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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

Maimai Hawkes Bay Syrah 2014

$16.99

An unbelievable deal on this smartly presented, highly drinkable New Zealand Syrah. Loaded with rich berry, dark chocolate and hints of black pepper. This ripe and charming Syrah is an absolute steal.
Top stuff. Every time we stock up; it flys out. This is one of the buys of 2018. Don't miss out. It is a delightful bargain.
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Kahurangi Estate Nelson Fume Blanc 2017

$19.99

5 Stars Wine Orbit. They said...
"Beautifully composed and styled, this oak-aged sauvignon shows lifted aromas of nectarine, green rock melon, snow pea and lime zest aromas with a hint of oatmeal complexity. The palate is wonderfully weighted and intensely flavoured, delivering loads of tasty flavours backed by bright acidity. At its best: now to 2020...Feb 2018." Wine Orbit
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Massena Barossa Primitivo 2017

$29.99

5 Stars Wine Orbit
92/100 Huon Hooke The Real Review March 2018
91 Points Campbell Mattinson Wine Front

Massena is an outstanding producer of wines that are beautifully crafted and fabulously funky.
This primitivo is a great example. Where the other featured wine in this email is a brilliant Italian this one evokes a more American feel. Zinfandel and Primitivo are one and the same in the eyes of many. This one is full, warm, deep, dark and stunning. Like Zinfandel it best suits drinking in its first three years of life.
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Askerne Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2016

$18.99

Sliver Medal Royal Easter Wine Show 2018
4 Stars Raymond Chan Wine Reviews
4 Stars WineOrbit

"Bright, light golden-hued straw-yellow colour with some depth, a little lighter on the rim... Medium-full bodied, the palate has moderately rich flavours of savoury yellow stonefruits intermingling with nutty oak and mealy lees elements. The mouthfeel is lively with fresh, lacy acidity and the flavours flow with good energy along a light-textured line, leading to a soft finish of savoury fruits and nutty oak. This is a moderately rich and sweet fruited Chardonnay with savoury stonefruit, nutty oak and mealy notes on a lively palate..." Raymond Chan
This wine was reviewed on release, it has changed since then. Having tried it several times over the last six months I am amazed how much it has become user friendly. Rich style now leaps out of the glass. Great drinking. A crowd pleaser.
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Giordano Primitivo di Manduria Riserva DOC 2015

$25.99

98/100 2013 Luca Maroni Acclaimed Italian Wine Critic
98/100 2014 Luca Maroni
98/100 2015 Luca Maroni

“Absolutely in a class of its own, the best Italian red of the year.” says the well-known Italian wine critic Luca Maroni.
To start, we haven't tried it. We haven't had a chance it is literally just landed. From ship to warehouse, to us. With its record and their demand for this stunner over the last two vintages it won't last. Be quick.
Over the years we can say this about it. Powerful wine, red garnet colour with an intense fruity aroma and a velvety full taste.Great winter fare excellent with roasted and braised red meats and mature cheese.
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Yalumba Barossa Paradox Shiraz 2015

$29.99

95/100 Top 5 Gourmet Traveller Barossa Shiraz Tasting June 2018
94/100 Campbell Mattinson Wine Front

This wine is made in a different style to most from Barossa, think 'Rhone': French Oak, spice and lots and lots of class. After all it’s a 'Paradox'.
95/100 & Top 5 against all the Top Shiraz from the Barossa the Paradox was rated in the Top 5 and ahead of many of the big names at much higher price points. "2015 Yalumba Paradox is beginning to show development, which is adding complexity to its red fruits and spices. The flavours are rich, yet typically of Yalumba reds, the wine has a stylish balance and leaves the mouth fresh. “A rich bouquet,” Bennie said. “Ripe plum, choc-liquorice, sage, coffee grounds, Bonox and bergamot tea. Enticing, Barossa 101 scents. Concentrated, yet fresh to taste, inky berries, ferrous tannins, more tea-like character and liquid minerality to finish. Structured yet svelte, this feels like a serious wine, a touch elegant, yet with the brute lurking beneath." Gourmet Traveller Barossa Shiraz Tasting, June 2018
This sells at Dan Murphy's Australia for $AU45.99

Marc Bredif Loire Classic Vouvray 2016

$26.99

We know Vouvray as Chenin Blanc. A noble and aristotic classic grape variety. Marc Bredif is one of the most famous of the Vouvray houses. Its history goes back to 1783, nearly as old as New Zealand.
The 2016 is a superb release. There is a hint of lanolin of the nose that features hints of pineapple, grapefruit and apple that carry on to its just off dry complex palate. The perfect alternative for Chardonnay and dry white lovers. Racy, yet firm, charming and very moreish.
One for now or the cellar.
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Askerne Hawkes Bay Merlot Cabernets Malbec 2015

$18.99

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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Pirramimma Pirra McLaren Vale 2013 Grenache Shiraz

