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Mt Beautiful 2015 Chardonnay and Pinot Noir
18 January, 2017

American-based New Zealander David Teece and his wife Leigh, academic and business professionals, established the Mt Beautiful vineyards near Cheviot in North Canterbury in 2004. There are now over 70 ha of vines established, over half of which are to Sauvignon Blanc...READ MORE

Dog Point Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016
17 January, 2017

The Sutherland and Healy families are making some of Marlborough’s most exciting wines. They admit their stylistic preferences are what drive their approach. After all, they must be able to like to drink what they make!...READ MORE

Spanish, Australian and Californian Reds from Procure
16 January, 2017

Jonty Hamer and Misha Taylor of the Procure Liquor distribution company have carefully and very successfully grown their business over the years. A major part of this progress has been the astute selection of imported red wines that deliver plenty of fruitiness...READ MORE

Wild Earth 2014 and Special Edition Pinot Noirs, and 2012 ‘Earth and Sky’ Pinot Noir
13 January, 2017

The Wild Earth label of Quintin Quider was established when he purchased land and planted Pinot Noir in Bannockburn and Lowburn in 1998 and 1999. Quintin has contracted some of Central Otago’s best winemakers to make his wines...READ MORE

Barons and Potter ‘The Count’ 2014 – A Re-Look
12 January, 2017

In March last year I reviewed my first wines from Barons and Potter, the negotiant label of Angela and Chris Barons, Napier hoteliers who also run the New Zealand Wine Centre, and friends Roy and Barbara Potter. They work with a number of boutique wine producers...READ MORE

Zephyr 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer
11 January, 2017

Zephyr is the brand of Glover Family Vineyards, the wine venture of Owen and Wendy Glover who established their vineyard in the Dillons Point sub-region in 1985. Elder son Ben has left his position as Accolade Group Winemaker to devote his full-time energies to Zephyr...READ MORE

Brennan Central Otago 2016, 215 and 2014 Whites, and 2015 and 2016 Reds
09 January, 2017

The Brennan family established Brennan Wines in 1994 supplying contract fruit from their Gibbston vineyard to Peregrine. Their first own label wines were from 2006, and the family under Sean Brennan have expanded the vineyard to 13 ha and introduced new styles...READ MORE

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