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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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Mills Reef Reserve Gimblett Gravels Merlot Malbec 2013


Trophy “Champion New Zealand Classic Red Wine” Bragato Wine Show 2014
Gold Bragato Wine Show 2014

This just released 2013 Gimblett Gravels red looks to be a Classic already. This is what great vintages are about. Wines with so much quality that they simply defy their price point and this wine is one of those.
Plums, blackberry fruits, intensity, power, balance and charm.
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Jim Barry Lodge Hill Clare Valley 2012 Shiraz


Gold Royal Hobart Wine Show 2013
Gold Royal Queensland Wine Show 2013
Silver Cowra Wine Show 2013
Silver Royal Adelaide Wine Show 2013
Silver Clare Valley Regional Wine Show 2013
95 Points James Halliday Wine Companion 2015
90 Points Lisa Perrotti-Brown eRobertParker
she said...
“Medium to deep garnet-purple coloured, the 2012 The Lodge Hill Shiraz is scented of crushed mulberries, black cherries and plums, with nuances of cloves and lavender. Medium to full-bodied with plenty of juicy black fruit flavours supported by a medium level of rounded tannins and balancing acid, it finishes with good length. Drink it now to 2018+.”
“Vivid purple-crimson; a totally delicious wine with a spring in its step more frequently encountered in cool climate shiraz; its fruit flavours span blood plum, red cherry and mulberry, these complexed by spice and garden herbs, the tannins fine and supple. Great value.”
James Halliday

Askerne Hawkes Bay 2012 Viognier


If you enjoy lush full Chardonnay you should try this wine.
Aromas of tropical fruit and rock melon dominate on the nose with a back drop of smoky oak. This is a well-balanced wine with a touch of elegance; it has peach, pear, rock melon and mineral notes.
Hand harvested and 100% barrel fermented: half in 1 year old barrels and half in 2 year old.
This wine will suit a wide range of dishes and is suitable for cellaring. It is something that both Chardonnay and lovers of big full white whites would love. It embarrasses many of its much more expensive Kiwi and Aussie competitors. It is in the running for our bargain of the year.

D'Arenberg McLaren Vale 2010 The Dead Arm Shiraz


New look New Release
Blue Gold Medal Sydney Top 100 2014
96/100 5 Stars James Halliday's Wine Companion 2015,
he said...
"A top class example of a distinguished lineage; the colour is an bright as spicy red fruit aromas of the bouquet, the palate with a cascade of red and black fruits, spice, licorice, and bitter chocolate flavours yet providing all this with finesse..."
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Campo De Borja Vina Ainzon Tinto Grenache Tempranillo 2012


This wine fits the tag of super Spaniard: Super wine; great price.
Smooth and super approachable this cracking little red from Spain is absolutely top notch. Juicy, loaded with black berry fruit and plums. This wine puts the emphasis of fruit and style. It is clean and lovely. Another great example of what Spain can do. In the mould of the Arriba & Rojo. Yummy
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Yalumba The Scribbler Cabernet Sauvignon/Shiraz 2012


95 points James Halliday; he said...
"Appropriate quality and character given the vintage. 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 Wine Companion 2015
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Pewsey Vale Vineyard The Contours Riesling 2009


Gold Melbourne Royal Wine Show 2013
Silver Barossa Wine Show 2013
One of Australia's very best Rieslings

"Pewsey Vale Vineyard The Contours Riesling 2009 is a rich and intensely flavoured wine. Pale straw with green hues, the aromas are intense but restrained with classic lemon and a floral influence with nuances of bottle aged toast, clove oil and lemongrass. The palate shows great length and depth with limes, toasted brioche, sage oil and lemongrass. The wine finishes with a fresh natural acidity that balances the flavour intensity." Pewsey Vale
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Misha’s Vineyard The High Note Central Otago Pinot Noir 2010


5 stars 18.5+/20 Raymond Chan Wine Reviews
18.5/20 “My Top 10 NZ Reds of the Year” Rebecca Gibb
92+/100 Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate/eRobert Parker, USA
95/100 5 stars Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
95/100 5 stars Bob Campbell, MW, Gourmet Traveller Wine,
he said...
“Dense wine with plum, dark cherry, spice and liquorice/anise favours. Complex and classy Pinot Noir with quite strong, savoury tannins giving the wine obvious cellaring potential."
“The wine shows seductive complexity on the nose displaying dark cherry, floral, game with hints of cedar and spice. It’s concentrated and plush on the palate with excellent mid palate weight, beautifully supported by polished tannins. A delectable pinot showing a symphony of gorgeous flavours. At its best: now to 2020. April 2014." Wine Orbit
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Tatty Bogler Central Otago 2011 Pinot Gris


