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Auntsfield SV Marlborough Late Harvest Riesling 2016
24 May, 2018

It isn’t really well-known that the Cowleys have a small 0.2 ha block on the flat land planted to Riesling. The vines went into the ground in 2000, and since then the Cowleys have made a small amount of Riesling wine for a family friend. In 2016, the conditions were favourable...READ MORE

Theory & Practice 2017 Chardonnay, and 2016 Merlot and Syrah
24 May, 2018

Ant Mackenzie is in the process of consolidating his brands after a fairly rapid period of growth, not only in production, but in commercialisation. That said, there continues to be growth. With his sourcing of more Chardonnay fruit, from ‘Oak Estate’... READ MORE

Pegasus Bay 2016 Chardonnay and Merlot Cabernet, and 2015 Pinot Noir
23 May, 2018

When Ivan and Chris Donaldson established Pegasus Bay in the Waipara Valley, North Canterbury in 1985, they planted a mixture of varieties they deemed would succeed following their earlier experience with an experimental vineyard... READ MORE

Trapiche 2015 ‘Medalla’ Cabernet Sauvignon
23 May, 2018

Trapiche is arguably Argentina’s most significant wine producer, part of the giant Penaflor Group, which has been owned by the Bemberg family since 2010. It is based in Maipu, Mendoza, where it has its winery. Led by Director of Winemaking, Daniel Pi...READ MORE

Spy Valley 2017 ‘E Block’ Sauvignon Blanc and ‘Single Estate’ Pinot Gris
22 May, 2018

It has been noticeable that Spy Valley have taken a more informative, detailed and definitive stance on labelling their wines, giving more information as to the provenance. This is an important action to take as the world’s fine wine market is becoming more discerning...READ MORE

Charles Smith ‘The Velvet Devil’ Washington State Merlot 2015
22 May, 2018

Charles Smith Wines is a Washington State brand that comes under the Constellation Brands umbrella, acquired in 2016, and is one of the more individual. The wines are funky and distinctive in presentation and come under founder Charles Smith’s ‘The Modernist Project’... READ MORE

Allan Scott Hawke’s Bay Shiraz 2014
21 May, 2018

Allan Scott Family Winemakers is truly a Marlborough wine business, founders Allan and Catherine Scott figuring among the pioneers of the region. Their wines are classical representations of variety and regionality, and seen widely in nearly all segments of the market...READ MORE

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