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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 […]

Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc 2013

16 August 2014

Kim Crawford do some pretty hip marketing stuff, no doubt…  

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Catalina Sounds Sauvignon Blanc 2013

16 August 2014

There is a fantastic restaurant in Sydney, though perhaps a little dated in concept, named Catalina. Right on the water in the dress circle of Rose Bay. A place for Savvy B’s on the deck, followed by big house Champagne. In the slot. Good nosh there, for sure. I always think about the restaurant when […]

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Folding Hill Pinot Noir 2012

12 August 2014

Lovely evocative name for a winery is Folding Hill. And for a Central Otago, it does not take too much of the folding to get into it.

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Dog Point Section 94 2012

02 August 2014

Dog Point proprietors and winemakers, James Healy and Ivan Sutherland, could be mostly credited with the shift to creating a premium for fume styles from New Zealand. Introducing Section 94 as a throne-ascending counter point to the vanguard of Cloudy Bay’s Te Koko, as the pinnacle of barrel-matured, lees worked sauvignon blanc, is one of […]

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Amisfield Pinot Noir 2011

29 July 2014

Had lunch at Amisfield back in January. Very nice spot. Lot of lavender. Many bees.

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Mount Edward Clockwork 2012

24 July 2014

Amused to see the back label written in ‘Nadsat’ language of Clockwork Orange. Half and half pinot gris and chardonnay that spent eight (!) months on skins, and all its time in a barrel. From the colourful, creative palette of winemaker Duncan Forsyth.

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Sato Riesling 2013

24 July 2014

Fruit comes from Northburn Station, but this will be the last year as a fruit source due to the sale of the property to Cloudy Bay. Fruit was picked a little earlier in 2013, jacking up the acidity. Holding five grams of residual sugar and spent a little longer on lees. Yoshi Sato an imaginative […]

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Matua Lands & Legends Chardonnay 2013

21 July 2014

Well-packaged chardonnay out of Hawke’s Bay.

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Seresin Leah Pinot Noir 2011

18 July 2014

Stylish packaging on these Seresin wines. You don’t drink the label, of course, but it certainly helps set the mood.

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Hans Herzog Montepulciano 2011

18 July 2014

Hans and Therese Herzog are wonderfully good people to visit with hospitality a forte alongside their exacting, impressive range of wines. When Hans isn’t in the vineyard, he is pretty much sleeping. Plucking single leafs, sorting berries, the small details his metier. ‘Other varieties’ another attraction at Herzog. Lots to like. This montepulciano is sent […]

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Te Whare Ra Chardonnay 2013

17 July 2014

Great people, the Flowerdays. Fun folk, smart folk, but in wine, always farming before winemaking. Also a global perspective – understanding born from experience in Australia winemaking, with a connection and referencing to many, many noted winemakers from around the world. That being said, it’s really all about their farm, vineyards, expression of Marlborough. ‘Our […]

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Rock Ferry Pinot Blanc 2013

17 July 2014

Something like two vineyards of pinot blanc in the whole of Marlborough. Here’s one. I like pinot blanc, when done well.

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Rock Ferry Riesling 2013

17 July 2014

Set between Central Otago and Marlborough, Rock Ferry and part of the increasingly interesting MANA group in Marlborough – see some info here www.naturalwine.org.nz. Mana, in Maori, means ‘integrity’, but kind of explained through ‘earning it’, through respect. A group of like-minded people who believe in same core principles of owning their own land, organic […]

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Huia Sauvignon Blanc 2013

17 July 2014

Another one from the back of the mind, but visiting Marlborough for my first time, and Huia in the mix, I ended up with some colleagues at Huia, way, way late at night, necking single malts and ports around their billiards table, and then needing to administer Speights beer (from a wooden crate) in the […]

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Seresin Sauvignon Blanc 2013

17 July 2014

You wouldn’t read about it (well, you would if you checked the back label or the website), but there’s a portion of semillon in this wine. It’s all from Seresin’s organic Home block vineyards and hand-picked. Some of the wine ferments in wood too.

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Clos Henri Sauvignon Blanc 2013

17 July 2014

Ahh, memories. A billion years ago this was one of the first estates in Marlborough that I went to visit. Green behind ears. Recall the enjoyment then. I was driving a particularly fetching, bright yellow Mazda 121. Felt pretty, umm, compromising pulling into vineyards with burly Kiwi workers muddied up and staring… This wine sees […]

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Lawsons Dry Hills Gewurztraminer 2012

09 July 2014

Something of a pace setter for the variety in NZ, I can remember friends bringing it to dinner, well, it must be well over 10 years ago now.

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Seresin Rachel Pinot Noir 2011

03 July 2014

The name that launched a thousand haircuts around the turn of the century.

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Stoneleigh Pinot Noir 2013

27 June 2014

Marlborough pinot noir aged in French and Hungarian oak.

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Stoneleigh Rapaura Series Pinot Noir 2012

27 June 2014

Single vineyard pinot noir matured in lots of new and new-ish French oak. Wild yeast fermented.

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