Selaks

Selaks Silky Smooth Merlot 2016 Hawkes Bay

Bold and fruity bouquet packed with aromas of red cherry and plum; some toasty wood aromas and warm generous attack. Dry on the palate with flavours of plums and red berries, some cherry and violets flavours; some woody baking spice flavours highlight the tannins and acidity leading to the dry finish. Balanced and well made. Drink now and through 2024. 

87 Points

Cameron Douglas
Wet Jacket

Wet Jacket Pinot Gris 2017 Central Otago

Fresh, lifted, varietal and intense bouquet of Gris. Aromas and flavours of Bosc pear, D'Anjou pear, red and green apple, white pepper and stony mineral messages. Just dry with perhaps a whisper of residual sweetness; the core of this wine is the fruit then textures from acidity and a light lees or skin contact (or both). Balanced and well-made with decent length and intensity. Drink now and through 2021.

92 Points

Cameron Douglas
Man O' War

Man O' War Sauvignon Blanc 2016 Waiheke Island

Varietal bouquet with a mix of fresh tropical fruits, citrus and fresh herbs. Overall, vibrant and lively. Dry on the palate with plenty of acidity highlighting the frsh herb flavours; lemon, orange and tropical fruit flavours follow. A lively and herbaceous style with medium to light weight, dry on the finish and easy to drink. Enjoy now and through 2020.

85 Points

Cameron Douglas
Wet Jacket

Wet Jacket Chardonnay 2017 Central Otago

A classic bouquet of Chardonnay led by aromas of toasty vanilla spiced oak, baked yellow stone fruits and a spicy cashew nut & butterscotch layer. Plenty of intensity and allure as well as these elements complement each other. Dry on the palate with flavours that reflect the bouquet; medium+ acidity and oak, the wine has persistent oak and fruit messages, nutty oak layer and lengthy balanced finish. Best from 2019 through 2025.

90 Points

Cameron Douglas
Wet Jacket

Wet Jacket Riesling 2017 Central Otago

Lovely lifted and fragrant bouquet of Riesling with a white blossom, mandarin, lime flower and green apple; a mineral wet stone layer adds depth and complexity. Off-dry with some residual sweetness - however the drive on the palate with this wine is the texture and flavour combinations of citrus and peach, apricot stone and mandarin; the floral lime flower message returns as well. Crisp, refreshing and dry on the finish. Drink now and through 2028. 

92 Points

Cameron Douglas
Gladstone Vineyard

Gladstone Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016 Wairarapa

Ripe, red fruits of Pinot with red cherry, dark cherry, raspberry and some plum. A layer of baking spices highlights the use of oak with a soft vanilla and clove note. Dry with more intense fruit flavours on the palate, youthful chalky textured tannins, a light silty mineral line and plenty of acidity. A wine to enjoy today or cellar for a while. Best from late 2019 through 2025.

91 Points

Cameron Douglas
12,000 Miles

12,000 Miles Pinot Noir 2016 Gladstone - Wairarapa

Ripe, fruity, fresh and varietal with aromas and flavours of plum an red cherry, some raspberry and red flower suggestions. Fine tannins and decent level of acidity. Clam, youthful, balanced and totally drinkable today. Best from now and through 2022.

88 Points

Cameron Douglas
Wet Jacket

Wet Jacket Pinot Noir 2016 Central Otago

Great Pinot Noir bouquet with a mix of soft ripe red fruit aromas - dark cherry, wild raspberry and boysenberry suggestions. A mix of oak scents with brown spices and a whisper of smoke and toast. Overall quietly complex. Dry, fruity and varietal with flavours that match the nose plus textures from tannins and acidity - both vibrant and youthful. Fairly lengthy finish, balanced and well-made. Drink now and through 2024.

91 Points

Cameron Douglas
Villa Maria

Villa Maria Albarino Braided Gravels 2017 Hawkes Bay

Fresh, vibrant bouquet with aromas of peaches and lemon, some floral layers and gentle surge of white spice. Dry on the palate with a fleshy, juicy and fruit centric flavours. Plenty of texture adding both energy and appeal with a chalk, white peach and lemon barley flavours. The wine transitions naturally from stone-fruit to citrus to textures. Long and refreshing finish. balanced and well made. Drink from now and through 2022.

90 Points

Cameron Douglas
12,000 Miles

12,000 Miles Pinot Gris 2017 Gladstone - Wairarapa

Floral, fresh, varietal and fruity with aromas and flavours of sweet pear and yellow apple, a twist of lemon and white peach. Just dry, fruity and fleshy on the palate, a simple yet refreshing expression, white fleshed fruit with a hint of spice. Immediately enjoyability and drinkability. Best from today and through 2020.

88 Points

Cameron Douglas
Gladstone Vineyard

Gladstone Vineyard Pinot Gris 2017 Wairarapa

Lovely varietal bouquet with aromas and flavours spicy white fleshed fruits, pears and apples, a hint of quince and silty mineral soil notes. Just dry with a whisper of sweetness, but essentially a core of fruit driving the flavours on the palate. medium+ acidity, fresh, lively, balanced and well made. Drink now and through 2020.

