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Exploring New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc

0.0 00 Look for a definition of a premium New World wine region and New Zealand will be your answer. Viticulture there dates back to 1836, when Scottish-born oenologist (and father of Australian Wine) James Busby started planting vines on his estate in Waitangi, but it was in the early 1970s that Brancott Estate (then […]

Meet The Winemaker: Brent Marris, Marisco, New Zealand

0.0 00 Brent Marris is one of New Zealand’s most successful winemakers. He has been involved in winemaking since aged 12, when he began helping on his father’s vineyards. That was in 1973. By 1978, Montana Wines – now Brancott Estate – had recruited the Marris family as their first contract growers. From then on, […]

Top 10 Wines For International Chardonnay Day

0.0 00 Chardonnay. Victim of fashion, champion of versatility, or destroyer of variety? It’s been the darling of the wine world, then the scourge. It was everywhere, then it was everywhere. It is the most versatile grape variety planted worldwide. It is a blank canvas on which the winemaker can daub the terroir and paint […]

The 7 White Wines You Need To Be Drinking This Summer

5.0 01 Summer is fast approaching, many of our stores teams have started wearing shorts (sorry about that), and every weekend or sunny evening is now an excuse to eat al fresco. Scouring our range for the best of the new and some favourites that sing out to be enjoyed, we present to you the […]

Meet The Winemaker: Trudy Shield, Waimea Estate

0.0 00 Waimea Estate Vineyards are a family-owned winery based in Nelson, New Zealand. Founded 21 years ago, it’s grown from just a few hectares to 150, with many grape varieties. In this time, their wines have racked up over 100 Gold Medals and almost two-dozen trophies in national and international competitions. We talked to […]