Joelle Thomson

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Good vintages come in pairs in Hawke's Bay, as the latest duo of 2019 and 2020 Homage Syrah show. This wine of the week is from the 2019 vintage and while I have had the privilege of tasting (as a critic and wine writer) the 2020, it will not be released for another year... ...
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How much would you pay to taste New Zealand's best Syrah?  Questions of best and worst are fraught propositions at the best of times, if you'll excuse the pun and this month's release of the 2020 Gimblett Gravels Annual Vintage Selection reds definitely raises the bar o...
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A century and a quarter is a long time for New Zealand’s young wine industry and that’s what the winemakers, media and many others in the wine industry, including yours truly, are celebrating tonight at Church Road winery in Hawke’s Bay. The winery makes one of th...
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