West Brook 2018 Rosé and White, and 2017 Chardonnay Releases


One of the under-the radar winery sales occurred earlier this year with Anthony and Susan Ivicevich of West Brook in Waimauku, West Auckland selling to the Chen family, residents in New Zealand for 16 years. The changeover occurred without fanfare at the beginning of March, during vintage, and reflected the seamless transaction that did not interrupt the workings of the winery. Winemaker James Rowan remains in place, as does his team, with Anthony still having a hand in things. Twinsen and Jessica Chen are ostensibly the ’drivers’ of the new ownership, with Twinsen from a media background, but willing to try his hand at anything, reports James. Sales to China have begun, and there are plans to introduce ‘higher tier’ wines. So as James says, life at West Brook goes on, "under another stewardship…with a crazy team…loving what they do”. James has sent me a selection of 2018 wines and two 2017 Chardonnays to review. www.westbrook.co.nz


  • West Brook Waimauku ‘Crackling’ Rosé 2018
  • West Brook Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2018
  • West Brook Marlborough Riesling 2018
  • West Brook Waimauku Pinot Gris 2018
  • West Brook Marlborough Barrique Fermented Chardonnay 2017
  • West Brook Waimauku Chardonnay 2017

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