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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

Champagne Beaumet 2006 Vintage


4 1/2 Stars Cuisine and 'Best Buy', 18/20 Raymond Chan.Any of the big brands want over a $100 for their vintage champagne and the quality is no different since this is produced by the Castellane Group who make the Laurent Perrier Champagnes.
We forget sometimes that there are a lot of small growers who make their own champagne in the region. It is certainly worth trying these individual champagnes as they offer tremendous complexity for the price - (basically they don't spend vast sums on brand building) so you get real bang for your buck. The house Beaumet has been set up since 1878 and now operates from offices and cellars in the beautiful Malakoff Park, in the centre of Epernay. Here their cellars are 30 meters deep underground and extend for 5 kms. They have more than 60 hectares of land in the best regions of champagne. "A bargain vintage champagne, priced below most non-vintage versions....Gingernut, citrus and attractive mealy aromas are a subtle introduction and the palate light but well balanced and structured." Cuisine.
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Neudorf Nelson Chardonnay 2012


4 1/2 Stars Cuisine and 'Best Buy', 18/20 Raymond Chan
We forget sometimes that there are a lot of small growers who make their own champagne in the region. It is certainly worth trying these individual champagnes as they offer tremendous complexity for the price - (basically they don't spend vast sums on brand building) so you get real bang for your buck. The house Beaumet has been set up since 1878 and now operates from offices and cellars in the beautiful Malakoff Park, in the centre of Epernay. Here their cellars are 30 meters deep underground and extend for 5 kms. They have more than 60 hectares of land in the best regions of champagne. "A bargain vintage champagne, priced below most non-vintage versions....Gingernut, citrus and attractive mealy aromas are a subtle introduction and the palate light but well balanced and structured." Cuisine

Saint Clair Pioneer Block 3 43 Degrees Sauvignon Blanc


Gold: Sydney International Wine Competition 2014
Gold: NZ International Wine Show 2013.
They said..
“Flinty rocks and gravel style with lots of citrus rippling through it and an exciting pineapple-like vibrancy."
Our favourite of the 2013 Block Wines.
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Curious SE Australia Shiraz 2013


91/100 41/2 Stars Wine Orbit...
"It's impressively ripe and fragrant on the nose displaying black/blueberry, dark plum, vanilla and cocoa aromas. The palate is succulent and sumptuous with velvety texture and intense fruit flavours, leading to a super-silky finish. A real crowd-pleaser. At its best: now to 2020..."
Juicy, full and charming Shiraz at this price point is hard to find. This wine hits the spot in every way. Close your eyes take a sip and you'll think $20++++.
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Gemtree Uncut McLaren Vale Shiraz 2012


5 Stars & Best Buy Cuisine
Gold Mundus Vini 2014
93/100 Campbell Mattinson The Wine Front
, he said
"This release hits the groove and rolls with it from start to finish. Cloves, plums, blackberry and chocolate. You know the drill, and know if it's your cuppa. Tannin rumbles through the finish. Length is good. This is a very good (indeed, excellent) release of this popular label... Drink: 2015-2025. "
One of our most popular Shiraz. The 2010 and 2011 flew. This one is a ripper.
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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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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.
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6 Pac = $90.00

Sebastiani Sonoma County Chardonnay 2012


2012 was rated by Robert Parker as Sonoma’s equal greatest Chardonnay vintage since 1970. That’s 42 years. The Sonoma Valley is known as one of the finest Chardonnay producing regions in California. This wine is an excellent example of a robust, rich and lush full style. Peach, melon, ripe apple and butterscotch a lovely creamy texture and a stylish smooth palate.
Metro Magazine Top Wines for Winter
4 Stars Raymond Chan Wine Reviews
4 Stars Wine Orbit.
They said...
"Plush and creamy, this is a comforting chardonnay with tropical fruit, peach and nutty flavours, backed by lovely fruit intensity and silky texture. It's beautifully rounded and supple, and finishes long and smooth. At its best: now to 2016." Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
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Kirrihills Regional Selection Clare Valley Shiraz 2012


