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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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Nautilus Cuvee Marlborough Brut NV


Trophy Best Sparkling Wine Air NZ Wine Show. The judges said...
"A brilliantly composed sparkling wine; it's harmonious and engaging with notes of macaroon, stone fruit and floral."
Pure Gold Air NZ Wine Show 2015
Michael Cooper Super Classic Status
97/100 Bob Campbell
95/100 & 5 stars Cameron Douglas
5 stars Michael Cooper
93/100 Nick Stock

“Seriously sophisticated bouquet with a savoury, sleek and energized aroma package centering on toasty autolysis; mild fruit. Dry, savoury rich in flavour and character, elegant and long. Gentle mousse with silky texture, brioche and peach. A delicious wine with a long finish.” Cameron Douglas
“Lean and crisp, piercing and long, it’s a beautifully tight, vivacious and refined wine, its Marlborough fruit characters enriched with intense bready aromas and flavours.” Michael Cooper
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Alpine Valley Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2014


4/12 Stars Wine Orbit
4 Stars Raymond Chan Wine Reviews
. He said...
"Bright, very pale straw colour with pale green hues on the rim. This has a fresh and softly concentrated nose of pungent passionfruit with nuances of melons, herbs and minerals that open up in volume with aeration. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, softly luscious and sweet passionfruit flavours flow with good acid zestiness and energy on a slippery palate underlined by a fine-textured line. The mouthfeel is balanced, and the wine carries to mouth-wateringly refreshing dry finish with herb and tropical fruit notes. This is a gently rich, passionfruity Sauvignon Blanc with good thirst-quenching balance. Serve with salads, vegetables and Pacific Rim fare over the next 2 years. Fruit from two of the company’s Upper Wairau Valley vineyards, cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 13.0% alc. and 4.5 g/L RS. 17.0+/20 Dec 2014 RRP $19.99"
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Case of 12 = $144.00

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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6 Pac = $99.60

Chocoholic Western Cape Pinotage 2014


Wine of The Week Canvas NZ Herald
"If sweet spice driven, berry soaked red wines
are your ultimate indulgence, then you may want to look away now, because this wine could cast a spell on you. Pinotage is a South African grape bred from pinot noir and cinsault back in 1925, and Darling is a wine region on the Western Cape where dry farmed, bush vines thrive. Think a liquid version of black forest gateau and you're getting close. Seductive." Yvonne Lorkin Wine of The Week Canvas NZ Herald
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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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Devil's Staircase Central Otago Pinot Noir 2015


A charming Pinot Noir made in a 'drink young style'. This highly approachable Rockburn's second tier offering punches well above it's weight. A generous and smooth palate highlighted by the varietal mix of black cherry, brambly black berries, hints of spice, mocha and a touch of forest floor. At sub $20.00 it is a steal.
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Pukeora Estate Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2014


Every vintage for many a year has had four stars from Bob Campbell and or featured in Wine Gourmet Traveller. This new release adds to the glamour. This is a gem. It is unbelievable that a Chardonnay this good hasn't received more recognition. It is everything thing you want in Chardonnay: peaches, cream, touches of mealiness, delightfully drinkable and smooth as…
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Eight Carat Sparkling Shiraz NV


Gold Medal NZ International Wine Show 2015
Made by Pirramimma 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
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Rocland Estate Chocolate Box Barossa Tempranillo 2013


5 Star Winery James Halliday's Wine Reviews
Top 100 Wines Adelaide Reviews Top 100 South Australian Wines

'Aromas of cherries, blackberries, and plums all expressed with ripe regional and sensitively used oak. Silky medium bodied to medium full palate expresses cherry and plum fruits." Rocland
"What a great bargain. Excellent wine for the money. Aromas of cherry and spice followed by a palate with chocolate and dark berries. Surprised to say the least!" Brydon Johnston
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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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Beach House Track Gimblett Gravels Chardonnay 2013


5 stars Michael Cooper Wine Companion 2016
Silver Medal NZ International Wine Show 2014
Silver Medal AIR NZ Wine Awards 2014

The 2013 vintage was estate grown and hand-picked in Mere Road, matured for 10 months in two French oak puncheons and a new French barrique. A classy, vibrantly fruity and finely poised wine, likely to be long lived, it has concentration, peachy, citrusy flavours and balanced toasty oak and excellent structure and length. Open mid- 2016+." Michael Cooper
Big, bold and brilliant. Highly impressive now.
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Whitehaven Greg Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2015


