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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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Supper Club Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2014


41/2 Stars Wine Orbit
4 Stars Raymond Chan's Wine Reviews.
He said...
"Bright, very pale straw colour with slight green hues, near colourless on rim. The nose is very fresh, tightly held with penetrating aromas of pungent passionfruit...This is pure and mouthwatering...attractively aromatic and pungent passionfruit flavours show alongside nettles, grassy notes and gooseberry fruit, forming a good core with depth and linearity...The flavours carry through to a long, dry finish with passionfruit notes. This is an elegant, intense, passionfruity Sauvignon Blanc with soft grainy texture...Fruit from Dillons Point and 20 yo. vines on Rapaura Road..."
One of the 2014 Bargains. Lovely wine at a super price.
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Moonstruck Central Victoria Shiraz 2012


Gold 2013 New Zealand International Wine Show
Gold 2013 NW Wine Competition
Silver 2013 Royal Queensland Wine Show
Silver 2013 Royal Adelaide Wine Show

"Raspberry, cherry, chocolate, leather, meaty oak and mint all come together nicely with a creamy spicy finish." NZIWS 2013
Think the best of Hawkes Bay, meets the Rhone. This is why Central Victoria is so good at this style. Charming and very drinkable. With a fantastic package. Made by McPherson, the makers of the Basilisk from an outstanding Australian vintage.
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Beach House Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2013


4 Stars Michael Coopers Wine Companion 2015
From the Hawkes Bay region of Te Awanga. An area that has always delivered full flavoured, powerful Chardonnays. Beach House, Clearview instantly come to mind. Chris Harrison Beach House principal has been over delivering for years: Great quality wines that are very well priced. Wines that over deliver. This long awaited 2013 Chardonnay is robust, powerful and a baby. It will great better and better and better.
"Fleshy with well-rounded ripe stonefruit flavours. Toasty and creamy notes adding complexity and good richness and harmony."
It is another steal.
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Tyrell’s Heathcote 2009 Lunatiq Shiraz


91 Points Robert Parker
5 stars 94 Points James Halliday’s Wine Companion 2013

"The aromas of ripe plums and blackcurrant are kept in check by mineral and spice typical of the region. The use of Burgundian coopered French oak has boosted the richness of the palate and the tight, elegant finish classic of this Rhone style. A powerful wine with an element of finesse and elegance keeping the wine impeccably balanced. The wine was minimally handled and unfiltered to maintain its full flavour and body, however because of this it could develop a crust with age so decanting is recommended before serving."
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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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Palliser Estate Martinborough Pinot Gris 2013


This is superb buying on the delicious, newly released 2013 vintage of Palliser Estate Pinot Gris.
"Off-dry to dry in taste and medium-bodied, soft and rounded, restrained flavours of white and yellow stonefruits are enriched by hints of honeysuckle. Floral elements add to the interest. The flavours harmoniously presented, with purity and clarity and the mouthfeel is smooth and soft. The wine is elegant and flows gently to a soft-textured, dry finish with some length. This is a smooth, harmonious and elegant, off-dry Pinot Gris with pure stonefruit and floral flavours."
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Champagne Lanvin Brut NV Magnum


Gold NZ International Wine Show 2014
Top 10 Best Buy Cuisine 2014 Sparkling Tasting Under $100
The Historical list of accolades over the last 4 years is mind blowing
"A consistent performer in Cuisine tastings, Lanvin has a fragrant nose that couples appley fruit with jasmine-like floral scents and herbal notes, robed in light, yeasty complexity. In the mouth good extract balances with firm, steely acidity to give it lively zest." Cuisine, December 2014
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1.5 litre Very limited stock

Galway Pipe Grand Tawny 12 year


Best in Show Trophy 'Sweet Fortified International’ Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2014.'
Gold NZ International Wine Competition 2014
Gold San Francisco International Wine Competition 2014
Gold NZ International Wine Competition 2013
Double Gold San Francisco International Wine Competition 2013
93/100 James Halliday's 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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Charcoal Gully Estate 2011 Sallys Pinch Central Otago Pinot Noir


Gold Medal New Zealand International Wine Show 2012
Pure Elite Gold Air NZ Wine Show 2012

"Fabulously ripe and sensuous, the bouquet showing game, dark fruits and floral, leading to a powerful, sturdy palate. Lovely focus and density." Air NZ Wine Show
"A seductive floral fragrance and a velvety-textured forest floor savoury earthiness, there's a delicious finesse to the medium bodied flavours." NZIWS
Unbelievably this wine is still available is drinking superbly and at a brilliant price.
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Kakapo 2010 Nelson Pinot Noir


