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Sisters Ridge North Canterbury 2018 Sauvignon Blanc and 2017 Pinot Noir
Te Aro Wine ‘Tastes Like’ 2016 Sauvignon Blanc and 2017 Syrah
Gimblett Gravels 2016 Annual Vintage Selection
te Pa Marlborough 2018 Rosé, Sauvignon and Pinot Gris, and 2017 Chardonnay and ‘Oke’
Mount Brown North Canterbury Pinot Gris 2018
Rock Ferry Methode, 3rd Rock, and Marlborough and Central Otago SV Releases
Australian, Spanish and Californian Wines from RM Wine Partners
Blank Canvas Wines from Matt and Sophie Thomson
Fifth Bridge Central Otago 2018 Rosé, and 2017 Pinot Gris, Riesling, Pinot Noir and LH Riesling
Koha Marlborough 2018 Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris, and 2017 Pinot Noir
Providore Central Otago Wines from Peter Bartle
Mission ‘Jewelstone’ Gimblett Gravels Syrah 2016
Fairhall Downs ‘Family Estate’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2018
Smoking Loon Chardonnay, and McManis Pinot Noir and Petite Sirah from 2017
Kaimira Estate Brightwater Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Grava Martinborough 2017 Rosé and LH Sauvignon Blanc
Stonecroft 2018 ‘Crofters’ and ‘Undressed’, and 2016 ‘Reserve’ Syrahs
South River Central Otago Rosé, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir
Hawksdrift 2018 Sauvignon Blanc and 2016 Barrel Whites and Single Vineyard Pinot Noir
Elephant Hill Central Otago Pinot Noir 2017
Pa Road 2018 Rosé, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris, and 2017 Chardonnay and Pinot Noir
Spade Oak ‘Voysey’ Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2017
Waiana Estate ‘Indian Summer’ Hawke’s Bay Rosé 2018
Ata Rangi 2013 ‘Craighall’ Riesling, 2017 ‘Crimson’ Pinot Noir, 2015 ‘McCrone’ Pinot Noir and 2018 ‘Kahu’ Botrytis Riesling
Coal Pit Central Otago Sauvignon Blanc 2018
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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

Brancott Estate ‘Identity’ 2018 Rosé, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and 2017 Pinot Noir

Thursday 27 September 2018
In maintaining or growing market share, a successful strategy is to introduce a new brand with a different angle to its philosophy to the other wines a producer makes. Brancott Estate, as Marlborough’s oldest and most significant wine producer has released the new......read more

Church Road ‘Gwen’ Hawke’s Bay Rosé 2018

Wednesday 26 September 2018
The newest Church Road wine release is the ‘Gwen’ Rosé 2018, a tribute to the legendary winemaker Tom McDonald’s wife Florence Gwendoline Brown, who was affectionately known to her family and friends as ‘Gwen’. Tom and Gwen were married in 1931......read more

Sileni ‘Cellar Selection’ 2018 Cabernet Franc Rosé and Syrah, and ‘Straits’ Sauvignon Blanc

Tuesday 11 September 2018
It was announced last week that Sileni Estates in the Bridge Pa Triangle was sold to Booster Tahi, the investment business of the Booster KiwiSaver provider. Already under the Booster Tahi umbrella are the Awatere River Wine Co. and Waimea Estates......read more

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