12 Days of Sipmas

12 Days of Sipmas 2017

Enjoy the festive season with 12 of our favourite Kiwi wines this Sipmas.

On the 1st day of Sipmas, my personal trainer gave to me…

Blondie 2017 by Wooing Tree
Central Otago | $28

Blondie 2017 by Wooing Tree

The palest perfect pink blush, this wine is a lovely supermodel of Blanc de Noir made from 100% Pinot Noir grapes. The whole package of not just beauty on the outside, but on the inside as well.

A refreshing change from sweet or heavy Rosé wine, it exudes light rose petals, a tantalising fragrance, subtle strawberries and pears with an attractive leanness, yet buoyant flair. Beguiling, this wine could even become your fashion muse…

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On the 2nd day of Sipmas, my mum friend gave to me…

Voysey Pinot Gris 2017 by Spade Oak
Gisborne | $18.50

Spade Oak Voysey Pinot Gris 2017

If you’re doing a juice clean before Christmas, this drop will fit your regime perfectly. This off-dry luscious Gris from sunny Gizzy is packed with ripe stonefruits, pear and honeysuckle but also offers a hint of spice and balanced acidity.

The perfect sip for an afternoon at the beach with your mum friend and the kids!

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On the 3rd day of Sipmas, my mistress gave to me …

On the Quiet Meadowbank Estate Chardonnay 2016 by Jules Taylor
Marlborough | $43

On the Quiet Chardonnay 2016 Jules Taylor

A full and lush Chardonnay, this one wants to bat its big eyelashes at you. Round and full with honey and lace, it is curvy, vivacious and has a raspy husky voice you can’t turn away from.

Pure yum with rich caramelised creme brûlée, vanilla, butterscotch and orange blossom, this wonderful Chardonnay has the flavours, structure and finish to make it really sing.

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On the 4th day of Sipmas, my therapist gave to me …

Laverique 2012 by Sherwood Estate
Waipara | $34

Sherwood Laverique 2012

These graceful unicorn bubbles leap and cavort, sprinkling magic through your taste buds. Mouthwatering, creamy and balanced with a lyrical twist of nectarine, toast and the lightest touch of honey and minerals. Decadent yet approachable, the flavours lend to it delicate bubbles and to full creamy toast and nut accents.

Sit back with this lovely bubbles, and ponder the lightness and tranquility, take a magical break!

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On the 5th day of Sipmas, my surf buddy gave to me …

Thornbury Pinot Noir 2016 by Simon Fell
Central Otago | $25

Thornbury Pinot Noir

This wine wants to frolic, whether it be on the jet ski or as a sip alongside your next game of summer croquet.

It is zesty and vibrant but with an easy-going personality. This plum of a pinot with lots of flavour and enticing aromas is sure to be the star this Christmas.

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On the 6th day of Sipmas, my party friend gave to me …

Black Reef Blush Rosé 2017 by Clearview
Hawke’s Bay | $22

Clearview Black Reef Blush 2017

Hawke’s Bay is known for berry and spice Rosé wines and Clearview’s Black Reef Blush is a great example of that.

Made from Chambourcin, a French-American hybrid grape variety which is rarely used in New Zealand this pink drink a one of a kind and must-try Rosé this summer.

It’s simply the perfect BYO for your next beach party or summer BBQ!

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On the 7th day of Sipmas, my wine geek mate gave to me …

Tigermoth Riesling 2016 by Rockburn Wines
Central Otago | $33

Rockburn Tigermoth Riesling

We all have that wine geek friend that is perfect to have around if you want to pick a high-end or slightly unusual wine but who also easily bores you to death once they get started talking clones and pH levels.

This Sipmas we’re thankful for that friend for introducing us to the Tigermoth which is named after a war plane. A great example of old world meets new world wine, Tigermoth is inspired by the Spätlese wines of Germany. Its sweetness and acidity are playing along nicely in this sip, allowing the apricot and mandarin notes to take centre stage.

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On the 8th day of Sipmas, my work pal gave to me …

Irwin Limited Edition Chardonnay 2016 by Matawhero
Gisborne | $60

Matawhero Irwin Chardonnay

Immediately lush and enticing, this Chardonnay is one to woo you away from your prior Chardonnay preconceptions. While immensely curvy with a palate of rich peach, melon and tropical fruit, it is laced with a touch of mature round oak essence and candied honey.

You are impressed with the weight, the mingling fruit and the lusciousness that is lasting. It reflects the terroir that gives it a strong backbone that will not lead to a flabby experience but one that allows you to race through the wines curves while appreciating its mineral finesse.

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On the 9th day of Sipmas, my social media turned real friend gave to me …

Paritua Syrah 2014
Hawke’s Bay | $40

Paritua Syrah

This drop offers everything you want in a top notch Syrah – one that makes you feel a bit more decadent this festive season.

Vibrant fruit with just the right amount of structure, tannin, fruit and spice you walk away feeling like you have had a wine that was three times the price.

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On the 10th day of Sipmas, my travel buddy gave to me …

Rapaura Springs Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2017
Marlborough | $22

Rapaura Springs Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2017

A veritable explosion from the nose to the mouth, you are overloaded with a powerful and heady perfume of lime, passionfruit, pineapple and more that literally makes your mouth start to water. The body of this saucy minx is sure to impress with bright attitude, rich round curves and a finish that doesn’t stop.

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On the 11th day of Sipmas, my stylist gave to me …

Isle of Beauty Rosé 2017 by Two Rivers
Marlborough | $20

Isle of Beauty Rose 2017

Just a glimpse of this broad shouldered blush Rosé, wants you to be stranded with it on the Isle of Beauty. It must be a place with a dry and orange blossom scented breeze, meadows of fragrant herbs and citrus lined pathways.

It could be in Provence or somewhere even here in New Zealand, simply grab a bottle this festive season and see to which place it takes you!

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On the 12th day of Sipmas, my true love gave to me …

Matahiwi Blanc de Blanc Cuvée NV
Wairarapa | $22

Matahiwi Cuvee

Fresh and fruity, exuding a joie de vivre, it has a lovely biscuit on the nose with rich full apple and melon flavours filling the mouth.

Brioche and afternoon tea beckon with this sparkling wine enticing you to indulge in a little late afternoon tipple.

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Merry Sipmas everyone!