Yvonne Lorkin 5 Stars
5 Stars Wine State Recent Releases Tasting
Silver Medal Easter Show 2013
4 Stars Cuisine Annual Pinot Gris Tasting 2012
95/100 5 stars Wine Gourmet Traveller,
they said..
"Attractive Pinot Gris with good weight, layers of flavour and a perfect balance of fruit sweetness and acidity to give a pleasantly drying finish. Appealing bready/yeasty flavours together with subtle pear and mineral plus a hint of spice. Classy wine." Bob Campbell MW
“Wow! Prepare for a burst of juicy white peach, nashi pear and coconut ice confection on the nose and an absolutely gorgeous splash of sweetness, clean, refreshing acidity and rich, mouth coating magic on the palate. This is a superb example of the heights pinot gris can climb when sourced from the most southern of climes and produced by the talented team at Forrest Estate. Fantastic persistence of flavour too – excellent stuff!” Yvonne Lorkin
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Jim Barry 2012 The Cover Drive Cabernet Sauvignon


The Cover Drive was one of the very first wines called by name not variety. It has a cult following and is simply yummy from top vintages. 2012 is one of those. A multi Silver medal winner.
"This wine is deep garnet in colour with high clarity. The nose is very aromatic, displaying primary characters of cassis and dark berries with subtle hints of dried herbs.
The palate is medium bodied and generous, showing fine tannins, highlighted by flavours of blackcurrant, mint and morello cherries.
As with previous releases of ‘The Cover Drive’, the wine displays harmonious balance and can be enjoyed now or will reward cellaring for 5 years."
Jim Barry Wines, we couldn't say better ourselves.
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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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Calusari Pinot Noir 2011


"You may not have tasted a Romanian wine recently, but I suspect it’s only a matter of time before you do. The value for money coming out of that country is truly amazing." Olly Smith, The Daily Mail
What a difference a year makes. This wine has grown into its skin big time over the last 12 months. It was a hit at our Euro tasting and showed out to be not only characterful but also loaded with Pinotisty. It is a pale garnet colour with aromas of violets, dried cherries and hints of tobacco. Juicy, light and berry filled palate with a smooth, velvety finish.
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Sealed 6 Pac = $78.00

Nautilus Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2013


Gold Royal Easter Wine Show 2014
A classic. Nautilus Sauvignon Blanc never fails to impress. It is always released a little later than most so this is their current vintage and it offers superb drinking for the coming summer months.
The winery writes: "The wine is dry and medium-weight. Less assertive on the nose than some, this wine builds through the palate with great fruit complexity and concentration, culminating in a delicious, lingering finish."
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Sebastiani Sonoma County Chardonnay 2012


2012 was rated by Robert Parker as Sonoma’s equal greatest Chardonnay vintage since 1970. That’s 42 years. The Sonoma Valley is known as one of the finest Chardonnay producing regions in California. This wine is an excellent example of a robust, rich and lush full style. Peach, melon, ripe apple and butterscotch a lovely creamy texture and a stylish smooth palate.
Metro Magazine Top Wines for Winter
4 Stars Raymond Chan Wine Reviews
4 Stars Wine Orbit.
They said...
"Plush and creamy, this is a comforting chardonnay with tropical fruit, peach and nutty flavours, backed by lovely fruit intensity and silky texture. It's beautifully rounded and supple, and finishes long and smooth. At its best: now to 2016." Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
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Neudorf Nelson Chardonnay 2012


5 Stars 19/20 Raymond Chan's Wine reviews He said...
"... The bouquet is softly rich with deeply packed aromas of ripe yellow stonefruits and citrus fruits, forming a complex amalgam, unfolding layers of nutty, creamy barrel-ferment notes with oak toast, gunflint and buttery MLF elements. Medium-full bodied, rich and tightly concentrated flavours of ripe citrus and peach are at the heart of the palate. The mouthfeel is rich and creamy with excellent presence, the sweetness moderated and balanced by a fine, texturally, structured, dry line and fresh acidity... This is a complex Chardonnay with layers of rich flavours and balancing grip and freshness...."
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Moonstruck Central Victoria Shiraz 2012


