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  • New Zealand wine regions key grape varieties news and much much more I hope this website leads you to some great wine discoveries Photo credit Mt Beautiful Vineyard Photo credit Mt Beautiful Vineyard We highly recommend signing up online to www michaelcooper co nz Only NZ39 99 a year for access to thousands of reviews and regularly updated information Ata Rangi 2016 Wine Reviews NOW AVAILABLE Photo credit Aronui BEST BUY Brightwater Vineyards Nelson Riesling 2015 NZ 20 00 Estate grown and hand harvested on the Waimea Plains this classy wine is richly scented with penetrating lemon lime and passionfruit flavours and an off dry mouth wateringly crisp finish Very fresh and concentrated with a minerally streak it s a beautifully poised wine already very expressive but well worth cellaring Outstanding value READ MORE TREAT YOURSELF Dog Point Vineyard Marlborough Pinot Noir 2014 NZ 45 00 This classy finely structured red is estate grown on the south side of the Wairau Valley and matured for 18 months in French oak barriques Already delicious it has deep youthful colour The bouquet is fragrant plummy and spicy the palate mouthfilling with well ripened plum spice flavours showing excellent complexity and richness in a savoury style with gentle acidity and impressive harmony READ MORE NEWS AND EVENTS Marlborough Wine Food Festival Marlborough Festival goers will get the opportunity to sample a unique selection of world class wines and delicious local cuisine 11 February 2017 CLICK HERE 2016 Wine Tasting Notes Now Available Go to Advanced Wine Search to search the latest wine reviews CLICK HERE Think small drink well Matua s small batch high priced single vineyard wines really deliver Issue 3949 21st January 2016 CLICK HERE A PERFECT GIFT FOR WINE LOVERS Give a subscription to New Zealand Wines Michael Cooper s

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  • Varieties and Wine Styles How I Taste Wine Wine Cellaring Wine Regions 2015 Vintage Wine Report Overview 2015 Regional Vintage Report Regional Vintage charts Regional Wine Profiles Maps of Wine Regions Tasting Notes Advanced Wine Search Recent Tasting Notes How To Read Wine Tasting Notes My Wines LOG IN JOIN Quick Brand Search Membership Level Price Free Trial Free Membership expires after 7 Days Select Full Subscription 39 99 now

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  • the Babich family s 100 years of winemaking Issue 3940 12th November 2015 Read more NZ Listener Columns Bubbly jubbly With Christmas coming up it s time to think about affordable sparkling wine Issue 3939 5th November 2015 Read more NZ Listener Columns Mission accomplished After more than 30 years as winemaker for the same company Paul Mooney is still producing classy affordable wines Issue 3937 22nd October 2015 Read more NZ Listener Columns Personality plus Mahi and Greenhough are producing some of the best personality filled wines Issue 3936 15th October 2015 Read more NZ Listener Columns Raise a glass to great Scot Fine wines are being produced on the site of Marlborough s first recorded winemaker Issue 3935 8th October 2015 Read more NZ Listener Columns Sip sip syrah The 2013 La Collina Syrah sets a new standard in memorable vintages Issue 3934 1st October 2015 Read more NZ Listener Columns Volcanic wines After a decade in its Mangere complex Villa Maria has plenty to celebrate Issue 3933 24th September 2015 Read more NZ Listener Columns Who judges the judges Wine competitions may not provide the reliable guide to quality that we expect Issue 3932 17th September 2015 Read more NZ Listener Columns The world is your oyster Delegat s stable offers a range of good value and downright drinkable wines Issue 3931 10th September 2015 Read more NZ Listener Columns I ll drink to that Here s a guide to some wonderful local drops that I ve been supping recently Issue 3929 27th August 2015 Read more NZ Listener Columns A positive addiction When it comes to winemaking Julianne Brogden has found value in collaboration Issue 3928 20th August 2015 Read more NZ Listener Columns The latest drop The new releases from the 2015 harvest are impressive and flavour packed Issue 3927 13th August 2015 Read more NZ Listener Columns Flying solo Two winemakers have gone out on their own producing some outstanding results Issue 3926 6 August 2015 Read more NZ Listener Columns Hip hip syrah Hawke s Bay s 2013 harvest produced some excellent examples Issue 3925 30 July 2015 Read more NZ Listener Columns White winter Full bodied dry whites can be a great alternative to reds in the colder months Issue 3923 16 July 2015 Read more NZ Listener Columns Date with Destiny Pay this Waiheke winery a year ahead and the prices plummet Issue 3922 9 July 2015 Read more NZ Listener Columns Musical notes There s more to your take on a wine s flavour than what your taste buds tell you Issue 3921 2 July 2015 Read more NZ Listener Columns Villa lover land A peasant s guide to drinking like a king Issue 3920 25 June 2015 Read more NZ Listener Columns Foreign intrigue We ve all have our homegrown favourites but what about these from overseas Issue 3919 18 June 2015 Read more NZ Listener Columns A wealth of flavour The style of one of France s finest

