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  • nz wine – Page 8 – Independent Wine Monthly
    some excellent French and NZ wines Not a dud note amongst the line up and indeed the Read More Leave a comment central otago Disappointing Pinot Posted on 03 08 2010 14 12 2012 In last week s Sunday Star Times column I bemoaned the fact that a growing number of Central Otago Pinots are expensive wines that curiously lack soul Afterwards I wondered if I had been too harsh Most Central winemakers seem like decent law abiding chaps though it must be admitted I have only ever seen them Read More Leave a comment nz wine Churton Wines New Releases Posted on 20 07 2010 14 12 2012 My grandfather was killed by a drunk driver Not instantly like the two young children he was collecting from school as a favour to their Mum his neighbour Instead he lingered in a semi vegetative state for a couple of years before succumbing to an infection The woman who crashed into his car had been Read More Leave a comment hawke s bay You say tomato I say Te Mata Posted on 19 07 2010 14 12 2012 It seems to be mandatory when discussing Te Mata Estate to start by mentioning that they are New Zealand s oldest winery and then to say they produce the illustrious Bordeaux like Coleraine So that being out of the way I can now comment on what really struck me at Te Mata s recent Showcase 2010 tasting the Read More Leave a comment nz wine Neudorf 30th Birthday Posted on 18 07 2010 14 12 2012 An invitation to a 30th Birthday lunch with Tim and Judy Finn owners of Neudorf Wines and John Kavanagh their winemaker was one of those that come along once in a blue moon To taste the latest

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  • Independent Wine Monthly – Page 9 – forthright & independent wine commentary and reviews
    a daisy and redolent of honeysuckle citrus blossom and a delicious underlying wet stone minerality this wine made the still Read More Leave a comment nz wine 30 Years of Martinborough Posted on 18 08 2010 17 12 2012 The 30th Years of Martinborough dinner at Wellington s Hippopotamus restaurant was an event that sold out within minutes of being advertised Not surprising really a stellar line up of both new release and aged wines from Ata Rangi Martinborough Vineyards and Dry River paired with a sumptuous array of dishes was too good an opportunity Read More Leave a comment nz wine The Super 14 Syrah Tasting Posted on 15 08 2010 20 12 2012 Despite the popular belief that wine writers have their noses continuously in the trough sometimes Emma and I do pay our own way and go to tastings just for the sheer hell of it Waiheke s Obsidian Vineyard advertised a Super 14 Syrah tasting that appealed to me greatly for two reasons firstly it was to Read More Leave a comment france Two Friday night syrahs Posted on 10 08 2010 14 12 2012 On reflection I think it was a seminal moment last Friday night when my husband looked at me and said I think I prefer the Trinity Hill Despite being together over twenty years throughout which time he has drunk some of the world s greatest wines JR retains an amateur interest in the subject I Read More Leave a comment marlborough Subtle Sauvignon Blanc Posted on 10 08 2010 14 12 2012 There is no doubt that NZ can make world class sauvignon blanc and winemakers have perfected the art of producing vibrant immensely flavourful sauvignons brimming over with passionfruit and gooseberry flavours But winemakers are a restless bunch always looking

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  • wine – Page 7 – Independent Wine Monthly
    drunk some of the world s greatest wines JR retains an amateur interest in the subject I Read More Leave a comment marlborough Subtle Sauvignon Blanc Posted on 10 08 2010 14 12 2012 There is no doubt that NZ can make world class sauvignon blanc and winemakers have perfected the art of producing vibrant immensely flavourful sauvignons brimming over with passionfruit and gooseberry flavours But winemakers are a restless bunch always looking for a new challenge and there is a growing number keen to see where they can Read More Leave a comment nz wine 2008 Mahi Twin Valleys Chardonnay Posted on 04 08 2010 14 12 2012 On Sunday I flew off to Tauranga to host a wine tasting for the fantastic Somerset Cottage An unremittingly gloomy day but it didn t matter as we were all warm and toasty inside hunkered down in anticipation of tasting some excellent French and NZ wines Not a dud note amongst the line up and indeed the Read More Leave a comment central otago Disappointing Pinot Posted on 03 08 2010 14 12 2012 In last week s Sunday Star Times column I bemoaned the fact that a growing number of Central Otago Pinots are expensive wines that curiously lack soul Afterwards I wondered if I had been too harsh Most Central winemakers seem like decent law abiding chaps though it must be admitted I have only ever seen them Read More Leave a comment nz wine Churton Wines New Releases Posted on 20 07 2010 14 12 2012 My grandfather was killed by a drunk driver Not instantly like the two young children he was collecting from school as a favour to their Mum his neighbour Instead he lingered in a semi vegetative state for a couple of years before

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  • 2008 Mahi Twin Valleys Chardonnay – Independent Wine Monthly
    style differences between the two countries This wasn t a Us v Them style of tasting more an opportunity to see how wines are constructed their flavours and aromas working in quite different ways I was amused by one chap who was a bit flustered to have mistaken the 2008 Mahi Twin Valleys Chardonnay as coming from France He seemed most apologetic and I couldn t work out why the

