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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.

Current wine special offers

Alpha Domus The Pilot Hawkes Bay 2013 Merlot


Primo Vino Pick As Best Value most Scrumptious 2013 Hawkes Red: That's saying something.
A lovely soft, fruit driven Merlot with seductive aromas of dark cherry, plum, rose, spice and vanilla. Medium to full bodied bursting with flavours of redcurrant, plum and liquorice. Clove and olive flavours oak are imparted with the French oak treatment. A long lingering finish atop a cloud of soft supple tannins and a velvety finish.
Great now with the ability to cellar up to 6 years.
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Lawson's Dry Hills Marlborough Chardonnay 2014


Silver New Zealand International Wine Show
4 Stars Otago Daily Times.
They said...
"GOOD VALUE - Lovely fruit - fresh citrus, grapefruit, pineapple and stonefruit, with an underlying textural, creamy nuttiness filling out the palate and a crisp, long finish...DELICIOUS."
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Lawson's Dry Hills Riesling 2013


Silver New Zealand International Wine Show 2014
Silver International Aromatic Wine Competition 2014
Pure Silver Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2014
Silver Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2015
4 Stars Best Buy Cuisine March 2015
Silver Spiegelau International Wine Competition 2014
Silver International Wine Challenge 2015
Silver Decanter World Wine Awards 2015

"This wine's aromatics are head-spinning - waves of vibrant citrus and citrus blossom. That generosity continues in the mouth where there is breadth, length, purity and a lovely caressing texture. An excellent dry style from the accomplished team at Lawson's Dry Hills." Cuisine
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Lawson's Dry Hills Marlborough Gewürztraminer 2013


Supreme Champion Wine in Show & Gold International Aromatic Wine Competition 2014
Blue Gold Sydney International Wine Competition 2014
Champion Gewürztraminer & Gold The Marlborough Wine Show 2014
Gold Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2015
5 Stars Cuisine Magazine March 2015
Pure Silver Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2014
Silver International Wine Challenge 2015

"This wineries Gewürztraminer consistently impresses. The conditions were there in 2013 to do so again and the team at Lawson's Dry Hills has delivered. Lychee and rosewater notes unfold gently on the palate - this medium-style wine has the poise, depth and structural ease that come with old vine fruit." Cuisine
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Felton Road 2013 Bannockburn Chardonnay


96/100 5 Stars Wine Gourmet Traveller
94/100, The Wine Front NZ
90/100, Stephen Tanzer

"Each of Felton Road’s three vineyards provided grapes for this wine. The grapes were whole bunched pressed, fermented in French oak barrels using indigenous yeast and aged for 12 months
in oak. Wonderfully pure, yet subtly flavoursome and powerful chardonnay with chalky mineral, nectarine, brioche and hazelnut characters making up the more dominant flavours. It has the purity and power of Burgundy with strong Kiwi and Central Otago accents."
Wine Gourmet Traveller
"Juicy lime, floral, some struck match and vanilla oak. Powerful, though only medium bodied, flinty and tight, mouth perfume, long flinty finish. Whoosh. That’s very good. So brisk and firm."
Wine Front
This wine has been well cellared. Please Note the current vintage is 2014
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Limited Quantities

Felton Road 2013 Bannockburn Pinot Noir


95/100 5 Stars Wine Gourmet Traveller Wine
94/100, The Wine Front NZ
91+/100, Stephen Tanzer
5 Stars Michael Coopers Wine Companion 2015
, he said...
"...The 2013 vintage is deeply coloured and fragrant, with lovely depth, warmth and complexity. Finely poised, it has concentrated plum, spice, herb and nut flavours, gentle tannins and real harmony. Already delicious, it should be at its best 2016+"
This wine has been well cellared. Please Note the current vintage is 2014
Elsewhere up to $74.99

Limited Quantities

Alpha Domus The Barnstormer Hawkes Bay 2014 Syrah


New Release. Every year a star release. The Tradition continues
Silver Decanter World Wine Awards 2015

A fruit-driven Syrah with aromas of liquorice, black pepper, plum and floral notes.
Consistently one of the very best Hawkes Bay Syrahs and incredibly good value for money.
Lovely medium body with flavours of dark red and black fruits with a lash of chocolate. The spice, vanilla and savoury tones are beautifully accent by the use of French oak. Soft supple tannins, lingering long finish add complexity; simply great drinking.
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The Opportunist South Australia Shiraz 2013


