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  • nz wine – Page 3 – Independent Wine Monthly
    cherry raspberry and red plum without ever veering into the dark super extracted end of things Read More Leave a comment martinborough Martinborough Day Two Tasting the 2011s Posted on 29 04 2013 29 04 2013 My notes taken on Thursday 18th April 2013 at the Martinborough Hotel I had no idea which wineries had submitted wines all wines were pre poured into identical glasses and tasted blind This was a genuinely exciting line up of wines A spectrum of colours very different approaches to winemaking Read More Leave a comment martinborough Martinborough Day One Meet the Winemakers Posted on 26 04 2013 29 04 2013 An invitation from Wines of Martinborough to spend a couple of days in the region was an offer I couldn t refuse It meant I could finally get to use my new camera but looking at my distinctly amateurish snaps have realised I m going to have to get over my paranoia at taking pictures of winemakers Read More Leave a comment australia Australians with moral standards You read it here first Posted on 25 03 2013 23 01 2016 Reading the first paragraphs of the 15th March edition of TWTW on the point scoring between the point scorers was an amusing enough experience Though I couldn t help but wonder if all the vitriol may in fact represent something other than petty jealousies and score settling 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 moved to NZ from Brazil asked if there was any connection between what you pay for a bottle of wine and its quality My first reaction was to answer none at all Read More Leave a

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  • 2013 Bacardi Legacy NZ Competition – Independent Wine Monthly
    own interpretation of a Bacardi Legacy cocktail a drink they believed would stand the test of time and be a worthy addition to the stable of iconic cocktails such as the Mai Tai Mojito Cuba Libre The Merchant I had to google how to spell mojito which should tell you plenty about my cocktail knowledge But fellow judges Jacob Briars Global Advocacy and Training at Bacardi who d flown in from New York though is originally from NZ and Dickie Cullimore Luxury Spirits Ambassador at Lion were very welcoming and explained how the points were awarded for the cocktail name the bartender s technical skill inspiration presentation etc with the majority of points awarded for appearance nose and palate So not too dissimilar from wine judging I have to say I had the best time I learnt that 1 serious bartenders have arms full of tattoos 2 everyone hugs each other at every possible opportunity 3 if you are at all nervous a slight bend of the knees stops your hands from shaking The Leaf Nose Despite clearly having less experience than my fellow judges Jacob gave me little pointers as each bartender had to make two glasses of his or her Legacy cocktail a judge should always taste both to make sure of consistency of flavour Indeed there was no sense of hierarchy and I felt a valued member of the team Self important wine show panel leaders take note Eighteen different cocktails 18 different presentations but in the end only three finalists I actually felt a bit tearful as emotions ran high when the final three were announced One of my criteria for awarding a high score was could I drink a second one A resounding yes for all three Main Photo The three finalists Luke Sanderson Mea

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  • Independent Wine Monthly – Page 4 – forthright & independent wine commentary and reviews
    style Read More Leave a comment martinborough Martinborough Day Two Tasting the 2011s Posted on 29 04 2013 29 04 2013 My notes taken on Thursday 18th April 2013 at the Martinborough Hotel I had no idea which wineries had submitted wines all wines were pre poured into identical glasses and tasted blind This was a genuinely exciting line up of wines A spectrum of colours very different approaches to winemaking Read More Leave a comment martinborough Martinborough Day One Meet the Winemakers Posted on 26 04 2013 29 04 2013 An invitation from Wines of Martinborough to spend a couple of days in the region was an offer I couldn t refuse It meant I could finally get to use my new camera but looking at my distinctly amateurish snaps have realised I m going to have to get over my paranoia at taking pictures of winemakers Read More Leave a comment central otago 2012 Rippon Gamay Noir Posted on 03 04 2013 03 04 2013 I have arrived rather late at the gamay appreciation party Starting out in the UK wine trade in 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 australia Australians with moral standards You read it here first Posted on 25 03 2013 23 01 2016 Reading the first paragraphs of the 15th March edition of TWTW on the point scoring between the point scorers was an amusing enough experience Though I couldn t help but wonder if all the vitriol may in fact represent something other than petty jealousies and score settling Read More Leave a comment marlborough Hayley sings but you ll have

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  • Pol Roger NV – Independent Wine Monthly
    wine commentary and reviews Pol Roger NV Posted on 14 12 2012 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

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  • soccer wine – Independent Wine Monthly
    independent wine commentary and reviews soccer wine Posted on 14 12 2012 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

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  • Te Mata – Independent Wine Monthly
    wine commentary and reviews Te Mata Posted on 14 12 2012 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

