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Dry River 2017 Spring Releases
20 September, 2017

At the start of the month, Dry River held their Spring Release tasting along with a Re-corking Clinic at the winery in Martinborough. I attended the event, and saw the re-corking process and had a quick tasting of the wines...READ MORE

Black Stilt Waitaki Valley 2016 Pinot Gris and Riesling, and 2014 Pinot Noir
20 September, 2017

The Black Stilt vineyard is the Waitaki Valley wine venture of Aucklanders John and Nola Harvey, who over 2004 and 2005 planted 3 ha of Pinot Gris and 1 ha of Pinot Noir on one of the higher locations in the district. The vineyard is named after one of the world's rarest wading birds...READ MORE

Saint Clair Hawke’s Bay 2016 ‘Premium’ Syrah and 2014 ‘Pioneer Block 17’ Merlot
19 September, 2017

In 2013, Saint Clair purchased the ‘Plateau’ vineyard in the Gimblett Gravels from where they had been sourcing some of their Hawke’s Bay fruit to supplement their portfolio of Marlborough wines. The 10.4 ha vineyard, off Omahu Road, Twyford has... READ MORE

Postage Stamp 2017 ‘Genevievre’ Rosé and 2016 ‘View East’ Syrah
19 September, 2017

Last year, Auckland entrepreneur Andrew Barnes purchased the ‘View East’ Waiheke Island vineyard of the late Daren Day and his wife Brigit to form Postage Stamp Wines. The vineyard on Cowes Road measures 1.5 ha and is planted wholly to Syrah...READ MORE

Gem Winery ‘2nd Ningxia Winemaker’s Challenge’ Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
19 September, 2017

This wine is one that was made as part of the Ningxia Wine Regions ‘Winemaker’s Challenge as sponsored by the Chinese government, The Ningxia wine region is in the foothills of the Helan mountains, which divide inner and outer Mongolia, and is part of the Gobi desert...READ MORE

Trinity Hill ‘Homage’ Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2015
18 September, 2017

Trinity Hill’s ‘Homage’ Syrah is regarded as arguably the finest Syrah made in this country. The wine was commissioned as a tribute to Gerard Jaboulet of Paul Jaboulet Aine, who Trinity Hill’s founding winemaker John Hancock worked vintage for in 1996... READ MORE

Tiki ‘Koro’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2015
18 September, 2017

Tiki Wine and Vineyards is the wine venture of Royce and Sue McKean who on returning from overseas established vineyards in Waipara and Marlborough releasing their first wine from the 2009 vintage, that being 1,000 cases of Sauvignon Blanc...READ MORE

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