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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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Two Degrees Central Otago Pinot Noir 2014


Trophy Best Pinot Noir & Gold Royal Easter Wine Show 2016
"...This has an elegant, tightly concentrated and penetrating bouquet, packed with aromas of dark cherry fruit entwined with dark thyme herbs and savoury whole bunch stalky perfumes, along with layers of spices and toasty oak. Medium-full bodied, the palate is elegantly proportioned and tightly concentrated, with a slender, but intense mouthfeel. The flavours of dark red and black cherries show sweetness and richness, unfolding herb and whole bunch stalk detail, spice elements and oak toast. The fruit is underlined by fine, but firm tannins and integrated, soft acidity. This has drive and energy, and the wine has a long, lively and fine textured finish. This is an elegantly concentrated Pinot Noir with flavours of dark cherries, complex herb notes and toasty oak..." Raymond Chan
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Eradus Awatere Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013


Gold Sydney Top 100 2016
91 Points Bob Campbell

"This lighter coloured wine has an aroma of liquorice and hazelnut and red berries coming through as well. It has a striking savoury tannin finish that carries the fruit very nicely. This is well done and with food it’s fruitful bright with compelling length and good liquorice character." Mark Robertson Top 100 Judge
"An excellent light crimson colour. Red fruits and stalky sappy aromas on the nose. A wonderfully complex palate of red fruits and vegetal notes. The food accentuated the lovely complexity in the wine." Ken Dobler Top 100 Judge
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Te Mata Awatea 2014


5 Stars Classic Status Michael Cooper's Wine Companion 2016
With the 2014 Coleraine selling out in a flash; the 2014 is ready to please everyone. A stunning vintage of a legendary value for money star.
19/20 Raymond Chan Wine Reviews.
He said...
"Very dark, deep, black-purple colour, a little lighter on the rim, and youthful in appearance. The nose is fresh and refined with dark red florals entwined with black and red currants and fresh, dark herbs. The aromatics are beautifully pure and grow in depth and penetration in the glass. Medium full bodied, the palate is tightly concentrated with a sleek, intense heart of bold blackcurrant and redcurrant fruit. This has lifted dark red-floral aromatics along with piquant fresh herbs and a hint of leafiness, but the fruit sweetness and richness unfolds, enlivened by crisp, refined, lacy acidity. The tannin extraction lends a fine-grained structure that allows the fruit fragrance and succulent vibrancy to prevail. The wine flows with excellent linearity to a very long, aromatic finish of dark red florals, herbs and cassis liqueur. This has elegance, freshness and balance, with an aromatic coolness that will see the wine develop 8-10 years easily. 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc and 8% Petit Verdot, fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 16 months in 25% new French oak."
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Askerne Reserve Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2014


5 Stars Wine Orbit
Gold NZ International Wine Show 2015.
They said...
"Bold mouthfilling and intense with tantalising nuances of butterscotch, creamed nuts and succulent fleshy grilled peach with a zesty brightness and a vanillin oak finish."
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Ana Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2015


Gold NZ International Wine Show 2015 They said...
"Passionfruit and gooseberry aromas are veiled with lime, the lime much bolder in the classically herbaceous palate with apples, flint and a dry fume' finish."
This wine is the little sister to the Eradus Sauvignon Blanc. It won't disappoint. Serious Sauvignon Blanc for so little.
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Basilisk Central Victoria Shiraz Mourvedre 2013


93 Points James Halliday’s Wine Companion 2016
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 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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Beso Central Valley Merlot 2014


Stunning Chilean Bargain.
4 Stars Wine Orbit.
They said....
"A crowd-pleasing style, the nicely fragrant bouquet shows dark plum, blueberry, mixed spice, almond and dried herb characters, which led to a juicy palate that is lively and smooth. Medium-full, fruit-forward and very approachable, and offers excellent value for money..."
We totally agree. Think Brookfield’s Burnfoot; Beach House Reserve & Linden Estate from a very good year and this little beauty might just outpace them all. Yes, that good.
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Forrest 'The Doctors' Marlborough Riesling 2014


Gold Medal Easter Show Wine Awards 2015
Trophy Champion Riesling Pure Gold Medal Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2014
Trophy Open White Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2014
Pure Gold Medal Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2014
Trophy Champion Riesling Marlborough Wine Show 2014
Gold NZ Wine Show 2014
5 Stars 95/100 Bob Campbell MW.
He said...
"Delicate, almost ethereal Riesling with limpid purity. Subtle citrus and rose petal flavours with some wet stone/mineral character. Very Mosel-like with a silken texture and showing appealing tension."
"Exquisite with lemon pith, white peach and floral flavours backed by elegant sweetness and crisp acidity."
Air NZ Wine Show
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Te Mata Bullnose Syrah 2014


