Wine Orbit is a wine review website highlighting wine excellence both in NZ and from wines around the world. Wines are blind tasted and reviews are written by Sam Kim who has been involved in the wine industry in NZ for the past 30 years; in hospitality, wine retailing, importing and distribution, as well as wine show judging, running wine courses and master classes.

Sam recently tasted and reviewed our range of cool climate Eden Valley wines which are currently available in New Zealand, and we’re thrilled to share with you that each wine reviewed scored between 95 and 92! You can purchase all of these wines in NZ, direct from the producer; from our base in the South Island.

2013 Jack Harrison Shiraz | 95 Points “It’s gorgeously ripe and enticing on the nose showing black/purple fruit richness, vanillin oak, cake spice and mocha characters, leading to a powerfully concentrated palate exhibiting depth and density with velvety texture and loads of polished tannins. Superbly long and immensely satisfying. At its best: now to 2028.


2019 Megan Jane Grenache | 94 Points | “It’s splendidly ripe and inviting on the nose showing dark plum, cured meat, dried herb and a hint of leather notes, followed by a supple palate displaying succulent fruit flavours with smooth rounded mouthfeel. Silky and flavoursome with an attractive spicy finish. At its best: now to 2027.

2021 Mackenzie William 1896 Riesling94 Points “Fabulously elegant and delicately fragrant, showing lime/lemon zest, Granny Smith apple and floral aromas, leading to a linear palate that’s juicy and beautifully focused. Wonderfully structured by firm acidity, finishing impressively long and mouth-watering. At its best: 2023 to 2033.

2018 Charli Jaye Chardonnay94 Points | “It’s stylish and complex on the nose showing apricot, fig, vanillin oak, popcorn and subtle spice aromas, followed by a beautifully weighted palate displaying expansive mouthfeel backed by bright acidity. Generous yet refined and poised with a persistent silky finish. At its best: now to 2027.


2021 Tru-Su Rosé | 93 Points “This is brightly expressed and instantly appealing with ripe nectarine, red apple and floral aromas with a hint of sweet raspberry. The palate light and vibrant displaying juicy fruit flavours together with crisp acidity, finishing lingering and refreshing. At its best: now to 2023.” 

2018 Hare Hunter Pinot Noir93 Points “Seductively styled and complex, showing dark berry, thyme, toasted almond and earthy mushroom aromas on the nose. The elegantly weighted palate delivers silky flow and rounded mouthfeel, beautifully complemented by savoury nuances, leading to a lengthy structured finish. At its best: now to 2028.” 

2018 Zip Line Shiraz93 Points “Upfront and fabulously lifted with Black Doris plum, blackberry, toasted almond and dark chocolate notes, it’s generous and flavoursome in the mouth offering plump mouthfeel and fleshy texture, making it delightfully drinkable. At its best: now to 2030.” 

2017 Miss Bronte Cabernet Sauvignon | 93 Points |“This is beautifully styled and fruited, showing blackcurrant, spiced cherry, green olive and roasted nut aromas. The concentrated palate delivers juicy flavours with fine texture and polished tannins, making it sturdy and harmonious at the same time. At its best: now to 2030.” 


2021 On Point Pinot Grigio | 92 Points “Elegant and charming with apricot, green pear, dried grass and white floral aromas, it’s finely textured in the mouth displaying bright fruit flavours backed by crisp acidity, finishing lingering and delightfully tasty. At its best: now to 2024.” 

NV Great Scott Sparkling Shiraz | 92 PointsFruit forward and beautifully fragrant, the bouquet shows black/blueberry, dark cocoa, warm spice and rich floral aromas, followed by a succulent palate offering subtle sweetness and velvety texture. Approachable and immediately appealing.”