Grape Varietal: 100% Pinot Grigio
Growing Region: Valle dell’Adige, Italy
Head Winemaker: Massimiliano Luison

Last summer I had the pleasure to catch-up with my good friend Massimiliano and the passionate team at Santa Margherita. This time was only a brief visit - but like this wine, Max always has an infectious smile. Their attention to detail with all aspects of winemaking has to be seen to be believed. As he showed me around their new bespoke bottling line - the night before it was to be unveiled to the trade and media.

 

Grape Varietal: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Growing Region: Marlborough, New Zealand
Owner / Winemaker: Ben Glover

The name Zephyr refers to the prevailing seasonal winds that complement Marlborough’s unique growing conditions. Zephyr wines embrace and showcase the dynamic spirit of the ‘Glover Family’ along with the lively aromatics and flavours they achieve from their estate vines. The family vineyards were originally planted in 1985 alongside the meandering Opawa River, which has been a source of the family’s passion for wine.

 

Grape Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir
Growing Region: Gisborne, New Zealand
Owner / Director: Kirsten Searle

A great number of exciting wines have been produced over the past few years at Matawhero Winery. With Kirsten leading the charge with alternative aromatic varietal likes Grüner Veltliner, Albariño, Arneis and Chenin Blanc all winning awards - and this 2017 Gisborne Pinot Rosé being no different. But another achievement to be celebrated and toasted a few times this year, is the 50th Anniversary of when Bill Irwin established the winery in 1968.

 

Grape Varietals: 63% Pinot Noir’s & 37% Chardonnay
Growing Region: Crus across Champagne, France
Chef de Cave*: Cyril Brun

In 2006 the growing conditions across France and in Champagne were challenging to say the least. But it is during these extremes that gives chef-de-cave Régis Camus the opportunity, when the vines respond as they did in 2006, the ingredients to craft something special. I was in France during that testing vintage and in 2016 was invited to Reims to taste this Vintage Rosé with the newly appointed chef-de-cave Cyril Brun - *(who joined in May 2015).