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  • Honesty is the best policy – Independent Wine Monthly
    what lessons New Zealand could take from their experience I can look up cabernet s parentage in a book if I need to but there are far fewer opportunities to hear an industry stalwart give a more insightful look at the state of affairs and I fear that this was one missed The tastings followed the usual pattern to showcase some of the world s best wines and hope that commentators proclaim that the NZ wines were just as good But then to gloss over any rigorous discussion or dissent as to whether the NZ wines did actually stack up a perfect encapsulation of the NZ wine industry as a whole at times methinks was a real pity not least because as mentioned above there were some really interesting wines and comparisons on display How are we ever really going to learn and hit our straps if we don t accept honest fair criticism of our wines Kiwi winemakers are happy to point out if there are deficiencies in European wines brett unripeness etc But when asked if a local wine was liked especially when the NZ ones were discussed the room was full of nodding donkeys plus a tiny few brave souls who gave their honest opinions And yet in the breaks for morning and afternoon tea the place was alive with chat of over extraction too much oak high alcohol the emperor s new clothes all the usual suspects Well why not say that when a useful discussion could actually be had It is all very well and fashionable to do the Bordeaux vs Hawke s Bay comparisons but a more useful and just as fascinating comparison might be NZ cabernet and syrah at 15 30 50 vs their overseas competitors Surely that would give a better assessment of where our strengths and weaknesses lie Glossy 100 Hawke s Bay wine is all well and good and often looks very inviting next to its tighter European counterparts with flattering results but it is only one very small part of the equation Despite sauvignon blanc being the very grape that blazed the trail for New Zealand s premium wine ambitions the current commoditisation woes of Marlborough were sniggered at by all and sundry Yet there was no discussion as to whether this may be a potential pitfall for syrah et al even though every man and his dog are rushing to plant it and not necessarily adhering to the premium wine tenets that appear to be New Zealand s best hope on a world stage Anyone old enough to remember the avocado goat deer kiwifruit booms and busts has not been surprised to see grapes following similar patterns There was very little discussion about regionality and terroir It was certainly alluded to but there was no actual exploration of this hot topic And at the price points demanded by so many of New Zealand s wines a sense of place is the very least a consumer should expect Which

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  • Marlborough Part Three – Greywacke and Dog Point – Independent Wine Monthly
    though he did appear to be tickled that Jane thought the label for his Pinot Gris was a photo of a woman s bum it is actually a close up of a vine leaf I won t say any more The three men were however generous not to mention entertaining hosts rushing off to gather barrel samples and eager to share their wines First up were Kevin s wines at this stage a trio of whites to sample there is also a pinot noir and chardonnay to come The 2009 Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc is a ripe verdant and subtle wine Marlborough but more Herbaceous nose with wild fennel and red capsicum the palate is smooth and quite generous almost broad in style though retaining crispness with green apple and grass Good and elegant too There is a second style in the offing wild ferment some barrel The 2009 Greywacke Pinot Gris is sourced from a single vineyard in the Brancott Valley and is a rather lovely wine complex and biscuity with fresh pears Dry with a clean finish it was brought up in barrel as there was not enough to justify a tank Lastly was the 2009 Greywacke Gewurztraminer a heady floral wine with violets roses and honeysuckle very pretty Firm acidity gave a perfect counterbalance of crispness and liveliness to the palate and a clean citrussy finish The three wines were smart thoughtful and subtle but with plenty of character I suppose therefore begging the question Do wines like dogs resemble their owner maker Next up were four Dog Point wines with the much lauded Section 94 to start When tasted this wine was still in barrel where it resides for five months before release but not far off bottling The 2008 Dog Point Section 94 Sauvignon Blanc has a wonderful nose mushroomy cooked celery wafts of herbs and hay definitely not your typical Marlborough sauvignon and an excellent exerciser of one s brain as it defied pigeonholing in both variety and provenance A very textural palate rather savoury with a decent length finish Intriguing though possibly not everyone s cup of tea The barrel sample of the 2008 Dog Point Chardonnay had Jane inhaling deeply with its enticing nose of brown biscuit and struck match underlain with mealy nutty notes The palate is rich and appealing with good mouth feel fine balance and length Sophisticated chardonnay and smart stuff Vines with an average age of 16 years supplied the fruit for the 2008 Dog Point Pinot Noir that is fairly long in the tooth by Marlborough standards The wine is a dense purple and very aromatic Youthful but complex dry and textural it fell slightly short on the palate but like the chardonnay showed very good balance and poise It is always quite tricky to paint an accurate picture when tasting barrel samples unless of course one is R Parker Esq and I would hesitate to draw firm conclusions but this is a wine I looked forward to

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