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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

Anciano Gran Reserva Tempranillo 2004


Robert Parker rated the vintage 95/100
2004 was the best vintage for a decade in Valdepenas and along with 2001/2010 the equal best vintage in Spain for 15 years.
“Exceptional value for a wine aged 10 years! … with leather, cherry and strawberry jam, tobacco, vanilla, white pepper, dried flowers and cigar layered with fine sweet spice. The fruit is sweet in the mouth and similar strawberry, leather, baking spice and pipe tobacco appear on the palate. Great balance, very good persistence and a silly price for this wine. Grab it now.”
“Amazing prices for wines that spend extended time in barrel and aging. Enjoy these as an everyday wine with your meal.”
“This is a wine to buy by the case, and it won’t need any time in your cellar to reach its full potential.”
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Cognoscenti 2013 Gisborne Chardonnay


This Chardonnay is taking the industry by storm. Every retailer that has had it has sold out in days. Once you try it you can see why.
It is easily the best value for money Chardonnay we've tried in a very long time. Made by winemaking and viticulture students at The Waimata Technical Institute in Gisborne this wine has had a very good reputation for many years. This is the best yet, the very best. The focus for this Chardonnay is on producing a top class wine making a profit is secondary. It is a classic, tropical fruit, nutty, creamy notes with all those back for more ingredients.
It has all the bells and whistles: handpicked fruit, whole bunch pressed and aged for ten months in French oak. These parts produce a wine of class, style, depth and lushness rarely seen at this price point. Pair it with creamy fish or seafood dishes. Or just savour it on its own.
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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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Palliser Estate Martinborough Riesling 2013


This wine sold out in a flash pre-Christmas. One sip will tell you why.
"It is one of Martinborough's top white wines. At its best, it's a truly exciting mouthful." Michael Cooper in his 'Classic Wines of New Zealand'. The 2013 vintage, shows this is at its best.
"The bouquet is very delicate with pure and subtly entwined aromas of white florals limes, apples and minerals, the aromatics building in intensity whilst retaining finesse. Off-dry to taste, tightly bound and gracefully lively flavours of limes and white florals form a concentrated palate line. The mouthfeel is very fine-featured and poised with soft, quenching acidity in support of the delicate fruit. This has clarity and definition, and the flavours lead to a very long, crisp and nuanced finish. This is a beautifully refined, delicate and mouthwatering off-dry Riesling that will develop greater richness and complexity over the next 5-6 years."
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Torre Del Falasco DOC Bardolino 2012


This wine is marked by its violet and blackcurrant nose, shy, persistent smooth palate and long aftertaste. Classically Italian and highly drinkable.
In terms of palate weight think merlot, fuller Pinot Noir or medium bodied Syrah.
Bardolino is the style of wine grown closest to Lake Garda. Corvina and Rondinella grapes are used in this wine and 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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Veuve Laperrière Blanc de Blancs Brut NV


4 Stars Silver Medal, Decanter World Wine Awards
Commended International Wine Challenge
5 Stars Wine Orbit

“A gorgeous wine. It’s elegantly fragrant on the nose showing white peach, lemon peel, acacia and subtle yeasty complexity. The palate is finely textured and focused with elegant fruit intensity, leading to a lingering silky finish. A fabulous alternative to Champagne.” Sam Kim Wine Orbit
Selling at £9.95 (NZ$19.95) in the UK
“A quality sparkling wine from the famous Ackerman winemakers in the Loire Valley - and under a tenner? Need we say anymore? This is not one to be missed - for anything.” IWC
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Te Mata Coleraine 2013


No Comparison
Simply: Coleraine + 2013 = Brilliance. It walks the walk and talks the talk.
There are few others from New Zealand that can match those qualities.
2013 is the best vintage New Zealand has ever had. Te Mata Coleraine 2013 is a New Zealand Icon. It is classic Bordeaux blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot.
This wine is:
A classic
Has very good resell value
Will not last in stores
Get Multiple 5 Star Reviews
This Wine is a Must Buy
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Three Bottles = $264.75 - please contact shop for this deal.
Six pac = $525.00 in a wooden Case
Stock due in next week.