5 Stars Super Classic Status Michael Cooper's Wine Companion 2016
19.0+/20 Raymond Chan Wine Reviews.
He said...
"Very dark, black-hued purple-red, very youthful in appearance. The nose is beautifully refined and intensely perfumed with tightly bound aromas of ripe black and dark red berried fruits intermingling with black pepper, Asian spices and fragrant dark red and violet florals. The freshness and lifted aromatics are features. Medium-bodied, refreshing vibrant and lively black berry and dark raspberry fruit form a refined, but tight core. The fruit is layered by black pepper, soy sauce and Asian spices, lifted by violet florals. The mouthfeel is juicy and succulent, the vitality enhanced by fine acidity which along with very fine-grained tannins provide cut, energy and linearity. This is fruit-focussed, and the flavours carry to very long and sustained, aromatic and luscious finish. This Syrah highlights richness, fragrance and vitality. It will develop over the next 6-8 years. 25% MS clone, 35% 470, 25% 174 and 15% Chave clone, the fruit 75% from the ‘Bullnose’ and 25% from the neighbouring ‘Isosceles’ vineyards, fully destemmed and fermented to 13.5% alc. the wine spending 28 days on skins and aged 15 months in 37% new French oak barriques."
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Johanneshof Marlborough 2014 Gewurztraminer


Trophy Royal Easter 2016
Gold Royal Easter Wine Show 2016
Super Classic Status Michael Cooper Wine Companion 2016
Trophy Best Gewurztraminer and Pure Gold Air NZ Wine Show.
The judges said...
"Classic perfumed aromas of mango, floral and spice lead to a persistent palate that’s refined and plush at the same time."
Trophy Best Gewurztraminer 6 Nations Challenge
Gold New Zealand International Wine Show 2015
5 stars 96 / 100 pts Wine Orbit August 2015

“This is awesome. The wine is classically perfumed with tropical fruit, potpourri, rose petal and candied ginger. The palate exhibits superb concentration, plush mouthfeel and subtle sweetness, brilliantly enhanced by velvety texture and juicy acidity. Expansive, seamless and utterly delicious..” Sam Kim, Wine Orbit August 2015 - 5 stars 96 / 100 pts
"Powerful and heady, radiating lusciousness and concentration with aromas and flavours of citrus zest, musk, ginger, white pepper and spice infused orange honey." NZIWS
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Te Mata Estate Hawkes Bay Syrah 2014


This is the best value NZ Syrah on the market in term of class and consistency in our opinion.
18/20 Raymond Chan Wine Reviews. He said...
"Very dark, deep, purple-hued ruby-red, youthful in appearance. The nose is elegantly proportioned with concentrated and intense aromas of richly ripe blackberry and raspberry fruit, lifted with bright yellow floral notes from the Viognier. Red and black florals and some black pepper elements add interest. The oaking is integrated and subtle. Medium-bodied, rich, sweet concentrated flavours of ripe black berried fruits are lifted by aromatic raspberry notes. Black pepper, exotic florals and spices emerge from the heart. The tannin extraction is very fine-grained lending a supple mouthfeel, and the wine is enlivened by elevated acidity. This has good energy and tension, and the wine carries to a soft, densely packed, lingering finish. This has accessibility as well as the potential to evolve over the next 4-5 years. Syrah fruit from the Woodthorpe Terraces and Bridge Pa Triangle, destemmed and co-fermented with a small amount of Viognier to 13.0% alc., the wine aged 7 months in new and seasoned French oak."
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Auntsfield Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2015


5 Stars Michael Coopers Wine Companion 2016. He said
“This is benchmark stuff. Freshly scented, it is unusually weighty and sweet-fruited, in a non-herbaceous (not at all grassy) style, with vibrant melon/lime flavours, showing a touch of complexity and a mouth-wateringly crisp, lasting finish.”
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Giant Red Star X 2010 Merlot Malbec Cabernet 2010


Under another label. Raymond Chan gave it 4 stars and spoke of its
"45% Merlot, 34% Malbec, 16% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Syrah, hand picked and fermented...Dark, deep, ruby-red colour...softly concentrated with integrated aromas of earthy plums melded with red and blackcurrants, and dark herb...the palate features a soft, lush, juicy core of blackcurrant and redcurrant fruit, along with dark red plum notes.
Soft, fine-grained tannins.
..This is a soft, sweet-fruited Merlot and Malbec based red with fresh curranty and plummy flavours and fine, dry textures...17.5/20 Jun 2015.."

