There’s a great story behind Waipara winery Pegasus Bay, which was the second visit of my New Zealand tour.
Back in 1976, Christchurch neurologist Ivan Donaldson had caught the wine bug, and with some of his medical friends planted a 1 acre vineyard in a cold spot on the outskirts of the city. He [...]
As I write I am flying from Queenstown to Christchurch after less than a full day spent in Central Otago, one of the most visually striking wine regions on the globe. While the impressions are still fresh in my mind I wanted to try to capture some of them.
It is remarkable country. The quality of [...]
It was hard to get my head round the contrast. One day I’m shivering in a snowy, dark-skied London. The next, I’m sitting on an internal flight crossing the dividing range in New Zealand’s South Island, looking down at dramatic snow-capped peaks in laser-sharp light on my way to Queenstown, Central Otago.
I very nearly missed [...]
These are two lovely Kiwi Sauvignons from the 2012 vintage. Both are from the Wine Society, and while they are priced above the entry level, the fact that the entry level for domaine bottled Marlborough Sauvignon is creeping up to £10 makes them both excellent value. The Dog Point is pretty much my perfect Sauvignon [...]
There isn’t a lot of Syrah in New Zealand. But it’s a grape that does very well here, when it is grown. I’ve had great examples from Waiheke Island, Martinborough, Marlborough and even Central Otago.
The Gimblett Gravels in Hawkes Bay is probably the most famous locale in Kiwiland for Syrah. Here are three good examples: [...]
It’s the grape variety that wine trade peeps and wine geeks love, but which is (apparently) impossible to sell. So it’s just my sort of thing. I’m going to focus on it here on my blog, beginning with this wine, which I was served blind the other day.
Neudorf Brightwater Riesling 2007 Nelson, New Zealand
My notes, written [...]
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.