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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

Clearview Hawkes Bay Coastal 2018 Pinot Gris


Gold New Zealand International Wine Show 2018. They said...
"Aromatic and juicy with a light creamy flow, the bright fresh fruit hints of nectarine and pear with an accent of lime with a touch of honeydew melon."
"The grapes were gently whole bunch pressed. The juice was chilled and settled until bright before racking. Aromatic yeast strains were used to inoculate the juice immediately after racking off juice lees. The ferment was run cool then stopped early to retain fruit aromas and to have some residual sugar that gives a luscious round finish. The wine was handled very gently through to bottling to capture its delicate floral flavours and aromas. Drink early for freshness or cellar several years to develop fuller viscous flavours."
Winery Tasting Notes 2018 vintage
Elsewhere up to $25.99

Black Ridge Central Otago 2014 Pinot Noir


4 Stars Raymond Chan.
Now nearly 5 years old and it superb order. Silky smooth and devilishly yummy. This wine is a winner.
Hand-picked and matured in French oak barrels. Rich aromas and flavours of blackberries and sweet black cherries. Velvety soft tannins with a sweet spice finish. Beautiful drinking now and over the next 4-5 years.
Elsewhere up to $38.99

Mount Riley Marlborough Chardonnay 2016


4 Stars Best Buy Cuisine 2018 Chardonnay Tasting. They said...
"That distinctive struck match aroma announces that this is Chardonnay. The wine has been very well crafted as the natural fruit weight is moderate yet the use of fermentation technique and just enough oak has lifted the wine to another level."
Unbelievably yummy for the price. Close your eyes and taste something seriously good that you'd swear was much. much more expensive.
Elsewhere up to $23.99

Mills Reef Elspeth Hawkes Bay 2015 Chardonnay


Gold New Zealand International Wine Show 2018
5 Stars Michael Cooper
5 Stars Bob Campbell MW
5 Stars Raymond Chan
Gold Hawkes Bay Wine Awards 2017

2015 was an excellent vintage in Hawkes Bay, allowing the fruit to be picked unhurried at optimal ripeness. The grapes for this superior Chardonnay were sourced from our ultra-premium vineyard site at Mere Road Vineyard...
"This outstanding Chardonnay from our superior Gimblett Gravels vineyard has striking intensity, complexity and balance. Tropical peach, fig and honey flavours abound, intertwined with hints of cashew, a judicious seasoning of toasty oak and a lovely rich creamy texture. Already delicious, it will continue to evolve and delight with cellaring." - Mills Reef

Clearview Black Reef Blush 2018 Rose


New release of a Super Star Blush
This wine is one of Clearviews biggest sellers. Bright and so so charming with aromas of raspberry & blueberry with lovely spicy elements. Round and full in the mouth displaying raspberry, quince and floral elements. A juicy, mouth watering off-dry rosé with a bright, very fine-textured palate.

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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Champagne Beaumet NV


Cuisine 2018 just rated this the Top Under $100 Champagne and Best Buy Champagne, beating Champagnes such as Veuve Clicquot, Perrier Jouet, Moet & Chandon NV, Moet Vintage, Pol Roger, Charles Heidsieck which are all priced well above the Beaumet.
5 Stars & Best Buy Cuisine $100 & Under Champagne Tasting, November 2018 (NV)

"This is a wonderfully focused style that is alive and complex. Aromas of white flowers lead to flavours of ripe lemon with a mealy texture and a hint of chalk that gives it edge and vibrancy.
Sometimes, although not as often as we would all like, great wines come with an attractive price tag. Such is the case with this year’s Top Champagne under $100. The Beaumet label may not boast the grand notoriety of some of its peers, or the marketing budget of some of the more visible labels. However, it does invest in quality and it can boast great pedigree as it comfortably resides within the famed Champagne house Laurent-Perrier..."

