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Kina Cliffs 2016 Sauvignon, 2015 Pinot Gris and 2012 Pinot Noirs
30 August, 2016

Julie and Ailstair Ashcroft established Kina Cliffs in 2000 when they purchased their 4.5 ha coastal block at Kina, near Nelson, to return to a rural lifestyle. With two vineyards neighbouring, they planted Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir vines in 2004, adding Pinot Gris in 2009...READ MORE

Sileni Estates 2016 ‘Cellar Selection’ Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris
30 August, 2016

Established by medical publisher Graeme Avery in 1997, Sileni Estates had its first vintage in 1998 in Hawke’s Bay. The company has experienced enormous growth from a 4,000 cases production to over 750,000 cases made annually...READ MORE

Crown Range Cellar ‘China Girl’ Pinot Noir 2015
29 August, 2016

One of the strongest new entrants on the New Zealand wine scene is Crown Range Cellar. The company’s wines are the super-premium negotiant bottlings of Jing Soon, an entrepreneur who entered into a business collaboration with Central Otago winemaker Grant Taylor...READ MORE

Wairau River 2016 Sauvignon and Pinot Noir Rosé, and 2015 Pinot Noir
29 August, 2016

From humble beginnings, Wairau River has grown to be one of Marlborough’s largest family owned winegrowing businesses. Phil and Chris Rose were pioneers in the region establishing vines in 1978. Much of the Wairau River grape resource dates back to 1992 plantings...READ MORE

Trinity Hill ‘Homage’ Syrah 2014
26 August, 2016

It is a privilege to be able to taste and review the Trinity Hill ‘Homage’ Syrah 2014 well before its official release date of 31 October. Without any doubt, the wine is one of the greatest Syrahs made in this country and stands tall in the best of international company...READ MORE

Sacred Hill ‘HALO’ Chardonnay 2015
26 August, 2016

There is no denying that the Chardonnays from Sacred Hill have a great track record, if not breeding. Much of the quality and style expression comes from the direction of chief winemaker Tony Bish, who must be regarded among this country’s best producers...READ MORE

Reserve Road Hawke’s Bay Malbec Merlot Cabernet 2015
26 August, 2016

The ‘Reserve Road’ label has been created by O:TU to provide an alternative in red wine from a different winegrowing region to complement the range of Sauvignon Blanc wines from the Otuwhero ‘s vineyards in the Awatere Valley...READ MORE

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