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SOHO 2016 Maren Riesling, and 2015 Jonny Chardonnay and Bobby Pinot Noir
20 February, 2017

Rachael Carter’s SOHO brand is growing in diversity. The Marlborough wines in particular show the progress. Dave Clouston is the nominated Marlborough winemaker who has produced a full bevy of varietals at different aspirational tiers...READ MORE

Element Wines Gimblett Gravels 2015 Syrah and Cabernet/Merlot
17 February, 2017

Element Wines is the label of Dominic and Rachelle Smith who own a 4.2 ha site on Mere Road in the Gimblett Gravels with 2.66 ha of vines. They have Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Viognier, the first vines planted in 2004...READ MORE

Trinity Hill 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir and Syrah
16 February, 2017

One of Hawke’s Bay’s most consistent top performers, Trinity Hill not only showcases the home vineyards of the Gimblett Gravels, but also the greater and more diverse nature of the whole Hawke’s Bay vignoble...READ MORE

Haha Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016
16 February, 2017

The 2016 vintage of Haha Sauvignon Blanc is the sixth release of a remarkably successful wine from an ingeniously run brand that is based on the virtual winery model. Ashton Ireland with the winemaking assistance of the very experienced John Belsham...READ MORE

Ngatarawa ‘Life Times’ Merlot/Cabernet 2010
15 February, 2017

Alwyn and Brian Corban of Ngatarawa in Hawke’s Bay have released a new label named ‘Life Times’. The brand is reserved tor the occasional limited release wines deemed of exceptional quality that “do not fit directly” into the top ‘Proprietors Reserve’ and ‘Alwyn’ ranges...READ MORE

3 Rings Barossa Valley 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz
15 February, 2017

The ‘3 Rings’ brand is the Barossa Valley label of the famous Hickinbotham family, who have been involved with the Australian wine industry for over 80 years. The family wine interests are now headed by David and Dena Hickinbotham...READ MORE

Maison Noire – Micro-Boutique Hawke’s Bay Wines
14 February, 2017

Maison Noire is the wine venture of Frenchman Guillaume Thomas and his wife Esther. Guillaume, born in the Loire, studied winemaking and viticulture in Bordeaux, and then followed a course of wine work overseas coming to New Zealand in 2006...READ MORE

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