New Zealand Wine Reviews

WINE REVIEWS: Rose

WINE REVIEWS: Rose

Rose is a versatile summer wine, good with most foods - from turkey and ham to salads and fish. This batch of roses were deliciously refreshing.

BBQ Reds

BBQ Reds

A simple, fruity red with lots of flavour is ideal for barbecues. Try some of these.

WINE REVIEWS: Whites

WINE REVIEWS: Whites

This tasting includes several unusual but exciting white varieties that show great promise and are worth exploring. Look out for them in good restaurants and wine shops or browse online.

WINE REVIEWS: Pinot Gris

WINE REVIEWS: Pinot Gris

Pinot gris is better than it used to be, thank goodness. In the past year or so I've noticed many have interesting textures and are better balanced than they once were.

WINE REVIEWS: Pinot Noir

WINE REVIEWS: Pinot Noir

Pinot noir usually needs a year or two to show its best, so it's no wonder many of the 2013s in this tasting tasted better a day or two after they were opened when they'd mellowed and integrated a little.

WINE REVIEWS: Sauvignon Blanc

WINE REVIEWS: Sauvignon Blanc

Most of the better 2014 sauvignon blancs will benefit from another few months or a year's bottle age, but some deliciously potent ones turned up in this group.

WINE REVIEWS: Syrah/Shiraz

WINE REVIEWS: Syrah/Shiraz

A friend recently told me he was enjoying Hawkes Bay syrah as a change from pinot noir. It can be exciting to explore other varieties. Here are some syrah/shiraz, merlot and cabernet blends.

Wine reviews: Blends

Wine reviews: Blends

This group of wines turned up with a couple of PGR blends - pinot gris, riesling and gewurztraminer. These three aromatic grapes can work well together, with the fullness of pinot gris balanced by the liveliness of riesling.

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