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New Zealand wine is largely produced in ten major wine growing regions spanning latitudes 36° to 45° South and extending 990 mi. The regions are from north to south; Northland, Auckland, Waikato/Bay of Plenty, Gisborne, Hawke's Bay, Wellington, Nelson, Marlborough, Canterbury/Waipara and Central Otago. New Zealand red wines are typically made from a blend of varietals (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and much less often Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec), or Pinot Noir. Recently, in Hawkes Bay, there have been wines made from Syrah, either solely or blends, as well as Tempranillo, Montepulciano and Sangiovese. In white wines Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc predominate in plantings and production. Individual wine makers and the particular qualities of a vintage are more likely to determine factors such as malolactic fermentation or the use of oak for aging.

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  • ARCA NOVA 2016 VINHO VERDE

    Item #: 377154
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Arca Nova Vino Verde is made by Quinta das Arcas, a small estate owned and operated by the Monteiro family. All of their grapes are estate grown be...
    Arca Nova Vino Verde is made by Quinta das Arcas, a small estate owned and operated by the Monteiro family. All of their grapes are estate grown between their 4 estates in the Vinho Verde and Alentejo regions. Their vines are trellised so the clusters are growing about 6 feet above the ground to allow the wind to remove the humidity. Vinho Verde means ‘Green Wine’ and is both the name of the wine and the name of the region. Stylistically, all Vinho Verdes are light, clean, fresh, and citrusy. Effervescence is added to Vinho Verde wines to increase their shelf life. The U.S. is currently the world’s largest importing country for Vinho Verde wines. Arca Nova Vinho Verde is a crisp, dry, slightly effervescent, light bodied white wine with a pale yellow color and youthful, floral, citrus aromas that are reminiscent of freshly cut grass. Moderately intense on the palate with lemon, green apple, and peach flavors and a medium finish. This wine is made from 50% Loureiro, 40% Arinto and 10% Treixadura using sustainable farming of vineyards ranging from 6 to 30 years old at elevations from 300 to 1000 feet. Residual Sugar: 6.0 grams per liter. Alcohol: 10.5% Enjoy Arca Nova Vinho Verde as the perfect summer apéritif wine and with oysters, filet of sole, grilled shrimp, sushi, and summer salads.
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  • ASTROLABE 2015 SAUVIGNON BLANC

    Item #: 382597
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Spectator: 90
    WINE SPECTATOR 90 POINTS - " Crisp lime, grapefruit, passion fruit and lemongrass flavors are accented by f...
    WINE SPECTATOR 90 POINTS - " Crisp lime, grapefruit, passion fruit and lemongrass flavors are accented by fresh ginger notes. Smooth and succulent, especially on the finish."
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  • ATA RANGI 2013 PINOT NOIR

    Item #: 381101
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    James Suckling: 98
    In only three decades, Martinborough has transformed from a sleepy colonial town to a world-class wine village. And Pinot Noir is the wine ...
    In only three decades, Martinborough has transformed from a sleepy colonial town to a world-class wine village. And Pinot Noir is the wine that really put this region on the map with its boutique Burgundian style. In 1980, owner Clive Paton sold his herd of cows and planted his first vines on a small, stony sheep paddock. He became one of a handful of people who pioneered winegrowing in the area and named his small plot of land Ata Rangi meaning "dawn sky" or "new beginning." Obviously, he made the right decision and his wines are undoubtedly amongst the best Pinot Noir's crafted in the new world.

    The 2013 vintage was stellar with a warm growing season followed by a cool autumn, which yielded fruit in pristine condition at picking time. The result is a very complex, structured wine with excellent texture and depth. The wine is beautifully perfumed, showing sweet exotic spices, notes of star anise, crushed red rose, violets and ripe, dark berry fruits. There's a tension and vibrancy on the entry, with a compelling, silky mid palate. Fine, layered tannins flow through to a seamless finish.

