New Zealand Wine Reviews

WINE REVIEWS: Riesling

WINE REVIEWS: Riesling

Black Ridge near Alexandra, is undergoing a renaissance with new owners Joss Purbrick and Belinda Green. One of the oldest vineyards in Central, it is known for its old-vine riesling and gewurztraminer as well as its pinot noir. Watch out for a new look and new developments as future vintages of wine come on stream.

WINE REVIEWS: Riesling

WINE REVIEWS: Riesling

Black Ridge near Alexandra, is undergoing a renaissance with new owners Joss Purbrick and Belinda Green. One of the oldest vineyards in Central, it is known for its old-vine riesling and gewurztraminer as well as its pinot noir. Watch out for a new look and new developments as future vintages of wine come on stream.

WINE REVIEWS: Pinot Noir

WINE REVIEWS: Pinot Noir

To get the best out of pinot noir, especially high-acid ones, serve them at room temperature. Coax the aromas out by warming the glass in your hands and they can turn from lean and edgy to spicy and lively.

WINE REVIEWS: Aromatic white wines

WINE REVIEWS: Aromatic white wines

Some white wines are described as aromatic varieties which usually refers to gewurztraminer, pinot gris and riesling. These are fragrant when you swirl and sniff them and are usually made simply in stainless steel tanks, although some gain texture by being left on lees in old barrels.

WINE REVIEWS: Merlot

WINE REVIEWS: Merlot

Even in good vintages like 2013 in Hawkes Bay, most merlots and blends benefit from extra bottle age to allow the sometimes rough edges of youth to mellow. When the premium 2013 reds are released, expect some fine wines.

WINE REVIEWS: Sauvignon Blanc

WINE REVIEWS: Sauvignon Blanc

Sauvignon blanc can bring a fresh breath of summer into the dark and cold of winter, but the richer, oaked versions, sometimes called fumé (smoky) blanc, have more complexity and interest and can be worth lingering over.

WINE REVIEWS: Chardonnay

WINE REVIEWS: Chardonnay

2013 was a good vintage in Hawkes Bay. Craggy Range winemaker Matt Stafford describes it as the ''vintage of a generation''. A tasting of his whites a few weeks ago revealed elegant wines already harmonious, with charming but restrained fruit and nicely balanced acidity, that will no doubt be long-lived.

WINE REVIEWS: Pinot Noir

WINE REVIEWS: Pinot Noir

Simple young pinot noir can be fresh, lively and charming, but most benefit from time in bottle for the components to integrate and develop complexity.

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