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  • Wine Reviews NZ, Buyer's Guide To Best New Zealand Wines - Michael Cooper - Michael Cooper
    New Zealand wine reviews and much more from the Buyer s Guide to New Zealand Wines There is also in depth information on wine regions of NZ key grape varieties wine news and vintage reports This website shares with you a vast knowledge of NZ wines and I hope it leads you to some great wine discoveries New Zealand Wine Reviews and Wine Tasting Notes BEST WINE BUYS Lawson s Dry Hills Marlborough Riesling 2011 NZ 19 00 Riesling needs time to unfold its full personality and this bargain priced wine gives you the rare opportunity to buy one with a bit of bottle aged development Grown in the Waihopai Valley on the south side of the larger Wairau Valley it s not at all austere or obviously sweet Delicious now it has concentrated ripe grapefruit lime flavours with a minerally streak an overall impression of dryness 8 grams litre residual sugar and excellent depth and harmony SPLURGE Cable Bay Reserve Waiheke Island Syrah 2010 NZ 85 From an exceptionally sunny dry vintage this majestic red was grown in the Edwards Vineyard at Church Bay at the western end of Waiheke Island co fermented with Viognier 3 per cent and matured for 18 months in French oak barriques Densely coloured it is powerful 14 5 per cent alcohol and concentrated with layers of beautifully ripe blackcurrant plum black pepper coffee and nut flavours underpinned by firm ripe tannins A notably classy red approachable now but still very youthful it should flourish for a decade NEWS AND WINE REVIEWS NEW ZEALAND WINE EVENTS For upcoming New Zealand wine events click the button below New Zealand Events INTERNATIONAL WINE EVENTS For up to date information on international wine events click the button below International Events NEW WINE REVIEWS Michael Cooper has added

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  • Michael Cooper Buyer - Michael Cooper
    Overview Vintage Report 2012 Regional Special Wine Report MichaelCooper co nz The 2013 Best Wine Buys Vintage Charts Classic Wines of New Zealand Maps from Wine Atlas Wine Cellaring Grape Varieties Regional Wine Profiles How I taste wine Home News About Wine info Tasting notes My Wines Contact Us wine name variety Forgotten Password Forgotten your password If you have registered previously but have forgotten your password please enter your

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  • Michael Cooper Buyer - Michael Cooper
    each Liquid geography Issue 3794 17th Jan 2013 Have wine will travel cheaply Chile challenges Issue 3793 10th Jan 2013 South American wines are giving us a run for our money Artisan wine small is beautiful Issue 3792 3rd Jan 2013 The wines from the best small producers are full of personality NZ s enchanting rosés Issue 3791 27th Dec 2012 Slip into one of our enchanting rosés this summer Pick of the bunch Issue 3790 20th Dec 2012 Looking for good wines that are ready to drink now Nelson s First XV Aromatic Wine Selection 2012 Issue 3789 13th Dec 2012 Introducing Nelson s First XV of 2012 Brancott takes flight Issue 3788 6th Dec 2012 Do you want lightness and low alcohol or power and concentration 2012 Air New Zealand Wine Award winners Issue 3787 29th Nov 2012 Gold medal winners aren t necessarily expensive Bubbly for under 10 Issue 3786 27th Nov 2012 Treat yourself to some classy bubbly for under 10 Wine Michael Cooper s best buys Issue 3785 24th Nov 2012 For two top value wines look no further The Winemaker by Kerry R Tyack review Issue 3784 17th Nov 2012 A book about George Fistonich and Villa Maria is sound but not vintage reading Hugel wine tried and true Issue 3783 10th Nov 2012 Alsace s Hugels have been making wine for 12 generations Savvy buying Issue 3782 1st Nov 2012 It s time to celebrate the new season sauvignon blancs Terra Sancta Mark Weldon s pinot noirs Issue 3781 27th Oct 2012 Mark Weldon s pinot noirs have a sense of place Soljans celebrates its 75th anniversary Issue 3780 20th Oct 2012 Soljans is known for its popular vineyard cafe and a range of sound wines Villa Maria s top wines Issue 3779

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  • Michael Cooper Buyer - Michael Cooper
    Grape Varieties Regional Wine Profiles How I taste wine Home News About Wine info Tasting notes My Wines Contact Us wine name variety News New Zealand Events 14 MAY Greystone with winemaker Dominic Maxwell Christchurch Details www vinofino co nz 15 MAY Patrick Materman Chief Winemaker for Pernod Ricard NZ Auckland Details www firstglass co nz 21 MAY Pinot Noir Central Otago vs The Rest Christchurch Details www vinofino co

