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 not […]

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 a […]

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. [1] (Image […]

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 of […]

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-region […]

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 surprise […]

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 coast […]

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 to […]

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 I […]

Lower Alcohol Wine – Just What the Doctor Ordered …

Wines Tasted Forrest Wines, Marlborough, The Doctors’ Sauvignon Blanc, 2013 Forrest Wines, Marlborough, The Forrest Collection Sauvignon Blanc, 2013 The stars seemed to have aligned in my small part of the universe to afford me not only the opportunity of meeting Dr. John Forrest of Forrest Wines but to taste one of his low alcohol […]

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 Spirits […]

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, […]

Kumeu River Wine Tasting – Central, Hong Kong

Wines Tasted Kumeu River, Village Chardonnay, 2009 Kumeu River, Estate Chardonnay, 2010 Kumeu River, Coddington Chardonnay, 2009 Kumeu River, Hunting Hill Chardonnay, 2007 Kumeu River, Mate’s Vineyard Chardonnay, 2010 Kumeu River, Pinot Gris, 2010 Kumeu River, Pinot Noir, 2007 Yesterday I attended a tasting of Kumeu River wines organised by Northeast Wines & Spirits and […]

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 existence […]

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 interest […]