After making my way through today’s selection, I was left thinking that things are very positive in the world of New Zealand sauvignon blanc.
The old adage "variety is the spice of life" is never truer than with today’s selection of New Zealand white wines that include a few lesser-known grape varieties.
The stresses and strains of 2020 have led many to rediscover the joys in simpler pleasures. Among a number of wine-loving friends and contacts a common thread has been opening “special” bottles of wine.
Mark Henderson samples some fine chardonnay.
The majority of grape varieties that we grow in New Zealand, and certainly our most popular, emanate from France. Over centuries, particular grape varieties became most favoured in each region due...
Today's assortment is a trio of terrifically tasty twosomes.
One of the great pleasures of my job is the diversity of wines that cross my path, writes Mark Henderson. They may be from tiny boutique, or large-scale producers, local and international with price points that span the gamut.
It's a common misconception that all rieslings are just sweet, writes Mark Henderson.
Very many years ago, I helped friends plant out their vineyard.
After many weeks of tasting alone during lockdown, the shift to Level 2 allowed my old tasting compatriots Messrs Collins and McLaren to sit in once again.
Diversity is a word oft heard nowadays, yet a cursory glance at NZ Winegrowers stats could make you think otherwise.
Like many of you, I took part in a number of Zoom meetings during lockdown, including wine tastings.
I was talking to a friend in Central Otago recently, who said that the trees had dropped their leaves and, with their bare branches reaching for the sky, that there was a feeling of the plant world...
While unlikely to be found on the shelves of your local super, there's a relatively new category of wine beginning to gain traction in the marketplace. These are ‘‘Orange’’ wines, also known as amber, skin contact or skin fermented wines.
After feeling a little autumnal a few weeks back, and dipping my toes into some Hawke’s Bay reds, a glimmer of an Indian summer has sent me back towards the white wines.
Time often creeps up on me and with the calendar having ticked into March, it’s a rude reminder that some of this week’s wines, tasted at the end of last year, are long overdue their moment in the...
Readers will well understand that this column has a deadline some days before publication.
The popularity of grape varieties has much to do with their flavours and intrinsic qualities, but another factor also comes into play - that of pronunciation.
As mentioned last week, the 2017 harvest proved to be a testing one. Viticulturists and winemakers dealt with significant rain events which damaged some crops in the lead-up to harvest.
I always look forward to the annual Gimblett Gravels Dozen selection. I approached the 2017 edition with added interest due to the reputation of the vintage.