Hawkshead 2017 Pinot Gris. 2015 Riesling and Bannockburn Pinot Noir, and 2014 ‘First Vines’ Pinot Noir
Smoking Loon, La Crema, McManis and The Crusher Releases
Two Sisters Central Otago Pinot Gris 2016
Clearview Estate 2016 ‘Old Olive Block’, Enigma’ and ‘The Basket Press’
Ceres 2017 ‘Swansong’ Pinot Gris and 2016 ‘Composition’ Pinot Noir
Vicarage Lane Canterbury Pinot Noir 2016
Paddy Borthwick 2017 Riesling and Chardonnay, and 2016 Left Hand and Right Hand Pinot Noirs
Trinity Hill Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2016
Villa Maria ‘Ngakirikiri’ Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
Paxton ‘NOW’ Shiraz 2017 and Hogshead Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
Kuru Kuru and Tarras Vineyards Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017
Red Queen Marlborough Pinot Nor Rosé 2017
Waipara Valley Wines Blanc de Blanc, 2016 Sauvignon, and 2016 Pinot Noir
Elephant Hill 2016 Sauvignon Blanc and Reserve Chardonnay
Aix Rosé, A Torres Selection and Lustau Vermut from EuroVintage
Mills Reef 2017 ‘Reserve’ Pinot Gris and Chardonnay
Nevis Bluff ‘Duke of Cromwell’ Pinot Blanc 2017, and 2017 Rosé, 2014 Pinot Gris and 2013 Pinot Noir
Smith and Sheth ‘CRU’ Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Syrah Releases
Palliser Estate Martinborough Pinot Gris 2017
Karikari Estates 2014 ‘Calypso’ and 2015 Chardonnays, 2016 Viognier and 2015 Syrah and Pinotage
Auntsfield 2016 ‘Single Vineyard’ Chardonnay and Pinot Noir
The Crossings ‘Wild’ Awatere Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Pisa Range Estate‘ Black Poplar’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2015
Z Wine ‘Rustica’ ‘Reserve’ Barossa Valley Shiraz 2015
Grava Wines 2016 Martinborough Sauvignon, Rosé, Riesling and Pinot Noir
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Book Review- The Next Vintage, By Michael Bassett and Judith Bassett

Monday 12 March 2018
Josip Babich first harvested his grapes in Northland to make wine in the autumn of 1916. This book was written by historians Michael and Judith Bassett to commemorate and record a century of winemaking by Josip Babich and his more

Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2018 – Trophy Winners

Sunday 4 March 2018
The trophy winning wines of the 2018 Royal Easter Show Wine Awards were announced at the awards dinner at the Pullman Hotel in Auckland last night. The Champion Wine of the Show was the Te Awa ‘Single Estate’ Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay more

Dry River 2018 Autumn Release Mail Order Tasting

Friday 2 March 2018
It is very pleasing to see the continued progress of Dry River Wines in Martinborough since Wilco Lam took over the label’s stewardship, the 2013 wines being the first under his complete control from vine to glass. The culture of Dry River remains on achieving the highest more

A Visit to William Grace in Martinborough

Saturday 24 February 2018
I happened to be in Martinborough and had the opportunity to visit Mark St Clair and Debbie Bowie who operate William Grace Vin from their property on New York Street at ‘Waihinga Gardens’. Their claim to fame must be that it is the smallest vineyard in the more

Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2018 – Gold Medal Winners

Wednesday 21 February 2018
The medal results of the 2018 Royal Easter Show Wine Awards were released yesterday. From 1003 wines judged, there were 71 (7.1%) gold medals. 221 (22.0%) silvers and 389 (38.8%) bronzes awarded, with a total of 681 (67.9%) winning a more

Burn Cottage Adds New Vineyard

Tuesday 13 February 2018
Central Otago star wine producer Burn Cottage has added a new vineyard to supplement its 11 ha Lowburn vineyard. Named the ‘Sauvage Vineyard’. it is sited on Felton Road in Bannockburn, between Felton Road’s ‘MacMuir’ and Mount Edward’s ‘Muirkirk’ more

Forage North Canterbury 2018

Monday 29 January 2018
A group of North Canterbury wine producers have a unique way of showcasing their wines and the regional and environmental context in which they are grown and made. ‘Forage North Canterbury’ was held for the fourth time this more

Gourmet Traveller Wine – New Zealand Winemaker of the Year 2018

Thursday 25 January 2018
The Gourmet Traveller Wine magazine ‘New Zealand Winemaker of the Year’ for 2018 was announced at an awards dinner at Fish Restaurant in Auckland last night. Dom Maxwell of Greystone Wines, in Waipara, North Canterbury was named from a group of 6 more

Book Review- New Zealand Wines 2018 - Michael Cooper’s Buyer’s Guide, By Michael Cooper

Saturday 13 January 2018
As regular as clockwork, Michael Cooper releases his annual ‘Buyer’s Guide’ for New Zealand wines just before Christmas, in time for wine enthusiasts and their friends to purchase as a present. I was sent a copy to review at the end of November... more

Favourites of 2017 from the Wine2Trade Portfolio

Monday 1 January 2018
Raymond Chan Wine Reviews operates as part of ‘Wine2Trade’, my partner Sue Davies’ wine distribution business. The Wine2Trade wines are not eligible for my ‘Winery of the Year’ award , so in compensation, I have my annual selection of ‘Favourites from the Wine2Trade’ portfolio... more

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