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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

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

Carrick Unravelled Central Otago Pinot Noir 2012


4 Stars Bob Campbell MW. "Offers value at this price" (It's full retail price)
4 Stars Raymond Chan Wine Reviews He said...
"Dark ruby-red colour with good depth and some garnet hues on edge. This has a softly concentrated and packed nose of black cherry fruit integrated with dark plum, soft earth and spicy liquorice notes, revealing lifted red floral elements in the glass. Medium-full bodied, fulsome, up-front and ripe dark berry fruit flavours meld with earthy notes and dusty liquorice elements. Moderately fine, grainy tannins and soft acidity provide a rounded backbone and mouthfeel. The palate has good weight and presence, and recedes to an open, fruity finish. This is a soft textured and densely packed Pinot Noir with dark fruits and earthy, liquorice notes. .... Certified Bio Gro Organic..." Raymond Chan Wine Reviews
Please Note: Certified Organic Bio Gro New Zealand

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

Toi Toi Marlborough Reserve Chardonnay 2012


Gold Spiegelau Wine Competition 2014
4 Stars Peter Saunders

Classic Marlborough, a super wine, which will cellar well over the next 18 to 30 months, and is drinking beautifully now. It literately sparkles in the glass with a clear, bright golden hue. A smokey aromatic nose with notes of slate and an exciting palate of white stone fruits, lemon citrus, spice and oak wisps with loads of freshness.
If you like the Whitehaven 2012; Nga Waka 2013 or the Lake Chalice Raptor 2010 this wine is for you. Think Reserve Version.
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Kakapo 2010 Nelson Pinot Noir


Top Wine under $25.00 4 1/2 Stars Wine State Pinot Noir Tasting. They said...
"Attractive redcurrant/cranberry fruit nose with earthy herbal notes and a well-integrated palate with good Pinot richness and a fine line of tannins."
This Pinot is an unbelievable bargain. It was a huge hit when tasted instore. Our very large supply disappeared before our eyes. 4.5/5 for Taste; 7/5 for value
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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.
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Sealed 6 Pac = $90.00

Te Mania Nelson 2013 Chardonnay


New Release
Silver Medal Bragato Wine Competition 2013
4 Stars Raymond Chan's Wine Reviews.
He said...
"...Bright straw-yellow colour with light golden hues. The nose is elegantly presented with moderately deep and concentrated aromas of ripe yellow stonefruits entwined with balanced, complexing nutty and creamy barrel-ferment notes. Medium-bodied, the flavours are tightly held and concentrated with yellow stonefruit flavours alongside mealy, nutty oak..."
This wine is a juicy lovely balanced wine with huge appeal. Nutty, creamy, soft and morish. Super appealing.
Please Note: Vegan & Certified Organic Bio Gro New Zealand
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Mondillo Bendigo 2012 Central Otago Pinot Noir


Every vintage of this wine has been Gold; 5 Star and or a Trophy winner. Rich and full. One of my personal favourites. This Multi Silver medal winner is just getting into its stride. It is simple lovely.
5 stars, Raymond Chan Wine Awards"Aromatic fruit aromas of dark cherries, raspberries, red liquorice, unfolding an amalgam of violet florals and oak. Medium-full bodied, elegantly proportioned and concentrated flavours of dark berry fruit…. richness and succulence combined with refined, supple tannins forming a smooth and seamless mouthfeel. The richness and depth of fruit builds on the palate, with ripe, fine acidity adding to the lively, primary fruit expression. Nuances of spices and oak toast add layers of interest, and are carried through to a fine-textured, very long and sustained finish. This is an elegant and succulent, refined and seamless Pinot Noir. Cellar 6-8 years."
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Spade Oak Voysey Gisborne Chardonnay 2012


Wine of the Week John Hawkesby Canvas NZ Herald
4 Stars Raymond Chan's Wine Reviews
Steve Voysey was the man responsible for the Saints Chardonnay and Montana O Gisborne Chardonnays when they were absolute stars. Spade Oak is his label and he has continued that proud tradition. We've all heard how good the 2013 vintage was here is more proof.
A ripe tropical nose showing yellow stonefruits, custard and toasted nuts is followed by a smooth, silky and citrusy palate. There is a nice creamy, mealy thread running through the wine and spicy peach and nectarine flavours flowing through to the finish. It has its best ahead of it, drinking now until the summer of 2017/2018.
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Rockburn Central Otago 2012 Pinot Noir


