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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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Three Bridges Barossa Valley Shiraz 2013


5 Stars 94/100 James Halliday's Wine Companion 2016
5 Stars Wine Orbit
5 Stars 18.5/20 Raymond Chan's Wine Reviews.
He said...
"Dark, deep, near saturated black-red colour with youthful purple hues. The nose is full with harmoniously integrated aromas of ripe black berried fruits and black plums with layers of liquorice and eucalyptus notes unfolding, along with cedary oak, menthol and nuances of meat. Full-bodied, the palate features a well-concentrated a tightly bound core of ripe black berry and plummy fruit entwined with black pepper and liquorice. The fruit is supported by fine, firm tannin structure, and the wine possesses plenty of drive. The wine has a sleek, near slippery flow, the discreet acidity lending good energy. The palate leads to a stylishly restrained, succulent finish with cedary nuances. This is a fine-textured, stylish Shiraz with ripe berry and plum fruit flavours and liquorice and eucalypt interest. Match with slow cooked lamb dishes and Mediterranean fare over the next 6-8 years. Fruit from the Barossa Valley fermented with a portion of whole berries to 14.5% alc., the wine aged 18 months in new French and American oak barriques and hogsheads. 18.5/20 May 2015."
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6 Pac = $120.00

Three Bridges Barossa Valley Durif 2013


Gold Mundus Vini Germany International Wine Show 2015
Gold San Francisco International Wine Show 2015
5 Stars Wine Orbit,
they said...
"The wine exhibits the varieties typical density and intensity. It's packed with blackberry, dark plum, cedar and vanilla characters, brilliantly supported by a richly flavoured palate that's weighty and expansive. Instantly appealing with abundance of delicious flavours. At its best: now to 2020."
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6 Pac = $120.00

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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Guigal Cote Du Rhone 2011


90 Points Wine Enthusiast
90 Points Wine Advocate

"A perennial favorite, it’s reassuring to see that the quality continues to remain high even from Guigal’s least expensive cuvée. Red fruits cherries and raspberries marry easily with hints of clove, cracked pepper, black olive and espresso. It’s round on the midpalate, showing more focus and ample length on the finish." Wine Enthusiast
"The value-priced 2011 Cotes du Rhone (49% Syrah, 46% Grenache and 5% Mourvedre aged 24 months in foudre) over-delivers and exhibits textbook black cherry, smoked earth, olive, underbrush and licorice, as well as a clean, balanced, medium to full-bodied profile on the palate. Rock solid in the vintage and surpassing any number of more expensive releases, it should be consumed over the coming 4-5 years." Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate
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Colombo Martinborough Rose 2015


New Winery New Release
A new label with a brilliant Pinot Noir Rose'. All class.
Lovely strawberry and berry fruit, smooth, long with great acid balance. This is seductive, morish and charming Rose in a drier style with a huge amount of class.
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Nautilus Cuvee Marlborough Brut NV


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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6 Pac = $204.00

Nautilus Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2014


Gold Medal Marlborough Wine Show 2015
Metro Top 100 winner
91/100, Editor’s choice, Wine Enthusiast
90/100 Wilfred Wong

"Nautilus has once again turned out an excellent Sauvignon Blanc, the 2014 is delivers true-to-type flavors. A super choice with a couple dozen raw oysters. Very light straw, green colour; fine grapefruit peel and dried herbs in the nose, fresh, fine depth; medium bodied, nice weight and liveliness on the palate; dry, medium acidity, well balanced; tart grapefruit and savoury notes in the flavours; medium finish." Wilfred Wong
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Mark Rattray Les Pierres 2014 Hawkes Bay Chardonnay


A name from the past comes back in style. A limited release, textural, lush, full Chardonnay whose price is simply beyond being a bargain, it is almost a joke. 2014 was an excellent year for Hawkes Bay Chardonnay this wine is even more proof of that. It simply won't last.
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D'Arenberg McLaren Vale The Dead Arm Shiraz 2011


95/100 Parker’s Wine Advocate
Gold Mundus Wine show 2014
Double Gold China Wine & Spirits Show 2015
91/100 The Wine Front

"Deep garnet-colored with a hint of purple, the 2011 The Dead Arm Shiraz has a quite youthful nose revealing intense cassis, plum and mulberry scents with hoisin sauce, Szechuan pepper and an earthy undercurrent." Lisa Perotti-Brown
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Nautilus Marlborough Pinot Noir 2013