Viva Top 50 Wines
"An aromatic bouquet of ripe fruits, cherries and blackcurrants, with notes of freshly ground coffee, dark chocolate, peppermint, liquorice and subtle pepper. Thick and smooth with good balanced fruit weight."
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Alpha Domus Leonarda Late Harvest Hawkes Bay Semillon 2014 375ml bottle


From the brilliant 2014 Hawkes Bay White Wine vintage. This little sticky is a gem.
Alpha Domus say it brilliantly...
"Mango, orange and Turkish delight aromas give this wine an exotic bouquet. Marmalade and grapefruit characters result in an appealing citrus lift.
Rounded and luscious with flavours of marmalade and ripe tropical fruits. Grapefruit and honey characters are supported by fresh citrus flavours. A full flavoured, well balanced wine with a velvety mid palate and clean citrus finish."

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Beach House Selection Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2014


A new label and a new release for Beach House with the same excellent high standards. This wine is a ripper. Think the best of previous vintages of the Beach House Chardonnay.
It is fleshy and smooth with well-rounded ripe stonefruit flavours. Toasty and creamy notes add complexity. Rich and harmonious, a wine to saviour now or to cellar for up to 4 years. It is a steal.
2014 was an excellent season for white wine in the Hawkes Bay; this wine is proof.
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Music Bay Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2014


4 1/2 Stars Wine Orbit, they said...
"The wine offers plenty of juicy passionfruit and citrus flavours with subtle musk and herbaceous notes. It’s generous and flavoursome on the palate showing excellent intensity, finishing long and crisp. At its best: now to 2017. $15.00. Moderate availability. Jan 2015."
This wine would leave many of the more expensive 2014 versions to shame. Lively, tight with great acid balance. A super star bargain, new arrival.
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Sea Level Home Block Nelson Pinot Gris 2014


Trophy Best Pinot Gris Air NZ Wine Show 2014
Gold Royal Easter Show 2015
Pure Gold Air NZ Wine Show 2014
Gold NZ International Wine Show 2014
Gold International Aromatic 2014

"It's concentrated and finely textured, well supported by complex pear, Asian spice and floral aromas." Air NZ
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Milcrest Estate Nelson Pinot Gris 2013


Quality drier Pinot Gris is very hard to find. This one hits the spot in so many ways. It has been extremely popular.
95/100 5 Stars Wine Orbit
Silver NZ International Wine Show

"This is a seriously good pinot gris. The opulent bouquet shows mango, pear, apricot and potpourri characters, leading to a sumptuous palate that's filled with attractive fruit flavours and velvety texture, backed by subtle sweetness. A wonderful rendition of the Alsace classic, this is meltingly delicious. At its best: now to 2020. $31.00." Sam Kim Wine Orbit
It's touch of sweetness helps to give it the superior body that all great Pinot Gris has. The finish the texture, and finish are all dry.
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Flying Sleep Hawkes Bay 2010 Gewurztraminer


Pure Gold Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2011
Top 40 Best Buy Wine State
4 1/2 Stars Cameron Douglas Master Sommelier,
he said...
"Highly aromatic and very varietal with a big perfumed nose of spring flowers and roses, Turkish delight, nougat and peach. A parfait amour and talcum powder edge as well.
Dry with medium+ acidity and all of the flavours described above especially peach and nougat. Medium+ length balanced and well made…"

4 1/2 Stars Michael Cooper
"Richly fragrant, exotically perfumed wine, estate-grown at Mangatahi. Weighty (14.5% alc/vol), it’s a medium-dry style with concentrated stonefruit, spice and ginger flavours and loads of personality. Still fresh, it’s drinking well now."
"The heady, perfumed aroma has all the classic bells and whistles - ripe, intense notes of ginger, rose scented Turkish delight and poached pears. The palate is unctuous, spicy, perfumed and warming. Pear and tropical flavours shine through and the finish is generous..."
Deborah Walton-Derry Marlborough Express
If you like rich, lush, Gewurz this one is for you! If this was from Alsace you wouldn’t get change from $30.00. Yes it’s that good.
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1 dozen = $150.00