Top Wine under $25.00 4 1/2 Stars Wine State Pinot Noir Tasting. They said...
"Attractive redcurrant/cranberry fruit nose with earthy herbal notes and a well-integrated palate with good Pinot richness and a fine line of tannins."
This Pinot is an unbelievable bargain. It was a huge hit when tasted instore. Our very large supply disappeared before our eyes. 4.5/5 for Taste; 7/5 for value
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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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Ballasalla Central Otago Pinot Noir 2012


4 Stars Wine State, they said...
"Mouthfilling, ruby hued, single-vineyard red from Bendigo. Scented, slightly spicy bouquet, leading into a sweet-fruited, savoury and supple wine with cherry, plum and spice flavours, showing good complexity. Priced right. (From Folding Hill Vineyard) $29.95." Wine State Recent Releases Tasting 2014.
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Hunters Marlborough Chardonnay 2013


When Michael Cooper first produced his list of Classic New Zealand Wines, this wine was on it (as was the Palliser). Over the years it has won a stack of Gold Medals, the 2011 and 2012 both received this honour. However it is in the really top vintages like 2013 that this wine is an absolute star. In a tasting of several 2013 newly released Chardonnay this wine was a star in terms of quality; when its price was revealed we were astounded.
This wine has a major accolade or three in its future we predict.
Silver International Cool Climate Wine Show 2014
“Clean, uncluttered style, oak used as a condiment which allows the fruit to speak and it does this well. A nicely tasty wine showing depth and vitality in fine condition, dry and very food-friendly. Chardonnay in no hurry, perhaps best 2015 but with plenty of fine drinking after that.” Peter Saunders, Independent Wine Writer
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Misty Cove Signature Black Label Marlborough 2013 Sauvignon Blanc


4 1/2 Stars Wine State November/December 2014
4 1/2 Stars Wine Orbit

"A delicately expressed Sauvignon, the elegant bouquet shows lime zest, white peach, flint and herbaceous aromas, leading to a juicy palate that’s taut and racy. It’s finely textured and firmly structured, and finishes linear and mouth-watering. At its best: now to 2016. Nov 2013." Sam Kim Wine Orbit
"Bright, very pale straw-yellow colour with slight green hues, pale on rim. The bouquet is softly full and voluminous with ripe, pungent passionfruit and tropical fruit aromas that show good depth and building intensity...Some sweet lime and tropical fruit elements add interest. A dry, textural line underscores the fruit and mouthwatering acidity is present... This is a soft, ripe and passionfruity Sauvignon Blanc with a dry, textural mouthfeel." Raymond Chan December 2013
This wine has really hit its straps. Fresh & Vibrant; passionfruit, acid balance and a togetherness that simply wasn't there on release 12 months ago. This wine is showing just how good a vintage 2013 was. It is drinking superbly now. Frankly it deserves a Gold; at this price it gets a Double Gold for value.
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Alexandra Wine Company Davishon Central Otago Pinot Noir 2011


Pure Gold Air New Zealand Wine Competition 2013
Blue Gold Sydney International Wine Competition 2014

"Cherry red in colour. Raspberry, sour cherry and aniseed. Lovely velvety tannins with red fruits, chocolate and some mint. It was a lovely wine and it was also a good match with the food as the resulting spice with this pairing was lovely." Meg Brodtmann MW Top 100 Judge
"Ripe nose. Good concentration. Vanilla new oak notes complement the intense and dense with well-balanced fruit. A modern new world style with very ripe black berry fruit and spicy oak complexity. Good concentration and intensity. Fine tannins but grippy. Moderate length. The tannins soften slightly with the food." Xenia Irwin MW Top 100 Judge
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Palliser Estate Martinborough Pinot Noir 2013


Classic Status Michael Cooper's Wine Companion 2014
Gold Medal Bragato 2014
5 stars 19/20 Raymond Chan's Wine Reviews
5 Stars Michael Cooper

A Great pedigree and proven ability in the cellar this is a "must buy" for any serious Pinot heads or for anybody that loves great Pinot.
"This is tight and concentrated on nose with rich, ripe red berry fruits and some noticeable toasty oak, matching the fruit depth. Excellent aromatics here. On palate, lovely sweet, ripe dark red berry fruits, quite luscious, with excellent concentration and density. Ripe tannins, substantial but supple too. The primary nature of the fruit and vibrancy promises much. Oaking is more harmonious on palate. This has it all in a modern style." Raymond Chan
"Richly coloured, it is finely scented and mouthfilling, with deliciously concentrated, well-ripened flavours of cherries, plums and spices, impressive vibrancy and complexity, and a finely poised, lasting finish. Delicious from the start, it should be at its best 2016+."
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Spade Oak ‘Vigneron’ Gisborne Syrah 2012


