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One Off 2016 Sauvignon Blanc and Rosé, and 2015 Marsanne Viognier
30 September, 2016

The ‘One Off’ brand for Rod McDonald has captured the keen wine consumers’ interest. It’s not only the funky and classy label, but the diverse styles of wines that are released. While the wines are generally from Hawke’s Bay, there are bottlings from other regions...READ MORE

Stanley Estates 2016 Sauvignon Blanc and 2014 ‘Block 8’ Pinot Noir
30 September, 2016

Stanley Estates is the Awatere Valley wine business of Steve Pellet and Bridget Ennals who named their venture after the Land Rover they travelled extensively in. In 2003 they purchased 11 ha of vineyard land and have subsequently expanded on this...READ MORE

Palliser Estate Martinborough Riesling 2016
30 September, 2016

All of the wines in the Palliser Estate range are extremely consistent in their style and quality. Of course the growing season has much to say in the outcome. However, the Riesling is arguably Palliser Estate’s most consistent wine, even though it is a later ripener...READ MORE

Locharburn 2016 Sauvignon, Pinot Gris and Rosé, and 2015 Pinot Noir
29 September, 2016

Locharburn is the Central Otago wine venture of Chris and Jenny Hill, who purchased their site on the Luggate-Cromwell Highway overlooking Lake Dunstan after frequent holiday visits from Taranaki. With 14 ha of plantings they released their first wines with the 2005 vintage...READ MORE

Gladstone Vineyard 2015 Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir
29 September, 2016

As the senior winery in Gladstone, in the greater Wairarapa, consumers look to Gladstone Vineyard as the benchmark. Christine Kernohan has been making consistently fine wine from the time that she and her husband David purchased the vineyard and winery in 1996...READ MORE

Big Bunch Pinot Gris and Two Gates Pinot Noir Rosé 2016
29 September, 2016

The Rod McDonald Wines operation has grown to possess many brands which display different facets and philosophies. The ‘Big Bunch’ brand is overseen by John Kemble, and the ‘Two Gates’ label is for wines sourced from the company’s inland Maraekakaho site... READ MORE

Black Barn 2016 Unoaked Chardonnay, Rosé and Orange Wine
28 September, 2016

As a classical Hawke’s Bay boutique wine brand, Black Barn focusses on the Bordeaux varietal wines and Chardonnay, made primarily from 10 ha of estate vineyards at Havelock North. However winemaker Dave McKee makes a point of diversifying the range...READ MORE

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