Category: New Zealand

Celebrating Te Reo Māori & Wāina from New Zealand

A marae (meeting grounds) - the focal point of M?ori communities throughout New Zealand

The New Zealand Winegrowers would love us all to know more about New Zealand, their Māori culture, and their wines. Below is one of the articles by the New Zealand Winegrowers about the Māori language and some of their wines. …

McArthur Ridge Southern Tor Central Otago Pinot Noir 2019

McArthur Ridge Southern Tor Central Otago Pinot Noir 2019

McArthur Ridge Southern Tor Central Otago Pinot Noir 2019 (NZ $29) Shiny-new and showing a tonne of potential, this Central Otago-grown pinot noir has classic blueberry, rosehip and cherry aromatics and buckets of raspberry on the front palate.  It’s refreshing…

Mills Reef Reserve Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2018

Mills Reef Winery Hawke's Bay Reserve Syrah 2018

Mills Reef Reserve Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2018 (NZ $24.95) Green peppercorn, violet and blueberry aromatics stand shoulder to shoulder with bright plum and cherry flavours  and then they hold hands and do the Gay Gordons (remember primary school folk-dancing?) with…

New Zealand Chardonnay & Pinot Noir at the Other 45th Parallel Seminar

Chardonnay & Pinot Noir at the Other 45th Parallel seminar with Cameron, John, David and Ronan

New Zealand is well-known for Sauvignon Blanc, but are there any other grape varieties we should know about?  Yes!  I attended a webinar with David Keck MS (USA), John Szabo MS (Canada), Ronan Sayburn MS (UK) and Cameron Douglas MS…

Sauvignon Blanc – Get Past the Gooseberry, Let’s Talk About New Zealand Wine

The New Zealand Wine Diaries - Sauvignon Blanc speakers

The first wine you probably tasted from New Zealand was probably Sauvignon Blanc, and probably it was from Cloudy Bay from the Marlborough region.  People know this wine style and recognize it as being from New Zealand.  But are consumer…

Esk Valley Winemakers Reserve Hawke’s Bay Chenin Blanc 2019

Esk Valley Winemakers Reserve Hawke’s Bay Chenin Blanc 2019

Esk Valley Winemakers Reserve Hawke’s Bay Chenin Blanc 2019 (NZ$29) Returning to his dry-style roots not seen since 2013, winemaker Gordon Russell has taken fruit for the first time from Ian and Linda Quinn’s Two Terraces Vineyard located west of…

Quick Review: Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Greywacke Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2018 with wine in glass

What is greywacke, and why would a winery in New Zealand give itself that name? First, greywacke is a sandstone that contains a significant amount of silt and/or clay. According to the University of Auckland in New Zealand, greywacke “…comprises…