Don Aldo Tempranillo Barrica 2012


Great packaging. A clearance deal on a lovely little Tempranillo. Lots of ripe fruit, spicy intensity and depth. A classic spice lifted finish with that tangy intensity that Tempranillo is known for.
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Beach House Gimblett Gravels Syrah 2013


Always a huge hit at Primo Vino year in and year out. This one might just be the best yet. One of the undisputed value reds at a 2013 Gimblett Gravels barrel tasting held in Auckland in recent times. With super neighbours such as Mills Reef, Stonecroft and Craggy Range we know they this wine comes from the area that produces some of the best of the best from the Syrah grape. Their free draining vineyard is set up with close spaced vines. Beach House is known for its full lush spicy Hawkes Bay Syrah, it has hit the jackpot again. This wine has intense flavours of pepper, prune and blueberries; smooth, lush and morish. It should age very well.
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Trentham Estate Family Reserve Heathcote 2010 Shiraz


Blue Gold Sydney Top 100 2015
"Pretty ripe berries. Fresh blackberry and a little bit of shortbread oak. Wonderful control length and structure and freshness. Plenty of tight tense length and good black fruit." Rob Geddes MW Top 100 Judge
"Spice and fruit. Very ripe with some liquorice characters. Dense. A big chunky red. Berry and liquorice with a slightly tarry finish. Very rich and full. A very long powerful wine. Better with time." Kim Crawford MW Top 100 Judge
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The Super Sauvignon Blanc Case Deal


6 each of the Whitehaven Marlborough 2013 & Fernridge Marlborough 2013. For Only $167.88
The Whitehaven is Multi Gold & Trophy and is usually $25.99 per bottle; The Fernridge 4 1/2 Star & Wine State recommended; it sells for $18.99
Six of each only $167.88

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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Hunters Marlborough Chardonnay 2013


When Michael Cooper first produced his list of Classic New Zealand Wines, this wine was on it (as was the Palliser). Over the years it has won a stack of Gold Medals, the 2011 and 2012 both received this honour. However it is in the really top vintages like 2013 that this wine is an absolute star. In a tasting of several 2013 newly released Chardonnay this wine was a star in terms of quality; when its price was revealed we were astounded.
This wine has a major accolade or three in its future we predict.
Silver International Cool Climate Wine Show 2014
“Clean, uncluttered style, oak used as a condiment which allows the fruit to speak and it does this well. A nicely tasty wine showing depth and vitality in fine condition, dry and very food-friendly. Chardonnay in no hurry, perhaps best 2015 but with plenty of fine drinking after that.” Peter Saunders, Independent Wine Writer
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Domain Road Central Otago 2013 Sauvignon Blanc


No 1 5 Stars Cuisine Sauvignon Blanc Tasting January 2015
" the sauvignon blanc crown has vacated "Blenheim Palace" and headed South to Central Otago. Pulling off the coup was this irresistible, mouthfilling Bannockburn with with its beguiling floral scents and purity of fruit." It's like biting into a Sauvignon Blanc grape," Noted Jeff Clarke. A touch of honeysuckle- like sweetness is balanced by keen acidity. It is a generous, flowing wine that would be a fine match for whitebait fritters."
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Supper Club Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2014


41/2 Stars Wine Orbit
4 Stars Raymond Chan's Wine Reviews.
He said...
"Bright, very pale straw colour with slight green hues, near colourless on rim. The nose is very fresh, tightly held with penetrating aromas of pungent passionfruit...This is pure and mouthwatering...attractively aromatic and pungent passionfruit flavours show alongside nettles, grassy notes and gooseberry fruit, forming a good core with depth and linearity...The flavours carry through to a long, dry finish with passionfruit notes. This is an elegant, intense, passionfruity Sauvignon Blanc with soft grainy texture...Fruit from Dillons Point and 20 yo. vines on Rapaura Road..."
One of the 2014 Bargains. Lovely wine at a super price.
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Toi Toi Marlborough 2014 Sauvignon Blanc


