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Reviews


Sam Kim, Wine Orbit

2015 Sauvignon Blanc 2016

It is intensely aromatic on the nose showing passionfruit, musk, feijoa and lemongrass characters. The palate is concentrated and vibrant, and offers loads of pristine fruit flavours, leading to a lingering delectable finish. Wonderful fruit purity and lively mouthfeel. At its best: now to 2019. www.supperclubwines.com. Nov 2016. 93/100 pts, 5*


Raymond Chan Wine Review

Supper Club Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016

The Supper Club brand is that of Christchurch-based wine distributor Alastair Picton-Warlow. The brand, named after the London upper Clubs of the late 1940s, the scene of much-needed frivolity and fun in serious times, was launched six years ago, and it has steadily grown to encompass a range of varieties and is active in different distribution channels and markets. The Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc is the core wine, always offering authentic varietal and regional character and very good value. Here, I review the 2016 vintage. www.supperclubwines.com

Supper Club Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016 ****

Bright, light straw-yellow colour, pale on the rim. The nose is full, bold and up-front with voluminous aromas of pungent passionfruit and tropical fruit, along with notes of fresh herbs and ripe green and red capsicums. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate s brisk, racy and lively with fresh acidity underlining a fine, concentrated core and line of pungent passionfruit flavours entwined with tropical fruits, herbs and capsicums. The wine follows a fine, drying, textural line, driven by the acidity and the wine carries to a tightly bound, bracing, mouthwatering finish of passionfruit. This is an up-front, zesty and racy Sauvignon Blanc with bold and concentrated passionfruity flavours, a dry, textural line and thirst-quenching acidity. Serve as an aperitif, with seafood and Pacific Rim fare over the next 2 years. Fruit from the Rapaura and the Lower Wairau Valley, 50% of the vines 25 y.o., cool-fermented in stainless-steel to13.1% alc. Winemaker: Nick Entwistle. 17.5/20 Nov 2016 RRP $14.99


Winestate Magazine

2015 Sauvignon Blanc ****

Grown at Dillons Point and Rapaura, in the Wairau Valley, this is fine value. The bouquet is fresh, aromatic and limey; the palate lively, juicy and well balanced, with ripely herbaceous flavours, threaded with tangy acidity.


Raymond Chan Wine Review

Supper Club Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Over the course of five vintages, Christchurch wine distributor Alastair Picton-Warlow has seen his ‘Supper Club’ wines grow in popularity and market position. The wines have behind them the approach of frivolity and fun that was the hallmark of the London Supper Clubs in the late 1940s, thus the wines are accessible and good value in these modern times. Here, I review the 2015 vintage Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.

Even, light straw-yellow colour with slight green hues, pale on edge. This has a soft, full and voluminous nose with up-front and openly accessible aromas of pungent passionfruit and ripe tropical fruits. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the fruit flavours of passionfruit are sweet and luscious, and form a tightly bound core. The richness is balanced by chalky, minerally textures and lacy acidity lending a dry mouthfeel and grip. The wine follows a dry, well-proportioned phenolic line, leading to a long, dry finish with restrained passionfruit, tropical fruit and herbal flavours. This is a tightly bound, textured, passionfruity Sauvignon with a bold and upfront pungent bouquet. Serve with salads and vegetables, and Pacific Rim fare over the next 2 years. Fruit from Dillons Point and Rapaura, cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 13.0% alc. and 2.4 g/L RS. 17.0+/20 Sep 2015 RRP $14.99 ****


Sam Kim, Wine Orbit

2015 Sauvignon Blanc 2015

The wine offers terrific drinking. It is packed with nectarine and feijoa flavours with lemon/lime zest lift. The palate is intense and lively, and delivers excellent fruit richness and a lengthy mouth-watering finish. At its best: now to 2018. $15.00. www.supperclubwines.com. Sept 2015. 91/100 pts, 4.5*


Joelle Thompson, Editor DrinksBiz, Wine Writer for The Dominion Post

2015 Supper Club Sauvignon Blanc

Meet the newest Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc to land on the Drinksbiz tasting bench this month; the evocatively named, 4-star wine from this year’s vintage – the 2015 Supper Club Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. This wine is made predominantly from grapes grown on 22 year old vines on the stony river bed vineyard that is Dillon’s Point, on Rapaura Road, Marlborough. These vines provide grapes with fruit forward tropical flavours of guava, passionfruit, pineapple and green fruit notes of melon, thyme and a hint of fennel. This is a medium bodied Sauvignon Blanc with zesty acidity adding strong freshness and a rounded softness giving it more than a passing resemblance to a good Sancerre.


