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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

Beach House Selection Hawke's Bay Chardonnay 2017


4 1/2 stars Best Buy Cuisine Chardonnay tasting 2018. They said...
"A fleshy style with some tropical melon notes balanced by stone fruits with a warm vanillin overlay. The spicy expression and smooth texture reminds us of classic aromas and flavours that are still relevant. A terrific long satin finish."
Elsewhere up to $26.99

Yalumba The Caley Cabernet Shiraz 2012 Magnum


One only Magnum of the First Vintage Ever of this wine, only six made it to our shores.
79% Cabernet Sauvignon & 21% Shiraz
The critics:
96+/100 Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
5 Stars & 20/20 Raymond Chan
5 Stars & 100/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
94+/100 Mike Bennie, The Wine Front
98/100 James Halliday's Wine Companion. He said...

"52% Coonawarra cabernet, 27% Barossa cabernet and 21% Barossa shiraz, open-fermented with wild yeast (three days) then cultured yeast. Bright, deep crimson-purple; the bouquet instantly semaphores a glorious profusion of cassis, blackberry and black cherry fruits, flavours which are precisely mirrored by the palate. But it's the way this beautiful wine caresses the mouth that is so special, the tannins polished, the oak judged to perfection."
"This is the first vintage of Yalumba’s new Cabernet/Shiraz-based flagship wine. Deep garnet in colour, the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon / Shiraz The Caley offers expressive baked blackberries, cherry cordial and blackcurrant jelly notes with suggestions of Chinese five spice, cedar and anise. The palate is built like a brick house, delivering a solid structure of firm, grainy tannins and plenty of freshness to support and complement the voluptuous, full-bodied flesh. It offers a very long, layered finish with lingering exotic spice and black berry preserves notes. Give it 3-5 more years in bottle and drink it over the next twenty-five." Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
In cellar price $1200.00

Langmeil Pure Eden Eden Valley Shiraz 2015


A cellar door only wine rarely available in New Zealand
98 points Top Australian Red Australian Wine Gourmet Traveller August/september 2018. they said...

"The colour is dense and profound; the aroma is initially toasty oak then mocha, chocolate, fruit-cake, raspberry with spices, tar and graphite also chiming in. ther's lot of very fine, supple tannins and a massive body. very Eden Valley; very opulenet and heodonistic."
Very Limited

Earthworks Barossa Shiraz 2017


5 Stars Wine Orbit
4 Stars Raymond Chan Wine Reviews
5/5+ for Value Primo Vino - Two years running

"Gorgeous aromas of blackberry, mixed berry compote, black tea, cedar and cocoa lead to a sumptuously expressed palate that is filled with attractive fruit flavours and plush mouthfeel. The wine is wonderfully ripe and delicious, elegantly framed by silky tannins. At its best: now to 2024." Wine Orbit
This review is spot on, close your eyes and enjoy. You'd swear you were drinking a wine closer to $25.00 than $16.00.
Elsewhere up to $22.99

Saint Clair Pioneer Block 3 43 Degrees Sauvignon Blanc 2017


Gold China Wine and Spirits Awards (CWSA) 2018
Silver Royal Easter Wine Show 2018

Made by the masters of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. The unique trellising of these Sauvignon Blanc vines at a 43 degree angle is evident in the contrast of tropical fruits and herbaceous aromas. Passionfruit and gooseberry combine with crushed green herbs to boost the palate, combined with melon and citrus and underlying green capsicum. The finish is long, lingering and richly exciting as all Saint Clair Sauvignons can be.
Elsewhere up to $27.99

Wrights Reserve Gisborne Chardonnay 2016


5 Stars Raymond Chan Wine Reviews
5 Stars WineOrbit
Gold Organic Wine Awards 2018

"Bright, light golden yellow colour, lighter on the edge. This has a full and gently concentrated, deeply packed nose with fresh, ripe yellow stonefruits and tropical fruits along with citrus fruit elements entwined with creamy barrel-ferment, and nutty, toasty oak... Full-bodied, the palate has rich and deeply packed flavours of yellow stonefruits, tropical and citrus fruit melded with a layering of creamy and nutty oak... This is a rich and vibrant, well-concentrated Chardonnay with a complex array of fruit and oak flavours. Match with roasted pork and veal dishes over the next 4-5 years. Mendoza clone fruit, vines 13 y.o., fully indigenous yeast barrel-fermented to 14.5% alc., the wine aged 15 months in 85% new French oak, undergoing batonnage and 100% MLF. Certified Asurequality organic..."
Elsewhere up to $41.99

