Misha's Vineyard

Misha’s Vineyard The Cadenza Late Harvest Gewurztraminer 2018 Central Otago

Distinctive bouquet with spice & sweet herb laced fruits of the orchard. Flavours on the palate show off apple, white peach and pear, a gentle sweet spice, fresh lychee and rose . Moderate+ acidity, some residual sugar weight and richness add depth and complexity. A lovely wine well suited to paté, salmon and brulée dishes. Drink now and through 2022.

93 Points

Cameron Douglas
Misha's Vineyard

Misha’s Vineyard Dress Circle Pinot Gris 2018 Central Otago

Distinctive, voluptuous bouquet of Gris with a rich & spicy fruity core - white fleshed fruits, citrus and a little white pepper. These ideas come through on the palate quickly with a lush fruity core, vibrant textures from weight and acidity. The spice and gentle leesy moments add complexity, charm and depth. A lovely wine well suited to by the glass pours and many appetiser or entree mane items. Drink now and through 2022.

94 Points

Cameron Douglas
Hacienda Lopez de Haro

Hacienda Lopez de Haro Tempranillo 2017 Rioja

Made with the classic Tempranillo grape the bouquet is full of red fruits, red berries and red apple aromas. Gentle to moderate sweet brown spice moments and a new leather aroma and moderate oak layer. Dry as it should be with fine to moderate tannins, medium acidity and firm textured finish. Well made. Best enjoyed with food. Drink now and through 2022.

88 Points

Cameron Douglas
Matsu

Bodega Matsu Tinta de Toro, 2015 Toro, Spain

This Tempranillo based wine has a vibrant and abundant bouquet of dark berries, spices, leather and sweet meats. The palate is excellent with a mix of dark berry flavours, bark, oak spices, meats and leather. Dry as it should be with moderate to driving tannins, medium acidity and lengthy finish. Well made, distinctive and tasty. Drink now and through 2024.

92 Points

Cameron Douglas
Mino and Co

Mino and Co A Growers Touch Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 NSW Australia

Blackberry and dark spices, sweet vanilla oak and marmite. A jam suggestion then toasty charry oak. Dry on the palate, but also very fruity with easy tannins and medium acidity. Sweet fruited finish, balanced and well made. Drink now and through Winter 2019.

86 Points

Cameron Douglas
Collaboration Wines

Collaboration Wines Impression Red Merlot Cabernet & Franc 2015 Hawkes Bay

Smoky, toasty and fruity. No mistaking the oak spice signature of cloves and dried vanilla then black fruits and plum. Dry and fruity on the pa;ate with flavours of dark berries and plums. No mistaking the dusty fine tannins. Medium+ acidity, flavours of baked bell-pepper, violets and baking spices add complexity and depth. Drinking nicely now, but should continue to develop over the next 3-5 years. Best from today - if decanted - or from late 2019 through 2025.

93 Points

Cameron Douglas
Mount Michael

Mount Michael Pinot Rose 2018 Central Otago

Vibrant raspberry red hues with aromas and flavours of cranberry and red apple, some sweet strawberry and yellow plum. Crisp and fresh on the palate with flavours that mirror the nose. Some very fine chalky dust tannins, moderate length and finish.

87 Points

Cameron Douglas
Whitehaven

Whitehaven Pinot Noir Rose 2018 Marlborough

Nice bouquet of rose with sweet red cherry and strawberry aromas, some floral moments and touch of river stone. Fleshy, fruity and just dry on the palate with flavours of strawberry and cherry and cranberry. Plenty of crisp and refreshing acidity. Drink now and though Summer 2019.

87 Points

Cameron Douglas
Ostler

Ostler Gewurztraminer 2017 Waitaki Valley

Floral, pretty, varietal, gentle spices and fleshy white fruits bouquet. Equally vibrant and flavourful on the palate - spices, ripe fruits, some tropical and citrus layers, sweet herb and fragrant spice package. Fresh and lengthy, balanced and well made. Nice discovery. Drink now and through 2022.

93 Points

Cameron Douglas
Snapper Rock

Snapper Rock Sauvignon Blanc 2018 Marlborough

Classic aromas of tropical fruits laced with sweet herbs and citrus. Firm, ripe, vibrant and fresh on the palate. a touch of residual sweetness offsets the abundant acidity and leading into flavours of apple and grapefruit. Moderate length and complexity, balanced and well made. Drink now and through 2020.

