3 October 2011 Nelson First Fifteen

November 14, 2011By Yvonne

“Oh cool – what are you killing Dad?” my nine year old son craned his neck to see my husband drowning a white tail spider in a flood of Black Flag.  “It was a big bugger son” said my husband as he flicked it out the window, “it almost crawled into your shoe”.  “Should have … Read More

3 November 2011 Either Hugo or I go…

November 14, 2011By Yvonne

Either Hugo or I go… One of Australia’s most famous brands has had a major makeover.  Not only has it given its label a bit of nip-and-tuck and indulged in an expensive set of extensions; it’s also visited the local council chambers, filled out the forms and instigated a name change.  First launched in 1980 … Read More

Olssen’s Vineyard Sold – announcement just in

October 13, 2011By Yvonne

Hello Yvonne It is with mixed feelings that after 22 years in the business John and I have found a great set of future custodians for the special vineyard that is Olssens.  By planting on the now famous Felton Road we became wine making pioneers of the Bannockburn region and the Cromwell basin. We had a vision of creating … Read More

Wynns Wines and Hard Rock Shiraz

October 11, 2011By Yvonne

Wynns has been around since the dawn of the dingoes and Kiwi’s have long been huge fans.  When I asked around my local traps (the school mums, supermarket checkout ladies, the lotto man, the rural post driver, the plumber and the sparky), about the first red wines they ever tried, this reliable, cuddly Coonawarra brand … Read More

Gritty kiwi winemaking doco gives a few giggles

September 29, 2011By Yvonne

It’s called Passion and Patience, it’s a no-frills account of what’s involved in growing grapes, making wine and trying to make a dollar along the way.  Don’t expect flashy, slick film making on this dvd – expect an honest account and a few laughs. http://www.bayofplentytimes.co.nz/news/passion-in-gritty-wine-doco/1117501/  

Kate Moss, Sailors, Mosel and Ethiopian Wine

September 28, 2011By Yvonne

Model Winemaker I had to have a chuckle the other day after I’d tweeted the news that international supermodel Kate Moss had purchased a £130,000 vineyard in France for her new husband Jamie Hince.  Replies included “unless she’s careful the wine will taste thin and lack body”, and cheekily referring to her cigarette habit and … Read More

Kidnapper Cliffs Cabernet Scoops 5 Nations Trophy

September 21, 2011By Yvonne

A partnership between prestigious Martinborough producer Dry River and pioneering Gimblett Gravels winery Te Awa in Hawke’s Bay, has beaten an esteemed field from South Africa, Argentina, Australia, Chile and New Zealand to take the hotly contested Five Nations Challenge Red Wine of the Show Trophy.    The Kidnapper Cliffs Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 ($55) was … Read More

September 3 2011 Alpha Domus Aviator Reaches New Heights

September 7, 2011By Yvonne

“Having our winery right in the middle of the vineyard is the best thing for me as a winemaker” says Kate Galloway of Hawke’s Bay’s Alpha Domus wines.  “I love being able to walk outside directly into any of our vineyard blocks to check on how the fruit is tasting. I definitely think this is … Read More

NZ International Wine Show 2011

August 16, 2011By Yvonne

Righto…8.44am and I’m about to head into the second day of judging at the NZIWS at North Harbour Stadium.  80 Pinot Noir and 60 Shiraz await my team – Jane Skilton MW, Michael Ivecevich and Damian Fisher.  Sorry teeth, but it’s gonna be a big one.

Nautilus Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2010

July 24, 2011By Yvonne

Nautilus Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2010 $25  A lip-smackingly lovely sauvignon which oozes fresh passionfruit, lemon verbena, passionfruit, grass clippings and fresh basil aromas and tangy, tropical, old-school ‘Jungle Juice’ flavours which make it a fantastic match with steamed mussels slathered in garlic and parsley cream.  For more info visit www.nautilusestate.com