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Alexander and Dusty Road 2017 Martinborough Pinot Noirs
20 July, 2018

Michael Finucane and Roz Walker have been operating Alexander Vineyard, a boutique Martinborough wine operation since 1996. They have 5 ha of vines in Hinakura Road dedicated to Pinot Noir with a small amount of Merlot and some Chardonnay just added...READ MORE

Delta Marlborough 2017 Rosé, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir, and 2016 ‘Hatters Hill’ Chardonnay
20 July, 2018

With Neal Ibbotson of Saint Clair taking over full ownership of Delta Wines last year, there has been a consolidation of the brand, its market position, tiers and aspirations. Originally the wines came from the Delta Farm at the mouth of the Waihopai Valley...READ MORE

Haha ‘Brut Rosé’ NV
19 July, 2018

In 2016, Haha introduced a sparkling wine into their range. Buoyed by its success, they have now added a ‘Brut Rosé’ NV to partner that wine. I must say that the Haha range is looking particularly serious with items to fill many niches...READ MORE

Mudbrick ‘Francesca’ Waiheke Island Chardonnay 2017
19 July, 2018

Mudbrick owners Nick and Robyn Jones have wanted a Chardonnay and a Syrah to join the ranks of ‘The Velvet’, and in 2017, considered to be a challenging year, the Chardonnay fruit was so good that the first ‘Francesca’ Chardonnay was made...READ MORE

Poggio Anima Italian Reds from Procure
19 July, 2018

Poggio Anima is a collection of 6 wines from 4 regions in Italy. It is a collaboration between Riccardo Campinoti, the Brunello Montalcino producer and Ronnie Sanders from Vine Street Imports of New Jersey in the U.S., and the aim is to offer honest wines...READ MORE

Haha Hawke’s Bay Rosé 2018
19 July, 2018

As a virtual winery, the Haha Wine Company can manage its stocks very effectively once a pattern of sales has developed, making the predicted amount required for the market, rather than be compelled to make what a vineyard owning operation harvests...READ MORE

Carrick 2017 ‘Unravelled’, 2016 ‘Crown and Cross’ and 2014 ‘Excelsior’ Pinot Noirs
18 July, 2018

Carrick Wines in Bannockburn, Central Otago was sold to Elizabeth Zhong, who owns Kennedy Point Vineyard on Waiheke Island, in 2016 with a transitional period where founders Steve Green and Barbara Roberston-Green assisted with the change-over...READ MORE

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