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WineFront New Zealand Launch – WineFrontNZ.com

05 FEB 2014   Press Release WINEFRONT NEW ZEALAND LAUNCH – www.winefrontnz.com What: Announcing the launch of the new WineFront New Zealand website www.winefrontnz.com. This dynamic new site will feature extensive commentary, reviews and feature articles on all things New Zealand wine. Who: WineFront team Gary Walsh, Campbell Mattinson and Mike Bennie Kia Ora! For the past 12 years […]

Te Whare Ra: See how they run …

Every now and then you come across a winemaker who sings a particularly fine song. The song only resonates when it’s accompanied by a wine or wines with the power or class to keep the beat up. I’d barely acknowledged the existence of Marlborough winery Te Whare Ra prior to visiting and certainly couldn’t pronounce […]

Building Mount Edward

He wasn’t even into wine. This was 1993. Duncan Forsyth wound his way around the cliff-edge approach to the Chard Farm winery with one goal in mind: to find a job. Of any description. He’d studied both linguistics and marketing and was two years into a law degree, but his most obvious qualification was his […]

Stonecroft: Syrah starts here

IF IT WASN’T for Dr Alan Limmer and his famous Stonecroft vineyard the renowned Gimblett Gravels sub-region of Hawke’s Bay probably wouldn’t exist as a wine region. Visit here thirty years ago and the place was spare with low-intensity grazing, the flat loamy plains not much good for anything. Indeed the best thing about the […]

Sato Wines – 2012 vintage releases

Yoshi Sato is winemaker, once was bank manager in commercial and investment banking, but found his way to Central Otago because he ‘knew a few people there’ and ‘Otago is the most important new winemaking region’ – the people were nice, the place was nice, so Yoshi stayed. ‘Otago has so much potential for making […]

Regional Wrap: Waipara 2011

I took a chance trip to Waipara on the back of the Marlborough Wine Weekend in late 2011. I was assisted by the ever helpful Angela Clifford, she who spruiks the Waipara wine region, to collate a regional tasting and was joined by a few NZ wine scribblers including Bob Campbell MW, Yvonne Lorkin and […]

Regional Wrap – Marlborough

I was a guest of the Marlborough Wine Weekend late last year (2011) and convinced them that a day out of the program to taste a range of current release wines of interest would be good measure. Ipso, this list of wines. I hadn’t been to Marlborough in 18 months so this was a good […]

Line ‘em up: Martinborough versus Central Otago

By Max Marriott I’d just hung up the phone, revelling in content. I’d secured Blair Walter of Felton Road and Clive Paton of Ata Rangi for what would surely be the ultimate showdown of pinot noir supremacy in New Zealand. The prince of Central Otago was to bring six of the region’s best offerings to […]

NZ Syrah Part II

By Max Marriott The shadows were long, the air was warm, the rocky grove was quiet. If you listened hard, you’d hear heavy breathing, and beads of sweat splattering on the ground with rhythmic persistence. It was cooler than usual for this time of year, but the sweat still dripped off him as he tirelessly […]

Central Otago Pinot Noir 2005: The Reviews

The following wines were tasted at an exclusive ‘Sneak Preview’ tasting of 2005 Central Otago pinot noir, held at the Mount Difficulty winery but organised by the Central Otago regional body. All wines were tasted blind – and my reviews are essentially as I typed them, with the odd extra detail added once the prices […]

Sato L’atypique Pinot Gris 2013

23 October 2014

Sourced from Northburn vineyard, this pinot gris spends four weeks on skins macerating to produce the ‘not typical’ wine that results. Orange wine from New Zealand on the rise and rise, ey?

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Sato Chardonnay 2013

23 October 2014

Yoshi Sato sources his fruit for this wine from the non-chemically-farmed Cairnmuir Vineyard in Bannockburn, which is owned by Carrick. Wild ferment happens after farming, no additions, spends long time on lees with a slow ferment in barrel. Everything slowly, yet precisely with Sato.

