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Rossendale 2017 Sauvignon Blanc and 2016 Reserve Pinot Noir
The Luminary 2017 Sauvignon Blanc
Waipara Hills Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017
Gate 20 Two Central Otago 2016 Pinot Gris and 2014 Pinot Noir
Clearview 2017 Blush, Gewurztraminer, Chardonnay, and 2016 Merlot
Urbn Vino Dunedin ‘Reserve’ 2016 Pinot Noir
American and Australian Imports by Procure
Obsidian ‘Estate’ Waiheke Island Chardonnay 2017
Pinot Noir Naturel by Fromm 2017
Te Mania Nelson Riesling 2016 – A Re-Look
The Luminary 2017 Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir
Maori Point Central Otago 2017 Pinot Gris and Riesling
No. 1 Family Estate Rosé and No. 1 Reserve Methodes
Domaine Rewa Central Otago Chardonnay 2016
Spade Oak ‘Voysey’ Le Champ and 2017 Chardonnay, and 2016 ‘HOG’ St Laurent and Tempranillo, and 2016 ‘The Prospect’ Chardonnay
Locharburn 2017 Riesling, Pinot Gris and Sauvignon Blanc
Saint Clair ‘Wairau Reserve’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017
Clos Henri, Bel Echo and Petit Clos Releases, and New Methode and Late Harvest Wines
Charles Smith Washington State 2015 Riesling, Chardonnay and Syrah
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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

Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2017 – Trophy Winners

Sunday 26 November 2017
The trophy winners from the 2017 Air New Zealand Wine Awards were announced at the awards dinner held in Hawke’s Bay last night. The trophy for Champion Wine of the Show was awarded to the Isabel Marlborough Chardonnay 2016......read more

Central Otago Pinot Noir New Release Tasting

Friday 24 November 2017
Every year Central Otago Pinot Noir Ltd conducts a ‘Spring Release’ tasting of the new release Pinot Noirs for a group of wine communicators. For this year, the wines tasted were predominantly from the 2016 and 2015 vintages, two very good, high quality, but vintages......read more

Two Days in Central Otago with COPNL

Thursday 23 November 2017
As a prelude to the Central Otago Spring Release Tasting on Friday 24 November, Central Otago Pinot Noir Ltd organised visits to a number of wine producers over the two days beforehand. Each of the invited guests had their own personalised itinerary......read more

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