Wine Times Hong Kong: New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc shortage

First published Wine Times Hong Kong August 2015 print edition. (Image credit: Harvesting Sauvignon Blanc for Greywacke Wild Sauvignon, Yarrum Vineyard, Marlborough. Photo: Kevin Judd.) Recent reports in the press suggest a shortage of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc may be imminent due to the comparatively small 2015 harvest and while quality has been assessed as veryContinue reading “Wine Times Hong Kong: New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc shortage”

Syrah – top drops from New Zealand

Syrah vines at Stonecroft. Credit: Stonecroft. Wines Tasted Bilancia, Hawke’s Bay, La Collina Syrah, 2010 Stonecroft, Hawke’s Bay, Sereine Syrah, 2013 Te Whare Ra, Marlborough, Syrah, 2011 This is the final in my series of articles from our recent trip back to New Zealand and once again I find myself starting with “you may notContinue reading “Syrah – top drops from New Zealand”

Dessert Wine: A stack of “stickies” from New Zealand

“Stickies” is a term commonly used in Australia and New Zealand to refer to dessert wines and on our recent road trip to New Zealand we came across three fabulous examples from Alpha Domus in Hawke’s Bay, Greywacke in Marlborough and Waipara’s Pegasus Bay. Representing a fraction of New Zealand’s exports (0.02%, or 37,000L in 2014) these wines certainly pack aContinue reading “Dessert Wine: A stack of “stickies” from New Zealand”

New Zealand Chenin Blanc – well worth a look …

In thinking about New Zealand white wines Chenin Blanc is unlikely to be the first variety that comes to mind. In fact, I am told anecdotally that there are less than ten producers in the entire country and with Chenin Blanc accounting for 0.7% of the total production area that is not hard to believe. HistoricallyContinue reading “New Zealand Chenin Blanc – well worth a look …”

New Zealand Road Trip: Chardonnay – Hawke’s Bay

Chardonnay grapes. Source: Vidal Estate Winding north up the east coast of New Zealand from Martinborough you will come to the city of Hastings, the largest city in the Hawke’s Bay wine region. The weather here is gloriously sunny during the summer giving the region a true Mediterranean feel. Add to that the endless array ofContinue reading “New Zealand Road Trip: Chardonnay – Hawke’s Bay”

New Zealand Road Trip: Chardonnay – Martinborough

Rimutaka Range with Martinborough in the distance. At an hour’s drive northeast of Wellington you wind through the Rimutaka Ranges before descending down into the valley of Martinborough, a tiny town framed by the Ruamahanga and Huangarua Rivers. We are headed just outside the township to visit Larry McKenna of Escarpment Wines. Martinborough is a sub-regionContinue reading “New Zealand Road Trip: Chardonnay – Martinborough”

New Zealand Road Trip: Chardonnay – Marlborough

Image credit: Mahi Vineyard. The drive north along the coast from Waipara to the Marlborough region offers some spectacular scenery and if you are fortunate enough to have a brilliantly sunny day as we did, it makes for a rather memorable journey. This was my first visit to Blenheim – a bit of a surpriseContinue reading “New Zealand Road Trip: Chardonnay – Marlborough”

New Zealand Road Trip: Chardonnay – Waipara

Pegasus Bay Winery, Waipara. Source: Pegasus Bay Wines Tasted Pegasus Bay, Waipara, New Zealand, Chardonnay 2012 Pegasus Bay, Waipara, New Zealand, Chardonnay 2008 As part of our trip home for the Christmas holidays we took the opportunity to drive from my family home in Dunedin, in lower half of the South Island, up the east coastContinue reading “New Zealand Road Trip: Chardonnay – Waipara”

Te Whare Ra Wines – Home of Toru

Image credit: Te Whare Ra (TWR) Wines. A recent trip home for Christmas also included my first visit to the Marlborough wine region in the top of the South Island. Given I am from New Zealand this was long overdue and I was excited to see what the region had on offer in addition toContinue reading “Te Whare Ra Wines – Home of Toru”

Pinot Noir – East Coast Representing!

Wines Tasted Bishops Head, Waipara, Pinot Gris, 2011 Bishops Head, Waipara, Pinot Noir, 2011 Escarpment Vineyards, Martinborough, Pinot Noir 2011, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004 Escarpment Vineyards, Martinborough, Te Rehua, Pinot Noir, 2011 Summer holidays are nearing an end here in Hong Kong and things are getting busy again for the wine industry. Recently IContinue reading “Pinot Noir – East Coast Representing!”