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Framingham 2018 Sauvignon Blanc, 2017 Classic Riesling, 2018 Select and Noble Rieslings, and 2017 Pinot Noir
Rojo ‘Gran Rojo’ Tempranillo Rosado 2017
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Forrest 2017 and 2016 Gruner Veltliner, 2014 Chardonnay, and John Forrest ‘Collection’ Pinot Noir 2013
Te Whare Ra 2018 Aromatic Whites, 2014 Pinot Noir and 2017 Noble Riesling
Tiki ‘Estate’ Waipara Pinot Noir 2018
Mahi 2016 ‘Boundary Farm’ Sauvignon Blanc and ‘Twin Valleys’ Chardonnay
Queensberry Gardens 2018 Chenin Blanc, and The Lazy Dog ‘Sweet on Chenin’ and Gewurztraminer
Palliser Estate Martinborough Sauvignon Blanc 2018
Red Deer Marlborough Rosé 2018
Dry River Martinborough 2017 Chardonnay, ‘The Twelve Spies’, 2015 Syrah and 2018 Botrytis Gewurztraminer
X Wines ‘little x’ Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2014
Akaroa Winery Banks Peninsula 2016 and 2015 Pinot Noirs
Lamont Central Otago 2018 Pinot Rosé and Pinot Gris, and 2017 Chardonnay
Pegasus Bay 2016 Sauvignon Semillon and ‘Aria’ Late Picked Riesling
The Luminary 2018 Martinborough Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir
Big Bunch Hawke’s Bay 2018 Pinot Gris and 2014 Merlot
Coto de Hayas ‘Roble’ Campo de Borja 2017
Misha’s Vineyard 2017 ‘Starlet’ Sauvignon Blanc, and 2016 ‘Gallery’ Gewurztraminer and ‘Cantata’ Pinot Noir
Brookfields ‘Ohiti Estate’ 2018 Pinot Gris and 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon
Maui Waipara and Tiki 'Estate' Marlborough 2018 Sauvignon Blanc
Taimana Waitaki Pinot Noir 2013
Daniel Le Brun Methodes and Morton Estate ‘Black Label’ Wines from LionCo
Rockburn Central Otago Pinot Noir 2017
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Tasting Reviews




Taylor Made 2017 Malbec and 2015 Shiraz

Monday 3 December 2018
Taylors Wines in the Clare Valley is a third generational Australian family business that has grown to be a global success. The company has as its mainstay the very good and ultra-reliable Clare Valley ‘Estate’ wines, but makes ranges for practically all occasions......read more

Grove Mill with Greg Lane

Tuesday 27 November 2018
Greg Lane was appointed the winemaker at Foley Family’s Grove Mill Marlborough winery in October 2017. As part of the Foley Family organisation, he works with Stu Marfell of Vavasour who looked after the Grove Mill production until Greg’s arrival......read more

Greywacke Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2009

Wednesday 14 November 2018
The 2018 vintage marked Kevin and Kimberley Judd’s tenth vintage with their Greywacke label. For them, it has been an incredibly rapid journey to success, with strong export market sales and a very visible domestic presence. When Kevin left Cloudy Bay after 25 years......read more

Italian Varietal Wines from Coopers Creek

Friday 9 November 2018
Simon Nunns, winemaker at Coopers Creek in Huapai has a fascination with wines and varieties that are unusual, but being trialled in New Zealand. This partly stems from his own personal tastings and travels. Under the ‘Select Vineyards’ range... ...read more

Stoneleigh Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Thursday 25 October 2018
The ‘Stoneleigh’ brand has a special place in the Pernod-Ricard portfolio, though ‘Brancott Estate’ is the company’s premier label in Marlborough. The Stoneleigh vineyards were established in 1980 by Corbans, the rival to pioneering Montana... ...read more

Thorn-Clarke ‘Sandpiper’, ‘Eden Trail’, ‘Shotfire’ and ‘William Randell’ Releases

Monday 22 October 2018
The alliance of the two well-established Barossa wine-focussed families created a consummate all-rounder in the region. The Thorn-Clarke label makes a full range of wines that cover the spectrum of the Barossa and Eden Valleys across all the essential varieties,,,...read more

Sileni Estates ‘Reserve’ 2018 Sauvignon Blanc, Oaked Chardonnay and Cabernet Franc Merlot

Wednesday 17 October 2018
Sileni Estates was sold to Booster Tahi, the investment business of the Booster KiwiSaver provider last month. Booster Tahi has a number of wine interests, and Sileni adds to this. Sileni Estates continues business in a tighter form, without a number of former key staff......read more

Corofin 2016 Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs with Mike Paterson

Wednesday 10 October 2018
I didn’t catch up with the Patersons for the 2015 Corofin vintage releases, but thankfully this year Mike Paterson called around for a quick visit to show his latest wines from the 2016 vintage. The 2015s were particularly good and I wished I had seen them.......read more

Chapoutier ‘Le Pavillon’ Ermitge 2013 – 1989

Saturday 6 October 2018
Chapoutier’s ’Le Pavillon’ Ermitage is arguably the greatest red Hermitage wine in current times. It has as its peers and rivals the Chave Hermitage and Chave’s ‘Cuvee Cathelin’, and Jaboulet ‘La Chapelle’. All of these wines are different......read more

Brancott Estate ‘Identity’ 2018 Rosé, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and 2017 Pinot Noir

Thursday 27 September 2018
In maintaining or growing market share, a successful strategy is to introduce a new brand with a different angle to its philosophy to the other wines a producer makes. Brancott Estate, as Marlborough’s oldest and most significant wine producer has released the new......read more

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