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  • New Zealand Wine Reviews & Wine Tasting Notes ‐ Michael Cooper
    work of non fiction at the 2003 Montana New Zealand Book Awards for his magnum opus Wine Atlas of New Zealand In the 2004 New Year Honours Michael was appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to wine writing Michael Cooper is the author of the country s biggest selling wine book the annual Buyer s Guide to New Zealand Wines This book contains valuable information on wine producing regions key grape varieties best wine buys wine tasting notes and updated New Zealand wine reviews In 2009 Michael was awarded the Sir George Fistonich Medal in recognition of services to New Zealand wine The award is made each year at the country s largest wine competition the New Zealand International Wine Show to a living legend of New Zealand wine The weekly wine columnist for the New Zealand Listener Michael is also New Zealand editor of Australia s Winestate magazine and chairman of its New Zealand tasting panel In 1977 he obtained a Master of Arts degree from the University of Auckland with a thesis entitled The Wine Lobby Pressure Group Politics and the New Zealand Wine Industry He was marketing manager for Babich Wines

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  • About Wine Tasting Notes, Know How to Read Tasting Notes – Michael Cooper
    Poor No star To be avoided These quality ratings are based on comparative assessments of New Zealand wines against one another A five star Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon for instance is an outstanding quality red judged by the standards of other Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon blends made in New Zealand It is not judged by the standards of overseas reds of a similar style for instance Bordeaux because the website is focused solely on New Zealand wines and their relative merits Some familiar New Zealand wine brands in recent years have included varying proportions of overseas wine To be featured they must still include at least some New Zealand wine in the blend Where brackets enclose the star rating on the right hand side for example 3 stars this indicates the assessment is only tentative because I have tasted very few vintages of the wine A dash is used in the relatively few cases where a wine s quality has oscillated over and above normal vintage variations for example Super Classic wines Classic wines and Potential Classic wines are highlighted in the text by Each wine has also been given a dryness sweetness price and value for money rating The precise levels of sweetness indicated by the four ratings are DRY Less than 5 grams litre of sugar MED DRY 5 14 grams litre of sugar MED 15 49 grams litre of sugar SW 50 and over grams litre of sugar Less than 5 grams of sugar per litre is virtually imperceptible to most palates the wine tastes fully dry With between 5 and 14 grams a wine has a hint of sweetness although a high level of acidity as in Rieslings or even Marlborough Sauvignon Blancs which often have 4 to 6 grams per litre of sugar reduces the perception of

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  • NZ Wine Reviews, FAQs You Should Know ‐ Michael Cooper
    tasted by Michael are reviewed in his annual Buyer s Guide published each November on the website and as a printed book Michael also adds 50 new reviews each month to the website focusing on recent releases that offer standout quality or value To have your wines reviewed please send a sample bottle of each wine bottled ready for sale an indication of its approximate retail price in NZ and any background information to Michael Cooper 28 Park Avenue Birkenhead Auckland 0626 Where can I buy Michael Cooper s books Michael s books are available from all good booksellers in New Zealand You can also order them on line through www fishpond co nz and www mightyape co nz Is the Buyer s Guide available as an e book The 2013 Buyer s Guide to New Zealand Wines is available as an e book This is available through Amazon Kobo Apple iBookstore and Whitcoulls Can I purchase previous editions of the Buyer s Guide While the previous year s edition may still be available older editions are out of print and no longer able to be purchased How do I become a member Click the JOIN NOW button on this

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  • New Zealand Wine Reviews, Annual Vintage Wine Report – Michael Cooper
    lot of spin out there says one of Marlborough s most experienced winegrowers The top 25 per cent is very good the next 50 per cent is middle of the road the bottom 25 per cent is poor It s very site specific At 269 000 tonnes the harvest was 18 per cent smaller than the 2011 record of 328 000 tonnes Cool wet conditions during flowering and fruit set will lead to a lighter vintage Pernod Ricard NZ predicted in March These crops typically deliver more concentrated and flavoursome wines A month later New Zealand Winegrowers reported a fantastic Indian summer we are very happy about what consumers are going to see in the bottle Spring got off to a cool dry and sunny start in September followed by a wet and cloudy October November although wet in the South Island was extremely dry in the north Summer was dismal December cool and cloudy in the upper South Island and the North Island brought more than double the average rainfall to most regions The weather stayed cool in January and February was also cool and cloudy In autumn March brought continuing cool according to NIWA but April the crucial

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