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Dr Jamie Goode visits Craft Farm

Back in October we had the pleasure of hosting UK wine writer Dr Jamie Goode.  We tasted every Craft Farm wine and took a look around the vineyard.  Please find Jamie’s impressions here

Sam Kim reviews 2017

Our friend Sam Kim has had a good look at the new release Toño wines along with a comparison of our two Chardonnay bottlings and two Syrah bottlings.  Toño releases are from the last three vintages, not a normal approach but…
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2016 Chardonnay and 2015 Syrah reviews from Raymond Chan

Theory & Practice and Craft Farm 2016 Chardonnay and 2015 Syrah Ant Mackenzie has an enviable track record as one of New Zealand’s leading winemakers, beginning at Framingham, then Spy Valley, Mud House, and recently as a consultant at Te…
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Tono reviews from Raymond Chan

Tono 2017 Rosado, 2016 Albarino and Tempranillo, and 2015 Mas o Menos The ‘Tono’ label is Ant Mackenzie’s take on Spanish wine varieties and style made from Hawke’s Bay fruit.  Tono is the familiar nickname of Antonio in Spanish, or…
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Theory & Practice, affordable quality

DEC 27, 2016 By BOB CAMPBELL MW In NEW AND NOTEWORTHY Ant Mackenzie (Photo: Ant Mackenzie Wines) “My working life in wine takes me up and down the country visiting wine regions, growers and producers. I’m almost always helping producers…
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Spice Trail

Tracing back the origins of vines can be very enlightening.  The dominance of the ‘Limmer’ clone of Syrah, that is regarded as the progenitor in New Zealand, is so strong that in many quarters, it is called the ‘Heritage’ clone. …
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Craft Farm by Ant Mackenzie-Liz Wheadon

Recalling the numbers of years I have known Ant leaves me feeling very old indeed. Ant, like many a NZ Winery professional, started working for Sir George Fistonich; for Ant it was in Hawke’s Bay, at Vidal’s Winery. The years…
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Ant’s Wines on Thirsty Work

Back in June we had a great day filming a segment of Thirsty Work with our friend Yvonne Lorkin.  If you missed our episode in September on TV3, or want to see it again, click here.

HB heads the way for full-bodied reds

September and October are busy months if you are a wine judge. Hear how it is done in Hawke’s Bay

What Happened to Big Chardonnay?

This is a question that wine retailers have been asking me for the past couple of years.  As a wine drinker I enjoy a range of styles, as a producer I aim to make wines that others enjoy.  Our friends…
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