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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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Misha’s Vineyard Verismo Central Otago Pinot Noir 2012


5 Stars Bob Campbell MW
5 Stars 96/100 Wine Orbit
5 Stars 19/20 Raymond Chan Wine Reviews
. He said..
"Even, light ruby-red colour with slight garnet hues, paler on the edge. The bouquet is full and voluminous with very good depth and well-packed with a complex amalgam of savoury dark-red berry fruits, dark herbs and red florals, unfolding notes of plums, liquorice and minerals. Medium-full bodied, the palate has a mouthfilling array of flavours with savoury dark-red cherry and berry fruit entwined with dark herbs and nuances of earth and minerals, revealing some secondary dried herb and undergrowth complexities. The fruit is supported by fine-grained tannin extract providing grip. The palate is full and dense, with soft acidity allowing the structure to prevail. The wine has considerable underlying power, carrying the flavours to an ethereal finish with complex savoury fruit, herb and undergrowth notes. This is a rich, powerful and concentrated Pinot Noir with complex layers of savoury fruit, herbs and minerals, now showing secondary development interest..."
Elsewhere up to $84.99

Palliser Estate Martinborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017


News Flash Metro Top 50 Wines 2019 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."
Elsewhere up to $27.99

Theory & Practice Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2017


5 stars, Wine Orbit
5 stars, Raymond Chan
4 stars Michael Cooper's Wine Companion 2019
Silver Bob Campbell

"The palate is full bodied and rich while retaining great balance. Browned butter, toasted cashew and canned peach notes all add interest. These layers of richness come mainly from perfectly ripened grapes, sweet French oak barrels and warm fermentation temperatures. A touch of pithy texture and acidity keep this richness in check."
Elsewhere up to $26.99

Main Divide Pinot Gris 2016


WineState Pinot Gris of the year 2018 93 points Cameron Douglas MS
4 1/2 stars Michael Cooper.

"On the nose there are pronounced aromas of stonefruit, lychees and pear drops, underpinned with honey suckle and tropical spices. It is full-bodied, concentrated and unctuous in the mouth with tangy hint of root ginger. The earlier picked fruit adds freshness and satisfying acidity, while the noble botrytis and lees aging have increased the mouth feel and complexity of this wine."
Elsewhere up to $23.99

Wirra Wirra Scrubby Rise McLaren Vale Shiraz 2017


Gold & Best Value 2019 China Wine & Spirits Awards
Deep plum with a crimson hue with a lifted bouquet of raspberry, plum, mulberry and blackberry. Bright and juicy with plum and dark berry fruits. The succulent and rich fruit is wrapped in fine tannins. This wine has lovely weight and balance.
The McLaren Vale vintage of 2017 was rated the best of all the South Australian sub regions, hence such great wine at such a small price.
Elsewhere up to $21.99

Champagne Ayala Rose Brut Majeur NV


93 points James Suckling
91 Points Vinous
90 Points Wine Spectator

"A cleverly arranged nose with saturated rose-like perfume layered into ripe expressive peaches, strawberries and wild dark cherries. The palate holds that darker cherry edge with real style and balance. Terrific."
Elsewhere up to $113.99

Nautilus Cuvee Marlborough Brut NV


Super Classic Status Michael Coopers Wine Companion for many years.
Multiple awards of the Highest Order over the last Decade and longer
Trophy & Gold At the 2018 New Zealand Wine Awards
95/100 Cameron Douglas MS October 2018. He said...

"Complex and enticing bouquet with a light savoury core surrounded by aromas and flavours of white peach, an array of citrus and strawberry. dry, silky, fleshy, fruity, savoury and complex. Very fine mousse with high acidity, a soft brioche and yeast layer, balanced lengthy finish. Drink now and through 2026."
Elsewhere up to $42.99

Paulett Polish Hill River Cabernet Merlot 2014


94 points 5 Stars James Hallidays Wine Companion 2019
Gold NZ International Wine Show 2018. They said...

"Sweetly scented aromas of baked strawberry tart, blackberry and spicy oak with a subtle herbal infusion on the nose. It's supple and juicy, offering waves of tasty flavours and a lingering smooth finish."
Elsewhere up to $28.99

Wirra Wirra 2017 Catapult Elevated Vineyards McLaren Vale Shiraz


Gold 2018 China Wine & Spirits Awards
5 Stars Wine orbit Nick Stock 92 Pts. He said...

