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Dandelion GSM 2016 and Les Courtilles Cotes du Rhone 2015
Two Rivers ‘Altitude’ Marlborough Pinot Noir 2014
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Archangel 2015 Pinot Gris, 2013 Stefania and Halina Rieslings and Pinot Noir
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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
Main Divide 2015 Pinot Gris and Chardonnay, and 2014 Pinot Noir
te Pa 2016 Chardonnay and Pa Road 2015 Pinot Noir
Elephant Hill Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2015
Moana Park 2014 Gewurztraminer and 2015 SVR Pinot Noir
Dashwood Marlborough Pinot Noir 2016
Spade Oak ‘Heart of Gold’ Gisborne St Laurent 2014
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Tasting Reviews




Kerpen 2015 Mosel Wines and Older Heim, Lauer and Schwaab Kiebel Bottlings

Tuesday 20 June 2017
Weingut Kerpen has a history of viniculture stretching back around 250 years. The company is in the hands of the immensely popular Martin Kerpen, eighth generation, with daughter Marie-Luise and son Matthias becoming fully immersed in the business......read more

Montana ‘Reserve’ 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay

Monday 12 June 2017
Montana Wines was the name chosen by Dalmatian immigrant Ivan Yukich when he established his wine growing venture in the Waitakere Ranges in West Auckland in the 1940s. With his sons Frank and Mate, the Yukich family grew the business... ...read more

Martinborough Vineyard and Marie Zelie 2013 – 2006

Wednesday 7 June 2017
Following my recent tastings of new Martinborough Vineyard releases which included the super-premium 2013 ‘Marie Zelie’ Pinot Noir, I could not resist the temptation of attending a tasting of Martinborough Vineyard current releases along with a four vintage vertical of ‘Marie Zelie’......read more

Bannock Brae Central Otago Pinot Noir 2014 – 2002

Thursday 25 May 2017
Wine writer and educator Joelle Thomson led a fascinating vertical tasting of Bannock Brae Pinot Noir, with the flagship ‘Barrel Selection’ wine from 2014 back to 2002. The tasting offered six vintages of these plus the 2015 vintage of the ‘Goldfields’ second label... ...read more

TOM 2014 Chardonnay, Syrah and Merlot Cabernet

Tuesday 16 May 2017
The ‘TOM’ wines from the Church Road winery in Hawke’s Bay are without doubt some of the very best wines made in this country. They are, of course, made only in exceptional vintages. Considerable fine-tuning occurs with each release of Church Road’s flagships......read more

St Hugo Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Wednesday 26 April 2017
The ‘St Hugo’ brand is named in honour of Hugo Gramp, grandson of Johann Gramp who was one of the pioneers of the Barossa Valley. Hugo was tragically killed in an aircrash in 1938 along with two other prominent wine industry members......read more

Gisborne Classic Chardonnay

Monday 24 April 2017
The ‘Gisborne Classic Chardonnay’ group has been recently formed by a number of passionate Chardonnay producers to build on the reputation that the Gisborne region has in making “traditional barrel-fermented Chardonnay”......read more

Hugel et Fils becomes Famille Hugel

Tuesday 4 April 2017
One of the most recognised of Alsace producers, Hugel et Fils, based in Riquewihr, has been undergoing subtle changes that have brought it into the modern world to continue growing its clientele. The Hugel family refer to the company as Famille Hugel......read more

A Visit to Valli Vineyards

Wednesday 22 March 2017
During my first trip to Central Otago since 2014, it was essential to visit Valli Vineyards, my ‘Winery of the Year’ in 2016. Grant Taylor began the label with a 1998 Gibbston-fruited Pinot Noir, and went on to create a range of superb Otago sub-regionally expressive Pinot Noirs......read more

Dry River 2017 Autumn Release

Friday 10 March 2017
The 2017 Dry River Autumn Release Wellington mail order tasting was held at The Museum Hotel, as usual, and in attendance were Wilco Lam, assistant winemaker Tom Hindmarsh, and Sarah Bartlett who looks after marketing and communications......read more

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