Tag Archives: New Zealand

Country focus: New Zealand

THE WORLD’S MOST ISOLATED COUNTRY, separated by three hours’ flight time from its nearest neighbour Australia, New Zealand lies between 36° and 45° south. Indeed it is the planet’s southernmost wine-producing nation and boasts also its most easterly wine region, Gisborne. In northern hemisphere terms it stretches from Bordeaux to Gibraltar, although New Zealand is …

Two Paddocks acquires new vineyard in Cromwell Basin

TWO PADDOCKS VINEYARDS have this week acquired their fourth vineyard, this one in Bannockburn. Sam Neill says “We’ve been quietly looking around for something good in this neck of the woods for quite a while now and we were very fortunate that the opportunity came up of buying a small vineyard that we’ve always admired …

Regional focus: Marlborough, New Zealand

In the mid-1980s New Zealand released to the world what would become one of the most distinctive and appreciated white wine styles of the modern era. Sauvignon Blanc was the grape variety responsible, and Marlborough was the region on the tip of wine drinker’s tongues world over. Cloudy Bay was the first winery to make …

New arrivals: Wither Hills

Fans of our top-selling wine for the last two years, The Ned Sauvignon Blanc, might be interested in the latest addition to our New Zealand range. Named in the World’s Top 50 Most Desired Wine Brands by Drinks International last year, Wither Hills was founded by none other than The Ned’s Brent Marris. Wither Hills’ Ben …

Sam Neill, Two Paddocks – Cork, Thursday 8th November

Hot on the heels of the arrival of the new Two Paddocks range to Curious Wines, we’re delighted to announce a visit from the Proprietor! Sam Neill will be visiting us in Cork on Thursday the 8th November, and the Cornstore on the city’s Cornmarket Street will be the venue for a special lunch date …

New arrivals: Two Paddocks (Central Otago, New Zealand)

There’s been a little bit more excitement than usual surrounding the latest new arrivals to the Curious portfolio. Last week we took receipt of our first shipment of Two Paddocks, a family-owned operation in Central Otago, New Zealand, with a rather well known proprietor. The ‘Prop’, as he’s know around the winery, tells the story …

Central Otago: The New World’s answer to Burgundy

Like a yapping child it’s as fickle, testing and annoying as they come, but ah… the hugs for daddy when it’s being nice! At its best this grape is as good as it gets – fountains of wondrous rose tinted raspberry nectar with oriental spice rainbows and insane aromas of truffles and farty undergrowth. Quite …

On the ground in Marlborough: The winery (part 2 of 2)

Australian Ant Moore (pictured) plies his trade in New Zealand, making some of the most distinctive whites of the Marlborough region, and vibrantly fruity, yet rustic and complex reds of Central Otago. Here, in the second part of this two part series, his right hand man Craig Murphy talks us through the winemaking process. This …

On the ground in Marlborough: The winery (part 1 of 2)

Co-winemaker Craig Murphy (Murph) is Ant Moore‘s right hand man in the winery. In these two posts, the second to follow next week, Murph invites us to better understand the winemaking process in their production of Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. There’s some technical ‘wine-speak’ used here, but I think most of us will be …

On the ground in Marlborough: The vineyards

It’s always good to get a feel for what goes on on the ground. There’s a lot more to it all than just squeezing a few grapes and hoping for the best. Here, winemaker Ant Moore takes us through his vineyard portfolio in Marlborough on New Zealand’s South Island to give us a better idea …