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Black Cottage 2018 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc and ‘Reserve’ Central Otago Pinot Noir
21 September, 2018

Dave Clouston has been steadily growing and consolidating his winemaking operation over the past few years, with the purchase of the ‘Brookby Hill’ vineyard which serves as his Marlborough home base in the ground, and the opening of a new winery...READ MORE

Forrest Wines 2018 Rosé, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris and Albarino, and 2015 Gruner Veltliner and Pinot Noir
20 September, 2018

John and Brigid Forrest have developed their Forrest Wine brand for three decades, and the business is now into its second generation of participation, with daughter Beth fully involved as the winegrowing manager. As with all businesses that successfully reach this stage...READ MORE

The Hunting Lodge 2017 Pinot Gris, Marsanne Viognier and Chardonnay
20 September, 2018

The famous ‘Hunting Lodge’ in Waimauku, north-west Auckland was purchased by Brent and Denise Sutton from Treasury Wine Estates in 2016. They have undertaken a programme of refurbishment of the cellar door, café, restaurant, gardens and facilities...READ MORE

Lake Chalice 2017 ‘The Falcon’ Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and Riesling, and Raptor Chardonnay
19 September, 2018

In June 2016, the Ibbotson family acquired the Lake Chalice brand and vineyards to come under the Saint Clair umbrella. The Lake Chalice wines of Chris Gambitsis and Phil Binnie have developed a style and gained a customer loyalty that is part of the brand...READ MORE

Matchbook Dunnigan Hills ‘Old Head’ Chardonnay 2016
19 September, 2018

Matchbook is the Dunnigan Hills, California brand of the Giguiere brothers who had a reputation for being pyromaniacs, hence the name of the brand. The brothers established their first winery, R.H. Philips in 1984 which became so successful...READ MORE

Nevis Bluff 2017 Rosé and 2014 Pinot Noir
19 September, 2018

Nevis Bluff is the wine business of Graham Wilkinson, and Merrill and John Holdsworth who were among the original shareholders of a vineyard established in the Gibbston Valley in 1993, but now base their wines from their ‘L’Attitude’ vineyard in the Pisa sub-region...READ MORE

Summerhouse 2018 Marlborough Pinot Rosé and 2016 Hawke’s Bay Merlot
18 September, 2018

Summerhouse is a brand acquired by the Neylon and Wiffin families who operate the Spring Creek Vintners custom crush facility in Marlborough. Releasing their own wines under the label from 2014, Summerhouse was intended as an on-premise brand... READ MORE

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