Tasting Reviews




Yalumba Masterclass with The Caley and Jane Ferrari

Monday 14 August 2017
For me, Yalumba, Robert Hill Smith, great Australian wine and Jane Ferrari are fully interwoven. As Australia’s oldest family-owned independent winegrower, with a history stretching back to 1849, Yalumba holds a unique place in the Australian wine industry......read more

Te Mata Coleraine 2015 – 1982

Wednesday 2 August 2017
Te Mata ‘Coleraine’ from Hawke’s Bay is in my opinion New Zealand’s greatest red wine. No other wine made in the country has the continuous track-record of quality at the highest level, or the consistency of style. It is a tribute to the foresight of John Buck......read more

The 2014 Hawke’s Bay Vintage Wine Collection

Monday 10 July 2017
For a judgement of the 2014 vintage in Hawke’s Bay, the Hawke’s Bay Winegrowers asked Bob Campbell MW to pick his top wines from wines submitted by producer members for this purpose. Bob Campbell MW is one of the most respected palates in this country......read more

Montana Reserve Waipara Pinot Noir 2016

Thursday 6 July 2017
Last month I reviewed three of the four newly released Montana ‘Reserve’ wines labelled as a tribute to the Yukich family who established Montana wines in the 1940s. The company went on to become the largest wine company in New Zealand......read more

Champagne Bollinger with Guy de Rivoire

Monday 3 July 2017
Champagne Bollinger has always held a special and respected place for the market. In my time as a wine consumer and wine retailer from the 1970s to 2010, Bollinger Champagne was always one of the most full-bodied and complex. Its small production......read more

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

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