Our two favourite things at M2 are Champagne Bollinger and James Bond. Sophisticated and stylish, while still remaining slightly irreverent. The brands represented by Bond often feature in our pages and the Bond movies have always had a lot of coverage by us around the launches. The content from these movies gets great engagement from...
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New Zealand is host some of the world’s most southerly grape-growing regions. At at a latitude of 45º south, Central Otago has a climate similar to the world’s great Pinot Noir producer Burgundy, France where you’ll find the world’s most expensive wines. While the wines produced in Central Otago are getting worldwide recognition with some...
Over the past few months, we have interviewed quite a few winemakers and, while Rosés have been the fastest growing category of recent years, it is the Chardonnays that are almost unanimously expected to be the next big thing for New Zealand wines. New Zealand is producing some outstanding Chardonnays here are three Hawke’s Bay...
With the advent of Spring, what better than a lovely glass of Rosé. The growth in popularity of Rosé over the past few years has been meteoric, but Rosés are nothing new, in fact you could say that the earliest wines were in fact Rosés of sorts. If you look at early renaissance art, you’ll...
During the year we get to try some incredible wines. It is always the best of these wines that we feature in our pages and while we don’t feature every wine we are sent, we are always thrilled at the calabre of wines that keep coming across our desk. However there are a select few...
We sat down with Villa Maria’s Senior Marlborough Winemaker Helen Morrison to learn more about the process of creating a bottle of wine. Where did your inspiration to become a winemaker come from? Was there an epiphany moment you can recall? At Landsdowne Tennis Club, Dublin, Ireland of all places. I was living in Dublin,...
A Bordeaux wine is any wine produced in the Bordeaux region of south-west France. The area produces predominantly red wines, which the English will often refer to as Clarets. These red Bordeaux wines are generally made from a blend of grapes, with Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot being the most common. While the Bordeaux...
While the Burgundy region stretches across eastern France, where wine is made from several grape varietals, it is the wines often referred to as the ‘Burgundies’ that are the most famous. The white wine most common in the Chablis region of Burgandy is predominantly Chardonnay, and the red wine from the region is predominantly Pinot...
Often referred to as the elixir of the gods and quite possibly the magic potion from Gaul that often appeared in Asterix comics, Champagne has long been the celebratory drink for all occasions. To a large part, the wine makers use predominantly Pinot Noir grapes mainly from the Champagne region mixed with Chablis from the...
It’s officially spring and with summer on the way, it is the perfect timing for the release of some spectacular new season wines. From Rosés to Aromatics to Chardonnays, we bring you some of the best we have tried over the last three weeks. Think long hot days and balmy summer evenings sipping your favourite […]
We all love a good party here at M2woman and dinner parties at home are such a great way to really get to know one another. It is a time to relax and enjoy one another’s company in a far more intimate situation than you’ll get at a bar, a restaurant or even a house […]
We all love a good party here at M2 and dinner parties at home are such a great way to really get to know one another. It’s easy to turn up with a bottle of wine, the dilemma is what wine to turn up with. If you choose a red to suit the personality of […]
On a recent visit to Auckland restaurant The Grill, I was taken with their extensive wine list and the wine display, which has to be one of the most impressive arrays of fine wines in any restaurant I have seen in New Zealand. I was fortunate at the time to try what was described to […]
Yalumba, The Caley, 2012 (Barossa and Coonawarra, South Australia) – Yalumba is one of Australia’s oldest wineries and has a long history of innovation, with pioneering wine research at its heart. Yalumba boasts the pre-eminent Viticultural Nursery of Australia and is the only Australian winery with its own on-site cooperage. The Caley is a brand-new ‘rare […]
St Hallett, Old Block Shiraz, 2013 (Barossa Valley, South Australia) St Hallett produce the Old Block Shiraz from selected parcels of grapes from the Barossa and Eden valleys, where only the best are selected and blended to create the Old Block Shiraz. The vines that produce the grapes must be grown from root stock that […]
With the Pinot Gris grapes normally preferring cooler climates the wine growers at Mills Reef chose Maraekakaho, a sub-region of Hawke’s Bay, for their reserve Pinot Noir. The area enjoys a temperate climate moderated throughout summer by cooling afternoon breezes. The reserve wines are from low yielding vines that will produce superior grapes and according […]
What wine selection would be complete without a decent Sauvignon Blanc? There are very few places around New Zealand that can deliver the outstanding Sauvignon Blancs that Marlborough can. This particular wine is from the Mud House Sub Region series. A selection of wines that wine maker Cleighton Cornelius has developed to showcase the distinct […]
I have included this one in my selection because it is one of my favourite Hawke’s bay Chardonnays. I reviewed this back in May last year and I also awarded it 5 stars. It is always good to go back and try these again, and can only say that this has improved in that time […]
The Chablis region is in the northernmost part of the Burgundy wine growing region in France. It is closest to the renown Champagne region and the area that many Champagnes will draw their Chardonnay grapes from. The best growing area here is called the Grand Crus, where most of these grapes come from. To be […]
Varietal Pinot Gris has been seeing increasing growth in popularity around New Zealand. The broad appeal comes from the unassuming nature of the grape, slightly sweet with very delicate flavours and lower acidity. As an aromatic, this wine derives its flavour from that of the grape, as opposed to flavours that have developed through fermentation […]
Marlborough Man by Allan Scott. A quintessential New Zealand story about an accidental wine industry leader. Written from the heart, this is an extremely honest tale about the incredibly complex world of wine making. Scott planted some of the Marlborough region’s most famous vineyards, including the very first, and has worked on all of his Allan […]
Blended from (52 percent) Pinot Noir and (48 percent) Chardonnay grapes from Spy Valley’s Marlborough Vineyard Johnson Estate Lodge and ‘B’ blocks Varieties. Consistently receiving four to five stars appraisal from the wine critics, this is champagne-style wine that will keep everyone happy and, at $36.90 a bottle, it is extremely good value. Colour: peach […]
Blended from Pinot Gris, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay grapes sourced predominantly from Hawkes Bay vineyards Rosie is a fine sparkling red wine. ‘The Rosie’ is a wine that screams summer and celebration! A fantastic off-dry style of bubbles with a wicked hit of strawberry and fruit salad. Chill down and chill out with ‘Rosie’.
