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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
Jim Barry The Cover Drive Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
Silver Medal Royal Queensland Wine Show 2018
4 Stars & 17.5+/20 Raymond Chan Wine Reviews
One of the most popular red wines to hit the shelves of wine retailers around the world. From its striking cricket bat shaped label. To its great flavour this wine has been a super hit for years and years and years.
"In the glass this wine shows a bright garnet red with a violet hue. The nose opens with notes of juicy blackcurrant and blackberry aromatics, balanced with savoury notes of dried herbs and turned earth. The palate displays generous red and blackcurrant fruit, with hints of liquorice, tobacco and savoury oak. Soft, silky tannins round out a harmonious and moreish wine which can be enjoyed now or will reward cellaring for 5 years." Winemakers Note
"… The fruit is up-front and shows with clarity and is supported by fine-grained tannin extraction with good acidity enlivening the mouthfeel and providing drive. This has excellent energy. As the wine flows, the favours recede a little, leading to a light, sweetly nuanced finish. This is classical, bright and vibrant Cabernet Sauvignon. Match with beef and lamb over the next 5 years." Raymond Chan
This wine is fabulously drinkable. Great year, great wine, great buy.
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Askerne Hawkes Bay Viognier 2018
5 Stars Wine Orbit
Silver NZ international Wine Show 2018
41/2 Star Yvonne Lorkin. She said...
“High up on the Tuki Tuki terraces overlooking the river valley of the same name lies Kathryn and John Laughlin’s viognier vineyard. In addition to being a rather lovely thing to look at, it’s a spot that produces knee-slappingly lovely things to sip on. This new vintage hits that wow-inducing balance between zesty citrus, fabulous florals and creamy apricot and mango that I look for in good viognier (vee-yon-yay). Vanilla, jasmine, and a hint of white pepper make it luscious and luxuriously textured with spicy nachos. Love it!”
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Woodstock The Stocks McLaren Vale Shiraz 2014
97/100 5 Stars James Halliday's Wine Companion 2018
"This full-bodied wine represents the best barrels of the vintage. There is substantial oak showing now, but it’s good quality , and I don’t have the slightest doubt that when the wine approaches maturity in ’24, all the juicy black fruits, licorice and chocolate will simply acknowledge that oak is part of a complex shiraz of the utmost quality."
97 is a HUGE Halliday score. ,b>This wine is a triumph.
Very limited stocks.
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Askerne Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2017
5 Stars Yvonne Lorkin
4 1/2 Stars Wine Orbit
4 stars Raymond Chan
4 Stars Michael Cooper
"It is beautifully lifted on the nose showing apple custard, stone fruit, lemon peel, vanilla and cedar aromas, followed by a succulent palate that is creamy and refreshing at the same time. The wine offers generous fruit intensity and rounded mouthfeel, finishing long and smooth." Wine Orbit
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Janisson & Fils Champagne Brut Tradition Brut NV
Importers Clearance on Quality Champagne
"The cuvee presents precious green-gold glints. The effervescence is abundant and the thin and fast bubbles flow into an attractive white cord. The first nose brings out a floral and vegetal bouquet. Citrus and cereal notes come gradually out in addition to the fresh and elegant flavours. The nose is fine and delicate, with youthfulness and temperance. The attack is fresh and harmonious with a gentle, enticing acidity. The effervescence reinforces the freshness and galvanizes the taste. The wine temperature rises it develops a soft, almost velvet texture. Added to all of these tastes, hints of marshmallow and almond give the cuvee a real distinctness.
Aged for at least 30 months in our cellars. 22% of reserve wines.
Villages : Chigny-les-Roses, Mailly-Champagne, Verzy, Verzenay, Villers-Marmery." Winery Notes
Top class Champagne impressively packaged at a Super Price.