87 Points

Cameron Douglas
Catalina Sounds

Catalina Sounds Sound of White Sauvignon Blanc 2016 Waihopai Valley Marlborough

Rich and distinctive bouquet with aromas of oak laced white and yellow orchard fruits, citrus peel, sweet hay and crushed stones. A dry wine with a decent measure of acidity adding in a vibrant texture and leading to more flavours of citrus peel and apple, some quince and more barrel ferment flavours as well as lees spice. A lovely wine to enjoy with food post the appetiser course. drink now and through 2022.

92 Points

Cameron Douglas
Millton Vineyard

Millton Vineyard Te Arai Chenin Blanc 2017 Gisborne

Golden yellow hues in the glass. Aromas and flavours of baked apple, quince and honeysuckle. Wild flowers, ginger spice then more apple. Firm and youthful textures, a mix of minerality and honey and spice. A different lively expression. Drink now and through 2020.

87 Points

Cameron Douglas
Ostler

Ostler Lakeside Riesling 2016 Waitaki Valley

Fabulous bouquet with a core of flinty wet stone minerality, apples, lemons and flowers plus sweet mandarin. Dry on the palate with abundant acidity adding in a layer of crispness and highlighting the citrus flavours of Meyer lemon. Crunchy red apple, white peach and quince flavours follow. A whisper of barley sugar and orange lead into a honeysuckle flick on the finish. Fabulous balance and finesse. Drink now and through 2026.

94 Points

Cameron Douglas
Ataahua

Ataahua Gewurztramniner 2016 Waipara

Vibrant, varietal and enticing set of aromas with a floral spicy fruit laden bouquet. Just dry with a firm(ish) texture, medium+ acidity and flavours of quince, crushed stones, lemon and apple. The classic components of Gewurz’ follow with nougat, some lychee and flowers. Just warm and spicy on the finish. A food wine, balanced and well made. Drink now and through 2021.

88 Points

Cameron Douglas
Ataahua

Ataahua Riesling 2017 Waipara

Distinctive Riesling aromas with a core of minerality, lemon peel and grapefruit, apple and quince. Off-dry with a little residual sugar, plenty of acidity, flavours of peach and citrus, red apple, quince and flowers. Lengthy palate, balanced and well made. Drink now and through 2024.

91 Points

Cameron Douglas
Mondillo

Mondillo Riesling 2018 Central Otago

Riesling must have an attractive bouquet laced with flowers, citrus, maybe some apple fruits and hopefully a ore of minerality - this wine ticks all those boxes. Sweet mandarin, Meyer lemon, red apple and minerality. Fresh and crisp with abundant acidity and zesty citrus peel offset by ripe fruit and a little residual sugar. Plenty of youthful energy and tension. Drink now and through 2026.

94 Points

Be sure sure to include the Mondillo Rose in your Summer drinking - 89 Points

Cameron Douglas
Brancott Estate

Brancott Estate Identity Pinot Noir 2017 Awatere Valley Marlborough

Varietal, bright, fruity and savoury with aromas of sweet plum and cherry, some baking spices and wood tones. Dry with fine tannins and medium+ acidity, moderate weight and plenty of charm. A balanced wine with flavours of dried herb, red berries and plums. Drink now and through 2022.

88 Points

Cameron Douglas
Unison

Unison Gimblett Gravels Selection Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2013 Hawkes Bay

Fantastic bouquet of red wine with a complex mix of spices, fruit, oak, power and drive. Flavours of dark berries, plums and oak, cloves and cinnamon. Big tannins and plenty of acidity. Complex, full-bodied, power and richness. A memorable and exciting wine. Decant for service. Best drinking starting 2022 through 2032.

96 Points

Cameron Douglas
Snapper Rock

Snapper Rock Chardonnay 2017 Hawkes Bay

Baked peach and apple aromas with vanilla oak scents and creamy yoghurt butter suggestions. Simple, creamy, varietal and easy textured wine with many of the classic old school Chardonnay themes of oak and toast, butter and popcorn, peach and apple. Drink now and through 2020.

86 Points

Cameron Douglas
Kono

Kono Pinot Gris 2018 Nelson

Varietal, ripe and sweet fruited bouquet with pears and yellow apples, a creamy natural yoghurt texture, a light gentle leesy spice and floral moments. Fleshy, juicy and fruity with medium acidity, easy texture, balanced and ready to enjoy. Drink now and through 2021.

88 Points

Cameron Douglas