Gold NZ International Wine Show 2015
4 1/2 Stars Cuisine Tasting 2015
Metro Top 100 winner

"Deliciously savoury with a fine silky texture. Hints of tamarillo join morello cherry and the succulent concentrated finish has great sense of pinosity." NZIWS 2015
“Beautifully concentrated and balanced,” said Michael Ivicevich. This wine exudes harmony, from its disarming brambly scents to its molten, soft texture. It’s dense and powerful and needs time.“ Cuisine
This wine is a stunner. Nautilus has quickly become the top end Pinot Noir producer in Marlborough. This wine shows that in spades. As good as the best from the region and a fine ambassador for the grape in New Zealand.
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Alpha Domus The Navigator Hawke’s Bay 2013


5 Stars 18.5/20 Raymond Chan Wine Reviews
5 Stars Yvonne Lorkin

“Very dark, near impenetrable black-red colour with youthful purple hues. The nose is very elegant and refined, with intensely penetrating aromas of ripe blackberry and black plum fruit, unfolding fragrant violet florals, blackcurrants and oak toast. The palate is elegantly proportioned and tightly bound. This has great clarity and focus. The wine flows smoothly, with underlying acid vitality and vibrancy, carrying through to a very long, sweet-fruited, oak-charred finish with freshness and energy. This is an elegant, vibrant and supple Merlot blend with clarity and focussed black fruits. Match with barbecued and roasted red meat dishes over the next 7-8+ years.” M Chan (Abridged)
“Blackberry, boysenberry, dark quava and intensely aromatic spice notes burst from the glass. Comprised of merlot, cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, malbec and petit verdot, this classic Bordeaux blend displays a delicious vein of dried herb and cocoa buoyed by fresh juicy acidity and good grip on the finish.”
Yvonne Lorkin
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6 Pac = $138.00

Alpha Domus AD The Aviator Hawke’s Bay 2013


5 Stars 19+/20 Raymond Chan Wine Reviews
"Very full, near saturated black-hued purple-red colour. This has a very full, voluminous and firmly concentrated nose of ripe black and dark red berry fruits layered with fragrant spices, tobacco, complex earth and dried herb notes and exotic, toasty oak. The aromatics blossom with layers of funky and savoury detail. Full-bodied, the palate features mouthfilling flavours of ripe dark red and black plum fruit along with complexing earth, tobacco, game, dried herbs, cassis and undergrowth elements that unfold in waves of interest. The oaking is powerful, adding toast, spice and cedar. Firm, but fine-grained tannin structure supports the rich fruitiness, carrying the wine to a long, fulsome and powerfully packed finish. This is a fulsome, mouthfilling Cabernet blend with rich, savoury plum fruit and near funky, earthy complexities along with strong oaking. Serve with slow-cooked game meat dishes and hard cheeses over the next 10-12+ years. Hand-picked fruit, a blend of 37% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Cabernet Franc, 18% Merlot and 18% Malbec from the estate Bridge Pa Triangle vineyard, given a cold soak and fermented to 14.5% alc., the wine spending 18-30 days on skins, basket pressed and aged a total of 20 months in 75% new French oak. 510 dozen made. 19.0+/20 Apr 2015."
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Beresford 2013 Bell Tower McLaren Vale Shiraz


Gold Sydney International Wine Competition 2015
Gold McLaren Vale Wine Show 2015
Gold Royal Melbourne Wine Awards 2015

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 every day event. Time to enjoy.
This wine replaces the Highwood in the Beresford range. Here is a super opportunity to experience the new look and brilliant taste.
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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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6 Pac = $105.00

Garagiste Gisborne Chardonnay 2013


Love it you will, if you're into good old fashioned Mendoza clone Chardonnay. Savoury barrel ferment characters, toasty oak and super acid balance. Peaches, pineapple, buttery, slightly nutty with a full rich smooth mouthfeel. A long and very morish finish completes the picture. Was a huge hit at our tasting of the Garagiste with the other two featured wines.
Very limited stocks.
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Forrest The Doctors Marlborough 2013 Sauvignon Blanc


