Greystone 2018 Rosé and Thistle Ridge Pinot Noir 2017
The Elder Martinborough Rosé 2018
Brookfields 2018 Ohiti Sauvignon Blanc, 2017 Bergman Chardonnay, and 2016 Hillside Syrah and Gold Label Cabernet Merlot
Charles Wiffen 2018 Pinot Rosé and 2016 Chardonnay
Alexander ‘Raumati’ Martinborough Pinot Noir Rosé 2018
Decibel 2018 Viognier, 2017 Malbec and 2018 Giunta Malbec Nouveau
Newman’s Own ‘Common Good’ 2016 California Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon
Wild Earth Central Otago 2018 Pinot Rosé, and 2017 Pinot Gris and Riesling
Mt Beautiful North Canterbury Pinot Gris 2017
Mount Brown North Canterbury Pinot Noir Rosé 2018
Negociants N.Z. Global Reach in Wine Distribution
Ceres ‘Black Rabbit’ Riesling 2018 and ‘Composition’ Pinot Noir 2017
Wing and Prayer North Canterbury Riesling 2017
Two Rivers 2018 ‘Convergence’ Sauvignon Blanc, ‘Clos des Pierres’ Chardonnay 2017 and ‘Tributary’ Pinot Noir 2016
SOHO Wines Show Diversity, Breadth and Quality
Vino Lascito Rubicone Sangiovese 2016
Burn Cottage ‘Moonlight Race’ Pinot Noir 2016
Mud House 2018 Marlborough, ‘Grovetown’ and Waipara ‘Home Block’ Pinot Gris
Fox in the Hen House Australian Reds
Starborough Marlborough 2018 Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris, and 2017 Chardonnay and Pinot Noir
Gibbston Valley ‘China Terrace’ Chardonnay 2017 and 2016, and ‘GV’ Pinot Noir 2017
McManis California Chardonnay 2017
Yalumba with a Selection of Y-Series Whites and Reds, and ‘The Scribbler’ 2016
Clark Estate Marlborough 2018, 2017 and 2016 Releases
Mahi Marlborough 2016 Chardonnay and 2017 Pinot Noir
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Featured Reviews

European Imports from Steve Bennett MW

01 November,2017
Steve Bennett MW has a wide circle of contacts around the world from who he can access all manner of wines. He has a penchant for selecting wines for the New Zealand market that are very representative of the origins, but also offering very good value. This takes considerable skill and knowledge of the wine as well as the market, and a sharp palate, attributes he has shown to have over his many years of importing and distribution. Here, I review a selection of European Imports imported by Stephen. All are ripe and sweet-fruited, and should find good appeal in the marketplace. For availability, contact Stephen Bennett MW at Tel: 09 378-9463


Thierry Boudinaud ‘La Grande Tour’ Pays d’Oc Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot 2015

Blended Red from France – Other

Dark, even, ruby-red colour with purple-black hues, youthful in appearance. The nose is soft and gently full with aromas of well-ripened savoury black and red currant fruit with some black plum notes along with a subtle nutty and earthy amalgam. Medium-bodied, the palate is juicy and sweet with plush fruit flavours of ripe blackcurrants, blackberries and black plums, along with a little earthy and nutty edge. The mouthfeel is bright and gently rich with fruit sweetness and balanced acidity. The palate has light, supple tannins providing good accessibility. The wine carries to a light, gentle finish. This is a bright, sweet and juicy-fruited Cabernet/Merlot with blackcurrant and plum flavours on an accessible palate. Match with antipasto, tapas, and barbecued and roasted red meat dishes over the next 3+ years. A blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon and 45% Merlot from Languedoc-Roussillon, fermented to 13.0% alc. 16.5+/20 Nov 2017 RRP $14.99

Vino Lascito Rubicone Sangiovese IGT 2015

Sangiovese from Italy – Other

Full, saturated black-red colour, with slight ruby hues on the edge. The nose is full and well-packed with ripe black berried and dark-red cherry fruit aroma along with some black plum and port-like notes. Medium-full bodied, the palate is rich and ripe with mouthfilling flavours of savoury black berry and cherry fruit with black plum elements. The flavours unfold port-like and jammy layers. The fruit is underlined by fine, grainy tannin textures, with integrated, soft acidity. The wine has good energy and carries positively to a softly full, sweet and savoury red fruited finish. This is a very ripe Sangiovese with savoury black berry and cherry flavours with plum and porty notes on a fine, grainy palate. Match with roasted and slow-cooked game meat dishes over the next 3+ years. Sangiovese fruit from the Bidente Valley in the Rubicone region of Emilia-Romagna, Italy, fermented to 13.0% alc. 17.0/20 Nov 2017 RRP $16.99

MGM Mondo del Vino ‘Il Sarone’ Vino Rosso 2014

Blended Red from Italy – Other

Full, dark ruby-red colour with slight purple hues, lighter on the rim. The nose is softly full with finely presented, fragrant and lifted aromas of dark-red and blackberry fruits along with dark-red floral notes, hints of ripe plums and suggestions of jam. Medium-bodied, the palate has intense flavours of sweet, dark-red fruits with lifted floral elements and hints of plum jam. The fruit is balanced by light, background tannins and soft, ripe acidity that allows the fruit sweetness to prevail. The wine carries to an elegant and stylish finish. This is a sweet-fruited, aromatic Italian blended red with ripeness and soft tannin structure. Match with pasta, pizza and barbecued fare over the next 3 years. An Italian Vino de Tavola. A blend of Negroamaro, Primitivo, Montepulciano and Nero d’Avola, fermented to 13.0% alc. 17.0/20 Nov 2017 RRP $16.95

Bodegas Piqueras ‘Black Label’ Almansa Garnacha Tintorera 2014

Grenache from Spain

Full, even, dark ruby-red colour, a little lighter on the edge. This has an elegantly concentrated nose with ripe, dark-red raspberry and blackberry fruit aromas, along with a suggestion of nutty oak and earthy elements. The nose reveals a soft aromatic lift with aeration. Medium-full bodied, the palate has rich, ripe and juicy fruit flavours of dark raspberry and blackberry fruit. The fruit is supported by light tannin extraction, providing a supple, easy-flowing palate, underlined by a little alcoholic power. The acidity is balanced and harmonious, and the wine carries smoothly to a light-nuanced, lingering finish. This is a rich, ripe old vine Garnacha with raspberry and blackberry fruit on a smooth palate with some alcoholic drive. Match with roasted and grilled red meat dishes over the next 3-4 years. Old vine Garnacha Tintorera from Almansa, Spain, bush vines 45-60 y.o., hand-picked and fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 6-8 months in American oak 300 L casks. 17.5/20 Nov 2017 RRP $19.95
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