Six Kiwi Pinot Noirs

While I was in Tokyo last week I did a seminar on New Zealand Pinot Noir with Akihiko Yamamoto, a well-known local wine writer. After a presentation on New Zealand’s various wine regions, we discussed these wines with the group, and he asked me questions about how they were made, how this might affect the […]

Greystone Vineyard Vineyard Ferment Pinot Noir 2017

I wrote up the 2016 version of this wine last year, where I showed some pictures of the ferments in the vineyard. I was impressed by it, but the 2017 is even better. Made in tiny quantities, but worth looking out for (UK agent is Seckford).

Greystone Vineyard Vineyard Ferment Pinot Noir 2017 Waipara Valley, New […]

Place of Changing Winds, a remarkable Pinot from the Macedon Ranges

Place of Changing Winds Clos de la Connerie 2017 Macedon Ranges, Australia
This wine is made by Luke Lambert for Robert Walters (an importer – he’s the founder of Bibendum Wine in Australia) who has planted a remarkable vineyard at ultra-high density. He began planting in Bullengarook in 2012, and has added more vines over the […]

Interesting Marlborough: new releases from Corofin

This was a chance to taste through the 2016s from Mike Paterson’s impressive Corofin project (which I reviewed a while back). 2016 was a pretty good vintage, but the following two weren’t. 2017 was a tricky vintage in the region, but Sauvignon suffered the most and Mike’s sites did quite well, and the Pinot is […]

Central Otago (16) Amisfield

Dr Stephanie Lambert, winemaker at Amisfield

There was a storm! Trees fell down! It was supposed to be summer, but this particular Friday night didn’t want to go to plan. Over dinner at Amisfield’s restaurant, a few of us gathered. Power was out so it was cold cuts only. And wine. Plenty of wine.

Amisfield are […]

Comparing New Zealand and Ontario Pinot Noirs

Yesterday I took part in a really interesting event in Toronto. It brought together 12 Ontario Pinot Noirs with 12 New Zealand Pinots in a blind tasting, and I was one of the three session leaders, along with John Szabo (who coordinated the tasting) and Cameron Douglas. We had different winemakers on our panel as […]

Central Otago (10) Rudi Bauer and Quartz Reef

Rudi Bauer, Quartz Reef

It was great to spend some time with one of the pioneering figures of Central Otago wine, Rudi Bauer. Fresh off the plane from the UK, I picked up a car, drove to Cromwell, checked into my accommodation and then spent four hours talking, tasting and walking through vineyards with him.

 

When […]

Meiomi Pinot Noir 2017: amazingly successful, but how good is it?

I’m in the Star Alliance lounge at LAX, having just showered, getting ready for another 12 h in the air. I check out the lounge wines. On offer, Meiomi Pinot Noir. This is a very successful brand. It is huge in the USA, yet virtually invisible in the UK.

The background is beautifully summarised here in […]

Central Otago (9) Grasshopper Rock

It’s five years since I last visited Grasshopper Rock (see the full profile here), a small vineyard in the Alexandra district of Central Otago. Back in 2014 I commented that they were making some of the best value Pinots in the region. And they key to their success is that when Phil Handford and his […]

Central Otago (8) Chard Farm

With just a shade under 100 hectares of their own vineyards, Chard Farm are one of the larger players in the Central Otago region. Their beautifully situated home vineyard, at the end of a slightly terrifying 2 km track at the side of a gorge in Gibbston, is one of the prettiest I’ve seen, but […]