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  • literary awards to his credit including the Montana Medal for the supreme 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 Author of the country s biggest selling wine book the annual New Zealand Wines Michael Cooper s Buyer s Guide now in its 24th edition he was awarded the Sir George Fistonich Medal in recognition of services to New Zealand wine in 2009 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 he 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 from 1980 to 1990 and since 1991 has been

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  • details then pay for the gift subscription via our secure payment page An email will be sent to you confirming your gifted subscription Then under My Account drop down menu click on My Gift Vouchers Choose a link to either send an email voucher to the recipient or receive an email with a printable voucher as a PDF file Once you have chosen an option you will then be able to add the recipient s details How go I redeem a gift subscription You will have received an emailed letter confirming your gift and containing your gift code Either click on the link to redeem or click here to subscribe using your gift code You will be asked to enter your email address this becomes your user name and a password or login if you are already a member What does membership cost A one year membership is 39 99 New Zealand dollars How do I change my password Login to your account HERE In the My Account screen click on EDIT PROFILE Scroll down to the bottom and you will see a field to change your password Press Update to confirm the password change Where can I buy Michael Cooper s books Michael s books are available from all good booksellers in New Zealand Click on the link below to go to the website for a selection of New Zealand booksellers or go to http www booksellers co nz Abacus Books Fishpond McLeods Booksellers Mighty Ape Moby Dickens Page Blackmore Booksellers Paper Plus Poppies Scorpio Books The Nile The Warehouse Time Out Bookstore Unity Books University Book Shop Auckland University Book Shop Otago Wheelers Whitcoulls Is New Zealand Wines available as an e book The 2012 and 2013 editions are available as e books through Amazon Kobo Apple iBookstore

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  • New Zealand Grape Varieties and Wine Styles How I Taste Wine Wine Cellaring Wine Regions 2015 Vintage Wine Report Overview 2015 Regional Vintage Report Regional Vintage charts Regional Wine Profiles Maps of Wine Regions Tasting Notes Advanced Wine Search Recent Tasting Notes How To Read Wine Tasting Notes My Wines LOG IN JOIN Quick Brand Search Contact The New Zealand Wines team are happy to answer your queries Please contact

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  • door mail order price Wine Vintage Region Wood Handling Sweetness Price NOTE The information in this form will also be used for the upcoming New Zealand Wines Michael Cooper s Buyer s Guide published each November as a book and for website members If you wish to add vintage ratings and when to drink recommendations long term features of the Buyer s Guide these should be included on the annual

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  • aromatics plus its rich flavours of passionfruit gooseberries tropical fruits herbs and limes that fill the palate with layers of interest The quality of the latest release is no fluke almost all the vintages I ve tasted since 2008 have deserved a four star rating or higher The 2014 vintage won gold medals at the Air New Zealand Wine Awards Royal Easter Show Wine Awards and the Bragato Wine Awards where it also scooped the trophy for champion Sauvignon Blanc Named after a sheep run founded in the Awatere Valley in 1849 Starborough Wines is owned by Bill and Lynette Jones and their sons Andrew and James The Jones family has farmed in Marlborough since 1865 James manages the company s vineyards and marketing while the wines are made by David Clouston who also grew up in the region and has his own highly regarded label Two Rivers of Marlborough The Best Buy White Wine of the Year is a lovely marriage of the ripe tropical fruit flavours of Sauvignon Blanc grapes grown in the Wairau Valley and the more herbaceous minerally notes achieved in the slightly cooler Awatere Valley Half of the grapes were estate grown at O Dwyers Farm Vineyard at Rapaura in the heart of the Wairau Valley the rest were sourced from the company s two sites Long Lane and Starborough Terrace in the Awatere Valley Cool fermented in stainless steel tanks and aged briefly on its light yeast lees Starborough Family Estate Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2015 was bottled early and was crafted to be enjoyed young while it is aromatic vibrant and tangy Enjoy it this summer as an irresistible bargain priced partner to poultry salads and seafood BEST RED WINE BUY OF THE YEAR Church Road McDonald Series Hawke s Bay Merlot 2013 26 95 Powerful lush and overflowing with ripe plum spice coffee and dark chocolate flavours this bargain priced red is an exciting and memorable mouthful It has already won several major accolades but it s widely available and if you shop around you ll find it at less than 25 I first tasted and reviewed it in July for Winestate s annual tasting of Hawke s Bay wines Dark fragrant powerful wine with dense ripe plummy spicy flavours a hint of coffee and lovely softness and richness Praised by all judges this is a five star red at a four star price Since then it has scooped a gold medal at the New Zealand International Wine Show 2015 where it also won two trophies champion Merlot and champion New Zealand Bordeaux Red Wine a category that includes Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Franc Malbec and Petit Verdot together with blends of these traditional Bordeaux varieties Dish magazine noting how frequently Hawke s Bay is dubbed Merlot country also voted it top wine in its Merlot tasting ahead of prestigious labels at far higher prices Chris Scott senior winemaker at Church Road believes the exceptionally dry but not blazingly hot growing season in

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