$16.99

Gold Medal AWC Vienna 2016 International Wine Challenge
Made with typical Pirramimma power and grace this wine is unbelievable....especially for the price.
Pirramimma say it so well...
"This vibrant fruit driven wine displays aromas of sweet raspberry and glazed cherry through the Grenache component, with the Shiraz adding plum and spice. The palate exhibits spicy raspberry and Satsuma plum with a round, rich middle palate and a long lingering savoury finish."
Full, intense and mouthfilling. It is a winner.
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Giordano Puglia Primitivo di Manduria Reserva 2016

$26.99

98/100 2014 Luca Maroni Acclaimed Italian Wine Critic
98/100 2015 Luca Maroni
98/100 2016 Luca Maroni

“Absolutely in a class of its own, the best Italian red of the year” says the well-known Italian wine critic Luca Maroni.
To start, we haven't tried it. We haven't had a chance it is literally just landed. From ship to warehouse to us. With its record and there demand for this stunner over the last two vintages it won't last. We quick.
Over the years we can say this about it. Powerful wine, red garnet colour with an intense fruity aroma and a velvety full taste. Great winter fare excellent with roasted and braised red meats and mature cheese.
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Vasse Felix Margaret River Chardonnay 2016

$29.99

This is a Super Star Chardonnay
96/100 Huon Hooke
95/100 Ray Jordan The West Australian Wine Guide 2018
94/100 Toni Paterson MW
"The Real Review...96 points.
This outstanding wine is half the price of Vasse's top chardonnay, Heytesbury, and nearly as good. Intense grapefruit, lemon aromas laced with toast from oak, the palate bright and precise with wonderful regional style and balance, and loads of charm. Drink now to nine years. Drink with scallops with spring onion and ginger."
"...The continuing refinement of Vasse Felix's chardonnays is on show in this excellent wine. Lightly scented aromas of char and grapefruit with a lemony minerally influence. The palate is light bodied, but with deep intensity. Tight and controlled with a minerally finish. Love that white peach edginess that carries through to the finish."
Ray Jordan
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Charles Wiffen Marlborough Chardonnay 2015

$21.99

Gold NWWC 2016
5 Stars & 18.5-/20 Raymond Chan, July 2017 (2015 Vintage)

"Bright, light golden-yellow colour with some depth, paler on the rim. The nose is fresh with softly packed and concentrated aromas of white stonefruits and citrus fruits alongside mealy, and nutty lees and oak notes, with subtle, savoury, creamy barrel-ferment elements... Medium-full bodied, the palate has a vibrant and concentrated core with layers of stonefruit and mealy flavours, entwined with nutty lees and oak detail...This is a vibrant and well-integrated and concentrated Chardonnay...fully barrel-fermented to 13.8% alc., the wine aged 9 months in 24% new French oak barriques, undergoing batonnage with a small MLF converted component."
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The Big Top California Chardonnay 2015

$15.99

A real crowd pleaser, as are so many of the California Chardonnay’s. This one we feel has a little more class to it. Power and passion wrapped into one.
Its palate is clean, pure and fruit driven. Pineapple and mango fruit with a creamy soft mouth feel; it is bright and morish. It is a very user friendly wine and its parts are in balance.
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Palliser Estate Martinborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017

$21.99

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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Tin Cottage Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017

$18.99

Classical Marlborough with great passionfruit and capsicum characters racy acidity with a real morish element.Over the last 8 months this wine has gone from strength to strength. It tastes great and has been flying out the door. The most often said comment: This wine is incredible value for money.
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'By Another Name' Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016

$14.99

4 1/2 stars WineOrbit
"It is beautifully lifted on the nose displaying grapefruit, nectarine, feijoa and lime zest characters. The palate delivers excellent fruit intensity and vibrancy, wonderfully structured by juicy acidity. The wine is varietaly pure and immediately appealing. At its best: now to 2018" Wine Orbit
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Aveleda Colheita Selecionada Alvarinhno 2016

$19.99

Gold Medal Mundis Vini 2017 A Huge International Wine Show
A Stunning Portuguese example of the variety we often call Albarino. Known as the 'Queen' of the white wine varieties in Portugal. This dry racy and beautifully balanced wine is a master class for the variety. Hints of minerality, lemon sorbet and. Delicate and pretty with a serious edge. A super wine.
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Galway Pipe Grand Tawny 12 year

$39.99

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."
A legend in its own time. One of the most prestigious names in Australian Fortified wines.
Lush, gorgeous and extremely morish. Balanced, fine and powerful. So so smooth, concentrated, lovely wood aged characters and divine finesse.

