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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 […]

Valli Waitaki Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013

07 November 2014

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Valli Bendigo Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013

07 November 2014

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Mountford Estate Pinot Noir 2011

07 November 2014

Still sealed under natural cork, which is now something of a rarity in NZ.

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Black Estate Pinot Noir 2012

07 November 2014

Been awhile since I tasted any wine from this producer. Nice to get reacquainted.

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Black Estate Chardonnay 2013

07 November 2014

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Tongue in Groove Clayvin Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012

07 November 2014

Waipara producer taking a bit of fruit from a famous Marlborough vineyard.

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Crown Range Cellar Regional Reserve Merlot Malbec 2011

07 November 2014

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Waipara Hills Equinox Pinot Noir 2013

07 November 2014

 

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Black Estate Damsteep Pinot Noir 2012

07 November 2014

Guessing the name has something to do with the slope of the vineyard.

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Waipara Hills Waipara Hills Pinot Noir 2013

07 November 2014

 

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Mountford Estate Liason Pinot Noir 2011

07 November 2014

 

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Crown Range Cellar Limited Release Chardonnay 2011

07 November 2014

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Mountford Estate Liason Chardonnay 2011

07 November 2014

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Black Estate Netherwood Chardonnay 2013

07 November 2014

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Black Estate Netherwood Rose 2013

07 November 2014

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Mountford Estate Rose 2013

07 November 2014

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Brennan B2 Pinot Noir Rose 2013

07 November 2014

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Crown Range Cellar Grant P Taylor Pinot Noir 2013

07 November 2014

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Tarras Vineyards Malborough Sauvignon Blanc 2013

07 November 2014

Not to be confused with Taras Ochota of Ochota Barrels wine fame.

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Doctors Flat Pinot Noir 2012

07 November 2014

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