Raymond Chan Wine Review

Supper Club Central Otago Pinot Noir 2014

Moderately deep, dark ruby-red colour with youthful purple hues. The nose is youthfully fresh with a tight, somewhat restrained core of ripe dark red berry and black cherry fruit entwined with subtle thyme herb and violet floral notes. The nose unveils a subtle layering of dried herb and stalk whole cluster complexities with time in the glass. Medium-bodied, soft and savoury dark red berry fruits intermingle with bitter cherry and dried thyme herbal elements. Complexing whole cluster detail adds to the flavour interest. The mouthfeel has a savoury juiciness, balanced by supple tannins and soft extraction. The light, grainy textures are integrated with balanced acidity, and carry the fruit to a long, plush, savoury fruited finish with red florals and herbs. This is a supple, savoury, cherry and herb-flavoured Pinot Noir. Match with pasta, risotto and poultry dishes over the next 3 years. Hand-picked fruit given a cold soak and indigenous yeast fermented with 25% whole bunches to 13.5% alc., the wine spending 25 days on skins and aged 10 months in 15% new French oak barriques. Winemakers: Dean Shaw and Alastair Picton-Warlow.


Raymond Chan Wine Review

Supper Club Marlborough Chardonnay 2014

Bright, even, pale straw-yellow colour, lighter on rim. This has a fresh and bright nose of white stonefruits along with steely mineral notes, the aromatics forming a tight, fruit-focussed core, revealing a subtle layering of lemon-curd MLF. Medium-bodied, the palate features a softly-packed heart of white stonefruits entwined with restrained butterscotch and lemon-curd MLF notes. The mouthfeel is fresh and lively with youthful primary peach and citrus flavours and moderately crisp, bright acidity. The wine grows in depth and richness with the MLF adding to the depth. The wine carries to a light, dry, moderately sustained finish. This is a soft, fresh, white stonefruited Chardonnay with some richness and creamy MLF flavour. Match with seafood and poultry over the next 2-3 years. Fruit from 80% Awatere Valley and 20% Lower Wairau, 30% barrel-fermented and aged 7 months in oak with batonnage, 70% stainless-steel fermented to 13.5% alc., with 85% undergoing MLF. Winemaker: David Foes.


Joelle Thompson, Editor DrinksBiz, Wine Writer for The Dominion Post

2014 Supper Club Chardonnay Marlborough

This accessibly priced Chardonnay comes from New Zealand’s largest wine region, Marlborough, and ticks a number of boxes; its fresh in style, pale lemon with a subtle flinty aroma of freshly toasted almonds and hazlenuts. On the palate, it has flavours of pronounced ripe citrus, such as grapefruit and lemon, and a hint of ripe stonefruit that marries tastily with the full bodied style. This white puts Marlborough’s finest white wine foot forward, showing that this big wine region has more than one stellar white to its bow. This wine contains 13.5% alcohol, which keeps it nicely balanced for its level of fruit concentration. At this price, the 2014 Supper Club Marlborough Chardonnay offers, in my view, outstanding value for money.


Joelle Thompson, Editor DrinksBiz, Wine Writer for The Dominion Post

2014 Supper Club Pinot Noir Central Otago

This wine is bright, fresh and fruit driven on the nose and palate, which reveal pronounced flavours of sweet red cherries, red fleshed plums and intense spicy flavours, such as cloves, toasted almonds and cardamom. The level of flavour is intensely fruity while complexity is at a medium level, suggesting it is a wine for drinking now or soon to enjoy its upfront style and smooth tannins.


Sam Kim, Wine Orbit

2014 Pinot Noir

"The wine shows lovely mix of ripe berry and plum flavours with nuances of clove and nutmeg. It is juicy and brightly flavoured on the palate, showing attractive fruit purity backed by fine tannins. Very smooth and lingering, and pleasingly dry. At its best: now to 2019."


