New Release wines 2009…

February 24th, 2010 | Read Full Post

 cork 002 Soon to be released, our 2009 white wines. The Sandihurst Waipara Riesling is a wine in similar style to 2008 wine, a low alcohol wine with balanced moderate sweetness and vibrant acidity, and the Sandihurst Waipara Pinot Gris,  is a dry full flavoured wine with the accent on texture. Both of these wines are the first releases from my own vineyard which makes it doubly exciting. In addition, in response to the exeptional quality of the vintage and ...

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New Release Riesling 2008…

February 23rd, 2010 | Read Full Post

R08 007 A new breed of Riesling, an emerging trend over the last few years here in New Zealand. Lower levels of alcohol (10.5%), bags of flavour and beautiful balance.

And here is ours....Sandihurst Waipara Riesling 2008 For you wine geeks out there, the fruit for this wine is from Waipara, the major contender for NZ's vacant Riesling-capital crown. Picked around 20-21 Brix, lightly pressed and only briefly settled (as to retain a

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Best Wines of the New World: Hot & Cold

February 22nd, 2010 | Read Full Post

wine glasses web I'm off to South Africa and somehow, instead of being a purely private trip, it has become a rush from south to north with tastings and talks in between. All organised by good friends and wine lovers  Cobie and Bjorn of CVO Marketing. Be that as it may and despite all my grunts to the opposite effect, I am actually looking forward to it! They've organised a "taste-off" ...

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Return of the Summer…

February 18th, 2010 | Read Full Post

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Ive posted this photo here as a reminder to myself that the sky was in fact blue at some point during the summer. We have definitely had more than our fair share of grey and wet this year. Grapes-wise they are behind by around 10 days at this stage of the season here in Canterbury. We will be looking to the (hopefully) ever reliable long dry autumn that Canterbury usually experiences.

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Top New Zealand Pinot Noir…in the USA…

February 17th, 2010 | Read Full Post

IMG_0628a Bring on the debate! Interesting article in the New York Times by Eric Asimov with comment on New Zealand Pinot Noir in relation to a recent tasting. The article kicks off under the heading 'NZ Youths with promise' and leads by saying our Pinots have come a long way in the last 10 years and seem to show improvement at every new tasting. Throughout the article interesting points keep cropping up. 20 wines ...

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Kung Hei Fat Choy…

February 14th, 2010 | Read Full Post

kungheifatchoy Kung Hei Fat Choy HONG KONG ! Enjoy the start to the Year of the Tiger. Dont forget the fireworks display at 8pm tonight over the harbour. It should be spectacular. And as a reminder you can find the wines of SANDIHURST at the following places. Brought to you by our agents OMTIS. DAH LEE HONG 399 Lockhart Road, Wanchai - Phone 28342959 FINEST LIQUOR DISTRIBUTOR G/F 81 Austin Road, Kowloon - Phone 27306638 KIMBERLEY WINES & CIGARS SHOP G/F ...

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NZ Winetasting in the UK…

February 14th, 2010 | Read Full Post

New Zealand, as history shows, does not have a very good record at Lords, but when it comes to wine, and not cricket, its quite a different story. Here's some video, courtesy of Warman Media, of the recent New Zealand trade and consumer tasting held at Lords cricket ground in London.

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Too much of a good thing…

February 11th, 2010 | Read Full Post

shfeb10 005 Claims from a leading academic in Australia recently that the national vineyard area should be reduced by somewhere between 20-30% in order to sorrect the current demand-supply imbalance and focus the countries efforts into reclaiming a higher price point for its wine. Rebecca Gibbs article appeared in Decanter and can be read here.     Is this an over-reaction or is New Zealand in danger of going down a similar route with ...

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Proof of Terroir…

February 8th, 2010 | Read Full Post

Looking at this video from the Cortes de Cima winery in Portugal is a reminder to me how the only real point of difference in wine is terroir - that untranslatable, difficult-to-define French word, which is something akin to the combination of individual place/people/practices where each unique parcel of grapes is created. The winery as seen in the video could just as ...

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Recently…

February 7th, 2010 | Read Full Post

shfeb10 002 A quick photo update on the progress of our Guner Veltliner - growing well and now up to the fruiting wire. No major issues there so looks like we will have one cane down for next year and a small crop to experiment on. Also held recently were three varietal symposiums and these were a great success - promoting Syrah, Pinot Noir and the Aromatics. These events are essentially promotional in outlook, ...

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