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The Hunting Lodge 2017 Pinot Gris, Marsanne Viognier and Chardonnay
Lake Chalice 2017 ‘The Falcon’ Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and Riesling, and Raptor Chardonnay
Matchbook Dunnigan Hills ‘Old Head’ Chardonnay 2016
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Summerhouse 2018 Marlborough Pinot Rosé and 2016 Hawke’s Bay Merlot
Valli 2018 Waitaki Riesling, 2017 Pinot Gris and 2017 Regional Pinot Noirs
Palacio de Oriente Rioja Tempranillo 2017
Locharburn 2018 Central Otago Pinot Rosé and Pinot Gris
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Mount Dottrel Central Otago Pinot Noir 2011
Greystone ‘Thomas Brothers’ Waipara Pinot Noir 2016
Stoneburn Marlborough 2018 Sauvignon Blanc and 2016 Pinot Noir
Mount Brown 2018 North Canterbury Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling
Zaria Hawke’s Bay Rosé 2018
Craggy Range ‘Prestige Collection’ 2016 Vintage
Morepork Northland Pinot Gris 2018
Julicher Estate and ’99 Rows’ Te Muna Pinot Noir 2015
The Winemaker’s Wife and The Lady Ranfurly Releases from Simon McGeorge
Mission ‘Barrique Reserve’ 2017 Chardonnay and Syrah, and 2016 Pinot Noir and Cabernet
Dashwood 2018 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris
Black Cottage 2018 Rosé and Pinot Gris
Taiao Estate Bridge Pa Hawke’s Bay Releases
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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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