Blue Gold Sydney Top 100 International Wine Competition 2016
Silver Medal NZ International Wine Show 2015

Bright lemon green in the glass with great clarity. The nose is an explosion of greengage plum, jalapeno and elderflower. Redcurrant hints abound, with hints of buxus, tobacco leaf and flint.
It is dry, full bodied wine with vibrant acidity and intense varietal flavours which persist on the long, crisp finish. Classic intense Reserve Sauvignon from a top producer.
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Whitehaven Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2015


5 Stars Top 10 Cuisine Sauvignon Blanc Tasting January 2016
"John Belsham praised this wine’s “incredible tension”. Jack Glover admired its “aromatic purity”. It’s a leaner style, with stonefruit and green olives in brine notes fuelled by zesty acidity. Try it alongside snapper baked with an anchovy-rich tapenade."
Our view; stunning, the best in years and incredibly good.
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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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Spade Oak ‘Voysey’ Gisborne Pinot Gris 2015


New Release
Every year this wine is a ripper, in our opinion the best of the Spade Oak Voysey range. Huge appeal, huge drinkability and a down right super buy.
Fresh with lovely flavours of pears, stonefruits and honeysuckle
. Medium dry and medium bodied, beautifully balanced frame.
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Johanneshof Marlborough 2014 Gewurztraminer


Super Classic Status Michael Cooper Wine Companion 2016
Trophy Best Gewurztraminer and Pure Gold Air NZ Wine Show.
The judges said...
"Classic perfumed aromas of mango, floral and spice lead to a persistent palate that’s refined and plush at the same time."
Trophy Best Gewurztraminer 6 Nations Challenge
Gold New Zealand International Wine Show 2015
5 stars 96 / 100 pts Wine Orbit August 2015

“This is awesome. The wine is classically perfumed with tropical fruit, potpourri, rose petal and candied ginger. The palate exhibits superb concentration, plush mouthfeel and subtle sweetness, brilliantly enhanced by velvety texture and juicy acidity. Expansive, seamless and utterly delicious..” Sam Kim, Wine Orbit August 2015 - 5 stars 96 / 100 pts
"Powerful and heady, radiating lusciousness and concentration with aromas and flavours of citrus zest, musk, ginger, white pepper and spice infused orange honey." NZIWS
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Allan Scott Cecilia Brut NV


Bargain Bubblies Viva NZ Herald They said...
"Allan Scott is something of a sparkling specialist with a range of examples including the Cecilia label, which seriously over delivers at its price. It's a wine with some good intensity to its toasty edged palate with its notes of tangy grapefruit and ripe apple fruit."Jo Burzynska
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Vega Barcelona Cava NV


Recommended by the New York Times
(“Graduating To a Better Cava” Eric Asimov) “Light and bright with fruity, nutlike flavours”.
4 1/2 stars Wine Orbit “This is a seriously good Cava.”

"Cava is about sheer drinkability. And this beauty certainly delivers that and then some. The attractive nose shows white peach, citrus and floral with a hint of almond notes. It's refreshing and beautifully flowing on the palate with elegant fruit intensity, backed by juicy acidity. This is a seriously good Cava."
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Spade Oak ‘Voysey’ Gisborne Rosé 2015


"Bright, pale peach-pink colour, lighter on edge. This has a very delicate nose with clean and fresh aromas of strawberries, savoury quince and cranberries, lifted by red floral notes and subtle herb elements. Off-dry to taste and light-medium bodied, the palate shows light, gently rich fruit flavours of strawberries and quince, along with lifted red floral elements. The wine follows a smooth flowing line, and the mouthfeel is enlivened by bright, racy and slippery acidity. A fine textural thread leads the palate to a light, mouthwatering, dry finish with delicate strawberry nuances. This is a refreshing, clean, delicately fruited off-dry rosé with strawberry and quince flavours and a slippery mouthfeel." Raymond Chan
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Tatty Bogler Central Otago Pinot Noir 2013


New Release
5 Stars Michael Cooper Wine Companion 2015.
He said...
"This is sometimes blended from Bannockburn (Central Otago) and Waitaki Valley (North Otago) grapes, but the delicious 2013 vintage was estate-grown at Bannockburn. Matured for over a year in French oak barriques, it is full-coloured, generous and silky, with mouthfilling body, deep, vibrant cherry/plum flavours, savoury, earthy notes adding complexity, gentle acidity and a finely poised finish. Already delicious."
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Alexandra Wine Company Alex Gold Central Otago Pinot Noir 2013


