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Matt Evans of Maori Point in Wellington

Monday 7 August 2017
It has been some time since I caught up with the happenings at Maori Point Vineyard near Tarras in Central Otago. My last reviews of the Maori Point wines was at the end of 2015, but the visit by owner John Harris in the middle of 2011 is still fresh on my more

Negociants N.Z. Fine Wine Tour

Tuesday 25 July 2017
Every year, Negociants N.Z. take their portfolio of New Zealand and Australian wines for road trip through the country, inviting the trade and consuming public to sample the latest wines and meet the principals behind the more

Ash Ridge Shows Greater Definition and Quality and a Syrah Surprise

Tuesday 11 July 2017
Ash Ridge is a relatively recent wine venture in Hawke’s Bay; Chris and Sonya Wilcock have made enormous progress since they planted their first vines in 2005. Their winery and cellar door are based at the ‘Cardoness’ vineyard on S.H. 50 near the junction of Ngatarawa more

Maxim and Pig’s Back Wines Released

Thursday 29 June 2017
It takes much courage to launch a new wine venture and brand. Most new entrants realise they are on a steep learning curve. If they are the actual growers and makers, there’s half the battle. The other half, deemed the most difficult, is the selling of the more

Gimblett Gravels 2015 Annual Vintage Selection Announced

Thursday 22 June 2017
This is the eighth year that the Gimblett Gravels Winegrowers Association has released their Annual Vintage Selection. The selections from the start have been made independently by Andrew Caillard MW of Sydney, who tastes through submissions for the selection... more

Kahurangi Liquor Distributors Trade Show – Wellington

Wednesday 14 June 2017
Kahurangi Liquor Distributors is the trade arm of Greg and Amanda Day of Kahurangi Estate. The distribution company looks after the Kahurangi Estate brand and its associated New Zealand labels a well as their overseas agencies... more

Craggy Range – Quality Showcase

Wednesday 24 May 2017
From the very beginning, Craggy Range has been about showcasing the best quality wine. The Peabody family and Steve Smith MW very quickly put the name and the wines on the minds of wine enthusiasts in New Zealand and more

Te Mata Estate – Setting the Standard

Tuesday 23 May 2017
For as long as I’ve been in the wine industry, I’ve had Te Mata Estate as my benchmark. I started buying Te Mata Estate wines before they became icons, my first purchases included gems such as the ‘Chalino’, Rosé and more

Red Barrel – Standing in the Vineyard

Tuesday 23 May 2017
My partner Sue Davies distributes the Red Barrel Hawke’s Bay wines of John and Juliette Lockie. The operation is a true micro-boutique, with a maximum annual production of 1,000 cases from the yield of 10-12 tonnes from the tiny 2.6 ha of vines on Te Mata more

Sileni Estates – Some Smart Wines in Seventeen

Monday 22 May 2017
A notable wine commentator has gone on record stating that 2017 is the worst vintage in New Zealand wine history, and this was before most of the grapes had been picked! Those who do not have the need to garner sensationalism are far more realistic... more

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