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The exam Marlborough Pinot – riper fruit, softer acidity than Central Otago, and suppler tannins, with less depth than Martinborough. Pale-medium ruby, with a …

This was in our First Year Assessment: a cryo-extracted sweet Marlborough Riesling… So I needed to retaste it and understand why it was (apparently) …

A little Pinot interlude, taken to Ruth’s dinner party. But at the end of the day, a little underwhelming for something that is pitched …

This is the most Northern Rhône-like Syrah that is nevertheless definitively of its own place, and not from the Rhône. Grown from a selection …

[Tim, wishing you all the best for your MW future. Has been a real pleasure talking with you. John Hancock. 30/9/14. Planet of the …

[Cheers! signature: Nigel Greening] Signed by Nigel Greening at the ‘Two Nigels’ Pinot Noir-off (the other being Nigel, AKA Sam Neill of Two Paddocks), …

Plenty of colour, and bright, pure fruit typical of Kiwi Pinot. But also with a gravelly minerality that perhaps is indicative of Central Otago. …

A first chance to taste Kumeu River’s wines, and they’re certainly aiming for quality. Characterised by new oak, ripe, but linear fruit on the …

A birthday present from Albion, so it seemed appropriate to kick off team drinks at my house with this. The 2007 showing its quality …

The final red – after Santa Duc Gigondas, 98 Beaucastel and Terram Priorat 06 – with venison. Perfectly mature, with silky tannins, but surprising …