Saint Clair Block 17 Plateau Gimblett Gravels Merlot 2016


Trophy & Gold Royal Easter Show 2018
Silver AIR New Zealand Wine Awards 2017

Very dense, ruby colour with dense aromas of black-fruits, dark chocolate and rich ripe red plums.
The palate is concentrated, rich and full bodied. Layers of ripe dark berries, black Doris plums and dark chocolate coat the mouth then lead to a silky smooth texture with a long sustained finish.
Great now with cellaring potential of 4 years plus.
Elsewhere $28.99

Greylands Ridge Central Otago Pinot Noir 2014


Gold Air New Zealand Wine Show 2015
18+/20 4 Stars Raymond Chan Wine Reviews. He said...

"Moderately deep, dark ruby-red colour with youthful purple hues, lighter on rim...Nuances of thyme herbs, spicy, nutty oak and violet perfumes add detail and interest. Medium-bodied, softly rich and well-concentrated flavours of ripe dark raspberries and plums are complexed by nuances of thyme herb, spices and oak...This is a rich and softly concentrated Pinot Noir with balance and structure. Match with beef, lamb, venison and semi-hard cheeses over the next 6+ years..."
Elsewhere up to $41.99

Mills Reef Trust Vineyard Elspeth Gimblett Syrah 2013


19+/20 5 Stars Raymond Chan Wine Reviews
Trophy Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Wine and Spirit Competition 2015 Best Shiraz/ Syrah
Decanter Magazine UK 2015 Outstanding 95+
5 Stars Bob Campbell MW
Trophy Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Wine and Spirit Competition 2015 Best New World Shiraz/ Syrah
Decanter Magazine UK 2015 Outstanding 95+

"Very dark, deep, black-hued purple-red colour... The nose is full, but well-proportioned with powerfully deep and concentrated aromas of vibrant, ripe black fruits complexed by black pepper, Asian spices, nuances of iron-earth and toasty oak... Full-bodied, the palate is fulsome with mouthfilling, ripe, lusciously vibrant flavours of blackberry fruits interwoven with spices, black pepper and oak toast... Fine-grained tannins provide a firm, underlying line that guides the wine to a very long, spicy, toasty and aromatic finish with pepper and florals...Hand-picked fruit, 87% from the ‘Trust’ vineyard and 13% from the ‘Mere Road’ site..."
Absolutely brilliant wine from the 'vintage'. From a top French producer a find of this calibre would cost in the $100s not the $10s of dollars.
Elsewhere up to $59.99

Gran Tesoro Campo de Borja Garnacha 2014


A lovely Spanish Garnacha (Grenache) that has body and charm to burn. There is real palate weight and character in this wine. Juicy deep, red brambly fruit, plum and berry. Sweet and mouthfilling spice with a long smooth and enticing pallet with a great long finish. Soft and very approachable.
Elsewhere up to $21.99

Saint Clair Pioneer Block 9 Riesling 2016


Platinum Best in Category for NZ Decanter World Wine Awards 2017
Blue/Gold Top 100 Sydney Intl Wine Competition 2018.
They said...
“Pale gold, subtle citrus nose, fine pure palate, nice mineral sherbet fruit sweetness. Nice match with pork rillettes" Oliver Masters Top 100 Judge
“Pale, Lemon appearance. Aromatic, lemon, lemongrass, ginger. Tart acidity balanced by sweetness, some phenolics. Medium length. Food accentuates the concentration of the wine and the liveliness of the acidity." Matthew Deller MW Top 100 Judge
Elsewhere up $27.99

Konrad Central Otago 2017 Pinot Noir


Fresh off the blocks from this renowned Marlborough producer comes the 2017 Central Otago. Usually saved for export markets we have managed to steal a little. On trying this in early August we were taken with its power, depth of flavour and wonderful balance. Its best is ahead of it, yet it shows the quantities of a wine that is much more expensive.
Rich dark black cherry fruit with hints of spice and dark chocolate. A mouth coating palate combined with a silky deep finish mark this great new find.
Elsewhere up to $33.99

