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The Gabion Matakana Cabernet Franc Merlot 2010 and 2011
28 April, 2017

The Gabion is a Bordeaux-varietal blended red from Matakana. The Gabion Vineyard is situated at Te Kie Point at the south end of Omaha on the Matakana Coast, and is owned by Mark Ching. The vineyard site which measures just over 2 ha has 1.7 ha of vines...READ MORE

Saint Clair 2016 Premium Pinot Gris Rosé and 2015 Block 17 ‘Plateau’ Cab/Merlot
28 April, 2017

The Saint Clair viticultural and winemaking teams go through a rigorous classification of the fruit, the ferments and the resultant wines to decide which range they are destined for. No doubt the process is quality based, but character and style must play an important part...READ MORE

Johner Estate 2016 Wairarapa Riesling and 2015 Gladstone Pinot Noir
27 April, 2017

Johner Estate is the Wairarapa wine growing venture of Karl Heinz Johner, which he established at the end of Dakins Road, Gladstone in 2001. The operation complements his family winery in the Kaiserstuhl region in Germany. Both estates are focussed on Pinot Noir...READ MORE

Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Chardonnay and Smoking Loon Zinfandel 2015
27 April, 2017

Jonty Hamer and Misha Taylor of the Procure Liquor distribution company have been very adventurous in importing a broad range of Californian wines into New Zealand. They have taken great care to select as good as quality as can be found at accessible prices...READ MORE

O:TU and Music Bay 2016 Sauvignon Blanc
27 April, 2017

Since the international consortium that took over the Awatere Otuwhero Estate and re-established the O:TU wine brand with Jan Kux as winemaker, we have seen a number of high quality Sauvignon Blanc wines come from the 200 ha of vines near Clifford Bay...READ MORE

Vidal ‘Reserve’ Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2016
26 April, 2017

The ‘Reserve’ wines of Vidal Estate come from the best available vineyards that winemaker Hugh Crichton can utilise, thus making these bottlings the premium tier for the brand. The rarer ‘Legacy’ wines are exceptional expressions made only in the best years...READ MORE

Hunter’s 2016 White and 2014 Pinot Noir Releases
26 April, 2017

Established in 1979 by Ernie Hunter, Hunter’s Wines consolidated its presence when Ernie married Jane, a South Australian viticulturist. Hunter’s and Marlborough came to the attention of the world by winning the top award for the Sunday Times Wine Festival in London in 1986...READ MORE

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