5 Stars Wine State
Gold Royal Queensland Wine Show
Gold Royal Adelaide Wine Show

"Lifted, spicy aromatics with subtle Blackberry notes and forest floor and hints of tapenade and subtle cedar oak lingering in the background. The palate is rich and textural. The fruit is abundant in blackberry, olive tapenade and cassis. There are rich fine grained tannins that support the palate and beautifully balanced acidity that props the wine up. Soft integrated French and American oak linger in the background. A bright and vibrant wine with many layers. This wine will age beautifully as well as being very approachable as a drink now wine". The winemaker sums it up beautifully.
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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.
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Sealed 6 Pac = $78.00

Kahurangi Mt Arthur 2013 Reserve Chardonnay


"The 2012 of Mt Arthur Reserve Chardonnay was awarded the Colin Harrison Memorial Trophy last year for being judged Nelson's Best Chardonnay. Bring on the 2013 vintage which was exceptional in the Nelson region too and we have the makings of something very special indeed. Wonderfully ripe and concentrated fruit has been fully barrel fermented in a mix of French and American oak. This is a big intense Chardonnay, creamy and toasty with lashings of peach and tropical fruits. With old school styling inside and out, Mt Arthur Reserve Chardonnay should be just what you're looking for." Vino Fino Christchurch
Great review from our friends in Christchurch. They are right on the button. Serious Chardonnay with a huge future at a very sensible price for one so good.
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Nautilus Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2013


Gold Royal Easter Wine Show 2014
A classic. Nautilus Sauvignon Blanc never fails to impress. It is always released a little later than most so this is their current vintage and it offers superb drinking for the coming summer months.
The winery writes: "The wine is dry and medium-weight. Less assertive on the nose than some, this wine builds through the palate with great fruit complexity and concentration, culminating in a delicious, lingering finish."
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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.

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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Arriba Tempranillo 2012


4 ½ stars - Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
"Ripe, full and flavoursome, this fabulous Spanish red is full of dark plum, blueberry, floral and nutty aromas. The palate is equally inviting with excellent fruit intensity. It's silky and long, and very tasty."
Metro Top 100 Wines for Winter, June 2014 edition
“I’ve spent 22 years in the wine industry searching for a bargain like this.” Steve Bennett MW
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Hewitson Barossa Miss Harry GSM 2012


"91 points... Lithe and appealing" Harvey Steiman, Wine Spectator
92 Points Robert Geddes MW, The Gold Book
91 Points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
"92 points... Cherries on train tracks..." Gary Walsh, The Wine Front on Mar-2014
5 Stars 94 points James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2015 on Aug-2014

"Complex without being try-hard about it. Gorgeous mix of various berried fruits, liquorice, grainy tannin, savoury-smoky notes and clovey oak. It's at the upper end of mid-weight but it's mouth-filling. High quality tannin and length. Warm finish but impressive all round.'
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Rocland Ass Kisser 2010 Shiraz


From the great 2010 vintage comes this beauty wrapped in Chocolaty goodness, rich full, ultra-smooth. A Multi Silver Medal winner which has the ability to cellar for a very long time, yet absolutely brilliant drinking now. "Blackcurrant red. Smoky spices and bramble berries fill the bouquet and the taste is packed with chocolate and spiced plums with the lovely lift of cherry over a savoury backbone. Developing vinous sweetness and intensity, it has smooth velvety tannins and a bright lifted finish with a nice hit of peppery spice and vanillin oak at the end."
Dark fruits, mocha and chocolate roll over the palate in layers. Extremely morish, the perfect winter warmer.
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Kirrihills Single Vineyard Series Tullymore Clare Valley Shiraz 2012


Double Gold San Francisco Wine Competition 2014
Number 1 5 Stars Best Buy Cuisine

"If one wine in our Cuisine shiraz tasting summed up the appeal of this great Australian wine type, it would be this immediately inviting and generous wine, with its lovely cherry, berry, violet and vanillin aromas. A thread of lightly coconutty oak doesn’t intrude and the smooth, ripe, seamless palate is backed by beautifully fine, soft tannins. Its balance of fruit character, concentration, oak and acid balance is nigh on perfect. A worthy number-one shiraz."
Over the last 2 or 3 years the top Cuisine Shiraz has not been what people expected. This year they have got it spot on. This wine is a ripper.
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Milcrest Estate Nelson Pinot Gris 2013


