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Spencer Hill ‘Latitude 41’ 2017 Sauvignon Sur Lie and ‘Reserve’ Fumé 2015
21 November, 2018

Established in 1988 by Phil and Sheryl Jones, Spencer Estate in the Upper Moutere in Nelson has a history of innovation in the use of oak staves and ‘Zork’ closures. Based on the fruit from the company’s estate vineyards, one in the Upper Moutere and the other in...READ MORE

Huntress 2018 ‘Waikura’ Rosé and 2017 Pinot Noir
21 November, 2018

Huntress is the own label of Jannine Rickards, winemaker of considerable experience, and an avid outdoors person who loves to forage and hunt for food. Jannine has a strong track record for her work ethic, initially starting at Sileni Estates, then Te Kairanga...READ MORE

Harwood Hall 2018 Sauvignon, 2017 Pinot Gris and Rose, 2016 Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah
20 November, 2018

Harwood Hall is the wine brand of two of this country’s very experienced winemakers and their families. Digger Hennessy, arguably best-known as the winemaker and Mount Riley, and Corey Hall as winemaker at Matua Valley crossed paths early-on...READ MORE

Sisters Ridge North Canterbury 2018 Sauvignon Blanc and 2017 Pinot Noir
20 November, 2018

Sisters Ridge is a sibling label of Mt Beautiful owned by the Teece Family Vineyards based in Cheviot, North Canterbury. The range comprises a Sauvignon Blanc and a Pinot Noir, representative of New Zealand’s leading and classic varieties...READ MORE

Te Aro Wine ‘Tastes Like’ 2016 Sauvignon Blanc and 2017 Syrah
20 November, 2018

Te Aro Wines may be Wellington’s first urban winery. It is the venture of Jules van Costello, arguably best known as proprietor of Cult Wines, and his business partner Robin Groves. The aim is to make ‘fun wine’, not ‘fine wine’, this making wine accessible...READ MORE

Gimblett Gravels 2016 Annual Vintage Selection
19 November, 2018

At the end of May earlier this year, the 2016 Gimblett Gravels Annual Vintage Selection (AVS) was announced. This is a collection of a dozen wines as chosen from a blind tasting of samples submitted by members of the Gimblett Gravels Winegrowers Association... READ MORE

te Pa Marlborough 2018 Rosé, Sauvignon and Pinot Gris, and 2017 Chardonnay and ‘Oke’
19 November, 2018

The te Pa brand of the MacDonald family led by Haysley MacDonald has made a remarkable entry into the marketplace. The wines are based on vineyards on the Wairau Bar in Marlborough, where the MacDonalds have been based and farmed for generations...READ MORE

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