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Christopher Reid Martinborough Pinot Noir 2016
21 November, 2017

Representing the new wave of young winemakers in Martinborough, Chris Reid aims to make elegant and perfumed site-expressive Pinot Noir. To do so, he purchased a 0.75 ha site on the old Martinborough sale yards on the Martinborough Terrace ...READ MORE

Saint Clair ‘Origin’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017
21 November, 2017

The ‘Saint Clair’ brand of the Ibbotson family is one of the most successful in Marlborough. A truly family-run business, the Ibbotsons are part of the fabric of farming and viticulture of the region, founders Neal and Judy planting grapes in 1978...READ MORE

Valli Otago 2017 – 2015 Whites and 2016 Pinot Noirs
20 November, 2017

Valli Vineyards was my ‘Winery of the Year’ in 2016. Grant Taylor has crafted superb Central Otago Pinot Noirs for some of the leading labels in the district for over 20 years, and his Otago regional bottlings under his own Valli Vineyards brand since 1998...READ MORE

Henry’s Drive Padthaway Syrah 2015
20 November, 2017

Established in 1992 by Kim and the late Mark Longbottom, Henry’s Drive is a very successful Padthaway, South Australian winegrowing operation which has over 100 ha of vineyard in Padthaway and over 12 ha in the McLaren Vale. Henry’s Drive is named after the proprietor of...READ MORE

P. Louis Martin Grand Cru Bouzy Champagne Brut NV
17 November, 2017

As a Master of Wine, Steve Bennett has the global connections to source all manner of wines. Steve has brought in many of the top wines of the world into New Zealand, but his practical side sees him importing some exceptionally good value wines ...READ MORE

Oak Estate 2017 Rosé, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay, and 2015 Merlot and Syrah
17 November, 2017

Oak Estate is the Hawke’s Bay wine venture of Stefan and Nadine Loetscher, who purchased the former Salvare operation on Ngatarawa Road. The Loetschers were restaurateurs previously, owning ‘Pure’ in Herne Bay, Auckland...READ MORE

Forrest Marlborough Noble Riesling 2011
16 November, 2017

John Forrest is one of this country’s masters of botrytised sweet Riesling wines. He has numerous top awards for this style of wine, with the expertise in fruit selection to maintain fruit integrity with the effects of noble rot, and the careful vinification...READ MORE

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