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Hawkshead 2017 Pinot Gris. 2015 Riesling and Bannockburn Pinot Noir, and 2014 ‘First Vines’ Pinot Noir
19 March, 2018

Denis Marshall and Ulrike Kurenbach operate the ‘Hawkshead Vineyard’, established in the Gibbston Valley by planting 3 ha of 6 different clones of Pinot Noir in 2001 and 2002. They extended their plantings with Pinot Gris planted in 2006. From these vines...READ MORE

Smoking Loon, La Crema, McManis and The Crusher Releases
19 March, 2018

Californian wines have been growing in the marketplace in New Zealand of late. The wines are welcome additions as they represent a part of the world which is established as well as being innovative, and thus, stylistically significant...READ MORE

Two Sisters Central Otago Pinot Gris 2016
16 March, 2018

Two Sisters is the Central Otago label of Adam and Kristin Peren, Adam originally a director of Peregrine. They are the owners of a 7.0 ha vineyard in Lowburn, planted to Riesling, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir in 1999 to make single vineyard expressive wines... READ MORE

Clearview Estate 2016 ‘Old Olive Block’, Enigma’ and ‘The Basket Press’
15 March, 2018

Established in 1996, Clearview Estate is one of Hawke’s Bay’s top performing and best loved wine producers. Owners Tim Turvey and Helma van den Berg have made a range full of consumer-friendly wines that are at the top level of quality...READ MORE

Ceres 2017 ‘Swansong’ Pinot Gris and 2016 ‘Composition’ Pinot Noir
14 March, 2018

‘Ceres’ is the Central Otago wine brand of the Dicey family who play a very influential role in the industry in the region. Father Robin Dicey has been responsible for identifying and planting many of the best vineyards in Central Otago. His son James has taken over...READ MORE

Vicarage Lane Canterbury Pinot Noir 2016
14 March, 2018

Vicarage Lane was established by John Kennard and Satu Lappalainen in 2002 with 2 ha of Sauvignon Blanc in Marlborough. Vicarage Lane now has 7.6 ha of vineyard on the corner of Middle Renwick and St Leonards Road...READ MORE

Paddy Borthwick 2017 Riesling and Chardonnay, and 2016 Left Hand and Right Hand Pinot Noirs
13 March, 2018

Paddy Borthwick is one of the most experienced winemakers in the Greater Wairarapa region having made wine for over 35 vintages. He is very understated about his achievements, but his 27 ha vineyard on Dakins Road in Gladstone, part of the family’s Te Whanga farm...READ MORE

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