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Yalumba ‘The Scribbler’ Cabernet Shiraz 2015
Fairbourne Estate Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017
Cambridge Road Martinborough 2016 ‘Animus Noir’ and 2017 and 2013 Pinot Noirs
Greenhough ‘Hope Vineyard’ 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, 2016 Chardonnay and 2014 Riesling
Lamont Central Otago 2017 Pinot Gris, 2016 Riesling, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir
Nine Stones McLaren Vale Shiraz 2016
Vidal 2017 ‘Soler’ Chardonnay and 2016 ‘Legacy’ Syrah and Cabernet Merlot
Brennan 2017 Riesling and ‘Trio’, 2015 ‘B2’ Pinot Noir and 2014 Pinot Noir
Prophets Rock 2017 Pinot Gris. 2016 Dry Riesling, 2017 ‘Infusion’ and ‘Rocky Point’ Pinot Noirs and 2015 ‘Home’ Pinot Noir
Rapaura Springs ‘Reserve’ Marlborough Pinot Gris 2017
Barrington ‘River Block’ Pinot Rosé 2017 – A Re-Look
Sherwood ‘Stoney Range’ and ‘Sherwood’ 2018 Waipara Sauvignon Blanc
Spade Oak ‘Voysey’ Pinot Gris 2018
Jackson Estate – A Broad Selection from a Marlborough Pioneer
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Palliser Estate ‘The Great Riddler’ Chardonnay 2016

Tuesday 10 July 2018
In July 2016, Richard Riddiford, the founding managing director of Palliser Estate passed away. Richard was a very strong-willed man who is best known for making Palliser Estate one of the strongest producers in Martinborough, and who many credit was... ...read more

New Zealand Wine of the Year Awards 2018

Thursday 5 July 2018
Today, New Zealand Winegrowers have announced the ‘New Zealand Wine of the Year Awards’ as the replacement for the Air New Zealand Wine Awards. It also replaces the Bragato Wine Awards, but will “combine the best components of the previous competitions”......read more

Claire Mulholland of Burn Cottage in Wellington

Tuesday 26 June 2018
It’s always delightful to catch up with Claire Mulholland, general manager and winemaker at the high-flying Burn Cottage Vineyard in Central Otago. I’ve known her for nearly 20 years from when she took over the reins at Martinborough Vineyard......read more

Appellation Marlborough Wine Launched

Saturday 9 June 2018
One of this country’s most important wine initiatives was launched this week: Appellation Marlborough Wine (AMW). This brand has been introduced and trademark registered to protect the reputation of Marlborough wine......read more

Gimblett Gravels 2016 Annual Vintage Selection Announced

Monday 28 May 2018
For nine years running, leading Australian wine authority Andrew Caillard MW, based in Sydney has made his pick of the best dozen wines submitted by the members of the Gimblett Gravels Winegrowers Association to create the Annual Vintage Selection......read more

Wellington Wine Country Room Opened at Noble Rot Wine Bar

Tuesday 8 May 2018
The greater Wairarapa winegrowing region has a very strong bond with Wellington city. Many of the Wairarapa’s winegrowers originate from Wellington, and most of the wines from the district are sold in Wellington. It’s the natural order of things......read more

New Zealand Organic Wine Awards 2018 – The Results

Wednesday 2 May 2018
The results of the 2018 New Zealand Organic Wine Awards have been announced. The ‘Riedel Wine of the Show’ was awarded to the Carrick ‘Josephine’ Central Otago Riesling 2017. The ‘Vintec Sustainable Vineyard of the Year’ was awarded to Millton......read more

Villa Maria’s Super Winery in Hawke’s Bay

Friday 27 April 2018
It was a logical decision to have all of the Villa Maria groups’ Hawke’s Bay production conducted on one site. The Vidal Estate, Esk Valley, and Te Awa wineries were all functioning well, but the Villa Maria wines had no ‘home of its own’ apart from the Auckland winery......read more

Trinity Hill 2018 Red Tank Samples and 2016 ‘Homage’ Syrah Preview

Friday 27 April 2018
During my recent visit to Hawke’s Bay, it was a treat to be able to catch up with Warren Gibson and Cara Gittings, for a tour of the Trinity Hill vineyards, and to taste some 2018 red wines fresh from tank. I was also treated to a preview of the Trinity Hill ‘Homage’ Syrah 2016......read more

A Visit to Elephant Hill and Tasting 2018 Red Barrel Samples

Thursday 26 April 2018
The rise of Hawke’s Bay winery Elephant Hill has been nothing short of remarkable. Established in 2003 by Roger and Reydan Weiss of Germany, they set up a vineyard, winery, cellar door and restaurant in the coastal district of Te Awanga......read more

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