Steve Davies makes one of Central’s loveliest pinots. Never overblown, he manages to keep the fruit in the red spectrum; cherry, raspberry and red plum without ever veering into the dark, super extracted end of things.
My notes taken on Thursday 18th April 2013 at the Martinborough Hotel. I had no idea which wineries had submitted wines, all wines were pre-poured into identical glasses and tasted blind. This was a genuinely exciting line-up of wines. A spectrum of colours, very different approaches to winemaking
An invitation from Wines of Martinborough to spend a couple of days in the region was an offer I couldn’t refuse. It meant I could finally get to use my new camera but, looking at my distinctly amateurish snaps, have realised I’m going to have to get over my paranoia at taking pictures of winemakers.… Read More »
I have arrived rather late at the gamay appreciation party. Starting out in the UK wine trade in the mid 1980s, my only exposure to gamay was on Beaujolais Nouveau Day when I had to get up at an ungodly hour to unload a van full of thin, charmless red wine.
Reading the first paragraphs of the 15th March edition of TWTW on the point-scoring between the point-scorers was an amusing enough experience. Though I couldn’t help but wonder if all the vitriol may in fact represent something other than petty jealousies and score settling.
It was half way through Hayley Westenra’s rendition of ‘Songbird’ that I realised Emma and I had a long way to go to be recognised as serious wine writers. “Take a photo” I hissed. (I was too embarrassed to tell her I had packed a camera but had left it back in the tasting room).… Read More »
Top marks to Stephanie Read of Mineral Wines who not only remembered that I loved sherry but actually emailed details of some of her latest imports. I placed an order because I had always wanted to try some En Rama manzanilla, but to be honest I think I’d have been tempted to buy something anyway… Read More »
“Price is what you pay; value is what you get.” One of my students, who moved to NZ from Brazil, asked if there was any connection between what you pay for a bottle of wine and its quality. My first reaction was to answer ‘none at all’,
After a surfeit of pinot noir it was with some joy that I unwrapped the parcel from Collaboration Wines to discover a chardonnay and a cabernet sauvignon dominant blend.
There is something very encouraging about the approach of Auburn Wines of Bannockburn. The singular focus on riesling and desire to explore the variety through various sub-regional bottlings underscores the growing maturation and confidence in our terroir.