Gold Spiegelau Wine Show 2014
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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Spade Oak ‘Vigneron’ Gisborne Syrah 2013


Stunning New Release
Wine of the Week Yvonne Lorkin
Canvas NZ Herald. She said…
“I'm not sure how Gisborne feels about the whole global warming thing, but one thing's for sure; it's done great things for their syrah. If the smell of wild rosehips, violets and peppercorns sends you into a spin, then best you be sitting down while taking your first sip of this little stunner. It's lush, spice-driven and silky to drink.”
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Saint Clair Pioneer Block 17 Plateau Hawkes Bay Merlot


Trophy Best Merlot Air NZ Wine Show, Cabernet & Blends and Pure Gold The judges said...
"Powerful and graceful at the same time; notes of dark plum, violet, game and spicy oak, combined with a rounded mouthfeel."
New Release
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Beach House Reserve 2013 Gimblett Gravels Merlot


Silver Medal Hawkes Bay A & P Show 2014
We are bringing back this great buy due to popular demand. A reserve 2013 release at sale price that seems to be far far too inexpensive. Chocolate, Black Doris plums, cigar box. Super smooth, the wine represents its excellent vintage. A stunner with the ability to age for many years.
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Beach House Gimblett Gravels Cabernet Franc 2013


2013 Gimblett Gravels Top 10 as picked by Gordon Russell & Andrew Caillard MW They noted their selection showed “amongst the greatest red wines produced in New Zealand”
The others included the; Trinity Hill The Gimblett, Craggy Range Le Sol, Mills Reef Elspeth Cabernet Sauvignon & Newton Forrest Cornerstone Cabernet Merlot Malbec.
This wine was the only Cabernet Franc and the greatest bargain.
Silver Medal Hawkes Bay Wine Show 2014
Beach House make the best Cabernet Franc in the business. The 2013 is a ripper. A wine to enjoy now. However two or three years in the cellar will reap massive rewards.
"The nose exhibits brambly fruits, dark chocolate and mixed spice with a hint of lifted toasty oak. A rich, bold entry onto the palate gives way to a wash of dark fruits and spice. This is a big and bold wine with ripe full tannins that will give the wine longevity well into the next 10+ years. A fine example of the high level of intensity the Cabernet Franc variety can bring on our Gimblett Gravels site. Cabernet Franc is one of Chief Winemaker Chris Harrison’s favourite varieties and he believes that this particular vintage of Cabernet Franc stands out as one of the greats." Beach House website.
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Spade Oak ‘Voysey’ Gisborne Syrah 2013


4 Stars Raymond Chan Wine Reviews. He said...
"Dark, deep, purple-hued ruby-red colour, very youthful in appearance. This has a full, open and accessible nose of rich, ripe dark raspberry and blackberry fruit flavours along with savoury floral, jam and spice elements, leather and game interest, black pepper and bacon-nuanced oak. Medium-bodied and elegant in proportion, the flavours of black and red berry fruits are tightly concentrated with a core melded with spices, pepper and oak. The mouthfeel is brisk, racy and zesty from prominent acidity. Fine-grained tannins carry the fruit and palate to a long, lingering, spicy, cedary finish. Open and aromatic on nose this is a tightly concentrated and fine-grained Syrah with spicy and cedary flavours and a racy mouthfeel. Match with barbecued and roasted red meat dishes over the next 4-5 years..."
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Yalumba The Scribbler Cabernet Sauvignon/Shiraz 2012


Best Blended Red Trophy & Gold Hobart Wine Show 2014
Gold Melbourne Wine Show 2014
Outstanding & Special Value 95/100 James Halliday's Wine Companion 2015

"It always pays to shop around with The Scribbler and, given the quality here, to stock up too. This is a field of flavour well worth ploughing into; robust blackcurrant, redcurrant and eucalypt flavours with blackberry and clove notes in support... It's as perfect for winter drinking as it is for the mid-term cellar."
James Halliday, Wine Companion Magazine, 1 September 2014
"95 points...Robust blackcurrant, redcurrant and eucalypt flavours with blackberry and clove notes in support. Filigreed tannin. Assured length. Quite enough oomph. There is nothing here not to like. Drink to 2028."
Campbell Mattinson, James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2015, 1 August 2014
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Jip Jip Rocks Padthaway Shiraz 2014