“Bright raspberries and red plums with some darker blackberries, leading to a fleshy, plump and pleasure-filled palate. Attractive freshness. Screw cap. Drink now.”
From a super vintage; this is silky, beautifully balanced Shiraz.
Elsewhere up to $27.99

John Duval Barossa Entity Shiraz 2016


From Granges ex star Winemaker
John Duval Entity Barossa Shiraz 2016
97 Pts and Platinum Best in Show Decanter Asian Wine Awards 2018
97 Pts James Halliday 2019 Halliday Wine Companion August 2018
95 Pts Campbell Mattinson the Wine Front July 2018. He said…

"Svelte, sturdy, plump, you name it. There's ample tannin here but the fruit sweeps through it. This is a ripping Barossa/Eden Shiraz. As generous as it is refined; as neat as it is ribald. Blackberry, roasted plums, cloves, mint, dark chocolate and a rush of boysenberry. Both grunty and succulent." It's a beauty.
Elsewhere up to $68.99

Vasse Felix Filius Margaret River Cabernet Merlot 2017


Staff Pick; Deal Pick
New Release of a Classic
"..suave wine for true connoisseurs." Matthew Jukes

"A classic, blackcurrant leaf perfume and sleek plummy palate make this a lip-smacking, medium-weight, suave wine for true connoisseurs. Decant it and drink it with the Sausage and winter veg tray bake."
92 Point James Halliday on release.
This vintage is as good as any before; coming from a late vintage with a great finish to produce delightfully ripe, balanced and charming red wines. For those of you who like fragrant balanced and super drinkable reds this one is up there with the best, Gorgeous.
Elsewhere up to $29.99

Howard Park Western Australia 2016 Chardonnay


2016 Howard Park Chardonnay Named in Top 10 Wines of 2017
Tyson Seltzer’s Australian & New Zealand Wines of The Year 2017. ‘The Top 10 Wines of the Year Under $60’ category.
5 stars Huon Hooke The Real Review
5 Stars 94/100 J Halliday

“The cool altitude of Mount Barrow in Great Southern unites with the refreshing south of Margaret River to create a chardonnay of fragrant elegance, driven by a refined core of delicate lemon and white peach fruit, tense yet harmonious and very long. One of the greats from Howard Park.” Tyson Stelzer
"...The fragrant and fresh bouquet heralds a fresh and inviting zesty palate, the flavours ranging through citrus and stone fruits of all kinds, oak playing a pure support role. A wine with time on its side." James Halliday Wine Companion, August 2017
Elsewhere up to $54.99

Champagne Bollinger NV 1.5 litre Magnum


Think Big Bolly
One of the World’s Greatest Champagnes. Prestigious and renowned for its full, lush yeasty style. It is great Champagne in everyone’s book. It is the top echelon of Champagnes and deservedly so.
Something to impress; something to enjoy; something special..
In a Gift Box

Champagne Bollinger La Grande Annee 2007


Huge reviews; Massive Reputation.
La Grande Annee is to Bollinger what Dom Perignon is to Moet and Cristal is to Louis Roederer.
It is the top of the pops; the peak of their achievements. Highly collectable; limited and beautifully packaged. Made in only the very Best years.
Elsewhere up to $259.99 in a Presentation Gift Box

Champagne Bollinger NV Gift Boxed


Gold NZ International Wine Show 2018. They said...
Deeply savoury on the nose and mellow and savoury on the palate, with tiny bubbles, touches of vanilla and peach, a crisp dry finish and a malty arc emerging as the delicious taste lingers."
Elsewhere up to $129.99 in a Gift Box

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.
Elsewhere up to $26.99 Gift Wrapped with Chocolates.

Anchor Bay Nelson Pinot Noir 2017


To quote an old wine industry line: "Pinot Noir this good should never be this inexpensive."
We had the pleasure of trying a set of wines recently. The last two wines were Pinot Noir's. The seconds cost price was almost triple the firsts. You guessed it; the first one was the star. Yes it was lighter and yes unlike the second one it wasn't from Central Otago and have a bag of really top medals.
Colour: Bright, ruby red.
Nose: Loads of cherry and plum
Palate: Rounded, soft, elegant and smooth. Sweet plums and cherries with chocolate and vanilla notes in the back ground. Very charming and inviting.
As a hint, over these hot days slightly chill it; you'll be delighted.
With over our 20 plus years in business Pinot Noirs this good at this price are a rarity. A lighter Pinot Noir that is beautifully formed. It was bound for Australia. Their loss, is our gain.
Elsewhere up to $21.99 Aus

Box 1 Aussies in Red


4 Wirra Wirra Scrubby Rise McLaren Vale Shiraz 2017
4 Vasse Felix Margaret River 'Filius' Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2017
4 Wirra Wirra 2017 Catapult Elevated Vineyards McLaren Vale Shiraz
Elsewhere up to $319.88 $215.88

Box 2 White Kiwi & Classic


4 Palliser Estate Martinborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017
4 Theory and Practice Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2017
4 Main Divide Waipara 2016 Pinot Gris
Elsewhere up to $323.88

Box 3 Classic Australasia


3 Palliser Estate Martinborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017
3 Theory and Practice Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2017
3 Vasse Felix Margaret River 'Filius' Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2017
3 Wirra Wirra 2017 Catapult Elevated Vineyards McLaren Vale Shiraz
Elsewhere up to $341.88

Box 4 Tops


4 Palliser Estate Martinborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017
4 Main Divide Waipara 2016 Pinot Gris
4 Pauletts Polish Hill River Clare Valley Cabernet Merlot 2014
Elsewhere up to $331.88