Sam Kim, Wine Orbit

2014 Supper Club Chardonnay

"It is elegantly fragrant on the nose displaying white nectarine and rockmelon characters with subtle vanilla and cedar complexity. The palate is succulent and beautifully weighted, and delivers generous fruit intensity and silky texture. A rounded and attractive chardonnay with a lingering creamy finish. At its best: now to 2018."


WineNZ Magazine Review

2014 Sauvignon Blanc

"Light, tight and citrus focused, with notes of grapefruit and passion fruit and a good palate sweetness"


Michael Cooper Review

2014 Sauvignon Blanc

"Supper club Sauvignon blanc 2014 vintage is freshly aromatic, in a medium-bodied style with good depth of crisp, limey flavours and plenty of youthful impact. Fine value"


Raymond Chan Wine Review

Supper Club Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2014

The ‘Supper Club’ brand of Christchurch wine distributor Alastair Picton-Warlow has taken a life of its own. Designed to be an everyday and affordable label that harks back to the frivolous and fun times of the Supper Clubs in London during the late 1940s, the wine suits these modern times. It is growing in the New Zealand market and has been exported. Alastair has the assistance of Nick Entwistle and Sam Rose with the Marlborough wines and Dean Shaw for the Central Otago wine. I’ve seen the Sauvignon Blanc wine steadily progressing in balance and flavour expression since the 2011 vintage release. Here is my review of the new 2014 release. www.supperclubwines.com

Supper Club Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2014 ****

Bright, very pale straw colour with slight green hues, near colourless on rim. The nose is very fresh, tightly held with penetrating aromas of pungent passionfruit along with chalky, minerally notes, and grassy, nettly and esters-lifted nuances. This is pure and mouthwatering. Dry to taste and slender in expression, attractively aromatic and pungent passionfruit flavours show alongside nettles, grassy notes and gooseberry fruit, forming a good core with depth and linearity. Light phenolic textures lend a soft, graininess with restrained acidity enhancing the rounded mouthfeel. The flavours carry through to a long, dry finish with passionfruit notes. This is an elegant, intense, passionfruity Sauvignon Blanc with soft grainy textures. Serve with seafood and poultry dishes over the next 2 years. Fruit from Dillons Point and 20 y.o. vines on Rapaura Road, cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 12.5% alc. 17.5-/20 Aug 2014


Sam Kim, Wine Orbit

Supper Club Sauvignon Blanc 2014

"Juicy, lively and punchy, this immediately appealing sauvignon shows fragrant aromas of passionfruit, lime zest and peach. The palate is concentrated and focused with succulent mouthfeel, finishing long and zesty. At its best: now to 2017. Aug 2014." 91/100 pts, 4.5*


Joelle Thompson, Editor DrinksBiz, Wine Writer for The Dominion Post

Supper Club Sauvignon Blanc 2014

This wine has a fun name and a fun approach, both of which are supported by its incredibly zesty fresh style. It has intense flavours of citrus - lemon, grapefruit and lime zest – as well as red fleshy apples and peach juice. Its intense acidity and light body are well balanced by its firm, lightly grippy finish. This adds substance and weight to this youthful Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, which is from the largest vintage ever in New Zealand’s wine history; 2014. 4 stars out of 5


Gourmet Wine Traveller

Supper Club Sauvignon Blanc 2013

 "When wine drinkers reach for a bottle of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc there is a good chance that the wine will meet their expectations even if it is an unfamiliar label. The more price-friendly examples tend to have more muted flavours, coarse phenolics  or slightly annoying sweetness (to mask phenolics). This wine avoids those flaws and delivers an appealingly soft sauvignon with delicate guava, passionfruit, nectarine and grapefruit flavours"   Bob Campbell, Best Buy Wines - Gourmet Traveller May 2014.


Vino Fino

Supper Club Sauvignon Blanc 2013

The Supper Club label is the brain child of local, Alistair Picton Warlow. His wines are produced in collaboration with leading wine makers and they are now becoming sought after in the best of places including some swanky British gastro pubs. Coming off the gravelly loams of Rapaura Road this Sauvignon Blanc displays plenty of the mineral herbaceous flavours of the traditional Marlborough style.


Decanter Review - 'Highly Recommended'

Supper Club Central Otago Pinot Noir 2012

Attractive floral lift with dark cherry complexity and a savoury mushroom edge. Excellent texture and overall balance with intense concentration and very good length. Decanter UK January 2014.


