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Stone Paddock 2015 Hawke’s Bay Merlot and Syrah
26 April, 2018

Paritua Vineyards on Maraekakaho Road near Hastings is showing its potential and beginning to spread its wings, with intentions to grow its domestic presence as well as the U.S. market. This follows successful exports especially to China...READ MORE

Red Barrel Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2015 – A Re-Look
26 April, 2018

When experienced Hawke’s Bay grapegrowers John and Juliette Lockie purchased the former Zepelin vineyard on Te Mata Road in Havelock North in 2010, the took out the Cabernet Sauvignon plants, replacing them with clones Mendoza, 15 and 95...READ MORE

Ngatarawa ‘Stables Reserve’ 2016 Whites, Rosé and Reds
25 April, 2018

With Mission Estate purchasing Ngatarawa Wines in August last year, the industry saw the amalgamation of two moderately large, and well-established Hawke’s Bay labels. On the surface, it appears to be a doubling up of much of the resources and wines...READ MORE

Three International Wines from Great Little Vineyards
24 April, 2018

Great Little Vineyards is the retail presence of Daniel Kemp’s Kemp’s Wine Merchants operation. Daniel is a self-style connoisseur of good taste and carries a diverse and very interesting range of New Zealand and imported wines. The wines are usually from small...READ MORE

Blind River and Lawson’s Dry Hills ‘Reserve’ 2016 Pinot Noirs
24 April, 2018

Over 25 years of winegrowing, Lawson’s Dry Hills has forged a reputation second to none for its Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc and aromatic white varieties. However the team at Lawson’s Dry Hills over the past few years has upped the ante with its Pinot Noir programme...READ MORE

Grasshopper Rock Earnscleugh Central Otago Pinot Noir 2016
23 April, 2018

It took me a couple of proper tastings before I realised the quality of the Grasshopper Rock ‘Earnscleigh Vineyard’ Pinot Noir from Alexandra in Central Otago. I fell into the ‘trap for young players’ by not appreciating balance and harmony...READ MORE

Raimat Spanish Wines from Lawson’s Dry Hills
23 April, 2018

Many of our wine producers share a portfolio with their distributors overseas. The contacts in such situations enable arrangements of growth and reciprocity in various markets. Likewise, this situation can come about by a collaboration from networking...READ MORE

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