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Palliser Estate Martinborough Sauvignon Blanc 2018
10 December, 2018

The Palliser Estate Sauvignon Blanc is arguably the Wairarapa’s leading wine of that variety, having won many gold medal awards over the years. The style that winemaker Allan Johnson produces is that more in the ripe tropical fruit and pungent passionfruity expression... READ MORE

Red Deer Marlborough Rosé 2018
10 December, 2018

Chicago businessman Stan Simpson established Waitaria Bay Estate in the Marlborough Sounds in 2004. The property has a 5 ha vineyard which produces wines under the ‘Red Deer’ label, named after a herd of red deer living on the estate... READ MORE

Dry River Martinborough 2017 Chardonnay, ‘The Twelve Spies’, 2015 Syrah and 2018 Botrytis Gewurztraminer
07 December, 2018

It has been very comforting to know that the icon Dry River winery in Martinborough has been making advances since Wilco Lam took over the stewardship. It is from the 2013 vintage that Wilco has overseen the complete production from vine to bottle. Since then...READ MORE

X Wines ‘little x’ Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2014
07 December, 2018

‘little x’ is a brand of ‘X Wines’, the own-label venture of Tim Adams, a viticultural and winemaking consultant for Marlborough Wines Ltd which is the parent company of Toi Toi; he was formerly with Astrolabe Wines. Tim oversees the MLW vineyards in Marlborough and works with growers... READ MORE

Akaroa Winery Banks Peninsula 2016 and 2015 Pinot Noirs
07 December, 2018

Akaroa Winery is the brand of Allan Ransley and Timberly Hughes who operate Takamatua Valley Vineyards on Banks Peninsula, near Christchurch. They took over a 26 ha property which included 2.2 ha of Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Riesling and Gewurztraminer...READ MORE

Lamont Central Otago 2018 Pinot Rosé and Pinot Gris, and 2017 Chardonnay
06 December, 2018

Craig Gasson is a winegrower who never rests! He has developed his ‘Lamont’ Central Otago brand fastidiously, and has ensured his wines are of the best quality possible. Pinot Noir is his focus, but he has made some wonderful Riesling and Pinot Gris releases...READ MORE

Pegasus Bay 2016 Sauvignon Semillon and ‘Aria’ Late Picked Riesling
06 December, 2018

The 2016 growing season in North Canterbury will be remembered along with 2015 as particularly favourable, between two cooler and wetter years. The 2015s are very classical, and the 2016s initially gave a large fruit set which required work to get yields to a desirable level...READ MORE

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