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News: Wineosphere powered by The Wine Front.

  If you have an iPhone/iPad/iPhone Touch then today The Wine Front world just grew significantly bigger, and better. Today we launched our dream app: Wineosphere. It’s FREE to download. We’d love to have developed it for both Android and iPhone but we had a choice between doing nothing and developing for one platform only; […]

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 […]

Villa Maria Single Vineyard Ihumatao Chardonnay 2013

28 November 2014

Hard to pronounce, easy to drink.

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Kumeu River Hunting Hill Chardonnay 2012

28 November 2014

On our recent week long tour of NZ, I tasted all the Chardonnay. All blind. This made my hair stand up on end.

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Kumeu River Estate Chardonnay 2012

28 November 2014

Such complex and tasty wines from Kumeu River.

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Pyramid Valley Vineyards Growers Collection Howell Vineyard Cabernet Franc 2013

28 November 2014

Not sure this is released yet. Was wine number 157 in a blind lineup, and I came back to it, then back to it again, then thrust it excitedly under Mike Bennie’s nose and said “Taste this!”

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Man O’ War Vineyards Valhalla Chardonnay 2013

28 November 2014

Valhalla! A wine for feasting gods.

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Mills Reef Reserve Chardonnay 2013

28 November 2014

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Pask Small Batch Wild Ferment Chardonnay 2013

28 November 2014

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Pask Small Batch Sur Lie Chardonnay 2013

28 November 2014

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Pask Gimblett Road Chardonnay 2013

28 November 2014

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Trinity Hill Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2013

28 November 2014

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Esk Valley Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2013

28 November 2014

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Crossroads Milestone Series Chardonnay 2013

28 November 2014

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Vidal Reserve Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2013

28 November 2014

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Villa Maria Cellar Selection Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2013

28 November 2014

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Villa Maria Left Field Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2013

28 November 2014

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Villa Maria Reserve Gisborne Barrique Fermented Chardonnay 2013

28 November 2014

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Milton Vineyards Crazy by Nature Shotberry Chardonnay 2013

28 November 2014

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Te Kairanga Estate Riesling 2013

28 November 2014

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Palliser Estate Riesling 2013

28 November 2014

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Babich Family Estates Gimblett Gravels Gewurztraminer 2012

28 November 2014

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