War Horse Brewing Company

Man O' War Vineyards

Dreadnought Waiheke Island Syrah 2012

Mid to deep crimson in colour. Aromas of red berries, a little oak, a bunchie stalky note, spices including nutmeg and a dash of chocolate. Medium plus bodied quite northern Rhone in style more than SA. Not dissimilar to another excellent North Island Syrah as in Trinity Hill, Hawkes Bay. Very good, very tasty. From the unlikely destination of Waiheke Island which is in the middle of Auckland Harbour, which is massive in area compared to Sydney Harbour. One would think the rainfall might be a little high for quality viticulture but not so. Also when you think that one of the best new world Chardonnays in Kumeu River is made just to the north of Auckland. — 2 days ago

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Bob McDonald

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@TheSkip Will be interested to see what you think.


Been to Waiheke Island to visit Kennedy Point where they used to make outstanding Syrah (and other reds)
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@ESF Fun fact about Waiheke Island You might recall that Tiger Woods had a New Zealand caddy for many years. When Tiger got married and almost at the height of his popularity he had part of his honeymoon on Waiheke Island so I was told by locals. Great for the privacy - organised by the caddy.

Horsepower Vineyards

Sur Echalas Vineyard Syrah 2017

A load of barnyard funk here, in typical Christophe Baron fashion. A very young wine so I’m giving this the benefit of the doubt at this stage. Less bell pepper than I’ve experienced with Cayuse, but a similar smoked meat profile. Polarizing as others have stated, but I dig it. Happy New Year! — 20 days ago

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Andrew Will

Sorella Horse Heaven Hills Red Bordeaux Blend 1999

The 1999 Sorella is a true powerhouse of expression! It’s developed beautifully and will continue too for years. A true New Year’s Eve treat. — 11 days ago

Andrew Will

Champoux Vineyard Red Bordeaux Blend 2012

Popped and poured, consumed over three days with very little evolution over that period but if I had to make a call, I would say best on Day 3. It presents a turbid, deep ruby in the glass. On the nose, purple flowers, dried leaf tobacco, tomato leaf, and freshly tilled earth. On the palate, currants, tart blackberries, kalamata olive brine, dried blood...it’s saline, sanguine and ferrous in a real way. The 2012 Champoux Vineyard is a structured, high acid/high tannin Bordeaux blend of predominately Cabernet Franc with some Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon for good measure. Long, long finish. A very earthy and mineral driven wine. Blind, there is no way I would call this New World. This bottle is yet another reminder why I truly believe Andrew Will makes some of the very greatest wines in Washington State. This has at least another decade of life left in it. — 10 days ago

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Passing Time

Horse Heaven Hills Merlot 2013

We had the 2013 Red Mountain, Klipsun Vineyard Merlot. There were tastes of plum, blackberry, oak and chocolate. This is a smooth, fruit forward, full bodied Merlot. This is very good. — 2 days ago

Columbia Crest

H3 Horse Heaven Hills Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Nice deep color, good dark fruit, nice body - great value for the price. — 15 days ago

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Bruery Terreux

Field Horse

Pomegranate integrated well. Tamarind. Tart and sour. Roiboos tea. Needs time. — 4 days ago

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Mercer Brothers

Horse Heaven Hills Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Not a bad daily drinker for less than $20 a bottle!! Wine spectator’s #72 wine of 2020! — 6 days ago

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W.T. Vintners

Gorgeous Destiny Ridge Vineyard Syrah 2014

Yum. Went REALLY well with BBQ. Really bought out some of the spice in the wine. Best with food but decent without. Drinking really nice right now. — 14 days ago

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Domaine Pouillon

Katydid Grenache Blend

Cherry, blackberry, raspberry, currant, loamy earth and oak. Light-bodied and moderate tannins. — 2 days ago