Tizwine.com Wine Review

Supper Club Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2013

A nicely textured wine with a perfumed nose. The fruit flavours are tropical and ripe with green capsicum notes and the acidity is vibrant and racy. Clean, very crisp and refreshing.


Raymond Chan Wine Review

Supper Club Central Otago Pinot Noir 2012 

Hand-picked fruit indigenous yeast fermented with 25% whole bunches to 13.5% alc., the wine spending 25 days on skins and aged 10 months in one-third new French oak barriques. Light, even ruby-red colour with some depth and slight purple hues of youth. The nose is softly voluminous with dark cherry fruit aromas along with minerals, savoury dried herbs, and nuances of oak toast and reductive complexities that grow in interest and detail. Medium-bodied, tight and taut flavours of dark red cherries, minerals and earth unfold to show some dried herb whole bunch elements. The fruit expression is shy, allowing dry, grainy tannins and the acidity to show over the fruit sweetness, and the textures carry the palate to a crisp, dry finish. This is a pretty wine, with good complex aromatics and a shy, textured palate. Match with antipasto and poultry over the next 3-4 years. 16.5+/20. 3/5 stars.


Raymond Chan Wine Review

Supper Club Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2013 

Very bright, pale straw colour with slight green hues, near colourless on rim. The bouquet is full and softly presented with open and accessible pungent, passionfruit aromas, along with notes of tropical fruits and fresh herbs. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, gently mouthfilling flavours of passionfruit are nuanced with gooseberry, lime and herbal notes. This shows a rounded mouthfeel with subtle richness, the palate soft and slippery with moderate depth and refreshing acidity. A delicate textured line carries the flavours to a mouthwatering, dry finish. This is a soft-textured, gently mouthfilling, passionfruity Sauvignon Blanc with freshness. Serve with tapas, seafood and poultry over the next 2 years. Marlborough fruit cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 13.0% alc. 17.0+/20. 4/5 Stars.


Tizwine.com Wine Review

Supper Club Central Otago Pinot Noir 2012

This good value for Central Otago Pinot. It exhibits dark berry aromas with notes of cigar and forest floor on the nose. In the palate the fruit leads the way with plentiful blackberry and redcurrant flavours underpinned by vibrant tannins and integrated oak. Good now but should improve further in time. 4/5 Stars.


Sam Kim, Wine Orbit

2013 Supper Club Sauvignon Blanc

"This is a delightful sauvignon with wide appeal. It's youthful and fragrant, displaying feijoa, passionfruit, peach and dill notes on the nose. The palate is succulent and nicely weighted with excellent intensity and a persistent finish. Lovely harmony. At its best: now to 2016. 13%. Screw cap. 88/100 points. 4/5 Stars"


Sam Kim, Wine Orbit

2012 Supper Club Pinot Noir

"An elegant expression, the lifted bouquet shows red/black cherry, plum, subtle spice and game aromas, leading to a silky and well fruited palate nicely infused with subtle savoury complexity. The wine is smooth, well-rounded and pleasingly dry. At its best: now to 2017. 13.5%. Screw cap. 87/100 points. 4/5 Stars."


Joelle Thompson, Editor DrinksBiz, Wine Writer for The Dominion Post

2012 Supper Club Pinot Noir 17/20 Silver Medal

"It’s easy to track down Central Otago Pinot Noir these days but good wines sub-$20 are a harder matter altogether. Enter Supper Club Pinot Noir, made at Cowco by Dean Shaw and Alastair Picton-Warlow. This medium bodied red offers immediately bright fresh fruity drinkability – and more, thanks to its smooth body, fleshy red plum and cranberry flavours which are intermingled seamlessly with sweet spice aromas, which play through to a lingering finish".


Joelle Thompson, Editor DrinksBiz, Wine Writer for The Dominion Post

2013 Supper Club Sauvignon Blanc 18.5/20 Gold Medal

"From its first aromatic whiff to its last lingering taste in the mouth, this brand new Sauvignon Blanc from 2013 puts New Zealand’s finest white wine forward, thanks to intense concentration – which is a hallmark of the 2013 vintage in New Zealand this year. Kiwi Sauvignon usually over delivers, especially now that 99 per cent (or so) is sealed with a screwcap – which undoubtedly has raised the bar for white wine quality – but this white has more intensity than it does most years. The wine is made by Nick Entwhistle in Marlborough. It is fresh, youthful and will drink well for the next 12 months, continuing to share its tropical fruit salad of aromas for the next couple of years before tailing off into a nicely aged white for the medium term (up to five years). It tastes best with food. Seafood is the highly recommended match, this is outstanding value".