Gold 2013 New Zealand International Wine Show
Gold 2013 NW Wine Competition
Silver 2013 Royal Queensland Wine Show
Silver 2013 Royal Adelaide Wine Show

"Raspberry, cherry, chocolate, leather, meaty oak and mint all come together nicely with a creamy spicy finish." NZIWS 2013
Think the best of Hawkes Bay, meets the Rhone. This is why Central Victoria is go good at this style. Charming and very drinkable. With a fantastic package. Made by McPherson, the makers of the Basilisk from an outstanding Australian vintage.
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6 Pac = $90.00

Toso Prosecco Frizzante NV


A massive deal on this fine, beautifully presented Prosecco from Italy. Again we featured it in 2013, we believe it has got better. It is delightful; extremely classy and not to be missed.
It's a wonderfully refreshing, beautifully packaged, super stylish wine.

Made from Glera, the traditional Prosecco grape, it is a just off dry, lightly sparkling wine with a light straw colour with fine, long lasting bubbles. It has a bouquet bursting with fruity notes of apple, pear and white peach and those flavours flow through to the palate. Delightful by itself or simply wonderful with food. Delicious bubbles.
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Sealed 6 Pac = $90.00

Trentham Coonawarra Family Reserve 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon


5 Stars James Halliday's Wine Companion 2015. He said..
"Bright crimson purple; the grapes were picked at the right moment, leading to a medium bodied wine with Coonawarra earth, cassis/blackcurrant/mint fruit and persistent, savoury tannins. a strong expression of place..."
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Rocky Point Central Otago 2013 Pinot Noir


Just released and already Pure Silver Bragato Wine Competition 2014
'....Rocky Point delivers a standout Central Otago Pinot Noir."
The wineries words could not be truer. From the outstanding 2013 vintage this lush, ripe black fruit laden Pinot is an absolute steal. Deep red in colour; round and full in the mouth. Quality and charm you'd expect from a Pinot Noir that is a lot more expensive.
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Charcoal Gully 2008 Central Otago Gewurztraminer


"Looks like a petrol Station." Ok ugly label but the wine inside is extremely good. Spice, turkish delight, full rose petal, medium to full palate. This wine has benefited from aging and is drinking super well now. Drinking now and over the next year.
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Kahurangi Mt Arthur 2013 Reserve Chardonnay


"The 2012 of Mt Arthur Reserve Chardonnay was awarded the Colin Harrison Memorial Trophy last year for being judged Nelson's Best Chardonnay. Bring on the 2013 vintage which was exceptional in the Nelson region too and we have the makings of something very special indeed. Wonderfully ripe and concentrated fruit has been fully barrel fermented in a mix of French and American oak. This is a big intense Chardonnay, creamy and toasty with lashings of peach and tropical fruits. With old school styling inside and out, Mt Arthur Reserve Chardonnay should be just what you're looking for." Vino Fino Christchurch
Great review from our friends in Christchurch. They are right on the button. Serious Chardonnay with a huge future at a very sensible price for one so good.
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Bay & Barns 2013 Marlborough Riesling


This wine might just have a Gold medal or two under another label. It is off dry. Lush and morish with a just right acid spine. Cellar it for a year or three or drink it now at this price. It is a ripper.
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Aramis White Label 2010 McLaren Vale Shiraz


93/100 James Halliday's 2014 Australian Wine Companion. He said...
"Vibrant purple, blackberry, spiced plum and fruitcake are exhibited on the bouquet. The medium bodied palate is warm, fleshy and generous, finishing with spicy oak and gravelly tannins; good value drinking."
"This blockbuster red has an inky red black colour and smells concentrated and powerful with biscuity oak, a hint of tar, spices and currants. The tannins are firm and the flavours depict spiced plums/ prunes, tobacco and cigar box characters with a fruit sweet juiciness to the long lasting finish."
Sue Courtney Wines of the Week
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Aramis Single Vineyard Black label McLaren Vale Shiraz 2010


93/100 James Halliday's 2013 Australian Wine Companion. He said...
"Deep, dense crimson; it comes as no surprise to find a full bodied palate, the fruit amplified by 21 months in French oak; Flavours of highly concentrated black berry, chocolate, licorice and earth are given balance by savoury, but ripe tannins. When it slims down in a decade or so, will be even better than it is today."
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Gemtree Uncut McLaren Vale Shiraz 2012