Kairos Wild-Ferment Waipara Dry Riesling 2011


Metro Magazine Top 100 Wines Winter 2015. They said...
“An amazing nose, there is citrus and honey fruit, overlaid by toasty, slatey, almost nutty characters. The palate is creamy and savoury, showing some interesting development and yet the finish is almost completely dry. Amazing balance in a very flavoursome Riesling.” Metro Top 100 2015
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Tatty Bogler Central Otago 2012 Riesling


A BIG Hit at our Friday night tasting, lovely wine.
18.5/20 5 stars Raymond Chan's Wine Reviews...
"Tatty Bogler From 1 ha of vines on a steep north-west facing slope in Bannockburn...Bright, very pale straw colour with slight green hues, pale on rim. The bouquet is softly full with aromas of white florals and gentle lime fruit, delicate honeysuckle and talc notes, and chalk nuances. Medium-dry to taste, soft flavours of limes, white florals, honey and sherbet show with a delicate richness. The mouthfeel is soft and chalky in texture, but underlined by mouthwatering acidity that provides liveliness and vibrancy to the palate. There is excellent tension as the flavours flow to a very long, lingering and softly refreshing finish. This is a beautifully soft-textured and gently mouthwatering medium-dry Riesling with subtle floral and honeyed notes... 18.5/20 May 2013 RRP $30.00."
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Matawhero Church House Gisborne 2014 Chenin Blanc


Trophy Best Other White & Gold Gisborne Wine Show 2015
Weekly Pick Canvas Magazine
. They said
“... This is the Gisborne version of that famous white wine from Loire. Expect mango, marshmallow and lemon blossom aromas alongside layers of full, ripe tropical fruit in the palate. There’s a faint hint of rain on hot stones in there too. It’s unputdownable, basically.” Yvonne Locken
"This impressive example of an underrated variety that's been grown in the region for decades...It's beautifully balanced with a fresh palate of stone fruit and lemon curd edged with mineral." Jo Burzynska Viva NZ Herald June 17
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The Family Gisborne 2013 Viognier


Best in Class & Gold Gisborne Regional Wine Awards 2014
Silver Aromatic Wine Show 2014

This wine is stylish and full. A fruit salad of peach, pear and apricot flavours mixed with a touch of oatmeal; a pinch of spice. Full bodied yet very well balanced. One of the best we’ve tried from this variety for a very long time.
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Whitehaven Marlborough Noble Riesling 2013 375 ml Bottle


Gold NZ International Wine Show 2014
4 1/2 Stars Wine State Magazine March/April 2014
Pure Silver Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2013
Silver Medal Marlborough Wine Show 2013

"A luscious indulgence. Complex aromas of citrus, lime and beeswax notes, layered with concentrated honey and dried fruit on the palate. A great accompaniment for rich soft cheeses and sweet desserts." Whitehaven describe it beautifully.

Palliser Estate 2009 Methode Traditionnelle


Excellent Year in; year out. Palliser describe this wine beautifully...
"Made in the traditional methode, our Methode Traditionnelle is matured for two years on yeast lees before bottling. This time allows autolysis of the yeast, giving nutty, toasty aromas and characters. Citrus fruits characters and hints of peaches can be seen from the Chardonnay portion of the blend, while the Pinot Noir gives richness and depth. Fine bubbles will indicate the pedigree of our Methodes. A wine for celebrations and any time." 51% Pinot Noir, 49% Chardonnay.
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Spade Oak ‘Voysey’ Gisborne Rosé 2014


Viva Top 50 Wines 2015. They said...
"This appealing Tempranillo Rose' is verging on a light red, but stills offers plenty of pink appeal. Wafts of rose and honeysuckle cross its perfumed palate over juicy Strawberry and cherry fruit and a fresh citrus lift."
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Kuru Kuru Central Otago Pinot Noir 2013


Pure Gold Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2014, they said...
"Brightly flavoured and elegantly expressed, a charming wine showing cherries and plums with a silky finish."
"Carefully blended from 3 sites in the Alexandra, Pisa and Bendigo sub regions of Central Otago, Pinot Noir 2013 is a masterpiece expression of Central Otago. Displaying both elegant red fruits from Alexandra and more structured darker berry fruits from the 2 warmer sites. There is also milk chocolate, spice and beautifully ripe tannins with a long finish."
Tarras Wines, Kuru Kuru makers
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Lawson's Dry Hills Reserve Pinot Noir 2013


Trophy Champion Pinot Noir The Marlborough Wine Show 2014
Gold The Marlborough Wine Show 2014
Pure Gold Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2014
Silver Decanter World Wine Awards

