We're delighted to see that highly respected wine reviewer Raymond Chan’s legacy lives on in the skilled hands of sommelier Candice Chow.After Raymond's sad passing in 2019, Candice thought "I wish someone would pick up the website and keep writing the same way that Raymon...
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Jeff Sinnott writes about the 2018 growing season for Pinot Noir

Growing grapes in the Waitaki is not for the faint-hearted.  It is neither easy nor hugely profitable in a monetary sense. Which suits us down to the ground because it has, so far, driven the speculators out of our small corner of paradise. Not that we belong to the ...
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Tasting the 2020 vintage

August 1, 2020
Due to earlier COVID restrictions, our early July visit marked the first time that Jeff and I could actually go inside VinPro in Cromwell where our wines are being made with with great care this year. Jeff has been tasting samples throughout the process, these being brought ...
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What can be said about pinot gris that hasn’t been said before? We all know it’s a pink skinned mutation of pinot noir, booted out of Burgundy for being impure and reintroduced back into France via Hungary and Germany thanks to General Ruland. We also know it’s an earl...
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Wine Orbit Wine Review by Sam Kim

In March 2020, we were thrilled to receive six 5-star reviews from Sam Kim of Wine Orbit. Sam is now widely regarded as the new Raymond Chan of New Zealand wine reviewers and you know how highly Raymond was regarded! With Sam's permission, we reproduce his reviews below. Enj...
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We were thrilled to receive the following kind words from highly regarded wine critic Michael Cooper about a selection of our wines. Ostler Audrey's Waitaki Valley Pinot Gris The powerful 2016 vintage ( ★★★★★) is a delicious wine, well worth cellaring. Full-bodied...
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It's always great to hear others enjoy our Waitaki Valley Pinot Noir as much as we do. Here's what Cameron Douglas MS had to say."A lovely bouquet of Pinot with aromas of limestone and gentle savoury tones, light red fruit aromas of red cherry, plum and raspberry. Oak aromas...
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We were absolutely delighted to see Michael Cooper included the Ostler Lakeside Vines Waitaki Valley Pinot Gris 2016 among the best 25 Pinot Gris in New Zealand.Here's what Michael had to say: "An impressive wine that was grown at Lake Waitaki and partly fermented in old oak...
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Caroline's 2015 Pinot Noir wins Gold!

When you enter a wine in a competition as prestigious as the International Wine Challenge in London, you enter with trepidation and hope that the people 'in the know' will like it, but also realistic about the plethora of amazing wines that are entered. Even though our 2015...
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Our Gewurztraminer is #1!!

January 26, 2017

Bob Campbell MW reviews our 2015 Gerwuztraminer

Bob Campbell review our 2015 Gewurz and it came back as his favourite!! We are thrilled at this review and think everyone will love this wine. 'This is the first release of a gewürztraminer from Ostler. An impressively concentrated wine with restrained rose petal, ginger, ...
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