    JAMES SUCKLING 98 POINTS - "A significant pinot noir that displays immense quality, depth and completeness. Very complex exotic spices, meaty charcuterie and game meats too. There's a whole array of different cherry fruit characters, hints of citrus zest and saffron, foresty bracken too. The palate has immense energy and depth yet treads lightly on balanced structure and even shape. Tannins wind out and around supple flesh; they gather and fan at the finish, acidity is bright throughout and the finish holds long. A masterpiece. Commanding and seductive pinot noir at its finest."

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  • ATA RANGI 2015 SAUVIGNON BLANC

    Item #: 377109
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Ata Rangi, meaning "dawn sky" or "new beginning" is a small New Zealand winery with a big reputation. Located at the southern end of the North Isla...
    Ata Rangi, meaning "dawn sky" or "new beginning" is a small New Zealand winery with a big reputation. Located at the southern end of the North Island, Clive Paton planted his first vines on a small, stony sheep paddock at the edge of the Martinborough village in 1980 as one of the early pioneers of wine-growing in the area.

    A vibrant, textural, food-friendly style of sauvignon blanc thanks to Martinborough's naturally low yields, hand-picked, hand-sorted fruit, partial barrel ferment and extended contact with yeast lees in both tank and barrel. Refined aromas and flavors of passionfruit and lemongrass align with hints of honeysuckle, gooseberry and ruby grapefruit to provide a mouth-filling medley of drinking pleasure. This wine is all class; rich and finely balanced, with great length on the palate. As wine-writer Tyson Stelzer notes "Helen Masters' ideal sauvignon is neither herbaceous nor tropical, but strikes a balance in between."

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  • BURN COTTAGE 2014 "MOONLIGHT RACE" PINOT NOIR

    Item #: 382543
    Bottle Size: 750ml
  • BURN COTTAGE 2014 "CASHBURN" PINOT NOIR

    Item #: 382515
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Cashburn is Burn Cottage's second label made from barrels that didn't go into the Burn Cottage bottling. This wine is Exhibit A in our case for Cen...
    Cashburn is Burn Cottage's second label made from barrels that didn't go into the Burn Cottage bottling. This wine is Exhibit A in our case for Central Otago Pinot Noir's status as a worthy contender on the world stage. A prime vineyard site, perfect Pinot climate, and a masterful hand at the helm all add up to gorgeous terroir and varietal expression. If Cashburn came from Sonoma or Chambolle-Musigny, you'd surely be shelling out twice this price to acquire this wine.

    Winemaker's Notes - Ripe dark cherry, redcurrant and chocolate notes precede savoury notes of wild thyme, briar and earth. Supple mouthfilling tannins give depth to the palate, while the freshness and red-berry acidity retain lovely length, focus and balance.
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  • BURN COTTAGE 2014 PINOT NOIR

    Item #: 382553
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    DECANTER 96 POINTS - "Seductive, floral and gently perfumes with a core of light red fruits and sweet oak. Softly...
    DECANTER 96 POINTS - "Seductive, floral and gently perfumes with a core of light red fruits and sweet oak. Softly spicy and organic. Complex, plush, soft, generous and enticing. Very fine tannins, exciting wine, long finish. Drink 2018-2020."

    ANTONIO GALLONI; VINOUS 92+ POINTS - "Dark, bright red. Fresh, subtly complex aromas of dark berries, violet and minerals, plus a whiff of wild thyme. Juicy, vibrant and penetrating; classically dry but utterly seamless as well, with the red and darker fruit flavors energized by spices, flowers and white pepper. Most impressive today on the very long, firm finish, which leaves the palate vibrating. This superb Central Otago Pinot Noir needs at least a couple more years in the bottle to harmonize and blossom. California winemaker Ted Lemon (Littorai Wines) consults extensively here, directing grape-growing and winemaking, with Claire Mulholland, the ex-winemaker at Amisfield, serving as general manager and associate winemaker."
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  • CARRICK 2010 EXCELSIOR PINOT NOIR

