Category Archives: Waiheke

Sisters 2009 – Passage Rock, Te Matuku Bay, Waiheke Island

What could be better than to get two sisters to review Sisters, a Passage Rock, Waiheke wine. I don’t just throw this together you know. Perfect planning and execution all the way! Anyway, more on that later. This has been … Continue reading

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Still obsessed! The Obsidian 2010

The boxes arrived last week, three of them, shipped all the way from Onetangi, Waiheke Island, Auckland, New Zealand. 36 bottles of Kiwi nectar, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, direct from the Obsidian vineyard. Made with love, the product of much … Continue reading

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Peacock Sky, Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 – delivers more than it promises.

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The prospect of capturing memories of Waiheke when its 5° outside, overcast, dull, and a roaring fire essential to keeping warm, is remote. All the more remote for being 12,000 miles away. But where is the harm in trying, not least when you have a … Continue reading

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Obsidian Obsession – Part 2

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Two and a bit years ago my son, Mikey, married Charlie. One of my tasks for the occasion was to provide the red wine for the wedding. The choice was not difficult. To begin with it had to be Bordeaux. … Continue reading

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RWC 2011 – what a journey!

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I cannot believe that the journey is almost at an end. In no time we will be back at Eden Park for the final game, New Zealand v France, the cumulation of seven weeks rugby, some good, some not so … Continue reading

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Goldwater Merlot – Waiheke?

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It has been raining for the last few days on Waiheke. Elsewhere too by all accounts. Last night the rains reached storm proportions, and, for the first time, sat on the deck as I write, we can hear the waves … Continue reading

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Miro Vineyard – wine artists with a sense of theatre

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One of the highlights of the past week has been a mornings walk along the northern coastline of Waiheke. The routes and footpaths that traverse the island are numerous, but we chose a 2 hour circuitous route starting and ending … Continue reading

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Man O’War, Valhalla – heaven indeed

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The island of Waiheke lies in the Hauraki Gulf, a 30 minute ferry ride from downtown Auckland across the Tamaki Strait. The views from the island back to Auckland to the west, and the Coromandel to the east are stunning. There are very few … Continue reading

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Passage Rock Syrah 2009 – surprisingly good

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I like my wine full of body and flavour, so I tend to stock my “cellar” with Bordeaux style wines. That preference has pushed me towards the Bordeaux blends from the various Waiheke Island producers, but to simply review Merlot/Cabernet/Malbec mixes for … Continue reading

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Cable Bay chocolate, yum!

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I have yet to review a Waiheke wine whilst actually on the island. I am currently in Brisbane and took the opportunity to buy a bottle of Cable Bay at the duty-free shop at Auckland International, with the intention of … Continue reading

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