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Waitapu Estate ‘Reef View’ Northland Pinotage 2016 and 2015
18 January, 2018

Eric and Sandra Shackleton of Waitapu Estate near Kaitaia in Northland have Pinotage as a flagship variety along with Syrah. The Pinotage wines I have tasted are flavoursome and have a robust and rustic richness which can be compellingly appealing...READ MORE

The Crossings 2017 Sauvignon and Pinot Gris, and 2016 Gruner and Pinot Noir
18 January, 2018

The Crossings is an Awatere Valley brand of the Yealands Wine Group acquired along with sister brand Crossroads from Ager Sectus in 2011 The Crossings was originally established in 1996 and built up a strong reputation for Upper Awatere Valley wines...READ MORE

Whistling Buoy 2016 ‘Kokolo’ Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, and ‘Half Acre’ Pinot Noir
17 January, 2018

Whistling Buoy is the brand of the Pattinson family who run The Crater Rim Winery from Charteris Bay at the head of Lyttelton Harbour in Banks Peninsula. It is named after the original buoy making the entrance to the harbour. The Pattinsons point out...READ MORE

Rossendale 2017 Sauvignon Blanc and 2016 Reserve Pinot Noir
17 January, 2018

Rossendale is the wine brand of Brent and Shirley Rawstron who operate from Old Tai Tapu Road in Halswell, Christchurch where they have a 6 ha vineyard, administration and function centre. However, most of their wines come from their 35 ha of vineyards in Rapaura...READ MORE

The Luminary 2017 Sauvignon Blanc
16 January, 2018

The Luminary brand is designed by Palliser Estate in Martinborough to service the FMCG market. The wines are usually made from estate fruit, but have incorporated juice from the wider Wairarapa district if demand for the wine exceeds supply...READ MORE

Waipara Hills Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017
16 January, 2018

Although Waipara Hills originated as a Canterbury company, being part of the Mud House umbrella under Accolade has given it access to Marlborough fruit. The Waipara Hills Sauvignon Blanc has always been a quality representation of place and variety, as well as vintage...READ MORE

Gate 20 Two Central Otago 2016 Pinot Gris and 2014 Pinot Noir
16 January, 2018

Nigel and Pauline McKinlay “fell into the business” of winegrowing when they purchased land on Felton Road, Bannockburn to build a house for their move from Dunedin. Realising they had prime land for grapegrowing with illustrious wine producers as neighbours...READ MORE

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