"This wine has wonderful power, concentration and opulence, whilst maintaining its poise and elegance. Red berry fruit and dark cherry characters are intertwined with sweet spicy oak notes that work wonderfully with the wines fine, ripe tannins."
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Schist Hills Central Otago Pinot Noir 2010


Massive Saving on this beautifully balanced, charming Pinot Noir. Drinking superbly now. Not to be missed.
4.5 Stars Wine State

"Richly coloured Alexandra red, fragrant and mouthfilling, with well-ripened cherry, plum and spice flavours, generous, savoury and complex, and a long finish. Finely balanced, youthful wine with cellaring potential. A good buy." That's at its full price.
4 Stars Raymond Chan Wine Reviews
"Dark, deep, full ruby-red colour with a little garnet on rim. The nose is lifted with raspberry fruit and confectionary notes, along with penetrating aromas of red cherry fruits, undergrowth elements and dark herbs. Medium-full bodied, this has dark berry fruits along with plum, liquorice and spices, lifted, with fresh juiciness. The acidity is balanced, contributing to the richness, and the palate is supported by fine, but firm tannin grip underlining the fruit. The wine has a moderately long and lingering finish with spicy fruit flavours. This is a well-balanced and well-proportioned Pinot Noir with spicy characters. Match with lamb, veal and pork over the next 4-6 years. Fruit from the ‘Schist Hills' vineyard in Alexandra, fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 10 months in French oak barrels...RRP $33.50." Raymond Chan
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Milcrest Nelson Pinot Noir 2014


Here is a real find. It is a lovely drop its
This wine is a winner. Savoury, medium bodied, charming berry and cherry characters. Balanced and very morish.
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Coopers Creek SV Metals & Gravels Merlot Malbec 2013


Trophy & Gold Royal Easter Show 2015
A Massive hit at our Friday Tasting. A stunner.
The Trinity Hill 'The Gimblett' was also a hit; many thought this wine was its equal.
A deep purple, red with bright flashes in the glass. This wine screams Bordeaux. It has a lovely mix of black berry fruits, subtle oak and dark chocolate. Medium to full-bodied wine with great balance and finesse. It is a fine red with soft, round tannins, and a fruit focus that adds real class length. Simply look at the price and you know you have a bargain.
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Brookfields Burnfoot Hawkes Bay Merlot 2013


4 Stars Michael Coopers Wine Guide 2015
"Typically great value. The 2013 vintage (four stars), grown in the Tuki Tuki valley, was matured in seasoned French and American oak casks. Promisingly deep in colour, it is very full bodied(14.5% alcohol), with generous, ripe blackcurrant and plum flavours, a hint of dark chocolate, and a well rounded finish. Delicious young, it should also age well."
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Brookfields Ohiti Cabernet Sauvignon 2014


Here is New Zealand's Best Sub $20 Cabernet Sauvignon. Ohiti Estate is a very hot vineyard producing lovely ripe Cabernet.
Typically dark in colour for a Cabernet Sauvignon, Brookfield’s 2014 Ohiti Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is loaded with ripe cassis, black plum and blackberry flavours on a lovely background of savoury French and American oak. Soft smooth tannins complete the lovely picture.
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Jim Barry The Barry Brothers Shiraz Cabernet 2013


Trophy for Best Shiraz Cabernet Royal Queensland Wine Show 2014
Top Gold 97pts Royal Queensland Wine Show 2014
Trophy for Best Shiraz Cabernet Royal Melbourne Wine Show 2014 (Finalist for The Jimmy Watson Trophy)
Top Gold 96pts Royal Melbourne Wine Show 2014

“a wealth of juicy and rich blackberry and blackcurrant fruit, cosseted by warm vanillin oak." 91 Points, James Halliday Wine Companion
70% Shiraz, 30% Cabernet. This wine is dark in colour with a deep purple hue. A welcoming nose demonstrates vibrant notes of blackcurrant, violets, vanilla, raspberry and mint. Juicy plum and raspberry fruit are tightly woven with notes of espresso, dark chocolate, liquorice and cassis. The palate is built on chocolaty tannins providing a well-rounded, lingering finish. This wine is ready to enjoy now but will drink to 2017.
Elsewhere up to $27.99
This wine is being marketed by a small number of New Zealand Wine Retailers. It is not the vintage represented on most shelves. It is a one off; wonderful bargain.

