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Ingoldby McLaren Vale Shiraz 2013


New Release
Gold Adelaide Wine Show 2014
Back to its dark inky best.
The 2013 is a very worthy successor to the 2012 vintage that placed second out of over 300 wines in the annual VISY Great Australian Shiraz Challenge.
It is Ingoldby's flagship varietal; this one is true to the Mc Laren Vale region and the best of the past vintages.
On the nose there are hints of leather layer between lush blackberry notes, with classical violets, liquorice and spice. A luscious palate, concentrated with chocolate, liquorice and coffee beans. Dark, brooding fruits and smooth plush tannins combine to make this silky smooth and impressively long red. A 'phenomenal bargain' yet again. It's great drinking now and will continue to improve for 3 to 7 years.
2013 was a 9/10 vintage in the McLaren Vale.
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Ingoldby 2012 McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon


New release. A hit at our staff tasting.
2012 was a 10/10 vintage in the McLaren Vale.

This alluring Cabernet Sauvignon expresses McLaren Vale's character-rich terroir. It is more classic in imake up than many south Australian Cabernets. It has classical cassis and dark berry characters with the rich warmth and class that the McLaren brings.
A vibrant nose of rich raspberries and blueberries with any undertone of mint and eucalypt start the super picture. The lovely palate displays great balance with dark berry and cassis fruits, hints of deep cherry dark chocolate, hints of cigar, touches of spice and smooth tannins. A long and classy length adds the final touches to this super wine.
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Beach House Gimblett Gravels Syrah 2013


Always a huge hit at Primo Vino year in and year out. This one might just be the best yet. One of the undisputed value reds at a 2013 Gimblett Gravels barrel tasting held in Auckland in recent times. With super neighbours such as Mills Reef, Stonecroft and Craggy Range we know they this wine comes from the area that produces some of the best of the best from the Syrah grape. Their free draining vineyard is set up with close spaced vines. Beach House is known for its full lush spicy Hawkes Bay Syrah, it has hit the jackpot again. This wine has intense flavours of pepper, prune and blueberries; smooth, lush and morish. It should age very well.
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Aniseed Valley Nelson 2014 Sauvignon Blanc


4 1/2 Stars 91 Pts Wine Orbit. They said... "It's zesty, lively and immediately appealing on the nose displaying peach, feijoa, grapefruit and lime zest aromas, followed by a juicy palate that' punchy and tasty. A flavoursome sauvignon offering excellent drinkability. At its best: now to 2017. $17.50. Moderate availability. Oct 2014."
This review was done in October last year. We would give it 93+ now. It terms of value it gets 5/5 and is one of the best of the vintage we have tried, especially at the price point.
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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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Carrick Unravelled Central Otago Pinot Noir 2013


Stunning Return
When we last featured this wine it was a massive hit. It's juicy palate, intensity and drinkability all hit the spot.
Unravel a great buy on this delicious Central Otago Pinot from Carrick in Bannockburn. Not only is it full, juicy and tasting great, it's also BioGro certified.
"The 2013 Unravelled Pinot Noir shows a huge depth of fruit with a strong structure and a full mouth feel. Classic Central Otago herbs of wild thyme and cloves, and red and black fruits show in abundance on the nose for this stellar vintage. This wine enters the palate on dark cherry and blackberries that lead on and on through the mid palate. Plenty of structure, the tannin is robust, lingering long into the finish. This wine will cellar for the next 5+years."
Carrick Winery
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Yalumba Barossa Patchwork Shiraz 2013


This is one of the better labels from the Barossa and this new 2013 is a cracker. What stands out with this is the richness of the fruit - a classic Barossa Shiraz with a svelte, warming and generous palate.
They say... 94/100 "Some wines just get the package right. The individual components are of passing interest; the end effect is the crux. This is bright but richly endowed with plum, blackberry and coconut-like flavour. Violet and blueberry notes take it to a higher, more floral pitch". Drawbacks, it has none." James Halliday
94/100 Best Ever under the Label "A saturated and sumptuous palate of blackcurrant, plum, liquorice and cedar. A wine to bring a smile to the face of those who love big, rich Australian Shiraz." Dan Murphy's Tasting Panel
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Alpha Domus ‘First Solo’ Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2013


18/20 4 stars Raymond Chan's Wine Reviews...
"Bright straw-yellow colour with slight golden hues. This has a full, bright and lifted nose with grapefruit and lemon aromas complexed by creamy barrel-ferment layers... Medium-full bodied, lively and luscious, ripe citrus fruit flavours are the feature on the palate. This has good depth and richness, revealing nutty and toasty oak detail. The mouthfeel is fresh and lively with underlying lacy acidity...The richness and creaminess builds in concentration, leading to a long, nutty, oaky finish. This is a bright, juicy and creamy-textured, citrusy Chardonnay... Clones 6, 15 and Mendoza from the estate winery vineyard, fully barrel-fermented partially with indigenous yeasts to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 12 months in 25% new oak, 90% French and 10% European, undergoing batonnage. 18.0-/20.. RRP $26.00."
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Spade Oak ‘Voysey’ Gisborne Chardonnay 2013


