Black Barn Hawke’s Bay Merlot Malbec Cabernet 2014 $33 (4.5 stars)

Winemaker Dave McKee is like a silent assassin. He just quietly shuffles about in Black Barn’s ridiculously tiny winery each year, never saying boo about how the wine is tasting until he’s fully confident that it’s in the bottle safely – and even then he doesn’t give anything away. Fleshy, plum-saturated, seriously smooth and bursting […]

Yvonne Lorkin wine column for week beginning Sat 2 June 2018

When it comes to convincing humans to buy things, author Simon Sinek’s states “There are only two ways to influence human behaviour. You can manipulate it or you can inspire it”. So why don’t more wine producers do the ‘inspiring’ and not the discounting? It’s so depressing, because it’s rampant in the industry I love. […]

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