Gold Medal San Francisco International Wine Competition 2014
Gold Medal International Cool Climate Wine Show 2014
Gold Decanter World Wine Awards 2014 London
Gold Medal Easter Show Wine Awards 2014
Double Gold China Wine & Spirits Best Value Awards 2014
Pure Gold Romeo Bragato Awards 2013
Blue-Gold Top 100 Sydney International Wine Competition 2014
5 Stars Wine State Magazine Nov/Dec 2013

"Cherry red in colour. On the nose cherry, aniseed and some vanilla oak, with a hint of mint. Beautifully soft and chalky tannins on the palate, with lots of bright fresh red fruits, particularly cherry. It had beautiful tannin structure and it was a lovely match with the food." Meg Brodtmann MW Sydney Top 100 2014
This wine is about to get No 1 Status in one of NZ's premium Food & Wine Magazines
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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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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..."
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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.
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Jim Barry Lodge Hill Clare Valley 2012 Shiraz


Gold Royal Hobart Wine Show 2013
Gold Royal Queensland Wine Show 2013
Silver Cowra Wine Show 2013
Silver Royal Adelaide Wine Show 2013
Silver Clare Valley Regional Wine Show 2013
95 Points James Halliday Wine Companion 2015
90 Points Lisa Perrotti-Brown eRobertParker
she said...
“Medium to deep garnet-purple coloured, the 2012 The Lodge Hill Shiraz is scented of crushed mulberries, black cherries and plums, with nuances of cloves and lavender. Medium to full-bodied with plenty of juicy black fruit flavours supported by a medium level of rounded tannins and balancing acid, it finishes with good length. Drink it now to 2018+.”
“Vivid purple-crimson; a totally delicious wine with a spring in its step more frequently encountered in cool climate shiraz; its fruit flavours span blood plum, red cherry and mulberry, these complexed by spice and garden herbs, the tannins fine and supple. Great value.”
James Halliday

Jim Barry 2012 The Cover Drive Cabernet Sauvignon


The Cover Drive was one of the very first wines called by name not variety. It has a cult following and is simply yummy from top vintages. 2012 is one of those. A multi Silver medal winner.
"This wine is deep garnet in colour with high clarity. The nose is very aromatic, displaying primary characters of cassis and dark berries with subtle hints of dried herbs.
The palate is medium bodied and generous, showing fine tannins, highlighted by flavours of blackcurrant, mint and morello cherries.
As with previous releases of ‘The Cover Drive’, the wine displays harmonious balance and can be enjoyed now or will reward cellaring for 5 years."
Jim Barry Wines, we couldn't say better ourselves.
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Yalumba The Scribbler Cabernet Sauvignon/Shiraz 2012


95 points James Halliday; he said...
"Appropriate quality and character given the vintage. 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 Wine Companion 2015
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Whitehaven Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2013


Trophy Best of Show International East Meets West Wine Challenge
Trophy Best of East meets West International East Meets West Wine Challenge
Trophy Best of Class International East Meets West Wine Challenge
GOLD International East Meets West Wine Challenge
GOLD China Wines & Spirits Awards
Pure Silver Air NZ Wine Awards
Silver Korean Wine Challenge
Silver San Francisco
Do we have to say anymore?
Classic Marlborough from a Classic year.
The palate is full and vibrant. Fresh nettle, gooseberry and tropical fruit flavours abound and linger on the long, clean acid finish.
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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
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Calusari Pinot Noir 2011


"You may not have tasted a Romanian wine recently, but I suspect it’s only a matter of time before you do. The value for money coming out of that country is truly amazing." Olly Smith, The Daily Mail
What a difference a year makes. This wine has grown into its skin big time over the last 12 months. It was a hit at our Euro tasting and showed out to be not only characterful but also loaded with Pinotisty. It is a pale garnet colour with aromas of violets, dried cherries and hints of tobacco. Juicy, light and berry filled palate with a smooth, velvety finish.
Elsewhere up to $21.99

Sealed 6 Pac = $78.00

Pewsey Vale Vineyard The Contours Riesling 2009


Gold Melbourne Royal Wine Show 2013
Silver Barossa Wine Show 2013
One of Australia's very best Rieslings

