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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

Champagne Bollinger NV Gift Boxed


Gold NZ International Wine Show 2019
Larger than life. Intensely flavoured. Beautiful coffee, caramel and honey flavours and enriched with loads of fresh fruit and bright acidity. A complex, charming Sparkling in an elegantly robust frame.
One of the Greatest Champagnes in World
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Champagne Ayala Brut Majeur NV
Gift Boxed


Over the last 10 or so years this great dry Champagne has appeared in multiple 5 Star reviews. Wine Spectators Top 100, Best in Class and Gold in many wines shows, including the NZ International Wine Show.
92 points Wilfred Wong
"In the world of non-vintage brut, the Ayala Brut Majeur has been one of the world's standard bearers of this prestigious category. TASTING NOTES: Today, I really loved the wine better than I ever have before. Perhaps it was the moment or the day before Saint Valentine's Day. This wine shines with elegance and complexity. Its intricate mix of tart apples, brisk minerality, and faint yeastiness prime it perfectly with seared scallops and a squeeze of fresh lime."
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Champagne Beaumet NV


Top Best Buy & 5 Stars and Fourth Place 2019 Cuisine
In 2018, Cuisine rated this wine the Top Under $100 Champagne and Best Buy of their whole Champagne Tasting.
"This superb label from experts at Laurent-Perrier beat out big names such as Veuve, Perrier-Jouet, Moet Vintage, Pol Roger, Charles Heidsieck and Taittinger -- all priced well above! These are not one-off results: it was No.3 Best Buy in 2015 with a stellar history 4.5 to 5 Star ratings. For the price of top Kiwi bubbles, this real Champagne is house pour at the Ritz Hotel in Paris! It is perfect for celebration or aperitif, with poached pear and apple flavours rounded out by a subtle spectrum of nut and toasty harmonies. Delicious! Stocks are flying so get in." The New Zealand importer says it brilliantly, congratulations to them for picking this winner.
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Nautilus Cuvee Marlborough Brut NV


Super Classic Status Michael Coopers Wine Companion for many years.
97/100 Bob Campbell
95/100 & 5 stars Cameron Douglas
5 stars Michael Cooper
93/100 Nick Stock
Gold Air New Zealand Wine Show 2015

“Seriously sophisticated bouquet with a savoury, sleek and energized aroma package centering on toasty autolysis; mild fruit. Dry, savoury rich in flavour and character, elegant and long. Gentle mousse with silky texture, brioche and peach. A delicious wine with a long finish.” Cameron Douglas
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Jip Jip Rocks Padthaway Sparkling Shiraz NV


94pts Australian Wine Showcase Magazine Oct 2014
4 Stars Wine State
Silver 2015 BTI World Wine Championships

"Deep crimson colour with brick red mousse and a fine bead. The aroma displays ripe plums, earthy notes and spice. Mouthfilling flavours of plums and prunes with hints of liquorice. Soft, creamy with a persistent cherry, chocolate and spice finish."
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The Ramsay Central Otago Chardonnay 2015


18/20 Raymond Chan Wine Reviews. He said...
"... The nose is elegantly proportioned and presented with softly concentrated aromas of white and yellow stonefruits interwoven with mealy elements, subtle buttery oak detail, hints of creamy barrel-ferment...Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has gently rich and soft flavours of white and yellow stonefruits entwined with subtle creamy barrel-ferment and nutty oak notes forming an elegantly concentrated heart. The mouthfeel is soft and fine-textured...This is a gently rich Chardonnay with elegance and concentrated flavours of stonefruit, mealy notes and nutty oak with a fine-textured line... 18.0/20 Jun 2018..."
Now nearly 18 months later this wine gets a straight up 5 Star Rating from us. “It is one of the best Chardonnays from Central Otago in terms of both quality and value on the market.” Primo Vino
Simply Lovely.
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Beach House Selection Hawke's Bay Chardonnay 2018