Best Buy 5 Stars Top 10 Cuisine Sauvignon Blanc Tasting 2015
One of only five 2014 Sauvignon's to receive 5 Stars in the Top 10
"Admired for the virtuosity behind its winemaking and its long, harmonious finish, this wine won over the panel from the first round of tasting. Fragrant, herbal and citrusy, with a touch of sweetness, it flows with unhurried ease. Just right with a dish of steamed mussels."
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Fern Ridge Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2013


4 1/2 stars 91/100 Wine Orbit
4 Stars Wine State

Great packaging; super tasting; full lush and lovely Sauvignon Blanc just coming into its own. Lots of tropical fruit; a great minerally spine and balance.
Designed for the Export market; this wine has become available locally. Their loss; your gain.
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Dozen = $127.80

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.

Palliser Estate 2009 Methode Traditionnelle


51% Pinot Noir, 49% Chardonnay
Excellent Year in; year out. Palliser describe this wine beautifully...
"Made in the traditional methode, our Methode Traditionnelle is matured for two years on yeast lees before bottling. This time allows autolysis of the yeast, giving nutty, toasty aromas and characters. Citrus fruits characters and hints of peaches can be seen from the Chardonnay portion of the blend, while the Pinot Noir gives richness and depth. Fine bubbles will indicate the pedigree of our Methodes. A wine for celebrations and any time."
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Palliser Estate Martinborough Pinot Noir 2013


Classic Status Michael Cooper's Wine Companion 2014
Gold Medal Bragato 2014
5 stars 19/20 Raymond Chan's Wine Reviews
5 Stars Michael Cooper

A Great pedigree and proven ability in the cellar this is a "must buy" for any serious Pinot heads or for anybody that loves great Pinot.
"This is tight and concentrated on nose with rich, ripe red berry fruits and some noticeable toasty oak, matching the fruit depth. Excellent aromatics here. On palate, lovely sweet, ripe dark red berry fruits, quite luscious, with excellent concentration and density. Ripe tannins, substantial but supple too. The primary nature of the fruit and vibrancy promises much. Oaking is more harmonious on palate. This has it all in a modern style." Raymond Chan
"Richly coloured, it is finely scented and mouthfilling, with deliciously concentrated, well-ripened flavours of cherries, plums and spices, impressive vibrancy and complexity, and a finely poised, lasting finish. Delicious from the start, it should be at its best 2016+."
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Mondillo Bendigo Central Otago Pinot Noir 2013


Gold New Zealand International Wine Show 2014
Pure Gold Air NZ Wine Show 2014
5 Stars Michael Cooper
5 Stars Raymond Chan's Wine Reviews,
he said...
"...Dark, deep, even ruby-red colour with black-purple hues, lighter edged. The nose is elegantly concentrated and finely proportioned with pure aromas of black cherry and berry fruits entwined with liquorice, minerals and thyme herbs, unfolding raspberry and oak toast elements in the glass... The tannin extraction has provided powdery tannins and the mouthfeel is velvety in texture and flow. This has beauty and finesse, but possesses an underlying power and drive that leads to a long, fine-textured, tightly bound finish. This is a very tightly concentrated Pinot Noir with black cherry fruit flavours and refined structure that will develop classically over the next 7-8+ years..."
"Gorgeous aromatics of violets, dried herbs, sweet oak and red berries recur in the seductive smooth creamy palate that has a lovely smoky savoury backbone, earthy nuances and cake spices."

