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Merlot - the world's best...

Found this online today from Wine Searcher and I couldn't have put it better myself - except I'd have added something about Hawkes Bay and the Bridge Pa Triangle. Merlot is one of the world's most popular wines, so why doesn't it get more respect?By Don Kavanagh | Posted Tuesday, 17-Nov-2020 Want a poster child for much of what's wrong with the wine world? Step forward Merlot. Cruelly underappreciated by the so-called intelligentsia, Merlot has been on the wrong end of the received wisdom for a while now, even before Miles began unfairly traducing it in the movie Sideways. It has fallen...

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Autumn 2021

After 12 months of pandemic pandemonium and the emergence of way too many Covidiots (especially in positions of power and influence around the world), we've now got earthquakes and tsunamis to contend with. Godzone, of course, finally had reason to be thankful for being an isolated little bunch of islands in the middle of nowhere, but Mother Nature just had to point out that we were not going to get off that lightly. So not just one, but three decent shakes later, we're all hanging out for a brandy to calm the nerves. As well as battling an invisible virus and...

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Festive season wine offer

What a year! Drought, pandemic, lockdown, bizarre elections, crazy house prices, interest rates below 2%, and that's just the headline stuff. Fortunately there has also been wine, possibly the best way to help us through the madness. If you've ever wondered what it must have been like to live through major historical events, you've just had a taste of it. Spring kicked off very early this year, with the first budburst before the end of August, and things have only picked up the pace since then. All of our tucking wires are now up, and flowering had me gobsmacked by starting...

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Latest news we're still open for orders with a Lockdown offer

Day 4. First of all, a huge thankyou to all the healthcare workers, supermarket staff, logistics operators and food suppliers (amongst many others) who are busting a gut to ensure the rest of us are OK. Hats off to all of you. We are incredibly fortunate that all of our fruit has been harvested and is fermenting in the winery. Thanks also to the dedicated harvester, truck and gondola drivers around the country, (as well as winery staff) who are working to ensure the industry doesn't face collapse.  Since Redmetal is a one man (and his wife) band, we will...

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