Spinning Top 2019 Sauvignon Blanc – Marlborough

Spinning Top 2019 Sauvignon Blanc - Marlborough

Have you come across Spinning Top wines from New Zealand?

I hadn’t until I was recently sent a few samples to try (thank you!!). This 2019 Pinot Gris from Marlborough retails for $16. So what makes this range special? Well…

Ant and Patrick Moore are the winemaker brothers behind the brand. They drew their inspiration from another set of brothers – Ray and Charles Eames – a prolific design duo. They’re the duo behind the short film ‘Tops’ – an artistic exploration of the ancient art of top-making and spinning.

“Like wine, a spinning top can be of simple creation, such as a thumb tack sent into orbit, through to something more complex and elaborate. A spinning top is set in motion yet can change direction and has a serendipitous path – we can guide it to start with, but nature is the primary driver” – Ant Moore.

Therefore the winemaking process is as natural as possible made with minimal intervention and nominal sulphur and finings. But what does it taste like?

Well here are our thoughts:

It’s a pale yellow shade in the glass with a hint of grey. It’s really vibrant on the nose with nectarines, minerality and fresh candied lemon coming through for me. While in the mouth it’s smooth and fruit forward with a nice acidic clean finish. Think stonefruit with a lick of grapefruit.

This wine was sent to me as a sample, I was under no obligation to post about it.

All opinions are based on my own taste buds. Wine is subjective & always evolving, so make sure you drink what you enjoy!

Spinning Top 2019 Sauvignon Blanc – New Zealand

Spinning Top 2019 Sauvignon Blanc

We had a bit of a Kiwi night in our house on Friday night.

One of our local butchers sells Ka Pies (and L&P) which we matched to this sample of the New Zealand Spinning Top 2019 Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough ($16).

Ant and Patrick Moore are the winemaker brothers behind the brand. They drew their inspiration from another set of brothers – Ray and Charles Eames – a prolific design duo. They’re the duo behind the short film ‘Tops’ – an artistic exploration of the ancient art of top-making and spinning.

“Like wine, a spinning top can be of simple creation, such as a thumb tack sent into orbit, through to something more complex and elaborate. A spinning top is set in motion yet can change direction and has a serendipitous path – we can guide it to start with, but nature is the primary driver” – Ant Moore.

Therefore the winemaking process is as natural as possible made with minimal intervention and nominal sulphur and finings. So did it taste ka pai (Maori for ‘good’)?

Here are our notes for this New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc:

Straw coloured in the glass. The nose is full of vibrant gooseberry and passionfruit with a bit of sweet capsicum in there too. In the mouth it’s smooth with a delicate citruc finish. Think tropical fruits, lime & grapefruit and a hint of apricot.

This wine was sent to me as a sample, I was under no obligation to post about it.

All opinions are based on my own taste buds. Wine is subjective & always evolving, so make sure you drink what you enjoy!

Ata Mara 2017 Grüner Veltliner – Central Otago, NZ


Ata Mara 2017 Gruner Veltliner - Central Otago

Who else loves wine from New Zealand? I might be a little biased, seeing as I am a Kiwi, but hey, I am sure a lot of people agree that New Zealand makes some darn good tipples.

So that’s one reason I was excited to try this sample I received from Cellarmasters (thank you!). And the other reason is because I absolutely love wine made from the grape variety – Grüner Veltliner. Continue reading