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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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Terrace Edge Waipara Pinot Noir 2014


Double Gold China Wine & Spirit Awards 2016
4 1/2 Stars Wine Orbit
4 Stars Raymond Chan.
He said...
"Moderately dark, deep, purple-hued ruby-red colour, a little lighter on the rim, youthful in appearance. The nose is elegant in proportion with aromas of dark red berry and black cherry fruit entwined with subtle herbal and peppery notes and nutty, seasoned oak nuances. The aromatics build to form a firm core. Medium-full bodied, bright and upfront, juicy fruit flavours of dark red berry and cherry fruit are enlivened by fresh, lacy acidity... The wine has plenty of energy and drive, carrying the flavours of red fruits, herbs and savoury, nutty oak to a brisk, textured finish...over the next 3-4+ years." Raymond Chan
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Moutere Hills Nelson Pinot Gris 2015


5 Stars Wine Orbit 93/100 points
"A delectable Pinot Gris, the wine is filled with yellow stone fruit, baked pear and floral with subtle spice complexity. The palate is concentrated and succulent, and shows excellent mid palate weight and rich texture, finishing long and satisfying. Off dry. At its best: now to 2019."
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Forrest Estate Marlborough Gewurztraminer 2014


5 Stars WineNZ
Top Wine in Alternative Variety Tasting WineNZ
Silver Air NZ Wine Show 2014

“Very lifted perfumed aromatics of Bourbon rose, Turkish delight and white florals,” enthused Skilton about the Gewürztraminer the judges unanimously agreed was the best wine in the alternative class.“It’s off-dry, light on its feet and not at all phenolic or heavy – a pretty wine,” she said. Bish too described it as “very lifted and aromatic with notes of Turkish delight”. “Pure intense Gewürz with a highly perfumed palate that’s tight and focused. Very good,” he said. Burzynska also found “intense Turkish delight and rose florals”, observing notes of “musky spice and an attractive fresh character and texture”. “A wonderfully balanced example of Gewürztraminer,” she concluded. John Forrest describes his Gewürztraminer as “consistently one of our stars each year”. Its grapes are sourced from Forrest’s estate vineyards in the Brancott Valley, whose older soils with their higher clay content Forrest considers to be behind the site’s ability to produce “great Gewürztraminer year after year”. WineNZ
Forrest has got a huge name with this variety. We totally agree, Forrest Gewurz is just so, so consistent.
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Pirramimma Vineyard Select McLaren Vale GSM 2013


This wine is about to enter the ranks of the Pirramimma 5 Star or Gold Medal Winners... where? when? Super Glued Lips!
This wine retails for $36.00 in Australia. We know how good a producer Pirramimma is. We'd like to introduce this absolute bargain to you.
A nose of dark berries, spicy plum and toffee apple with subtle spice hints in the back ground. A rich intense palate with chocolate, christmas pudding and ripe black cherry is back up with a touch of star anise and a wave of blueberry.
This is intense, balanced and highly drinkable wine with that classic Pirramimma style of rich ripeness.
Australian Retail Price up to $36.99

Forrest Marlborough Pinot Noir 2012


Gold Sydney International Wine Show
Gold Shanghai
Double Gold China Wine Show
5 Stars Raymond Chan Wine Reviews

"Hand-picked fruit from the Wairau, Brancott, Northbank and Awatere districts, fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 10 months in 20% new French oak barriques. Full, deep, dark ruby-red colour with youthful purple hues on rim. The bouquet is elegantly proportioned and tightly packed with deep aromas of ripe, black berry and cherry fruit with raspberry liqueur, dark herb, spicy oak and nutty complexities. Medium-full bodied, concentrated and sweetly rich fruit flavours of dark red berry fruit, raspberry liqueur and liquorice feature on the palate forming a deep heart. The fruit sweetness is enriched by bright acidity and supported by fine, grainy tannin extraction, providing a balanced and complete mouthfeel. The palate leads to a concentrated and long-lingering finish with ripe plum and spicy oak elements. This is a fresh, concentrated and sweetly rich Pinot Noir with flavours of ripe, dark raspberry fruit, and fine structure. Match with duck, pork and lamb over the next 5-6 years..."
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Delta Hatters Hill Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2014


Champion Sauvignon Blanc Trophy at 2015 Air New Zealand Wine Awards.
Chair of Judges Michael Brajkovich MW said “Elegant and refined Sauvignon Blanc …"
This is great Sauvignon Blanc made by Matt Thomson of Saint Clair fame. It is a reserve style and is very, very fresh and vibrant. It beat a huge selection of great 2015’s at the Air NZ Wine Show.
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Beach House Selection Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2015