"Pewsey Vale Vineyard The Contours Riesling 2009 is a rich and intensely flavoured wine. Pale straw with green hues, the aromas are intense but restrained with classic lemon and a floral influence with nuances of bottle aged toast, clove oil and lemongrass. The palate shows great length and depth with limes, toasted brioche, sage oil and lemongrass. The wine finishes with a fresh natural acidity that balances the flavour intensity." Pewsey Vale
An apology: The email price was incorrect.
Elsewhere up to $39.99

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."
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Moonstruck Central Victoria Shiraz 2012


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

"Raspberry, cherry, chocolate, leather, meaty oak and mint all come together nicely with a creamy spicy finish." NZIWS 2013
Think the best of Hawkes Bay, meets the Rhone. This is why Central Victoria is go good at this style. Charming and very drinkable. With a fantastic package. Made by McPherson, the makers of the Basilisk from an outstanding Australian vintage.
Elsewhere up to $22.99

6 Pac = $90.00

Trentham Coonawarra Family Reserve 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon


5 Stars James Halliday's Wine Companion 2015. He said..
"Bright crimson purple; the grapes were picked at the right moment, leading to a medium bodied wine with Coonawarra earth, cassis/blackcurrant/mint fruit and persistent, savoury tannins. a strong expression of place..."
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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.

Charcoal Gully 2008 Central Otago Gewurztraminer


"Looks like a petrol Station." Ok ugly label but the wine inside is extremely good. Spice, turkish delight, full rose petal, medium to full palate. This wine has benefited from aging and is drinking super well now. Drinking now and over the next year.
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Aramis White Label 2010 McLaren Vale Shiraz


93/100 James Halliday's 2014 Australian Wine Companion. He said...
"Vibrant purple, blackberry, spiced plum and fruitcake are exhibited on the bouquet. The medium bodied palate is warm, fleshy and generous, finishing with spicy oak and gravelly tannins; good value drinking."
"This blockbuster red has an inky red black colour and smells concentrated and powerful with biscuity oak, a hint of tar, spices and currants. The tannins are firm and the flavours depict spiced plums/ prunes, tobacco and cigar box characters with a fruit sweet juiciness to the long lasting finish."
Sue Courtney Wines of the Week
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Heartland 2012 Spice Trader Langhorne Creek Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon


Made by the Brilliant Ben Glaetzer. This is the first wine under this label and it is fantastic.
The Get Wines Direct Trophy for The Best Wine Under $20: The Great Australian Red
The Amcor Closures Stelvin Trophy for The Best Shiraz Dominant Blend: The Great Australian Red
90 Robert Parker

"The 2012 Spice Trader Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon is deep garnet - purple in color and shows off a pronounced cassis and black plum nose with hints of eucalyptus, star anise, cloves and pepper. Medium to full-bodied with lots of mouth-filling and juicy blackberry flavor, it is supported by medium level, grainy tannins and refreshing acid before finishing with very good length. Drink it now to 2017." Lisa Perrotti: Robert Parker
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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.

Box 1 Italy Save over $150.00


6 Toso Prosecco Frizzante NV
6 Molto Purezza Negroamaro Del Santo 2011
Elsewhere up to $329.88

Box 2 Burgundy Kiwi Style


3 Spade Oak ‘Voysey’ Gisborne Chardonnay 2013
3 Toi Toi Marlborough Reserve Chardonnay 2012
3 Kakapo 2010 Nelson Pinot Noir
3 Carrick Unravelled Central Otago Pinot Noir 2012
Elsewhere up to $320.88

Box 3 Euro Reds Monster Deal


6 Gris Caillou Bordeaux 2006
6 Molto Purezza Negroamaro Del Santo 2011
Elsewhere up to $311.88

Box 4 Shiraz times Three


6 Jim Barry Lodge Hill Clare Valley Shiraz 2012
3 Morambro Creek Padthaway Shiraz 2010
3 Aramis Black Label 2010 McLaren Vale Shiraz
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Box 5 The Big Weekend Mix Save over $135.00


2 Toso Prosecco Frizzante NV
2 Toi Toi Marlborough Reserve Chardonnay 2012
2 Spade Oak ‘Heart of Gold’ Gisborne Rosé 2013
2 Carrick Unravelled Central Otago Pinot Noir 2012
2 Gris Caillou Bordeaux 2006
2 Jim Barry Lodge Hill Clare Valley Shiraz 2012
Elsewhere up to $357.88