Tasting Reviews

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

Elephant Hill ‘Earth’ and ‘Icon’ Wine Preview

Thursday 26 April 2018
During my visit to Elephant Hill, I stated to winemaker Steve Skinner that I’d like to see the vineyards and the winery and maybe taste some wines. The icing on the cake was a presentation of yet-to-be-released wines under the new ‘Earth’ series and up-coming ‘Icon’ wines......read more

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 River......read 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 way......read 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 sherry......read 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 enthusiasm......read 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 Noir......read 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 them......read more

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