Nectarine, apricot and brioche on the nose. The fresh palate is awash with juicy pineapple and citrus flavours. Nutty and seductively powerful and underpinned by a fine textured minerality and rounded out by a touch of butterscotch. A super example of Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay. Over the years this wine has provided some real hits, this is without doubt another one. The great thing is that it will only get better...much better.
Hand-picked and gently whole bunch pressed then pumped into French oak barrels; 20% new oak. 100% malolactic fermentation was completed in barrel and every barrel was stirred once a week until the wine was blended, filtered and bottled.
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Case = $222.00

Mt Monster Padthaway Shiraz 2014


Blue Gold Sydney 2016 Sydney International Wine Competition
Double Gold Medal 2015 China Wine & Spirit Awards
Gold Medal 2016 International Wine Challenge
Gold Medal 2015 San Francisco International Wine Competition
Gold Medal BTI World Wine Championships 2015

"A lovely white pepper nose. Sweet ripe fruit on the mid palate. Great balance. Integrated oak and balanced tannins. Lovely primary berry fruit characters on the palate. The beef and the wine are a great match. The wine is lifted and it finishes so smoothly." Brent Marris Top 100 Judge
"A deep crimson red colour. Rich gamy aromas complexed with red fruits and mulberry notes. A complex palate with exceptional mid palate weight and length of flavour." Ken Dobler
Incredible value, incredibly good. We have had some fine representatives under this label over many years. This one might be the best.
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Tin Cottage Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016


An old favourite is back in outstanding form. How they have made a wine so good that costs so little is amazing. Everyone who has tried it to date has loved it. It has the intensity, class and depth of a wine in the $20 to $25 price bracket.
Loaded with intense passionfruit, lime and red capsicum spectrum flavours. Super acid balance and a “we need another glass factor”.
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Case of 12 = $168.00

Beach House Hawkes Bay 2015 Riesling


Silver NZ International Wine Show 2015
A delicious example of Riesling. If you like the 'Doctors" style and class this one is for you.
A luscious, juicy entry onto the palate gives way to a crisp, textured, yummy finish. Refreshing low alcohol (8.5%), juicy fruit, lovely concentration and fresh acidity really make this wine a hit. Great harmony.
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Morambro Creek Padthaway Shiraz 2012


5 Stars 95/100 James Halliday's Wine Companion 2016. He said...
"Good colour; an opulent, medium to full bodied wine awash with black fruits, spices, fruitcake and well-integrated oak; the tannins, too, play a positive role in a wine with a long future...Drink to 2032."
Stunning Shiraz will cellar for years; absolutely brilliant now.
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Galway Pipe Grand Tawny 12 year


Best in Show Trophy 'Sweet Fortified International' Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2014.
Gold NZ International Wine Competition 2013 2014 & 2015
Gold London International Wine Challenge 2015
Gold Royal Queensland Wine Show 2015
Double Gold San Francisco International Wine Competition 2013
93/100 James Halliday Wine companion 2015,
he said...
"Excellent intensity. Sweet raisiny flavour, modest amount of rancio character, highlights of spice, orange, nuts. Acidity in good measure. Gold medal winner San Francisco Wine Show '13 and not a bad call."
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Thomas Cooper Celebration Ale Six Pac


Coopers Dark Ale Six Pac


Coopers Sparking Ale Six Pac


Coopers Pale Ale Six Pac


Thomas Cooper Artisan Reserve Pilsner Six Pac


Benromach Organic 2008 Speyside Single Malt


"This Benromach was distilled in 2008 using Scottish organic barley and left to mature in virgin American oak casks until 2014, when it was bottled. Big and bold with plenty of malty notes at the core, surrounded with toffee, banana and milk chocolate notes with some spicy, peppery oak giving depth." Master of Malt
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Benromach 10 year old Speyside Single Malt


Gold Speyside Single Malts up to 12yo 2015
Gold The Spirits Business: The Scotch Whisky Masters
Gold 2014 World Whiskies Awards Speyside Single Malt 12 Years and Under

"Matured in hand selected oak casks. For a relatively small still using peat, the experience is an unexpected and delicately light one. 87.5/100" Jim Murray

Beach House Hawkes Bay The Levels Chardonnay 2015


New Release
A Huge hit at our Friday tasting. Simply stunning.
Intense, superbly balanced with the hallmarks of top end Chardonnay: complexity, mealy intensity and impeccable balance
. Deep and satisfying and only just starting to show its true colours. One for now and the cellar.
Fruit sourced from a vineyard very close to Clearview, this wine as with the Clearview wines from the 2015 vintage is stunning.
Simply unbeatable value.
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Theory & Practice Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2015


