Seven organic or biodynamic wines from New Zealand

These wines were part of a seminar at ProWein. The seminar, presented by Romana Echensperger, was a sell out, so I tasted these wines afterwards on the New Zealand Winegrowers’ stand.

Quartz Reef Brut NV Central Otago, New Zealand
‘L2012′ on the label indicates that the base wine here is from 2012. It’s a really nice fizz [...]

Great New Zealand Pinot Noir, from Yealands and Greystone

Nik Mavromatis of Greystone

I’m at Prowein. It’s a huge trade fair, with 50 000 attendees from around the world. The scale of this fair is daunting. It is the first time I’ve attended:I’d been scared off by its size in the past. Once you get past the frustrations of having 50 000 people swelling [...]

Earth's End Pinot Noir 2013 Central Otago

This is a really good Central Otago Pinot Noir for a very good price. It’s an own-label wine form Marks & Spencer made by Duncan Forsyth at Mount Edward. It will need a bit of time for the oak to integrate fully, but at £16 a bottle this is punching above its weight.

Earth’s End Pinot [...]

The amazing Dry River Pinot Noir 2012

I am a Dry River fan. The wines – produced in small quantities and hard to obtain – have all the makings of a cult winery’s offerings, but they are just so consistently delicious. The only criticism in the past has been, from some quarters, that they are just a bit too scientific and controlled. [...]

Four very fine Rieslings: Germany, Italy and New Zealand

It seems to be a bit of a season for Riesling. Here are notes from four bottles tried a while back which I have found in a notebook, and feel compelled to write up now because they just deserve to be written up.

Wittmann Morstein Riesling GG Trocken 2009 Rheinhessen, Germany
13.5% alcohol. From limestone soils, this [...]

Millton Chenin Blanc Te Arai Vineyard 2013 Gisborne, New Zealand

I’m quite a fan of James and Annie Millton’s wines. I’ve visited them twice in Gisborne, once in 2008 and then again in 2013. It’s a pretty place, and for some reason Millton seems to be able to make thrillingly good wines here, while most of the rest of the vineyards make simple stuff for [...]

Amazed by the 2014 Brancott Sauvignon Blanc

I am quite amazed by how good the 2014 Brancott Sauvignon Blanc is. You’ll probably be amazed by how amazed I was, so from the outset, I’ll answer some questions that some of you may be thinking.

This was a bottle bought off the shelf last week in Tesco (it was just £6.99, so I thought [...]

Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2014

I’ve tasted this – the new version of the Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc – three times in the last week. I think it’s one of the best ever. I know that it’s a brand that has enjoyed celebrity status in the UK, so much so that it has even had to be allocated and/or bundled [...]

Some highlights from the Waitrose Press Tasting

We wine journos are in the middle of press tasting season at the moment, with all the major supermarkets showing off their ranges. Buying standards for UK supermarkets are very high, but what makes life difficult for the buyers are their margin requirements, especially in the days of 25% off entire range special offers. So [...]

Some wines from a weekend away

Just been away for a weekend with family, staying in a lovely house in Puddletown, Dorset. It wasn’t a wine geeky sort of weekend, so I brought along some good solid wines that delivered a lot of pleasure, without being at all wine nerdy.

Marks & Spencer Macon-Villages Uchizy 2013 Burgundy, France
From Raphael Sallet, 13% [...]