Month: July 2011

Greystone, Waipara Pinot Noir 2008 Review

Greystone, Waipara Pinot Noir 2008

You might call me a “Pinot-phile”, but I can never get enough of those really good cool climate Pinots that present an aromatic nose, fragrant berries and which finish just a touch dry. The Kiwis have always done Pinot well and the Greystone Waipara Pinot Noir 2008 is no exception to the rule. What is…
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Clonakilla. Hilltops Shiraz 2009 Review

Clonakilla Hilltops Shiraz 2009

There’s no better time of year to grab a bottle of red and curl up in front of the fire with a big block of chocolate; and there’s not too many better candidates for the role than the 2009 Clonakilla Hilltops Shiraz. While I love the fruit driven, over-ripe blockbusting styles that we often see…
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MDV, Eden Valley Grenache 2008 Review

MDV, Eden Valley Grenache 2008

Bright as a button, the vibrancy of the colour is overshadowed only by the spicy sweetness of the fruit. Lifted violets on the nose pre-empt the prettiness of the wine but it’s the plump red cherries in the middle that give this wine its mojo. There are fine tannins at the end, but they struggle…
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Brancott Estate, (Marlborough) Sauvignon Blanc 2010 Review

Brancott Estate, (Marlborough) Sauvignon Blanc 2010

The term ‘Marlborough Sauv Blanc’ has become synonymous with tropical fruit nose, gooseberry and nectarine flavours on the palate and a crisp, clean finish. But while the basics are always the same, there is little doubt that like most things in life, you only get what you pay for! A classic example is the Brancott…
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