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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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Palliser Estate Martinborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017


Super Classic Status Michael Copper's Wine Companion
5 Stars 94/100 Bob Campbell MW
5 Stars 18.5+/20 Raymond Chan Wine Reviews
. He said...
"Bright, pale straw colour, very light on the rim. The nose is very fresh with bright and vibrant aromas of pungent passionfruit, with tropical fruit notes and fresh herbs...Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate is elegant and finely proportioned with good depth and intensity of pungent passionfruit flavours with tropical fruits and fresh herbs...The mouthfeel is fresh, crisp and zesty with fine lacy and brisk acidity...This is an elegant, but concentrated Sauvignon Blanc with intense passionfruit, tropical fruit, herb and snow pea flavours with subtle nettle notes on a brisk, racy palate. Serve with Pacific Rim fare over the next 2 years."
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Rocland Chocolate Box Barossa
Shiraz 2016


Gold NZ International Wine Show 2017
"Weighty and creamy in rich tones of dark berry, mocha, vanilla and toasted nuts with a delectably expressed palate thatís ripe and exuberant finishing long and velvety."
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Rocland Chocolate Box Barossa Cabernet Sauvignon 2016


Gold Sydney International Wine Show 2018
"Dark/black appearance. Cassis, dark fruits, dried mint and herbs, graphite, cedar, clove cinnamon oak. Very dense, with good concentration, fresh, cooling acidity and strong, refined tannins. Good length, austere finish. Food accentuates the impressive concentration of the wine, and the refinement of the tannins." Matthew Deller MW
"Big and bold, firm meaty tannin structure, ripe fruit, big oak, no shrinking violet this wine, certainly benefits with the introduction of food." Stuart Halliday
"Dark red, primary dark ripe red currents and plum stone on nose, dense sweet fruit focused palate, tight fine tannins. Good match with beef cheek."
Oliver Masters
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Craft Farm Hawke's Bay 2015 Syrah


5 Stars 18.5+/20 Raymond Chan Wine Reviews.
5 Stars Wine Orbit

"Dark, deep, purple-hued ruby-red colour...youthful in appearance... The aromatics exude finesse and grow in intensity with aeration. Medium-bodied, the palate is stylish in presentation with rich fruit flavours of black and red berried fruits with aromatic violet florals and pepper notes...The wine carries along a velvety line, leading to a lingering, elegant finish of black fruits and florals. This is a beautifully fragrant Syrah with fine aromatic flavours of blackberry and raspberry fruit and an array of florals on a velvety-textured palate. Match with duck, pork and beef dishes over the next 6-8 years. ... 100 dozen made. 18.5+/20 Nov 2017." Raymond Chan
This is the label of Ant Mackenzie. This is absolutely beautiful Syrah from the maker of Dry River and Askerne Wines.
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Rufus Stone Heathcote Shiraz 2007
1 .5 Litre Magnum


94/100 The Little Red Winebook
Lots of Medals too
However this means very little as the wine is 11 years old. So we tried it before getting it in., black plum and spice on the palate wrapped in a medium to full body.
The conclusion: First let in breath for a minute of three. Let it open up to its glorisous medium bodied smoothness. Lots of blackberry
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Rufus Stone Heathcote 2013 Shiraz


Gold 95 Points Royal Melbourne Show
Gold - John Lehman (Daily Telegraph)
91 Points Gary Walsh (
93 Points Huon Hooke ( He said...

"Very deep dark red/ruby colour, rich ripe black fruit aromas, with subtle, deftly handled oak. The wine is full bodied and ample, with abundant tannin in good balance; long firm finish, with a minerally quality which lingers."
"This Heathcote beauty finds the sweet spot, combining generous dark fruits with savoury excellence. Worth every cent of the $25 price tag."
John Lehman
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Johanneshof Marlborough 2017 Gewurztraminer


Stunning New Release
Arguably the Best Gewurztraminer in New Zealand year in year out.
The title has been challenged by the much bigger budget Vinoptima and Dry River. They are excellent, but not on the scale of this little legend.
Super Classic Status Michael Cooper's Wine Companion, a multitude of Trophies, Golds and 5 Star reviews that testify to it excellence year in year out.
An explosion of Turkish Delight aromas, raisins and marzipan. A weighty, powerful and opulent palate with its notes of rose petals and spice. Elegant, complex and stunning. A Gewurztraminer masterclass.
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Nautilus Marlborough 2016 Chardonnay


