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SOHO ‘Havana’ Marlborough Pinot Noir 2015
29 June, 2016

Rachael Carter of SOHO Wines is fully aware of the cachet of Pinot Noir from both the Marlborough and Central Otago regions. The Marlborough wines offer harmony as well as consistency, at an accessible price, whereas the Central Otago bottlings can have vivid fruit...READ MORE

Mission 2016 ‘VS’ Sauvignon, 2015 Estate Syrah and 2014 Estate Merlot
29 June, 2016

The Mission Estate ranges at the ‘Estate’ and ‘Vineyard Selection’ tiers offer true varietal character and accessibility. The ‘Estate’ wines are usually classical Hawke’s Bay expressions whereas the ‘Vineyard Selection’ wines can use differing sources to maintain consistency...READ MORE

Richmond Plains 2015 Pinot Gris and Chardonnay
29 June, 2016

Lars Jensen and his family established Richmond Plains in Nelson in 1991 with organics and biodynamics from the start. His label comes under the Appleby Vintners umbrella with the Harrey family of Te Mania, and they share administration and winemaking facilities...READ MORE

Ash Ridge ‘Estate’’ 2015 Chardonnay, Merlot and Syrah
28 June, 2016

Purchasing land in 2000, Chris and Sonya Wilcock established their Ash Ridge wine venture to release their first wines in 2008. Their cellar door and winery is on S.H. 50 not far from the Ngatarawa Road junction, and is on their ‘Cardoness’ vineyard...READ MORE

Haha Marlborough Pinot Noir 2015
28 June, 2016

The ‘Haha’ brand of Fern Ridge wines has been a runaway success with marketing man Ashton Ireland, who is also the general manager driving sales domestically and internationally. Ash has the viticultural and winemaking expertise of John Belsham behind him...READ MORE

Sileni 2015 ‘Cellar Selection’ Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Merlot and Syrah
27 June, 2016

One of Hawke’s Bay’s major producers, Sileni Estates was established by Graeme Avery, releasing its first wines with the 1998 vintage. Chief winemaker Grant Edmonds has Nigel Davies and Cairn Coghill responsible for the white and red wines respectively...READ MORE

Wild River 2015 Waipara Valley Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir
27 June, 2016

Catherine Keith and her father Tony Rutherford established Mount Brown Estate wine growing venture in the Waipara Valley in 2002., and they have been making increasingly notable wines. ‘Wild River’ is the second label, these wines offering good value and easy drinking...READ MORE

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