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Tasting Reviews




Jacob’s Creek ‘Le Petit Rosé’ 2017

Monday 23 October 2017
This is a new wine for Jacob’s Creek in Australia to fulfil the growing rosé category. It is inspired by the winemaking style of the rosé wines of Provence in southern France. Winemaker Trina Smith says that “with the popularity [of the rosé class] has come a greater appreciation......read more

Brancott Estate ‘Reflection’ 2016 Sauvignon Blanc and Gris, and 2015 Pinot Noir

Thursday 19 October 2017
Brancott Estate has released a pair of limited edition wines under the ‘Reflection’ nomenclature to mark the collaboration between Brancott Estate and the New York-based design-focussed Dror Studio, founded by Dror Benshetrit......read more

Coopers Creek – A Hawke’s Bay Selection

Monday 9 October 2017
Simon Nunns is Coopers Creek’s winemaker, taking over from Kim Crawford in 1998, and is a major factor in the company’s success. Simon is a highly respected wine judge, and his experience no doubt gives him the insights and perspectives to develop the wines styles......read more

Saint Clair ‘Pioneer Block 9 – Big John’ Riesling 2012, 2009 and 2007

Monday 2 October 2017
The Saint Clair team have a very strong relationship with their growers. There is an aspiration for them to become growers for the ‘Pioneer Block’ range of wines, as this identifies their vineyards as producing fruit that result in wines of high quality and individual style......read more

Greywacke Wild Sauvignon 2015 – 2009 and Chardonnay 2014 – 2009

Tuesday 26 September 2017
To any wine enthusiast, it would have come as no surprise that Kevin Judd would succeed with his own label after leaving Cloudy Bay following 25 years of making ground breaking wines. In 2009, Kevin and his wife Kimberley launched ‘Greywacke'......read more

Montana ‘Reserve’ Hawke’s Bay Rosé 2017

Wednesday 20 September 2017
In June this year, Pernod-Ricard released the Montana ‘Reserve range of wines as a tribute to the Montana brand established by Dalmatian immigrant Ivan Yukich in Auckland in the 1940s. The company grew to become the largest winegrower in New Zealand......read more

Esk Valley and ‘The Terraces’ 2015 – 2013 with Gordon Russell

Thursday 7 September 2017
under the Villa Maria Estates umbrella, Esk Valley of Hawke’s Bay holds a special place, not only for the company, but for a hoard of wine lovers. If anyone pointed the finger of homogenisation as being part of one overall company, one need only look at Esk Valley......read more

Waitaki Valley Wines – A Tasting with Joelle Thomson

Thursday 17 August 2017
The Waitaki Valley vignoble is relatively new in New Zealand, the first vines, Pinot Noir being planted in 2001. The region is situated approx. 65 km inland from Oamaru on the east coast, and most of the vineyards are located within 20 km of Kurow......read more

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

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