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Tony Bish Wines Hatches Egg Plans

Saturday 20 May 2017
Tony Bish released his first own-label wine in May 2014 with the ‘Fat n Sassy’ Chardonnay 2013. It represented Tony’s desire to go back to ‘hands-on’ winemaking in a business with his wife Karryn. The focus of the project is Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay......read more

New Zealand Organic Wine Awards 2017 Results

Tuesday 9 May 2017
The results of the 2017 New Zealand Organic Wine Awards have been announced. This is the fourth time this competition has been run. It is an independent show run by curator Luke Shore to raise the awareness and increase the market share of organic wines......read more

Book Review – Waiheke Island – A World of Wine, By Clare Dunleavy

Wednesday 19 April 2017
Clare Dunleavy’s book ‘Waiheke Island – A World of Wine’ is a book that I’d like to have written as it is what I do for a living in part. But I know I wouldn’t be able to match her command of language, balance of accessibility and expression of imagery provoking prose......read more

Caythorpe – Diversification for Success

Tuesday 28 March 2017
Caythorpe Fmily Estate is the fifth generation Marlborough agricultural venture of the Bishell family. They are the archetype successful New Zealand farmers who learned that survival, success and a profitable way of life must come from perseverance, innovation and diversification......read more

Carrick Wines Tries a Little Craziness

Thursday 23 March 2017
It’s a little crazy at Carrick Wines. Founders Steve Green and Barbara Robertson-Green sold last year to Elizabeth Zhong, who also owns Kennedy Point Vineyard on Waiheke Island. Steve and Barbara remain running Carrick for some time yet......read more

Burn Cottage Complexity

Wednesday 22 March 2017
One of the ‘hottest’ Central Otago Pinot Noir labels is Burn Cottage. It is the vineyard and farm complex of Marquis Sauvage who purchased the Lowburn site in 2002. The winemakers are Ted Lemon, based in Sonoma in California, and Claire Mulholland... ...read more

Book Review- The Pleasures of Wine, By Gerald Asher

Wednesday 22 March 2017
There is much to be said for writing that is elegant, sensitive and thought-provoking in the most gentle way. Such writing is timeless and can be read many times over without fear of being bored or finding it tiresome. Gerald Asher is a writer who can do this......read more

Felton Road 2016 Chardonnay and Pinot Noir Barrel Samples

Tuesday 21 March 2017
It was timely to visit Felon Road before the 2017 harvest in Central Otago began. Felton Road are well-known for being the first to pick, this being a result of their precocious sites, as well as winemaker Blair Walter’s search for greater elegance by picking early......read more

The Writer’s Block and URBN VINO Pinot Noir 2016 Barrel Samples

Tuesday 21 March 2017
Brendan Seal has a modus operandi that is somewhat different to other wine producers. He obtains small and special lots of grapes each year to make one-off wines. No two wines are ever the same (of course), and there appears to be no continuity......read more

Urlar – A Transition in Progress

Saturday 18 March 2017
I’ve always had an active interest in the evolution of Urlar, the winegrowing venture of Angus and Davina Thomson in Gladstone. Coming from a Scottish farming history, they established their vineyard in 2004, and it was evident that their aim was for quality......read more

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