Kiwi Chardonnay can be great. It is relatively neglected, but when it’s good, it’s really good, and this is one of the gooduns. It is from Greywacke, whose 2012 Sauvignon Blanc is also really good, but this Chardonnay stood out as even better. It isn’t cheap, but I reckon it’s the qualitative equivalent of serious [...]
There’s something special about this utterly drinkable Kiwi red from biodynamic pioneer James Millton. It’s from Gisborne, which is predominantly a white wine region, but James’ reds suggest this should be reconsidered.
I love the perfumed aromatics here: it’s a light, expressive wine, but there’s also a hint of seriousness. It’s the sort of wine that I [...]
Great day out at the Oval yesterday, to watch the one day international between South Africa and England. I was with Justin Howard Sneyd of Laithwaites, and we were sitting on the first row of the OCS stand, which provided a great view, close to the action.
The game was enhanced with some lovely wine. First [...]
One of those funny clip things where I taste a wine on video. In this case it is the rather good Legacy Series Syrah 2009 from Vidal in New Zealand’s Hawkes Bay.
I’m not really sure I like the branding of Brent Marris’ Marisco Vineyards, but I do like the wines. This is a remarkable botrytised Sauvignon Blanc with real personality.
Marisco Vineyards A Sticky End Noble Sauvignon Blanc 2010 Marlborough, New Zealand
12% alcohol. Concentrated, richly textured, sweet and well balanced, showing notes of grape, tangerine, melon and [...]
Following on from yesterday’s plug for Trinity Hill’s rather tasty Syrah, here’s another lovely Kiwi Syrah, this time at a nicely affordable price.
Villa Maria Private Bin Syrah 2009 Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
13% alcohol. Amazingly fresh, peppery, spicy black cherry nose. The palate is fresh and supple with light, juicy berry, plum and cherry fruit, as well [...]
New Zealand reds are exciting. They’re getting better all the time. I caught this Trinity Hill Syrah – a wine I actually bought with my own money (shock!) – in a good place. It held up well over two days, although it’s a miracle that any was left for day 2.
Trinity Hill Syrah Gimblett Gravels [...]
You know, I just love Pinot Noir. And I get a lot of my Pinot pleasure from New Zealand these days. Here are a couple of recent releases from Neudorf, who make their Pinot Noirs with a distinctly savoury twist. It’s not just about sweet fruit here.
Neudorf Moutere Pinot Noir 2010 Nelson, New Zealand
14% alcohol. [...]
Kiwi Pinot Noir rocks. And this is one of my favourite inexpensive examples. It’s made by Martinborough Vineyard, and comes from the wonderful Martinborough/Wairarapa region, not far from the capital city Wellington.
Martinborough Vineyard Te Tera Pinot Noir 2011 Martinborough, New Zealand
Supple, fresh and smooth with bright cherry and raspberry fruit. Midweight with nice purity of fruit [...]
Two very nice sparkling wines: one from Kiwi land and one from over here. Both pretty serious, and not expensive.
Huia Blanc de Blancs 2005 Marlborough, New Zealand
I’d been very impressed by the 2004, so I was keen to try this, the follow-on vintage. Just as good. Attractive, rich, toasty nose with a sweet creamy edge. [...]