Category Archives: New Zealand

Chardonnay, Clos de Ste. Anne, Naboth’s Vineyard, Millton Vineyards, Gisborne, New Zealand, 2013, 13.5% abv, NZ$70

From a biodynamic, dry-farmed, single vineyard of 25 year old vines, this is a tremendously delicious Chardonnay fermented with native yeasts.  On the eyes, it’s a pretty lemon with a nose of pomelo, quince, ginger and crushed rock dust. The … Continue reading

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Pinot Noir, Seven Terraces, Rossendale Winery, Canterbury, New Zealand, 2012, 13% abv, C$27

Wine is about people and community – it’s usually best enjoyed with others and it always has a story. This Pinot Noir is no exception to that general rule.  From New Zealand’s South Island just 13 km south of Christchurch, it’s made … Continue reading

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Villa Maria, Pinot Noir, Private Bin, Marlborough, New Zealand, 2011, C$22

This is wine.  It’s correct and it’s doing its thing, but there isn’t anything about it that makes you sit up and take notice, write poetry or break into song. In fact, the most exciting thing about this wine is … Continue reading

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Craggy Range Single Vineyard, Te Kahu, Hawkes Bay, Gimblett Gravels, New Zealand, 2010, 13.5% abv.

Gimblett Gravels – try saying that 10 times over after a few glasses of wine. The area is renowned for its Bordeaux blends. Located in Hawkes Bay on the eastern side of New Zealand’s North Island, Gimblett Gravels is a … Continue reading

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Kumeu River, Estate Chardonnay, New Zealand, 2007, 13.5% abv.

Christmas leftovers call for a toasty Chardonnay and this is just the one. From their winery located 20 minutes north of Auckland on the North Island, Kumeu River’s Estate wines have quite the following and I know why – they’re … Continue reading

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Kumeu River, Village, Chardonnay, New Zealand, 2009, 13% abv, C$32

What do you drink when you’re about to see a Beatle?  For some reason, we agreed it needed to be a clear, crisp and clean Chardonnay. Since I didn’t have anything that was of the same vintage as Sir Paul, we … Continue reading

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The Doctors’, Riesling, Marlborough, New Zealand, 2010, 8.5% abv, C$19

This winery was featured at a tasting sponsored by the New Zealand Consulate in Vancouver, 2012 and bought a bottle the next day at the local liquor store. Clear with a pale lemon-green core moving to a thin water white rim … Continue reading

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