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Top Tastes is designed to help you find the best food and beverage venues and products; whether you want delicious fish chips, beautiful café food in a winery setting, finely crafted formal dining, food ideas, wine reviews or cocktail recipes this is your guide to the best New Zealand has to offer.

Top Tastes was created by Neil Hodgson and managed by him, he has invited other writers to contribute to the site, this means more regional information will be added as time goes by. You will find a range of opinions, reviews and recipes from people who know their stuff when it comes to food and beverage.

Only reviews written by this select group will be published on the site (you are welcome to leave comments of course) so you will be able to trust the review – no fake reviews, no ranting, just good information to help you choose great things to eat and drink as well as the best places to eat out.

THE LATEST REVIEWS

The Fat Tui

If you have been around Nelson as long as I have you will remember the days of the Texacana Burger Bar in Hardy St with its roller door and counter that was basically on the footpath as well as the long-established burger bar in Bridge St, not to mention the fish and chip takeaway businesses […]

The Fat Tui

If you have been around Nelson as long as I have you will remember…

Hans Herzog and Natural Wines

I have tried many natural wines in recent years and have written…

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The Fat Tui

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Hans Herzog and Natural Wines

I have tried many natural wines in recent years and have written…

Little Nessie Cafe

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Little Shaggery Farm

Named after its location in Shaggery Road, just off West Bank…

Pic’s Peanut Chocolate Butter with Whittaker’s

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TOP WINES TASTINGS

Blackenbrook 2019 Family Reserve Nelson Pinot Noir

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Tasted by:
Date: 2021/02/27

Taste & Other Notes

I first tasted this wine several months ago not long after it was bottled and thought  it was an exceptional wine at the time, with extra time in the bottle my opinion hasn’t changed. While Pinot Noir can be light and floral this example is a delicious, powerful wine with lots of character and intrigue. From the initial intense fruit to the layers of smoky oak and juicy acidity this is a determined wine, it has presence and character.

Blackenbrook 2019 Family Reserve Nelson Gewurztraminer

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Tasted by:
Date: 2021/02/27

Taste & Other Notes

This reserve gewurztraminer from Blackenbrook Vineyards is a wine with spicy character, ginger heat is wrapped around delicate cooked pear flavours. The wine is medium/dry in style with about 12 gm residual sugar. The high natural sugar level has also resulted in a firm alcohol level. Rather than being overly intense and rich this is bright and fresh while retaining classic Gewurztraminer flavour.

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