Tasting Reviews




Misha’s Vineyard 2008 ‘The High Note’ and ‘Verismo’ Pinot Noirs

Tuesday 13 February 2018
The first vintage at Misha’s Vineyard in Bendigo Station, near Cromwell, was in 2007. It was deemed a ‘trial vintage’ with 1.5 tonnes of Pinot Noir fruit from 4 y.o. vines from a corner of the top block was made into ‘The Audition’ Pinot Noir......read more

Wellington Wine Country – A Regional Tasting

Sunday 4 February 2018
The start of the year has seen many wine professionals tour the country. Sommeliers and journalists from around the world have visited the major winegrowing regions, and in my travels, I’ve managed to catch up with a number of them......read more

Forage North Canterbury 2018 Winery and Aged Riesling Tastings

Monday 29 January 2018
It was a privilege to be invited to Forage North Canterbury 2018. I have reported on the foraging experience and the resulting menu at wines served in a Blog article on this site. Part of the day was dedicated to two wine tastings......read more

Miotto Prosecco – Connected to New Zealand

Thursday 21 December 2017
In the past 10 years, Prosecco from north-east Italy has grown to be one of the most significant sparkling wines of the world, and the market share of the style is continuing to increase globally. The wines are more accessible in style and price than the likes of Champagne......read more

Prophet’s Rock Vin de Paille 2016

Friday 15 December 2017
Prophet’s Rock winemaker Paul Pujol makes wine with his experiences close to his heart and mind. The Prophet’s Rock Pinot Gris and Riesling wines of Bendigo reflect his experience at Kuentz-Bas in Alsace, the wine he makes being complex, textural and minerally......read more

Lawson’s Dry Hills ‘Ranu’ 2017

Wednesday 13 December 2017
Lawson’s Dry Hills is one of the stalwart wine producers of Marlborough. Established by Ross and Barbara Lawson who planted their first vineyard in 1980, they launched their own label in 1992. The Lawson’s Dry Hills wines have proven to be classical expressions......read more

German Riesling 1971 – A Tasting of a Near-Mythical Vintage Wines

Thursday 30 November 2017
The 1971 German wine vintage has become stuff of legends. It is arguably one of the greatest years for German Riesling in these modern times. All wine writers and commentators who have experienced the wines have lavished praise on the year.....read more

Central Otago ‘Discovery’ Tasting

Friday 24 November 2017
As a prelude to the Central Otago Pinot Noir Spring Release Tasting, where 70 Pinot Noirs from the 2016, 2015 and 2014 vintages were served, guest attendees were offered a selection of wines as a ‘Discovery’ tasting, exploring facets of the region from different vintages......read more

New Zealand Riesling Challenge Wines – A Re-Look

Friday 17 November 2017
In 2010, one dozen winemakers participated in the inaugural New Zealand Riesling Challenge, stemming from the ideas of Neil Charles-Jones wishing to investigate if the fruit of one vineyard would show the winemakers’ influence on the varietal expression......read more

Thorn-Clarke 2017 White and 2016 Red Releases

Wednesday 8 November 2017
Thorn-Clarke is a proud 6th generation Barossa grapegrower with 270 hectares of vineyard in some of the most southern and northern sites in the region. They have the grape varieties planted accordingly, the whites in the cooler Eden Valley, and reds in the Barossa Valley......read more

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