Articles: How a Mug of Rooibos Tea May Revolutionize Winemaking, Somm TV

How a Mug of Rooibos Tea May Revolutionize Winemaking

“Where there’s tea, there is hope.” English playwright, Wing Pinero, may have been onto something in the late 1800s. Centuries later, some winemakers are replacing sulfur with tannins from tea leaves. In 2011, Trevor Strydom had an epiphany when his daughter brought him a cup of Rooibos […]

Monday, April 4, 2022|Uncategorised, Wines|

Reviews: Winestate Wine of the Year Awards Annual Edition 2022

2020 Loveblock Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc – Organic

5 Stars / 98 Points

“Certified organic, this is a top vintage of this single-vineyard, Awatere Valley wine. Showing excellent complexity (one-third of the blend was aged in a mix of clay amphorae, barrels and concrete eggs), it is mouthfilling, fleshy, sweet-fruited and dry, with concentrated, ripely herbaceous flavours and […]

Monday, February 14, 2022|Wines|

Articles: Three evolving styles of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

Three evolving styles of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

New Zealand’s Marlborough region is famous for singular Sauvignon Blanc, but as Chris Howard discovers, diverse expressions are well under way deep in the South Pacific.

Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc’s overnight success simultaneously redefined the French variety and placed New Zealand on the wine world stage. Exploding on the scene in […]

Wednesday, November 10, 2021|Wines|

Articles: Seeking freshness in the southern hemisphere, Jancis Robinson

An update on organic Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir from New Zealand. 98% of Marlborough vineyards are now picked by machines, such as the one pictured above courtesy of New Zealand Winegrowers Inc, te Pā. A version of this article is published by the Financial Times.

There’s something archetypal about Paris and Sancerre. I associate glasses of pale, searing, […]

Tuesday, October 19, 2021|Wines|

Reviews: 4 Stars, Winestate

Winestate Recent Releases

Loveblock Central Otago Pinot Noir 2020 – 4 StarsThis graceful, vibrantly fruity and youthful red was mostly estate-grown at Bendigo. Deep ruby, with a fragrant, fresh, slightly spicy bouquet, it is mouthfilling and supple, with strong cherry, plum and spice flavours, a subtle seasoning of oak, lively acidity and gentle tannins. Best drinking […]

Monday, June 28, 2021|Wines|

Reviews: Cameron Douglas MS, World of Wine

Cameron Douglas MS Tasting Notes, World of Wine Winter Edition

2020 Loveblock Central Otago Pinot Noir – 95 Points

Vibrant, complex, ripe, varietal and intense pinosity with aromas of crushed black cherry, dried raspberry and plum compote. There’s a core of mineral and toasty leesy complexity. Bright, fresh, precise, fruity and quite delicious on the palate. […]

Wednesday, May 5, 2021|Wines|

Reviews: Mark Henderson, Otago Daily Times

A tasty look at sav blancs

Mid-January. Depending on where you are as you read this, you may be basking in the glow of summer and dreaming of a cool sav blanc, the condensation forming beads as it trickles down the bottle.

Of course, writing this ahead of publication is fraught with the risk that it could […]

Thursday, January 21, 2021|Wines|

Reviews: 91 Points, Rupert Joy, Decanter

91 Points, Rupert Joy, Decanter

Loveblock, Tee Sauvignon Blanc, Awatere Valley, 2019

Refreshing, innovative wine made with green tea powder (hence the name) as an antioxidant in place of SO2. Appealing zesty tangerine and apple compote aromas, with an intense, mouthfilling grapefruit attack on the palate. Organic.

Drinking Window 2021 – 2023

Score: 91 Points

Rupert Joy, Decanter (February 2021)

Monday, January 11, 2021|Wines|

Reviews: 91 Points, Wine Align

91 Points, Wine Align – 2019 Loveblock Marlborough ORANGE Sauvignon Blanc (Now Known As 2019 Loveblock Marlborough TEE Sauvignon Blanc)

David Lawrason – 92 PointsThis deceptively yellow in colour, not orange as advertised. But is “no sulphur” and infused with green tea to prevent oxidation, which is very creative. It does have a slightly stemmy nose […]

Friday, November 27, 2020|Wines|

Features: New Zealand: Helping Redefine Fine Wine Plus a Buyer’s Guide to some of the Country’s Best, Wine Align

New Zealand: Helping Redefine Fine Wine Plus a Buyer’s Guide to some of the Country’s Best

“Fine” wine, traditionally defined by a combination of factors such as long history and pedigree, longevity, scarcity, high price, and a widely held view of exceptional quality and authentic regionality, is under renovation. It’s no longer enough to be good. […]

Friday, November 27, 2020|Wines|

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