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Wine drinking has a very, very important rule: drink what you like! But never be afraid to try something new or different. Wine drinking should be fun, free of much of the garbage that interferes with the rest of our lives. It should be a catalyst for social intercourse. It should be pleasurable and memorable, it should be savoured and discussed, it should be fun.

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Te Kairanga Martinborough Chardonnay 2014


Gold New World Wine Show 2016
18+/20 Raymond Chan Wine Reviews

"Fresh peach with layers of rock melon and a touch of toasty oak are balanced by crunchy acidity and a flinty smoky note. With the texture, layers of complexity, range of flavours and broad appeal..."
Sophisticated with a power edge. Martinborough has been known to produce top Chardonnay for a very long time; now with Neudorf's ex winemaker at the helm Te Kairanga is set to really make a splash.
Last stock of this wine before it moves to the 2016 vintage.
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Forrest Marlborough Chenin Blanc 2013


Top Speciality White Wine 4 1/2 Stars Cuisine
"Marlborough’s Forrest wines have become a pioneer in the specialty white wine sector and the great white grape of the Loire Valley has found itself a loving home here. This is a fascinating medium-dry, lively wine – goat’s curd, nettle and grapefruit characters cling to a round spine of acid and leave a lasting impression. It will also age gracefully."
Starting to shows its wares after several years in the bottle this wine is lovely. The pineapple and honey hints are showing through the characters described by Cuisine. These characters with become more dominant and brighter over time, a hallmark of great aging Chenin.
This wine is from a great vintage and should cellar until 2025 effortlessly.
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Askerne Hawkes Bay Viognier 2015


5 Stars Raymond Chan Wine Reviews
4 ½ Stars Wine Orbit 2016
4 Stars Wine State 2016

"Brilliant straw-yellow colour with pale lemon-gold hues, lighter on the rim. The bouquet is full and broad with rich, ripe and deep aromas of apricots, exotic yellow stonefruits and tropical fruits, melded with apricot kernels, and a creamy, nutty barrel-ferment underlay. Dry to taste and medium-full bodied, the palate is soft and fulsome with mouthfilling flavours of ripe apricots, yellow stonefruits and tropical fruit, entwined with musk, honey and creamy, nutty oak.. This is a rich, mouthfilling Viognier with ripe apricot and exotic fruit flavours melded with creamy barrel ferment notes and textures. Match with Middle Eastern and Asian fare over the next 3-4 years. Low-yield fruit from the ‘Askerne’ lower terraces, hand-picked and WBP, fully barrel-fermented by indigenous yeasts to 14.0% alc..."
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Mystery Wairarapa Pinot Noir 2014


From an Excellent vintage this wine is super drinking. We can't tell you what it really is, as its label doesn't tell the whole story.
It has an elegantly concentrated nose of dark red berry and plum fruit. Medium-full bodied with softly concentrated flavours of dark red berry and plum fruit. These harmoniously mix with lashing of spice and liquorice. The fruit fills the palate; fine, grainy-textured tannins and integrated acidity complete the picture. Super mouthfeel and finish with black fruit and liquorice notes. This is a softly concentrated Pinot Noir with deep, integrated flavours of dark red and black fruits, liquorice and spices, on a fine, grainy structure. Will cellar well.
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Askerne Hawkes Bay Syrah 2013


5 Stars Cameron Douglas MS 2015
4.5 Stars Yvonne Lorkin Wine Review 2015
4 Stars Raymond Chan Wine reviews 2014
Silver Medal Hawkes Bay A&P Bayleys Wine Awards
Silver Medal Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2014
Silver Medal Royal Easter Wine Show 2015

"Bold, rich, peppery and masculine bouquet: black and red fruits sit firmly alongside some big toasty vanilla oak, black pepper and very mild dried herbs and meat. As bold and rich as the nose suggests on the palate with lots of flavour, oak, tannin, acidity and pepper laced black fruit. A lovely wine with a long finish; decant for service ahead of time." Cameron Douglas MS
"I love the super-pretty, dark magenta and crimson colour of this wine – it just looks glorious in the glass and – bonus, it tastes darn lovely too. With earthy, deliciously dusty, smoky, peppery plum and dark berry aromas, ripe fruit, warming spices and long, stretchy tannins – this is a new favourite for me." Yvonne Lorkin
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Wirra Wirra McLaren Vale Catapult Shiraz 2015


Gold Medal 2016 Royal Melbourne Wine Awards
Gold Medal 2016 McLaren Vale Wine Show
Silver Medal 2016 Sydney Royal Wine Show
5 Stars Top 100 Wines of 2016 95 Points James Halliday. He said...

