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Ruru 2018 Central Otago Rosé and Pinot Gris
20 August, 2018

Ruru is the Alexandra Central Otago wine brand of Lucienne and Roland van der Wal who took ownership of an established vineyard on Airport Road in 2012. Their 23 ha property has 16.0 ha of vines which is planted to 10.5 ha of Pinot Noir...READ MORE

The Landing 2018 Bay of Islands Rosé and Pinot Gris
20 August, 2018

The Landing Vineyard is part of a multi-tiered integrated property developed by investment executive Peter Cooper, occupying 400 ha on the south-western tip of the Purerua Peninsula in the Bay of Islands. The 9 ha vineyard was established in 2007...READ MORE

Elephant Hill 2017 ‘Le Phant Blanc’ and 2016 Syrah
17 August, 2018

With vineyard sources in Te Awanga, the Bridge Pa Triangle and the Gimblett Gravels, Elephant Hill has the fruit to make balanced blends and wines from varieties matched to the sub-region and soils. It also gives Elephant Hill the ability to make single vineyard...READ MORE

Honorary Wines from Indevin
17 August, 2018

Indevin is New Zealand’s largest contract winemaker, producing a significant proportion of the wines that are exported throughout the world, under some very well-known, and also little-known labels. The company operates three wineries...READ MORE

Tiki ‘Estate’ Waipara Pinot Noir Rosé 2018
17 August, 2018

Tiki Wines and Vineyards is the business of Royce and Sue McKean who began by establishing vineyards in Waipara, North Canterbury. However, most of the wine comes from vineyards they planted in the Upper Wairau Valley. The company has spread its wings...READ MORE

Madam Sass Central Otago Pinot Noir Rosé 2018
16 August, 2018

The ‘Claim 431’ vineyard of Accolade Wines in Bendigo, Central Otago, has a proven track record of yielding outstanding, serious and sophisticated Pinot Noir that is capable of winning gold medals. The Bendigo district tends to give firmly structured, black-fruited wines...READ MORE

Summerhouse 2018 Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris, and 2017 Chardonnay
16 August, 2018

The ‘Summerhouse’ brand was acquired by Spring Creek Vintners who began releasing wines with the label from the start of 2014. The wines are complementary to the company’s well known Rapaura Springs wines, and also are sourced from the different sub-regions of Marlborough...READ MORE

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