The Gabion Matakana Cabernet Franc Merlot 2010 and 2011
Saint Clair 2016 Premium Pinot Gris Rosé and 2015 Block 17 ‘Plateau’ Cab/Merlot
Johner Estate 2016 Wairarapa Riesling and 2015 Gladstone Pinot Noir
Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Chardonnay and Smoking Loon Zinfandel 2015
O:TU and Music Bay 2016 Sauvignon Blanc
Vidal ‘Reserve’ Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2016
Hunter’s 2016 White and 2014 Pinot Noir Releases
Domaine Rewa Central Otago Chardonnay 2015
Dona Paula Argentine and Carmen Chilean Wines from Red and White Cellar
Paulownia 2016 Rosé and 2012 Pinot Noir
Dry River ‘Lovat’ Gewurztraminer 2016
Mud House ‘Claim 431’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2015
Vidal 2015 ‘Reserve’ Chardonnay, Merlot Cabernet and Syrah
Man O’ War ‘Estate’, Privateer’ and Flagship Releases
Burn Cottage Riesling/Gruner Veltliner 2015
Palliser Estate Martinborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Babich 2015 ‘Irongate’ Chardonnay and Red, and 2014 ‘The Patriarch’
Charcoal Gully Central Otago 2014 and 2013 Gewurztraminer
Neudorf ‘Rosie’s Block’ Chardonnay 2016
Babich ‘Winemakers’ Reserve’ 2016 Sauvignon, 2015 Pinot Noir and Syrah, and 2014 Merlot
Domain Road 2015 Central Otago ‘Water Race’ Dry Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc
Babich ‘’Family Estates’ 2016 White and 2015 Pinot Noir Releases
Lawson’s Dry Hills Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Misha’s Vineyard 2013 and 2014 Pinot Noirs, 2015 Starlet and 2016 Dress Circle and Cadenza
Champagne Marion-Bosser from Three French Vines
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Book Review – Waiheke Island – A World of Wine, By Clare Dunleavy

Wednesday 19 April 2017
Clare Dunleavy’s book ‘Waiheke Island – A World of Wine’ is a book that I’d like to have written as it is what I do for a living in part. But I know I wouldn’t be able to match her command of language, balance of accessibility and expression of imagery provoking more

Caythorpe – Diversification for Success

Tuesday 28 March 2017
Caythorpe Fmily Estate is the fifth generation Marlborough agricultural venture of the Bishell family. They are the archetype successful New Zealand farmers who learned that survival, success and a profitable way of life must come from perseverance, innovation and more

Carrick Wines Tries a Little Craziness

Thursday 23 March 2017
It’s a little crazy at Carrick Wines. Founders Steve Green and Barbara Robertson-Green sold last year to Elizabeth Zhong, who also owns Kennedy Point Vineyard on Waiheke Island. Steve and Barbara remain running Carrick for some time more

Burn Cottage Complexity

Wednesday 22 March 2017
One of the ‘hottest’ Central Otago Pinot Noir labels is Burn Cottage. It is the vineyard and farm complex of Marquis Sauvage who purchased the Lowburn site in 2002. The winemakers are Ted Lemon, based in Sonoma in California, and Claire Mulholland... more

Book Review- The Pleasures of Wine, By Gerald Asher

Wednesday 22 March 2017
There is much to be said for writing that is elegant, sensitive and thought-provoking in the most gentle way. Such writing is timeless and can be read many times over without fear of being bored or finding it tiresome. Gerald Asher is a writer who can do more

Felton Road 2016 Chardonnay and Pinot Noir Barrel Samples

Tuesday 21 March 2017
It was timely to visit Felon Road before the 2017 harvest in Central Otago began. Felton Road are well-known for being the first to pick, this being a result of their precocious sites, as well as winemaker Blair Walter’s search for greater elegance by picking more

The Writer’s Block and URBN VINO Pinot Noir 2016 Barrel Samples

Tuesday 21 March 2017
Brendan Seal has a modus operandi that is somewhat different to other wine producers. He obtains small and special lots of grapes each year to make one-off wines. No two wines are ever the same (of course), and there appears to be no more

Urlar – A Transition in Progress

Saturday 18 March 2017
I’ve always had an active interest in the evolution of Urlar, the winegrowing venture of Angus and Davina Thomson in Gladstone. Coming from a Scottish farming history, they established their vineyard in 2004, and it was evident that their aim was for more

Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2017 – Trophy Winners

Monday 6 March 2017
The trophy winners of the 2017 Royal Easter Show Wine Awards were announced at the awards dinner at The Pullman Hotel on Saturday night. The Champion Wine of the Show was awarded to the Villa Maria ‘Reserve’ Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay more

Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2017 – Gold Medal Wines

Wednesday 22 February 2017
The results of the 2017 Royal Easter Show Wine Awards have been released. Of 1,111 entries from 145 entrants, there were 81 (7.29%) gold medals awarded, 206 (18.54%) silver and 447 (40.23%) bronzes awards. Chardonnay was the most successful class with 15 more

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