New Zealand Wine Reviews

Wine reviews: Pinot noir

Wine reviews: Pinot noir

Some of the 2012 pinot noirs are being released now but to get best value, especially from the more expensive, age-worthy ones, it's worth cellaring them for another year or so to allow them to mellow and integrate to develop their potential.

Wine reviews: Rosé

Wine reviews: Rosé

With warmer weather and longer evenings rosé comes into its own. It's lovely with light fresh food and the drier ones can be surprisingly versatile.

Wine Reviews: Sauvignon Blanc

Wine Reviews: Sauvignon Blanc

Classic Marlborough sauvignon blanc, assertive and overflowing with vibrant aromas and flavours may be what New Zealand is known for, but toned-down styles with texture and complexity are sometimes more interesting and often more food friendly.

Surprise advice widened vineyard's horizons

Surprise advice widened vineyard's horizons

Is this the secret source of Central Otago pinot noir?

WINE REVIEW: Merlot

WINE REVIEW: Merlot

Merlot and blends from Hawkes Bay can be raw and assertive when young. They need time to mellow and integrate in the bottle but if you are impatient, glugging them from the bottle into a jug and back again will help aerate and soften them a bit.

Wine reviews: Sauvignon Blanc

Wine reviews: Sauvignon Blanc

The new 2014 sauvignon blancs are coming on to the market and those in this tasting are delicious, ripe and mouth-filling with a lively fresh finish. Let's hope it's indicative of the vintage in general.

Wine reviews: Chardonnay

Wine reviews: Chardonnay

Big buttery chardonnays are becoming rarer as many winemakers are choosing lighter styles, sometimes with a little nuttiness and texture.

Wine reviews: Pinot Noir

Wine reviews: Pinot Noir

There are more brands of pinot noir than any other variety, and each offers something different, in style, in reputation and prestige, in availability, and most importantly, in flavour and value.

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