I just had lunch with Alan Brady, the pioneering father of the Central Otago wine region in the deep south of New Zealand’s South Island. As Brady puts it, “...at 45 deg south it was a lonely place for grape growers when a few of us planted vines here in the early 1980s”. ... read more >
Our Wandering Palate Melbourne correspondent, Matthew Wilson, goes mushroom hunting down on the Mornington Peninsula armed with a bucket load of local pinot noir. ... read more >
Inspiration for this piece originates with comments from Judy Finn, Neudorf Estate, who in their recent travels to Singapore and Bali had observed, “An increasing popularity in New Zealand Pinot Noir, despite being served in an ice bucket (in Bali).” ... read more >
When leading American wine writer, author and philosophical commentator, Matt Kramer, visited Singapore last year the first thing he asked me was to bring him up to speed on the dynamics of the market and given his time constraints, he would like to meet the one person who is influencing the market here most, “The gatekeeper to the evolution of ... read more >
Pegasus Bay Pinot Noir Prima Donna 2009 – Waipara Valley, South Island, New Zealand Also notes from a vertical tasting Having already announced Pegasus Bay Prima Donna Pinot Noir 2009 as the “Most Auspicious Wine for Chinese New Year 2012 Year of the Black Water Dragon year”, I had in fact already singled it out as my “Red Wine of ... read more >
Walter Bourke Homage - Pinot Noir Producer of the Year Must-Have Wines Best of the Lunar Year - 2010 - Year of the Tiger - Best Wine of the Year from the Cellar Quartz Reef Pinot Noir 2002 and 2003 – Central Otago, New Zealand New Zealand’s Quiet Achiever: Rudi Bauer, Quartz Reef www.quartzreef.co.nz Having long realised the most modest ... read more >
Schubert Wines cellar door Martinborough Pinot Noir scoops top prize from 10,983 entries in world’s biggest wine show A small winery from Wairarapa which only planted its 12 hectares of vines in 1999 has triumphed over Pinot Noirs from 19 other countries including France, Italy, Australia, the USA, Chile and Germany to win the International Pinot Noir Trophy at the world’s biggest and most ... read more >
Sugarloaf Ridge vineyard view Originally intended to be part of my larger project "Australia Benchmark Chardonnay Producers" I am sure readers will not mind if I include chardonnay’s soul mate, pinot noir in this coverage of new releases from Sugarloaf Ridge. The 2007 Sugarloaf Ridge Chardonnay is indeed a blinder, nothing short of exemplary and in my view, the benchmark for Tasmania. In the ... read more >
Reuters Life! - It's a big call, nailing the single wine of 2009 that was most impressionable amongst so many good bottles and an ever-increasing myriad of quality, relatively more approachable wines produced around the globe. However, Two Paddocks Pinot Noir 2006 from Central Otago, New Zealand, is the wine that stimulated my sensory core, viscera and thoughts most in ... read more >