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Craggy Range and the Rock Star Vintage

Last month, I was privileged to get a sneak peak at New Zealand’s Craggy Range 2013 vintage wines, including two from the exciting Gimblett Gravels region near Hawkes Bay.  According to Steve Smith MW, Craggy Range’s Wine and Viticulture Director, ‘it was the vintage of a generation.’  (more…)

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Nobilo Sauvignon blanc

Wine Review: 2012 Nobilo Marlborough New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc

This is a lovely representation of what New Zealand can produce at a great price. It is delicious with lemon and gooseberry with great pith and mineral notes; fresh and crisp finishing clean and vibrant. Pair with New Zealand Chef Matt Lambert’s Shigoku Oysters. Rating: Very Good (87) | $14 | 12.5% ABV

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2012 Nobilo Marlborough New Zealand Pinot Noir

The fruit for this wine was sourced from Southern Wairau Valleys, predominantly in the Waihopai Valley, an area renowned for its large diurnal difference with hot days and cool nights. The hot days allow the grapes to ripen fully and the cool nights help to keep acid structure to add intensity of flavor and well-balanced […]

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2012 Nobilo Icon Marlborough New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc

Grapes for the 2012 blend were selected from the vineyards in the Awatere Valley, the Upper Wairau Valley, and Rapaura subregions of Marlborough. The Awatere vineyards provide flinty minerality and herbal notes, while the Upper Wairau vineyards produce a rich mouthfilling palate weight, and the Rapaura fruit provide lifted, thiol-driven, top notes of passion fruit, […]

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Wine Review: 2012 Stoneleigh New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc

Planted in close proximity to Marlborough’s main river, the Wairau, this vineyard sits on shallow rock and gravel-exposed soils. The big pebbles, known as sunstones, reflect the sun’s heat to the grapes to create the unique characteristics these wines provide—intense fruitiness. The 2012 is vibrant and zippy with a grapefruit zest and fresh hint of […]

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2012 Brancott Marlborough New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc

If you enjoy bright and lively white wines, you will love this Sauvignon blanc from New Zealand. The region of Marlborough makes exceptional whites that produce fruit-driven, beautifully flavored and complex wines. The 2012 is a great example of what this region does well—a style that is crisp and zesty with a good dose of […]

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