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Auntsfield 2015 Single Vineyard, 2012 Hawk Hill and 2013 Heritage Pinot Noirs
24 March, 2017

The Cowley family continue the heritage and legacy of David Herd who established Marlborough’s first vineyard and winery in 1873. The Cowleys re-established Auntsfield Estate on the original site in the Southern Valleys and now operate 65 ha of vines...READ MORE


Postage Stamp ‘Genevieve’ Waiheke Island Rosé 2016
24 March, 2017

Postage Stamp Wines is the Waiheke Island wine foray of Auckland entrepreneur Andrew Barnes, who purchased the ‘View East’ vineyard formerly owned by the late Daren Day and his wife Brigit. The 1.5 ha vineyard is planted wholly to Syrah...READ MORE


Grasshopper Rock Earnscleugh Pinot Noir 2015
23 March, 2017

Phil Handford heads a consortium of owners which operates Grasshopper Rock in the Earnscleugh district of Alexandra, Central Otago. There are 7.8 ha of Pinot Noir vines planted in 2003, to clones 115, 667, 777, Abel. 5 and 114...READ MORE


Petane Station 2016 Pinot Gris, Viognier and Chardonnay, and 2015 Syrah
23 March, 2017

Petane Station is the wine venture of Philip and Sarah Barber who purchased an established vineyard in the Esk Valley district of Hawkes Bay with the intent to produce boutique single vineyard wines. They have developed their holdings to 8 ha over 5 blocks...READ MORE


Black Estate 2016 Chardonnay, 2015 Cabernet Franc, and Single Vineyard Pinot Noirs
22 March, 2017

While all of the Black Estate wines show great interest, the Rieslings and Chardonnay are particularly fine. However, it is the three single vineyard Pinot Noirs that are especially fascinating. Winemaker Nicholas Brown aims to allow the different terroirs be expressed...READ MORE


Whitehaven 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, 2015 Riesling and 2014 Pinot Noir
21 March, 2017

Whitehaven has had a fine record of quality winemaking since it was established by the White family in 1994. Sue White heads a talented and experienced team which sources fruit from 30 vineyards throughout the Marlborough vignoble...READ MORE


Vidigal ‘Porta 6‘ Lisboa 2015
21 March, 2017

The world of wine is small and separated by two or three degrees of separation at most. Through Squawking Magpie’s U.K. distributor and agent, they have acquired the New Zealand rights to distribute a hearty Portuguese blended red that their U.K. agent has ties to...READ MORE


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