Rockburn's highly acclaimed 2013 pinot noir from Central Otago has been recognised abroad, receiving a 92pt rating from The Wine Enthusiast and a 90pt rating from The Wine Spectator. This off the back of receiving double gold for the 2013 and 2014 vintages at the Drinks Business Global Pinot Noir Masters tastings in the UK. Rockburn.co.nz
Wither Hills is opening a new restaurant at its Marlborough winery in November with a slick Paul Izzard-designed interior. The venue will also be available for small functions from November and larger events and weddings from January 2017. Witherhills.co.nz
Saint Clair Family Estate have released Saint Clair Dawn 2012. Their first ever method traditionnelle-style wine is made from premium pinot noir and chardonnay grapes using the traditional method of production. The wine is elegant and complex with a rich palate and fine mousse. It is named after owner Neal Ibbotson's mother, who shared a few "early release" bottles with friends at her 100th birthday celebration. RRP $49 saintclair.co.nz
Last week saw the release of Graham Norton's Own Marlborough sauvignon blanc, the third Invivo vintage blended by Graham himself (with a little help from chief winemaker Rob Cameron) in Ireland. Graham says: "It is easy drinking. It's got all the grassiness and zest you expect from a new world sauvignon blanc but I like to think it has a bit of an old world finish. Oh, and it's affordable! RRP$18.99 from liquor outlets nationwide.