    Item #: 377780
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    A Pinot Noir hailing from New Zealand that exhibits juicy plum and black cherry which are contrasted by notes of spice and rose petal. On the palat...
    A Pinot Noir hailing from New Zealand that exhibits juicy plum and black cherry which are contrasted by notes of spice and rose petal. On the palate, this wine is eminently smooth and balanced, with cherry notes standing out and silky tannins adding structure.
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  • CLOUDY BAY 2013 CHARDONNAY

    Item #: 382966
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Advocate: 90
    James Suckling: 91
    JAMES SUCKLING 91 POINTS - "A bold, ripe style with plenty of melon and peach fruits, toasty hazelnut-scented ...
    JAMES SUCKLING 91 POINTS - "A bold, ripe style with plenty of melon and peach fruits, toasty hazelnut-scented oak, beeswax and butterscotch. A massive chardonnay. The palate's bold and ripe. A rich, smooth and creamy texture with a peach-brulée finish. "

    WINE ADVOCATE 90 POINTS - " The Wine Advocate - "The 2013 Chardonnay is quite a butterball of a style with rich buttered toast and ripe melon notes over a core of baked pineapple, guava and mango. The medium-bodied palate has a racy acid line to cut through the abundance of fruit and richness before finishing with great persistence."
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  • CLOUDY BAY 2013 PINOT NOIR

    Item #: 377372
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    "Intensely fragrant with alluring aromas of dark plums and lifted hints of blueberry layered over spicy sandalwood and smoky bacon. The palate is s...
    "Intensely fragrant with alluring aromas of dark plums and lifted hints of blueberry layered over spicy sandalwood and smoky bacon. The palate is succulent and flavoursome with dark fruits and toasty oak gently supported by plush tannins. The 2013 Cloudy Bay Pinot Noir has the intensity delivered by a natrually low-cropping season...and a fine velvety finish."
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  • CLOUDY BAY 2016 SAUVIGNON BLANC

    Item #: 377156
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    "Our Sauvignon Blanc is a definitive expression of the region and its season. Appealing concentration and poise suggests a wine with the ability to...
    "Our Sauvignon Blanc is a definitive expression of the region and its season. Appealing concentration and poise suggests a wine with the ability to age. The nose is bright with aromas of kaffir lime and grapefruit. A generous palate reveals ripe citrus, stone fruit and lemongrass flavours balanced by crunchy acidity. Perhaps the hallmark of this vintage is its persistent finish rich with minerality." - Cloudy Bay, Winery Notes

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  • CRAGGY RANGE 2011 "TE KAHU" MERLOT BLEND GIMBLETT GRAVELS VINEYARD

    Item #: 302734
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Blackberry, cinnamon, and minerals mesh for an intense and complex aroma and flavor profile. Layers of fine tannin lend tension to the opulent frui...
    Blackberry, cinnamon, and minerals mesh for an intense and complex aroma and flavor profile. Layers of fine tannin lend tension to the opulent fruit flavors and provide the framework for the long and intense finish.

    The fruit for Te Kahu is grown in the Hawkes Bay Gimblett Gravels Vineyard, which has one of the warmest, driest, most sundrenched climates in New Zealand. Stony gravel in the soil forces the vines to fight for water, giving the grapes a particular vibrancy. Fruit was hand harvested and destemmed before undergoing fermentation in stainless steel tanks. The wine was matured for 13 months in French oak barriques, 19% new.
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  • CRAGGY RANGE 2011 PINOT NOIR

    Item #: 377205
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Deep brick red colour. Vibrant aromatics of red and black cherries, rose petal, sandalwood and wet earth. On the palate, fresh red fruits and fine ...
    Deep brick red colour. Vibrant aromatics of red and black cherries, rose petal, sandalwood and wet earth. On the palate, fresh red fruits and fine dry tannins provide a soft yet complex finish.
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  • CRAGGY RANGE 2016 SAUVIGNON BLANC

