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Spade Oak ‘Vigneron’ Gisborne Viognier 2014
09 December, 2016

Billed a few years ago as one of the new and exciting varieties for New Zealand, Viognier has lost its lustre with fewer winegrowers, winemakers and wine drinkers interested in it. Plantings nationwide now only number around 125 ha...READ MORE

Spinyback 2016 Nelson Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris and Riesling
09 December, 2016

The Spinyback brand is the secondary label of Waimea Estates in Nelson. The fruit is from the company’s estate vineyards on the Waimea Plains grown for the label but also utilises that which is not selected for the premium label, more on stylistic parameters...READ MORE

Stanley Estates 2016 Awatere Valley Pinot Gris
08 December, 2016

Steve Pellett and Bridget Ennals established Stanley Estates in 2003 when they purchased 11 ha of vineyard land in the Awatere Valley. Since then, they have expanded to three sites, and produce classical Awatere Valley Marlborough expressions...READ MORE

Hopscotch Marlborough Pinot Noir 2012
08 December, 2016

The Hopscotch brand is the second label of Charles Wiffen Wines of Marlborough. The name and label evokes laughter, and good childhood and carefree times. The wines are classical expressions of the Southern Valleys...READ MORE

Waipara Hills Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016
07 December, 2016

As part of the Mud House Group and Accolade Wines, Waipara Hills has a beneficial arrangement of reciprocity of fruit. Waipara Hills has access to Marlborough fruit and fruit from the Waipara Valley goes into Mud House bottlings, which are predominantly from Marlborough...READ MORE

Whitehaven 2016 Featherweight, Rosé, Gewurztraminer and ‘Hidden Barrel’ Sauvignon
02 December, 2016

With nearly a quarter of a century’s winemaking behind it, Whitehaven is a well-established and serious Marlborough industry player. Under Sue White’s leadership and a quarter shareholding by U.S. industry giant Gallo, the company continues its steady growth...READ MORE

Pegasus Bay 2016 Gewurztraminer and 2013 Pinot Noir
01 December, 2016

There’s a house style of palate richness and plenty of varietal flavour, along with relatively subtle funkiness that makes the Pegasus Bay wines appealing to both wine professionals and wine consumers. Winemaker Mat Donaldson has realised the importance of this house style...READ MORE

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