Hawkshead 2017 Pinot Gris. 2015 Riesling and Bannockburn Pinot Noir, and 2014 ‘First Vines’ Pinot Noir
Smoking Loon, La Crema, McManis and The Crusher Releases
Two Sisters Central Otago Pinot Gris 2016
Clearview Estate 2016 ‘Old Olive Block’, Enigma’ and ‘The Basket Press’
Ceres 2017 ‘Swansong’ Pinot Gris and 2016 ‘Composition’ Pinot Noir
Vicarage Lane Canterbury Pinot Noir 2016
Paddy Borthwick 2017 Riesling and Chardonnay, and 2016 Left Hand and Right Hand Pinot Noirs
Trinity Hill Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2016
Villa Maria ‘Ngakirikiri’ Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
Paxton ‘NOW’ Shiraz 2017 and Hogshead Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
Kuru Kuru and Tarras Vineyards Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017
Red Queen Marlborough Pinot Nor Rosé 2017
Waipara Valley Wines Blanc de Blanc, 2016 Sauvignon, and 2016 Pinot Noir
Elephant Hill 2016 Sauvignon Blanc and Reserve Chardonnay
Aix Rosé, A Torres Selection and Lustau Vermut from EuroVintage
Mills Reef 2017 ‘Reserve’ Pinot Gris and Chardonnay
Nevis Bluff ‘Duke of Cromwell’ Pinot Blanc 2017, and 2017 Rosé, 2014 Pinot Gris and 2013 Pinot Noir
Smith and Sheth ‘CRU’ Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Syrah Releases
Palliser Estate Martinborough Pinot Gris 2017
Karikari Estates 2014 ‘Calypso’ and 2015 Chardonnays, 2016 Viognier and 2015 Syrah and Pinotage
Auntsfield 2016 ‘Single Vineyard’ Chardonnay and Pinot Noir
The Crossings ‘Wild’ Awatere Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Pisa Range Estate‘ Black Poplar’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2015
Z Wine ‘Rustica’ ‘Reserve’ Barossa Valley Shiraz 2015
Grava Wines 2016 Martinborough Sauvignon, Rosé, Riesling and Pinot Noir
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I Am George 2016 Shiraz and Shiraz Cabernet, and 2015 Cabernet Merlot

Tuesday 13 March 2018
I Am George is an Australian red wine brand developed by Pernod-Ricard in tribute to George Wyndham, one of the pioneers of Australian wine. George Wyndham arrived in Sydney from the U.K. in 18727 to purchase over 2,000 acres of land near the Hunter more

Te Mata Estate Showcase 2018

Thursday 1 March 2018
I have always employed Te Mata’s Showcase Tasting at the start of March each year as a marker on the state of the New Zealand wine industry. Even though Hawke’s Bay is no longer the most widely planted region, and the Bordeaux red varieties have given more

Tio Pepe Fino Palmas and Gonzalez Byass VORS Sherries

Tuesday 27 February 2018
Founded in 1835, Gonzalez Byass is nowadays a global drinks company making wines from several districts in Spain as well as in Chile, and a range spirits from gin, brandy and vodka, as well as vermouth. However company’s heart is Jerez and in the production of more

BK Wines and Vanguardist Wines from South Australia at Cult Wine

Tuesday 20 February 2018
Cult Wine on Murphy Street in the Thorndon district is one of Wellington’s smaller wine shops, but it’s big in many aspects. Jules van Costello, an experienced hospitality personality and drinks writer is the front man has a big personality and is full of more

Misha’s Vineyard 2008 ‘The High Note’ and ‘Verismo’ Pinot Noirs

Tuesday 13 February 2018
The first vintage at Misha’s Vineyard in Bendigo Station, near Cromwell, was in 2007. It was deemed a ‘trial vintage’ with 1.5 tonnes of Pinot Noir fruit from 4 y.o. vines from a corner of the top block was made into ‘The Audition’ Pinot more

Wellington Wine Country – A Regional Tasting

Sunday 4 February 2018
The start of the year has seen many wine professionals tour the country. Sommeliers and journalists from around the world have visited the major winegrowing regions, and in my travels, I’ve managed to catch up with a number of more

Forage North Canterbury 2018 Winery and Aged Riesling Tastings

Monday 29 January 2018
It was a privilege to be invited to Forage North Canterbury 2018. I have reported on the foraging experience and the resulting menu at wines served in a Blog article on this site. Part of the day was dedicated to two wine more

Miotto Prosecco – Connected to New Zealand

Thursday 21 December 2017
In the past 10 years, Prosecco from north-east Italy has grown to be one of the most significant sparkling wines of the world, and the market share of the style is continuing to increase globally. The wines are more accessible in style and price than the likes of more

Prophet’s Rock Vin de Paille 2016

Friday 15 December 2017
Prophet’s Rock winemaker Paul Pujol makes wine with his experiences close to his heart and mind. The Prophet’s Rock Pinot Gris and Riesling wines of Bendigo reflect his experience at Kuentz-Bas in Alsace, the wine he makes being complex, textural and more

Lawson’s Dry Hills ‘Ranu’ 2017

Wednesday 13 December 2017
Lawson’s Dry Hills is one of the stalwart wine producers of Marlborough. Established by Ross and Barbara Lawson who planted their first vineyard in 1980, they launched their own label in 1992. The Lawson’s Dry Hills wines have proven to be classical more

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