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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

Otiake Central Otago Pinot Noir 2014


If you liked the Schist Hill's Pinot Noir a couple of years ago this wine might be perfect for you. It has lovely fruit expression and balance. A great blend of black and red cherries; smooth, sophiscated with depth and charm. A savoury complexity weaves it's way through the wine adding from drinkability and character.
This wine is organically grown in the Waitiki Valley from a top Central Otago vintage. 2014 was a super Central Vintage and this wine shows that.
Elsewhere up to $38.99

Otiake Central Otago Chardonnay 2013


From 'The Vintage' Class, style and grace. A classic Central Otago Chardonnay that has the beautiful acid balance and minerality the area is known for super oak treatment. Citrus fruits with hints of melon and mealy complexity are coming through beautifully. It is starting it hit is straps big time and has many years ahead. This wine is quality in every way.
Elsewhere up to $29.99

Otiake Central Otago Riesling 2012


A genuine Dry Riesling. Gran Smith apples; lemon and lime juice; racy acidity with more time in the gas tank.
If you enjoy this style of wine here is an opportunity you'd be crazy to miss.
Elsewhere up to $23.99

Moana Park Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2016


Great New release
If you enjoyed the 2015 this wine is for you. A great style of New Zealand Syrah. It has the best of everything: great fruit, lovely spice and berry elements all wrapped in a super well priced package. Not to much; not to little all the parts make up a great whole.
"Medium-bodied and elegant in proportion, vibrantly rich and ripe, succulently sweet fruit flavours of dark raspberries, boysenberries, black pepper and iron-earth are enriched and enlivened by fresh acidity. The fruit is supported by fine, grainy tannin structure that provides palate line and a balancing, textured mouthfeel. This is well composed and the flavours flow with good energy to a dry, elegant, sustained finish. This is a sweetly ripe, black and raspberry fruited Syrah with pepper and iron-like flavours and good extract, expressive of the Gimblett Road Sites..." The Winery sum it up so, so well.
Elsewhere up to $23.99

Large Wooden Cellar Boxes


These fit nearly (about 97% of bottle shapes and sizes) They are a brilliant economical, verstile and eco-friendly way to store wine.
Each Box takes 12 bottles.
Instore pick up all at the 5+ price
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Charles Wiffen Marlborough 2012 Riesling


5 Stars 18.5+/20 Raymond Chan Wine Reviews. He said...
"Brilliant yellow colour with lemon-green hues, lighter on the rim. The bouquet is elegant and tightly concentrated with aromas of lime fruit entwined with piquant yellow florals and delicate herbal notes, revealing soft, complexing toasty elements with honey nuances... Medium-dry to taste and light-medium bodied, the flavours of lime and citrus fruits are entwined with yellow florals, toast and honey...The mouthfeel is crisp, bright and taut, with very fine textures from the fruit extract. Brisk acidity lends raciness and tension, and the wine leads to a mouthwatering, zesty finish of limes and toast...18.5+/20 Jun 2016..."
Elsewhere up to $21.99

Maison Noire Hawke's Bay Albarino 2016


4 Stars Michael Cooper
"The characterful 2016 vintage (4*) was hand-picked near Maraekakaho, tank fermented and then lees-aged for three months in old barrels. Pale yellow, it is medium to full-bodied, with strong, ripe, peachy, citrusy, slightly spicy favours, crisp but not high acidity and a fully dry, balanced fnish. Showing considerable complexity, it's already drinking well."
We really rate this little charmer. In fact we think it's one of the most approachable Albarinos on the market. It has style, panache and a huge amount of drinkability.
Elsewhere up to $23.99

Charles Wiffen Marlborough 2015 Pinot Gris


4 Stars 18-/20 Raymond Chan Wine Reviews. He said...
"Light straw-yellow colour with slight green-gold hues and a suggestion of blush, pale edged. The nose is softly packed with aromas of yellow stonefruits entwined with gentle layers of honeysuckle and exotic florals, revealing savoury, nutty lees elements as the aromatics grow in volume and depth. Medium-dry to taste and medium-bodied...The flavours are gently rich and harmoniously presented with good concentration...This is a softly concentrated, medium-dry Pinot Gris with balanced richness and textures..."
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Maison Noire Hawke's Bay Cabernet Franc 2014


4 Stars Michael Cooper
"Grown on north-facing hills near Maraekakaho, the 2014 vintage (4*) was handpicked and matured for 20 months in French oak barrels (20 per cent new). A medium-bodied, 'feminine' style of red, it has fresh acidity, with attractive blackcurrant, red berry, plum and spice favours, a hint of herbs, savoury notes adding complexity, gentle tannins and a smooth finish. Drink now or cellar.”
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Mosswood Amy's 2014


95/100 5 Stars James Halliday Wine Companion 2017. He said...
"Cabernet, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Malbec overflowing with a rainbow of cassis/blackcurrent redcurrent, plum and muklberry on the bouquet and palate alike. So great is the impact of the fruit that it buries the tannins, but allows the French oak to add yet another flavour. Why not tonight?..." J Halliday
"Magic Margaret River is the jewel in Western Australia’s crown, and its finest wines are elegant, bordeaux-aping cabernet sauvignons. So, go on, splash out on Amy’s fantastic 2014, with its seductive floral, plum, cassis and liquorice spice." Jane MacQuitty, The Times
Elsewhere up to $49.99

