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The Hunting Lodge 2018 Marlborough Pinot Gris and ‘Home Block’ Sauvignon Blanc
23 January, 2019

Along with the refurbishments to the Waimauku Hunting Lodge cellar door, café, restaurant, gardens and other facilities, new owners Brent and Denise Sutton have installed the very experienced Pete Turner to make a broad and sophisticated range of wines... READ MORE

Fernhook Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2018
23 January, 2019

Fernhook is a supporting brand for Russell Hooper and Sarah Inkersell of Fairbourne Estate in Marlborough. As with the Fairbourne Estate wines, Fernhook highlights the elevated vineyards of the Fairhall region, and I have found them to be more fruity and up-front...READ MORE

Haha 2018 Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris and Merlot
22 January, 2019

The ‘Haha’ virtual winery brand is one of the relatively rare success stories employing the negociant model. Starting with small lots of 2011 Sauvignon Blanc and 2010 Pinot Noir from Marlborough selected by John Belsham, the Haha range is diverse... READ MORE

Raymond Chan Wine Reviews Recommences Service
20 January, 2019

I am pleased to advise that I am now out of hospital. Unfortunately the severity of the infection has left me considerably weaker physically, but my partner Sue and I trust that I will make improvements over some time...READ MORE

Raymond in Hospital
11 January, 2019

Raymond is in hospital fighting a serious blood infection. The doctors are saying he is making good progress, and he should be back reviewing wines very soon. Apologies for the inconvenience.READ MORE

Villa Maria ‘Seddon’ Marlborough Pinot Noir 2013
03 January, 2019

With the 1990 vintage, Villa Maria released its first ‘Reserve’ Pinot Noir, from Marlborough fruit, and they hit the ground running, the wine winning a number of major awards. Villa Maria’s progress with Pinot Noir has continued unabated, and there are now a number of...READ MORE

Saint Clair ‘Wairau Reserve’ Sauvignon Blanc 2018
31 December, 2018

The Saint Clair ‘Wairau Reserve’ Sauvignon Blanc is Saint Clair’s flagship wine and one of the best Marlborough Sauvignon Blancs. It is consistently and unashamedly fully-expressive of the thiol passionfruity flavours which have been seen as controversial...READ MORE

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