Wine of the Week John Hawkesby Canvas NZ Herald
4 Stars Raymond Chan's Wine Reviews

Steve Voysey was the man responsible for the Montana O Gisborne Chardonnays and the Saints Chardonnay when they were absolute stars. Spade Oak is his label and he has continued in that proud tradition. We've all heard how good the 2013 vintage was here is more proof.
A ripe tropical nose showing yellow stonefruits, custard and toasted nuts is followed by a smooth, silky and citrusy palate. There is a nice creamy, mealy thread running through the wine and spicy peach and nectarine flavours flowing through to the finish. It has its best ahead of it, drinking now until the summer of 2017/2018.
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Milcrest Estate Nelson Pinot Gris 2013


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
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Waipara Hills Waipara Gewurztraminer 2014


Gold Royal Easter Wine Show 2015
A Gold Medal Gewurz with all the bling and blast of the much more expensive ones.
A nose of musk with rose petals and feijoa. A lovely medium to full palate with weight and balance. Perfume, hints of ginger, spice and floral richness.
Incredible value.

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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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Waipara Hills Waipara 2014 Riesling


Best Buy Number 1 Cuisine Riesling Tasting 2015
"This is a spectacular example of New Zealand riesling. It’s like a soaring comet of pure fruit flavours, a wine of such freshness and clarity it almost doesn’t seem like wine at all. Citrus and red apple flavours are balanced by a touch of flint; the acidity is juicy and crunchy. “It has beautiful length and breadth,” noted James Rowan. “And it travels so elegantly across the palate.” This medium-dry style would be a great partner for seared scallops served with a dollop of wasabi mayonnaise."
This is super wine. Great classical sweet & sour balance with an explosion of citrus sorbet. A stunner.
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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


This is a little charmer full of super ripe fruit and a burst of summer.
4 Stars Raymond Chan Wine Reviews. He said..."Pale ruby rosé colour with some depth and light purple on rim. The nose is fresh with voluminous aromas of dark cherry fruit with nuances of savoury strawberries and cream, along with a little confectionary lift and minerally lees. Dryish to taste and medium-bodied, the palate features positive raspberry and cream fruit flavours alongside bitter cherry notes, lifted by confectionary elements. The fruit and sweetness fills the palate, enhanced by a slippery, racy acid mouthfeel. The wine follows a fine textural line that carries through to a crisp, lusciously juicy, slippery finish with savoury raspberry notes. This is a crisp, slippery, mouthwatering Tempranillo rosé with savoury raspberries and cream flavours. Serve with antipasto and tapas over the next 2 years. 100% Tempranillo spending 3 days on skins and fermented to 12.5% alc. and 8.4 g/L RS, the wine spending one month on lees."
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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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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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Calabria Brothers Barossa Valley Shiraz 2012


We managed to get the last of this ripper, be quick. It’s lovely.
Silver Mundus Vini Wine Show Germany
Silver Barossa Wine Show 2014
Silver International Wine & Spirits Show 2014
Silver Melbourne Wine show 2014
Silver AWC Vienna 2014
93/100 James Halliday Wine Companion 2014

The second vintage of this stunning Shiraz. The first from the difficult 2011 was a three time International Gold Medal winner. The 2012 has just been released and is a Multi Silver winner already. From the brilliant 2012 vintage in the Barossa this full and rich Shiraz is a stunner.
It is 'the opulent essence of Shiraz' from its deep red cherry nose, full bodied, rich palate to its spicy vanillin oak, purple black colour and super fine grained tannin and long lush finish this wine has all the hall marks of a great.
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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.
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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.

Yalumba The Scribbler Cabernet Sauvignon/Shiraz 2012


Best Blended Red Trophy & Gold Hobart Wine Show 2014
Gold Melbourne Wine Show 2014
Outstanding & Special Value 95/100 James Halliday's Wine Companion 2015

"It always pays to shop around with The Scribbler and, given the quality here, to stock up too. This is a field of flavour well worth ploughing into; robust blackcurrant, redcurrant and eucalypt flavours with blackberry and clove notes in support... It's as perfect for winter drinking as it is for the mid-term cellar."
James Halliday, Wine Companion Magazine, 1 September 2014
"95 points...Robust blackcurrant, redcurrant and eucalypt flavours with blackberry and clove notes in support. Filigreed tannin. Assured length. Quite enough oomph. There is nothing here not to like. Drink to 2028."
Campbell Mattinson, James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2015, 1 August 2014
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Basilisk Central Victoria Shiraz Mourvedre 2013


