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Askerne 2017 and 2016 Rose and White Releases, with a 2014 Syrah and 2015 Sweet Red
11 December, 2017

John and Kathryn Loughlin established their Askerne Winery in 1993 planting 11 ha of only white varieties so as not to conflict with John’s father’s Waimarama Estate wine venture just down the road on the Te Mata – Mangatertere Road... READ MORE

Framingham Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017
11 December, 2017

To most wine lovers in New Zealand, Framingham is best regarded as a Riesling producer, with winemaker Dr Andrew Hedley rated arguably as the best maker of that variety in the country. However, in actuality, Riesling accounts for only around 2,000 of the 25,000 cases...READ MORE

Squawking Magpie ‘The Gravels’ Syrah 2016
08 December, 2017

Gavin Yortt, one of the pioneer growers in the Gimblett Gravels in Hawke’s Bay, with vineyards dating back to 1981, has had his Squawking Magpie brand operating since the 1999 vintage. A passionate supporter of the region and especially the Gimblett Gravels... READ MORE

Bannock Brae Central Otago ‘Cathy’s’ Rosé 2017
08 December, 2017

Crawford and Catherine Brown established their Central Otago winegrowing venture when they purchased land and planted vines on Cairnmuir Road in Bannockburn in 1998. From their first vintage in 2001, they have forged a name for outstanding Pinot Noir...READ MORE

Mission ‘Estate’ 2017 Pinot Gris, 2016 Pinot Noir, Merlot and 2015 Merlot/Cabernet, and ‘Barrique Reserve’ Cabernet/Merlot 2015
07 December, 2017

Mission Estate is well-known for its accessible ‘Estate’ range made from fruit from their Hawke’s Bay and Marlborough vineyard sources. Winemaker Paul Mooney, with the company for over 30 years is one of the country’s most experienced and respected...READ MORE

Johner Estate 2017 Rose, Whites and Nobles, and 2015 and 2014 Reds
07 December, 2017

Established in 2001, Johner Estate is the Wairarapa winegrowing venture of Karl Heinz Johner whose family has a sister winery in the Kaiserstuhl region of Germany. The 15 ha Gladstone vineyard has 7.2 ha devoted to Pinot Noir, but Karl and his winemaker Raphael Burki...READ MORE

Mission ‘VS’ 2017 Pinot Gris, 2015 Pinot Noir and 2016 Merlot and Syrah
06 December, 2017

As with any significantly sized wine producer, Mission Estate has several tiers to meet different segments of the market. The ‘Vineyard Selection’ range bridges the widely seen ‘Estate’ bottlings and the more limited production ‘Reserve’ wines...READ MORE

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