Grapegrower and Winemaker magazine: Biochar in the Vineyard

Australian & New Zealand Grapegrower & Winemaker, October 2020 In my first article for Australian & New Zealand Grapegrower & Winemaker magazine I investigate the potential benefits of using biochar in the vineyard. What is biochar and how is it being used in New Zealand and Australia? To read the full article click here FurtherContinue reading “Grapegrower and Winemaker magazine: Biochar in the Vineyard”

Gourmet Traveller WINE: New Zealand Pinot Noir and Syrah

Gourmet Traveller WINE cover image: David Reist I’m very excited to have two articles in the latest edition of Gourmet Traveller WINE covering one of my favourite topics – New Zealand! Pinot Central takes a look at the latest news from Central Otago, while Syrah Sweet Spot focusses on just how good New Zealand SyrahContinue reading “Gourmet Traveller WINE: New Zealand Pinot Noir and Syrah”

Wine for Normal People: Time for another look at New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc

View over Waipara Valley, North Canterbury © Simone Madden-Grey In this episode with Elizabeth Schneider at Wine for Normal People we discuss New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc and in particular Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough. After bursting onto the international scene and planting New Zealand near the top of the list of easy to understand and enjoyableContinue reading “Wine for Normal People: Time for another look at New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc”

Wine for Normal People: Central Otago

Rippon Vineyard in Autumn. Image credit: Thirst Press. In this episode of Wine for Normal People I catch up with Elizabeth to chat about Central Otago – an area my family has spent many years in. Although Central Otago accounted for only 2% of total production in New Zealand for 2016, the wine from this regionContinue reading “Wine for Normal People: Central Otago”

New Zealand Pinot Noir – a regional focus

(Image Credit: Seifried Estate) As part of the Watson’s Wine Grand Tasting Week a masterclass with seven key Pinot Noir producers was held at The Mira in Hong Kong. On offer was a selection of 12 wines covering the main Pinot Noir producing regions spanning from Central Otago in the South Island through to MartinboroughContinue reading “New Zealand Pinot Noir – a regional focus”

Two Paddocks in Causeway Bay

Wines Tasted Two Paddocks, Picnic Central Otago Riesling, 2013 Two Paddocks, Picnic Central Otago Pinot Noir, 2010 Two Paddocks, Central Otago Pinot Noir, 2008 Two Paddocks, First Paddock Pinot Noir, 2010 Two Paddocks, The Last Chance Pinot Noir, 2010 A journey through Central Otago with Two Paddocks proprietor, Sam Neill and Northeast Wine and SpiritsContinue reading “Two Paddocks in Causeway Bay”

Mt. Difficulty Pinot Noir Vertical Tasting

Wines Tasted Mt Difficulty, Bannockburn, Target Riesling, 2012 Mt Difficulty, Bannockburn, Pinot Gris, 2012 Mt Difficulty, Bannockburn, Pinot Noir, 2011 Mt Difficulty, Bannockburn, Pinot Noir, 2010 Mt Difficulty, Bannockburn, Pinot Noir, 2009 Mt Difficulty, Bannockburn, Pinot Noir, 2008 Mt Difficulty, Bannockburn, Pinot Noir, 2007 Relationships. That was the topic of my conversation with Michael Herrick,Continue reading “Mt. Difficulty Pinot Noir Vertical Tasting”

Winestate Tasting – Wan Chai, Hong Kong

Wines Tasted Coal Pit Vineyard, Sauvignon Blanc, 2011 Coal Pit Vineyard, Pinot Noir, 2012 Flint’s of Coonawarra, Rostrevor Shiraz, 2008 Flint’s of Coonawarra, Rostrevor Shiraz, 2007 Yesterday I attend the Winestate tasting of boutique wines from Australia and New Zealand. Winestate Magazine is Australia and New Zealand’s oldest wine publication and has been in existenceContinue reading “Winestate Tasting – Wan Chai, Hong Kong”

John Forrest Collection, Pinot Noir, 2009 – Waitaki, New Zealand

Wine tasted: Forrest Wines, John Forrest Collection Pinot Noir, 2009 At the Rioja tasting last week I caught up with a recent acquaintance who mentioned he had tasted an extraordinary Pinot Noir from somewhere in Otago, New Zealand … “Wai-something”. Given my family home has been in the Otago region for many years, my interestContinue reading “John Forrest Collection, Pinot Noir, 2009 – Waitaki, New Zealand”