Tag: new zealand

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…

Can You Solve this Puzzle about The GLOBAL CRU from VanWineFest 2020?

The Global Cru at VanWineFest 2020 wines

The Vancouver International Wine Festival 2020 had a GLOBAL CRU Seminar where top wineries from around the world discussed what is meant by “CRU”.  Help put this puzzle together.  There are lots of red wines to make the puzzle challenging. …

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…

Hunter’s Home Block Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2019

Hunters Home Block Sauvignon Blanc 2019

Hunter’s Wines Home Block Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2019 (NZ$30) They might be one of Marlborough (nay, New Zealand’s) oldest and most successful wine companies, but it’s taken them until now to declare an ‘icon’ release Sauvignon Blanc.  Their young winemaker,…

Te Awanga Estate Mister Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2019

Te Awanga Estate Mister Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2019

Te Awanga Estate Mister Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2019 NZ$21.99 Word on the street is that 2019 was a cracker of a year in Hawke’s Bay for chardonnay and this little Rod McDonald creation definitely doesn’t let the side down.  It’s…