Moss Wood

Moss Wood Wilyabrup Amy’s Cabernet/Merlot/Malbec/Petit Verdot 2017 Margaret River

Lovely bouquet, quite calm. Aromas of violets and dark cherry, blackberry and sweet olive, some plum and milk chocolate. Fresh, fruity, youthful and dry on the palate with flavours reflective of the nose, fine to firm tannins and equalising acidity. Balanced and well made. Can continue to cellar for a while with best drinking from now and through 2026.

92 Points

Cameron Douglas
Moss Wood

Moss Wood Wilyabrup Ribbon Vale Merlot 2016 Margaret River

An enticing almost sweet bouquet of red berry fruits and plums, darkish toasty oak spices and woody core. Overall an harmonious and inviting nose of red wine. As the wine opens up it becomes more floral and elegant. Dry on the palate with a very youthful core emphasised by abundant acidity and tannin. Fruit and oak flavours reflect the nose with and overall medium+ complexity. Lengthy finish. Decant for service with best drinking from 2022 through 2032.

93 Points

Cameron Douglas
Soma Cellars

Soma Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 Napa Valley, California

Deep ruby core of colour with a crimson, ruby and pink(ish) rim. Aromas are distinctive, concentrated and forward with suggestions of blackberry and Doris plum, clove and baking spices, smoky bacon oak layer and soft brown sugar sweetness. On the palate - youthful, firm and dry with flavours of dark berries and plums, toasty smoky oak, firm tannins, medium acidity and warming alcohol. All working in harmony and leading to a lengthy finish. Youthful still so if you have some in cellar - leave it there. Looking best from 2022 through 2032.

95 Points

Cameron Douglas
Craft Farm

Craft Farm Syrah 2016 Hawkes Bay

by Ant MacKenzie Wines - A bouquet loaded with aromas of sun-warmed raspberries and plum, blackcurrant and blue fruits. The pepper signature of Syrah is noticed though not strong showing off some aromas of violets and clove. Dry, warm and textured on the palate with firm tannins and plenty of acidity, flavours reflect cherry and raspberry the most. Again - a mild pepperyness and floral layer. Well made, drinkable today and through 2022.

92 Points

Cameron Douglas
Craft farm

Craft Farm Pinot Noir 2017 Martinborough

by Ant MacKenzie Wines - Aromas and flavours of Pinot Noir with cherry and apple, strawberry and baking spices. Dry on the palate with medium tannins - offering youthful chalky textures, plenty of fruit and acidity adding structure, texture and tension. Overall a lovely wine, still young and needing food or cellar time (or both). Best from late 2020 through 2026.

94 Points

Cameron Douglas
Craft Farm

Craft Farm Chardonnay 2017 Hawkes Bay

by Ant MacKenzie Wines - there’s no mistaking the power and impact of oak and fruit in the bouquet with aromas of vanilla and baked custard, sweet peach and oak. Dry, youthfully firm with mild tannin and acid impact - both will settle over the next 1-2 years. Flavours of stone fruits and citrus , a lengthy finish and well made. Quite young still so some cellar time a good idea. Best from mid 2020 through 2026.

92 Points

Cameron Douglas
Theory & Practice

Theory & Practice Pinot Gris 2018 Hawkes Bay

Distinctive and attractive bouquet of Gris with aromas of wild flowers and quince, ripe bosc pear and apple, some baked. A light spice layer adding complexity. Lush, rounded palate texture with medium acidity, flavours of orchard fruits and spice, some citrus peel and palate tension adding poise ans charm. Balanced and well made. drink now and through 2021.

94 Points

Cameron Douglas
O:TU

O:TU Chardonnay 2018 Hawkes Bay

A very familiar bouquet of chardonnay with aromas of apple and custard, banana and vanilla, peach and a simple woody/oak layer. Just dry on the palate with a creamy texture and flavours of vanilla and tropical fruit, peach and apple. Balanced and well made, ready to enjoy. Drink now and through 2020.

86 Points

Cameron Douglas
O:TU

O:TU Sauvignon Blanc 2018 Marlborough

Pungent, fruity, herbaceous and high volume aromas. Crisp, dry, fruity and powerful with loads of zesty almost spicy fruit and fresh herb flavours, grassy and crisp. Ready to enjoy from today and through 2020.

90 Points

Cameron Douglas
O:TU

O:TU Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2017 Marlborough

Very classic SB bouquet of tropical fruits and apple with mango, passion-fruit and pineapple, sweet herbs and pacific rose apple. Just dry on the palate with an exuberant, fresh and fruity palate texture, plenty of acidity and drive. balanced and well made. Drink now and through 2021.

