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Grasshopper Rock Earnscleugh Pinot Noir 2015
23 March, 2017

Phil Handford heads a consortium of owners which operates Grasshopper Rock in the Earnscleugh district of Alexandra, Central Otago. There are 7.8 ha of Pinot Noir vines planted in 2003, to clones 115, 667, 777, Abel. 5 and 114...READ MORE

Petane Station 2016 Pinot Gris, Viognier and Chardonnay, and 2015 Syrah
23 March, 2017

Petane Station is the wine venture of Philip and Sarah Barber who purchased an established vineyard in the Esk Valley district of Hawkes Bay with the intent to produce boutique single vineyard wines. They have developed their holdings to 8 ha over 5 blocks...READ MORE

Black Estate 2016 Chardonnay, 2015 Cabernet Franc, and Single Vineyard Pinot Noirs
22 March, 2017

While all of the Black Estate wines show great interest, the Rieslings and Chardonnay are particularly fine. However, it is the three single vineyard Pinot Noirs that are especially fascinating. Winemaker Nicholas Brown aims to allow the different terroirs be expressed...READ MORE

Whitehaven 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, 2015 Riesling and 2014 Pinot Noir
21 March, 2017

Whitehaven has had a fine record of quality winemaking since it was established by the White family in 1994. Sue White heads a talented and experienced team which sources fruit from 30 vineyards throughout the Marlborough vignoble...READ MORE

Vidigal ‘Porta 6‘ Lisboa 2015
21 March, 2017

The world of wine is small and separated by two or three degrees of separation at most. Through Squawking Magpie’s U.K. distributor and agent, they have acquired the New Zealand rights to distribute a hearty Portuguese blended red that their U.K. agent has ties to...READ MORE

Spy Valley and Envoy 2016 Pinot Gris
20 March, 2017

The Spy Valley wines of Marlborough have an enviable record of providing high quality and classical regional as well as varietal character, and in doing so are very successful on the show circuit as well as in the market place... READ MORE

Pegasus Bay 2015 Sauvignon Semillon, Chardonnay and Riesling
17 March, 2017

The white varieties of Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Riesling are the classics of the Waipara Valley region of North Canterbury. They are also the premier white varieties of the pioneering Pegasus Bay winery, founded by the Donaldson family...READ MORE

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