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Sato Pinot Gris 2013

23 October 2014

Yoshi Sato returns to pinot gris after a one-year hiatus – sourced from Northburn vineyard, but that will be the last time, most likely, as Cloudy Bay has bought the site. Long, long slow ferment in oak barrels – looking for that nuttiness of oxidation. It’s there.

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Dog Point Pinot Noir 2012

16 October 2014

Beautiful wines from Dog Point, but gee I wish they’d use screwcap.

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Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 2012

08 October 2014

 Tasted quickly in amongst 26 other Pinots at the United Cellars Pinot event the other night. Normally the importer sends a bottle in for review, though no sign of it as yet.  Importer: Negociants

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Two Tails Pinot Noir 2013

08 October 2014

Always nice to see cute little birds on a label.

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Rippon Gewurztraminer 2011

07 October 2014

There’s some skin contact before the first bit of winery work kicks off, then the wine goes as cloudy juice into tanks set on their sides. Spends three months on lees to build further texture into the wine. Looking for texture. Not looking for just perfume. ‘Tonic for the body’, quips winemaker Nick Mills.

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Seresin Chardonnay Reserve 2011

07 October 2014

Now rolled onto the 2012 vintage, so I was a little too slow.

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Rippon Mature Vine Riesling 2011

07 October 2014

I’ve been privy to some of the Rippon riesling as more mature wine and been amazed by its complexity and interest. Keeps on keeping on. Planted 1987 to 1995.

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Rippon Jeunesse Young Vine Riesling 2012

07 October 2014

On average the vines are about 12-years-old and the winemaking, though pretty much hands-off, sees very little in the way of lees time to build textural complexity into the wine. All about the fruit for Jeunesse. Spicy wafts, big whiff of frangipani and other white flowers with almost nectar-like scents. Pretty as a picture. Roll […]

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Rippon Tinker’s Bequest Pinot Noir 2013

07 October 2014

Winemaker Nick Mills is committed to fine wine, and hence not dogmatic about sulphur, but also learning about more natural winemaking including no sulphur use – the gamay noir is there, now a small portion of the Tinker’s Field has been set aside to produce a sulphur free pinot noir. Two barrels were produced. Nothing […]

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Rippon Jeunesse Young Vine Pinot Noir 2012

07 October 2014

Plantings on average are around 12-years-old, but the name sticks anyway. The idea is that the roots have finally gone down far enough to give winemaker Nick Mills his sought-after ‘digestible phenolics’, as opposed to ones you wouldn’t want to extract, ‘if you chew on a grape and you can keep chewing, that you continue […]

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Rippon Gamay Noir 2013

07 October 2014

Unsulphured and built for super freshness. The gamay selection was planted in 1987 and used to form the backbone of the Rippon rose, before an arm was twisted by colleagues whose names ring like Sunier, Lapierre, Weersing and Foillard…

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Rippon Sauvignon Blanc 2012

07 October 2014

Planted in 1987 to 1993, ‘why wasn’t it pulled out is the question?’, says Nick Mills, ‘the site has always been about the best performing varieties for the vineyard, so in some ways odd it’s still here’. Working on lees and texture is the key to the heart of the wine, ‘it’s not just olfactory […]

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Rippon ‘Rippon’ Pinot Noir 2011

07 October 2014

‘It’s the cows, it’s the straw, it’s the human interaction with the site, it’s the whole farm – we’re talking about the place and an individual we have a relationship with’, explains winemaker Nick Mills. Rippon ‘Rippon’ tells you this in its name.

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Felton Road Cornish Point Pinot Noir 2013

07 October 2014

Same winemaking and viticulture as the Calvert Pinot Noir, says head fondler and stirrer of barrels at Felton Road, Blair Walter.

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Felton Road Calvert Pinot Noir 2013

07 October 2014

Tasted non-blind with the winemaker, the affable Blair Walter.

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Valli Row 36 Pinot Noir 2012

07 October 2014

The best barrel from the vintage. Sold out I believe, unless you want a magnum.

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Kusuda Pinot Noir 2012

07 October 2014

Likely sold out, and hard to get, but if you happen to have some.

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Momo Pinot Gris 2013

28 September 2014

This is a full on PiG experience too. You have been warned.

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