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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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Why do you not publish reviewed wines assessed less than 3 stars in your ‘Feature Reviews'?

I focus on and publish reviews of wines that I rate of a sufficiently high standard that will appeal to and provide enjoyment for discerning wine drinkers. The world is flooded by many wines that are less than ordinary, which do not need promoting.
 

What happens to wines you rate less than 3 stars?

Reviews of wines scored less than 3 star are sent to suppliers as confidential feedback. These reviews will only be published if I am instructed.

There are a number of wines from ‘Tasting Reviews' rated less than 3 stars published on the site. These wines are scored in the context of a themed tasting event where comparisons are instructive and provide different perspectives.
 

What are the advantages of submitting a wine for ‘Featured Reviews'?

‘Featured Reviews' have an introductory ‘vignette' providing supplementary and background information on the wines or the winery. The reviews are prominently posted on the Home Page where they are easily found by search engines. The ‘Featured Reviews' are promoted by Twitter and email alerts.
 

Can wines be reviewed without paying the fee?

Wines can be sent for assessment without incurring the ‘Featured Review' fee. However, feedback will be prioritised for ‘Featured Reviews'. If rated 3 stars or more, the reviews will be added directly into the website database for public access.

Wines from structured tastings and showcase release events where no fee is paid will be reported in the ‘Tasting Reviews' blog, and these reviews will be added to the website database.
 

Are wines tasted and reviewed according to a scheduled calendar with set dates for themed styles, varieties or categories?

I prioritise, order and taste the wines as they arrive. There are usually a good number of wines to allow tasting any wine in the company of peers or with similar styles at any one time, thus allowing comparisons. This also allows a quicker turn-around time with more prompt feedback to the wine supplier.

 
 
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