Double Gold San Francisco International Wine Show 2015
"Nearly opaque dark deep purple color. Bright, toasty aromas of berry pie, chocolate, and spiced praline with a satiny, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length dried cherry, menthol mint, and vanilla cream finish with soft tannins and light oak. A rich and round shiraz with pleasing spiciness."
The Pepperjack lovers have rushed to this one, time and time again.
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Mt Monster Limestone Coast Shiraz 2013


Gold 2014 New Zealand International Wine Show
Gold 2014 China Wine & Spirit Awards
Silver 2014 Melbourne International Wine Competition
Silver 2014 International Wine & Spirits Competition

"Rich purple colour. Ripe blackberry and plum nose, floral notes, satsuma plum and soft scented fruits. Subtle oak use adds complexity and provides structural framework whilst allowing primary Shiraz characters to shine through. Varietal fruit driven palate, with cherry/ berry fruit and spice flavours. Fine, soft tannins complement the spice/ berry flavours and provide support on a generous, mouthfilling finish. A beautiful drink immediately upon release." WinelistAustralia
Elsewhere up to $22.99

Trentham Estate River Retreat 2014 Shiraz


New Release
The 2013 version of this wine was a huge hit at Primo Vino. It was also a Gold medal winner at the Melbourne Royal Show 2014, so the 2014 version had a lot to live up to. When we tried it;our response was clear and instant. This is better, in our opnion of course. It is full, richer, darker and has more body and focus. Whatever made the 2013 so good has been learnt from and developed in the 2014.
Lots of chocolate, dark berry on the nose and palate. Full and morish with the spice in the background, playing its part but not stealing the show. What steals the show is it's drinkability, class and exceptional value for money.
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Anciano Crianza Tempranillo 2010 (Aged 3 years)


Gold Medal Berlin Wine Trophy 2013
Silver Medal NZ International Wine Show 2014
4 Stars (86/100) Wine Orbit.
They said...
“It's savoury, gamey and spicy with cherry and plum aromas, followed by a gently framed palate that's smooth and elegantly dry. An appealing combination of bright fruit flavours and savoury complexity.” Sam Kim
The Tempranillo grapes from 30 year old vines grown on stony clay-lime soils with a continental climate; cold winters and hot, dry summers. Fermentation was at controlled temperatures (below 28º C) in stainless steel tanks. The wine was then matured for at least six months in French and American oak barriques. Malolactic fermentation occurred. This wine is naturally fined by gravity and is therefore suitable for vegetarians and vegans.
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Beso Central Valley Merlot 2014


Stunning Chilean Bargain.
4 Stars Wine Orbit.
They said....
"A crowd-pleasing style, the nicely fragrant bouquet shows dark plum, blueberry, mixed spice, almond and dried herb characters, which led to a juicy palate that is lively and smooth. Medium-full, fruit-forward and very approachable, and offers excellent value for money..."
We totally agree. Think Brookfield’s Burnfoot; Beach House Reserve & Linden Estate from a very good year and this little beauty might just outpace them all. Yes, that good.
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Box 1 My Valentine Bubbly & Chocolate Save $92


5 Veuve Laperrière Blanc de Blancs Brut NV
4 Rocland Estate Chocolate Box Barossa Tempranillo 2013
3 Nautilus Cuvee Marlborough Brut NV
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Box 2 Six by Six Save $108


6 Pukeora Estate Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2014
6 Devil's Staircase Central Otago Pinot Noir 2015
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Box 3 Double Chocolate Save $78


6 Chocoholic Western Cape Pinotage 2014
6 Rocland Estate Chocolate Box Barossa Tempranillo 2013
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Box 4 Reds all in a Row Save $100


4 Devil's Staircase Central Otago Pinot Noir 2015
4 Chocoholic Western Cape Pinotage 2014
4 Rocland Estate Chocolate Box Barossa Tempranillo 2013
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Box 5 Sparkling Heaven Save $93


5 Veuve Laperrière Blanc de Blancs Brut NV
3 Nautilus Cuvee Marlborough Brut NV
2 Champagne Beaumet Brut NV
2 Eight Carat Sparkling Shiraz NV
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