Tasting Reviews

Chateau d’Yquem 2004 and 1998

Wednesday 19 December 2018
It was almost a bolt out of the blue when we were contacted to see if we’d partake in enjoying two bottles of different vintages together of Chateau d'Yquem with Chris Murphy, an avid Wellington wine enthusiast of nearly 40 years, his partner and two mutual friends... ...read more

Taylor Made 2017 Malbec and 2015 Shiraz

Monday 3 December 2018
Taylors Wines in the Clare Valley is a third generational Australian family business that has grown to be a global success. The company has as its mainstay the very good and ultra-reliable Clare Valley ‘Estate’ wines, but makes ranges for practically all occasions......read more

Grove Mill with Greg Lane

Tuesday 27 November 2018
Greg Lane was appointed the winemaker at Foley Family’s Grove Mill Marlborough winery in October 2017. As part of the Foley Family organisation, he works with Stu Marfell of Vavasour who looked after the Grove Mill production until Greg’s arrival......read more

Greywacke Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2009

Wednesday 14 November 2018
The 2018 vintage marked Kevin and Kimberley Judd’s tenth vintage with their Greywacke label. For them, it has been an incredibly rapid journey to success, with strong export market sales and a very visible domestic presence. When Kevin left Cloudy Bay after 25 years......read more

Italian Varietal Wines from Coopers Creek

Friday 9 November 2018
Simon Nunns, winemaker at Coopers Creek in Huapai has a fascination with wines and varieties that are unusual, but being trialled in New Zealand. This partly stems from his own personal tastings and travels. Under the ‘Select Vineyards’ range... ...read more

Stoneleigh Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Thursday 25 October 2018
The ‘Stoneleigh’ brand has a special place in the Pernod-Ricard portfolio, though ‘Brancott Estate’ is the company’s premier label in Marlborough. The Stoneleigh vineyards were established in 1980 by Corbans, the rival to pioneering Montana... ...read more

Thorn-Clarke ‘Sandpiper’, ‘Eden Trail’, ‘Shotfire’ and ‘William Randell’ Releases

Monday 22 October 2018
The alliance of the two well-established Barossa wine-focussed families created a consummate all-rounder in the region. The Thorn-Clarke label makes a full range of wines that cover the spectrum of the Barossa and Eden Valleys across all the essential varieties,,,...read more

Sileni Estates ‘Reserve’ 2018 Sauvignon Blanc, Oaked Chardonnay and Cabernet Franc Merlot

Wednesday 17 October 2018
Sileni Estates was sold to Booster Tahi, the investment business of the Booster KiwiSaver provider last month. Booster Tahi has a number of wine interests, and Sileni adds to this. Sileni Estates continues business in a tighter form, without a number of former key staff......read more

Corofin 2016 Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs with Mike Paterson

Wednesday 10 October 2018
I didn’t catch up with the Patersons for the 2015 Corofin vintage releases, but thankfully this year Mike Paterson called around for a quick visit to show his latest wines from the 2016 vintage. The 2015s were particularly good and I wished I had seen them.......read more

Chapoutier ‘Le Pavillon’ Ermitge 2013 – 1989

Saturday 6 October 2018
Chapoutier’s ’Le Pavillon’ Ermitage is arguably the greatest red Hermitage wine in current times. It has as its peers and rivals the Chave Hermitage and Chave’s ‘Cuvee Cathelin’, and Jaboulet ‘La Chapelle’. All of these wines are different......read more

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