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Beresford Bell Tower McLaren Vale Shiraz 2013


Top 100 & Blue Gold Sydney International Wine Show 2016
Gold McLaren Vale Wine Show 2015
Gold Royal Melbourne Wine Awards 2015

We first promoted this wine last November. It was a huge hit and flew out the door. We ordered more for Christmas however due to a mix up the 2014 Vintage arrived in New Zealand and this wine traveled to the US.
The good news is that some has been diverted from the US back to NZ. A very small amount. We stocked up. This is a one and only chance.
We originally said this..."This is super wine. Rich and smooth with spicy dark fruits and plum backed up by subtle mocha oak characters. It is well-crafted, generous, with great length and a fine, textured finish.
Shiraz with Three Gold Medals at this Price is not an everyday event. Time to enjoy."

The Sydney Top 100 Judges 2016 said...
"Vibrant plum and pepper with nice oak. A bright and fresh elegant wine with lovely fruit flavours and good length. A vibrant juicy and bright wine with good flesh that went well with the food." Kym Milne MW
"Attractive crimson red hues. Spicy plum aromas on the nose with complex vanillin notes. A beautifully weighted wine with that bright primary fruit and a very fine tannic finish which sits very well with the food." Ken Dobler
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Modella Veneto Prosecco NV


Beautifully packaged this new entrant on to the local wine scene is a delight.
A crisp, deliciously frothy wine, filled with ripe apple and citrus fruit character, this is the model of a perfect Prosecco.
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Askerne Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2015


5 Stars 18.5/20 Raymond Chan Wine Reviews. He said...
"Brilliant straw-yellow colour ... This has a fresh, lively and bright, aromatic nose with intense perfumes and florals, exotic yellow stone fuits and refreshing mineral notes... Dryish to taste and medium-bodied, bright and refreshing flavours of white and yellow exotic florals and stonefruits are the feature on the palate. Subtle layers of spices and honeysuckle unfold from the soft, near unctuous core. The mouthfeel is balanced by fine phenolic textures and lively acidity lending wonderful vitality and energy...This is a bright and lively, exotic, aromatic dryish Pinot Gris with a gentle richness and poise.."
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Beach House Hawkes Bay The Levels Chardonnay 2014


Gold Hawkes Bay Wine 2015
The 2014 has started slow but has now really hit its straps. Big bold lush and morish. All the hall marks of a Chardonnay that is grown very near Clearview.
One for now one and the cellar; highly drinkable all class and all style. In a BIG way of course. The 2013 version of this wine was incredibly good, one of the best from the area.
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Supper Club Marlborough Chardonnay 2014


4 1/2 Stars Wine Orbit. They said...
"It is elegantly fragrant on the nose displaying white nectarine and rock melon characters with subtle vanilla and cedar complexity. The palate is succulent and beautifully weighted, and delivers generous fruit intensity and silky texture. A rounded and attractive chardonnay with a lingering creamy finish. At its best: now to 2018..." Sam Kim
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Whitehaven Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2015


5 Stars Top 10 Cuisine Sauvignon Blanc Tasting January 2016
"John Belsham praised this wine’s “incredible tension”. Jack Glover admired its “aromatic purity”. It’s a leaner style, with stonefruit and green olives in brine notes fuelled by zesty acidity. Try it alongside snapper baked with an anchovy-rich tapenade."
Our view; stunning, the best in years and incredibly good.
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Three Bridges Botrytis Semillon 2013


5 Stars Wine Orbit
4 Stars Raymond Chan Wine Reviews

"A gorgeous sweet wine that offers luscious sweetness and rich fruit intensity as well as balanced acidity, beautifully enhanced by marmalade, honey and dried apricot flavours. At its best: now to 2020. Feb 2015." Wine Orbit
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Nautilus Cuvee Marlborough Brut NV


Trophy Best Sparkling Wine Air NZ Wine Show. The judges said...
"A brilliantly composed sparkling wine; it's harmonious and engaging with notes of macaroon, stone fruit and floral."
Pure Gold Air NZ Wine Show 2015
Michael Cooper Super Classic Status
97/100 Bob Campbell
95/100 & 5 stars Cameron Douglas
5 stars Michael Cooper
93/100 Nick Stock