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Saint Clair Wairau Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2018


Super Classic Status Michael Cooper's Wine Companion
Gold NZ Aromatic WineShow 2018

Pale straw in colour. With pungent, rich tropical blackcurrant bud and passionfruit aromas combine with notes of green nettle and oyster shell.
A generous and intense palate of white peach, passionfruit and fresh grapefruit which is powerful and concentrated. A long lingering finish which is all class reminds us of what a great wine this is.
Elsewhere up to $37.99

Beso Reserva 2014 Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon


An Absolute Steal. Distributor Clearance
A complex bouquet shows cassis, dark plum, mixed spice and cigar box aromas. Stylish and intense with liquorice and vanilla.
Plump and rounded on the palate. Fabulous fruit flavours, beautifully enhanced by silky texture and supple tannins. Very concentrated and full bodied with supple and the mouth filling tannins give this Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon a great power and length.
If this wine came from Hawkes Bay or Waiheke Island you would be very happy to buy it at the original retail price.
Will cellar for up to twelve years.
Elsewhere up to $45.00

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

Beso Chilean 2015 Merlot


If ever there was a case of the ugly duckling becoming a beautiful swan it is this wine. We promoted and sold a HUGE amount of the 2014. Shortly afterward the 2015 was released and to be frank, we were disappointed. Sweet, jubie fruit with a charming yet unconvincing structure; pleasant BUT move on twenty or so months and WOW. This is really top flight wine in the mid twenty to thirty dollar price bracket, if it came from Aotearoa. But it comes from Chile and is an absolute steal .
From its ruby colour with a splash of bright violet. To it’s a robust deep palate overflowing with a seductive mix of berry fruits and plum.
Super charming in a medium mould, ideal drinking if you’re a Merlot or deeper Pinot Noir fan. The spring and summer wonder red.
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Te Pa Marlborough Chardonnay 2017


5 Stars 18.5+/20 Raymond Chan Wine Reviews
Blue Gold Sydney Top 100 2019
Gold NZ International Wine Show 2018. They said...

Crisp and dry with a river running over pebbles minerality , zesty touches of grapefruit and lime, capsicum herbaciousness and lingering passionfruit and peach."
Elsewhere up to $29.99

Matahiwi Blanc De Blanc NV


Silver Global Sparkling Wine Masters by the Drinks Business
Silver Global Chardonnay Wine Masters by the Drinks Business

“I love the melon and nectarine notes and the deliciously fine bubbles. Lemon and peach flavours ooze through to something deliciously dry and fruity - it's a nicely structured sparkling wine crafted by Jane Cooper and her team at Matahiwi Estate. It's a sip that hits the spot in every way and has "celebration" written all over it.”
Yvonne Lorkin

Yalumba Barossa Patchwork Shiraz 2016


5 Stars Wine Orbit
4 stars 18/20 Raymond Chan Wine Reviews. He says:

“Full, even, black-hued ruby-red colour, a little lighter on the rim with slight purple tints. The nose is softly rich and full with ripe fruit aromas of blackberries and dark raspberries, along with nuances of black plums, unfolding spice elements with black pepper, tar and minerals. Medium-full bodied, the palate has an elegantly proportioned palate with rich and deep flavours of ripe blackberry and plum fruit with liquorice, black pepper and tar. The flavours form a strong heart which reveals complexing earth and mineral detail as the wine flows. The fruit is supported by balanced, grainy tannin extraction and grip, with fresh acidity lending vitality. The wine leads to a long, soft, nuanced finish. This is a rich and concentrated Shiraz with ripe blackberry and raspberry fruit along with liquorice, pepper and tar on a grainy textured palate. Match with roasted game meat and semi-hard cheeses over the next 6+ years. Barossa fruit, indigenous yeast ferment initiated, and fermented to 14.2% alc., the wine aged 11 months in 11% new American, French and Hungarian oak hogsheads, barriques and octaves. 18.0/20 Jul 2018 RRP $24.95”
In our opinion one of the very best under this label. Juicy, chocolaty and rich, very Barossa, very 2016.