5 Stars Wine Orbit
18/20 Raymond Chan Wine Reviews

Superb Chardonnay with proper pedigree, made by Dry River consultant Ant Mackenzie. Malolactic fermentation was undergone with some new oak, but it's all held in balance by dry acid and superb concentration of citrus, mealy and mineral complexities. Beautiful balance of style; broad peachy flavours and real class. Sound like an expensive Chardonnay? Well that's because it tastes like one.
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Supper Club Marlborough Chardonnay 2014


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


4 Stars 17.5+/20 Raymond Chan Wine Reviews. He said...
"Bright, very pale straw colour with slight green hues. This has a softly concentrated and voluminous nose of pungent passionfruit aromas harmoniously melded with subtle tropical fruit and white floral elements. Off-dry to taste and light-bodied, the flavours of pungent passionfruit gently fill the mouth and flow smoothly across the palate. The mouthfeel is soft...The acidity is balanced and emerges to enhance the juiciness of the fruit and carry the wine to a crisp, racy, moderately long finish... Serve with Asian and Pacific Rim fare over the next 2 years."
The famous 9.5% Sauvignon Blanc returns in fine form.
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Waru Martinborough 2013 Pinot Gris


Here is a rare opportunity to buy a developed, super drinking, dry Pinot Gris at a superb price. Not to be missed by Pinot Gris lovers. It is a genuine cancelled export order.
4 Stars 17.5/20 Raymond Chan Wine Reviews, under its original label. He said...
"Brilliant straw-yellow colour with slight golden hues, lighter on edge. This has a fresh, bright, aromatic nose of stonefruits and pears with subtle tropical fruit and lifted exotic floral elements... Dry to taste...the palate features aromatic yellow stonefruit flavours with hints of honeysuckle and exotic fruits...The palate has vitality and balance and the flavours lead to a clear, crisp and dry finish. This is an elegant, crisp dry Pinot Gris with delicate exotic floral flavours...."
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Tyrrell's Special Aged Tawny


92 points James Halliday
"Special Aged Tawny is a blend of shiraz and grenache which has been aged for a minimum of five years in small oak barriques. It is showing medium amber/brown colours and is in brilliant condition. The raisin like nose is given more intensity by a slight spirit lift. The palate has rich fruit and good acid, which provides a well-balanced finish." Tyrrell’s describe this Aussie Classic well.
This wine has been a winner for many, many years. Now in a new bottle and looking every bit the part.
Sorry everyone, our title is a little misleading. By EU laws no Port style wine is allowed to be called Port. The Aussies now frequently call them Tawny's.
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Tono Hawke’s Bay Albarino 2015


17.5+/20 Raymond Chan Wine Reviews
"Pale straw-yellow colour. The nose is fresh and lively with aromas of exotic florals limes and citrus fruits and a layering of musk. The nose is bright with soft depth and building intensity. Dryish to taste, the palate is bright with vibrant flavours of soft, white florals and white stonefruits, unfolding citrus fruit detail, exotic tropical fruits and musk. The mouthfeel is refreshing with crisp underlying acidity and a very fine-textured line which carries to a sustained finish. This has very good varietal expression and clarity, with freshness and softness. This is drinking very well now..."
>b>If you'd like to try a fresh, vibrant, new dry white this one is for you.
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Three Bridges Botrytis Semillon 2013


5 Stars Wine Orbit
4 Stars Raymond Chan Wine Reviews

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


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

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


Michael Cooper Super Classic Status
97/100 Bob Campbell
95/100 & 5 stars Cameron Douglas
5 stars Michael Cooper
93/100 Nick Stock
Trophy Best Sparkling Wine Air NZ Wine Show 2015

"A brilliantly composed sparkling wine; it's harmonious and engaging with notes of macaroon, stone fruit and floral." Air NZ Wine show Judges
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Palliser Estate ‘The Great Hector’ Martinborough Pinot Noir 2013


