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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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Astrolabe Awatere Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2015


This wine is the Single Sub Region Green Label Wine: a step up from the Black Label
95/100 5 Stars Bob Campbell MW
Pick of the Week Jo Burzynska Viva NZ Herald
4 1/2 stars Michael Cooper

"A fine example of the Awatere Valley Sauvignon Blanc style with gooseberry, green capsicum, nettle, 'wet stone' mineral and a suggestion of tomato leaf. Taut acidity helps drive a lengthy finish. Very stylish wine. Gives a nod in the direction of Sancerre." Bob Campbell MW
"A stunning sauvignon from the Lower Dashwood area of Marlborough’s southern Awatere Valley that combines power and elegance in its palate of succulent rockmelon fruit overlaid with punchy green blackcurrant leaf, basil and jalapeno flavours, plus a burst of zesty lime. Top stuff! " Jo Burzynska
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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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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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Eradus Single Vineyard Awatere Valley 2015 Pinot Gris


Gold Bragato Wine Awards 2016
4 1/2 Stars Wine Orbit
Major US wine magazine 'Wine Enthusiast' gave them a totally flattering review, saying

"one of New Zealand’s best white wine producers".
A nose of white peach, pears and stonefruits which flows onto a rich, smooth, and zingy palate. Slightly drier in style than many, it really does fit into a great groove which many find extremely appealing.
This wine has the complexity to be great with food and the elegance to be served anytime.
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Alexandra Wine Company Alex Gold Central Otago Pinot Noir 2013


4 Stars Wine State
4 Stars Michael Cooper Wine Companion 2016.
He said...
"The 2013 vintage (4 Stars) was matured in French oak casks (30 per cent new). A fragrant, ruby-hued, mouthfilling red, it has ripe plum/spice flavours, a hint of dried herbs, and savoury, earthy notes adding complexity."
This vintage is up there with the very very best under this label. It is a stunner.
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Curious SE Australia Shiraz 2015


Best Value Buys Wine State September 2016. They said...
"Subdued nose; hints of berries and oak with a respectable amount of dark fruits on the long warm palate. Good drink"
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. Every Year has been a huge hit. This one is up there with the very best.
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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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Morambro Creek Padthaway Shiraz 2013


Gold San Francisco International Wine Competition 2015
Gold BTI World Wine Championships 2015
Gold NZ International Wine Show 2015
They said...
"Fabulous aromas of blueberry, dark plum, spicy oak and mint chocolate lead to a moujth-filling, mouth-coating palate that delivers huge fruit concentration, beautifully structured by cocoa tannins."
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Black Barn ‘Reserve’ Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2014


19/20 5 Stars Raymond Chan WineReviews. He said...
"A barrel selection. Hand-picked clone 95 and Mendoza fruit, WBP, partially indigenous yeast fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 11 months in 80% new French oak, predominantly puncheons, with 30% MLF, then aged another 2 months in seasoned oak before blending. Bright, light straw-yellow colour...This has a rich, broad and deeply pack nose of ripe yellow stonefruits and tropical fruits melded with creamy barrel-ferment and buttery MLF layers, along with nutty, toast oak detail and subtle complexing flinty nuances. Medium-full bodied, the palate features full, opulently rich and plush flavours of white and yellow stonefruits, ripe citrus fruits, and layers of mealy, nutty oak, creamy barrel-ferment and buttery MLF elements, entwined complexing flinty, mineral nuances. The mouthfeel is soft with great presence and near unctuous textures, and driven by some alcohol power. Fresh acid cut underlines the richness and lends energy. The wine carries to a soft, concentrated long and sustained finish of citrus fruits and oak. This is a rich, opulent Chardonnay with layers of oak and MLF along with subtle flinty complexity."
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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...and 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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Spade Oak ‘Voysey’ Gisborne Chardonnay 2014


4 Stars Raymond Chan
91/100 Wine Orbit

A Gisborne Chardonnay at a bargain price. Hitting its straps big time after over a year in the bottle. This fruit basket of peach, ripe gala apples and toasted nuts is singing a great tune. Creamy texture, full on the palate this wine really hits the spot.
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Six Pack $90

Eradus Awatere Sauvignon Blanc 2016


Gold Sydney Top 100 2017
In the last nine vintages, the Eradus Sauvignon Blanc has claimed over 30 gold medals or five star ratings. Which just goes to show that something is going very right at this winery. This is a racy, zingy, explosive number which is just plain delicious. Tropical fruit, citrus, gooseberry and a hint of tomato stalk combine to make this a taste treat.
It is an Awatere regional statement. A Huge Primo Vino Hit every year.
Highly, highly recommended.