90 Points

Cameron Douglas
Gladstone Vineyard

Gladstone Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc  2017 Wairarapa

Ripe, varietal fruity and tasty. A wine showing off flavours of citrus, white stone fruits and a whispers of tropical fruits. Lively and refreshing on the palate with abundant acidity and texture. balanced and well made. Drink now and through 2022.

89 Points

Cameron Douglas
Man O' War

Man O' War Ironclad Cabernet Franc Merlot Petit Verdot Malbec Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Waiheke Island

Quite a complex bouquet with a Bordeaux red blend-like aroma package. Baked blackberry, black currant and plum aromas laced with a healthy layer of oak and toasty oak spice suggestions. Aromas of violet and blackberry from the Franc speak loudly. Dry, flavourful and textured with a youthful firm tannic grip, youthful acid line and warming alcohol set against oak and ripe fruit moments. A wine needing cellar time still with the package pf textures and flavours yet to be fully resolved. A wine that will mature well. Best from 2022 through 2032.

94 Points

Cameron Douglas
Man O' War

Man O' War Warspite Cabernet Franc Merlot Malbec 2014 Waiheke Island

Great Cabernet Franc led bouquet with violets and olive, blackberry and baking spices; Merlot and Malbec layers chime in with spicy plum and black cherry suggestions. No mistaking the oak and youthful energy. Dry, salivating, juicy and ripe on the palate. Oak leading the flavour package with baking spice of clove and vanilla then dark red berry fruits reflective of the nose. Plenty of tannins and acidity keep the palate tense and primed for some ageing. Well made. Drink from 2020 through 2030.

94 Points

Cameron Douglas
Ata Rangi

Ata Rangi Crimson Pinot Noir 2017 Martinborough

Youthful, crisp, fruity and varietal with crushed red cherry and wild raspberry flavours, medium+ acidity and new tannin textures. Flavours start to develop on the palate after the opens up in glass - revealing a tight youthful structure supported by crunchy red berry and cherry fruits flavours. Fine tannins and oak layers. Well made, youthful and worthy of some cellar time. Best from late 2019 through 2023.

89 Points

Cameron Douglas
Akin

Akin Pinot Noir 2016 Central Otago

Ripe red cherry and raspberry fruits, a light dried herb note, undergrowth, wild thyme and red floral notes. Dry, fruity, and varietal with cherry and raspberry fruit flavours, dried herb and thyme notes. youthful with medium+ acidity, medium tannins, plenty of texture and classic flavours. Balanced, youthful and well made. A lighter bodied expression displaying many attributes of a Pinot Noir that needs time to show its potential. Best from 2019 through 2025.

89 Points

Cameron Douglas
Te Aotea Vineyard

Te Aotea Vineyard Angels Malbec 2014 South Kaipara Auckland

Bold dark fruited bouquet with a mix of blackberry and black currant, sweet fruits of date and raisin, some under-ripe fruit show in the mix as well Chocolate toasty oak and black licorice and olive. Dry on the palate with firm yet smooth tannins, medium acidity and a core of dark red berry fruit flavours. The under-ripe fruit message remains as well. Moderate finish. Double-decant for service and enjoy with rich, herb crusted protein menu items. Best from today and through 2024.

85 Points

Cameron Douglas
Mills Reef

Mills Reef Bespoke Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Franc 2015 Gimblett Gravels Hawkes Bay

Complex, smoky, woody, layered and fruity bouquet of Cabernets. Dark spices, olive, blackberry and warm plum pie. Dry, full-bodied, spicy, woody and fruity. Flavours reflect the nose with dark berry and plum pie flavours, big tannins and firm youthful acid line. Toasty wood spices with clove and vanilla flavours, very youthful with lengthy finish. Overall a building complexity - a wine to cellar and watch develop. Best from 2020 through 2030.

93 Points

Cameron Douglas
Eaton

Eaton The Bench Blend Sauvignon Blanc 2017 Awatere Flaxbourne Marlborough

Complex bouquet with layers of fruit, lees and barrel spices. Wood influenced fruit flavours of peach, nectarine and baked goods emerge, baking spices of vanilla and a little clove also show. Dry tense and fruity on the palate with firm textures, high acidity and less barrel combinations. A lovely wine showing the breadth and depth Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough can bring. Drink now and through 2024.

94 Points

Cameron Douglas
Loveblock

Loveblock Sauvignon Blanc 2017 Marlborough

Ripe, fleshy, fruity and varietal with ripe citrus and tropical fruit combinations, some sweet grass and gooseberry suggestions and a steely youthful core. Dry, crisp, fruity and youthful with plenty of acidity to contrast the ripe fruit flavours. A very youthful wine as well with a raw energy needing some relaxation time in cellar. Best with food just now with ideal drinking from late 2019 through 2025.

89 Points

Cameron Douglas