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Urlar Gladstone Riesling 2014
20 January, 2017

There are significant developments at Urlar, the Gladstone wine venture in the Wairarapa established by Angus and Davina Thomson in 2004. With organics as a base philosophy, Urlar was certified BioGro organic in 2010, but there are commitments to biodynamics...READ MORE

Bernard Schurr Cotes du Rhone Villages 2014 – A Re-Look
20 January, 2017

Bernard Schurr founded his southern Rhone winemaking venture ‘Les Courtilles’ in 1997. He makes small volumes of hand-crafted wines from parcels of old vines. His range is just three wines, a Cotes du Rhone, a Cotes du Rhone Villages, and a Chateauneuf-du-Pape...READ MORE

Tony Bish ‘Summertime’ Gisborne Chardonnay 2016
20 January, 2017

When Tony Bish, chief winemaker for Sacred Hill launched his own label, it was no surprise that he would be focussing on the Chardonnay varietal. From his first release of his ‘Fat n Sassy’ Chardonnay with the 2013 vintage, there has been a variety of styles made...READ MORE

Palliser Estate Noble Riesling 2016
19 January, 2017

Sweet wine is one of the more difficult styles to make successfully. The number of variables and their balance must be considered carefully. Proper fruit ripeness, as in all wine styles, is crucial, and when botrytis is involved, there are more constraints and parameters...READ MORE

Moana Park 2015 Estate Merlot Malbec and 2014 SVR Merlot
19 January, 2017

Established in 2000, Moana Park was purchased by Dan and Kaylea Barker in 2008 after Dan had assumed the winemaking responsibilities in 2005. The company has experienced considerable growth, with the ability to access fruit from various vineyards...READ MORE

Mt Beautiful 2015 Chardonnay and Pinot Noir
18 January, 2017

American-based New Zealander David Teece and his wife Leigh, academic and business professionals, established the Mt Beautiful vineyards near Cheviot in North Canterbury in 2004. There are now over 70 ha of vines established, over half of which are to Sauvignon Blanc...READ MORE

Dog Point Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016
17 January, 2017

The Sutherland and Healy families are making some of Marlborough’s most exciting wines. They admit their stylistic preferences are what drive their approach. After all, they must be able to like to drink what they make!...READ MORE

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