Collaboration Wines

Collaboration Wines Argent Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Hawkes Bay

Youthful, ripe, dark berry fruits and toasted wood bouquet. Blackberry, wood smoke, roasted bell-pepper and hay, marmite and roasted oatmeal, dark violet and tobacco. Dry, full-bodied, youthful and fruity. Intense dark berry flavours, firm tannins and higher acidity. Flavours further reflect the nose with a charcoal and dark berry fruits, smoked wood and brown spices. Lengthy youthful finish. Best from 2020 through 2030+.

94 Points

Cameron Douglas
Sound of White

Sound of White SV Pinot Noir 2016 Marlborough

Focused aromas of raspberry and red cherry with plum and red rose. Soft sweet oak aromas of brown spice and smoke. Dry, fleshy, fruity with enticing flavours of plum, cherry and cranberry. Fine tannins with medium+ acidity, a natural balance, ready to drink today and through 2024.

92 Points

Cameron Douglas
Invivo Wines

Invivo Wines Michelle’s Pinot Noir 2017 Central Otago

Juicy fleshy and ripe aromas of Pinot Noir with flavours of dark cherry and plum, some raisin and sweet red apple. Just dry on the palate, fine easy tannins and medium+ acidity with medium toasty oak flavours. Moderate length and complexity, balanced and immediately drinkable and enjoyable. Best from 2018 through 2022.

88 Points

Cameron Douglas
Jules Taylor Wines

Jules Taylor Wines OTQ Single Vineyard Chardonnay 2017 Marlborough

Very distinctive, classic bouquet of Chardonnay with ripe yellow stone-fruit aromas melding into aromas of sweet new oak laced with wood spices and toast, a lees component adds complexity and intrigue, a bold and forward package with obvious complexity. Dry, full-bodied and fruity, a wine that packs a punch as it hits the palate displaying some attractive, classic and bold Chardonnay flavours. Peach and nectarine, vanilla, butterscotch and toasty wood, medium+ acidity and alcohol, rich and lengthy finish. Lots to like about this wine. Drink now and through 2024.

92 Points

Cameron Douglas
Millton Vineyard

Millton Vineyard Clos Samuel Viognier Special Berry Selection  2015 Gisborne

Fantastic bouquet with aromas of sweet peaches and apricots, beeswax, honey and treacle. A rich floral scent of crushed roses & chamomile. Very sweet as it hits the palate with butterscotch and sweet peach, apricot and honey. Contrasting acidity brings the wine to balance and poise showing off textures & concentration. Long persistent finish. A totally delicious wine that should be in your wine cellar, your refrigerator and ultimately in your wine glass. Best from today and through 2026.

95 Points

Cameron Douglas
Collaboration Wines

Collaboration Wines Ceresia Merlot Cabernet Franc 2014 Hawkes Bay

Distinctive alluring bouquet, quite masculine (meaty red fruit) and powerful with dark plum, blackberry and some grassy hay and vegetal tones. No mistaking the power of the oak as well with toasty dark spices of clove and sweet barrel lactones. A dry wine on the palate, medium+ acidity and weight, firm youthful tannins and flavours that reflect the nose. The current level of complexity with continue to develop and evolve over the next few years. Decant for service from now and through 2022. Best from 2023 through 2030.

92 Points

Cameron Douglas
Mahi Wines

Mahi Wines Rose 2018 Marlborough

Bright, fresh, very fruity bouquet with light red fruits and berries as well as scents of flowers. Dry with a satin texture, flavours of bing cherry and red apple skin, cold peach tea and watermelon. Juicy, fleshy and fun, primed for Summer 2019 and through 2020.

89 Points

Cameron Douglas
Mahi Wines

Mahi Wines Pinot Gris 2018 Marlborough

Youthful, fruity, varietal aromatics with pear skin and apples, leesy baking spice suggestions, some floral notes and a light barrel spice moment. Dry, fruity, fleshy and youthful with spicy bite of acidity, a gentle chalky note, flavours of apples and pears and a gentle white pepper spice finish. Nice! Best from today and through 2021.

88 Points

Cameron Douglas
Millton Vineyards

Millton Vineyards Riverpoint Vineyard Viognier 2016 Gisborne

A really lovely bouquet of Viognier with a aromas of apricots and flowers, spice and organic, raw minerals. Dry on the plate with a core of fruit and concentration, flowers and yellow stone fruits; medium+ acidity, decent weight and coarse silk texture. Lengthy finish, varietal, creamy and balanced.  

91 Points

Cameron Douglas
Collaboration Wines

Collaboration Wines Arulent Chardonnay 2017 Hawkes Bay

Distinctive and appealing bouquet with dry-stone and barrel spices, baked apple and pear, a floral note and crushed raw cashew. Dry, toasty, fruity and textured with flavours that reflect the nose, flavours and textures of oak, lees and a synergy of nutty richness. Lengthy finish. A youthful example with decanted recommended between now and 2020 then best from 2020 through 2026.

