New Zealand Wine Reviews

Read the fine print

Read the fine print

The Black Caps' recent prowess in the Cricket World Cup has brought a strong vein of pride and patriotism to the fore.

Time ripe to pick grapes

Time ripe to pick grapes

As you read these lines spare a thought for the wineries of Central Otago: harvest is getting under way.

Keeping it in the family

Keeping it in the family

Late last year I joined friends for a week in France's southern Rhone. Visiting wineries there, a recurring theme was succession; of passing the baton to the next generation.

Wine reviews: Aromatic wines

Wine reviews: Aromatic wines

These aromatic wines ooze generous fruit, but some have such high alcohol they leave you with a burn in the mouth. However, the best, as always, are well balanced.

WINE REVIEWS: Pinot Noir

WINE REVIEWS: Pinot Noir

I often think some top end pinot noirs are released too young. The best need time to mature. Cellar some of these for another two-five years to develop their full potential.

WINE REVIEW: Chardonnay

WINE REVIEW: Chardonnay

Some very stylish, complex chardonnay is made in New Zealand, often with indigenous yeast and barrel fermentation. These are wines to savour and linger over.

WINE REVIEW: Red wines

WINE REVIEW: Red wines

When a wine has a lot of acidity or grippy tannins, food is called for to mitigate the often harsh or rough finish, but when the wine is in balance, which sometimes comes with maturity, they can be delicious. The best, of course, are harmonious even when young and therefore very drinkable.

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.

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