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Sileni Estates ‘Seasonal Release’ Wines
20 October, 2017

Sileni Estates has released a series of wines under the 'Seasonal Release' label featuring striking artwork on covers over the bottles that are inspired by the food matches for the wines. The bottles are covered with a white-backgrounded sleeve and the colourful artwork...READ MORE

Ellero Central Otago Riesling 2015 and Pinot Noir 2014
20 October, 2017

Ellero is the winegrowing venture of John Montero and Roberta Manell Montero, Californians with considerable experience in winemaking and wineselling. They settled in Central Otago in 2000 establishing their 7-plus hectares of vines on their 16 ha property...READ MORE

Grove Mill 2015 Chardonnay, and Te Tera 2016 Chardonnay and Pinot Noir
19 October, 2017

The wineries under the Foley Family Wine group are thriving following investment in the vineyards and wineries. Vavasour has been owned the longest, and a recent visit by winemaker Stu Marfell showed his confidence and enthusiasm, as well as several very smart wines...READ MORE

French, Chilean and Australian New Releases from EuroVintage
19 October, 2017

The EuroVintage wine distributor’s imported wine portfolio is impressive and complements the New Zealand wines carried. The quality of EuroVintage’s range was recognised at the 2017 New Zealand International Wine Show winning the Champion Wine Company of the Year...READ MORE

Two Rivers 2017 ‘Isle of Beauty’ Rosé and 2016 ‘Clos des Pierres’ Chardonnay
18 October, 2017

The ‘Two Rivers’ Marlborough label of Dave Clouston is rapidly becoming one of the stars of the region. Dave is Marlborough born and bred, so is intimate with the performance of different varieties in sites around the sub-regions. His own ‘Brookby Hill vineyard...READ MORE

Elephant Hill 2017 Syrah Rosé and 2016 Chardonnay
18 October, 2017

Elephant Hill was established by the Weiss family in 2003, and in the short time to now, it has become one of the most exciting and respected Hawke’s Bay wineries. With the coastal home Te Awanga vineyard supported by warmer inland vineyards...READ MORE

Selaks 2017 ‘Berries and Cream’ Rosé and ‘Luscious’ Pinot Gris
18 October, 2017

Most wine producers are very aware of the difficulty of informing potential wine buyers and consumers what their wines taste like. Often, brief descriptions are given on back labels, but clearly the buyer must be proactive in seeking these descriptions...READ MORE

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