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Providore Central Otago Wines from Peter Bartle
Mission ‘Jewelstone’ Gimblett Gravels Syrah 2016
Fairhall Downs ‘Family Estate’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2018
Smoking Loon Chardonnay, and McManis Pinot Noir and Petite Sirah from 2017
Kaimira Estate Brightwater Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Grava Martinborough 2017 Rosé and LH Sauvignon Blanc
Stonecroft 2018 ‘Crofters’ and ‘Undressed’, and 2016 ‘Reserve’ Syrahs
South River Central Otago Rosé, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir
Hawksdrift 2018 Sauvignon Blanc and 2016 Barrel Whites and Single Vineyard Pinot Noir
Elephant Hill Central Otago Pinot Noir 2017
Pa Road 2018 Rosé, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris, and 2017 Chardonnay and Pinot Noir
Spade Oak ‘Voysey’ Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2017
Waiana Estate ‘Indian Summer’ Hawke’s Bay Rosé 2018
Ata Rangi 2013 ‘Craighall’ Riesling, 2017 ‘Crimson’ Pinot Noir, 2015 ‘McCrone’ Pinot Noir and 2018 ‘Kahu’ Botrytis Riesling
Coal Pit Central Otago Sauvignon Blanc 2018
Red Barrel Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2015
Villa Maria ‘Keltern’ Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2017
Hopes Grove Hawke’s Bay 2016 and 2015 Chardonnay and Syrah
Forager North Canterbury Pinot Noir 2017
Jenny Dobson Hawke’s Bay Fiano 2017 – 2015
No. 1 Family Estate ‘No. 1’ Assemblé, Cuvée, Rosé and Reserve
Ata Rangi 2018 Rosé, ‘Raranga’ Sauvignon Blanc and ‘Lismore’ Pinot Gris
Wild Earth Central Otago Pinot Noir 2016
Trinity Hill ‘Homage’ Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2016
Terrace Edge 2018 Rosé and ‘Liquid Geography’ Riesling
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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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