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Waitaki on Q

Jules Stephan may have inherited a passion for wine from his great, great grandfather, Charles Levet who, with his son, made a living from wine from their 2.8-hectare vineyard on the Kaipara Harbour between 1863 and 1907. Levet was this country’s first known commercial winemaker. The Auckland War Memorial Museum still holds Levet’s wine press, although to my knowledge it has never been displayed.

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Best import

Ostler Lakeside Vines Pinot Gris, Waitaki Valley 2011 $32 From north of Central Otago, this rich, ripe-style gris is golden yellow hued and opulent in the mouth. Full flavoured, rich, rounded and slightly sweet in late-picked Alsace style. Big, generous and lingering, it’s an impressive