New Zealand


Seven Springs Unoaked Chardonnay 2014, Overberg, South Africa (~£12 contact North South Wines) There’s a slightly bitter pithy edge and a lemony character here that reminds me as much of Semillon as Chardonnay. It’s still fresh and juicy, but it’s too rich to fall into the ‘pure’ camp and too […]

Chardonnays from South Africa & New Zealand


Seifried Grüner Veltliner 2016, Nelson, New Zealand (£14.99 Liquorice, Roberts & Speight, New Zealand Cellar, James Molden, Banstead Vintners, Trina’s Wines) No shortage of fruit here – apple, grapes and light peach – along with a lightly floral/confected edge, like the sugary bits on Turkish Delight. However, the slightly smoky […]

Grüner Veltliner from New Zealand & Austria


We’re getting near the end of 31 Days of Riesling, but there’s still time for this lovely trio Exquisite Collection Riesling 2016 (made by Wakefield/Taylors), Clare Valley, Australia (£6.99 Aldi) Zesty youngster, all sleek and stony, with taut lemon and lime flavours, a richer apple-y candy floss character and even […]

Three lovely Rieslings from Australia, New Zealand & Germany



Seifried Family Aotea Sauvignon Blanc 2016, Nelson, New Zealand (£13-£15 Rodney Fletcher Vintners, Rannoch Scott Wines, Just in Cases, Noel Young Wines, Penistone Wine Cellars, Roberts & Speight, Wine & The Vine, Grassington Wine Shop, Aged in Oak Wine Company, Ministry of Drinks, Templar Wines, vintagemarque.com, TheDrinkShop.com, winedirect.co.uk – these […]

Two New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs


…including some biggish names that weren’t quite as good as I’d have hoped… Clotilde Davenne Bourgogne Blanc 2014, France (was £10.95 From Vineyards Direct) From vineyards close to Chablis, so the pert, minerally character and mix of crispness and creaminess come as no surprise. Lovely balanced style, excellent value, the […]

Four Chardonnays from four countries


Boya Pinot Noir 2015, Leyda, Chile (£11.99 Majestic) Why is so much Chilean Pinot Noir blighted by reduction? This seems to have reasonable if a touch jammy soft berry flavours, but that rubbery reduced character is front and centre, and is still the main event two days after opening. C- […]

Three Southern Hemisphere Pinot Noirs