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Spade Oak Methode Blanc de Blancs NV and Tempranillo Rosé 2017
Gate 20 Two Central Otago Pinot Noir 2015
Waitapu Estate ‘Reef View’ Northland Pinotage 2016 and 2015
The Crossings 2017 Sauvignon and Pinot Gris, and 2016 Gruner and Pinot Noir
Whistling Buoy 2016 ‘Kokolo’ Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, and ‘Half Acre’ Pinot Noir
Rossendale 2017 Sauvignon Blanc and 2016 Reserve Pinot Noir
The Luminary 2017 Sauvignon Blanc
Waipara Hills Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017
Gate 20 Two Central Otago 2016 Pinot Gris and 2014 Pinot Noir
Clearview 2017 Blush, Gewurztraminer, Chardonnay, and 2016 Merlot
Urbn Vino Dunedin ‘Reserve’ 2016 Pinot Noir
American and Australian Imports by Procure
Obsidian ‘Estate’ Waiheke Island Chardonnay 2017
Pinot Noir Naturel by Fromm 2017
Te Mania Nelson Riesling 2016 – A Re-Look
The Luminary 2017 Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir
Maori Point Central Otago 2017 Pinot Gris and Riesling
No. 1 Family Estate Rosé and No. 1 Reserve Methodes
Domaine Rewa Central Otago Chardonnay 2016
Spade Oak ‘Voysey’ Le Champ and 2017 Chardonnay, and 2016 ‘HOG’ St Laurent and Tempranillo, and 2016 ‘The Prospect’ Chardonnay
Locharburn 2017 Riesling, Pinot Gris and Sauvignon Blanc
Saint Clair ‘Wairau Reserve’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017
Clos Henri, Bel Echo and Petit Clos Releases, and New Methode and Late Harvest Wines
Charles Smith Washington State 2015 Riesling, Chardonnay and Syrah
Theory & Practice and Craft Farm Aromatic Wines, 2017, 2016 and 2015
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Why do you not publish reviewed wines assessed less than 3 stars in your ‘Feature Reviews'?

I focus on and publish reviews of wines that I rate of a sufficiently high standard that will appeal to and provide enjoyment for discerning wine drinkers. The world is flooded by many wines that are less than ordinary, which do not need promoting.
 

What happens to wines you rate less than 3 stars?

Reviews of wines scored less than 3 star are sent to suppliers as confidential feedback. These reviews will only be published if I am instructed.

There are a number of wines from ‘Tasting Reviews' rated less than 3 stars published on the site. These wines are scored in the context of a themed tasting event where comparisons are instructive and provide different perspectives.
 

What are the advantages of submitting a wine for ‘Featured Reviews'?

‘Featured Reviews' have an introductory ‘vignette' providing supplementary and background information on the wines or the winery. The reviews are prominently posted on the Home Page where they are easily found by search engines. The ‘Featured Reviews' are promoted by Twitter and email alerts.
 

Can wines be reviewed without paying the fee?

Wines can be sent for assessment without incurring the ‘Featured Review' fee. However, feedback will be prioritised for ‘Featured Reviews'. If rated 3 stars or more, the reviews will be added directly into the website database for public access.

Wines from structured tastings and showcase release events where no fee is paid will be reported in the ‘Tasting Reviews' blog, and these reviews will be added to the website database.
 

Are wines tasted and reviewed according to a scheduled calendar with set dates for themed styles, varieties or categories?

I prioritise, order and taste the wines as they arrive. There are usually a good number of wines to allow tasting any wine in the company of peers or with similar styles at any one time, thus allowing comparisons. This also allows a quicker turn-around time with more prompt feedback to the wine supplier.

 
 
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