Pencarrow Martinborough Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2017


5 Stars 18.5/20 Raymond Chan Wine Reviews
"Bright straw-yellow colour with pale golden hues... The nose is firm with well-packed aromas of white stonefruits, tropical and citrus fruits harmoniously entwined with nutty and reductive flinty complexities... The mouthfeel is rounded and the flavours form a fine-textured, firm core with good alcoholic drive and underlying fresh acidity...This is a well-concentrated, up-front Chardonnay with stonefruit, citrus fruit and tropical fruit flavours intermixed with nutty and toasty oak with flinty detail. Match with barbecued and grilled poultry and pork dishes over the next 4 years..."
Elsewhere up to $25.99

Tin Cottage Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017


Classical Marlborough with great passionfruit and capsicum characters racy acidity with a real morish element.Over the last 8 months this wine has gone from strength to strength. It tastes great and has been flying out the door. The most often said comment: This wine is incredible value for money. The perfect summer stock up.
Elsewhere up to $23.99

Case of 12 = $155.88 (12.99 a Bottle)

Krohn Rio Torto Reserva Ruby


This is a excellent example of top port, From it’s deep red colour to its opulent, rich plummy fruit with a massive depth of flavour, especially compared to others in this style-category, High quality fruit, excpressive and morish. A great price makes this a super chance to try something usually not on ones radar,
Elsewhere up to $49.99

Tio Pepe Fino Sherry


The world’s best-selling Fino. It is from Jerez in southern Spain. It is uncompromisingly dry. An absolute classic.
Here are a few tips:
Always serve cold from the fridge.
Always keep it and serve it as if it was a white wine. Once the bottle is opened it should be drunk within 4 or 5 days.
It is fantastic with food, especially savoury nibbles such as Jamon Iberico, chorizo, olives, nuts, Manchego cheese and bread and oil Great with fish or prawns and shrimps.
Elsewhere up to $39.99

Pirramimma Eight Carat Sparkling Shiraz NV


Gold Medal NZ International Wine Show 2015
Gold AWC Vienna 2015 International Wine Challenge
Gold AWC Vienna 2016 International Wine Challenge

Made by Pirrimamma 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
Back and beautiful. One of the best balanced and lovely Sparkling Shiraz' out there. No heavy Shiraz in a bottle here. All class and balance.
Elsewhere up to $26.99

Domaine-Thomson ‘Explorer’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2017


The new release of this fast becoming Central Otago favourite. It is a fraction of the price of its big brothers and seriously good. Crafted by Dean Shaw.
4 Stars Raymond Chan Wine Reviews. He said...
"Full, dark, deep ruby-red colour with slight purple hues...The nose is softly full and densely packed with aromas of savoury dark-red berry fruit melded with an amalgam of dried and dark herbs, hints of reductive earthy and mineral notes, unfolding elements of aromatic stalk, dark-red florals and raspberry liqueur. Medium-bodied, the palate has rich and sweet fruit flavours of dark-red berry fruit...The palate richness forms a fine core with good depth and linearity, and the fruit is supported by fine-grained tannin structure in the background...This is a rich and elegantly concentrated Pinot Noir with raspberry fruit and a thread of reduction, on a fine-textured palate with freshness. Match with duck and pork, lamb and beef over the next 4-5 years..."
Elsewhere up to $32.99

D’Arenberg The Dead Arm Shiraz 2015


New Release
Outstanding, Langton’s Classification of Australian Wine

"This iconic wine always displays the power and intensity of McLaren Vale Shiraz, yet has an elegance and refinement that few other wines from the region possess. It’s vibrant and lifted on the nose with bustling red fruits and savoury spice. The palate is long, linear and pure with tightly wound tannin and mouth-watering acidity. Beneath the layers of blueberry, pomegranate and Satsuma Plum is an intriguing core of earth and crushed rocks. If stored correctly, this wine should age for 15+ years."
Elsewhere up to $69.99

