New Zealand Wine Reviews

WINE REVIEW: Pinot Gris

WINE REVIEW: Pinot Gris

Pinot gris often has lush fruit and a little sweetness which makes it good with some chicken dishes and Asian cuisines, or just to enjoy by itself. They are, however, high in alcohol, and not lunchtime wines unless you plan a nap afterwards.

Chard Farm celebrates 25 years

Chard Farm celebrates 25 years

Central Otago's Chard Farm Winery is celebrating 25 years on the farm this month with a VIP wine tasting, birthday party and a family-friendly locals' open day.

WINE REVIEWS: Sauvignon Blanc

WINE REVIEWS:  Sauvignon Blanc

Marlborough sauvignon blanc is some of the best in the world and with some of the best from Marlborough in this tasting, it's not surprising I handed out a few rare (for me) 4- and 5-star ratings. Those who can't be bothered with ordinary sauvignon should try these.

WINE REVIEWS: Rosé

WINE REVIEWS: Rosé

Rosés used to be pink, sweetish and fruity but some are becoming more interesting, especially when matured on lees or fermented in old oak. The variety makes a difference too, with merlot and the cabernets usually giving more structure than pinot noir.

WINE REVIEWS: Villa Maria

WINE REVIEWS: Villa Maria

Villa Maria's Marlborough winemaker Helen Morrison sent a selection of her sauvignon blancs to highlight the characteristics of individual vineyards and subregions.

WINE REVIEWS: Riesling

WINE REVIEWS: Riesling

Riesling comes in many variations, from simple sweeter or dryer styles to wild ferment in old oak, from ethereal low-alcohol styles to fascinatingly complex wines with a little bottle age. Check out the wine reviews on www.odt.co.nz for more wines from this tasting.

WINE REVIEWS: Pinot Noir

WINE REVIEWS: Pinot Noir

There's such variety in pinot noir depending on where it comes from and how ripe the grapes are, how it is made and whether it is aged or not - the 6-year old wine in this tasting is drinking very well, but may not be to the taste of those who like big fruity numbers.

WINE REVIEWS: Chardonnay

WINE REVIEWS: Chardonnay

It's hard to beat a good chardonnay, one with fruit, oak and nutty characters in harmony anda crisp, long, satisfying finish.

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