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  • martinborough – Independent Wine Monthly
    wine Read More Leave a comment martinborough Dry River Autumn Release 2014 Posted on 16 03 2014 01 04 2014 Wilco Lam brought the Dry River 2014 Autumn Release tasting to Auckland so I boxed on over to the Parnell Rose Garden on Sunday morning to taste the newest wines I should start out by saying I haven t always been the biggest fan of Dry River Pinot Noir Read More Leave a comment martinborough Wine Writers NZ on tour Day 1 Posted on 09 03 2014 16 03 2014 One of our aims when establishing up Wine Writers of NZ was to ask if regional bodies would put on tastings thereby allowing us to get an overall snapshot of the wines without necessarily being beholden to one particular producer So hats off to Wines from Martinborough WfM who stepped forward and hosted the inaugural 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 marlborough Subtle Sauvignon

    Original URL path: http://independentwinemonthly.co.nz/?cat=35 (2016-05-02)
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  • Higgledy-Piggledy triumphs – Independent Wine Monthly
    Grand Cru perhaps the best known In a world of single varietally labelled wines blends whether made in the vineyard or winery are regarded with a whiff of distrust Here in NZ Te Whare Ra s Toru a notable exception So hats off to Craggy Range who have released 2014 Te Muna Four 42 95 a field blend of riesling pinot gris pinot blanc and gewurzrtraminer I asked Matt Stafford CR s chief winemaker for his motivation in making this wine and apparently Deiss s wine was a reference point Matt pointed out that as Martinborough can experience different spring weather patterns each year so the resulting wines are very vintage dependent eg 2012 coolish 2013 warm etc He describes the wine as our chameleon as I am always surprised what people see in the wine each time we taste it and like the chameleon changing its colours based on its social being I think the way a person feels at the time will determine whether they view it as being flamboyant or austere I must have been in a reticent social setting when I tasted the wine because I thought it restrained rather than flamboyant My tasting note reads gently scented orange blossom with a dusting of ginger spice Just a very light touch of sweetness Can see some spice from the gewurz baked pear from the pinot gris but not certain I can see pinot blanc s influence An appealing softly textural wine Anyone who has had Deiss s wine knows it can be a huge beastie that needs wrestling out of the glass a honker in the very best sense If anything I d like to see Matt experiment and push the envelope just a bit further to give his wine a touch more palate weight and

    Original URL path: http://independentwinemonthly.co.nz/?p=1026 (2016-05-02)
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  • Central Pinot or Pinot Central? – Independent Wine Monthly
    in what makes their remarkable piece of land tick learning about how to tease out more of its expression in their wines The era of simple Central Otago fruit bombs has passed and commentators suggesting it as the Barossa of Pinot are displaying more about their own ignorance than enlightening their readers about what is really going on on Central The balance elegance and earth seen in a great many wines is now a more defining character and I don t think it would be too long a bow to draw to say Central is now at the forefront of terroir exploration and expression in New Zealand however you conceive of that Jane and I will write up our time as COPNL s guests fully once we emerge from this stimulating run of wine fora after Blenheim we are off to Gisborne for the New Zealand Chardonnay and Sparkling Symposium but for now a few wines that caught my eye are listed here 2015 Carrick Sauvignon Blanc stony dry taut and finely herbal could be easy to overlook this but it works a subtle magic keeping you returning as it unfolds in the glass 2014 Amisfield Fumé Blanc a complete contrast to the Carrick I m not sure where all the new oak disappeared to in this wine but it is impressively integrated and beautifully rich 2014 Felton Road Block 3 Pinot Noir reminded me of Blair Might wear a flowery shirt but at its heart is thoughtful and meticulous 2012 Rippon Mature Vine Riesling textural vivid vital Could have drunk the whole bottle 2015 Mount Edward Albarino I now tend to inwardly roll my eyes when seeing varieties like this in NZ but this wine made me realize that I was just displaying MY ignorance It s really good

