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North Island

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

Took this to Allegra’s wedding in the belief that we were bringing for our table… and then was lucky to be able to rescue …

I’d heard good things not only about Craggy Range’s series of New Zealand wines, but also about Syrah from Gimblett Gravels in North Island. …

My first wine from Waiheke Island, north of Auckland. An interesting balance between Old and New Worlds: certainly a core of quite ripe black …

After revisiting the ’99 Clos des Ursules and ’99 Sterling Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon with a venison main (both still on form – the Sterling surprisingly …

A half-bottle of Ata Rangi’s entry-level, young vines (<15 years old) cuvee, bought at the vineyard after a long chat with Eleanor at their …

We had this with lamb shanks, cooked overnight – the main course. A pretty good re-visit to my first Kiwi Pinot Noir – albeit …

The New World Chardonnay counterpart to a 2005 Chablis in the Optimor 2nd case. Overall, a quality effort – refreshing, not overripe / blowy …

Great with tuna steaks & red pepper coulis. Lightly oaked Pinot Noir.