5 Stars Raymond Chan's Wine Reviews. He said.
"96.3% Syrah..3.7% Viognier...Very dark, deep, black-hued red with lighter purple hues on rim. This has a very full and voluminous nose with intense and focused aromas of savoury black berry fruits and black pepper, harmoniously infused with spices, game and earthy notes, lifted by violetty florals. Medium-full bodied, rich and luscious, sweet and spicy, savoury black berry fruit flavours fill the mouth, unfolding layers of pepper and florals...the palate is rounded, with fine-grained tannins...This is a softly rich and well-structured Syrah with savoury and sweet fruit and harmonious complexity..."
This is a stunning find, made with a huge amount of care and aroha. A Reserve Syrah in every sense. Stunning pricing too.
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Spade Oak Voysey Gisborne Chardonnay 2012


Wine of the Week John Hawkesby Canvas NZ Herald
4 Stars Raymond Chan's Wine Reviews
Steve Voysey was the man responsible for the Saints Chardonnay and Montana O Gisborne Chardonnays when they were absolute stars. Spade Oak is his label and he has continued 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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Molto Purezza Negroamaro Del Santo 2011


One of our most popular Italian reds over a long period makes it return. Great Drinking.From Puglia in Italy's South, where there is lots of heat and sunshine. Classy oak, black fruits and a beautifully balance medium bodied frame work. If you like Italian you'll love this.
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Beach House 2010 Gimblett Gravels Reserve Merlot


Berry fruits, smoky oak, lovely tannin structure and a great morishness. Beautiful deep dark colour with great length.
This wine has always been a winner. Robust, lush, classic Merlot elements, drink now or cellar for many a year.
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Hunter's Miru Miru Brut NV


We have been seriously impressed by the latest batch of Hunter's Miru Miru NV. With its fantastic new packaging and a brilliant price offer for the coming festive season.
5 Stars 93/100 Wine Orbit
"Refined and delicate, focused and persistent, this is a stylish methode with excellent concentration, displaying lemon zest, floral, yeast and fresh apple aromas, followed by a mouth-watering palate elegantly laced with fine texture and bright acidity. Always good, always delightful.' Sam Kim Wine Orbit
"A blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, the sample I tasted in mid 2014 showed good maturity. Pale straw, it has fresh acidity and rich, peachy, slightly toasty flavours, lively and generous."
Michael Cooper
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Palliser Estate 2009 Methode Traditionnelle


51% Pinot Noir, 49% Chardonnay
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."
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Te Mata Awatea Hawkes Bay 2013


Classic Status Michael Coopers Wine Companion
The long awaited 2013 is here
. "An intense deep crimson, Awatea 13 is a true classic. The fragrance immediately captivates with notes of dark roast coffee, chocolate, vanilla and toast entwined with the fruit. Hints of bay leaf and mint keep the aromas fresh and lively. The palate unfolds with ripe berry flavours and a rich mouthfeel, while ripe tannins give a delightfully fine finish. From perfect growing conditions, the intense fruit concentration remains refined. Elegant and powerful, Awatea ’13 is a masterpiece." Te Mata's words say it beautifully. A 'true classic' and 'a masterpiece' are terms rarely used by the kings of wine making at Te Mata. We believe them without question.
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Tyrell's Rufus Stone Heathcote Shiraz 2008 1.5 litre Magnums


Gold Medal London International Wine Show
91 points Gary Walsh, The Wine Front,
he said...
“Plums, a little earth and subtle nougat/vanilla oak. It’s smooth, chocolaty and velveteen - a real crowd pleaser with a bit to toasty warmth and no shortage of flavour. Hale and hearty, sweetly fruited with plenty of charm. I wrote at the time “steak and chips”, which means I was either hungry or thought this would be a good match…or it might have been a metaphor for something. Not sure. Can’t remember. Never mind. It hits the spot, and that’s what’s most important. I thought it was the best of the 2008 Rufus Stone releases, although that’s largely a matter of personal taste, rather than one of quality.”
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1.5 litre Bottle

