Wine Insights

Danbury Ridge making its mark

In the burgeoning English wine scene, in which sparkling wine is widely heralded as the Holy Grail, Danbury Ridge is, counter-intuitively, making waves with its still wines made from chardonnay and pinot noir.

Matt Connell’s boutique offerings

Matt Connell has clocked up a lot of mileage making wine in Central Otago. He earned a lofty reputation as a winemaker for others before shifting the focus to wines under his own label.

Lighter is better

The UK’s best known wine critic and author, Jancis Robinson, continues her crusade to reduce the carbon footprint of wine by using lighter bottles, this time through the Circle of Wine Writers series of online webinars Let’s Talk About …

Bell Hill rings in new releases

Marcel Giesen and Sherwyn Veldhuizen are Burgundy enthusiasts. After prospecting and purchasing an old lime quarry in the Weka Pass, North Canterbury wine region, they planted two hectares of high density vines.

Brett tolerance

Brett is short for brettanomyces, a strain of yeast that most winemakers don’t welcome in their wines.

Colour blind

When Bob Campbell MW first started wine show judging, wines were rated on the 20-point system. Judges were told to award each wine up to 3 points for colour, 7 points for aroma and 10 points for taste.