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  • Independent Wine Monthly – Page 8 – forthright & independent wine commentary and reviews
    trying to fill that crucial gap without success The Hits deliver to me the essence Read More Leave a comment nz wine The billion dollar question Posted on 13 02 2011 14 12 2012 A recent article in the ODT saw senior marketing lecturer Rob Hamlin asking what can the New Zealand wine industry do to protect its premium brand image internationally Well how long have you got Mr Hamlin had some interesting comments to make about the perennial and most important issue of quality in the bottle often Read More Leave a comment nz wine Lindauer Special Reserve Brut Cuvee Posted on 30 12 2010 14 12 2012 People often look surprised when I recommend they buy Lindauer as though I would only be likely to suggest Krug or Salon well of course that IS my suggestion if you are asking what to bring around for an aperitif at my place but really it is hard to go past almost any of the Read More Leave a comment nz wine HiHi Wines still no laughing matter Posted on 20 12 2010 12 12 2012 Whether you are a Galapagos finch or a wine producer Darwin s theories hold true find your niche and exploit it Gisborne s Hihi Wines is indeed living proof that Darwin was onto something as when Jane and I first encountered Andy Nimmo s label in 2007 he was producing a handful of wines and selling a couple Read More Leave a comment nz wine Oh So Pretty and best of all delicious too Posted on 03 12 2010 14 12 2012 Not content with merely making smart wines at Framingham the ever industrious Andrew Hedley has also begun to import a small eclectic range of interesting wines mainly from the mountainous areas of Europe

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  • snakes and ladders – Independent Wine Monthly
    wine commentary and reviews snakes and ladders 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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  • Nimmo loading_press – Independent Wine Monthly
    wine commentary and reviews Nimmo loading press 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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  • wine – Page 6 – Independent Wine Monthly
    encountered Andy Nimmo s label in 2007 he was producing a handful of wines and selling a couple Read More Leave a comment nz wine Oh So Pretty and best of all delicious too Posted on 03 12 2010 14 12 2012 Not content with merely making smart wines at Framingham the ever industrious Andrew Hedley has also begun to import a small eclectic range of interesting wines mainly from the mountainous areas of Europe where he and his wife have enjoyed travelling but also a few that just tickled his fancy under the name Oh So Pretty Read More Leave a comment marlborough 2009 Montana Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc Posted on 28 10 2010 14 12 2012 It seems fashionable to sneer at Marlborough sauvignon blanc and curiously this is usually done by pinot gris drinkers certainly the region is struggling with the issues of managing supply with demand and preserving the integrity of its name But it cannot be denied that without the region and variety New Zealand would not enjoy Read More Leave a comment nz wine Come fair weather or foul Posted on 30 09 2010 12 12 2012 More sobering reading is doing the rounds regarding the woeful state of our wine industry for grape growers and producers alike While I feel very sorry for many of those involved as someone with fingers in the pie of wholly less glamorous industries sheet metal engineering plumbing I can t help but think there would Read More Leave a comment marlborough 2010 Forrest Estate The Doctor s Riesling Posted on 12 09 2010 14 12 2012 I still find it a slight thrill when the first wines of the current vintage start to come through and it was indeed a thrill to taste the 2010 Forrest Estate Doctor

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  • Oh So Pretty – and best of all, delicious too… – Independent Wine Monthly
    French Italian Swiss and Austrian borders including the Val d Aosta Alto Adige Tyrol Jura Savoie plus the Loire and Greece and Andrew is busy planning further exotic shipments of Swiss native varieties and natural wines a movement that is gathering some pace within the industry My first foray into the box of treasures I ordered yielded the 2007 Weingut Gottardi Sudtiroler Blauburgender Mazzon Pinot Noir from the Sudtirol in Italy s Alto Adige looks Austrian sounds Austrian is Italian tricky beasts those foreigners According to Andrew s accompanying notes Bruno Gottardi is known in Austria as a great wine expert and wine merchant with shops in Innsbruck and Vienna Recently he has also acquired a reputation as an excellent wine producer In 1986 he bought Sarnheimhof a winery located in the village of Mazzon in the wine growing region of Unterland the heart of Südtirol s best Blauburgunder area or Blauburgunder Himmel as they say locally Having replanted the vineyard training the vines on wires he built a new winery and in 1995 produced his first vintage All new to me and I poured the wine with interest lovely pale ruby colour an enticing bouquet of spicy ripe strawberries raspberry and maraschino cherry laced with seasoned oak a full rich palate New World pinot lovers will approve light and elegant on the palate with a firmness coming from both the wine s inherent acidity and the perfectly integrated oak anchoring the ripe fruit A nice earthiness is laced through the cranberry cherry palate with good length and a lovely clean dry spicy finish that sends you back for more At around 40 this is a steal for something that is both great quality delicious drinking and will exercise your brain as well as palate should you be so inclined

