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Pegasus Bay 2016 Chardonnay and Merlot Cabernet, and 2015 Pinot Noir
23 May, 2018

When Ivan and Chris Donaldson established Pegasus Bay in the Waipara Valley, North Canterbury in 1985, they planted a mixture of varieties they deemed would succeed following their earlier experience with an experimental vineyard... READ MORE

Trapiche 2015 ‘Medalla’ Cabernet Sauvignon
23 May, 2018

Trapiche is arguably Argentina’s most significant wine producer, part of the giant Penaflor Group, which has been owned by the Bemberg family since 2010. It is based in Maipu, Mendoza, where it has its winery. Led by Director of Winemaking, Daniel Pi...READ MORE

Spy Valley 2017 ‘E Block’ Sauvignon Blanc and ‘Single Estate’ Pinot Gris
22 May, 2018

It has been noticeable that Spy Valley have taken a more informative, detailed and definitive stance on labelling their wines, giving more information as to the provenance. This is an important action to take as the world’s fine wine market is becoming more discerning...READ MORE

Charles Smith ‘The Velvet Devil’ Washington State Merlot 2015
22 May, 2018

Charles Smith Wines is a Washington State brand that comes under the Constellation Brands umbrella, acquired in 2016, and is one of the more individual. The wines are funky and distinctive in presentation and come under founder Charles Smith’s ‘The Modernist Project’... READ MORE

Allan Scott Hawke’s Bay Shiraz 2014
21 May, 2018

Allan Scott Family Winemakers is truly a Marlborough wine business, founders Allan and Catherine Scott figuring among the pioneers of the region. Their wines are classical representations of variety and regionality, and seen widely in nearly all segments of the market...READ MORE

Mount Brown North Canterbury Pinot Noir 2017 – A Re-Look
21 May, 2018

Last month, I reviewed the Mount Brown Pinot Noir 2017. Coming from a generally challenging vintage, it didn’t surprise me to find a smaller-scale wine that was based on its perfumes, with some herbal expression and crisp acidity...READ MORE

Burn Cottage Central Otago Pinot Noir 2016
18 May, 2018

Burn Collage is one of the cult Central Otago Pinot Noirs which are creating a lot of interest. This attention actually began before any wine was produced, as the Lowburn site was scoped out by wine lover and German winery proprietor Marquis Sauvage... READ MORE

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