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Craig Haynes

Craig Haynes WSET3 FWS SWS IWS

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Stoneleigh Lighter Sauvignon Blanc 2021

Marlborough, New Zealand
23 days ago

Craig scored this wine: 90/100

This fresh and crisp Sauvignon Blanc from Stoneleigh’s “Lighter” lines of wines has less than 10% alcohol (the mid 9’s) and story does not end there. In my glass, this unoaked New Zealander evokes pretty passionfruit, zippy white grapefruits and mid-pitch tones of cut grass and zesty lime. Hailing from cool climate Marlborough wine region, this easy drinking beverage is light bodied, tongue teasing, and ready to be chilled and served this year. Pair it up with fish and plant-based fare. Reviewed November 2022


Kaiken Ultra Malbec 2019

Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
25 days ago

Craig scored this wine: 92/100

This creation from big producer Kaiken appeals to me on many fronts. I’ll tell you why. From my glass soared elegant and worth-more-than-one-sniff scents like violets, dried herb, dark chocolate, cedar wood, and healthy doses of dark plum and blackberry. Plus, this liquid tastes like delicious, lively layers of dark plums and berries and it feels fabulous going down, thanks to its sensations from some silky pulling tannins, right touch acidity, super dryness, and its leans toward full bodied character. Kaiken describes the grapes for this wine as organically grown in vineyards located in the Uco Valley with Argentina’s famed Mendoza wine region. They’re 100% Malbec by the way. If I were you, I’d serve this one with grilled meats and ample plant-based stews. Reviewed November 2022

Wairau Valley Reserve

Villa Maria Wairau Valley Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2021

Wairau Valley, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand
26 days ago

Craig scored this wine: 91/100

From New Zealand’s Wairau Valley, this reserve level Sauvignon Blanc from Villa Maria is zippy, light bodied and delicious. Big beats of passion fruit, cut grass, and lemon zest headline all aspects of this adventure. I could certainly serve this with seafood or a citrusy salad, but I prefer to enjoy this one all on its own. Reviewed October 2022

Earth Garden

Villa Maria Earth Garden Sauvignon Blanc 2020

Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand
26 days ago

Craig scored this wine: 92/100

In my glass, their 2022 Earth Garden Sauvignon Blanc is big, bright, and beautiful expressions of passion fruit, cut grass, white grapefruit, and lime zest. For me, this creation from New Zealand’s renowned Marlborough wine region feels fantastic too. Its medium bodied, pleasing dry, and blessed with a lightly oily texture. To be clear, there’s no bumps on this ride. Enjoy. PS - The Earth Garden line of wines from New Zealand's Villa Maria are described by the company as 100% organically grown and Bio Gro certified. Reviewed October 2022


Ferzo Abruzzo Pecorino Superiore 2021

Abruzzo D.O.P., Italy
26 days ago

Craig scored this wine: 90/100

This creation is unoaked, hand harvested, and crafted exclusively with the Pecorino grape, a varietal grown in Italy’s Abruzzo region as well as a handful of other regions in the country. This particular wine from the Ferzo company hails from an appellation in the Abruzzo region, Pecorino Superiore DOC. I enjoyed this bottle through and through primarily because its aromas and flavours are beautiful layers that suggest floral blooms, ripening tropical fruits, and micro doses of woodsyness, balsamic, and minerality. I'm also drawn to this dry, medium bodied creation because of its tongue clinging texture, its tilting towards lushness feel, and its just enough acidity to prepare my palate for the next sip. Chill, open, enjoy. Reviewed October 2022

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