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New Zealand: Riesling, Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon blanc, Chardonnay; Tindall Vineyard, Nobilo, TerraVin, Lay of the Land, Rod Easthope...

Links to features on New Zealand wine, wineries and people:

Tindall Vineyard, Marlborough (June 2015): mini-profile and notes on Sauvignon, Chardy and Pinot...



TerraVin, Lay of the Land, Rod Easthope (click there - Dec 2013)
"TerraVin was acquired by a partnership of "Pinot enthusiasts," as their blurb puts it, in 2011 including "several British businessmen." They humbly describe themselves as a "boutique Marlborough winery with a dedicated focus on growing and making world-class hillside Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc..."




Wooing Tree vineyard, home of Beetle
Juice and a certain Puritan dictator...
Photo from nzwine.com
Pinot Noir (May 2013)
A tale of ten Pinots including Sacred Hills, Felton Road, Wooing Tree, Rock Ferry, Bellbird, Craggy Range, Gladstone, Spy Valley, Auntsfield and Villa Maria: "I've said the odd kind thing about Pinot Noir from New Zealand before... featuring Pinots from Seresin, Borthwick Estate, Wither Hills and Mount Edward... so I can't be bothered repeating myself with headline-grabbing clichés about "... great potential for Pinot now being revealed... cool climate elegance... blah blah..." and all that jazz (oops, I think I just did)...."


Riesling - Pinot Gris - Gewurztraminer (April 2013)

"New Zealand winemakers are well known for their lively expressive Sauvignon Blanc wines and Chardonnays too made in different styles (fresh & fruity, rich and toasty, somewhere in between...). So it makes sense that other 'aromatic' white varieties are coming to the fore in cool climate New Zealand wine country including Riesling, Pinot Gris (Grigio) and Gewurztraminer..." Including a dozen wine reviews: click on the title above.




"This dual-hemisphere array of tasty Pinot was sampled and selected from a triad of recent tastings in London (Marks & Spencer, Wines of Chile, Armit), all going to show that Burgundy, home of Pinot if you like, really does have its work cut out nowadays..." Featuring half a dozen Kiwi Pinots from around the islands. Click on link above.


Profile on Nobilo (May 2011)
"Nobilo vineyard was founded in 1943 by Nikola Nobilo, a Croatian emigre with a family-winemaking background, and is now part of the giant global Constellation group, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing looking at these two tasty wines..." Featuring their Hawke's Bay Merlot and Gisborne Chardy. Click on link above.

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