92 Points

Cameron Douglas
Ant MacKenzie Wines

Ant MacKenzie Wines Syrah Tempranillo 2016 Hawkes Bay

No mistaking the bold core of red berry fruits with dark raspberry, blackcurrant and blueberry. A layer of brown baking spices and old toasty wood. Dry on the palate, quite fruity with ripe red berry fruits and spices described. Fine easy tannins and medium acidity. Balanced and ready to enjoy. Drink now and through 2022.

89 Points

Cameron Douglas
O:TU

O:TU Merlot Rose 2018 Hawkes Bay

Lovely bright raspberry red hues, translucent and very bright. Aromas , flavours and textures of red plum and red cherry, a noticeable cranberry flavour with a chalky texture. Dry with plenty of crunchy texture from high acidity and flavours of fresh red orchard fruits. Balanced and well made. Drink now and through 2020.

88 Points

Cameron Douglas
Two Rivers

Two Rivers Tributary Pinot Noir 2016 Marlborough

Ripe, fruity, varietal and inviting bouquet of Noir. Aromas and flavours of red cherry and plum, some youthful tart cherry and rhubarb notes. Very youthful with plenty of acidity and an abundance of fine tannins. Persistent, tense, youthful and lengthy finish. Just needs time to settle and develop more friendships with all the attributes in play. Drink from 2020 through 2028.

93 Points

Cameron Douglas
Astrolabe Wines

Astrolabe Wines Sleepers Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016

Toasty, smoky, fruity, varietal and spicy with oak. Aromas of ripe red berry fruits of cherry and raspberry, clove, vanilla and toasty oak. Delicious on the palate with a mix of savoury whole bunch-like flavours, dark cherry and wood spice blends. Fine to firm (ish) youthful tannins and balanced acid line. Quite lengthy with a warming alcohol note. Still young and an easy wine choice for the cellar. Decant for service and enjoy with food. Best drinking 2020 through 2026.

93 Points

Cameron Douglas
Churton

Churton Petit Manseng Passerille 2017 Marlborough

Fruity honeyed bouquet with aromas of peach and quince, apple and peach. Bold, rich, warm and creamy on the palate. Contrasting acidity adds a layer of freshness to the richness throughout the palate. Lengthy finish, quite complex and sweet. Drink now and through 2024.

92 Points

Cameron Douglas
Churton

Churton Petit Manseng 2016 Marlborough

Very specific and quite exotic with aromas and flavours of quince, baked pineapple and candied fruits. Delicious on the palate with an electric acidity, plush and exotic flavours, lengthy persistent finish. Drink now and through 2024.

95 Points

Cameron Douglas
Pegasus Bay

Pegasus Bay Fortissimo Muscat 2016 Waipara Valley, North Canterbury

Very exotic and varietal bouquet of Muscat with flowers and fruits, perfumes and talc’. Very fruity and sweet on the palate with contrasting acidity. Flavours reflect the nose with many floral and dessert flavours, sultana and freshly baked goods. Long finish. Must serve with food such as spicy Asian soups or Pavlova. Drink now and through 2021.

89 Points

Cameron Douglas
Jules Taylor

Jules Taylor Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc 2018 Marlborough

Fruity, honeyed, caramelised peach, apple and apricot. Exotic fruits of pineapple and mango then a soft varietal herb moment. Creamy, fruity, sweet and delicious. Flavours of fruits described plus comb honey, frangipani flower and nougat. Some herb notes. High acidity, lengthy tasty finish. drink now and through 2022.

93 Points

Cameron Douglas
Wet Jacket B44 Wines

Wet Jacket Sticky Savy 2017 Central Otago

Grassy and herbaceous bouquet with a core of white fleshed tree fruit - green apple then Kaffir lime and quince. Creamy and sweet on the palate with an abundance of acidity to contrast the sugar hit. Less herbaceous on the palate with a calmer rendition of green herb. Fruit flavours of apples and quince then honey and honeysuckle. Drink now and through 2021.

86 Points

Cameron Douglas
Tohu

Tohu Raiha Reserve Riesling 2016 Marlborough

Lush, fleshy and bold fruit centric bouquet. Aromas of exotic flowers and pineapple, California peach and apricot, button mushroom and comb honey. Lush, rich, very sweet and creamy in texture, contrasting acidity, rich in the flavours described above. Long delicious finish. Drink now and through 2023.

94 Points

Cameron Douglas