“Seriously sophisticated bouquet with a savoury, sleek and energized aroma package centering on toasty autolysis; mild fruit. Dry, savoury rich in flavour and character, elegant and long. Gentle mousse with silky texture, brioche and peach. A delicious wine with a long finish.” Cameron Douglas
“Lean and crisp, piercing and long, it’s a beautifully tight, vivacious and refined wine, its Marlborough fruit characters enriched with intense bready aromas and flavours.” Michael Cooper
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Limited stock available

Champagne Beaumet NV


House Champagne at the Ritz
4 1/2 Stars Number 3 Best Buy Cuisine 2015
The most consistent best value NV

5 Stars in 2014; 4 1/2 Stars in 2013; 5 Stars 2012
Champagne outgunning it rivals easily.
Stylish, great presentation.
'Popular in London clubs, Beaumet’s good-value NV Champagne has white flower, citrus, brioche and marmitey richness running through a soft palate of good texture, length and dry finish. A crowd-pleaser with that little bit extra." Cuisine 2015
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Allan Scott Cecilia Brut NV


Bargain Bubblies Viva NZ Herald They said...
"Allan Scott is something of a sparkling specialist with a range of examples including the Cecilia label, which seriously over delivers at its price. It's a wine with some good intensity to its toasty edged palate with its notes of tangy grapefruit and ripe apple fruit."Jo Burzynska
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Eight Carat Sparkling Shiraz NV


Gold Medal NZ International Wine Show 2015
Made by Pirramimma this is a little beauty.
"Perfumed with heady framboise and full of raspberry and cherry with hints of mocha, chocolate, cake spice and pepper, its luscious yet is quiveringly dry." NZIWS
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Veuve Laperrière Blanc de Blancs Brut NV


4 Stars Silver Medal, Decanter World Wine Awards
Commended International Wine Challenge
5 Stars Wine Orbit

“A gorgeous wine. It’s elegantly fragrant on the nose showing white peach, lemon peel, acacia and subtle yeasty complexity. The palate is finely textured and focused with elegant fruit intensity, leading to a lingering silky finish. A fabulous alternative to Champagne.” Sam Kim Wine Orbit
Selling at £9.95 (NZ$19.95) in the UK
“A quality sparkling wine from the famous Ackerman winemakers in the Loire Valley - and under a tenner? Need we say anymore? This is not one to be missed - for anything.” IWC
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Galway Pipe Grand Tawny 12 year


Best in Show Trophy 'Sweet Fortified International' Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2014.
Gold NZ International Wine Competition 2013 2014 & 2015
Gold London International Wine Challenge 2015
Gold Royal Queensland Wine Show 2015
Double Gold San Francisco International Wine Competition 2013
93/100 James Halliday 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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Spade Oak ‘Voysey’ Gisborne Rosé 2015


"Bright, pale peach-pink colour, lighter on edge. This has a very delicate nose with clean and fresh aromas of strawberries, savoury quince and cranberries, lifted by red floral notes and subtle herb elements. Off-dry to taste and light-medium bodied, the palate shows light, gently rich fruit flavours of strawberries and quince, along with lifted red floral elements. The wine follows a smooth flowing line, and the mouthfeel is enlivened by bright, racy and slippery acidity. A fine textural thread leads the palate to a light, mouthwatering, dry finish with delicate strawberry nuances. This is a refreshing, clean, delicately fruited off-dry rosé with strawberry and quince flavours and a slippery mouthfeel." Raymond Chan
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Obsidian Waiheke Island Cabernet Merlot 2013


While Te Mata is releasing their flag ship Coleraine 2014, Obsidian are releasing their straight Cabernet Merlot 2013. This wine 's last 2 vintage releases were from the 2009 and 2010 vintages: they were both super. This one leaves them in the dust. A Super Release that is bound to receive a huge number of brilliant reviews. All class.
5 Stars 93/100 Wine Orbit.
“It is fabulously inviting on the nose displaying cassis, mixed spice, floral and dried herb characters with subtle cedar and game nuances. The palate is focused and concentrated, while offering generous fruit intensity and silky texture, leading to a lingering, finely drying finish. An immensely likable red displaying classic Bordeaux-like aromas together with rich fruit intensity. At its best: 2016 to 2023.” Sam Kim
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Three Bridges Barossa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014


