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Soljans Hawke’s Bay Merlot Cabernet Malbec 2016

Soljans Hawke’s Bay Merlot Cabernet Malbec 2016 label

Soljans Hawke’s Bay Merlot Cabernet Malbec 2016 (NZ $22) In 1927, Bartul Soljan and his wife Rakelina sailed to New Zealand with their children, found land out in Henderson, broke it in, planted vines, and in 1932 established Soljan’s Family…

Tiki Single Vineyard Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2019

Tiki Single Vineyard Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2019

Tiki Single Vineyard Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2019 (NZ $24.99) If you’re looking for seriously juicy chardonnay that powers pineapple, peach, citrus oils and a luscious lick of spicy, caramelised oak across your olfactories, then this is the business.  Beautifully balanced,…

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…

New Zealand Wine: Welcome to Pure Discovery 2019

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New Zealand is well-known for producing fresh vibrant Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir wines; both cool climate grapes.  But with global warming warmer climate grapes like Chardonnay, Merlot, and Syrah are also successfully grown and produce quality wines in New…