Judges: Bob Campbell MW, Larry McKenna, Peter Cowley & John Hancock NZIWS 2014
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Alexandra Wine Company Davishon Central Otago Pinot Noir 2011


Pure Gold Air New Zealand Wine Competition 2013
Blue Gold Sydney International Wine Competition 2014

"Cherry red in colour. Raspberry, sour cherry and aniseed. Lovely velvety tannins with red fruits, chocolate and some mint. It was a lovely wine and it was also a good match with the food as the resulting spice with this pairing was lovely." Meg Brodtmann MW Top 100 Judge
"Ripe nose. Good concentration. Vanilla new oak notes complement the intense and dense with well-balanced fruit. A modern new world style with very ripe black berry fruit and spicy oak complexity. Good concentration and intensity. Fine tannins but grippy. Moderate length. The tannins soften slightly with the food." Xenia Irwin MW Top 100 Judge
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Ballasalla Central Otago Pinot Noir 2012


4 Stars Wine State, they said...
"Mouthfilling, ruby hued, single-vineyard red from Bendigo. Scented, slightly spicy bouquet, leading into a sweet-fruited, savoury and supple wine with cherry, plum and spice flavours, showing good complexity. Priced right. (From Folding Hill Vineyard) $29.95." Wine State Recent Releases Tasting 2014.
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Charcoal Gully Estate 2011 Sallys Pinch Central Otago Pinot Noir


Gold Medal New Zealand International Wine Show 2012
Pure Elite Gold Air NZ Wine Show 2012

"Fabulously ripe and sensuous, the bouquet showing game, dark fruits and floral, leading to a powerful, sturdy palate. Lovely focus and density." Air NZ Wine Show
"A seductive floral fragrance and a velvety-textured forest floor savoury earthiness, there's a delicious finesse to the medium bodied flavours." NZIWS
Unbelievably this wine is still available is drinking superbly and at a brilliant price.
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Whitehaven Hidden Barrel Marlborough Pinot Noir 2012


Another Marlborough Pinot Noir that shows just how good Marlborough can be as a region.
Intense, fine and long are the hallmarks on the palate of this wine. Lots of blackberry fruit; smooth lush tannins and a long satisfying finish complete the picture. Drinking superbly now with up to three years of great drinking ahead.
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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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Spade Oak ‘Vigneron’ Gisborne Syrah 2012


5 Stars Raymond Chan's Wine Reviews. He said.
"96.3% Syrah..3.7% Viognier...Very dark, deep, black-hued red with lighter purple hues on rim. This has a very full and voluminous nose with intense and focused aromas of savoury black berry fruits and black pepper, harmoniously infused with spices, game and earthy notes, lifted by violetty florals. Medium-full bodied, rich and luscious, sweet and spicy, savoury black berry fruit flavours fill the mouth, unfolding layers of pepper and florals...the palate is rounded, with fine-grained tannins...This is a softly rich and well-structured Syrah with savoury and sweet fruit and harmonious complexity..."
This is a stunning find, made with a huge amount of care and aroha. A Reserve Syrah in every sense. Stunning pricing too.
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Calabria Brothers Barossa Valley Shiraz 2012


93 Points James Halliday Wine Companion 2014 Australian
Silver Mundus Vini Wine Competition, Germany
Silver Brisbane Wine Show

A bouquet purple black with a red cherry and dark chocolate nose.
Rich and full bodied with ripe plums, spicy vanillin oak, and a long fine grained tannin finish.This is serious Shiraz from a brilliant Barossa Vintage. Drinking well now with a huge future ahead of it.
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Obsidian Waiheke Island 2010 Cabernet Merlot


