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Spy Valley Envoy Riesling 2011
27 July, 2016

The ‘Envoy’ wines of Spy Valley in Marlborough are the epitome of expression of single site and variety made with the least intervention. The interpretation of least intervention is no doubt varied, but the wines are made to be as naturally expressive as possible...READ MORE

Ashwood Estate Gisborne Chardonnay 2014
27 July, 2016

Ashwood Estate is the wine venture of Murray McPhail who is a third generation Gisborne farmer owning ‘Leaderbrand’ the region’s largest land user supplying horticultural produce and grapes. Murray has veteran winemaker Steve Voysey responsible for his wines...READ MORE

SOHO 2016 White Collection Pinot Gris and Rosé
26 July, 2016

The SOHO wines of Rachael Carter cover many bases to provide a near comprehensive portfolio that can provide something for every wine drinker. The SOHO wines come from Waiheke Island, Marlborough and Central Otago...READ MORE

Rockface 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir
26 July, 2016

The ‘Rockface’ and ‘Bishops Head’ wines of Peter Saunders, based in the Waipara Valley now come under the umbrella of Cook Vintners, following recent investment. Peter remains as the winemaker, and running the venture as before, now with added confidence...READ MORE

Sherwood Estate 2015 Waipara Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir
25 July, 2016

The wines of Dayne and Jill Sherwood have a strong following overseas, as export markets take the major proportion of the production. The last few years has seen an increased domestic presence, as this consolidates the base from which export is driven...READ MORE

Henry’s Drive 2015 Morse Code and 2014 Dead Letter Office Shiraz
25 July, 2016

The Henry’s Drive wines from Padthaway, South Australia, have proven to be a great commercial success for importers Procure Liquor. The range of wines includes sophisticated and serious bottlings to those which are very accessible and easy to understand...READ MORE

Rod McDonald ‘Trademark’ 2015 Chardonnay and 2013 Syrah
22 July, 2016

The pinnacle of Rod’s dream is based around the finest expressions of Hawke's Bay Chardonnay and Syrah. The beginning of the realisation of this dream was manifest in the release of his super-premium ‘Trademark’ Syrah 2011 in 2014...READ MORE

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