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Spy Valley and Envoy 2016 Gewurztraminer
26 June, 2017

Gewurztraminer was my first wine love, and that was in the 1970s. It was the boldness and flamboyance of the aromas and flavours that captured me. No other wine variety could do that, at the time. It is said that the wine has the spiciness to match Asian cuisine...READ MORE

West Brook Marlborough Chardonnay and Pinot Noirs, Waimauku Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and Malbec
26 June, 2017

It may seem that West Brook is one of the few surviving family wineries operating in West Auckland. Located on Ararimu Road in Waimauku, Anthony and Sue Ivicevich have around 4 ha of vines on their 8 ha property, with Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Malbec...READ MORE

Craggy Range 2015 Aroha, Sophia and Le Sol
23 June, 2017

The release of the Craggy Range ‘Prestige Collection’ wines is among the most anticipated on the New Zealand wine scene. For nearly a decade and a half, these wines have represented some of the country’s finest wines, setting standards for other producers... READ MORE

Dandelion GSM 2016 and Les Courtilles Cotes du Rhone 2015
23 June, 2017

The Grenache variety is capable of producing outstanding wines, but some of the key requirements are ripeness and protection from oxidation. Interestingly enough blending Grenache with other varieties can assist in making a more balanced and harmonious wine...READ MORE

Two Rivers ‘Altitude’ Marlborough Pinot Noir 2014
22 June, 2017

The ‘Two Rivers’ Marlborough wine brand is growing from strength to strength. Some of the major factors behind the increasing quality is owner and winemaker Dave Clouston’s familiarity with sub-regions and sites, and his relationships with growers...READ MORE

Georges Road 2016 Rosé and Pinot Gris, 2014 Rose and Pinot Noir, and Syrah 2015 and 2016
22 June, 2017

It has been a little while since I caught up with the Georges Road Waipara wines of Kirk Bray. Being a sole-charge operator Kirk is a busy man running all aspects of his wine venture. He tells me he is still doing a little consulting for a small number of clients...READ MORE

Kidnapper Cliffs 2014 Chardonnay and 2013 Cabernet Merlot and Syrah
21 June, 2017

It is with great pleasure that I review the new releases of the Kidnapper Cliffs wines from Te Awa Winery. Kidnapper Cliffs was my inaugural ‘Winey of the Year’ in 2011. It was a somewhat controversial choice in a year when there were many contenders...READ MORE

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