5 Stars Raymond Chan Wine Reviews 19.5/20
"The seventh in the ‘Great Dog’ series, named after the pure breed Labrador ‘Hector’ belonging to Hew Blair of Justerini & Brooks, Palliser Estate’s U.K. distributor. Hector lived to the ripe old age of 16 years. Eight casks selected and blended, the wine made from clones 115, 667 and 777 from the ‘East Base’ (Pencarrow) vineyard from vines planted in 1998 and 1999, indigenous yeast fermented with 25% whole clusters to 14.0% alc., the wine on skins 16-19 days and aged 16 months in 50% new French oak barriques. Dark ruby-red colour with a deep-heart, a little lighter on edge with youthful purple hues. This has a full and rounded nose with real volume and depth of ripe dark red and black berry fruits along with plush, sweet plum notes entwined with waves of violet perfumes, liquorice and exotic spices. Nuances of savoury whole bunch dried herbs and oak unfold adding complexing interest. Medium-full bodied, the palate is rich, succulent and layered with flavours of ripe dark berry fruits, savoury and spicy plums, unfolding layers of liquorice and toasty oak. The fruit richness and soft lusciousness shows with great presence and is supported by considerable extraction, the tannins very refined and satin-like. This has a concentrated, fine-textured core and line that carries to a long, flavoursome finish of plums, spices and oak. This is a very rich, luscious and juicy Pinot Noir with spicy plum flavours, exotic oak, and considerable fine tannin structure. Match with lamb, beef and venison dishes over the next 7-9+ years. 19.5/20 Dec 2014..."
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Johner Gladstone Pinot Noir 2014


Gold NZ International Wine Show 2016
5 Stars Cameron Douglas
Highly Recommended Decanter 2016
5 Stars Wine Orbit 5 Stars 93/100.
They said...
"A beautifully styled pinot, the fragrant bouquet shows dark cherry, game, nutmeg and earthy mushroom characters with a touch of dried herb complexity. It is beautifully weighted and finely textured on the palate, and shows excellent fruit intensity as well as appealing savoury undertones. Very charming and delectable."
We were told about this wine months ago. Tried it at a restaurant and were simply blown away. One of the nicest Pinot Noirs we've had in years. It is delectable.
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Charcoal Gully Sallys Pinch Central Otago Pinot Noir 2012


Gold Medal Royal Easter Show 2014
5 Stars Best Buy Cuisine,
They said...
"This Pisa-grown pinot wins its way to your heart with structural finesse. A fine tight line of tannin and acidity carries the fruit with contained precision. A herbal twist adds interest to the chunky red and dark fruit core, and the length is exemplary."
This wine is amazingly priced, it is drinking superbly and it is of the highest quality. It ticks all the boxes.
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Kiritea Martinborough Pinot Noir 2013


News Flash: Gold NZ International Wine Show 2016
5 Stars Wine Orbit

"This is delectable and seductive. Gorgeous aromas of dark berry, game, cedar and spice lead to a silky-smooth palate that is beautifully ripe and flowing. The wine delivers generosity as well as elegance, making it hugely appealing. This label is consistently excellent, and offers great value for money. At its best: now to 2018. June 2016."
Year in; year out this wine is at the top of the drinkability value charts. It's a fine and really 'serious' style: it captures delicate red berry and herbal/earthy expressions, with fine tannin structure and gently concentrated flavours that hold long on the palate. A classic Martinborough style that is made for the dinner table. Superb value from this boutique Martinborough producer.
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Beach House Gimblett Gravels Montepulciano 2013


From the MOST outstanding red wine vintage in a decade comes this little star.
The previous vintages have all hit Gold, 5 Star and Trophy status. On release this wine was a tight, bundle of future loveliness. Now it is starting to spread its wings and is becoming a star like its predecessors.
4 Stars Bob Campbell
“This wine shows spicy cherries, red currants and boysenberries on the nose while the palate is bright, juicy and full with a fine thread of acidity. Montepulciano is extremely versatile when it comes to pairing with food. From your finest spaghetti bolognaise to a casual pizza, Montepulciano is a popular accompaniment to all kinds of meals.” Beach House sums it up nicely.
To add it is juicy, lush and big on body. Extremely drinkable with years left in the tank.
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Beach House Gimblett Gravels Cabernet Malbec 2014


Wine of the Week Canvas NZ Herald Yvonne Lorkin June 2016
"2014 was a slightly cooler in the Gravels than 2013, and that's good for blended reds like this. They're more likely to retain elegance, freshness and that all-important fragrance-factor. There's a lift of dried herb, blackberry and classic sweet tobacco, cocoa and violet notes into the warming, meaty mouthfeel.
Sip with: smoked venison salami."
Yvonne Lorkin
Every vintage of this wine seems to hit the high life with Gold Medals; top reviews and Best Buy recommendations flowing with many words of praise. This wine is a very worthy successor.
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Henschke Hill of Grace Eden Valley Shiraz 2010


