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Sisters Ridge North Canterbury 2018 Sauvignon Blanc and 2017 Pinot Noir
20 November, 2018

Sisters Ridge is a sibling label of Mt Beautiful owned by the Teece Family Vineyards based in Cheviot, North Canterbury. The range comprises a Sauvignon Blanc and a Pinot Noir, representative of New Zealand’s leading and classic varieties...READ MORE

Te Aro Wine ‘Tastes Like’ 2016 Sauvignon Blanc and 2017 Syrah
20 November, 2018

Te Aro Wines may be Wellington’s first urban winery. It is the venture of Jules van Costello, arguably best known as proprietor of Cult Wines, and his business partner Robin Groves. The aim is to make ‘fun wine’, not ‘fine wine’, this making wine accessible...READ MORE

Gimblett Gravels 2016 Annual Vintage Selection
19 November, 2018

At the end of May earlier this year, the 2016 Gimblett Gravels Annual Vintage Selection (AVS) was announced. This is a collection of a dozen wines as chosen from a blind tasting of samples submitted by members of the Gimblett Gravels Winegrowers Association... READ MORE

te Pa Marlborough 2018 Rosé, Sauvignon and Pinot Gris, and 2017 Chardonnay and ‘Oke’
19 November, 2018

The te Pa brand of the MacDonald family led by Haysley MacDonald has made a remarkable entry into the marketplace. The wines are based on vineyards on the Wairau Bar in Marlborough, where the MacDonalds have been based and farmed for generations...READ MORE

Mount Brown North Canterbury Pinot Gris 2018
19 November, 2018

The Mount Brown brand of Catherine Keith and her father and Tony Rutherford is very much an all-rounder with high quality across all the varieties and styles they make. This is a testament to their very good viticultural standards for the three estate vineyards...READ MORE

Rock Ferry Methode, 3rd Rock, and Marlborough and Central Otago SV Releases
16 November, 2018

The Rock Ferry wines of Tom and Fiona Hutchison have grown considerably in all aspects since their first vintage in 2005. The presentation of the labels which features the Fibonacci sequence of mathematical growth in nature is an indication of the sophistication...READ MORE

Australian, Spanish and Californian Wines from RM Wine Partners
16 November, 2018

RM Wine Partners is the distribution business associated with what was Rod McDonald Wines. Independent now and based in Auckland, it is headed by Mike Farrugia and the company imports and distributes wines from around the world into the New Zealand market...READ MORE

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