New Zealand Wine Reviews

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.

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.

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