Tasting Reviews




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

Martinborough Vineyard New and Current Releases

Friday 1 June 2018
It has been four years that the iconic Martinborough Vineyard has operated under the Foley Family Wines ownership. As with Marlborough wineries Vavasour and Grove Mill, and Martinborough winery Te Kairanga, we have seen the benefits of consolidation and investment......read more

Thorn-Clarke ‘Ron Thorn’ Barossa Shiraz 2015

Tuesday 29 May 2018
Thorn-Clarke is a Barossan wine label steeped in six generations of history. The company was formed by the union of David Clarke and Cheryl Thorn in modern times, but their family histories in the Barossa region make them truly well-established......read more

Sileni Estates 2017 ‘Ridge’ Pinot Rosé and ‘Cellar Selection’ Pinot Noir and Merlot

Monday 28 May 2018
Since its inaugural vintage in 1998 Sileni Estates has grown enormously and along the way, and the business plan has evolved. The original philosophy was to concentrate on high-end Hawke’s Bay wines, but market demands, especially for export meant......read more

Jim Barry Clare Valley Wines in Wellington

Wednesday 9 May 2018
Jim Barry Wines is one of Australia’s most loved and respected family winegrowers. Founded in 1959 by Jim Barry, who was the 17th Roseworthy qualified winemaker at the time, the company is now in its third generation, each generation having a qualified winemaker......read more

Cloudy Bay Pinot Noir and Prosciutto

Monday 30 April 2018
It is a gastronomic truth that Pinot Noir is best matched by duck. The reality is that there are many foods that go extremely well with Pinot Noir, including the heavier meats such as pork, beef and venison. Some argue that lamb may be a lesser pairing......read more

Red Barrel Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2013 – 2018

Friday 27 April 2018
When John and Juliette Lockie purchased the tiny ‘Zepelin’ vineyard on Te Mata Road, opposite Black Barn in Havelock North in 2010, their experience as grapegrowers told them to take out the Cabernet Sauvignon and replace it with Chardonnay......read more

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