Beach House Hawkes Bay The Levels Chardonnay


4 1/2 stars Michael Cooper's Wine Companion 2015, he said...
"The tightly structured 2013 vintage is a single vineyard wine, grown at Te Awanga and barrel-fermented. still very youthful, it has fresh, rich, grapefruit and stonefruit flavours, showing excellent depth, delicacy and complexity. Best 2016+."
Grown very very close to Clearview. This is a ripper, a superb Chardonnay from a Hawkes Bay company noted for its ability to make super wines.
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Whitehaven Hidden Barrel Marlborough Pinot Noir 2012


Another Marlborough Pinot Noir that shows just how good Marlborough can be as a region.
Intense, fine and long are the hallmarks on the palate of this wine. Lots of blackberry fruit; smooth lush tannins and a long satisfying finish complete the picture. Drinking superbly now with up to three years of great drinking ahead.
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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.

Calabria Brothers Barossa Valley Shiraz 2012


93 Points James Halliday Wine Companion 2014 Australian
Silver Mundus Vini Wine Competition, Germany
Silver Brisbane Wine Show

A bouquet purple black with a red cherry and dark chocolate nose.
Rich and full bodied with ripe plums, spicy vanillin oak, and a long fine grained tannin finish.This is serious Shiraz from a brilliant Barossa Vintage. Drinking well now with a huge future ahead of it.
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Limerock Central Hawkes Bay Quad n Dog 2010 Merlot


Here is a discovery, we tried this wine in early October and were gobsmacked. . It leaves most of the reds that came out of Hawkes Bay in the dust, seriously. Its back label says: "A big red with plenty of traction and more warmth than your closest dog." We say “Too Right, Mate!" It has many years left in it (up to 2016 with ease).
Elsewhere up to $21.99

Morambro Creek 2010 Padthaway Shiraz


5 Stars Cuisine Shiraz Tasting
41/2 Stars Wine State Annual Shiraz Tasting 2014
Silver Medal San Francisco International Wine Competition 2012
Silver Medal Limestone Coast Wine Show 2012

"From the far south of South Australia, this is archetypal, smooth, velvety Shiraz. Aromas of black fruits, creamy caramel and spicy fruitcake introduce a friendly, flavoursome, complete wine with real depth and style. Try it with osso buco."
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Rocland Chocolate Box Barossa Shiraz 2012


Gold NZIWS 2014
Gold Royal Adelaide 2014
5 Stars Wine Orbit.
They said...
"Deeply coloured and deeply satisfying, this opulent shiraz shows lifted aromas of blackberry, dark plum, cedar and mint chocolate. The palate is rich and rounded with excellent fruit weight, beautifully supported by velvety texture and sweet tannins. At its best: now to 2018."
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Rocland Barossa Petite Grenache 2009


Every one that has tried this wine hasn't cared that there are no great medals; no great reviews. It’s a stunner.
This wine is a little ripper. Juicy, full, gamey with big berry fruit and plums flavours. Hints of development really add character and charm to this super little wine.
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Bogle California Merlot 2012


Charming, warm and serious. Big, Bold and morish with texture and weight. Silky-smooth textured, all describe this wine beautifully.
Amazing aromas of fresh, ripened cherries and plums burst from this perfectly balanced Merlot. On the palate the full fruit leads beautifully into the complex finish: soft and silky, yet with firm tannins and spicy, smoky oak. Earth tones of pipe tobacco and leather round out the experience. From the outstanding 2012 vintage. One of the best in many, many years.
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Box 1 Burgundy Super Deal


6 Spade Oak ‘Voysey’ Gisborne Chardonnay 2013
6 Kakapo 2010 Nelson Pinot Noir
Elsewhere up to $275.88

Box 2 Marlborough Love'n


6 Supper Club Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2014
6 Hunters Marlborough 2013 Chardonnay
Elsewhere up to $245.88

Box 3 Red Heads


4 Kakapo 2010 Nelson Pinot Noir
4 Curious Shiraz 2013
4 Ringbolt 2012 Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon
Elsewhere up to $263.88

Box 4 Pinot Noir


4 Kakapo 2010 Nelson Pinot Noir
4 Charcoal Gully Sally's Pinch Central Otago Pinot Noir 2011
4 Ballasalla Central Otago Pinot Noir 2012
Elsewhere up to $335.88

Box 5 Pinot Noir the Lot


4 Kakapo 2010 Nelson Pinot Noir
3 Charcoal Gully Sally's Pinch Central Otago Pinot Noir 2011
3 Ballasalla Central Otago Pinot Noir 2012
2 Alexandra Wine Company Davishon Central Otago Pinot Noir 2011
Elsewhere up to $357.88