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  • Come fair weather or foul – Independent Wine Monthly
    resist I am also facing tough times and few seem to have bleeding hearts or trite excuses for me Rising costs including massive ACC hikes up 40 this year for us an industry wide downturn construction and manufacturing is not in good shape at the moment either a clampdown in sympathy and credit from the bank combined with suppliers who are rigorously enforcing trading terms and debtors who have slipped to an average 30 60 days before payment These are not hurdles confined only to those in the wine business It s not fun at all but no surprise I have yet to see many headlines bemoaning the fates of all poor sheet metal engineers and other trades like ours out there My own businesses have now been running nearly 30 years something I suspect is helping to keep the wolves from the door and have been around long enough to see bust and boom before so I know that except perhaps in the odd cases of very bad luck it is generally poor business management or inferior product service that deals the coup de grace to companies These are difficult times indeed but given the recent massive unbridled growth coupled to a heap of wine with little to differentiate it from any number of others on the market and often little in the way of genuine quality to offer it is perhaps sad but certainly not surprising When so little of the production is profitable a 2007 academic paper stated 90 of producers were uneconomic and all it took was one large harvest to throw the train off the track the 1 billion of exports seem to be more smoke and mirrors than something to point at to illustrate our success Generally a large quality harvest for a sound

    Original URL path: http://independentwinemonthly.co.nz/?p=165 (2016-05-02)
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  • 30 Years of Martinborough – Independent Wine Monthly
    One bracket of chardonnays 2007 Martinborough 2006 Dry River and 2005 Ata Rangi was a perfect example of why the NZ wine industry should stop trying t0 promote regions as though they are one single entity The three wines were made from one single grape variety one clone Mendoza with the fruit for each coming from vineyards apparently only 200 300m apart But they were completely different wines From different vintages granted but I could find no common regionality at all Much stronger was the thumbprint of the winemaker I am sure that with time some patterns will emerge but whilst the industry is still in its infancy even areas that have been established over 30 years then promotional material that tries to shoehorn a region s wines into defined flavour or aroma profiles seems a bit shortsighted Who hasn t mistaken Palliser Sauvignon Blanc for a Marlborough wine The Aurora Syrah comes from Central s Bendigo district but I would have said Hawke s Bay Why not spend time instead promoting personalities and focus on telling individual stories Surely an interesting tale could be coaxed out of even the most reticent winemaker If I was a producer of fine wine here in New Zealand I would be making more of an effort in attracting the next generation of wine drinkers This dinner appealed to a serious but mature audience Most of the people I spoke to had been buying the wines of Martinborough for years one was still working through a case of Chifney Cabernet from the mid 1980s and who had come along to see how the older wines were drinking On my table there were two young couples who were keen wine drinkers and Martinborough enthusiasts but 4 out of 60 people isn t a great percentage

    Original URL path: http://independentwinemonthly.co.nz/?p=330 (2016-05-02)
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  • The Super 14 Syrah Tasting – Independent Wine Monthly
    t much discussion on how the wines had been selected no doubt it what was available in NZ a range of appellations and also prices According to Lindsay Spilman the tasting was oversubscribed so my advice would be to email Janet janet obsidian co nz and asked to be put on the mailing list as this tasting was a test run one and Spilman hopes to organise more in the future 2008 Te Mata Bullnose Syrah Deep youthful ruby with a violet rim Muted aromas black pepper plum A little fresh meat Brightly fruited Supple tannins Still fairly primary and pure not a great deal of development as yet Could be approached now though really 3 5 years 2008 Crozes Hermitage Maxime Graillo t I am a huge fan of Graillot pere despite a bottle of 1990 Graillot Crozes being responsible for one of my worse ever hangovers and so I was interested to taste the wine made by his son Maxime Deep ruby Tight on the nose black pepper school ink Dense yet also some attractive flora blueberry Firm acid in entry ripe tannins yet not too big or blocky Still needs time 40 amazing value 2008 Obsidian Syrah This was the favourite wine of the flight for many of the tasters dark berry fruit some pepper and spice Tighter than the 09 some oak but well handled 2006 Seppelts St Peters Shiraz an odd wine Nose has started to develop some secondary notes of mocha and coffee bean but there is an underlying eucalyptus and green bean character too Raspberry cordial Unconvincing and almost 50 too 2006 Cornas les Vires Cuilleron Deep ruby School ink aniseed but a touch of brett that is this case isn t attractive but instead adds a medicinal chlorine note Palate is better but still a thread of hardness 2009 Weeping Sands Syrah Youthful ruby Slightly heavy handed with the oak but pretty aromas underneath with lots of violets blueberry and damson A floral style that really needs a little longer in bottle 2005 Saint Joseph les Royes Domaine Courbis Youthful ruby Complex aromas starting to develop forest floor liquorice plum and roasting meat Palate less evolved with acid and tannin still unresolved 2007 Cote Rotie Seigneur de Maurigon Delas Aromas of forest floor cinnamon violets but also a touch of pine forest too Real core of fruit sweetness but slightly masked by acid at this stage Good length 2009 Obsidian Syrah Very deep purple Vibrant exotic plum and black pepper Plenty of new oak but balanced by luscious plump fruit Glossy and ripe Too young but should be a cracker in time 2006 Cote Rotie Terres Sombres Absolutely delicious Earth forest floor roast meat and fresh liver Some oak but muted High acidity dominates but dusty tannins too An old fashioned style of wine but still with lovely fruit purity 2006 Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier I am a huge fan of Tim Kirk so was slightly surprised by this wine Quite a feral

    Original URL path: http://independentwinemonthly.co.nz/?p=333 (2016-05-02)
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