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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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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."
Elsewhere up to $27.99

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

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

Glen Grant 10 Year Old


Best 10 Year or Under Single Malt Scotch 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014
"Unquestionably the best official 10year old distillery bottling l have tasted from this distillery. absolutely nails it! Oh, and had they bottled this at 46% abv and the trimmings. My word! Might well have been a contender for Scotch of the Year. It won't be long before word finally gets around about just how bloody good this distillery is." Jim Murray 2018
Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt
Nose: Medium. Vanilla, toffee apple. Herbal, hint of smoke.
Palate: Firm. Sweetness, fruity, vanilla. Gentle peat, malty.
Finish: Dry, supple peat, toffee.
Elsewhere up to $82.99

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..."

Elsewhere up to $54.99

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 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

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

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

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+.”
Elsewhere up to $39.99

Main Divide Pinot Gris 2016


WineState Pinot Gris of the year 2018
"Full of personality, this is a gently botrytis influenced, medium style, drinking well now.
Bright yellow, with a slightly honeyed fragrance, it is weighty, with concentrated, well-ripened peach and apricot flavours, spicy, honeyed notes and a rich, slightly sweet, very harmonious finish."
- Winestate Magazine Australia November / December 2018
Elsewhere up to $23.99

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..."
Elsewhere up to $49.99

Giordano Primitivo di Manduria Riserva DOC 2015


98/100 2013 Luca Maroni Acclaimed Italian Wine Critic
94/100 Wine Orbit

“Absolutely in a class of its own, the best Italian red of the year” says the well known Italian wine critic Luca Maroni.
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.
Elsewhere up to $33.99

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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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."
Elsewhere up to $36.99

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

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 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

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.
Elsewhere up to $23.99

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.
Elsewhere up to $24.99

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

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.
Elsewhere up to $24.99

Box 1 Summer Happy


6 Pine Valley Marlborough 2017 Sauvignon Blanc
6 Beso Chilean 2015 Merlot
Elsewhere up to $293.88