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Top White – Pinot Gris / Aromatics
There are six Pinot Gris in this lineup; it happens that I have picked three wines from the Waitaki region, three different vintages, all different in... Read more
Top White – Riesling
New Zealand Riesling has always been a favourite of mine; unfortunately, it's very over-shadowed by Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir, other ... Read more
Top White 2021 – Sauvignon Blanc
I've tasted over a thousand wines in 2021; undoubtedly, Sauvignon Blanc is one of the most tasted white varieties and still amaze me. Sauvignon Blanc ... Read more – Newest label from Wairarapa
Raphael and Christine Burki are Wairarapa's newest wine label and cellar door B. wine creators and owners. The Swiss-born Kiwi couple travels back and... Read more
Maori Point – Estate Pinot Noir 2019
Dr John Harris and Dr Marilyn planted Māori Point Vineyard in 2002, on Maori Point Road at the end of Lake Dunstan, close to Terras in Cromwell. Matt... Read more
Black Barn – Sangiovese 2020
I don't get to taste Sangiovese from NZ often, so I was pretty excited when I received Black Barn Sangiovese 2020 for review. There are about a handfu... Read more
Indian Summer – Rosé Specialist
Have you tried Indian Summer Rosé? They are the only producer who uses Grenache & Cinsault to blend their rosés in NZ that I know of. Pale in co... Read more
Elephant Hill – the Elements & the Icons release
Since its inception, Elephant Hill has aspired to produce wines of the highest quality. This month, Elephant Hill will release their Icons range 2019 ... Read more
Easthope Winegrowers and a couple of Loire icons
Dhall & Nash wine distributor, a joint venture of Puneet Dhall and Brandon Nash established in 2007, now grown to a very impressive portfolio of q... Read more
Silver Heights – a taste of Ningxia
Thanks to Instagram for the connection, I was lucky to receive a few wines from Silver Heights a couple of months ago. They sent me six bottles, Bloom... Read more
Elephant Hill – 10th anniversary vintage release celebration
Elephant Hill had a strong reputation for Syrah since its early days. I was sent a bottle of their Reserve Syrah 2018 to celebrate their 10th-annivers... Read more
JW Sommelier Consultant and his brand partners
Joe Wang is one of the sommeliers that have left full-time hospitality, who worked extensively as senior sommelier roles in high profile hotels, fine-... Read more
Q Wine – 2021 Pinot Gris & Rosé
Q Wine is the Waitaki Valley wine label of Jules Stephan who established a 5.5 ha vineyard on Grants Road in 2005, with Jules Matthews as General Mana... Read more
Valli – 2019 The ‘Goldilocks’ Vintage
A vintage you cannot miss! Find out more, watch my Instagram Live chat "Catch up over a glass of wine" with Grant Taylor on IGTV and read my reviews... Read more
Fancrest Estate – Estate Pinot Noir 2015
I was first introduced to Fancrest Estate by Stephen Wong MW at the New Zealand Winegrowers Sommit™, held in Hawke's Bay at the Paritua Winery in 20... Read more