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Bannock Brae 2016 Cathy’s Rosé and Dry Riesling, and 2015 Goldfields Pinot Noir
28 October, 2016

Bannock Brae is the boutique Central Otago wine venture of Crawford and Catherine Brown, who own a small vineyard in Cairnmuir Road in Bannockburn. The Browns’ vineyard was established in 1998 under the consultancy of Robin Dicey...READ MORE

Zeal Reserve Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2015
28 October, 2016

Zeal Wines is a Marlborough brand of Sileni Estates created primarily for overseas markets and for alternative distribution channels. The brand is focussed on Sauvignon Blanc. Here, I review the 2015 vintage release...READ MORE

Auntsfield Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2016
27 October, 2016

The Cowley family continue the legacy of Marlborough’s first vineyard and winery established in 1873 with an excellent range of wines from their single vineyard in the Southern Valleys today. The Auntsfield Estate has 65 ha planted to vines...READ MORE

The Elder 2016 Rosé, 2015 Pinot Gris and 2014 Pinot Noir
27 October, 2016

The Elder Pinot is the Martinborough wine venture of Mike and Margaret Hanson and Nigel and Bridgit Elder. The quality of the wines and the recognition of the brand has been recognised very quickly by the market, and the wines are in high demand...READ MORE

Decibel Wines 2016 and 2014 Whites, and 2015 and 2014 Reds
27 October, 2016

Decibel Wines is the venture of Daniel Brennan who harks from Philadelphia, U.S.A., where his family has long had a restaurant. Daniel's forebears in Sicily made wine and were coopers, but Daniel grew to love wine through his travels in Europe...READ MORE

Mission VS 2016 Chardonnay and 2015 Syrah, and 2015 Reserve Syrah and Cabernet
26 October, 2016

The core business of Mission Estate is in the accessible, fruit-focussed ‘Estate’ range of wines that are sourced from the company’s Hawke’s Bay and Awatere Valley vineyards. As with any serious wine producer, Mission has different levels and tiers of wines...READ MORE

Christopher Reid Martinborough Pinot Noir 2015
26 October, 2016

Chris Reid is a young winemaker based at one of the well-established Martinborough producers. His experience in Martinborough, Nelson, Oregon and Burgundy led him to establish his own label in 2013, to make elegant perfumed and site-expressive Pinot Noir,,,READ MORE

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