95/100 5 Stars Wine Orbit
"This is a seriously good pinot gris. The opulent bouquet shows mango, pear, apricot and potpourri characters, leading to a sumptuous palate that's filled with attractive fruit flavours and velvety texture, backed by subtle sweetness. A wonderful rendition of the Alsace classic, this is meltingly delicious. At its best: now to 2020. $31.00." Sam Kim Wine Orbit
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Yalumba Eden Valley Viognier 2012


5 stars Ron Wiegand MS MW, Restaurant Wine Newsletter
93 points Tyson Stelzer ,Wine Taste Weekly
93 points Tony Keys, Key Review of Wine
92 points Chris Shanahan, The Canberra Times
93/100 points Decanter Magazine, January 2014 - Must try white
"Yalumba has spent the past 30 years mastering Viognier and this Eden Valley beauty is the quintessence of what the grape variety can put forth. Delicate stone fruit aromas with hints of floral make for an elegant nose. These flavours follow through on the palate, which has lovely texture and is quite complex."
19/20 Matthew Jukes, 100 Best Australian Wines 2013/14. He said "... Move up to my featured 2012 Eden Valley Viognier and you have a wine to which I awarded a vertiginous 19/20. This is not a typo. It scores the same as 2010 Virgilius, the top cuvée. It is certainly a much lighter wine with minimal oak contact. But it is also a wine with a sub-fifteen pound price tag and it is a jollier soul with pizzazz and masses of intrinsic cool. As you can gather I am a massive fan of what Louisa Rose is doing and as every vintage passes the wines become more refined and more memorable..."

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D'Arenberg McLaren Vale The Laughing Magpie Shiraz Viognier 2009


Gold Medal 2011 Decanter World Wine Awards
Gold Medal 2014 Houston Livestock & Rodeo International Wine Competition
Best Value & Gold Medal 2013 China Wine & Spirits Award
Gold Medal 2010 McLaren Vale Wine Show

"A 92%/8% blend, with a pH of 3.31) Bright purple. An exotic and expressive bouquet evokes blackberry, candied plum, violet and mocha, with spice and incense notes adding complexity. Sweet, juicy dark berry flavours show liqueur-like intensity and gain spiciness with aeration. A late note of white pepper adds bit and focus to the plump fruit qualities, which linger on the finish. This will drink very well young." 2011 International Wine Cellar, Josh Raynolds 91 Points
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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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Yalumba Eden Valley Roussanne 2013


"This wine exhibits wild aromas of pawpaw, white fleshed peach, vanilla custard, cumquat and hints of tea rose. The palate is silky yet defined, with stone fruit layered over fresh grapefruit acidity and a fine almond meal texture."
One of the white wine varieties with Marsanne and Viognier that are grown in Rhone Valley in France. Yalumba is making a real statement with Viognier alone and in Shiraz blends. This wine is sure to be a hit as well.
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Trentham Estate 2013 Noble Taminga 375ml


New Release
Trophy Best Desert Wine Spiegelau International Wine Competition 2014
Gold Medal Spiegelau International Wine Competition 2014
, defeating some of this countries very very best stickies. This baby is an absolute bargain.
Taminga is a variety that has been created to suit the warm conditions of the Murray Darling and it's right at home in this Botrytis style by Trentham. Taminga’s aromatic qualities, wines tend to be floral, with fresh citrus and stonefruit characters, crisp acidity and seasoned liberally with cinnamon and nutmeg spice. Trentham have obvious mastered this variety one of whose parents in Traminer. It has luscious and lingering palate of apricot and toffee.
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375 ml

Bladen 2013 Marlborough Gewurztraminer


Trophy Best Gewurztraminer Bragato Wine Competition 2014, betting some big names
Gold Canterbury A&P Show International Aromatic Wine Competition
5 Stars Wine Orbit Sam Kim wine reviews
5 Stars Raymond Chan Wine Reviews
Plus 3 Silvers, Top 5 Cuisine Magazine, 2014 & 4½ Stars Wine State Marlborough Tasting