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Krohn Rio Torto Reserva Ruby

$32.99

This is a excellent example of top port, From it’s deep red colour to its opulent, rich plummy fruit with a massive depth of flavour, especially compared to others in this style-category, High quality fruit, excpressive and morish. A great price makes this a super chance to try something usually not on ones radar,
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Tio Pepe Fino Sherry

$29.99

The world’s best-selling Fino. It is from Jerez in southern Spain. It is uncompromisingly dry. An absolute classic.
Here are a few tips:
Always serve cold from the fridge.
Always keep it and serve it as if it was a white wine. Once the bottle is opened it should be drunk within 4 or 5 days.
It is fantastic with food, especially savoury nibbles such as Jamon Iberico, chorizo, olives, nuts, Manchego cheese and bread and oil Great with fish or prawns and shrimps.
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Pirramimma Eight Carat Sparkling Shiraz NV

$19.99

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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Domaine-Thomson ‘Explorer’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2017

$26.99

The new release of this fast becoming Central Otago favourite. It is a fraction of the price of its big brothers and seriously good. Crafted by Dean Shaw.
4 Stars Raymond Chan Wine Reviews. He said...
"Full, dark, deep ruby-red colour with slight purple hues...The nose is softly full and densely packed with aromas of savoury dark-red berry fruit melded with an amalgam of dried and dark herbs, hints of reductive earthy and mineral notes, unfolding elements of aromatic stalk, dark-red florals and raspberry liqueur. Medium-bodied, the palate has rich and sweet fruit flavours of dark-red berry fruit...The palate richness forms a fine core with good depth and linearity, and the fruit is supported by fine-grained tannin structure in the background...This is a rich and elegantly concentrated Pinot Noir with raspberry fruit and a thread of reduction, on a fine-textured palate with freshness. Match with duck and pork, lamb and beef over the next 4-5 years..."
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Alex Gold Central Otago Pinot Noir 2014

$25.99

Blue Gold & Top 100 Sydney International Wine show 2016
"Deep purple with purple hues. Perfumed on the nose with aromas of plum, cherry and violets, with hints of mushroom, leather and spice. Sweet red and black cherry flavours show on the palate together with savoury mushroom and tobacco. A medium bodied, complex wine which has ample fine grained, mouth coating tannin and a long lingering finish."
Year after year this wine is a Gold Medal or 5 Star Winner it really is the goods
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Rocland Chocolate Box Barossa
Shiraz 2016

$21.99

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 that’s ripe and exuberant finishing long and velvety."
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Vasse Felix Filius Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

$19.99

95 points Huon Hooke
93 points Wine of the Week Toni Paterson MW

"Deep red/purple colour with a very attractive, clean and pure, fruit-driven aroma of cedar, tobacco, cassis and violets. It's medium to full-bodied and intense, with gentle tannins which are not too pervasive, and an overall impression of superb balance. The aftertaste is elegant and balanced and more-ish. A ripping cabernet." Huon Hooke
"An eminently satisfying, engaging wine with great depth, fruit purity and fragrance. Dark cherry flavours plus a hint of tamarillo. There is an endearing coolness to the wine, coupled with restrained power. Beautifully fine tannins. Fabulous value. Toni Paterson MW
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Chalk Hill McLaren Vale Luna Shiraz 2017

$17.99

New Release.
We have promoted this wine over many, many vintages. The one thing that stands out is its absolute consistent quality. James Halliday has given many of those vintages 5 Stars; others have won Gold medals: all have shone. 2017 was another super South Australian vintage. This wine reflects that.
Initial spice notes on both the nose and palate are backed up with a rich, full palate. Lots of dark chocolate, mocha and dark berry flavours beam through.
It is sure to please. Another massively good one at a superb price.
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Arc Du Rhone Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2013

$39.99

Silver Outstanding International wine and Spirits Challenge 2015
Wines from this region are usually very expensive and take a very long time to hit their peak. Here we have a wine, due the character of the vintage, that is early drinking, spicy, fresh and charming. “ light on its feet and early drinking” were words used by The winecellar.com. To interpret that: drinking earlier than usual (now and over the next 10 years rather than not ready for another 3 years and drinking well over the next 20 years).
Elsewhere up to $82.99

Box 1 Funky Kiwi

$224.88

3 Kahurangi Estate Nelson Fume Blanc 2017
3 Askerne Hawkes Bay 2016 Chardonnay
3 Maimai Hawkes Bay Syrah 2014
3 Askerne Hawkes Bay Merlot Cabernets Malbec 2015
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Box 2 International Six Pac

$171.94

2 Massena Barossa 2017 Primitivo
2 Giordano Primitivo di Manduria Riserva DOC 2015
2 Yalumba Barossa 2015 Paradox Shiraz
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Box 3 Double Askerne

$227.88

6 Askerne Hawkes Bay 2016 Chardonnay
6 Askerne Hawkes Bay Merlot Cabernets Malbec 2015
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Box 4 Fabulous Red Box

$247.88

4 Maimai Hawkes Bay Syrah 2014
4 Askerne Hawkes Bay Merlot Cabernets Malbec 2015
4 Giordano Primitivo di Manduria Riserva DOC 2015
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