"This shiraz is from the big boys’ school, armed to the teeth with black fruits, bitter chocolate and tannins, lined up with military precision. It is medium to full-bodied, and a dead-set red for prolonged cellaring, its balance ensuring it’ll hit the target far into the future." James Halliday
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Wirra Wirra McLaren Vale Woodhenge Shiraz 2014


Gold 2016 Royal Melbourne Wine Awards
Gold 2016 Royal Adelaide Wine Show
Gold 2016 Sélections Mondiales des Vins Canada Wine Competition
Gold 2016 China Wine & Spirits Awards - Best Value
5 Stars 95 Points James Halliday 2017 Wine Companion August 2016.
94 Points Weekend West, Ray Jordan June 2016. He said...

“You have to love this classically defined McLaren Vale shiraz from one of the best producers in the region. Deep, dark and concentrated, with powerful dark fruity shiraz driving through to a very long finish. This is the only Wirra wine still getting a significant amount of American oak but it’s balanced with French to get the best from both. Layered and plush.” Ray Jordan
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Clearview Beachhead Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2016


Gold Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2017
Clearview are well known for producing big and powerful Chardonnay and the latest release of their Beachhead is that and more. Previous vintages of this delicious Chardonnay have been incredibly popular around here and it always sells through very quickly.
"Barrel fermented, full bodied chardonnay showing cashew nut aromatics supported by a creamy stone-fruit and peach flavour profile." Winery.
This is a top drop, rich, lush, balanced and extremely morish. By far the most inexpensive Chardonnay at the Royal Easter Show to receive a Gold.
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Monowai Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2014


4 Stars Raymond Chan WineReviews. He said...
"Bright, even, straw-yellow colour with lemon-green hues. The bouquet is refreshingly bright and elegantly penetrating with aromas of citrus fruits along with spicy, nutty oak melded with creamy barrel-ferment elements and lemon-curd and butterscotch MLF. The aromatics are youthful and steely-fresh with cut. Dry and medium-full bodied, the palate is crisp, fresh and zesty with racy acidity alongside bright citrus fruit flavours. Layers of mealy, nutty and spicy oak show with creamy barrel work and butterscotch MLF. The mouthfeel has tension and energy and the palate flows along a fine, dry-textured line that leads to a bracing finish with citrus and nutty flavours. This is a crisp, steely, refreshing Chardonnay with citrussy fruit and creamy oak."
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Tinpot Hut Marlborough 2016 Sauvignon Blanc


Blue Gold Sydney Top 100 2017. They said...
"Pale lemon. The bouquet opens with aromas of fresh cut grass and lemon. Medium body, supple with moderate intensity notes of citrus and nectarine leading to a medium length finish. With food the wine appears more herbaceous and the acidity comes to the fore." Andrea Pritzker Top 100 Judge
"Light straw green colour. Elegant nose with passionfruit and fresh herbal notes. Wonderfully fresh primary fruit on the palate. Food accentuates the lovely fruit notes." Dr Ken Dobler Top 100 Judge
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Tin Cottage Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016


An old favourite is back in outstanding form. How they have made a wine so good that costs so little is amazing. Everyone who has tried it to date has loved it. It has the intensity, class and depth of a wine in the $20 to $25 price bracket.
Loaded with intense passionfruit, lime and red capsicum spectrum flavours. Super acid balance and a “we need another glass” factor.
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Case = $168.00

Forrest The Valleys Wairau Dry Riesling 2010


Gold NZ International Wine Show 2015
4 Stars Cuisine 2013

"You know you’re in good hands from the first sniff, which offers up fresh citrus with a twist of marmalade – the latter indicative of a few years’ bottle age. This is a lovely, lively riesling which offers great drinking..." Cuisine
" Spicy and zesty with concentrated tropical fruit, mandarin, crunchy red apple, a touch of honeysuckle, exciting salinity and a long juicy finish." NZIWS
A rare opportunity to purchase an aged quality Riesling that has become better and better over time. The Forrest Rieslings can live long and wonderful lives. That is definitely the case with this example.
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Johanneshof Cellars Methode Traditionnelle Blanc de Blancs Brut 2008


