal, 
lychee, ginger spice 
and fruit pastille. 
Textural richness 
without being over-
oily, not a "big" wine 
as some Gewurz can 
be but charms with its 
balance and quiet 
effortlessness. The 
characters on the 
nose are repeated on 
the palate, developing 
fresh crunchiness and 
a long, textural close. 
Draws you back for 
another glass.


2022 Akitu Central Otago Pinot Noir Blanc

Price RRP $42.50
Rating Excellent

A fresh coolness to the nose, wisps of 
oyster shell, stone 
fruits and fruit pastille 
for an engaging 
subtlety. The stone 
fruits are joined by 
grilled nut characters 
and growing spice 
influences, a tangy 
undercurrent adding 
liveliness, closing dry. 
Another wine more 
about integration and 
complexity rather than 
a fruit bomb. It has 
enjoy with good friends 
and food writ large on 


2022 Te Kano Northburn Gamay 

Price RRP $55
Rating Excellent

Wonderfully brambly fruit, lead pencil, 
smoke, cracked 
pepper, redcurrant and 
leaf notes. 
A light to medium-
bodied style totally 
befitting the grape, 
redcurrant, cranberry, 
black tea, typically 
crunchy vibrancy, fine 
tannins add a grainy 
and chewy close.
 This first release hits a 
point of difference, 
nicely varietal and 
eminently smashable.