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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

Hunters Miru Miru 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
Elsewhere up to $29.99

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

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.
Elsewhere up to $42.99

Mills Reef Reserve Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2013


5 Stars Raymond Chan Wine Reviews. He said...
"Very dark, deep, near impenetrable purple-red colour, youthful in appearance. The nose is elegantly concentrated and finely expressed with intense aromas of ripe black berry and plum fruit, lifted with an array of floral perfumes, spices and black pepper. Medium-full bodied and well-proportioned on palate, ripe fruit flavours of dark berry fruit and plums show with restrained succulence, lifted with violet perfumes and spice notes. The mouthfeel is supple and accessible with ripe, fine-grained tannins and subtle background acidity. The fruit sweetness and fine textures carry the palate leading to a very long lingering finish which unfolds spice and oak elements. This is an elegant and aromatic Syrah with ripe black fruits and floral perfumes, on a fine and supple palate. Match with Asian and Middle Eastern cuisine over the next 5-6 years. 100% Syrah from the Gimblett Gravels, 67% from the ‘Trust’ block and 33% from the ‘Mere Road’ vineyard, given a cold soak and fermented to 13.3% alc., the wine aged 12 months in 73% French and 27% American oak of which 44% was new."
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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.

Sealed 6 Pac $132.00

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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Sealed Case 12 bottles = $180.00

Mills Reef Reserve Gimblett Gravels Merlot Malbec 2013


Trophy “Champion New Zealand Classic Red Wine” Bragato Wine Show 2014
Gold Bragato Wine Show 2014

This just released 2013 Gimblett Gravels red looks to be a Classic already. This is what great vintages are about. Wines with so much quality that they simply defy their price point and this wine is one of those.
Plums, blackberry fruits, intensity, power, balance and charm.
Elsewhere up to $28.99

Palliser Estate Martinborough Sauvignon Blanc 2013


A huge hit at our Friday night tasting –Stunning. One of our top Sauvignon Blanc to be released over the last 12 months. Drinking superbly. You'll love it if your preference is for the big tropical fruit flavours. Absolutely loaded with class and style.
News Flash 95/100 5 Stars Wine Gourmet Traveller Oct/Nov 2014 Edition
Super Classic Status Michael Cooper's Wine Companion 2014
Double Gold Reserve Best Sauvignon Blanc & Best NZ Sauvignon Blanc Six Nations 2014
5 stars 18.5+/20 Raymond Chan's Wine reviews

"Intense, ripe Sauvignon Blanc with nectarine, apple, lemongrass and grapefruit flavours. Full-flavoured with good fruity acidity giving a mouth-tingling finish. The wine is like Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc with some tree fruit influence." Bob Campbell MW. Wine Gourmet Traveller
Elsewhere up to $26.99

Omaka Springs 2013 Marlborough Pinot Gris


New Release
A rich and aromatic wine with a luscious mouth feel.
Fruit-driven with an appealing honeyed character that adds a touch of class without being over sweet. It is in a cool climate, Alsatian style, featuring a little residual sugar, lovely natural acidity and lush tropical aromas. This wine is back to its balanced best; where fruit, acid and lusciousness are very much in balance.
Elsewhere up to $24.99

Johanneshof Cellars Marlborough Pinot Gris 2013


5 Stars Wine Orbit
5 Stars Raymond Chan's Wine Reviews.
He said...
"Bright, full, light golden-straw colour with a suggestion of blush, showing some depth. The bouquet is rich, full and voluminous with aromas of ripe yellow stonefruits, lifted by yellow florals and complexed by layers of honeysuckle, earth and funky flint notes. Off-dry to taste, intense and concentrated flavours of savoury yellow stonefruits are melded with earth and flinty notes forming a rich, dense and well-concentrated palate. The wine is rounded and softly textured...Honey, minerals and stonefruit kernel flavours unfold...This is a complex, layered off-dry Pinot Gris with density, richness and underlying power in the Alsace style. Match with fulsome white meat dishes over the next 4-5 years..."
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Yellow Clay Road Pinot Gris 2011 Waiheke Isalnd


Winery Clearance.
Made by the winemaker for Obsidian, Weeping Sands and Goldie (Goldwater Premium Boutique red). The YCR label has produced some gems. This is another in that family.
A lovely nose of lifted aromas of pear, lychee and subtle spice with honeysuckle floral notes. The palate is delicate and fresh with sweet ripe fruit and a clean finish. This wine is showing lovely aged notes, filling out and blossoming. It is in the drier spectrum with loads of character.
Elsewhere up to $33.99

Toso Prosecco Frizzante NV


A massive deal on this fine, beautifully presented Prosecco from Italy. Again we featured it in 2013, we believe it has got better. It is delightful; extremely classy and not to be missed.
It's a wonderfully refreshing, beautifully packaged, super stylish wine.