5 Stars Wine Orbit
Silver Medal Champagne & Sparkling World Championships 2015
4 Stars M Cooper
4 Stars Raymond Chan

"Made in the traditional Champagne method, this Chardonnay based sparkling wine is made solely from hand harvested grapes. After the secondary fermentation in the bottle, the wine was left on its lees for six years until disgorging this year.
The delicate floral nose leads to an elegant palate of citrus and stonefruit characters. The long lees contact has generated nutty and toasty flavours with very fine beads. The texture is smooth and creamy with a lasting dry finish."
This Sparkling is simply lovely now. Bottle age has done a masterful treat and we now have a beautifully mature, elegant, complex and highly attractive wine. A Real Star.
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Cosmos NV Methode Traditionelle


Rare & stunning packaging. Yvonne Lorkin wrote...
"All life begins with a bang," says winemaker John Thorpe on the back label of this fun, Gisborne-grown sparkler. It was aged for just over two years in bottle after tirage. Scented with soft lemon, breadcrust and yellow plum, it also boasts tangy citrus pith, nutty notes and creamy complexity on the finish."
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Eclipse NV Blanc de Blanc Methode Traditionelle


Sparkling Find of the 2016 Summer
"This classically styled Methode Traditionnelle was made from hand-picked Chardonnay fruit from the famed Kawatiri Vineyard in Gisborne. It displays aromatic characters of brioche, with a clean floral lift that gives way to lemon and grapefruit on the palate. An elegant wine for all occasions."
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Mt Monster NV Sparkling Brut


Australian Wine Showcase Magazine 93 points
Wine State Magazine Nov Top 40 Best Buys
4 Stars Wine State.
They said...
“Fizzy fresh fragrances of spicy fruits. Vibrant, persistent pear/apple flavours. Very refreshing wine with tight acidity. Has elegance and finesse.”
Incredibly good buying in a super package.
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River Retreat NV Brut


4 Stars Wine State Annual Sparkling Wine 2014
Many wines with much bigger price tags didn't get this rating. This wine is a winner. It leaves many big names far behind.
Here we have the bargain of bargains in the bubbly department from the kings of value, Trentham Estate. This is a subtle, soft and creamy number that has stone fruits, citrus and dairy on the nose. The palate is light and breezy, with a touch of sweetness, a fine bubble, velvety mouthfeel, a gentle, smooth finish with a cleansing shot of citrus. It's a real bargain party starter!
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Forrest Marlborough Pinot Noir 2012


Gold Sydney International Wine Show
Gold Shanghai
Double Gold China Wine Show
5 Stars Raymond Chan Wine Reviews

"Hand-picked fruit from the Wairau, Brancott, Northbank and Awatere districts, fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 10 months in 20% new French oak barriques. Full, deep, dark ruby-red colour with youthful purple hues on rim. The bouquet is elegantly proportioned and tightly packed with deep aromas of ripe, black berry and cherry fruit with raspberry liqueur, dark herb, spicy oak and nutty complexities. Medium-full bodied, concentrated and sweetly rich fruit flavours of dark red berry fruit, raspberry liqueur and liquorice feature on the palate forming a deep heart. The fruit sweetness is enriched by bright acidity and supported by fine, grainy tannin extraction, providing a balanced and complete mouthfeel. The palate leads to a concentrated and long-lingering finish with ripe plum and spicy oak elements. This is a fresh, concentrated and sweetly rich Pinot Noir with flavours of ripe, dark raspberry fruit, and fine structure. Match with duck, pork and lamb over the next 5-6 years..."
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Beso Gran Reserva Curico Valley Chile Carmenere 2015


4 1/2 Stars Wine Orbit
5 Stars Plus Primo Vino

Carmenere is an ancient Bordeaux variety that was nearly wiped out in its home land. It was taken to South American in the Nineteen century and has absolutely flourished. The best examples are rich, full, deep and well balanced. Think ripe Merlot with a touch of savoury Merlot, a blackberry fruit salad.
"Wonderfully fruited, the inviting bouquet shows dark plum, blackberry, mixed spice and roasted nut characters. The palate is succulent and generously weighted, delivering excellent fruit power together with silky texture and supple tannins. The wine is flavoursome and immediately appealing."
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Beso Reserva Central Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2015


4 1/2 Stars Wine Orbit. They said...
"The wine is richly fruited and beautifully fragrant on the nose showing cassis, dark plum, mint and cocoa characters. It is succulent and rounded on the palate, and displays attractive fruit intensity and silky texture, nicely structured by fine, chalky tannins. The wine is medium-full-bodied and brightly flavoured with a pleasingly dry finish. At its best: now to 2020. July 2016."
We tried this wine with a large number of Australian Bordeaux red mainly Cabernets. we were blown away. It is a star; intense, varietal and morish.
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Mosswood Ribbon Vale Margaret River 2012 Cabernet Merlot


