Posts in the Category: New Zealand

Burgundy Pinot with a Kiwi Flavour

A handful of New Zealand wine lovers will soon be able to buy wine from a Kiwi-owned parcel of Gevrey-Chambertin.
Domaine Thomson (formerly known as Surveyor Thomson) managed a rare feat for an outsider – buying a vineyard in Burgundy’s Cotede Nuits (pictured).

Posted in - Blog Posts & New Zealand & Pinot Noir on July 9th 2015 0 Comments

Brixton Gets Some Kiwi Flavour

London’s Brixton is known for its Caribbean flavour but a little bit of Kiwi seasoning is about to be peppered a stone’s throw from Electric Avenue, made famous by Eddy Grant.

North Shore girl Mel Brown will be opening a pop-up New Zealand wine store in a new

Posted in - Blog Posts & New Zealand on April 21st 2015 0 Comments

New Zealand Takes the Flor

The wines of Sherry and Jura are known for developing under flor – a film-like yeast that protects the wine from oxygen – and now a New Zealand producer is set to launch its first wine aged under flor.

Bellbird Spring in Waipara, an hour’s drive north of Christchurch, has been allowing a Pinot Gris-based …

Posted in - New Zealand & Pinot Grigio & Sherry & Uncategorized & Waipara on February 16th 2015 0 Comments

Variety is not the spice of life at Air New Zealand

Angry New Zealand vintners dumped tens of tonnes of rotting grapes at the entrance of Air New Zealand’s Auckland headquarters today* after the national carrier announced it would be serving just one supplier’s wine on its flights, leaving nearly 700 other wineries wondering what the hell they’d done wrong.

While the airline champions its “ …

Posted in - awards & blogging & New Zealand & Uncategorized & wine on January 21st 2015 0 Comments

My New Zealand Reds of the Year 2014

Think New Zealand red, think Pinot Noir but there’s more to New Zealand red wine than one variety: some of the best reds I’ve reviewed over the past 12 months reflect New Zealand’s ability to produce classy Bordeaux styles as well as sexy Syrah, particularly in the warmer climes of Hawke’s Bay.

When it comes to …

Posted in - Blog Posts & Central Otago & Hawkes Bay & Martinborough & Merlot & New Zealand & Pinot Noir & Syrah & trends & Waipara on January 13th 2015 0 Comments

Kiwi Chardonnay bares all

If I had a dollar for every winery that told me their sweet, oaky Chardonnay was made in a Chablis mould, I would be buying Necker Island off Richard Branson.

Yet, a clutch of unoaked New Zealand Chardonnays has landed on my doorstep recently and they make for some pretty delicious drinking. New Zealand has a …

Posted in - Blog Posts & Chardonnay & New Zealand on November 23rd 2014 0 Comments