The 2009 was a real hit. The 2010 comes from a 7/7 vintage on Waiheke Island. It's big brother received a 98/100 review from Bob Campbell MW and sold out very quickly.
18/20 Raymond Chan Wine reviews. He said...
"...48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, 8% Petit Verdot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 3% Malbec, fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 10 months in 10% new French oak, the remainder seasoned French barrels with some American oak. Dark, deep, black-hued ruby-red colour with garnet hues on rim. The bouquet is full, robust and densely packed with aromas of savoury blackcurrant and plum fruit, harmoniously intermixed with savoury earth and leather complexities that unfold in layers of interest. Fullish-bodied, softly concentrated flavours of plush and rich dark plum fruits, earth and dark herbs show some secondary development with leathery and dustiness. The mouthfeel is fulsome and solid with plenty of tannin structure and underlying alcohol power. As the wine flows, the textures build and lead to a dry, firm finish. This is a solid and well-structured Cabernet/Merlot with complexing secondary development..."
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Beach House 2010 Gimblett Gravels Reserve Merlot


Berry fruits, smoky oak, lovely tannin structure and a great morishness. Beautiful deep dark colour with great length.
This wine has always been a winner. Robust, lush, classic Merlot elements, drink now or cellar for many a year.
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Jim Barry The Barry Brothers Shiraz Cabernet 2013


Trophy for Best Shiraz Cabernet Royal Queensland Wine Show 2014
Top Gold 97pts Royal Queensland Wine Show 2014
Trophy for Best Shiraz Cabernet Royal Melbourne Wine Show 2014 (Finalist for The Jimmy Watson Trophy)
Top Gold 96pts Royal Melbourne Wine Show 2014

“a wealth of juicy and rich blackberry and blackcurrant fruit, cosseted by warm vanillin oak." 91 Points, James Halliday Wine Companion
70% Shiraz, 30% Cabernet. This wine is dark in colour with a deep purple hue. A welcoming nose demonstrates vibrant notes of blackcurrant, violets, vanilla, raspberry and mint. Juicy plum and raspberry fruit are tightly woven with notes of espresso, dark chocolate, liquorice and cassis. The palate is built on chocolaty tannins providing a well-rounded, lingering finish. This wine is ready to enjoy now but will drink to 2017.
Elsewhere up to $27.99
This wine is being marketed by a small number of New Zealand Wine Retailers. It is not the vintage represented on most shelves. It is a one off; wonderful bargain.

Trentham Estate River Retreat 2013 Shiraz


Gold Medal 95/100 Royal Melbourne Wine Show 2014
There were 16 Gold Medals including The Jim Watson Trophy winning S C Pannell Adelaide Hill Shiraz with 98 Pts; two wines received 97 pts; three, 96 pts. Then came 10 wines with 95pts. The River Retreat was Number 1 of those wines, which included the 2013 Rosemount Balmoral Syrah; St Hallett Faith Shiraz 2013 and Moppity Reserve 2013 Shiraz. It was a class of top guns with a very clear bargain at Number 1.
"Deep red, purple in colour with aromas of dark berries and chocolate; flavours of dark cherry and plum are fleshy and long. The balance of sweet fruit, subtle oak and soft tannins make this wine silky smooth and delicious." Trentham Estate, have described the wine beautifully.
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Box 1 European Red Bargains


6 Don Aldo Tempranillo Barrica 2012
6 Torre Del Falasco DOC Bardolino 2012
Elsewhere up to $245.88

Box 2 Stunning White Box


4 Whitehaven Marlborough 2013 Sauvignon Blanc
4 Cognoscenti Gisborne 2013 Chardonnay
4 Palliser Estate Martinborough Riesling 2013
Elsewhere up to $299.88

Box 3 Tempranillo & Syrah


4 Don Aldo Tempranillo Barrica 2012
4 Anciano Gran Reserva Tempranillo 2004
4 Beach House Gimblett Gravels 2013 Syrah
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Box 4 Great Friends


3 Whitehaven Marlborough 2013 Sauvignon Blanc
3 Cognoscenti Gisborne 2013 Chardonnay
3 Anciano Gran Reserva Tempranillo 2004
3 Beach House Gimblett Gravels 2013 Syrah
Elsewhere up to $314.88