News Flash: 99/100 James Halliday Wine Companion 2017
96/100 Jeremy Oliver The Australian Wine Annual 2016
97/100 James Halliday Wine Companion 2016.
He said... of five spice, the tumble of flavours clipping through the palate at a steady pace before racing to meet on the finish; and there is a flourish of complex flavour and tannin is unleashed. Medium to full bodied but with a powerful persona; it's not a safe wine, it has some dare. Luxury is rarely so interesting."
"Mesmerising wine. Exotic. Blackcurrant, truffles, licorice, leather and a stemmy rendition
From one of the absolute Great vintages. Highly collectable; a secondary market international Superstar.
Extremely Limited Stock

Reillys Dryland Clare Valley Shiraz 2013


The Reserve Shiraz in the range. Intensity delivered through massive fruit concentration: dark berry, rich chocolate, mocha with hints of mint.
A wow factor Shiraz at a superb price.
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Willunga McLaren Vale 2013 Cabernet Shiraz


Gold NZ International Wine Show 2015
5 Stars 95/100 James Halliday's Wine Companion 2016.
He said...
"Plenty of beef on the bones. Dark, brooding blackcurrant and asphalt flavours with gum leaf in support. Iron chains of tannin threaded through the fruit. Uncompromising style. Will be very long lived. Price is almost ridiculous."
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Willunga 100 McLaren Vale Tempranillo 2014


Trophy for the Best Tempranillo of Show Small Vigneron Wine Wise Awards 2015
Aromatics of black cherry and dark plum, sweet plum and hints of all spice are evident. The palate is generous and rich with blackberries, spice and an earthiness that gives the wine a savoury note. The tannins are persistent with super length. They are backed up by a balanced acid structure.
A great new world representation of an old world favourite.
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Reillys Clare Valley Shiraz 2014


An all-round big and satisfying Shiraz.
Silver Medal 2016 Melbourne Royal Show
94 Points, Nicks Wine Merchants,
“Ripping value Reilly's Shiraz consistently scores 10/10 for richness and concentration. The Reillys Shiraz always impresses with its depth of colour, richness and concentration, even more so given it's entry level pricing. The 2014 opens with spectacular colour displaying an impenetrable inky black core with a very deep dark purple black hue. Inky freshly crushed blackberry aromas combine with dark plum and liquorice over a background of vanillin cedar and confectionary. The palate boasts a level of richness and concentration rarely seen at this price point. Opulent and lusciously textured the palate features decadently rich flavours of ripe blackberries, liquorice and dark plums with underlying vanillin oak and spicy pepper also present. Silky smooth tannins. Long succulent after-taste of blackberries, dark plum, liquorice and spicy vanillin oak.”
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Chalk Hill Luna McLaren Vale Shiraz 2015


Primo Pick: Super Release
Over many years this wine has provided excellent value for money. The 2012 and 2013 vintages were exceptional. The 2015 is every bit as good. It is juicy, smooth and lush. loaded with creamy, chocolaty fruit.
A long finish and that great I'd love another glass element. A real stand out.
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Barking Mad Clare Valley 2014 Shiraz


Incredible buying. This wine at this price represents incredible buying. It is goes done as one of our buys of the year. If you like the Mt Monster or Kirrihills tuck it. It really is a super deal.
An immediate hit. How a wine this good is this price is a thing of wonder. Dark chocolate and deep berry on the nose and the palate. Balanced and extremely morish.
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Mystery Italian Valpolicella 'Look alike' from 2012


This wine is marked by its violet and blackcurrant nose, shy, persistent smooth palate and long after taste. Classically Italian and highly drinkable.
In terms of palate weight think Merlot, fuller Pinot Noir or medium bodied Syrah.
Corvina and Rondinella grapes are 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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Box 1 Gold In Their Pinot


5 Moutere Hills Pinot Gris 2015
4 Terrace Edge Pinot Noir 2014
3 Forrest Pinot Noir 2014
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Box 2 Spring It


6 Tin Cottage Sauvignon Blanc 2016
6 Mt Monster Padthaway Shiraz 2014
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Box 3 Automatic Aromatic


3 Delta Sauvignon Blanc 2014
3 Beach House Riesling 2015
3 Moutere Hills Pinot Gris 2015
3 Forrest Gewurztraminer 2014
Elsewhere up to $293.88

Box 4 Classic Burgundy


6 Beach House Selection Chardonnay 2015
6 Terrace Edge Pinot Noir 2014
Elsewhere up to $347.88