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Te Whare Ra 2018 Aromatic Whites, 2014 Pinot Noir and 2017 Noble Riesling
12 December, 2018

The Te Whare Ra wines of Anna and Jason Flowerday come from some of the oldest vines in Marlborough, planted in 1979, nearly 40 years ago. It is the most precious resource on their 11 ha Renwick vineyard which they have revitalised and brought into greater balance...READ MORE

Tiki ‘Estate’ Waipara Pinot Noir 2018
12 December, 2018

Returning from overseas, Royce and Sue McKean established substantially sized vineyards in the Waipara Valley in North Canterbury, then in the Upper Wairau Valley in Marlborough to become contract winegrowers. However it did not take long before the lure of...READ MORE

Mahi 2016 ‘Boundary Farm’ Sauvignon Blanc and ‘Twin Valleys’ Chardonnay
11 December, 2018

As one of Marlborough’s most experienced winemakers, Brian Bicknell has taken a different approach to making his and his wife Nicola’s ‘Mahi’ wines. Rather than having the typical fruit-forward and up-front style that Marlborough is well-known for...READ MORE

Queensberry Gardens 2018 Chenin Blanc, and The Lazy Dog ‘Sweet on Chenin’ and Gewurztraminer
11 December, 2018

Dean and Diana Harker operate a vertically integrated wine producing business from growing grapes and an edible garden pantry, selling the fruits of their labour at their cellar door and restaurant in Queensberry not far from Cromwell in Central Otago...READ MORE

Palliser Estate Martinborough Sauvignon Blanc 2018
10 December, 2018

The Palliser Estate Sauvignon Blanc is arguably the Wairarapa’s leading wine of that variety, having won many gold medal awards over the years. The style that winemaker Allan Johnson produces is that more in the ripe tropical fruit and pungent passionfruity expression... READ MORE

Red Deer Marlborough Rosé 2018
10 December, 2018

Chicago businessman Stan Simpson established Waitaria Bay Estate in the Marlborough Sounds in 2004. The property has a 5 ha vineyard which produces wines under the ‘Red Deer’ label, named after a herd of red deer living on the estate... READ MORE

Dry River Martinborough 2017 Chardonnay, ‘The Twelve Spies’, 2015 Syrah and 2018 Botrytis Gewurztraminer
07 December, 2018

It has been very comforting to know that the icon Dry River winery in Martinborough has been making advances since Wilco Lam took over the stewardship. It is from the 2013 vintage that Wilco has overseen the complete production from vine to bottle. Since then...READ MORE

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