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Mystree ‘Reserve’ Martinborough Chardonnay 2015
Spy Valley and Envoy 2016 Gewurztraminer
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Craggy Range 2015 Aroha, Sophia and Le Sol
Dandelion GSM 2016 and Les Courtilles Cotes du Rhone 2015
Two Rivers ‘Altitude’ Marlborough Pinot Noir 2014
Georges Road 2016 Rosé and Pinot Gris, 2014 Rose and Pinot Noir, and Syrah 2015 and 2016
Kidnapper Cliffs 2014 Chardonnay and 2013 Cabernet Merlot and Syrah
Archangel 2015 Pinot Gris, 2013 Stefania and Halina Rieslings and Pinot Noir
Sugar Loaf 2016 Marlborough Riesling, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir
Mt Beautiful 2016 Rosé, Sauvignon and Riesling, and 2015 Pinot Gris
SOHO ‘Zabeel’ Waiheke Island 2015
Alexander 2016 Martinborough Pinot Noir and Merlot
Te Whare Ra 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling ‘D’, Pinot Gris, and 2015 Pinot Noir
Ostler Waitaki Valley Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer and Pinot Noir
Yealands Single Vineyard Awatere Pinot Noir 2016
Matahiwi Estate 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay
Mills Reef 2016 Reserve Syrah and 2015 Elspeth Cabernet Sauvignon
Montsable Pays d’Oc Chardonnay 2016
Jules Taylor 2016 Pinot Noir and ‘OTQ’ Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir
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te Pa 2016 Chardonnay and Pa Road 2015 Pinot Noir
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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... ...read 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... ...read 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 overseas......read 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 Furmint......read 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 Road......read 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... ...read more

Clearview Estate in Motion

Monday 22 May 2017
Clearview Estate now has access to just over 24 ha of vines spread around the winery area, supplemented with a small intake of Cabernet Sauvignon from the Gimblett Gravels, these supplying 12 varieties to yield approx. 200 tonnes annually, to make 15,000 cases of wine......read more

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

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