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Bald Hills Central Otago

Here is another rising star to add to the lexicon of Central Otago Pinot Noir. From a prime Bannockburn location the 7.5 ha of vineyard is planted at low densities but yields are kept relatively low. The first vines were planted only in 1997 and like many in the region, are only now beginning to […]

Ata Rangi Martinborough

From an original 5 ha site, brother and sister Clive and Alison Paton and their partners have built an enviable reputation. Their vineyards are sited mostly on the Martinborough Terrace, either owned (this includes the recent acquisition of the Walnut Ridge vineyard) or subject to long-term contracts with neighbouring families. Yields are low, the vine […]

Amisfield Central Otago

At Amisfield there is now ample evidence of the dividend of investment combined with expertise. The American ownership has enlisted the services of Jeff Sinnott who is now into his stride crafting whites of similar precision and structure that established ISABEL ESTATE as one of Marlborough leading wineries. Since 2006 fruit from over 80 ha […]

Alpha Domus Hawkes Bay

Alpha Domus was established in 1991 and has only been making wines since 1995, yet it has produced some of the best reds from Hawkes Bay in recent top vintages. Grapes are sourced exclusively from vineyards planted to Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon and Chardonnay, plus Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and some Malbec. The Navigator, based […]

New Zealand to make its first Prosecco

New Zealand winemakers are about to plant the country’s first Glera vines that will go on to produce Prosecco in three years’ time. The Prosecco variety, otherwise known as Glera (to differentiate the grape from the protected Prosecco source in Italy’s Veneto), will be planted this spring in Gisborne, New Zealand, following the release of […]

Your Favourite Wine’s Aroma and Taste May Be Influenced by Microbes

The distinctive bouquet and flavour of wine from different winemaking regions may rely more on microbes than previously thought, a study of New Zealand wines shows. A type of yeast called Saccharomyces cerevisiae, makes a “small but significant” contribution to a wine’s flavour and taste, a team of scientists from New Zealand and the UK […]

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