Geoff Kelly


Geoff Kelly is an ex-DSIR New Zealand scientist who likes wine – and who particularly likes the mellow beauty which good wines white or red evolve during appropriate, and sometimes extended, cellaring. In preparing these reviews, he draws on more than 40 years experience of systematic tasting, recording, and cellaring of wine.

Geoff was wine correspondent for National Business Review during the 1980s, and founding wine-writer for Cuisine magazine. He also contributed to the Viticulture and Oenology research programmes of the then Ministry of Agriculture and DSIR at Te Kauwhata, and of the then Department of Horticulture at Lincoln University. He has judged at the Air New Zealand and Easter Show national wine competitions, becoming a senior judge in 1981, and continuing in the 2000 – 2002 and 2005 – 2015 Royal Easter Shows, the 2002, 2005 and 2007 Gisborne Chardonnay Challenges, and the 2003 – 2007 Hawkes Bay Wine Awards. He is now a wine consultant concentrating on wine evaluation. His wine reviews were formerly published as Geoff Kelly's Wine Reviews @, and latterly in more detail @ He has contributed review articles to the wine industry magazine New Zealand WineGrower, and the London-based The World of Fine Wine.

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