Category Archives: new zealand south

Mt Difficulty Pinot Noir 2013

Mount Difficulty, Pinot noir, Bannockburn, Otago, New Zealand, 2013 This wine: varietal pinot noir, screw cap closure, 14% abv, Waitrose Cellar, £26 (08/16) Consumer tasting note: quite understated, an opening nose of creamy black and red berries edged with toast and spice, … Continue reading

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Astrolabe Pinot gris NZ 2013

Astrolabe Wines, Pinot gris, Marlborough, New Zealand, 2013 Screw cap closure, 13.5% abv, widely available, £18 WSET style tasting note Appearance: clear and bright, pale intensity lemon, showing tears. Nose: clean on the nose, of medium (+) intensity, youthful, with … Continue reading

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Giesen Marlborough Sauvignon blanc 2014

Giesen, Sauvignon blanc, Wine of New Zealand, Marlborough, 2014 From vineyards on a variety of free draining soils on the Wairau Plains of Marlborough. This area, bisected almost east-west by the Wairau river, is protected to the north and west by … Continue reading

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Zephyr Gewurztraminer NZ 2012

Glover Family Vineyards, Zephyr, Gewurztraminer, Marlborough, New Zealand, 2012 The aroma/flavour profile of this variety may include grapefruit, pineapple, lychee, apricot, honey, rose, clove, smoke and others; most usually lychee, rose and clove. Marlborough is at the north-east end of … Continue reading

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Wairau Cove Sauvignon blanc, 2012

Wairau Cove, Sauvignon blanc, Marlborough, NZ, 2012. Sauvignon blanc, 13% abv, screw cap closure; widely available, about £5 (2012). Imported in bulk, bottled in the UK. WSET style tasting note Appearance: clear and bright, pale intensity lemon, showing tears. Nose : clean … Continue reading

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Oyster Bay Sparkling Cuvee Brut

Oyster Bay Sparkling Cuvee Brut, New Zealand This is a tank method wine, with a period of post 2nd fermentation in-tank lees contact; chardonnay; mushroom cork closure, 12% abv.  Widely available, about £13. WSET style tasting note Appearance – pale … Continue reading

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Mount Bluff, New Zealand, NV

Mount Bluff (a brand name rather than a place, me thinks), Sauvignon blanc Brut, NV, Wine of New Zealand. Bought by mistake? Cheap fizz? Neither of these things, I wanted to try it after reading Sally Easton’s (MW) article. Every … Continue reading

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