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  • Martinborough Day One : Meet the Winemakers – Independent Wine Monthly
    Margaret Hanson co owner of The Elder Pinot was our guide and she proved to be a treasure Usually winery visits go on much longer than anticipated which causes a domino effect By the time you get to the last visit the winery owner has been waiting for ages which always makes for a slightly tense experience Fortunately Margaret was ruthless in making sure everyone got the same allotted amount of time and chauffeured us around with good grace and a sense of humour An excellent idea was to assemble a group of 2011 pinots for us to taste back at the hotel This meant all wines were tasted blind in the same condition from the same style of glass at the same temperature A much more even and fairer playing field Helen Masters and Phyll Pattie Ata Rangi discussing clonal selection The irrepressible Roger Parkinson Nga Waka Bob discusses residual sugar and phenolics with John Kavanagh Te Kairanga Impressd that I got John slightly out of focus Poppy Hammond of Poppies Martinborough where we had a great vineyard lunch The delightful Katherine Jacobs Big Sky and a wee hint of Margaret Hanson Carl Fraser Murdoch James Apparently this is

    Original URL path: http://independentwinemonthly.co.nz/?p=674 (2016-05-02)
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  • Subtle Sauvignon Blanc – Independent Wine Monthly
    the best that France can produce Sancerre and Pouilly Fumé are benchmarks restrained minerally and fully dry with the added bonus of being wonderful food wines This week I was in Tauranga for a NZ v France tasting We tasted the wines blind and I was sure the Martinborough Vineyards wine was French because it was subtle elegant and very appealing A bottle of Spy Valley s Envoy Sauvignon Blanc was equally delicious not nearly as pungent as a typical Marlborough Sauvignon but with bags of personality and flavour Most tasters weren t aware that NZ does this more understated style but almost all were determined to try more Don t get me wrong I love exuberant fruit laden sauvignon blancs but sometimes something a bit more subtle is in order These emerging sauvignon blancs with their aroma volume turned down and the flavours turned up are a great addition to the scene 2009 Martinborough Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc This wine shows Paul Mason is more than just a talented pinot producer Tasted alongside a Bourgeois Sancerre Mont Damnees it more than held its own Simply delicious with a strong mineral and citrus spine the oak providing a very subtle teensy oatmeal bran biscuit edge and pretty good length too 2009 Spy Valley Envoy Sauvignon Blanc I have been impressed with the Envoy range which has to date offered some excellent interesting wines When Ant McKenzie who made the inaugaural Envoy wines left for pastures new all could have gone pear shaped but it seems that in Paul Bourgeois the label has found another skilled pair of hands and this despite the Spy Valley website claiming that Paul has a passion for riesling I ll let that one pass The 2009 Envoy Sauvignon Blanc has layers of flavour citrus fresh rosemary

    Original URL path: http://independentwinemonthly.co.nz/?p=340 (2016-05-02)
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  • nz wine – Page 2 – Independent Wine Monthly
    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 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 central otago Georgetown Wines Central Otago Posted on 04 03 2014 04 07 2014 Standing on the side of the Kawarau River it crossed my mind that you really have to think the pioneering spirit of old is still alive and well in Central Otago Only these days it s in the form of boutique vineyard owners rather than gold prospectors Read More Leave a comment hawke s bay 2013 BusHHawke Vineyard Fiano Posted on 02 03 2014 09 03 2014 When a package arrived from Hawke s Bay I was surprised to unwrap a bottle of Fiano I wasn t aware there was any planted in NZ but remembered the words of advice given to me when I moved here everything

    Original URL path: http://independentwinemonthly.co.nz/?cat=7&paged=2 (2016-05-02)
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  • The Writer’s Block – Independent Wine Monthly
    either Though I notice the winery website now describes the Bacchus as Similar in style to a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc Brendan must have made an impression Now based back in Central Otago The Writer s Block is Brendan s own label He describes it as a way to experiment find small vineyards or pockets of vines and play around with wine styles and wine making techniques So the wines are likely to always be different but always really good quality and unique If the experiments don t work I won t release them It was spooky how similar our tasting notes were the 2013 The Writer s Block Late Harvest Gewürztraminer is a rather lush sweet fruited nose with rock melon and sweet limes plus old bourbon rose spice and florals silky palate with satisfying balance and length this medium richly fruited wine isn t the world s most complex example but it s deliciously easy to drink and there s certainly nothing wrong with that Emma Not overly complex but an abundantly fruited generous wine with a soft plump texture Carrying its sweetness well it has an exuberant instantly appealing character Jane Brendan didn t make any wine

    Original URL path: http://independentwinemonthly.co.nz/?p=849 (2016-05-02)
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  • Independent Wine Monthly – Page 3 – forthright & independent wine commentary and reviews
    in Central Otago Only these days it s in the form of boutique vineyard owners rather than gold prospectors Read More Leave a comment hawke s bay 2013 BusHHawke Vineyard Fiano Posted on 02 03 2014 09 03 2014 When a package arrived from Hawke s Bay I was surprised to unwrap a bottle of Fiano I wasn t aware there was any planted in NZ but remembered the words of advice given to me when I moved here everything s available you just have to know where to look Read More Leave a comment central otago Ellero Central Otago Posted on 06 09 2013 06 09 2013 Leaving the sanctuary of the warm Maude Wines tasting room we made the short drive down State Highway 6 to meet John Montero owner of Ellero Wines Read More Leave a comment nz wine 2013 Bacardi Legacy NZ Competition Posted on 05 09 2013 05 09 2013 No one was more surprised than me when I was asked to judge the NZ Bacardi Legacy competition Spirits are an integral part of the Wine Spirit Education Trust qualifications but cocktails are not Read More Leave a comment central otago TOSQ Wines Central Otago

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  • Australians with moral standards? You read it here first… – Independent Wine Monthly
    couldn t help but wonder if all the vitriol may in fact represent something other than petty jealousies and score settling Perhaps it is instead symptomatic of discomfort with the seemingly increasing acceptance of the wine writing gravy train and all its attendant moral questionability I suspect what is being seen here is the frustration with the turn wine writing has largely taken not much beyond a combination of brainless shopping lists paid for reviews and bloggers et al who think that being entitled to an opinion somehow equates to all opinions being equal Especially as all too often with the latter even proper spelling and grammar is apparently too big an ask The quibbling over the likes of 99 or 100 point wine scores is almost a redundant debate though so debased is that system At least 99 points for Grange is a little more believable than the same for a second label Marlborough sauvignon blanc After all it would be easier to respect wine experts if indeed a that s what they actually are b they weren t increasingly often beholden to pecuniary interests Though Nick Stock must have been chuffed by the illustrious company between whom he

    Original URL path: http://independentwinemonthly.co.nz/?p=646 (2016-05-02)
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  • Bulletin #11 – Independent Wine Monthly
    wine commentary and reviews bulletin nz wine Bulletin 11 Posted on 15 04 2012 17 01 2013 Please click Bulletin 11 to download the pdf file Leave a comment wine Leave a Reply Cancel reply Post navigation Bulletin 10 Two Hawke s Bay reds 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

    Original URL path: http://independentwinemonthly.co.nz/?p=87 (2016-05-02)
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  • Bulletin #10 – Independent Wine Monthly
    wine commentary and reviews bulletin nz wine Bulletin 10 Posted on 07 02 2012 17 01 2013 please click on the link 010 bulletin to download file Leave a comment wine Leave a Reply Cancel reply Post navigation Sea Level Wines Bulletin 11 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/?p=90 (2016-05-02)
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