Gold Sydney Top 100 2015
4 Stars 17.5+/20 Raymond Chan Wine Reviews.
He said...
"Bright, very pale straw-green colour, near colourless on rim. The nose is softly full and voluminous with aromas of ripe, pungent passionfruit and tropical fruits, harmoniously presented, building with depth. Dry to taste and light-bodied, the palate features soft and gentle, grainy textures encasing up-front passionfruit flavours infused with mineral notes. The palate has restrained, but lush and juicy acidity underlining the phenolic line, and the flavours flow to a dry, mouthwatering finish with soft, lingering minerally nuances. This is a thirst-quenching, up-front and soft textured Sauvignon Blanc with pungent passionfruit flavours. Match with Asian fare and vegetable dishes over the next 2 years. Made from fruit especially managed for the lower alcohol style, fermented to 9.5% alc."
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Greywacke Marlborough Pinot Gris 2013


5 Stars Cooper 2015
5 Stars Raymond Chan

“Mouth filling, creamy textured, with youthful ripe peach, pear, lychee and spice flavours. A splash of sweetness (10g/l RS) and excellent complexity and harmony.” M Cooper
Greywacke is Kevin Judd, Cloudy Bay's very famous initial winemaker’s label. The wines are always excellent. This is serious Pinot Gris leaning to the drier side of the spectrum. All class.
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Tatty Bogler Waitaki Central Otago Pinot Gris 2015


Great New Release.
18/20 Raymond Chan Wine Reviews

"Waitaki Valley fruit fermented with 15% in seasoned oak to 12.5% alc. and 7.74 g/L RS, the wine aged on lees. Bright, pale straw colour with light lemony hues, pale on rim. This has a very fresh, bright and lively nose of white stonefruits with lifted exotic florals, fermentation esters and subtle nuances of honeysuckle. The aromatics show good depth and intensity, unfolding an array of florals and spice hints. Off-dry to taste and light-medium bodied, the fruit flavours of white stonefruits, florals and honey are gently sweet and succulent, and show with real vitality and energy. The mouthfeel is refreshingly brisk and lively, revealing spice and musk elements, and grows in richness with a smooth, near-unctuous flow. The wine carries to a fresh finish with steely, minerally elements. This is a crisp, refreshing and lively, aromatic, dryish Pinot Gris with exotic floral, spice and honeyed notes. Match with Thai, Japanese and Vietnamese fare over the next 3-4 years. 18.0/20 Oct 2015..."
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Whitehaven Marlborough Pinot Gris 2013


Silver Medal Royal Easter Show 2014
Silver Medal China Wine and Spirits Awards 2014
Silver Medal International Cool Climate Wine Show 2014
Silver Medal New Zealand International Wine Show 2013

Pale golden straw in colour. Ripe pear, spiced apple and quince paste, with a suggestion of mead and figs on the nose. A full-flavoured wine, with a rich mouth-filling texture, lingering acidity and an off-dry finish. Pear flavours and some ripe stone fruit dominate the fresh and weighty palate.
Superb now. This wine was made by Sam Smail, arguably the best Pinot Gris winemaker in the land. He is responsible for many trophies and Gold medals over a variety of labels over many years. This wine has improved out of sight in the bottle and is drinking superbly.
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Cracroft Chase Canterbury Grey Pearl Pinot Gris 2011


Grey Pearl is made in an appealingly crisp and dry Pinot Grigio style with a lovely textured mouthfeel and lengthy finish. It's super food-friendly and well worth cellaring for a year or two more.
A real dry Pinot Gris with bottle age and heaps of charm.
Alex and Wilma Laryn immigrated from Italy in 1996, and established Cracroft Chase Vineyard in Christchurch soon after. Situated in Cashmere at the foot of the Port Hills they produce some wonderful Pinot Gris.
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Johanneshof Marlborough 2014 Gewurztraminer


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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Garagiste Gisborne Gewurztraminer 2014


If you liked 'The Family' 2014 Gewurz, the Matawhero Gewurz from Gisborne, or the Johanneshof from any vintage, try this.
Great Gewurz with intense spice, lychee and rose petal. Medium dry with a full lush palate that many Gewurz lovers crave. Smooth, lush and morish. Not enough made to for wine shows, just enough to please. This wine will get better with time in the cellar, it sure is good now.
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Flying Sheep Hawkes Bay 2010 Gewurztraminer


Pure Gold Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2011
Top 40 Best Buy Wine State
4 1/2 Stars Cameron Douglas Master Sommelier
4 1/2 Stars Michael Cooper

