Tasting Reviews




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

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

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