'Full, even, light straw-yellow colour with green hues. Softly concentrated aromas of exotic florals and rose-petal essence build to become voluminous on bouquet, unfolding layers of spices and musk. Medium-dry to taste, soft flavours of rose petals, Turkish Delight, musk and honeysuckle are harmoniously integrated, forming a weighty, rich, luscious and seamless palate. The mouth feel has a degree of oiliness and unctuousness, the roundness and richness enhanced by low acidity. The palate has alcoholic power providing drive and adding generosity, retaining proportion and the wine shows no undue breadth. The flavours lead to a long, rich, luscious finish with lingering spice notes. This is a rich, lush, alcohol-driven medium-dry Gewurztraminer with spices and florals and a near unctuous mouth feel. Serve with Asian and Middle Eastern cuisine over the next 3-4+ years.
Fruit from Paynters Road, Fairhall, hand-picked and given 12 hours skin contact, then cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 14.5% alc. and 13.0 g/L RS. 18.5-/20..."

A huge hit at our Friday night tasting.
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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.
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Sealed 6 Pac = $84.00

Alpha Domus Barnstormer Syrah 2013


New Release. Following The Trophy Winning 2012
Raymond Chan's Wine Reviews. He said... 18.5+/20

"Very dark, deep, purple red colour, this has a ripe and concentrated nose with an array of aromas ranging from ripe, black berry fruit with hints of pepper, spices and subtle violetty floral and mineral notes. On palate, the fruit is luscious and sweetly aromatic from the ripeness, in no way over-ripe, and supported by very fine, ripe tannin extraction. The elegance and perfume is enhanced by the inclusion of fermented Viognier skins, the amount accounting for <0.5%. A beautiful example of the superb 2013 Hawke's Bay vintage, and it shows Alpha Domus' flair with the variety. 18.5+/20 Jun 2014.."
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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

Bay & Barns 2013 Marlborough Riesling


This wine might just have a Gold medal or two under another label. It is off dry. Lush and morish with a just right acid spine. Cellar it for a year or three or drink it now at this price. It is a ripper.
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Rocky Point Central Otago 2013 Pinot Noir


Just released and already Pure Silver Bragato Wine Competition 2014
'....Rocky Point delivers a standout Central Otago Pinot Noir."
The wineries words could not be truer. From the outstanding 2013 vintage this lush, ripe black fruit laden Pinot is an absolute steal. Deep red in colour; round and full in the mouth. Quality and charm you'd expect from a Pinot Noir that is a lot more expensive.
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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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Bay & Barns East Coast Merlot 2013


A Bargain if we ever saw one.
From the outstanding 2013 vintage comes this lovely little red. Berry fruits, plums topped off with savoury intensity. A lush, fleshy quality that adds to its depth and character. This is what you get from a great year like 2013: super wines at great prices.
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Box 1 Shiraz Stolen


6 Curious SE Australia Shiraz 2013
6 Moonstruck Central Victoria Shiraz 2012
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Box 2 Great White


3 Champagne Beaumet 2006 Vintage
3 Saint Clair Pioneer Block 3 43 Degrees Sauvignon Blanc
3 Sebastiani Sonoma County Chardonnay 2012
3 Neudorf Nelson Chardonnay 2012
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Box 3 What Super Drinks


3 Saint Clair Pioneer Block 3 43 Degrees Sauvignon Blanc
3 Sebastiani Sonoma County Chardonnay 2012
3 Moonstruck Central Victoria Shiraz 2012
3 Gemtree Uncut 2012 McLaren Vale Shiraz
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Box 4 All White


5 Saint Clair Pioneer Block 3 43 Degrees Sauvignon Blanc
4 Sebastiani Sonoma County Chardonnay 2012
3 Neudorf Nelson Chardonnay 2012
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Box 5 Australia


4 Curious SE Australia Shiraz 2013
4 Moonstruck Central Victoria Shiraz 2012
2 Gemtree Uncut 2012 McLaren Vale Shiraz
2 Trentham Coonawarra Family Reserve 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
Elsewhere up to $299.88