96/100 5 Stars James Halliday Wine Companion 2017
95/100 Bob Campbell MW

"Deep crimson purple; a rich, complex, medium bodied wine, the bouquet and palate saturated with cassis, redcurrant and plum, exemplary tannin and oak management...Will develop superbly over many years to come.....$60." J Halliday
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Mt Langi Cliff Edge Shiraz 2014


95 Points 5 Stars James Halliday Wine Companion 2017. He said...
"Small batches variously open-fermented, plunged, a portion of whole bunches, some pigeage, matured in French oak (20% new) for 15 months. An immaculately balanced and structured wine, effortless in its medium-bodied guise, delivering juicy red fruits, cedar and spice on a bed of feathery tannins."
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Xanadu Margaret River Exmoor Cabernet Sauvignon 2013


Gold Medal 95 points The Royal Melbourne Wine Show 2016
Gold Margaret River Wine Show 2016
92 Points James Halliday Wine Companion 2017

"The wine exhibits vibrant, characteristic aromas of ripe blackcurrants, berry fruits, and dark plums entwined with hints of spicy, toasty oak." - Winery.
Deep red with vibrant aromas of ripe blackcurrants, berry fruits, and dark plums entwined with hints of spicy, toasty oak.
A Lush, generous palate is packed full of forest fruits, cassis and chocolate characters. Full in body with attractive fleshy fruits supported by supple tannins, a solid acid backbone and a persistent berry fruit finish. Great now with a long future ahead of it. The perfect way to introduce yourself to a super Western Australian Cabernet. From a... 5 Star Winery James Halliday. Meaning: Outstanding winery regularly producing wines of exemplary quality and typicity.

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Little Yering Yarra Valley 2012 Shiraz Viognier


Made by the Famous Yering Station.
The Oddbins Take
"We are into this wine. In fact we couldn’t be more into it if we were Clark Gable locking lips with Vivien Leigh in Gone With the Wind. Maybe we ought to propose that the producers rename it Gone With the Wine. Good idea? Answers on a postcard. So, our review of Gone With the Wine reads thus: the flavours are lustrous; beautifully perched at tip of the ripeness branch, just before the branch begins to bend, with spicy notes of mango providing a wonderful supporting role to the starring plum and blackberry fruit. Five stars."
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Pirramimma Pirra McLaren Vale 2013 Grenache Shiraz


Made with typical Pirramimma power and grace this wine is unbelievable....especially for the price.
Pirramimma say it so well...
"This vibrant fruit driven wine displays aromas of sweet raspberry and glazed cherry through the Grenache component, with the Shiraz adding plum and spice. The palate exhibits spicy raspberry and Satsuma plum with a round, rich middle palate and a long lingering savoury finish."
Full, intense and mouthfilling. It is a winner.
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Galway Pipe Grand Tawny 12 year


Best in Show Trophy 'Sweet Fortified International' Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2014.
Gold NZ International Wine Competition 2013 2014 & 2015
Gold London International Wine Challenge 2015
Gold Royal Queensland Wine Show 2015
Double Gold San Francisco International Wine Competition 2013
93/100 James Halliday Wine companion 2015,
he said...
"Excellent intensity. Sweet raisiny flavour, modest amount of rancio character, highlights of spice, orange, nuts. Acidity in good measure. Gold medal winner San Francisco Wine Show '13 and not a bad call."
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Box 1 Serious Bargains


6 Wirra Wirra McLaren Vale Catapult Shiraz 2015
6 Askerne Hawkes Bay Syrah 2013
Elsewhere up to $323.88

Box 2 Wairarapa Brilliance


6 Te Kairanga Martinborough Chardonnay 2014
6 Mystery Wairarapa Pinot Noir 2014
Elsewhere up to $371.88

Box 3 North Island Classics


6 Te Kairanga Martinborough Chardonnay 2014
3 Askerne Hawkes Bay Viognier 2015
3 Forrest Marlborough Chenin Blanc 2013
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Box 4 Too Good Too Miss Red Box


4 Mystery Wairarapa Pinot Noir 2014
4 Askerne Hawkes Bay Syrah 2013
4 Wirra Wirra McLaren Vale Catapult Shiraz 2015
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