A contender for Chardonnay of the Year. Simply Stunning
5 Stars & 19.0/20 Raymond Chan, July 2017
95/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, August 2017

Clive Jones and the team at Nautilus take a lot of pride in their Chardonnay and the past few vintages have been outstanding. This new release 2016 may be the best yet. To get the best from the wine we'd recommend cellaring for 3-5 years. It really is worth doing this.
"Bright, pale straw-yellow colour. The nose is softly presented showing real depth and concentration of white and yellow stonefruits in a flinty amalgam with creamy barrel-ferment and nutty oak. The palate is full-bodied and possesses presence, the flavours showing stylish restraint, but undeniable concentration and richness, with stonefruits and citrus fruits, mealy detail and layers of flinty complexity, along with creamy and nutty oak... This is deliciously rich, complex and has proportion and style. Outstanding wine..." Raymond Chan
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Askerne Hawkes Bay
Merlot Cabernet Franc 2015


Gold Hawkes Bay A&P Bayleys Wine Awards 2017
4 1/2 Stars Wine Orbit
Silver Air NZ Awards
4 Stars Raymond Chan

"This complex blend showcases a great vintage on our Havelock North vineyard. Dark and brooding on the nose with black doris plum, aromatic jasmine and underlying mineral notes of graphite and tar. The palate is broad and soft with supple front palate tannins and soft vanilla oak enveloping the fruit.
Drink now or cellar for 5-7 years."

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Askerne Hawkes Bay
Cabernet Franc 2015


Gold Medal 2017 Bragato Wine Awards
4 Stars Raymond Chan Wine Reviews
4 Stars Sam Kim Wine Orbit

"A single varietal expression of Cabernet Franc off our Havelock North vineyard. Red and black berry fruits of raspberry and black currant provide varietal direction on the nose. Jasmine flower and sinewy oak provide extra aromatic interest. The palate is broad and generous but with a sappy streak providing foil and structure
Drink now or cellar for five to seven years."
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Tin Cottage Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017


New Vintage
Classical Marlborough with great passionfruit and capsicum characters racy acidity with a real morish element.
The perfect beach, BBQ, party wine.
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Fromm Spštlese Marlborough Riesling 2016


92 points James Suckling. He said...
"A very handy wine that plays the reductive game well. Plenty of fresh apple and lime fruits. Off-dry, long and refreshing. Drink now."
"This wine is light bodied, low in alcohol and floral in flavour with a sweet taste thatís balanced by its high acidity. The naturally high acid of Riesling cuts through all the rich flavours, leaving you with a refreshingly, crisp and seemingly off dry finish. This is a wine that drinks beautifully now, lightly chilled, as an after work glass or even at lunch time on a non working day."
Joelle Thomson
"An energetic yet focussed Riesling, our 2016 Spštlese expresses alluring flinty aromas supported by hints of granny smith apples, lime zest and orange blossom florals. The palate is generous and juicy, however itís the wineís precise structure that defines it. A sweet, aperitif style Riesling with tasty fruit acidity that leaves the palate cleansed after each mouthful." -The Winery
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Champagne Ayala Brut Majeur NV


5 Stars Top 10 Cuisine Champagne Tasting 2016 & 2017
Trophy Best Champion NZ International Wine Show 2016

"The Ayala Champagne house (which is owned by Bollinger) has been hitting its straps over recent years. This release has terrific drive and life, with apple and fresh linen aromas and a lingering persistence in the mouth. As with all fine Champagne, it manages to be both imposing and elegant." Cuisine 2017
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Pirramimma Eight Carat Sparkling Shiraz NV


Gold Medal NZ International Wine Show 2015
Gold AWC Vienna 2015 International Wine Challenge
Gold AWC Vienna 2016 International Wine Challenge

Made by Pirrimamma 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
Back and beautiful. One of the best balanced and lovely Sparkling Shiraz' out there. No heavy Shiraz in a bottle here. All class and balance.
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Mondillo Bendigo Central Otago Pinot Noir 2015


Gold Royal Easter Wine Show 2017
Gold NZ International Wine Show 2026
5 Stars Raymond Chan Wine Reviews
5 Stars 95/100 Gourmet Traveller Wine
Potential Classic Michael Cooper's Buyer's Guide
Bob Campbell MW 95/100. He said...

