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Stanley Estates 2016 Albarino, Chardonnay, 2015 Pinot Noir, Lagrein and Stanrock Merlot 2013
28 June, 2017

Steve Pellett and Bridget Ennals established their Awatere Valley winegrowing venture in 2003 when they purchased 11 ha of vineyard land. They named the business after the name of the Land Rover they travelled around the world in before settling down...READ MORE

Fairbourne Sauvignon Blanc 2016 and Two Tails Pinot Gris 2016
28 June, 2017

Experienced wine industry identities Sarah Inkersell and Russell Hooper operate the Marlborough specialist brands of Fairbourne Estate and Two Tails as winemaker and marketer respectively. Being proponents of the unique style of Sauvignon Blanc from hillside vineyards...READ MORE

Pyramid Valley ‘Growers’ and ‘Home’ Collection Wines
27 June, 2017

The Pyramid Valley life and environmentally sensitive wine venture of Mike and Claudia Weersing was established when they purchased their property in the Waikari Valley in North Canterbury in 2000 to make Chardonnay and Pinot Noir on clay-limestone soils... READ MORE

Mystree ‘Reserve’ Martinborough Chardonnay 2015
27 June, 2017

Mystree Estate is the boutique wine venture of Geoff and Carol Reed who retired from work overseas to return to Carol’s home in 2004. In 2009, they planted 2,000 clone 95 and Mendoza Chardonnay vines on just over 0.5 ha of their block on Dry River Road...READ MORE

Spy Valley and Envoy 2016 Gewurztraminer
26 June, 2017

Gewurztraminer was my first wine love, and that was in the 1970s. It was the boldness and flamboyance of the aromas and flavours that captured me. No other wine variety could do that, at the time. It is said that the wine has the spiciness to match Asian cuisine...READ MORE

West Brook Marlborough Chardonnay and Pinot Noirs, Waimauku Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and Malbec
26 June, 2017

It may seem that West Brook is one of the few surviving family wineries operating in West Auckland. Located on Ararimu Road in Waimauku, Anthony and Sue Ivicevich have around 4 ha of vines on their 8 ha property, with Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Malbec...READ MORE

Craggy Range 2015 Aroha, Sophia and Le Sol
23 June, 2017

The release of the Craggy Range ‘Prestige Collection’ wines is among the most anticipated on the New Zealand wine scene. For nearly a decade and a half, these wines have represented some of the country’s finest wines, setting standards for other producers... READ MORE

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