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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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Spade Oak ‘Voysey’ Gisborne Pinot Gris 2015


4 1/2 Stars Wine Orbit
4 Stars Yvonne Lorkin
4 Stars Raymond Chan

"What Steve and Eileen Voysey don’t know about growing grapes in Gisborne probably isn’t worth thinking about. They’re experts in gleaning every drop of excellence from their vineyards and this stonefruit-packed pinot gris is no exception. With nashi pear, quince and classic, baked apple and musky spice characters, it’s a little stunner. There’s also a squeak of fruit sweetness that adds extra flesh to the finish. Try sipping it with coconut crumbed tiger prawns with sweet chilli dipping sauce – outrageous. " Yvonne Lorkin
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Te Mania Nelson Gewurztraminer 2014


4 Stars 17.5+/20 Raymond Chan Wine Reviews
If you enjoy lush, medium styled wine, loaded with fruit flavours, this wine is for you. The 'Best Bargain' of this style in an age.
"Bright, pale straw-yellow colour with pale green hues on the edge. The nose is finely concentrated with aromas of white and rose-petal florals interwoven with stonefruits, spices and minerals. This is clearly youthful and has the potential to blossom. Medium-dry to taste and fullish-bodied, the fruit is restrained but shows a concentrated heart with rose-petal florals, spices and honey. The palate is well-proportioned with a subtle oiliness of texture and good fruit richness. This has good linearity and flow, the soft acidity providing energy. The wine reveals attractive musk notes and the flavours lead to a soft-textured, lingering, rich finish. Restrained in flavour at present, this medium-dry Gewurztraminer has the richness to develop over the next 3-4 years. Hand-picked fruit, 50% WBP and fermented to 14.2% alc. and 14 g/L RS."
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Forrest The Doctors Marlborough Riesling 2015


A Recent Release
Trophy & Gold Marlborough Wine Competition 2015
5 Stars Raymond Chan Wine Reviews. He said...

"The most successful ‘Doctors’ wine. Pale straw and youthful, this has excellent depth and intensity, with lime juice and florals with honey and the beginnings of secondary toast aromas. Medium-sweet, this is very attractive on palate with soft, fine textures, refined acidity and flavours of limes, honey and toast that linger. Showing some development, but will keep 4-5 years easily. One of the driest under this label..."
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Tyrell's Hunter Valley 2015 Semillon


5 Stars Wine Orbit
An excellent example of single varietal Semillon. Aromatic stone fruit with peach, nectarine, grapefruit rind, honeysuckle. A lovely toastiness in an elegant and medium bodied frame with elements of richness or creaminess. A great acid balance helps the sweeter fruit tones shine.
Has a toasted smell. A little bit of acidity and tartness. Has a waxy consistency. Might pair nicely with ceviche
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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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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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Champagne Ayala Brut Majeur NV


Trophy Champion Champagne & Methode Traditionelle NZ International Wine Show 2016
5 Stars Number 2; Best Non Rose Champagne Cuisine Champagne Tasting 2016

"Tantalising aromas of freshly baked crusty lemon friands and beautifully refined rich, complex, spicy, zesty, toasty flavours with hints of marmite and slivers of bubbly deliciousness." NZIWS 2016
The other Golds at NZIWS included Bollinger Special Cuvee NV, Louis Roederer NV & Vintage 2008, Piper Heidsieck and Billecart-Salmon. Just to name a few. Lots of other famous names weren't in the Golden ranks.
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Johanneshof Cellars Methode Traditionnelle Blanc de Blancs Brut 2008


5 Stars Wine Orbit
Silver Medal Champagne & Sparkling World Championships 2015
4 Stars M Cooper
4 Stars Raymond Chan

"Made in the traditional Champagne method, this Chardonnay based sparkling wine is made solely from hand harvested grapes. After the secondary fermentation in the bottle, the wine was left on its lees for six years until disgorging this year.
The delicate floral nose leads to an elegant palate of citrus and stonefruit characters. The long lees contact has generated nutty and toasty flavours with very fine beads. The texture is smooth and creamy with a lasting dry finish."
This Sparkling is simply lovely now. Bottle age has done a masterful treat and we now have a beautifully mature, elegant, complex and highly attractive wine. A Real Star.
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Cosmos NV Methode Traditionelle


Rare & stunning packaging. Yvonne Lorkin wrote...
"All life begins with a bang," says winemaker John Thorpe on the back label of this fun, Gisborne-grown sparkler. It was aged for just over two years in bottle after tirage. Scented with soft lemon, breadcrust and yellow plum, it also boasts tangy citrus pith, nutty notes and creamy complexity on the finish."
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Eclipse NV Blanc de Blanc Methode Traditionelle


Sparkling Find of the 2016 Summer
"This classically styled Methode Traditionnelle was made from hand-picked Chardonnay fruit from the famed Kawatiri Vineyard in Gisborne. It displays aromatic characters of brioche, with a clean floral lift that gives way to lemon and grapefruit on the palate. An elegant wine for all occasions."
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Mt Monster NV Sparkling Brut


Australian Wine Showcase Magazine 93 points
Wine State Magazine Nov Top 40 Best Buys
4 Stars Wine State.
They said...
“Fizzy fresh fragrances of spicy fruits. Vibrant, persistent pear/apple flavours. Very refreshing wine with tight acidity. Has elegance and finesse.”
Incredibly good buying in a super package.
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River Retreat NV Brut


