Posts in the Category: Pinot Noir

10 things I learned in New Zealand

Six years, one month and 13 days after landing in New Zealand, I said goodbye to the wonderful warmth of Auckland in January; afternoons spent on the beach digging sandcastles swapped for muddy puddles and early morning windscreen scraping in North Yorkshire.

My Kiwi husband is delighted.

We’ve moved back to be closer to my family …

Posted in - Marlborough & New Zealand & Pinot Noir & Sauvignon Blanc & trends on February 18th 2016 0 Comments

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

Marlborough Pinot Noir: Ready for Sub-Regionality?

We’re all talking about the Southern Valleys when it comes to Marlborough’s finest Pinot Noir, and the quality of the wines seems to suggest that that the clay component in this sub-region’s soils helps to produce the best Pinots in the region.
But before you start saying Southern Valleys good, the rest of Marlborough not-so-good, you …

Posted in - Blog Posts & Marlborough & Pinot Noir on May 7th 2015 0 Comments

3 Pinots, 2 Austrians, 1 Central Otago Glass

In what was probably a world first, two Austrians hosted a New Zealand Pinot Noir masterclass.

The unusual double act? Georg J Riedel, the 10th generation of the eponymous family-run glass company, and Salzburg-born winemaker Rudi Bauer, owner of Central Otago winery Quartz Reef.

Posted in - Blog Posts & Central Otago & Pinot Noir on March 30th 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

Syrah Still The Bridesmaid

When Stone’s Ginger Wine sits in the New Zealand Syrah section of the supermarket, there is something sadly amiss.

No matter how much the local and international wine media extol the grape’s Rhone-like wines, the variety sells like lukewarm cakes. The selection of Kiwi Syrah occupies a lonely corner of the wine section next to …

Posted in - Hawkes Bay & New Zealand & Pinot Noir & Syrah & trends & wine on July 9th 2014 0 Comments

Escarpment: Ripe for the Picking

Looking to buy a vineyard in New Zealand? How about Escarpment? It’s making some of New Zealand’s finest and most interesting Pinot Noirs from 20 year-old plus vineyards in Martinborough. Sounds like a good proposition.

It’s already been on the market for three years and winemaker Larry McKenna reports “zero interest.” If only I had …

Posted in - New Zealand & Pinot Noir on May 12th 2014 0 Comments

My Top 10 NZ Reds of the Year

2013 has been the year for Central Otago to shine, showing off the excellent 2010 vintage in the early part of the year followed by a showing of the 2012 new release Pinots.

Many red wine producers are currently selling the 2011 vintage, which is certainly not going to go down as vintage of the century. …

Posted in - Blog Posts & Central Otago & Hawkes Bay & New Zealand & Pinot Noir & Waipara on December 23rd 2013 0 Comments