Grape Varietals: 52% Chardonnay & 48% Pinot Noir
Growing Region: Reims, France
Deputy Cellar Master: Séverine Frerson

With the recent visit of my good friend Benoit Collard - (Global Executive Director of Piper Heidsieck) to Auckland - New Zealand. We showcased and paired with some stunning local seasonal cuisine a number of quality Champagnes from the House of Piper Heidsieck. But one that we didn’t get to share with guests at a recent degustation was this unique creation - the recently released ‘Vintage’ 2008.


Grape Varietal: 100% Chardonnay
Growing Region: Martinborough, New Zealand
Head Winemaker: Roger Parkinson

As I have written before - Roger is in a unique position in New Zealand, having the benefit of vine age as a key contributor to the expression of his wines. With this single vineyard Chardonnay being established back in 1988. Roger passionately describes the ‘Home Block’ Chardonnay vines as producing a wine with greater structure and mineral characters, more than just a varietal expression.


Grape Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir
Growing Region: Marlborough, New Zealand
*Winemaker: Chloe Gabrielsen

A lot can happen in a year - since the ‘Saint Clair Family Wine Estate’ bought fellow Marlborough wine company Lake Chalice. Last year they acquired more than 50 hectares of prime vineyards in Rapaura near Grovetown, and in the Waihopai Valley - along with stock and the Lake Chalice brand. Lake Chalice was established in 1989 by Chris Gambitsis and Phil Binnie, they were joined by fellow director and winemaker Matt Thomson in 1996.


Grape Varietal: 100% Shiraz
Growing Region: McLaren Vale, South-Australia
Senior Winemaker: Bryn Richards

If you hadn’t yet had the chance or opportunity to taste and enjoy a glass of Chapel Hill wine. Make this a focus, before you miss out and importantly, try this 2015 'McLaren Vale' Shiraz which they have produced to the high standards set by Michael Fragos (chief winemaker) and Bryn Richards (senior winemaker) at Chapel Hill. Better still, if you ever find yourself in south Australia, make your way to their winery-cellar door, something special.