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Paddy Borthwick 2017 Sauvignon, 2016 Pinot, and 2014 Left Hand and Right Hand Pinots
18 August, 2017

As one of the Wairarapa’s most experienced winemakers Paddy Borthwick puts out consistently high quality wines, much of which is exported. However Paddy has a loyal following in New Zealand, and these consumers have plenty to pique their interest...READ MORE

Wooing Tree New Releases from 2017 to 2012
17 August, 2017

Wooing Tree is a significant Cromwell-based vineyard and producer established in 2002 to make Pinot Noir-based wines. There are 16 ha of Pinot Noir planted in clones 5, 6, 115, 667 and 777 with 1 ha of clone 95 Chardonnay, and an inventive approach has led...READ MORE

Awatere River ‘Single Vineyard’ Marlborough Chardonnay 2016
16 August, 2017

Louis Vavasour has continued his family’s legacy of working on Marlborough land which dates back to 1887. The Vavasours feature in the Awatere Valley, where Louis’s parents Peter and Anna established the first commercial grapevines in 1986...READ MORE

Two Sisters Central Otago Pinot Noir 2015
16 August, 2017

Adam Peren has had a long involvement with the Central Otago wine industry, originally a director of Peregrine, but setting up his own 6.5 ha vineyard in 1999 in Lowburn to pursue single vineyard wine expressions. The site, named for his daughters...READ MORE

Clearview Estate 2016 Reserve Chardonnay and Syrah
15 August, 2017

One of the most-well known of Hawke’s Bay wineries, Tim Turvey and Helma van den Berg’s Clearview Estate is famous for its mouthfilling, thoroughly satisfying Chardonnays. The ‘Reserve’ Chardonnay is an iconic New Zealand wine with a three decade track record...READ MORE

Morepork Northland Pinot Gris 2017
15 August, 2017

The Morepork Vineyard is the very small single variety site of Phil and Rosemary Minehan who planted Barrie clone Pinot Gris in two blocks on their north-facing vineyard on Puketotara Road, Kerikeri, in the Bay of Islands in 2007, 2008 and 2010...READ MORE

Trinity Hill Gimblett Gravels 2016 and 2015 Releases
14 August, 2017

The premium ‘Black Label or Gimblett Gravels wines of Trinity Hill are the face of the company. Trinity Hill was formed by John Hancock and partners to highlight the very high quality and distinctive character of the wines from the Gimblett Gravels sub-region...READ MORE

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