Category Archives: New Zealand

Man O War Dreadnought Syrah 2008, Waiheke Island, NZ

AUD$46 from PWS. The current vintage is 2010, and this is one of the bottles I had kept aside. Intense black ruby purple colour. A developing forward nose that is ripe with blackberries, mulberries and earthy spice. Dry, med+ – … Continue reading

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Millton Te Arai Vineyard Chenin Blanc 2011, Gisborne, New Zealand

AUD$25 from Cloudwine. An excellent recommendation from Cloudwine. Very disappointed on missing out on the 1929 Vouvray, and while this doesn’t come close to a substitute, it easily did the job of washing down my dinner of Thai vermicelli seafood … Continue reading

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Yeastie Boys Gunnamatta IPA, Wellington, NZ

$8/btl from Prince Wine Store Essendon. This highly floral IPA won the People’s Choice Award at the 2012 Great Australasian Beer SpecTAPuler. Copper amber colour and pours a thick head. There was some residue at the bottom of my bottle, … Continue reading

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Biodynamic Rieslings of Pyramid Valley – a dope-free Olympic perfection pursuit

Talk about going to bat for another country, Mike Weersing of Pyramid Valley is an American trained in Oregon and Burgundy, and is one of the torchbearers for the future of New Zealand Rieslings. As a champion of biodynamic practices, … Continue reading

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A blind surprise of Chardonnays

I recently enjoyed a quick single-blind tasting of Chardonnays at PWS that threw 7 surprises back in my face. Couple of points though before the tasting notes. Firstly, I figured that the screwcaps would be the Aus/NZ wines, and that … Continue reading

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