Yalumba FDR1A Eden Valley Cabernet Shiraz 2013


96 Points 5 Stars James Halliday's Wine Companion 2019....
"There's a spread of this wine that is beyond the norm. It hits and flows, in a satisfying way, but when it hits what might be the finish it fans out impressively. The extra kick of flavour - you could simply call it 'quality'- that we're all hoping for but rarely receive; it's on beautiful display here..."
We have said how good this wine is. Get in quick as we have very little left.
FDR1A = Fine Red Wine Trail
A flag bearer for the classic Yalumba Red Blend of Cabernet Shiraz this red is a great addition to the long list of great wines under this label.
Vegan friendly.
Elsewhere up to $49.99

Massena Barossa Primitivo 2017


5 Stars Wine Orbit
92/100 Huon Hooke The Real Review March 2018
91 Points Campbell Mattinson Wine Front

Massena is an outstanding producer of wines that are beautifully crafted and fabulously funky.
This primitivo is a great example. Where the other featured wine in this email is a brilliant Italian this one evokes a more American feel. Zinfandel and Primitivo are one and the same in the eyes of many. This one is full, warm, deep, dark and stunning. Like Zinfandel it best suits drinking in its first three years of life.
Elsewhere up to $38.99

Crofts Quinta da Roêda Vintage Ports


Single Quinta Vintage Ports are made from the best produce of a single estate in years when the wines are softer, rounder and more early maturing. Whereas a declared Vintage may take twenty or thirty years to reach maturity, Single Quinta Vintages are normally ready to drink ten to fifteen years after the harvest. Single Quinta Vintages represent excellent value for money and are an excellent choice for immediate drinking.
Single Quinta Vintage 1995 Gold Mundus Vini International Wine Awards
Single Quinta Vintage 2004 91 Points Wine Enthusiast
Single Quinta Vintage 2008 93 Points Jamie Goode, Wine Anorak, November 2010

A wooden 6 pac with two of each Vintage (1995, 2004 2008) $360.00 Elsewhere up to $550.00

Crofts Quinta da Roêda Vintage 1995


1995 Gold Mundus Vini International Wine Awards
Elsewhere up to $92.99

Crofts Quinta da Roêda Vintage 2008


93 Points Jamie Goode, Wine Anorak, November 2010
Elsewhere up to $92.99

The Big Top California Zinfandel 2015


This wine is a brilliant introduction (or continuation) to this wonderful grape variety.
It is already an in store hit.
At a recent in store tasting both this wine and it sister Chardonnay were real stand outs. It is always great to try something a little different. The dark fruit characters: black berry fruits and damson plum stand out. Black pepper and spice notes on the nose run through its lush palate. Fleshy, round mouth feel and balance are also stand-out characters of this highly drinkable Californian red.
Elsewhere up to $25.99

Box 1 Bargain Bite


6 Tin Cottage Marlborough 2017 Sauvignon Blanc
6 Gran Tesoro Campo de Borja Spain Garnacha 2014
Elsewhere up to $275.88

Box 2 Kiwi White


6 Tin Cottage Marlborough 2017 Sauvignon Blanc
4 Pencarrow Martinborough Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2017
2 Wrights ‘Reserve’ Gisborne Organic Chardonnay 2016
Elsewhere up to $331.88

Box 3 Great Six


3 Wrights ‘Reserve’ Gisborne Organic Chardonnay 2016
3 Greylands Ridge Central Otago Pinot Noir 2014
Elsewhere up to $251.94

Box 4 Super Reds


6 Gran Tesoro Campo de Borja Spain Garnacha 2014
3 Greylands Ridge Central Otago Pinot Noir 2014
3 Saint Clair Block 17 Plateau Gimblett Gravels Merlot 2016
Elsewhere up to $344.88

Box 5 Great Twelve


4 Wrights ‘Reserve’ Gisborne Organic Chardonnay 2016
4 Greylands Ridge Central Otago Pinot Noir 2014
4 Saint Clair Block 17 Plateau Gimblett Gravels Merlot 2016
Elsewhere up to $451.88

Box 2 Classic Kiwi


4 Saint Clair Pioneer Block 3 43 Degrees Sauvignon Blanc 2017
4 Beach House Selection Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2017
4 Konrad Central Otago 2017 Pinot Noir
Elsewhere up $355.88

Box 3 C & S


6 Beach House Selection Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2017
6 Earth Works Barossa Shiraz 2017
Elsewhere up $299.88

Box 5 Kiwi Burgundy


6 Beach House Selection Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2017
6 Konrad Central Otago 2017 Pinot Noir
Elsewhere up $365.88