18/20 4 Stars Raymond Chan Wine Reviews
"Very dark, black-hued ruby-red colour with purple hues on the rim. The nose is softly rich and full with concentrated aromas of ripe blackcurrants, cassis liqueur and black berried fruits intermingling with layers of mint, liquorice and cedary oak nuances. Full-bodied, the palate is softly presented with layers of succulent blackberry and blackcurrant fruit flavours entwined with cassis, mint and cedary oak, with eucalypt elements, all harmoniously melded and integrated. The fruit is supported by very fine-grained, flowery tannin extraction providing significant structure, but allow the fruit richness to show. The tannins carry the wine to a dry, fine-textured, lingering finish with light and detailed flavours of cedar and mint. This is a softly full and layered, ripe Cabernet Sauvignon with plenty of fine-grained structure and flowery grip. Match with roasted and grilled beef, lamb and venison over the next 7-9+ years. Fruit from the Barossa Valley fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine aged in French and American oak. 18.0+/20 Feb 2016."
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Very little was allocated to New Zealand: Stocks are limited

Three Bridges Barossa Valley Shiraz 2014


5 Stars Raymond Chan Wine Reviews
"Very dark, saturated black-red colour with youthful purple hues. This has a softly packed nose with a firm core of ripe blackberry and black plum fruit along with aromas of liquorice, spices, black pepper, toasty oak and suggestions of minerally, reduction. Full-bodied, this has a bold and rich palate with concentrated flavours of blackberry and black plum fruit, layered with black pepper, liquorice and spices. The fruit is complexed by oak toast, with mineral and reductive detail in the background. The mouthfeel is soft-textured with underlying fine-grained tannin structure providing significant weight, grip and presence. The fruit sweetness grows and is carried to a lingering finish with nuances of pepper and spices. This is a soft-textured, full-bodied Shiraz with succulent blackberry and plummy fruit, with spice and complexing mineral and toasty oak notes, and considerable powdery tannin structure. Serve with slow-cooked game meat dishes and hard cheeses over the next 7-10 years. Barossa Valley fruit fermented with a portion of whole berries to 14.5% alc., the wine aged 18 months in all new French and American oak barriques and hogsheads."
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Very little was allocated to New Zealand: Stocks are limited

Spade Oak ‘Voysey’ Gisborne Syrah 2013


4 Stars Raymond Chan Wine Reviews. He said...
"Dark, deep, purple-hued ruby-red colour, very youthful in appearance. This has a full, open and accessible nose of rich, ripe dark raspberry and blackberry fruit flavours along with savoury floral, jam and spice elements, leather and game interest, black pepper and bacon-nuanced oak. Medium-bodied and elegant in proportion, the flavours of black and red berry fruits are tightly concentrated with a core melded with spices, pepper and oak. The mouthfeel is brisk, racy and zesty from prominent acidity. Fine-grained tannins carry the fruit and palate to a long, lingering, spicy, cedary finish. Open and aromatic on nose this is a tightly concentrated and fine-grained Syrah with spicy and cedary flavours and a racy mouthfeel. Match with barbecued and roasted red meat dishes over the next 4-5 years..."
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Tintara McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon 2013


5 Stars 94/100 James Halliday Wine Companion 2016. He said...
"Has an elegant medium to full bodied palate with ultra-clear varietal expression largely free of McLaren Vale chocolate, leaving cedary tannins and a touch of cedary earth to provide complexity."
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Yalumba The Guardian Shiraz Viognier 2012


92 Points J Halliday's Wine Companion 2016
91 Points Mike Bennie The Wine Front
Huon Hooke 91 points

“Deep red colour with a good tinge of purple. The bouquet has some smoky oak and red fruit aromas with red cherry and raspberry uppermost, but no mintiness or obvious tell-tale apricotty viognier whiff. It’s full-bodied and rich in the mouth, with ample tannins which run the length of the palate. There’s a lot of fruit and tannin neatly entwined, and it has the strength to take some bottle-age.”
Previously when we have had this wine customers have tried it and came back for more. It's a stunner.
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Torre Del Falasco Corvina IGT 2012


Valpolicella by another name? This intense, spicy wine has body and style. It also speaks so well of its country of origin: racy, a little funky, yet classy with that touch of the exceptional. Hand-picked and dried partially in the sun. Fermented at low temperatures over a prolonged period.
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