"Richly fragrant, exotically perfumed wine, estate-grown at Mangatahi. Weighty (14.5% alc/vol), it’s a medium-dry style with concentrated stonefruit, spice and ginger flavours and loads of personality. Still fresh, it’s drinking well now."
"The heady, perfumed aroma has all the classic bells and whistles - ripe, intense notes of ginger, rose scented Turkish delight and poached pears. The palate is unctuous, spicy, perfumed and warming. Pear and tropical flavours shine through and the finish is generous..."
Deborah Walton-Derry Marlborough Express
If you like rich, lush, Gewurz then this one is for you! The taste that only lovely aged Gewurz has when all “the bits” have joined in perfect harmony. If this was from Alsace you wouldn’t get change from $30.00. Yes that good!
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Fromm Spatlese Riesling 2014


5 Stars Cuisine 2015
The Fromm winery team are masters at making medium spatlese-style riesling. There’s so much enveloping citrus spice and acidity that the sweetness disappears, noted John Belsham, Cuisine
"Rich, ripe fruit complimented by fresh acidity and a mineral backbone. A sweet low alcohol Riesling of purity with a long and cleansing finish." (March 2015),Winery.
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Twin Islands Methode Brut NV


This wine has had brilliant reviews over many vintages. Cuisine has given it 5 Star reviews as has Wine Gourmet Traveller.
The winemakers at Nautilus are responsible for one of New Zealand’s most acclaimed bubblies, the Nautilus Cuvée. The Twin Islands NV also has great depth of flavour, and shows the lengths that winemakers go to in making a bubbly that well and truly punches above its weight. Fresh strawberry and melon flavours are evident, along with some biscuity overtones. Close your eyes and enjoy.
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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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Greywacke Late Harvest Marlborough Riesling 2011 375 ml


95/100 Huon Hooke
92/100 James Suckling
"Moderately sweet Riesling with honey from botrytis as well as peach/stone fruits and citrus flavours. Varietal flavours are still very evident despite a significant botrytis influence. Good tension between acidity and sweetness with mouth-tingling finish." Bob Campbell
Greywacke is Kevin Judd, Cloudy Bay's very famous initial winemaker’s label. The wines are always excellent
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Forrest Estate Marlborough Botrytised Riesling 2012 375 ml Bottle


Trophy Best Sweet Wine, Spiegelau Wine Awards 2013
Trophy Best Young Sweet Floral Styles, International Sweet Wine Challenge, Australia
Pure Silver Medal Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2014
Pure Silver Medal Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2013
5 Stars Cameron Douglas, Master Sommelier, April 2014

"A fantastic bouquet of poached pear, beeswax honey, spices and toffee apple - complex! On the palate - 8/10 on the sweetness scale, but has the acidity to more than balance this attribute; fresh lively and sweet with medium+ weight and complexity and a long exciting finish. You will love this wine - I did!" Cameron Douglas MS
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Kingsmill ‘Tippet’s Dam’ Bannockburn Central Otago Pinot Noir 2013


5 Stars Raymond Chan Wine Reviews. He said...
"Very dark, deep, purple-hued ruby-red colour, youthful in appearance. The nose is elegantly concentrated with refined aromas of black cherry fruit complexed by thyme herb and savoury herb and stalk whole cluster complexities, revealing lifted floral notes with aeration. Medium-full bodied, the palate is very tightly concentrated with black cherry fruit infused with herbs and whole bunch stalk elements at the core. The fruit is encased by very fine-grained tannins, and the palate shows excellent drive and linearity, underlined by acid tension. The wine is balanced and focussed, and carries through to a very long, sweet-fruited and fine-textured finish. This is an elegant and finely concentrated Pinot Noir with refined structure, linearity and subtle whole cluster complexities. Match with poultry, pork, beef and lamb dishes over the next 5-6+ years. Clones 10/5, 5, 777, 115, 113 and 13, the fruit hand-picked, given a cold soak and fermented with 20% whole clusters to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 9 months in French oak...."
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Supper Club Central Otago Pinot Noir 2014


This is a super full, rich, loaded with black cherry and dark fruit Pinot Noir. Its savoury full palate has intensity and charm. Great drinking now, and will improve over the next 12 to 18 months. Superb value.
4 1/2 Stars Wine Orbit. They said...
"The wine shows lovely mix of ripe berry and plum flavours with nuances of clove and nutmeg. It is juicy and brightly flavoured on the palate, showing attractive fruit purity backed by fine tannins. Very smooth and lingering, and pleasingly dry. At its best: now to 2019.."
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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."
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Pied Stilt 2011 Nelson Pinot Noir