Banrock Station has come up withe perfect summer drink – a delightful take on the traditional Sangria, but even better. It has taken three different wines and blended them with natural fruit to produce three refreshing blends called Fruit Fusion – perfect for that summer backyard BBQ and something that will please everyone. Made to […]
Spy Valley 2010 Echelon Méthode Traditionelle Blended from (52 percent) Pinot Noir and (48 percent) Chardonnay grapes from Spy Valley’s Marlborough Vineyard Johnson Estate Lodge and ‘B’ blocks Varieties. Consistently receiving four to five stars appraisal from the wine critics, this is champagne-style wine that will keep everyone happy and, at $36.90 a bottle, it […]
2006 was an exceptional year in the Champagne region of France, producing a rare vintage year that allowed some of the leading champagne houses to produce vintages only be produced in an exceptional year. Laurent – Perrier Brut Millésimé 2006 Laurent-Perrier is selective when declaring vintages – rarely declaring them and only in the very best […]
Made from 70 percent Pinot Noir and 30 percent Chardonnay, the Nautilus Cuvée Marlborough Brut NV fruit comes from three vineyard sites, giving them a range of flavour influences. Pale straw in colour with a fine bead and creamy mousse. The wine has a distinctive nutty bouquet, which shows the richness of a Pinot Noir […]
Crafted in the traditional way from Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Pinot Bactobel grapes grown in the Hawkes Bay area. This refined sparkling wine is made in the time-honoured ‘methode traditionelle’ style, exuding a delightful array of fresh peach, vanilla biscuit, granny smith apple and citrus aromas. The palate is wonderfully creamy with fresh […]
In 1911, Georges Bollinger’s British agent gave him the idea for the name Special Cuvée – ‘special’ written the English way, without an accent. He thought the French expression “Brut sans année” was no match for such a subtle champagne… More than 100 years later, the name of Bollinger’s key figure champagne still symbolises both […]
Summer is such a great time to share with friends. It is the time to celebrate and reconnect with old friends, reflect on the year that was and to look forward to the year to come. It is a time when we can all enjoy a good glass of wine on the deck, or by […]
Mills Reef produce a wide range of varietals out of their Hawkes Bay vineyards, with outstanding Bordeaux style wines such as Syrahs and Chardonnays, high on the list. With the Pinot Gris grapes normally preferring cooler climates the wine growers at Mills Reef chose Maraekakaho, a sub-region of Hawke’s Bay, which enjoys a temperate climate […]
Focusing the lens on the more niche areas within the Marlborough wine growing region, Mud House have come up with their new Sub Region series. With subtle differences in soil and climate, they have developed some very distinct characteristics in the range. The Mud House 2016 Pinot Gris Sub Region Series Grovetown Pinot uses grapes from the […]
With such a broad range of Rieslings available, some can often be sweeter and more suited to desert or spicy foods while the more dryer style will go well with seafood, I recommend consulting the wine waiter, sommelier or wine merchant to ensure you get it right. There has been some discussion over labelling so […]
The Yalumba Eden Valley 2014 Viognier is a wine variety that was virtually extinct until Yalumba winery took up the challenge to reintroduce the wine in 1980 from plantings in Eden Valley (Barossa region). Being part of the Samuels Garden collection has a certain significance since this is the site of Samuel Smith’s (Australian Politician) […]
The Yealands’ story started back in 2001 when Peter Yealands and his wife Violet started buying up the coastal land on the fringes of Marlborough’s Awatere Valley with a view to develop their own vineyard. The sometimes steep, dry and somewhat inhospitable area struck many as an odd place to start a vineyard, but in […]
Cloudy Bay has always set the standard in Marlborough Sauvignon Blancs. Owned by LVMH (Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessey) insist they never compromise on quality and are driven to deliver only the very best wines while not being beholden to massive volumes. Their vineyard covers only a small pocket of land in the northern parts of […]
Yealands has built their reputation on sustainability and the Yealands Family Estate vineyard and winery are the most sustainable in New Zealand, so buying a Yealands wine you’ll know you are looking after the environment and you are buying a great wine. Yealands Estate Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc Awatere Valley, Marlborough 2016 Yealands Seaview Vineyard […]
The Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc Wairau Valley, Marlborough 2016 just picked up Gold at the NZ International Wine Show. Again made exclusively from grapes grown in the Wairau Valley from Spy Valley’s own Johnson Estate and growers in the southern regions of the Wairau Valley. This wine is bursting with tropical fruit flavours like passionfruit and […]
I love Bordeaux style wines and Hawkes Bay is the Bordeaux of the Southern Hemisphere. A classic Bordeaux blend and, in true form of what we have come to expect of Mills Reef, this really is a good wine. Bob Campbell recently listed it as one of his buys of the week and […]