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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 […]

Seresin Sun & Moon Pinot Noir 2010

17 April 2014

From the steep hillside block of the Raupo Vineyard, and bunch thinned to achieve concentration. Fair to say: mission accomplished. 

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Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc 2013

16 April 2014

Kevin Judd always send personal, handwritten letters or cards with his bottles of wine, and though tasting blind is how the wine is first met, it’s a pleasing addition and alternative to most of the press release dross that accompanies wine samples. This release’s card says ‘G’day Mike, Enclosing the fifth release of Greywacke SB! […]

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Trinity Hill Gimblett Gravels Syrah 2012

15 April 2014

Cool season of 2012 writ large in the flighty, light to medium bodied feel of this wine. Ferments take place in open top fermenters and stainless tanks, before heading to a mix of new and old wood.

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Trinity Hill Gimblett Gravels Chardonnay 2012

15 April 2014

It’s easy to savage New Zealand chardonnay for its similarly sunshiney, fruit forward, oak-riddled feel to Australian equivalents – neighbouring countries with a sweet tooth for bright shiny chardonnay and its trappings. That being said, an about turn from savvy producers looking for restraint and subtler expression, is well under way. A cracking example here.

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Elephant Hill Reserve Syrah 2012

10 April 2014

Hand-picked from Gimblett and Te Awanga Vineyards with 1% viognier in the mix. Sent to French oak for 15 months (around a third new oak).

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Charteris The Winter Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012

02 April 2014

The Winter Vineyard is located on Felton Road Bannockburn, a nice dress circle location right down by the Kawarau River. Winemaker PJ Charteris has unruly hair, but his wines are beautifully turned out.  

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Maude Mount Maude Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009

02 April 2014

A back vintage, but well worth the review.

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Mount Difficulty Long Gully Pinot Noir 2012

02 April 2014

Not released as yet. 2012 was a very good vintage in Central Otago, unlike most of the other regions.

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Rippon Pinot Noir 2004

02 April 2014

Interesting to taste some ten year old Otago Pinot.

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Martinborough Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2013

02 April 2014

When you think NZ Sauvignon, the mind does not jump to Martinborough, though they make a fair go of it.

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Martinborough Vineyard Chardonnay 2012

02 April 2014

The cooler year has delivered a fine style of Chardonnay

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Martinborough Vineyard Pinot Noir 2011

02 April 2014

Not tasted blind, but standing up next to the winemaker while juggling a MacBook Air and a glass of fine Pinot Noir. Tricky.

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Misha’s Vineyard The High Note Pinot Noir 2009

01 April 2014

Excellent website they have. Packed with information, and very well laid out.

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Hans Herzog Sauvignon Blanc ‘Sue Lie’ 2011

01 April 2014

Oak aged Sauvignon.

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Hans Herzog Chardonnay 2011

01 April 2014

Is there any grape Herzog cannot do well?

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The Hermit Ram Skin Fermented Field Blend 2012

20 March 2014

Winemaker Theo Coles, better known for Crater Rim wines from Waipara, decided to do this independent label, The Hermit Ram, to ‘play around’. It started from having access to a vineyard in the Limestone Hills of Waipara, and making a couple of small batch wines – the farm originally used is a mixed agricultural property […]

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The Hermit Ram Limestone Hills Pinot Noir 2012

20 March 2014

This is a wine made by winemaker Theo Coles, who now finds himself in the wake of CP Linn at Mountford Estate. These wines come off the back of Coles’ Crater Rim wines, more side-project than B-Sides, let’s say. The marl and limestone site is in the Limestone Hills, from a mixed agriculture farm; it […]

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Seresin Sauvignon Blanc 2012

17 March 2014

Lovely packaging on these Seresin wines.

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Kindred Spirits Sauvignon Blanc 2013

17 March 2014

Made in New Zealand. Made for Australia.

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Pegasus Bay Pinot Noir 2011

17 March 2014

Tasted this about half a year ago on our NZ tour, but here it is again under less hurried conditions.

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