Vasse Felix Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon 2015


96 Points James Halliday Wine Companion 2018.
"A medium weight Cabernet to show more bulkier renditions a clean set of heels. This is a slashing way to present Cabernet. Energetic and bright, yet fluid and soft. it boasts just enough weight and power to build good momentum through the palate, but at no point does it press too hard, or for too much. Bay leaf, black olive and blackcurrant flavours are the main conveyors here. Tannin is a light sheet through the back half of the wine. The touch is light; the effect dramatic..."
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Mills Reef Bespoke Gimblett Gravels Cabernets 2015


5 Stars Bob Campbell MW
5 Stars Raymond Chan Wine Reviews. He said...

Even, dark ruby-red colour with slight purple hues, lighter edged. This has a subtly full and voluminous nose with very refined aromatic expression, showing fragrant redcurrants with nuances of blackcurrants... This is elegant and beautifully aromatic. Medium-bodied, the palate is refined and elegantly presented with sweetly rich and juicy redcurrant fruit flavours entwined with blackcurrant fruit notes.. The tannins are very fine-grained, lending a velvety structure and mouthfeel... This is a beautifully elegant and fragrant Cabernet Sauvignon and Franc blend with sweet redcurrant fruit with subtle currant and herb detail on a smooth, fine-textured palate...A blend of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon and 37% Cabernet Franc."
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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..
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Champagne Beaumet Brut Vintage 2012


5 Stars, Top 10 & Best Buy Cuisine 2018
Harmonious and fresh, the wine offers beautiful fragrant fruit yet with a softness that provides form. Aromas of fresh straw and flavours of ripe lemon give a perception of sweetness that is balanced with deliciously fresh acidity."
Elsewhere up to $59.99

Nautilus Cuvee Marlborough Brut NV


Trophy & Gold At the 2018 New Zealand Wine Awards (The Air NZ Wine awards and Bragato wine awards in their new guise)
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

Champagne Ayala Brut Majeur NV


Gold NZ International Wine Show 2018 & 2016
92 Pts James Suckling. He said...

"Ayala is looking very good and offers some genuine depth and complexity for this entry-level pinot-dominant blend, driving impressive concentration into a savory and defined style. On the palate, this offers up dried-red-cherry fruits, gentle spices and smooth, zesty bite. It finishes with precise, nutty tannin." James Suckling
Elsewhere up to $89.99

Glen Grant 18 Year Old Rare Edition


Introduced in 2016 (along with a 12 Year Old expression), this 18 Year Old Glen Grant delivers gorgeous notes of vanilla, nuts and caramel.
In its 4 years of life how’s this for a record:
2017 Second Best Whisky in the World, Top Scotch Whisky and Top Single Malt Whisky
2018 Third Best Whisky in the World, Top Scotch Whisky and Top Single Malt Whisky
2019 Second Best Whisky in the World, Top Scotch Whisky And Top Single Malt Whisky
Yes A Hat Trick Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 97/100. He said...

"...the most crystalline, technically sublime Speyside I have tasted in a very long time...I didn't expect to find a better distillery bottled Glen Grant than their superlative 10 year old. I was wrong..."
Producer's Tasting Note:
Nose: Rich and floral with oaky overtones and hints of baking spices.
Palate: Malty Caramel, delicate, dried raisins and vanilla.
Finish: Long, sweet with hints of nuts and spice.
Elsewhere up to $229.99

Auntsfield Single Vineyard Southern Valleys Marlborough Chardonnay 2016


5 Stars Michael Cooper's Wine Companion 2019. He said...
“This consistently rewarding wine is estate-grown on the south side of the Wairau Valley, hand-harvested and fermented in matured French oak barrels (27 per cent new in 2016). The 2016 vintage (5 Stars) is lemon-scented and mouth filling, with rich, vibrant, citrusy, peachy flavours, hints of toast and butter, good acid balance and a fully dry (1.2 grams/litre of residual sugar), persistent finish. Priced sharply, it should be at its best mid-2019+.”
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Pine Valley Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017