5 Stars & Best Buy Cuisine
Gold Mundus Vini 2014
93/100 Campbell Mattinson The Wine Front
, he said
"This release hits the groove and rolls with it from start to finish. Cloves, plums, blackberry and chocolate. You know the drill, and know if it's your cuppa. Tannin rumbles through the finish. Length is good. This is a very good (indeed, excellent) release of this popular label... Drink: 2015-2025. "
One of our most popular Shiraz. The 2010 and 2011 flew. This one is a ripper.
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Gris Caillou Bordeaux 2006


We featured this wine in 2013 and thought very highly of it. We tasted it again within the last month and were blown away. It has got better.
This classical Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc is eight years old and simply yummy. A wine this good would have been in the $30+ bracket until very recently.
A great Bordeaux nose full of bright berries spices and a palate loaded with cassis and tobacco flavours. It finishes with a delightfully creamy acidity and fine tannins.
It compares brilliantly to a Hawkes Bay Bordeaux blend in the $25 to $35 easily. It will reach its 10th birthday easier and could reach well beyond that. If you like Bordeaux blends this well-structured red is truly excellent buying.
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Sealed 6 Pac = $84.00

Curious SE Australia Shiraz 2013


91/100 41/2 Stars Wine Orbit...
"It's impressively ripe and fragrant on the nose displaying black/blueberry, dark plum, vanilla and cocoa aromas. The palate is succulent and sumptuous with velvety texture and intense fruit flavours, leading to a super-silky finish. A real crowd-pleaser. At its best: now to 2020..."
Juicy, full and charming Shiraz at this price point is hard to find. This wine hits the spot in every way. Close your eyes take a sip and you'll think $20++++.
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Heartland 2012 Spice Trader Langhorne Creek Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon


Made by the Brilliant Ben Glaetzer. This is the first wine under this label and it is fantastic.
The Get Wines Direct Trophy for The Best Wine Under $20: The Great Australian Red
The Amcor Closures Stelvin Trophy for The Best Shiraz Dominant Blend: The Great Australian Red
90 Robert Parker

"The 2012 Spice Trader Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon is deep garnet - purple in color and shows off a pronounced cassis and black plum nose with hints of eucalyptus, star anise, cloves and pepper. Medium to full-bodied with lots of mouth-filling and juicy blackberry flavor, it is supported by medium level, grainy tannins and refreshing acid before finishing with very good length. Drink it now to 2017." Lisa Perrotti: Robert Parker
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Beach House 2011 Gimblett Gravels Cabernet Malbec


Wine of the Week Viva NZ Herald
An outstanding effort from a difficult vintage. In fact we think it’s the best of the Beach house 2011 red releases
Black berry fruits, spicy oak and lovely palate weight. This wine is very like the 2008 & 2009 versions of this wine that were great bargains.

Trentham Estate 2013 Noble Taminga 375ml


New Release
Trophy Best Desert Wine Spiegelau International Wine Competition 2014
Gold Medal Spiegelau International Wine Competition 2014
, defeating some of this countries very very best stickies. This baby is an absolute bargain.
Taminga is a variety that has been created to suit the warm conditions of the Murray Darling and it's right at home in this Botrytis style by Trentham. Taminga’s aromatic qualities, wines tend to be floral, with fresh citrus and stonefruit characters, crisp acidity and seasoned liberally with cinnamon and nutmeg spice. Trentham have obvious mastered this variety one of whose parents in Traminer. It has luscious and lingering palate of apricot and toffee.
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375 ml

Box 1 Three Aussie Mates Save over $100


4 Jim Barry Lodge Hill Clare Valley Shiraz 2012
4 Yalumba The Scribbler Cabernet Shiraz 2012
4 Jim Barry Cover Drive Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
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Box 2 Bordeaux with Hints Save over $100


4 Yalumba The Scribbler Cabernet Shiraz 2012
4 Mills Reef Reserve Gimblett Gravels Merlot Malbec 2013
4 Jim Barry Cover Drive Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
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Box 3 Kiwi Love Save Nearly $100


3 Whitehaven Marlborough 2013 Sauvignon Blanc
3 Tatty Bogler Central Otago Pinot Gris 2011
4 Mills Reef Reserve Gimblett Gravels Merlot Malbec 2013
2 Misha’s Vineyard The High Note Central Otago Pinot Noir 2010
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Box 4 Stunning Whites Save over $100


4 Whitehaven Marlborough 2013 Sauvignon Blanc
3 Tatty Bogler Central Otago Pinot Gris 2011
3 Askerne Hawkes Bay 2012 Viognier
2 Pewsey Vale Vineyard The Contours Riesling 2009
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