ďAppealing scented wine with ripe plum and dark cherry flavours together with a seasoning of spices including wild thyme and anise. An attractively textural Pinot Noir - silken with good weight. A wine with a strong Central Otago and Bendigo signature."
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Te Taha Martinborough Pinot Noir 2015


A Genuine Export Label that didn't hit the UK. Made by Larry McKenna, the Master of Martinborough Pinot Noir and his Escarpment Winery. This was destine for M & S Marks & Spencer.
This wine very much on savoury side. It is well balanced with a long smooth finish. Spice elements on the mid palate with dark berry and red cherry characters.
With the ability to age for two to three years and its super fit with food this wine has characters that set it aside from many others at its price point.
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D'Arenberg McLaren Vale The Footbolt Shiraz 2015


Gold China Wine & Spirits Awards 2017
91 Pts Steve Leszczynski QWine
91 Pts Peter Chapman Toowoomba Chronicle
90 Pts Gary Walsh The Wine Front.
91 Pts Peter Chapman Toowomba Chronicle.

"One of the winemaker's true and trusted friends that has attracted a legion of followers. The latest drop is once again a full flavoured easy drinking red representing excellent value for money." 2015 was an outstanding vintage in South Australia. This wine has all the great hallmarks of both its vintage and itís maker: robust, full, highly cellar-worthy and down right unbelievable value.
"Good solid regional Shiraz. Black fruits, cut flowers and polished leather ,aniseed and briar. Full bodied, good density and chew to the thick tannin, a core of black fruits, dark chocolate on a pretty long finish. Rock solid. " Gary Walsh The Wine Front
"There's plenty of oomph. Black fruit, dark chocolate, licorice and tilled black earth. Sift a little deeper and there's some prettier fruit in the form of blueberries. A consistent plummy drive motors along in this medium to full bodied red aimed to satisfy. Drink now to ten years." Steve Leszczynski QWine
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Finca Constancia Parcela 23 Tempranillo 2015


Double Gold Medal Sakura Japan Womenís Wine Awards 2016
".. Previous vintages of this wine have taken out the No.1 position in Cuisine magazine and numerous gold medals here in NZ and of course further abroad. Made in a rich and ripe style, it is deep and powerful with big fruits and gorgeous structure. Finca Constancia is owned by the famous sherry house of GonzŠlez Byass and the vineyard is situated not far from Toledo.The winery says... "Made from a selection of the finest Tempranillo grapes from Parcel 23 of the Finca Constancia vineyard, this intense cherry-red wine has been aged in French and American oak barrels that add soft vanilla tones to its abundant fleshy fruit flavours. Full-bodied?and harmonious with great structure and length. Finca Constancia is divided into 70 parcels of land, which are harvested and vinified separately, so that wines are fully traceable and can be produced from a single plot. Finca Constancia Parcela 23 is a single-variety wine (100% Tempranillo), from a parcel of land specially selected because it produces the best Tempranillo, with the most fruit and the best structure. It has undergone malolactic fermentaion in new French and American oak barrels for 6 months. It is a deep cherry-red, with a purple rim. On the nose, Tempranillo grapes and pronounced red fruit, with spice from the cask. On the palate, powerful, flavoursome and well-structured."Vino Fino
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Box 1 Two Stunning Favourites


6 Palliser Estate Martinborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017
6 Rocland Chocolate Box Barossa Shiraz 2016
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Box 2 All Aussie Red R's


4 Rocland Chocolate Box Barossa Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
4 Rufus Stone Heathcote 2013 Shiraz
4 Rocland Chocolate Box Barossa Shiraz 2016
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Box 3 Two Superb Classics


8 Palliser Estate Martinborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017
4 Nautilus Estate Marlborough Chardonnay 2016.
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Box 4 Rufus Got Stoned


6 Rufus Stone Heathcote 2013 Shiraz
2 Rufus Stone Heathcote Shiraz 2007 1 .5 Litre Magnums
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