Mad Dog Bay of Island’s Chardonnay 2014 $24 (3.5 stars)

Northland is New Zealand’s oldest yet youngest wine region. It was the place where Rev. Samuel Marsden first planted grapes back in 1819 and Dalmatian migrants planted the seeds of the modern industry in its gum fields. Chardonnay has a natural home here, especially this creamy, weighty, fleshy style. This is the last opportunity to […]

Marsden Estate Bay of Islands Tempranillo 2014

Marsden Estate Bay of Islands Tempranillo 2014 $42 ★★★★ Who would have thought that big, busty, dusty Spanish red grapes like Tempranillo would ever be happy growing in a tiny, 10 acre, sub-tropical pocket of Northland?  Not many, if any. But Rod McIvor of Marsden Estate had full faith and this juicy, plush, spicy red […]

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