5 Stars 93/100 Wine Orbit
This wine has really developed over the last few months. Filling out into a lovely big, rounded style with lots of fruit generosity and supported by toasty oak. It received a 100% malolactic fermentation in French Oak and is growing into a stunner. Drinking well now with the ability to only get better.
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Tilia Mendoza Chardonnay 2018


For the lovers of peachy, smooth lush Chardonnay at a very,very affordable price is the a Brilliant Buy.
"Bright yellow with greenish hues. Intense white flowers and tropical fruit. Subtle mineral hints. Fresh tropical fruit with subtle crème brulée and toasted bread oak hints. Fresh, balanced acidity. Long and persistent finish." - Winery Notes
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Tin Cottage Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2019


It back after selling out in a flash last time.
Here it is, our Huge Selling Sauvignon Blanc Best Buy is Back. From the Magnificent 2019 vintage. Punchy, bright and morish. The perfect appetizer to Summer.
Tropical fruit, red pepper, hints of fresh herbs. the taste of Spring is here.
The Sauvignon Lovers ,loved it at our weekend tasting.
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Black Barn Hawkes Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2017


This plush 2017 Sauvignon is a real stunner and a great example of premium Hawkes Bay Sauvignon Blanc. This generous wine is normally only available at the cellar door and from Black Barn's restaurant. Its lovely palate weight, classic zestiness, tangy citrus flavours and long lush finish really stand out. A wine of this class, at this price is seldom on the market. A wine of this class, at this price is seldom on the market. If a change from the acidity of the Marlborough version is needed or just a change full stop, this great buy is it.
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Pretty Paddock Marlborough
Sauvignon Blanc 2019


Gold NZ Wine of the Year Awards 2019
Gold NZ International Wine Show 2019
Silver Marlborough Wine Show 2019
Silver New Zealand Aromatic Wine Competition 2019

This wine has layers of appealing flavours, lifted citrus aromas of ripe lime, grapefruit and riper passionfruit and blackcurrant. This is complemented by mineral notes of oyster shell and wet stone. The palate has a refreshing and elegant acidity, with lovely fruit weight giving an appealingly full palate. It has a rich mineral saltiness that leads through to a pleasant and lingering finish that leaves you wanting more.
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d'Arenberg The Love Grass McLaren Vale 2016 Shiraz


We promoted this wine earlier in the year saying: “Our sub $25 D'Arenberg pick and a wine that promises much in the future."
Gold McLaren Vale Wine Show 2018
New Flash: 5 Stars Top of Category Value Buy, Wine State World's Greatest Shiraz Syrah Tasting 2019 They said...
"A huge dark crimson wine with oak sitting on top of the raspberry fruit aromas. The smooth well balanced palate shows a peppery persistence with nice drying tannins."
The Facts:
315 Shiraz' Tasted.
26 Five Star Wines
Other Notable 5 star Class Winning Shiraz: Mollydocker Blue Eyed Boy 2017, $50-$60 Aus
Other Notables: d’Arenberg The Dead Arm 2016 5 Stars $75.00 Aus; Fox Creek Short Row Shiraz 2016 5 Stars
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D'Arenberg McLaren Vale The Hermit Crab Viognier Marsanne 2018


New release. As stunning and reliable as ever.
Silver NZ International Wine Show 2019

An incredibly fragrant nose full of sweet apricot and gingery spice. The palate is luscious and generous and has great acid which tightens the wine, adding freshness and a clean crisp finish. Slight pithy feel which builds on the spice notes. Lovely as a fresh stand-alone drink that exhibits some mouthfeel, or equally well adapted to enjoying with a range of foods from freshly shucked oysters through to spicy Thai style dishes.
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Askerne Dessert Cabernet 2018 375ml


