Bannock Brae Cathy’s Central Otago Rosé 2016 $22 (4 stars)

Crafted from 100% pinot noir grown on Catherine and Crawford Brown’s Cairnmuir Road vineyard, this is a super-bright, raspberry and wild cherry-soaked rosé that’ll definitely win friends and influence people this summer.  The fruit concentration rocks across the palate, while the nose is so floral and fabulous, it takes some discipline to not dip your […]

Bannock Brae Marlene’s Gruner Veltliner

Bannock Brae Marlene’s Central Otago Grüner Veltliner 2015 $25 Catherine and Crawford Brown have transformed a rabbit-ruined paddock into an award-winning vineyard that’s an oeno-nirvana of pinot noir, riesling and now Grüner Veltliner (Grooner-velt-leener). Bracing layers of acidity slice apart the white nectarine, lime and seashell notes of this wine. The signature white of Austria […]

Bannock Brae Goldfields Central Otago Pinot Noir 2014

Bannock Brae Goldfields Central Otago Pinot Noir 2014 $30 ★★★★ This is one heck of an exotically perfumed pinot made for the Bannockbrae team by world-class winemaking wahine, Sarah-Kate (SK) Dineen.  Boasting plum, black tea, hedgerow fruits, savoury, peppery notes and a chunk of cherry on the palate, it has freshness, buoyancy and real character.  […]

New style, plenty of substance

Published NZME Regional Newspapers Tue 5 Jan 2016   Bubbles causes a real raquet… For the next fortnight, fans of backhands, forehands, faults and aces, loves, deuces, advantages, serves, volley’s, outs and on-court tantrums will be going bats and balls over the ASB Classic in Auckland.  Usuallly tennis is the domain of pimms and cucumber […]

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