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Neudorf Moutere 2017 Albarino and 2016 Dry Riesling
21 February, 2018

When Tim and Judy Finn started Neudorf Vineyards in the late 1970s, they planted a fruit salad of varieties, as most winegrowers in a new region would do, to determine the most successful performers. For many, that success is measured in yield. For the Finns...READ MORE

Cielito 2015 Sauvignon Blanc and 2014 Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir
21 February, 2018

The Cielito Wine Company is the wine venture of flying winemaker Leonardo Ricardez. Leonardo has worked in agriculture and wine in California, South Korea, Spain, Australia, Mexico, and China, as well as various positions in New Zealand...READ MORE

Sopra Sasso Valpolicella Ripasso DOC 2014
20 February, 2018

As a Master of Wine, Stephen Bennett has the world-wide contacts and experience to source distinctive and classical wines styles to offer extremely good value to the New Zealand wine consumer. The ‘Sopra Sasso’ is a new addition to his portfolio...READ MORE

Stone Paddock 2017 Rosé and Sauvignon Blanc, and 2016 Chardonnay
20 February, 2018

Stone Paddock is the secondary brand of Patitua Vineyards on Maraekakaho Road in the Bridge Pa Triangle district of Hawke’s Bay. Established in 2001, it was purchased by a syndicate of N.Z. Chinese in 2011 who have had considerable success exporting...READ MORE

Old House Vineyards 2017 Sauvignon and ‘Kaho’, and 2016 Pinot Noir
20 February, 2018

Old House Vineyards is the Nelson wine venture realisation of Ian Bathgate and his wife Jeanne and two sons from the U.K. Ian has been a long-time wine enthusiast, having collected wine from the age of 18 y.o. Three years ago Ian sold up his family business...READ MORE

Elephant Hill 2017 Rosé, 2016 Le Phant Blanc and 2015 ‘Reserve’ Merlot Malbec and Syrah
19 February, 2018

Elephant Hill was established by the Weiss family in 2003, and in a short time became one of the most highly respected producers of Hawke’s Bay wine. The winery, cellar door and first-class restaurant as well as the home vineyard is at Te Awanga...READ MORE

Wrights 2017 Gisborne and 2016 ‘Reserve’ Chardonnays and 2017 Natural Wine Co. Pinot Noir
19 February, 2018

Wrights is the Gisborne family winegrowing business of Geoff and Nicola Wright who have three vineyards in the region, which are certified Asurequality organic. Geoff has a wine heritage which stretches back to 1931 with his great grandfather Stanko Jurakovich...READ MORE

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