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Satellite and Spy Valley 2017 Sauvignon Blancs and Spy Valley Rosé 2017
24 October, 2017

The Spy Valley Wines business of the Johnson family is, in my opinion one of the best Marlborough wine producers, and has a very strong and loyal following. The Spy Valley range shows classic varietal and regional character, and the wines are accessible... READ MORE

Sherwood Stoney Range and the new ‘Reserve’ Releases
24 October, 2017

Dayne and Jill Sherwood of Sherwood Estate recently celebrated 30 years of winegrowing. Since their start in 1987, they have grown the business to being one of the country’s larger, independent, family-owned wineries. The estate owns over 80 ha of vineyards...READ MORE

Mud House ‘Woolshed Vineyard’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017
24 October, 2017

The Mud House wines encompass the Marlborough, Waipara Valley and Central Otago regions and capitalise on the varietal strengths of each region. The wines are ranged to the ‘Mud House’, ‘Sub Region Series’ and ‘Single Vineyard’ tiers, the latter the most distinctive...READ MORE

Forrest ‘Central’ Central Otago Rosé 2016
23 October, 2017

The ‘Central’ label of Forrest Wines is a new label employing the fruit from the company’s ‘TattyBogler’ vineyard in Bannockburn. The label has been created for the on-line retail and off-premise markets. This is the first release, a rosé...READ MORE

Aramis McLaren Vale 2015 Cabernet and Shiraz, and SV 2013 Shiraz
23 October, 2017

Aramis Vineyards was established in 1998 when Lee Flourentzou purchased land in the McLaren Vale to make wine. He named the venture after his inspiration Aramis from the Three Musketeers, and produced his first vintage in 2002...READ MORE

Sileni Estates ‘Seasonal Release’ Wines
20 October, 2017

Sileni Estates has released a series of wines under the 'Seasonal Release' label featuring striking artwork on covers over the bottles that are inspired by the food matches for the wines. The bottles are covered with a white-backgrounded sleeve and the colourful artwork...READ MORE

Ellero Central Otago Riesling 2015 and Pinot Noir 2014
20 October, 2017

Ellero is the winegrowing venture of John Montero and Roberta Manell Montero, Californians with considerable experience in winemaking and wineselling. They settled in Central Otago in 2000 establishing their 7-plus hectares of vines on their 16 ha property...READ MORE

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