4 1/2 stars Wine Orbit.
An Extreme bargain. Delightful drinking zesty, zippy and very alive. Loaded with the classic Marlborough characters of tropical fruit, capsicum and passionfruit. The perfect drink now summer wine.
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Kahurangi Nelson Gewurztraminer 2014


Gold Aromatic Wine Show 2018
"A highly scented, fragrant wine with lovely weight & intensity of rose petals, ginger & lychee followed by a luscious palate and a smooth, lasting finish."
A little ripper. gewurz lovers heaven.
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Pirramimma Eight Carat Aged Tawny


Gold AWC Vienna 2017 International Wine Challenge
Gold 2017 International Wine & Spirit Competition

"Seductively smooth and plush, offering cherry pie, toffee, assorted roasted nuts and orange zest characters with a gorgeously sweet sumptuous mouthfeel. Wonderfully matured for delicious drinking."
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Beach House Hawkes Bay Noble Chardonnay 2016 375ml Bottle


A Henry's Pic Top Buy
Last Chance on this little beauty. A stunning buy. Harmony, power and lush fruit characters. Flavours of orange blossom, ripe pineapple and citrus rind overwhelm the senses. The wine is honeyed and mellifluous across the palate flowing pleasantly to a silky soft finish.
Elsewhere up to $21.99

Mount Riley Marlborough Pinot Noir 2017


Gold NZ International Wine Show 2018
"Spicy oak on the nose. Bright and savoury on the soft textured palate with dark cherry and purple plum fruit, lightly meaty tones and tobacco in the background."
Tasted blind you would never pick the price of this wine; if region might fool you too.
An incredible value these words really understate the point.
Elsewhere up to $26.99

Beach House Old School Hawke's Bay Merlot Cabernet Franc 2014


This wine has to be the NZ Red Bargain of the Year. Beach House say...
"Gloriously easy to drink this wine has rich flavours of dark plum, red berries and mocha with the Cabernet franc bringing a touch of spice. 2014 was one of Hawke’s Bays finest vintages, culminating in this elegant, expressive and very approachable wine."
Superbly easy to drink, ripe fruit characters flow onto a great smooth palate 4 years of aging have made this a stunning little gem.
Elsewhere up to $21.99

Vigna Nuova Prosecco Treviso DOC Brut NV


Charming Prosecco with all the great characters that make this wine:
Dryish to taste, soft and frothy.
A yummy core of apple, herb and stonefruit flavours
A soft, rounded mouthfeel and gentle acidity with a soft morish finish.
Elsewhere up to $21.99

Box 1 Superb Value Half in Half All Class


6 Palliser Estate Martinborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017
6 Beso Gran Reserva 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
Elsewhere up to $443.88

Box 2 The Big Value Box


2 Matahiwi Blanc du Blanc NV
2 Palliser Estate Martinborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017
2 Mount Riley Marlborough Chardonnay 2016
2 Beso Chilean 2015 Merlot
2 Yalumba Patchwork Barossa Shiraz 2016
2 Beso Gran Reserva 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
Elsewhere up to $349.88

Box 3 Absolute Bargain Box


6 Mount Riley Marlborough Chardonnay 2016
6 Beso Chilean 2015 Merlot
Elsewhere up to $293.88

Box 4 Pinot Pinot


6 Clearview Hawkes Bay Coastal 2018 Pinot Gris
6 Blackridge Central Otago 2014 Pinot Noir
Elsewhere up to $395.88

Box 5 Kiwi Burgundy


5 Blackridge Central Otago 2014 Pinot Noir
4 Mount Riley Marlborough Chardonnay 2016
3 te Pa Marlborough Chardonnay 2017
Elsewhere up to $380.88