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!”

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 alcoholContinue reading “Lower Alcohol Wine – Just What the Doctor Ordered …”

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”

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 andContinue reading “Kumeu River Wine Tasting – Central, Hong Kong”

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”