Stunning New Release. Maybe the best ever under this label. A real equal for the Clearview Sea Red, however this one is vintaged.
Dense and brooding notes of black plum and cassis. Coal dust, ground metal and wet earth evoke suggestions of strength and power. The palate delivers on all counts with notes of liquorice, plum jam and heady spirit. The finish is sweet and soft but held together by a tannin matrix which allows the wine to keep its freshness.
"Our 2018 Dessert Cabernet is a fortified wine made from some of our best Cabernet Sauvignon. It offers aromas of red berries, cassis, blackcurrant jam and damson plums. With a rich, velvety palate, a background structure borne of the Cabernet, and seductive sweetness, this wine is a classic of its type. Bottled young, it will give drinking pleasure from the start, but will also repay cellaring and continue to develop in bottle for many, many years to come. Winery Notes
Elsewhere up to $26.99 375ml

Beach House Hawkes Bay Noble Chardonnay 2016 375ml Bottle


A Henry's Pic Top Buy
One of our best-selling desert wines in a very long time. Not only is it great to drink it must be the best Sticky deal in years and years and years.
A long and arduous fermentation has given rise to a very tasty sticky indeed. 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.
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Boneface The Unit NZ IPA 330ml bottle


Boneface are massive up and comers in the Craft beer world. This beer shows all their class and style off beautifully.
"The unit is our version of NZ Hopped I.P.A. With hints of grapefruit, passion-fruit & spicy citrus, backed up with those hop aromas only found in Aotearoa, it seems a lot for one beer, but it ain't called The Unit for nothing!" say Boneface themselves. ‘Too Right’ we say.

Grey Ridge Central Otago Pinot Noir 2015


The return of our super favourite Central Otago Pinot Noir.
Small production, so not a regular on the show circuit. We can not recommend this stunner enough.
It is still our Pinot Noir Buy of The Year, to date.
Silver Medal Bragato Wine Competition

A small note.When you compare this wine at it's special price with many of the usual suspects it simply leaves then in its wake. Those who like Screaming at Meg, walking the Devil's Staircase, Counting to Two and the Rabbits on the Ranch will be Huge fans of this wine very smartly.
A lovely cherry bomb, of Central Otago cuddly smoothness that wraps itself around your senses and forces you to unquestionably want another glass.
Medium in colour, with a nose of cherry ripeness which leads to a beautifully balanced palate, which seduces and charms.
Great drinking now and well into late 2020 early 2021.
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Beach House Gimblett Gravels Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Franc Malbec 2016


New Release
Intense and full with lots of great Cabernet characters: chocolate, dark berry, tobacco come to mind; wrapped in a well bodied frame with super tannin integration.
Super smooth with lovely balance and heaps of charm. This new release will not disappoint fans of this wine. Cassis, chocolate, dark berry with a smoothly wrapped with a great tannin structure.
Great now with many,many years in the tank.
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Maimai Hawkes Bay Syrah 2016


The latest release of this crowd pleasing Hawkes Bay Syrah will not disappoint if you like spicy, medium bodied juicy Syrah. The perfect summer wine loaded with rich berry, chocolate and hints of pepper. Very smooth with a long finish.
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d'Arenberg Footbolt McLaren Vale Shiraz 2014 1.5 litre Magnum


Purchase over $230 of wine from the website or in store and you qualify to purchase this Magnum for $32.99
Best Value Buys Wine State July/August 2017
93 Pts Peter Chapman
93 Pts Nick Stock
4 ½ Stars Wine State Best Of The Best Values
Best Value Buys Wine State
4 ½ Star South Australia Regional Tasting
93 Points Peter Chapman
93 Points Nick Stock

“Aromas of blackberry and blueberry with walnut, dark chocolate and cigar box. Fullbody, round and juicy. Lovely savory finish. Love the intensity and structure to this. Drink in 2019.”
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Sons of Eden Kennedy Barossa Valley Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre 2017


94 Points James Halliday
94 Points The Wine Front
92 Points Robert Parker Wine Advocate
92 Points James Suckling
94 Points Wine Orbit
James Halliday