A true Pinot Noir bargain.
Highly drinkable, smooth lovely cherry and berry fruit.
A lighter styled, elegant Pinot Noir, showing lovely fruit, soft silky tannins and subtle French Oak influences, with a lovely savoury fruit and lingering finish.
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Garagiste Gisborne Hawkes Bay 2013 Cabernet Merlot Malbec


Merlot and Malbec from Gisborne with Hawkes Bay Cabernet from one of the greatest vintages we will ever see for red wine in New Zealand. This very, very small production red is dark and inky in colour. Blackberry, cassis, licorice with savoury oak on the nose flow onto the palate. It is full, bright and intense with concentrated fruit in the mouth, with a smooth long lingering finish that is marked by fine, intense and smooth tannins. Approachable now but cellar time will only improve this charming red.
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Obsidian Waiheke Island 2010 Cabernet Merlot


Gold Royal Easter Wine Show 2015
The 2009 was a real hit. The 2010 comes from a 7/7 vintage on Waiheke Island. It's big brother received a 98/100 review from Bob Campbell MW and sold out very quickly.
18/20 Raymond Chan Wine reviews. He said...
"...48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, 8% Petit Verdot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 3% Malbec, fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 10 months in 10% new French oak, the remainder seasoned French barrels with some American oak. Dark, deep, black-hued ruby-red colour with garnet hues on rim. The bouquet is full, robust and densely packed with aromas of savoury blackcurrant and plum fruit, harmoniously intermixed with savoury earth and leather complexities that unfold in layers of interest. Fullish-bodied, softly concentrated flavours of plush and rich dark plum fruits, earth and dark herbs show some secondary development with leathery and dustiness. The mouthfeel is fulsome and solid with plenty of tannin structure and underlying alcohol power. As the wine flows, the textures build and lead to a dry, firm finish. This is a solid and well-structured Cabernet/Merlot with complexing secondary development..."
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Mills Reef Reserve Gimblett Gravels Merlot Malbec 2014


5 Stars Best Buy & Top Tip 2015
What a fantastic follow up to the brilliant 2013. We think this might even be better. Why? There was no Elspeth 2014 Merlot; Malbec or Merlot/Malbec made; the good stuff all went into this wine. It shows.
This fine wine is an appealing blend of the classic Bordeaux varieties, Merlot (60%), Malbec (40%). Grapes were grown in the highly acclaimed Gimblett Gravels.
This deliciously approachable Merlot Malbec is silky smooth with mouthfilling blackcurrant and raspberry fruit flavours, intertwined with leather and spice complexity. A delightful wine with instant appeal, it will pair beautifully with lamb or pork dishes.
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Askerne Reserve Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Franc Malbec 2013


Gold Bragato Wine Awards 2014
The varietal mix was 44% Merlot, 39% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Cabernet Franc and Malbec.
Deeply coloured with a blue purple hue. Aromatic characters of dark plum, cassis and spice lead through into the elegant yet powerful palate.
Subtle front palate tannins provide excellent structure. Drink over the next 7 to 10 years.
This is a great smooth Bordeaux blend made by Ant McKenzie of Dry River fame. It is very harmonious; smooth, wrapped in a medium body. It will benefit from cellaring.
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The Willows Barossa Shiraz 2010


Back to its best.
Wine of the Week Canvas NZ herald Yvonne Lorkin,
she said...
"Deeply meaty on the nose and palate, this is definitely more on the savoury side for Shiraz and WAY less jammy than most. In fact there's a distinct roasting pan, gravy-like richness to this wine that oozes personality and depth. It also has good, solid acidity to keep it buoyant in the mouth and a layer of dried herb and pepper adds real complexity. It'll soothe the throat and clear the nose."
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Yalumba Paradox Barossa Shiraz 2012


Gold Medal Royal Adelaide Wine Show 2015
5 Stars 96 points A HUGE Halliday Score.
He said
"Dense crimson-purple hue, still 100% youthful; this is a mighty wine, with awesome concentration and power; as always, a handwritten sticker lab label says nothing whatsoever about the wine - extremely frustrating when it is as good as this. Black fruits, licorice and almost velvety tannins fill the mouth with contentment, frustration to one side. 96 points. Drink By: 2037. Price: $45.00. Alcohol:13.5%. James Halliday - 27th July 2015
Note the Australian Price $45.00
Our friends at Vino Fino in Christchurch beautifully summed up this wine:
"We say... PARADOX: An opinion or statement contrary to received opinion. - The Paradox is not what you might expect from a wine from the Northern Barossa. It’s not the high octane, lots of new oak stereotypical Northern Barossa Shiraz, but rather a softer more gentle, velvet-like and savoury style of wine. This is only the second vintage of Paradox Shiraz and once again this is outstanding."
We agreed.
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6 Pac = $156.00