Saltram Mamrebrook Barossa Shiraz 2012


Gold Royal Melbourne 2012
Sliver Royal Hobart 2014
Silver Royal Adelaide 2014
Silver International Wine Challenge 2014
92 point Campbell Mattinson
92/100 James Halliday

A brooding nose of blackberry, plum, pencil shavings and liquorice. Lifted by a floral and delicately woody aromas. Voluptuous, chewy and dense on the palate. A fine coating of tannins frame the layers of black fruit, liquorice, spices and savoury black olive. Fresh acid adds juiciness to the fine, dry finish. Great Vintage Classic Mamrebrook.
Elsewhere up to $41.99

Yalumba The Guardian Shiraz Viognier 2010


5 Stars No.3 & Best Buy Cuisine
"When it comes to the exotic white grape viognier, Yalumba has more experience than any other Australian winery. A small amount lifts this shiraz blend, enhancing a subtly aromatic nose of berries and spice, leading through a medium bodied wine of beautifully sustained flavour with finely poised tannins. Perfect with gamey duck."
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Pepperjack Barossa Shiraz 2013


5 Stars No.1 & Best Buy Cuisine
"From the historic Saltram winery, this deeply coloured young Barossa shiraz straddles tradition and modernity beautifully. It has floral and spice aromas, deep plum and berry fruit, restrained oak, medium body, silky smoothness, lovely flavour intensity, and perfectly measured tannins in delectable balance. It all adds up to a superb essay in shiraz, and the price tag makes it a steal."
This is wonderful; possibly the best ever under this label...That is saying something.
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Seppelt Chalambar Victoria Shiraz 2012


95/100 James Halliday's Wine Companion 2015
James Halliday's Wine Companion 2015 Special star meaning 'Considered to offer special value for money"
He Says...
"While predominantly Grampians shiraz, does have a splash of Bendigo shiraz included. Seppelt has well and truly taken itself back to the quality of its glory days in the '40s, '50s and early '60s under the winemaking baton of Colin Preece. While it overflows with blackberry, black cherry and plum fruit, it retains a spicy elegance, the hallmark of this outstanding shiraz region. Drink to 2032."
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Curious SE Australia Shiraz 2013


91/100 41/2 Stars Wine Orbit...
"It's impressively ripe and fragrant on the nose displaying black/blueberry, dark plum, vanilla and cocoa aromas. The palate is succulent and sumptuous with velvety texture and intense fruit flavours, leading to a super-silky finish. A real crowd-pleaser. At its best: now to 2020..."
Juicy, full and charming Shiraz at this price point is hard to find. This wine hits the spot in every way. Close your eyes take a sip and you'll think $20++++.
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Arriba Tempranillo 2013


Viva Top 50 Wines 2015
Top 10 Bargains Metro Top 100
4 1/2 Stars Wine Orbit:

“Superbly priced, this instantly appealing red delivers bags of ripe plum, blueberry, nutmeg and spice characters. The palate is nicely weighted showing attractive fruit intensity and smooth texture, finishing delicately dry. A great everyday wine.” Sam Kim
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1 dozen = $150.00

Box 1 A Beautiful Pair


6 Lawson's Dry Hills Chardonnay 2014
6 Alpha Domus The Pilot Hawkes Bay 2013 Merlot
Elsewhere up to $281.88

Box 2 The Bargain Red Pair


6 Alpha Domus The Pilot Hawkes Bay 2013 Merlot
6 The Opportunist South Australia Shiraz 2013
Elsewhere up to $281.88

Box 3 Lawson's Dry Hills


6 Lawson's Dry Hills Chardonnay 2014
3 Lawson's Dry Hills Riesling 2013
3 Lawson's Dry Hills Gewürztraminer 2013
Elsewhere up to $287.88

Box 4 You Red Me


4 Alpha Domus The Pilot Hawkes Bay 2013 Merlot
4 The Opportunist South Australia Shiraz 2013
4 Alpha Domus The Barnstormer Hawkes Bay 2014 Syrah
Elsewhere up to $331.88

Box 5 A is for Alpha


6 Alpha Domus The Pilot Hawkes Bay 2013 Merlot
4 Alpha Domus The Barnstormer Hawkes Bay 2014 Syrah
2 Alpha Domus Leonarda Late Harvest Hawkes Bay Semillon 2014
Elsewhere up to $335.88