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Eradus Awatere Sauvignon Blanc 2018
95 Points Rebecca Gibb MW
92 Pts the Wine Advocate 2019. A huge score for a wine that cost so little.
5 Stars 93/100 Wine Orbit, Sam Kim
4 Stars Michael Cooper
“Well this is just gorgeous. 2018 might've been the warmest summer on record for NZ but the distinctive zesty nettle and grassy characters of the cooler, windier Awatere are still right here. Pure, sophisticated Sauvignon made with love. 95 points “
"The 2018 vintage (4*) is aromatic and strongly varietal. Bright, light lemon/green, it is freshly herbaceous, with melon, lime and green-capsicum flavours, crisp and punchy, and some tropical fruit notes. A forthright young wine, it offers good value."
"This fabulous Awatere sauvignon shows fragrant aromas of passionfruit, kaffir lime, lemon peel and jasmine on the nose, leading to a succulent palate that is pristine and delicious. The wine offers classic varietal purity backed by refreshing acidity, making it highly enjoyable. At its best: now to 2021. Aug 2018." Wine Orbit
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South River Reserve Central Otago Pinot Noir 2018
The 2017 vintage of this wine was a huge success. Each time we promoted it it flew out. Why? It was juicy, moreish loaded with dark cherry fruit, super well balanced; and to boot, was an absolute bargain.
This one might just be better.
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Auntsfield Single Vineyard Marlborough Pinot Noir 2017
96/100 5 Stars Gold Medal Bob Campbell MW 1 out of 93 Marlborough 2017 Pinot Noirs
Gold Medal Number 1 out of 182 Pinot Noirs tasted Dish June/July. They said...
"Holy moly; this is an aristocrat if ever there was one. "Dark, fleshy, bold and fruity," said Cameron, and Cory was equally impressed, adding dense cherry, black doris and spiced currant characters to the mix. Rich salivated over it's big, ripe, juicy mouthfeel and beyond lovely drinkability. a seriously impressive wine with layers of dried herbs and firm, sweet tannins. Totally deserving of top spot."
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Chalk Hill McLaren Vale Luna Shiraz 2017
Double Gold Medal 96 points San Francisco International Wine Competition
Gold Medal San Diego Critics Challenge 2017
Blue Gold Medal & Top 100 Sydney International Wine Competition
95/100 James Halliday Wine Companion
Stephen Wong Top 100 Judge said...
“A cooler-climate expression, peppery with floral tones, red berry and cranberry flavours a chalky astringency on the back of quite a tight and firm palate. Structured but fine-boned. Slightly austere finish. The flavours don’t really relate to the steak but they hold up well and the tannins resolve themselves.”
Andrea Pritzker Top 100 Judge said...
“Fragrant with sweet ripe blackberry and spice. Medium bodied, showing great freshness, vibrant blackberry fruit and ripe tannins. The wine paired well with the flank-steak dish, with the peppery spice accentuated adding complexity.”
Warren Gibson Top 100 Judge said...
“Lifted pure ripe fruit on the nose. Sweet fruit and palate. Ripe style. This match appears to work well with the dish, opening up the wine.”
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Beach House Selection Hawke's Bay Chardonnay 2018
Previous versions of this wine have done extremely well, with the 2017 receiving 4 1/2 Stars Top 10 Cuisine in 2018. Now to the 2018 - in our opinion the best in years and years. Deliciously drinkable now with the ability to age for 5 or more years.
A wonderful balance of citrusy, mealy fruit with a bright palate flow. Vibrant, lovely stone fruit flavours with delicacy and depth. Subtle oak, impressive complexity and harmony complete the picture.
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Woodstock Little Miss Collett 2015 Sparkling Moscato 500ml
Exciting, interesting and delightful this is a super drop. If you like the low alcohol medium sweet Riesling you'll love this. A hint of bubbles and a lovely long palate.
Mark this wine as something special.
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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."
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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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Box 1 Kiwi White
5 Eradus Awatere Sauvignon Blanc 2018
4 Askerne Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2017
3 Askerne Hawkes Bay Viognier 2018
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Box 3 The All Round Box
3 Eradus Awatere Sauvignon Blanc 2018
3 Askerne Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2017
3 Jim Barry The Cover Drive 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon
3 South River Central Otago Pinot Noir 2018
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Box 4 The Other Aussie Red Box
6 Chalk Hill Luna Shiraz 2017
5 Jim Barry The Cover Drive 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon
1 Woodstock The Stocks Shiraz
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