Month: July 2018

Shiraz, Kiwi Style

According to Saint Ambrose, when in Rome, do as the Romans do. So, when in New Zealand, how could I defy native ideology and look elsewhere than the wares of the vignerons of both the South and North Islands? While visiting their country, would it be churlish to refuse the local offerings in favour of…
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Kaiken Ultra Malbec 2015 Review

Malbec – It’s Hipster Heaven!

It may be the rise of Enotourism or just the handiwork of 21st Century hipsters and beatniks, but there has been a definite push towards new and exciting styles of wine in recent times. There was once a time when the “in crowd” were satisfied with a wooded chardonnay or even a cab-sauv blend, but…
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Shiraz, Kiwi Style

According to Saint Ambrose, when in Rome, do as the Romans do. So, when in New Zealand, how could I defy native ideology and look elsewhere than the wares of the vignerons of both the South and North Islands? While visiting their country, would it be churlish to refuse the local offerings in favour of…
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Cellaring Wine

What makes a wine cellar-worthy?

Cellaring wine can be an intriguing and rewarding hobby, but if you play this form of oenological roulette for long enough, a disaster is almost certain to strike. Like it did in one of my climate-controlled wine fridges last weekend! Having rearranged a shelf to make room for a couple more bottles, I noticed that…
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What makes a wine cellar-worthy?

Cellaring wine can be an intriguing and rewarding hobby, but if you play this form of oenological roulette long enough, a disaster is almost certain to strike. Like it did in one of my climate-controlled wine fridges last weekend. Having rearranged a shelf to make room for a couple more bottles, I noticed a telltale…
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2017 Chard Farm Pinot Gris Review

The Trip to Chard Farm

The Central Otago district in New Zealand’s south island is quickly developing a reputation as a world-class producer of Pinot Noir and aromatic whites, despite being the world’s most southern wine producing region. Once seen as a foolhardy foray in to cool climate viticulture, the area has been ranked by some well regarded wine writers…
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Primitivo or Zinfandel?

Primitivo or Zinfandel?

It was only late in 2001 that a Californian Professor and Geneticist, Dr Carole Meredith used DNA profiling to conclusively prove that both Zinfandel and the Italian favourite, Primitivo was in fact a Croatian grape, known as Crlenak Kastelanski. Until then, the Americans and Italians had both claimed the grape as a national native, but…
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