has judged wine professionally in twelve countries, contributes regularly to wine publications around the world and has lectured on wine in many countries. His speciality is New Zealand wine which he reviews from an international perspective. He gained his Master of Wine qualification in 2000.
Station Road Cabernet Merlot East Coast NZ 2007
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A brand of Constellation NZ named after the address of its Auckland winery and head office although, surprisingly, it fails to get a mention on the company website. Perhaps the wine’s price is a little too humble to feature alongside Consteallation’s more exalted brands. Fleshy red with berry, plum and peaty wood smoke flavours. It’s dry, smooth and very drinkable, offering good value at this price. Made from grapes grown in New Zealand’s “East Coast” , an area that includes Gisborne and Hawke’s bay.
Tasted: Jul 2009 Closure: S'cap Average price: NZD $14 (~USD $12)
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