92 Points

Cameron Douglas
Te Kano

Te Kano Chardonnay 2017 Central Otago

Varietal with familiar bouquet of yellow and white stone fruit aromas, toasty vanilla and kitchen  baking spices scented oak and a nutty butter note. Dry, firm youthful textures with medium+ oak, acidity and weight. Some creamy white fleshed stone fruit and pear flavours adding a contrasting fleshy attribute. Needs some time to settle in. Best from later in 2019 through 2024.

88 Points

Cameron Douglas
Ostler

Ostler Audrey's Pinot Gris 2016 Waitaki Valley

A lovely bouquet packed with aromas of fresh white fleshed fruits, a lot of mineral, flinty steely layers, floral and white pepper. These follow through on the palate with a just dry feel though there is a hint of sweetness contrasted by refreshing acidity and weight from the alcohol. Balanced and well made with a lengthy detailed finish. Delicious! Best from today and through 2022.

93 Points

Cameron Douglas
Main Divide

Main Divide Rose 2018 North Canterbury

From Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc  - a bouquet and palate showing off flavours of roses and red apple, peach and saffron and some sweet peach tea. Dry with some very fine tannin, abundant acidity and even a hint of lees adding texture and length to a core of fruit and floral notes. Great balance, freshness and length. Best from today and through 2020.

90 Points

Cameron Douglas
Main Divide

Main Divide Sauvignon Blanc 2018 North Canterbury

Pungent and distinctive with a bouquet packed with lemon grass and hay, apple and tropical fruits, leesy spices and fresh herbs. Equally distinctive on the palate with vibrant almost electric acidity, hay, herbs and an array of fruit flavours. Dry lengthy finish, well made. Best from today and through 2020.

89 Points

Cameron Douglas
Moss Wood

Moss Wood Wilyabrup Amy's 2017 Margaret River, Australia

Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot. A bouquet and palate with enough power, intrigue and concentration to lure in many fans of blended red wine. Blackberry and dark plum, chocolate and spice, toasty wood, clove and violet. Dry on the palate with plenty of dark red fruit flavours, silky to firm textures, moderate tannins, medium+ (ish) acidity and weight. A lovely wine perfect for lighter red meat dishes, hot smoked salmon dishes and green vege' based dishes. Balanced and ready to enjoy with some cellar potential as well. Best from now and through 2024.

89 Points

Cameron Douglas
Te Kano

Te Kano Pinot Noir 2017 Central Otago

Vibrant, fruity, fresh aromas of raspberry, dark cherry and plum. A light savoury undergrowth scent, some dried herb and oak spice aromas. Dry, fruity and firm with youthful chalky tannins and abundant acidity, concentrated raspberry and red cherry/berry fruit flavours. Balanced and well made. Drink from early 2019 through 2024.

89 Points

Cameron Douglas
Misha's Vineyard

Misha's Vineyard The High Note Pinot Noir 2016 Central Otago

As with many of the previous vintages of The High Note this is complex, tense, poised and youthful. The bouquet is slow to reveal its many layers - so decanting is needed if you intend to try this wine before 2022. After quite some time in glass the aromas then flavours begin to release: red apple skin with raspberry, cherry with rose and plum then wood spice with mineral. Toasty, lightly smoky oak with plenty of flavour and presence. Altogether a wine with great potential - an abundance of tannins and acidity to match, a focus and concentration of flavour and texture and a lengthy dry finish. A truly lovely wine looking to be a quiet dark cellar till at least 2022 and easily through to 2030. 

96 Points

Cameron Douglas
Millton Vineyard

Crazy by Nature Cosmo Red 2016 Gisborne

From the Millton stable this Malbec, Syrah and Viognier blend shows off aromas and flavours of wild red berries and plum laced with a peppery spice, a light dried herb layer and red zinger tea. Dry, spicy, vibrant and refreshing on the palate with electric acidity, fine tannins and abundant wild red berry flavours. Moderately weighted an easy to drink blend and super food friendly. Drink now and through 2022.

90 Points

Cameron Douglas
Mahi Wines

Mahi Wines Pinot Noir 2016 Marlborough

When this wine is first opened it is tense and youthful with bright red fruits, firm textures of tannins and acidity then flavours of vibrant red berry fruits; a wine that clearly needs time to develop. The next day the wine begins to reveal its potential and focus with the release of a compelling complexity centering on crunchy, vibrant red berry fruit, firm acidity and chalky tannins, medium weight and medium+ complexity. Patience is needed for this wine. Best from 2020 through 2028+.

92 Points

Cameron Douglas
Misha's Vineyard

Misha's Vineyard Impromptu Pinot Noir 2016 Central Otago

A lively, fruity and varietal bouquet of Pinot Noir with aromas of plum, dark raspberry and macerated dark cherry. Some softer oak spice suggestions with mild toasty qualities and whispers of brown spice. Dry on the palate with an immediate presence of red berry fruit flavours, acidity and noticeable yet moderately intense tannins. Balanced dry finish. Drink now and through 2022.

88 Points

Cameron Douglas