Gold 2014 Victorian Wine Show
Gold 2014 Cowra Wine Show
Silver 2014 Royal QLD Wine Show
Silver 2014 Royal Melbourne Wine Show
Silver Royal Sydney Wine Show 2015

We are all aware what a great vintage 2013 was in New Zealand; Australia was also blessed by the same brilliant conditions.
A rich, bright and full palate with elegant and supple tannins. Inspired by the wines of the Rhone it is a super charged blend of cool-climate spicy Shiraz combined with mild climate full-bodied Shiraz. This is balanced with the savouriness of Mourvedre. A bold wine exhibiting aromas and flavours of blackberry and spice, with a rich and full palate. French oak, real character and those magic ingredients of a super vintage have produced a stunner.
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Ringbolt 2012 Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon


Gold Melbourne Royal Wine Show 2014
90 Points Wine Spectator
90 points Beppi Crosariol, The Globe and Mail (Canada), 27 May 2014

“Ripe and expressive, this firm red has depth, showing black currant, black cherry and sage flavors that persist as the finish lingers.” Wine Spectator
“Named after a late-1800s shipwreck that also gave its name to Ringbolt Bay, the brand is crafted in remote southwest Australia. How they get it here at this price is a marvel of modern transportation economics. The 2012 vintage of this consistently good red is full-bodied, smooth and succulent, with prominent flavours of black currant and cherry. The tell tale hint of mint, classic to Australia’s relatively cool western Margaret River region, is here, too, as is an intriguing whisper of mossy earth. Medium-rare steak would be perfect.” The Globe and Mail (Canada)
2012 was the 6th vintage in a row that Cabernet Sauvignon was rated 9 or 10 out of 10 on the Langton's definitive vintage report - it's no wonder winemaker Peter Gambetta recommends confident cellaring of up to 10 years.
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Trentham Estate River Retreat 2013 Shiraz


Gold Medal 95/100 Royal Melbourne Wine Show 2014
There were sixteen Gold Medals including The Jim Watson Trophy winning S C Pannell Adelaide Hill Shiraz with 98 Pts; two wines received 97 pts; three, 96 pts. Then came 10 wines with 95pts. The River Retreat was Number 1 of those wines, which included the 2013 Rosemount Balmoral Syrah; St Hallett Faith Shiraz 2013 and Moppity Reserve 2013 Shiraz. It was a class of top guns with a very clear bargain at Number 1.
"Deep red, purple in colour with aromas of dark berries and chocolate; flavours of dark cherry and plum are fleshy and long. The balance of sweet fruit, subtle oak and soft tannins make this wine silky smooth and delicious." Trentham Estate, have described the wine beautifully.
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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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Urban Uco Malbec 2012


90/100 ‘Best Value Malbec in Argentina’ Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
"The 2012 Urban Uco Malbec spent three months in oak barrels. The bouquet is well-defined with blackberry, boysenberry, touches of dark chocolate and anise. The palate offers chunky black fruit on the entry. It is fresh, a little rough round the edges, but true to what an unadulterated Malbec should be. For this price: unbeatable."
“…best value seemed to me to be this seriously charming young Malbec. It was grown at 1,100 metres and aged in French oak barrels for just three months so it has a little structure but the sheer purity and exuberance of the fruit far outweighs any tannin at this point. It also finishes admirably dry and has far more grunt and real personality than made-to-order Argentine Malbec.”
Wine of the Week- Jancis Robinson
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Don Aldo Tempranillo Barrica 2012


Great packaging. A clearance deal on a lovely little Tempranillo. Lots of ripe fruit, spicy intensity and depth. A classic spice lifted finish with that tangy intensity that Tempranillo is known for.
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Box 1 Ingoldby Save $138


6 Ingoldby 2013 McLaren Vale Shiraz
6 Ingoldby 2012 McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon
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Box 2 Brilliant at the Beach House Save $85


5 Beach House Selection Hawkes Bay 2014 Chardonnay
5 Beach House Gimblett Gravels 2013 Syrah
2 Beach House Hawkes Bay The Levels Chardonnay 2013
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Box 3 Shiraz/Syrah Save $98


4 Ingoldby 2013 McLaren Vale Shiraz
4 Beach House Gimblett Gravels 2013 Syrah
4 Yalumba Barossa Patchwork Shiraz 2013
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3 Carrick Unravelled Central Otago Pinot Noir 2013
2 Beach House Gimblett Gravels 2013 Syrah
3 Ingoldby 2013 McLaren Vale Shiraz
2 Ingoldby 2012 McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon
2 Yalumba Barossa Patchwork Shiraz 2013
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