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Palliser Estate Methode Traditionnelle 2014
26 May, 2017

The Palliser Estate Martinborough Methode Traditionnelle is arguably the best sparkling wine of the Wairarapa, with a long history of success and many top awards behind it. The style is a demanding one to make at the top level, requiring careful and sophisticated winemaking... READ MORE

Alexander Vineyard ‘Dusty Road’ Martinborough Pinot Noir 2016
26 May, 2017

Michael Finucane and Roz Walker have been making excellent wine from their 5 ha vineyard on Hinakura Road, in Martinborough for over 15 years. The commissioning of their new winery and cellar door on-site for the 2014 vintage has seen a further step up in quality...READ MORE

Wood Loop Road Nelson Pinot Noir 2016
26 May, 2017

Wood Loop Road is the new second label of Seal Level Wines, the Nelson wine operation of the Smail family. It is named after the road and site of the vineyard at Mariri, opposite the Kina Peninsula. Here, I review the 2016 Pinot Noir...READ MORE

Dunnolly Estate ‘Reserve’ Waipara Chardonnay 2016
26 May, 2017

Dunnolly Estate is the Waipara Valley winegrowing venture of the Parish family who purchased a 10 ha block of land on Church Road in 1995, planting 72 rows of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in 1996. The Parish family introduced their own label wine with the 2009 vintage...READ MORE

Lake Chalice ‘Sweet Beak’ LH Riesling 2010
25 May, 2017

The Lake Chalice wine brand from Marlborough was established in 1989. It has developed a loyal following and has been well marketed and distributed through the country. In June last year, the brand and vineyards were purchased by the Ibbotson family...READ MORE

Paringa Wines Sparkling Shiraz 2016
25 May, 2017

Paringa Wines is the Riverlands-based Australian wine operation of the famous Hickinbotham family, who own a 690 ha property 90 km northeast of Adelaide. Run by David and Dena Hickinbotham, their son Alan is the winemaker. The wines are fulsome and rich...READ MORE

The Pilot by Alpha Domus 2015 Chardonnay and Leonarda Late Harvest
23 May, 2017

The Ham family grow and make archetype Bridge Pa wines from their 20 hectares of vineyards on Maraekakaho Road just outside of Hastings. ‘The Pilot’ label is the more accessible range and highlights varietal character...READ MORE

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