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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’ vineyards......read 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 year......read 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 finalists......read 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... ...read 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... ...read more

Escarpment Vineyard 2017 Barrel Samples

Monday 18 December 2017
Around this time every year, I get the opportunity of tasting the current vintage Escarpment Vineyard Martinborough wines from barrel with winemakers Larry McKenna and Huw Kinch. The Escarpment Vineyard wines are among the most progressive of the region......read more

Palliser Estate 2017 Barrel Sample Pre-Tasting

Monday 18 December 2017
I look forward to tasting the Palliser Estate tank and barrel samples of yet-to-be released wines. I find that the wines of Palliser Estate are excellent representations of the Martinborough region, as their vineyards are spread out in different areas......read more

Pegasus Bay Mail Order Tasting in Wellington

Wednesday 6 December 2017
I usually give myself plenty of time to attend the annual Pegasus Bay mail order tasting. Unfortunately this year, I was besieged with commitments which ate into my time. So I missed getting my overview of the Pegasus Bay range......read more

Raymond Chan Wine Reviews ‘Winery of the Year’ 2017 – Vidal Estate

Monday 4 December 2017
For 2017, the Raymond Chan Wine Reviews ‘Winery of the Year’ is awarded to Vidal Estate in Hastings, Hawke’s Bay. The wines from this winery are leaders in the contemporary expressions of Chardonnay, the Bordeaux varieties and Syrah in New Zealand......read more

A Couple of Days in Central Otago

Sunday 26 November 2017
Following an intensive few days before and attending the Central Otago Pinot Noir Ltd Spring Release Tasting, Sue and I decided to catch up with some of her suppliers, and visit some ‘old’ friends in the region. Here are some observations and impressions......read more

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