    Original URL path: http://independentwinemonthly.co.nz/?p=1018 (2016-05-02)
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  • Central Otago Pinot Noir Celebration – Independent Wine Monthly
    eg Dean Shaw Pete Bartle Rudi Bauer those from out of region Jim White or from outside of NZ Lucie Lawrence Those who d worked in the region for years Matt Dicey John Wallace Emma and Ted Lemon discussed what style meant to each of them Like all good sessions there wasn t enough time to discuss as much as I think the audience would have liked But a good

    Original URL path: http://independentwinemonthly.co.nz/?p=993 (2016-05-02)
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  • nz wine – Independent Wine Monthly
    central otago Central Otago Pinot Noir Celebration Posted on 29 01 2016 03 02 2016 Emma and I are in Queenstown as guests of Central Otago Pinot Noir Ltd to take part in the 2016 Pinot Noir Celebration The opening session A Question of Style explored the relationship of winemakers to the region consultant winemakers eg Dean Shaw Pete Bartle Rudi Bauer those from out of region Jim White or from Read More Leave a comment nz wine Well if everybody s doing it it must be ok then Posted on 23 01 2016 23 01 2016 We all see life through a prism of our own experience and prejudices but I must confess to being at a loss when reading the recent commentary on Wine Writers of New Zealand s new Code of Ethics triggered by Jo Burzynska s recent article Most of it centres around those who seek to defend paid for wine Read More Leave a comment central otago The Central Muster Posted on 21 01 2016 21 01 2016 Don t worry they won t ask many questions said Natalie Potts NZ Winegrowers Asia Marketing Manager I was in Beijing teaching NZW wine education courses and was getting used to students who focussed intently on learning but whom were quite shy about speaking up So I was taken aback when one sommelier asked me to rank Read More Leave a comment chardonnay The Strange Case of a Dartmoor Vineyard Posted on 11 11 2014 09 11 2015 It seems to rather befit an outfit with a slightly dualistic nature think hedonistic party boys who also happen to produce some of the country s finest wines that their flagship chardonnays present a study of an almost Jekyll and Hyde nature On one hand is the suave complexity

    Original URL path: http://independentwinemonthly.co.nz/?cat=7 (2016-05-02)
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  • Well if everybody’s doing it, it must be ok then… – Independent Wine Monthly
    the sort though she does rather neatly identify the integrity problem that such reviewers risk opening themselves up to which suggests she has not only not failed read the Code of Ethics but also misunderstands the aspects that concern us It is very clear from our website and from the many comments our members make seemingly in vain that our issues in fact relate to professional writer ethics independence and integrity disclosure and transparency Surely things worth supporting and defending We do of course also attempt to point out the ultimate irreconcilability of those aspects for reviewers who are paid by those producing that which they review For those who like to say that r eviewers accepting payment do disclose this aspect on their websites well they may indeed but as has been said many times before this is emphatically not where the majority of consumers would ever read this The shiny gold stickers on the bottles or producer and retailer websites using the scores reviews to sell wine make no such mention of the fact Funny that They obviously benefit from the third party endorsement and it all works rather nicely Perhaps this is why one of the reviewers operating in this fashion is now promoting themselves as providing a service to the industry a line repeated elsewhere by others who apparently see no such conflict in this position Paid reviewers might like to think they are providing some sort of consultancy though surely one of questionable value when it s simple industry cheerleading but there s no point kidding yourselves that this is actual critical writing reviewing Of course there is nothing wrong with people working as consultants providing services to the industry The trouble comes when you also style yourself an independent reviewer you can t be

