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  • Folding Hill Pinot Noir 2010 – Independent Wine Monthly
    confess to some further trepidation in this case Folding Hill is a small Bendigo producer exclusively focusing on pinot noir The notes suggest a tiny production and fastidious approach to viticulture and vinification So far so typical That one of the proprietors is also a Dunedin doctor had me smiling slightly cynically as an ex Otago resident vineyards are common vanity project for Dunedin doctors dentists lawyers etc It was therefore with interested scepticism that I opened this bottle All doubts and uncharitable thoughts quickly disappeared This is a supple savoury wine with a lovely core of fruity juiciness A medium bodied style with very deftly handled oak and bright acidity I found it quite tight and restrained at first but it continued to unfold beautifully in the glass and over a couple of nights always a promising sign It was subtle and eminently drinkable and spoke of Central Otago which seems an excellent trifecta A few days after tasting the wine we visited Jane in Auckland She had the very same wine opened and proffered a glass commenting Try this Remember that nice emergency doctor I told you about from the Central trip It s his wine I thought

    Original URL path: http://independentwinemonthly.co.nz/?p=596 (2016-05-02)
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  • posted by Emma – Page 3 – Independent Wine Monthly
    has been a fair amount of commentary recently in the wine press and social media regarding the pros and cons ethics and otherwise of wine critics reviewers being paid by producers to review their wines For obvious reasons this is a topic close to Jane s and my own hearts and one we have been pondering Read More Leave a comment Posts navigation Newer posts categories australia bulletin central otago

    Original URL path: http://independentwinemonthly.co.nz/?cat=38&paged=3 (2016-05-02)
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  • Artisan Winegrowers of Central Otago – Independent Wine Monthly
    Air New Zealand lady who managed to persuade the crew on the flight to Queenstown to wait for Emma whose plane from Taupo was delayed we arrived in time for welcome drinks and a chance to catch up with the group before the visit started in earnest Although Sue Thompson TOSQ Vineyards claimed to be a novice at organising itineraries she couldn t have done a better job The first

    Original URL path: http://independentwinemonthly.co.nz/?p=752 (2016-05-02)
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  • posted by Jane – Page 3 – Independent Wine Monthly
    the mid 1980s my only exposure to gamay was on Beaujolais Nouveau Day when I had to get up at an ungodly hour to unload a van full of thin charmless red wine Read More Leave a comment marlborough Hayley sings but you ll have to take our word for it Posted on 11 03 2013 02 05 2013 It was half way through Hayley Westenra s rendition of Songbird that I realised Emma and I had a long way to go to be recognised as serious wine writers Take a photo I hissed I was too embarrassed to tell her I had packed a camera but had left it back in the tasting room Read More Leave a comment marlborough 2011 Jules Taylor Marlborough Pinot Noir Posted on 05 03 2013 06 03 2013 The focus on individual regions at Pinot 2013 afforded a great opportunity to meet winemakers but not for me at least a great opportunity to taste wine properly I have never mastered the whole glass booklet pen spittoon juggling act nor more importantly the ability to taste and make an honest assessment under the watchful and sometimes extremely Read More Leave a comment posted by Jane Hidalgo Manzanilla En Rama Posted on 28 02 2013 03 03 2013 Top marks to Stephanie Read of Mineral Wines who not only remembered that I loved sherry but actually emailed details of some of her latest imports I placed an order because I had always wanted to try some En Rama manzanilla but to be honest I think I d have been tempted to buy something anyway Read More Leave a comment gisborne Millton Vineyards Posted on 18 02 2013 23 02 2013 Price is what you pay value is what you get One of my students who

    Original URL path: http://independentwinemonthly.co.nz/?cat=39&paged=3 (2016-05-02)
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  • IMG_8361 – Independent Wine Monthly
    independent wine commentary and reviews IMG 8361 Posted on 15 03 2016 Next categories australia bulletin central otago champagne chardonnay france gisborne hawke s bay marlborough martinborough nz wine opinion pinot gris pinot noir posted by Emma posted by Jane

    Original URL path: http://independentwinemonthly.co.nz/?attachment_id=1061 (2016-05-02)
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  • DSC_0138 – Independent Wine Monthly
    wine commentary and reviews DSC 0138 Posted on 15 03 2016 Previous Next categories australia bulletin central otago champagne chardonnay france gisborne hawke s bay marlborough martinborough nz wine opinion pinot gris pinot noir posted by Emma posted by Jane

    Original URL path: http://independentwinemonthly.co.nz/?attachment_id=1069 (2016-05-02)
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  • 2012 Rippon Gamay Noir – Independent Wine Monthly
    only exposure to gamay was on Beaujolais Nouveau Day when I had to get up at an ungodly hour to unload a van full of thin charmless red wine But recently I have had my opinions changed Firstly by a sensational bottle of Jean Foillard Morgon Cote de Py Then by a tasting hosted by JC Poizat of individual growers And now by 2012 Rippon Vineyards Gamay Noir I don t know whether gamay is a naturally exuberant sort of a grape but this wine seems to positively hum with cheerfulness Opulent violet blueberry and raspberry flavours are kept harnessed by gravelly slatey acidity that gives a vibrancy and lift Uncomplicated and extremely attractive The small logo on the label recognises that in 2012 the Mills family celebrated 100 years on its land in Wanaka and 30 years since the first vines were planted It seemed fitting to celebrate this by taking a picture of a label using one of instagram s heritage filters It only seems like yesterday that ALL photos looked like this and whatever the subject it appeared bathed in some sort of odd luminous yellow light Leave a comment wine Leave a Reply Cancel reply Post

    Original URL path: http://independentwinemonthly.co.nz/?p=665 (2016-05-02)
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  • Disappointing Pinot – Independent Wine Monthly
    that allows me to stay up past 10 30pm unlike the Centralistas whose prodigious capacity for late night revelry hallmarks them as the nocturnal branch of the winemaking fraternity But a few bottles opened last night seemed to confirm my view 2009 Soho McQueen Pinot Noir 40 00 is made by Grant Taylor who has been is still responsible for some cracking wines so it was a disappointment to taste this pedestrian offering Quite what the wine had to do with Alexander McQueen one of the most innovative and cutting edge of designers widely acknowledged as technically brilliant and who was described as having a sense of daring and aesthetic fearlessness is beyond me An ordinary bottle regular label and a decent if unexciting wine smacks of a marketing led exercise When I opened the 2008 Cable Bay Central Otago Pinot Noir 35 00 my husband s first comment was it s fizzy I decanted the wine into a jug splashily as Geoff Kelly would say and then back into the bottle which seemed to get rid of some of the CO2 But what of the consumer who doesn t know to treat the wine this way With some time in the glass the wine revealed itself as a cherryish exuberant wine with some plum and sweet spice but ultimately a little dull Finally the 2009 Rockburn Devils Staircase Pinot Noir 24 00 which was more cheerful an uncomplicated brightly fruited wine with some fresh red fruits and a touch of oak to round out the palate And a better price point too There are producers out there making decent wine and not charging the earth such as Grasshopper Rock a shade under 30 or Peregrine s Saddleback Pinot which at 28 00 is as reliable as any But as

    Original URL path: http://independentwinemonthly.co.nz/?p=349 (2016-05-02)
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