Super Liquor Wine Review

2012 Supper Club Pinot Noir

Lively violets on the nose, followed through by ripe red cherries and berries on the first taste. This is underpinned by a medium body and a silky smooth texture. An approachable and easy drinking pinot noir that will not disappoint. Shows delicious value at the price point!

Tim Siegert. Wine Buyer, Super Liquor Papanui. Christchurch.


Frank's Wine Review

2012 Supper Club Pinot Noir

Just call it drinking Club Pinot Noir – this wine is great with food but certainly doesn't need food. Bright cherry in colour, it exhibits sweet fruit flavours with a slight tannin finish. The flavours linger on the tongue and entice you into a second glass. Good on you Alastair –you've done it again.


Vino Fino Wine Review

2012 Supper Club Pinot Noir

Right from the first sip you know this is going to be an enjoyable glass of wine. Ripe red orchard fruit flavours - cherries and plum, are in abundance, but it is not all just about the fruit. There is also some spice and even a hint of thyme. Medium bodied, with no hard edges, this is a soothing, satisfying wine. Not overtly complex, but none the worse for that.


Raymond Chan Wine Review

2012 Supper Club Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 

Bright, very pale, straw-yellow colour with green hues, pale on rim. The bouquet is fresh and lively with aromas of English gooseberries, limes and passionfruit ,quite up-front and accessible, but with good depth and intensity. Dry to taste, bright and intense, juicy flavours of gooseberries and passionfruit feature on the palate. The flavours flow smoothly along the palate line and are enhanced by lacy acidity. A little phenolic texture provides structure and carries the fruit through to a drying finish with good length. This is a dry, up-front, gooseberry and passionfruit flavoured Sauvignon Blanc to match with seafood, poultry and pasta dishes over the next 2 years. Marlborough fruit cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 12.5% alc. 16.5+/20.


Joelle Thompson, Editor DrinksBiz, Wine Writer for The Dominion Post

2012 Supper Club Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

"If the outstanding reputation of the 2012 New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs pouring onto the market isn’t enough to draw you to this wine, then the price tag very likely will be but there is another reason to enjoy it too: this new Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc puts the region’s best foot forward with its intense aromas, freshness and vibrant acidity; all of which are balanced by a light body, robust fruit flavours on the mid palate and a long finish. The new 2012 Supper Club Sauvignon Blanc not only sounds like fun, its flavours this year ensure it tastes that way too. 18/20."


Sam Kim, Wine Orbit

2012 Supper Club Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

"Fresh and fragrant, the appealing bouqet shows grapefruit, lime zest and white peach characters with subtle herbaceous notes. It's juicy and vibrant on the palate with good mild palate weight and a lingering crisp finish. Very likeable. At its best: now to 2015. $14. Moderate availability. 12.5%. Screw cap. 88/100 points. 4 Stars."


Michael Cooper, Wine Annual 2012

2011 Supper Club Pinot Noir 

"An attractive drink-young style, the 2011 vintage (3*) from PW Wines was blended from Cromwell Basin, Alexandra and Gibbston grapes. Ruby hued, it is fresh and smooth, with vibrant cherry, plum and spice flavours, a touch of savoury complexity, and gentle tannins."


Joelle Thompson, Editor DrinksBiz

2011 Supper Club Pinot Noir

"Take three different vineyards, one very good vintage, add a dose of decent winemaking and a snazzy title and welcome to Supper Club Pinot Noir. Inspired by the 1940's supper clubs of London, this is a classy and fun medium bodied red wine, designed to be fun to drink with a touch of thought provoking deliciousness coming through in its savoury spicy appeal."


Sam Kim, Wine Orbit

2011 Supper Club Pinot Noir

"This is a well-priced pinot. Ripe and fragrant, the bouquet shows red cherry, floral, spice and subtle mushroom characters. It's juicy and rounded with smooth texture and soft tannins, leading to a pleasant dry finish. At its best: now to 2015. $20. Widely available. 13.5%. Screw cap. 86/100 points. 4 Stars."