4 Stars Wine State Annual Sparkling Wine 2014
Many wines with much bigger price tags didn't get this rating. This wine is a winner. It leaves many big names far behind.
Here we have the bargain of bargains in the bubbly department from the kings of value, Trentham Estate. This is a subtle, soft and creamy number that has stone fruits, citrus and dairy on the nose. The palate is light and breezy, with a touch of sweetness, a fine bubble, velvety mouthfeel, a gentle, smooth finish with a cleansing shot of citrus. It's a real bargain party starter!
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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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Eradus Awatere Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015


Gold AirNZ Wine Show 2016. They said...
"Refined style meets rich fruit intensity, exhibiting red/black cherry, cedar, clove and violet notes with an impressive concentrated mouthfeel."
This is truly a super Pinot Noir at an amazing price. Morish, stylish and exhibiting everything that is super about New Zealand Pinot Noir, whatever region it is grown in.
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Mills Reef Reserve Gimblett Gravels Merlot Malbec 2014


5 Stars Best Buy & Top Tip 2015
5 Stars Wine Orbit August 2016
Silver NZ International Wine show 2015
Pure Silver Air NZ Wine Show 2016
Silver Royal Easter Wine Show 2016

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 spicy complexity. A delightful wine with instant appeal, it will pair beautifully with lamb or pork dishes.
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Spade Oak ‘Heart of Gold’ Gisborne Syrah/Tempranillo 2013


18/20 4 Stars Raymond Chan Wine Reviews. He said...
"Full, dark, deep, ruby-red colour with black-purple hues... Medium-full bodied, full, soft and mellow layers of blackberry, violet floral, black pepper and Middle Eastern spice flavours form a richly packed palate. The mouthfeel is balanced by fine-grained, supple tannins and positive structure... The wine is bright and vibrant, leading to a long, lingering dry finish with spice and oak nuances. This is a soft,well-integrated and balanced Syrah, blended with Tempranillo, with spicy black fruits and supple tannins. Match with slow-cooked red meat dishes over the next 5-6 years. A blend of 50% Syrah and 5% Viognier with 45% Tempranillo from the ‘Spade Oak’ vineyard..."
This wine is an absolute dream if you like New Zealand Syrah. Three years in the bottle has made this little gem into a real ripper. Incredibly good.
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Henschke Hill of Grace Eden Valley Shiraz 2010


99/100 Top Shiraz James Halliday Wine Companion 2017
99 Points James Suckling
99 Points Parker’s Wine Advocate
98 Points Anthony Rose, Decanter
96 Points Campbell Mattinson, wine
96 Points Wine State
97/100 James Halliday Wine Companion 2016
96/100 Jeremy Oliver The Australian Wine Annual 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.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

D’Arenberg The Dead Arm Shiraz 2012


Outstanding Langton's Classification of Australian Wine
Gold New Zealand International Wine Show 2015
Gold Mundus Vini Summer Tasting 2015
Gold McLaren Vale Wine Show 2015
95 Points Campbell Mattinson The Wine Front
95 Points
93 Points Josh Raynolds
94 Points Nick Stock James Suckling Online Feb 2016

"Shiraz in a very attractive guise here, this has a little peppery edge with red fruits, raspberry leaf and red liquorice too, plus a little boysenberry and a meaty edge. The palate has a core of dark plum flavor, cedary oak and a fine, savoury tannin web; I like the freshness and concentration here. Best from 2022."
"It just goes to show that big doesn't have to mean either unbalanced or oak-driven. This is all or mostly about rich, black berried fruit and raking tannin, the end then lengthy and fresh. It's not over-the-top but it's not shy of its power and intensity. Earth, spice and ferrous notes churn though the tangy sweetness of the fruit. A long life is as good as guaranteed."
Campbell Mattinson The Wine Front
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Willows Barossa 2013 Shiraz


A great new release from a Barossa master. As good as every vintage before it if not better. Powerful, lush, hints of spice, mass of dark chocolate and liquorice. It has the ability to last many a year.
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D'Arenberg The Stump Jump 2012 Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre


Top 50 Wines of 2015 Vinepair They said...
"This red blend delivers luscious flavors of dark ripe fruit and a nice amount of spice, insanely smooth."
Daily Wine Pick under $15 Wine Spectator 2016. They said...
"Talc and spice flavours mingle with wild berry and peppery earthy notes, with slightly chalky tannins on the finish, giving this an appealing rustic vibe." MaryAnn Worobiec
Elsewhere up to $18.99

Box 1 Starting with A


4 Ana Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2015
4 Astrolabe Awatere Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2015
4 Alexandra Wine Company Alex Gold Central Otago Pinot Noir 2013
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Box 2 Pinot


6 Eradus Single Vineyard Awatere Pinot Gris 2015
6 Alexandra Wine Company Alex Gold Central Otago Pinot Noir 2013
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Box 3 The Whites of Summer


3 Ana Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2015
3 Astrolabe Awatere Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2015
3 Theory & Practice Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2015
3 Eradus Single Vineyard Awatere Pinot Gris 2015
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Box 4 Box Shiraz Collected


5 Curious SE Australia Shiraz 2015
5 Mt Monster Padthaway Shiraz 2014
2 Morambro Creek Padthaway 2013 Shiraz
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