John Forrest Collection Marlborough Chardonnay 2011


5 Stars 95 Points Bob Campbell MW. He said...
"Mellow, toasty Chardonnay with mineral, citrus, ginger nut biscuit and hazelnut flavours. Nicely structured with a silken texture and lengthy finish. Stylish wine with a distinctive character of its own...Drink 2015 to 2019."
4˝ Stars Silver Medal Dish Magazine. They said...
“Very interesting lean, mealy layers on the nose, smoke, grapefruit pith on the palate – there’s a grain-spirit, sake-like character that I really like,” said Yvonne. “A big, fat, old-school, generous example that’s in good condition, developing nicely and is very drinkable,” added Jo. "Buttered toast, coriander seed and cinnamon notes all added to the delicious complexity of this ageing beauty."
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Matahiwi Estate Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2016


"This is a rich style of Chardonnay with the accent on strong fruit flavours. Ripe melon, nectarine and summer peach aromas abound with oak hints of cedar and spice and a long, full, yet soft finish. ideal matched with creamy pasta and white meat dishes. It is also delicious with seafood." The wineries comments are an excellent reflection on this wine. Is is drinking so,so well with many years ahead of it.
It is poised and sophiscated, with real power in a highly drinkable style. Not to big, not too light, it's just right.

Elsewhere up to $22.99

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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Askerne Hawkes Bay Viognier 2015


5 Stars Raymond Chan Wine Reviews
4 ˝ 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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Riverby Estate Noble Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2013 (375ml)


Gold Medal NZ International Wine Show 2014
95/100 Wine Orbit June 2014
4 Stars Michael Cooper
4 Stars Raymond Chan Wine Reviews

"A 60/40 blend made in the classic Sauternes style, this is a top-notch sweet wine exhibiting marmalade, tropical fruit, potpourri and honey aromas on the nose, followed by a powerful palate that's plush and gorgeously sweet. The wine is youthful yet offers outstanding complexity and harmony, superbly balanced by bright acidity. It's gloriously rich yet refreshing. At its best: now to 2023. 95/100"
Sam Kim Wine Orbit June 2014
"The 2013 vintage is light lemon/green, with mouthfilling body and generous, peachy, gently honeyed flavours, sweet (165 grams/litre of residual sugar) and smooth. Delicious young. "Michael Cooper
The amazing thing about this wine is its value. Outstanding buying from a wine from this vintage. This wine has many years ahead of it. It is made of the classic varieties that go into classic French Sauterne: Sauvignon Blanc & Semillon
Elsewhere up to $35.99

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!
Elsewhere up to $19.99

Willunga McLaren Vale 2013 Cabernet Shiraz


Gold NZ International Wine Show 2015
5 Stars 95/100 James Halliday's Wine Companion 2016.
He said...
"Plenty of beef on the bones. Dark, brooding blackcurrant and asphalt flavours with gum leaf in support. Iron chains of tannin threaded through the fruit. Uncompromising style. Will be very long lived. Price is almost ridiculous."
Elsewhere up to $28.99

Reillys Clare Valley Shiraz 2014


An all-round big and satisfying Shiraz.
Silver Medal NZ International Wine Show
Silver Medal 2016 Melbourne Royal Show
94 Points, Nicks Wine Merchants,
“Ripping value Reilly's Shiraz consistently scores 10/10 for richness and concentration. The Reillys Shiraz always impresses with its depth of colour, richness and concentration, even more so given it's entry level pricing. The 2014 opens with spectacular colour displaying an impenetrable inky black core with a very deep dark purple black hue. Inky freshly crushed blackberry aromas combine with dark plum and liquorice over a background of vanillin cedar and confectionary. The palate boasts a level of richness and concentration rarely seen at this price point. Opulent and lusciously textured the palate features decadently rich flavours of ripe blackberries, liquorice and dark plums with underlying vanillin oak and spicy pepper also present. Silky smooth tannins. Long succulent after-taste of blackberries, dark plum, liquorice and spicy vanillin oak.”
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Don Ramon 2014 Joven


Gold Concours Mondial Bruxelles 2016
A great blend of Garnacha 75% & Tempranillo 25%. Made by 100% farmer owned cooperative (think free trade coffee) and always so, so good.
Medium bodied, smooth and silky; with hints of vanilla and a super texture with balanced acidity. Deliciously easy to drink. From a top vintage, it will drink beautifully over the next two to three years.
If you're looking for a great alternative for your favourite Australian this might just be it. Always a winner.
Elsewhere up to $20.99

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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Box 1 Otiake Times 2


8 Otiake Central Otago Pinot Noir 2014
4 Otiake Central Otago Chardonnay 2013
Elsewhere up to $431.88

Box 2 Otiake Times 3


5 Otiake Central Otago Pinot Noir 2014
4 Otiake Central Otago Chardonnay 2013
3 Otiake Central Otago Riesling 2012
Elsewhere up to $386.88

Box 3 Kiwi Red Flair


4 Otiake Central Otago Pinot Noir 2014
4 Maison Noire Hawke's Bay Cabernet Franc 2014
4 Moana Park 2016 Hawkes Bay Syrah
Elsewhere up to $355.88

Box 4 ABC White Tray


3 Charles Wiffen Marlborough Pinot Gris 2015
3 Maison Noire Hawke's Bay Albarino 2016
3 Charles Wiffen Marlborough Riesling 2012
3 Otiake Central Otago Riesling 2012
Elsewhere up to $293.88