"It’s svelte and smooth, but it still qualifies as a robust red. It certainly pours on a power of fruit flavour. Blackberry, kirsch, dark leather and anise flavours sweep convincingly through the palate. All guns ablaze. Value and quality in one" James Halliday
"What I like about this is that it’s both robust and svelte. It tastes of blackberry, kirsch, anise and dark leather and at every point along the flow of the palate it feels convincing."
Campbell Mattinson May 2019 The Wine Front
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d'Arenberg d'Arry’s Original McLaren Vale Shiraz Grenache 2015


Gold China Wine & Spirits Awards Best Value 2018
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91 Points Ray Jordan West Australian. He said

Shiraz (50%) Grenache (50%)
“A famous Aussie classic. Always delivers. Great texture and balance with grainy tannins and a slightly chalky character in the middle. Works well and carries the palate forward.”
92 Points Nick Stock
“Lots of brambles and spices to this blend of shiraz and grenache. Peppers, blackberry compote, dark chocolate and dried herbs too. Full body, structured and chewy tannins, a fine line of acidity and a juicy finish. Drink in 2021. Screw cap.”
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d'Arenberg The High Trellis McLaren Vale 2016 McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon


Gold China Wine & Spirits Awards 2018
Gold New Zealand International Wine Show 2018.” They said…

“Deeply coloured and richly fruited, showing cassis, plum jam, toasty oak and mixed spice notes with an elegant touch of dried herbs. It’s succulent and intensely expressed with loads of tasty ripe flavours.”
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Little Giant Barossa Shiraz 2017


93 pts & Top Value Campbell Mattinson
5 Stars 94/100 Sam Kim
"Gratifying and terrific drinking."
"Barossa Shiraz. Hard to go wrong, and you certainly won’t here. This is an amazingly good buying/drinking option. So dark, so supple, so polished. Boom, as the wannabe cool kids say. Violet, clove, plum and sweet spice. The bounce of boysenberry. Sweet fruit galore. It’s not overly dark in colour terms but it tastes like ink, if that makes sense. It feels good in the mouth but it also feels ready to explode. When people ask me, “What’s A Good Shiraz”? This is now my recommendation.”
Campbell Mattinson
Campbell Mattinson has got it absolutely spot on. Polished, highly drinkable, a real cellar candidate as well. It could be the 2019 Barossa find of the year.
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Mt Monster Padthaway Shiraz 2016


Double Gold Medal W&S China 2017
Gold Medal BTI World Wine Championships 2016
Silver Medal San Francisco IWC 2016

"Deep purple in colour. Ripe cassis and black plum fruits on the nose with violets. Varietally fruit-driven. Palate, with cassis and dark berry fruit and spice flavours. Soft tannins compliment the fruit with mouth-filling generous finish." The winery sums it up brilliantly. This little ripper has been a Primo Vino Star Buy for some time.
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Box 1 Great Bargains Unite for Summer


5 Black Barn Hawkes Bay 2017 Sauvignon Blanc
4 Mount Monster Padthaway 2016 Shiraz
3 Maimai Hawkes Bay Syrah 2016
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Box 2 Central at its Best


6 The Ramsay Central Otago Chardonnay 2015
6 Grey Ridge Central Otago 2015 Pinot Noir
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Box 3 The Great White Box


4 Black Barn Hawkes Bay 2017 Sauvignon Blanc
4 d'Arenberg The Hermit Crab 2018 McLaren Vale Viognier Marsanne 2018
4 Beach House Hawke’s Bay Selection Chardonnay 2018
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Box 4 Syrah Shiraz Shiraz


4 Maimai Hawkes Bay Syrah 2016
4 Mount Monster Padthaway 2016 Shiraz
4 Little Giant Barossa 2017 Shiraz
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Box 5 The South in Summer


4 Pretty Paddock Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2019
4 The Ramsay Central Otago Chardonnay 2015
4 Grey Ridge Central Otago 2015 Pinot Noir
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