    Original URL path: http://independentwinemonthly.co.nz/?p=984 (2016-05-02)
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  • The Central Muster – Independent Wine Monthly
    the whole show on the road To remind us that Central is not just a one trick pony we tasted three whites before the pinot noirs 2015 Burn Cottage Gruner Veltliner Off 0 25 hectares of vines two clones planted in 2009 Gently aromatic not so much of the white pepper but more yellow plum soft green herbs Attractive mineral texture teensy hint of dissolved CO2 lime and grapefruit Carries 7g residual well but plan is to push things next vintage and see if wine can be made in slightly drier style 2015 Mount Edward Albarino Lovely concentrated aroma grapefruit peel freshly squeezed lime Arresting on the palate acid attack on entry firm and crystalline then a slightly chewy grippy texture presumably from the 25 skin contact I found myself going back again and again to this wine as the texture made it so appealing 2014 Felton Road Bannockburn Chardonnay Lovely lifted aromatics definitely showing new oak though subtle nougat and bran biscuit with just ripe nectarine and red apple underpinning Very light on its feet silky texture not at all worked Pretty Mount Edward 2014 Wanaka Road brightly fruited red cherry and raspberry with a nice touch of dried herbs Silky and supple not particularly complex but very approachable and eminently drinkable 2013 Mount Edward very perfumed with real concentration on the nose Just starting to nudge into the dark fruit spectrum Shows grip and structure Definite spine of tannin Apparently about 20 whole bunch this gives the savoury note Great length Duncan also brought along two 2014s Clone 667 full of dried herbs densely fruited and Abel deeper colour but more bright red fruit which were both 100 whole bunch ferments He believes that if the stalks are ripe then the fruit can take it and the result is wines that are softer and more voluminous Felton Road Blair showed a number of 2014s a vintage he described as good warmer nights mean perhaps a slightly softer acid line but still a 9 10 vintage 2014 Bannockburn pale ruby Sitting firmly in the red spectrum strawberry and raspberry Sweetly fruited with powdery tannins Low key and restrained 2014 Block 3 Step up in concentration Bigger tannins too chewy and dense Fruit edging towards darker spectrum Line of acidity running through almost a wet stone quartz like edge to the palate Lengthy 2014 Cornish Point From the Eastern end of Bannockburn Highly aromatic and sweetly fruited cherry milk chocolate Silky tannins and a slippery texture Hint of blood too 2014 Calvert Tighter and less flamboyant than the Cornish Point Grippier and more buttoned down But shows excellent persistence of flavour and length look again in another couple of years Burn Cottage 2014 Moonlight Race the first release of this junior label Appealing and approachable red fruits gently tannins Soft and sweetly fruited 2013 Burn Cottage tight and restrained Cinnamon spicy edge to nose Redcurrant and raspberry Not a big wine but with a savoury backbone and a firm line

    Original URL path: http://independentwinemonthly.co.nz/?p=981 (2016-05-02)
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  • Independent Wine Monthly – Page 2 – forthright & independent wine commentary and reviews
    09 11 2015 Stephen Henschke was in Auckland to show the latest Henschke releases I couldn t miss the opportunity to taste some of Australia s finest wines so hot footed it to O Connell Street Bistro Justifiably proud of his heritage Stephen took time to explain his winemaking philosophy how the wines had come to get their names and his Read More Leave a comment marlborough Yealands PGR Posted on 29 10 2014 09 11 2015 Familiar to lovers of Alsace wine a bottle labelled Gentil will traditionally be a field blend of mainly riesling muscat and or gewurztraminer with the balance made up of sylvaner chasselas and pinot blanc Read More Leave a comment nz wine Week 44 Posted on 26 10 2014 09 11 2015 An odd sort of a week Bingo cut his paw swimming in Orakei Basin and was ordered to rest all week and wear a collar to prevent him from nibbling his stitches I felt out of sorts too Read More Leave a comment chardonnay Ata Rangi Craighall Chardonnay Posted on 01 04 2014 09 11 2015 All too many wine reviews seem to read like a nurseryman s catalogue incorporating a seemingly endless list of adjectives Maybe understandable if the wine deserves it but what about when confronted with a boring wine Read More Leave a comment nz wine The Writer s Block Posted on 26 03 2014 18 02 2016 I first met Brendan Seal when he worked at Denbies Vineyard over in the UK We had a chat about Bacchus a grape variety about which I knew almost nothing to be told by Brendan that he wasn t sure he knew a lot about it either Read More Leave a comment martinborough Dry River Autumn Release 2014 Posted on 16

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