Made from Glera, the traditional Prosecco grape, it is a just off dry, lightly sparkling wine with a light straw colour with fine, long lasting bubbles. It has a bouquet bursting with fruity notes of apple, pear and white peach and those flavours flow through to the palate. Delightful by itself or simply wonderful with food. Delicious bubbles.
Elsewhere up to $32.99
Sealed 6 Pac = $90.00

Askerne Hawkes Bay 2012 Viognier


If you enjoy lush full Chardonnay you should try this wine.
Aromas of tropical fruit and rock melon dominate on the nose with a back drop of smoky oak. This is a well-balanced wine with a touch of elegance; it has peach, pear, rock melon and mineral notes.
Hand harvested and 100% barrel fermented: half in 1 year old barrels and half in 2 year old.
This wine will suit a wide range of dishes and is suitable for cellaring. It is something that both Chardonnay and lovers of big full white whites would love. It embarrasses many of its much more expensive Kiwi and Aussie competitors. It is in the running for our bargain of the year.
Elsewhere up to $26.99

Askerne Hawkes Bay 2009 Gewurztraminer


Winery Clearance. Super Deal from a great Gewurz producer.
"Concentrated aromas of ginger and spice, complemented by classic lychee and sweet yeasty notes combine with rich tangelo and peach flavours on the palate. The palate has a smooth, velvety texture and a long, full flavoured finish." Askerne Winery
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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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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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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.

Spade Oak ‘Heart of Gold’ Gisborne Rosé 2013


4 stars Raymond Chan Wine Reviews, he said....
"...Soft pink-red colour with some depth, and lighter purple hues on edge. The bouquet is fresh and tightly bound with focused aromas of fresh raspberry and red cherry fruit, and subtle nuances of confectionery, spices and herbs. Dryish to taste, full, up-front rich and juicy flavours of raspberries and strawberries fill the mouth with good weight and rounded presence, and a little structural grip. Bright and lively acidity enlivens the mouthfeel, and the palate is thirst-quenching as it follows a fine, textured line. The wine flows easily, with smooth and slippery acidity carrying the flavours to a racy, crisp finish that reveals earth-tinged raspberry elements... Serve with tapas and Mediterranean fare over the next 2 years. 100% Tempranillo..."
Elsewhere up to $25.99

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
Elsewhere up to $21.99

Campo De Borja Vina Ainzon Tinto Grenache Tempranillo 2012


This wine fits the tag of super Spaniard: Super wine; great price.
Smooth and super approachable this cracking little red from Spain is absolutely top notch. Juicy, loaded with black berry fruit and plums. This wine puts the emphasis of fruit and style. It is clean and lovely. Another great example of what Spain can do. In the mould of the Arriba & Rojo. Yummy
Elsewhere up to $19.99

Gris Caillou Bordeaux 2006


We featured this wine in 2013 and thought very highly of it. We tasted it again within the last month and were blown away. It has got better.
This classical Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc is eight years old and simply yummy. A wine this good would have been in the $30+ bracket until very recently.
A great Bordeaux nose full of bright berries spices and a palate loaded with cassis and tobacco flavours. It finishes with a delightfully creamy acidity and fine tannins.
It compares brilliantly to a Hawkes Bay Bordeaux blend in the $25 to $35 easily. It will reach its 10th birthday easier and could reach well beyond that. If you like Bordeaux blends this well-structured red is truly excellent buying.
Elsewhere up to $29.99
Sealed 6 Pac = $84.00

Beach House 2011 Gimblett Gravels Cabernet Malbec


Wine of the Week Viva NZ Herald
An outstanding effort from a difficult vintage. In fact we think it’s the best of the Beach house 2011 red releases
Black berry fruits, spicy oak and lovely palate weight. This wine is very like the 2008 & 2009 versions of this wine that were great bargains.

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."
Elsewhere up to $26.99

Rocland Ass Kisser Barossa 2013 Shiraz


New Release. It's so Good.
We all know how good the 2010 version of this wine was. We think the 2013 might even be better. Rich, intense and structured Shiraz with layers of mocha, chocolate and rich blackberry fruit. It is youthful yet powerful and polished. The longer you leave it in the glass the more its glowing characters shine. It will cellar for up to 6 years.
Elsewhere up to $22.99

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.
Elsewhere up to $19.99
Sealed Six Pac 84.00

Aramis Single Vineyard Black label McLaren Vale Shiraz 2010


93/100 James Halliday's 2013 Australian Wine Companion. He said...
"Deep, dense crimson; it comes as no surprise to find a full bodied palate, the fruit amplified by 21 months in French oak; Flavours of highly concentrated black berry, chocolate, licorice and earth are given balance by savoury, but ripe tannins. When it slims down in a decade or so, will be even better than it is today."
Elsewhere up to $37.99

Box 1 Bubbles & White


4 Hunter's Miru Miru Brut NV
4 Palliser Estate Martinborough Sauvignon Blanc 2013
4 Hunters Marlborough 2013 Chardonnay
Elsewhere up to $319.88

Box 2 Burgundy that's Kiwi


6 Hunters Marlborough 2013 Chardonnay
6 Charcoal Gully Sally's Pinch Central Otago Pinot Noir 2011
Elsewhere up to $329.88

Box 3 Classic Kiwi


3 Palliser Estate Martinborough Sauvignon Blanc 2013
3 Hunters Marlborough 2013 Chardonnay
3 Charcoal Gully Sally's Pinch Central Otago Pinot Noir 2011
3 Mills Reef Reserve Gimblett Gravels Merlot Malbec 2013
Elsewhere up to $332.88

Box 4 Hawkes Bay in Red


6 Limerock Central Hawkes Bay Quad n Dog 2010 Merlot
3 Mills Reef ‘Reserve’ Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2013
3 Mills Reef Reserve Gimblett Gravels Merlot Malbec 2013
Elsewhere up to $305.88

Box 5 Hawkes Bay 2013 Brilliance


4 Mills Reef Reserve Gimblett Gravels Merlot Malbec 2013
4 Te Mata Hawkes Bay Awatea 2013
4 Mills Reef ‘Reserve’ Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2013
Elsewhere up to $403.88