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  • Churton Wines : New Releases – Independent Wine Monthly
    to the realisation that there really isn t any wine however fabulous that would tempt me to risk the lives of my family Or myself come to think of it I don t drink at lunchtime and will always make an agreement with my husband as to who is responsible for driving if we have to take the car when we go out for the evening Most wine lunches are held at lunchtime which leaves me in a quandary Most times I pay for a taxi to and from the lunch but sometimes if I have something else to do this just isn t possible and I have to drive No one wants to eat lunch whilst someone at the table keeps spitting out into a bucket I have developed my own system whereby I spit out if there is a formal tasting before lunch and then take the teensiest sips during lunch diluted with copious quantities of water Though this way of tasting is inherently flawed as it means I am up and down like a fiddler s elbow to the bathroom And usually miss the most delicious morsels of gossip So it was nice that Sam Weaver chose to farewell us from the Churton Wines lunch by handing each guest a bottle of the 2009 Sauvignon Blanc and 2008 Pinot Noir to taste in our own time This gave me the opportunity to taste the wines later at home 2009 Churton Sauvignon Blanc Much more intensely aromatic and Marlborough than previous vintages Fresh nettle elderflower and a hint of ripe passionfruit Red capsicum and lime The palate is restrained dry and crisp with good depth of flavor Well defined A wine that continues to evolve and develop in the glass and definitely one that I could drink a

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  • Neudorf 30th Birthday – Independent Wine Monthly
    wine Perhaps I have just drunk too much old white Burgundy Almost a touch of aged Champagne biscuity leesy with the thread of mineral acidity Pinot Gris I have written at length so no point in rehashing it all over again that pinot gris is misunderstood and that in the hands of a careful winemaker can make some pretty special wines Wines like these in fact 2009 Moutere Very floral aromatic Fresh pear and apple crumble Light and delicate just off dry The palate has a lovely juicy conference pear quality 2004 Moutere Still very bright Just starting to develop some freshly baked gingerbread aromas Baguette crust 2001 Moutere Kaffir lime leaf and fresh root ginger Amazingly lively and fresh though has started to develop some secondary characters Continues to evolve in the glass to reveal more fresh pear and quince notes Riesling This was a pretty delicious bracket of wines but just suffered slightly from coming in the middle of the meal and by being partnered with pumpkin ravioli Whilst the dish was exceptionally good it just didn t seem to do justice to the delicate mosel inspired rieslings 2009 Moutere Very light and lifted aromas Pretty meter lemon bright florals Medium dry with almost savory acidity Almost Mosel like in structure and character 2005 Moutere Lovely point in it evolution Some kerosene starting to emerge but primary too Medium dry again 2002 Moutere Lemon peel kerosene and delightful florals too Absolutely at peak Pinot Noir duck and pinot noir Is there a better match An absolute sensational dish partnered by wines of such class 2008 Moutere bright translucent ruby Truffles plus wild raspberry Opulent but also quite restrained Dark cherry some minerality coming through too Much too young but lashings 0f potential 2005 Moutere Just seems to be

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  • nz wine – Page 9 – Independent Wine Monthly
    on 17 03 2010 21 12 2012 Wedged in the dickie seat in Bob s new convertible Saab I survived narrow decapitation certain death and total humiliation Read More Leave a comment nz wine Sweet Dreams Posted on 13 03 2010 14 12 2012 The other night I was sitting on the sofa reading a wine book and came across a mention of a particular wine But not just any wine This was the legendary Chateau d Yquem 1989 possibly one of the greatest vintages of one of the greatest dessert wines in the world I was instantly transported back Read More Leave a comment hawke s bay Honesty is the best policy Posted on 04 02 2010 12 12 2012 As it is with people it is also interesting to see how an industry presents itself yes that will be me giving your shoes a once over to see if they are polished I came away from last weekend s Hawke s Bay Winegrowers Cabernet Merlot Forum and Syrah Symposium slightly scratching my head at the image Read More Leave a comment nz wine Morning Tea McLaren Vale Style Posted on 01 12 2009 21 12 2012 After a

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  • Independent Wine Monthly – Page 10 – forthright & independent wine commentary and reviews
    before succumbing to an infection The woman who crashed into his car had been Read More Leave a comment hawke s bay You say tomato I say Te Mata Posted on 19 07 2010 14 12 2012 It seems to be mandatory when discussing Te Mata Estate to start by mentioning that they are New Zealand s oldest winery and then to say they produce the illustrious Bordeaux like Coleraine So that being out of the way I can now comment on what really struck me at Te Mata s recent Showcase 2010 tasting the Read More Leave a comment nz wine Neudorf 30th Birthday Posted on 18 07 2010 14 12 2012 An invitation to a 30th Birthday lunch with Tim and Judy Finn owners of Neudorf Wines and John Kavanagh their winemaker was one of those that come along once in a blue moon To taste the latest releases would be carrot enough but the older vintages too I was off up Mt Eden Road as Read More Leave a comment marlborough Marlborough Part Three Greywacke and Dog Point Posted on 24 06 2010 14 12 2012 We left Churton replete with both the most delicious lunch and careful instructions on how to get to Dog Point Vineyard from Mandy Weaver In what was to become a recurring theme of our brief sojourn in Marlborough Jane and I argued over which road was the correct one shot past turn offs and eventually after Read More Leave a comment nz wine Framingham F Series a White Riot Posted on 19 06 2010 14 12 2012 If truth be told the very last thing I felt like doing on a wet wild Sunday evening was to go traipsing off into the CBD to taste wine But I decided to go

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