Pirramimma Katunga McLaren Vale Shiraz 2012


Gold Medal NZ International Wine Show 2015, they said...
"Awesome complexity on the nose, showing berry compote, tanned leather, cedar and fruitcake aromas, followed by an extravagant and delectable palate that's marked by extreme length."
This is stunning Shiraz at an incredible price.
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Rocland Ass Kisser Barossa 2013 Shiraz


No accolades for this charmer. Why? The label was owned by Rocland of 'Chocolate Box' fame; it has now changed hands. However this one was made by Rocland and interestingly there was no Chocolate Box Shiraz from the 2013 vintage. So it begs the question. Is this it? The answer...this wine really is very very good; and our lips are superglued for any other comment.
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 it's glowing characters shine. It will cellar for up to 6 years.
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McPherson Curious SE Australia Shiraz 2013


Gold Medal Rutherglen Wine Show 2015
4.5 Stars Wine State 'Recommended'

A rich, complex wine with mouth filling flavours of ripe plums, chocolate and spice, with a hint of toasty oak.
It is drinking superbly, beautifully balanced and offers superb value.
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Chocoholic Western Cape Pinotage 2014


Wine of The Week Canvas NZ Herald
"If sweet spice driven, berry soaked red wines
are your ultimate indulgence, then you may want to look away now, because this wine could cast a spell on you. Pinotage is a South African grape bred from pinot noir and cinsault back in 1925, and Darling is a wine region on the Western Cape where dry farmed, bush vines thrive. Think a liquid version of black forest gateau and you're getting close. Seductive." Yvonne Lorkin Wine of The Week Canvas NZ Herald
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Torre Del Falasco DOC Bardolino 2012


This wine is marked by its violet and blackcurrant nose, shy, persistent smooth palate and long aftertaste. Classically Italian and highly drinkable.
In terms of palate weight think merlot, fuller Pinot Noir or medium bodied Syrah.
Bardolino is the style of wine grown closest to Lake Garda. Corvina and Rondinella grapes are used in this wine and grown in the micro climate of the East side of Lake Garda, Italy. These grapes are the same as used in Valpolicella.
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Italian Mix Valpolicella Dream Save $120.00


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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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5 Nautilus Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2014
4 Mark Rattary Les Pierres 2014 Hawkes Bay Chardonnay
3 Greywacke Marlborough Pinot Gris 2013
Elsewhere up to $333.88

Box 4 The Right Pair Save $90


6 Mark Rattary Les Pierres 2014 Hawkes Bay Chardonnay
6 Beresford 2013 Bell Tower McLaren Vale Shiraz
Elsewhere up to $293.88

Box 5 Three Great Reds Save $98


4 Alpha Domus 'The Navigator' Hawke’s Bay 2013
4 Beresford 2013 Bell Tower McLaren Vale Shiraz
4 Yalumba 'The Scribbler' Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz 2012
Elsewhere up to $327.88

Box 1 Double Shiraz


6 Beresford 2013 Bell Tower McLaren Vale Shiraz
6 Three Bridges Barossa Valley Shiraz 2013
Elsewhere up to $311.88

Box 2 Kiwi Class


4 Ana Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2015
4 Mark Rattray Les Pierres 2014 Hawkes Bay Chardonnay
4 Alpha Domus 'The Navigator' Hawke’s Bay 2013
Elsewhere up to $323.88

Box 3 Four Aussies


3 Three Bridges Barossa Valley Durif 2013
3 Beresford 2013 Bell Tower McLaren Vale Shiraz
3 Three Bridges Barossa Valley Shiraz 2013
3 Yalumba 'The Scribbler' Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz 2012
Elsewhere up to $323.88

Box 4 The Right Pair Save $90


6 Mark Rattray Les Pierres 2014 Hawkes Bay Chardonnay
6 Beresford 2013 Bell Tower McLaren Vale Shiraz
Elsewhere up to $293.88

Box 5 Two Non Aussie Reds Great too


6 Guigal Cote Du Rhone 2011
6 Alpha Domus 'The Navigator' Hawke’s Bay 2013
Elsewhere up to $365.88