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Neudorf 2018 Pinot Rosé, 2017 Moutere Chardonnay and 2016 Moutere Pinot Noir
Pask 2016 ‘Declaration’ Chardonnay and ‘Small Batch’ Trilliant’, and 2014 ‘Declaration’ Merlot and Cabernet Merlot Malbec
Black Cottage 2018 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc and ‘Reserve’ Central Otago Pinot Noir
Forrest Wines 2018 Rosé, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris and Albarino, and 2015 Gruner Veltliner and Pinot Noir
The Hunting Lodge 2017 Pinot Gris, Marsanne Viognier and Chardonnay
Lake Chalice 2017 ‘The Falcon’ Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and Riesling, and Raptor Chardonnay
Matchbook Dunnigan Hills ‘Old Head’ Chardonnay 2016
Nevis Bluff 2017 Rosé and 2014 Pinot Noir
Summerhouse 2018 Marlborough Pinot Rosé and 2016 Hawke’s Bay Merlot
Valli 2018 Waitaki Riesling, 2017 Pinot Gris and 2017 Regional Pinot Noirs
Palacio de Oriente Rioja Tempranillo 2017
Locharburn 2018 Central Otago Pinot Rosé and Pinot Gris
Tantalus 2017 ‘Cachette’, 2015 Merlot Franc, and ‘Voile’, ‘Evoque’, and ‘Ecluse’
Mount Dottrel Central Otago Pinot Noir 2011
Greystone ‘Thomas Brothers’ Waipara Pinot Noir 2016
Stoneburn Marlborough 2018 Sauvignon Blanc and 2016 Pinot Noir
Mount Brown 2018 North Canterbury Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling
Zaria Hawke’s Bay Rosé 2018
Craggy Range ‘Prestige Collection’ 2016 Vintage
Morepork Northland Pinot Gris 2018
Julicher Estate and ’99 Rows’ Te Muna Pinot Noir 2015
The Winemaker’s Wife and The Lady Ranfurly Releases from Simon McGeorge
Mission ‘Barrique Reserve’ 2017 Chardonnay and Syrah, and 2016 Pinot Noir and Cabernet
Dashwood 2018 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris
Black Cottage 2018 Rosé and Pinot Gris
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Sileni ‘Cellar Selection’ 2018 Cabernet Franc Rosé and Syrah, and ‘Straits’ Sauvignon Blanc

Tuesday 11 September 2018
It was announced last week that Sileni Estates in the Bridge Pa Triangle was sold to Booster Tahi, the investment business of the Booster KiwiSaver provider. Already under the Booster Tahi umbrella are the Awatere River Wine Co. and Waimea Estates......read more

Stoneleigh ‘Wild Valley’ 2018 Rosé and Pinot Gris

Monday 10 September 2018
Stoneleigh first introduced the ‘Wild Valley’ range in with a Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir made by indigenous yeast fermentation. This is a vinification technique that is deemed relatively adventurous and risky, as fermentations are less controllable... ...read more

Coopers Creek Hawkes Bay Chardonnays, a Syrah and Bordeaux Varietal Reds

Saturday 8 September 2018
Founded by Andrew and Cynthia Hendry in 1980, Coopers Creek is one of the best-known and best-loved wineries in north-west Auckland. This is mainly due to the very wide range of wines made that offer something for everyone, making the cellar door......read more

Contemporary German Wine with Andrew Hedley

Thursday 6 September 2018
My journey of love with German wines began in the 1970s, not long after the 1971 German Wine Laws were introduced, and we had the superlative 1971, 1975 and 1976 vintages come on stream. Essentially these laws put into practice the theory that the riper the grapes......read more

Sileni Estates ‘Cellar Selection’ 2018 Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir

Wednesday 29 August 2018
Sileni Estates is one of the larger producers based in Hawke’s Bay, but the majority of the output is in Marlborough sourced wine. This reflects the degree that exports make in the sales; every significant New Zealand winegrower of size must have a Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc......read more

Chateau d’Yquem at the Hippopotamus at the QT Hotel

Wednesday 22 August 2018
When the Hippopotamus Restaurant at the QT Museum Hotel in Wellington gave notice it was to host a wine and food matched dinner with Chateau d’Yquem Sauternes, the world’s greatest sweet wine, it was a no-brainer to attend......read more

Campo Viejo Cava Brut Reserva NV

Monday 9 July 2018
Bodegas Campo Viejo is one of Rioja’s most innovative and contemporary wineries which specifically made inexpensive crianza styled Riojas instead of the long oak aged versions that were normal at the time. The new style became very quickly and widely accepted......read more

Taylor Brown – A Selection of The Best Wines

Friday 6 July 2018
Taylor Brown is a collaboration between Taylors Wines of the Clare Valley and Brown Brothers of Milawa, Victoria in marketing their wines in New Zealand. Both are multi-generational family businesses with a proud history in Australia, and in New Zealand......read more

Dashwood 2017 Chardonnay and Pinot Noir

Thursday 14 June 2018
It’s always fun and educational to catch up with Stu Marfell, winemaker of Vavasour Wines, Awatere Valley, Marlborough. Over the years we’ve covered a lot of ground about the wine industry. Probably the foremost was the purchase of Vavasour......read more

Sons of Eden Strike in New Zealand

Tuesday 12 June 2018
‘Sons of Eden’ is the Barossa wine venture of winemaker Corey Ryan and viticulturist Simon Cowham, who learnt their trade in the wineries of the Barossa and Eden Valleys near Adelaide in South Australia, hence the name ‘Sons of Eden’.... ...read more

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