    Item #: 377090
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Pale straw color with green hues. Fresh aromatics of jasmine, sage, nectarine and lime. A textural wine on the palate with strong fruit flavours of...
    Pale straw color with green hues. Fresh aromatics of jasmine, sage, nectarine and lime. A textural wine on the palate with strong fruit flavours of apple and grilled pineapple ably supported by fresh acidity. The finish is long and chalky, a hallmark of this vineyard.
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  • DOG POINT 2016 SAUVIGNON BLANC

    Item #: 381223
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    If you buy no other 2015 New Zealand Sauvignon currently on the shelves, don’t miss Dog Point. There’s a consummately crafted dimension to this win...
    If you buy no other 2015 New Zealand Sauvignon currently on the shelves, don’t miss Dog Point. There’s a consummately crafted dimension to this wine that propels it above the vast sea of sauvignon, a wine of genuine character and interest. A one-fifth portion of wild ferment and lees ageing instils a mineral mouth feel and complexing nuances of struck flint. Carefully regulated yields have produced an impeccably gauged fruit profile that tactically dodges the extremes of underripe herbaceousness and overripe passionfruit, falling neatly into the middle ground of grapefruit, lemon zest, guava and golden delicious apple. A focused acid line and outstanding, lingering, textural persistence make not only for immediate appeal but promise medium-term potential.
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  • DOMAIN ROAD 2013 SAUVIGNON BLANC OTAGO

    Item #: 382306
    Bottle Size: 750ml
  • ESCARPMENT 2014 "KUPE" PINOT NOIR

    Item #: 379954
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Wine Spectator: 94
    James Suckling: 97
    JAMES SUCKLING 97 POINTS - "I saw these grapes on the vine the night before harvest in 2014 and they were remarka...
    JAMES SUCKLING 97 POINTS - "I saw these grapes on the vine the night before harvest in 2014 and they were remarkable for their flavorsome depth and thick but supple skin texture. The wine carries the same qualities. It's deeply complex, indulging from the outset in graphite and black cherries on the nose, in fine combination with dark spices, rosehip, toasty oak and sweet, freshly dug earth. The palate rolls through like a perfectly formed wave, delivering an arc of dark-plum and cherry fruit, as the tannins curl and twist on the finish before releasing a fresh surge of tangy plum flavors. They hold long and bold, making for a highly impressive wine. There are several phases already, but this will really peak around 2021 and hold for several years after."

    WINE SPECTATOR 94 POINTS - "Deep and complex, with vanilla bean and roasted beet notes to the licorice-scented plum and wild blackberry flavors. Smoke, frankincense and sarsaparilla details mingle with cedar and black tea elements on the long, velvety, expressive finish. Drink now through 2026. 500 cases made."

    Fermented in wooden French cuvees, hand plunged and aged in 50% new French oak barriques for 18 months. It was bottled without fining or filtration, promoting soft mouth feel and texture. The wine was given every priority during its elevation and now shows all the hallmarks of a grand young wine on release in 2016. It is at the vanguard of Pinot noir style in the New World and should age gracefully for up to 10 years. The wine is a true reflection of both Martinborough’s unique terroir and the skills and experience of winemakers Larry McKenna and Huw Kinch.
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  • FELTON ROAD 2014 PINOT NOIR "CALVERT"

    Item #: 379051
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Wine Spectator: 94
    WINE SPECTATOR 94 POINTS - "Plush and elegant, offering wild strawberry and raspberry flavors, with plenty of pre...
    WINE SPECTATOR 94 POINTS - "Plush and elegant, offering wild strawberry and raspberry flavors, with plenty of precision to the white pepper and fresh earth notes. Fresh and vibrant, showing intensity on the finish. Drink now through 2026. 995 cases made."

    Producer notes: "The wine leads with the characteristic Calvert restrained nose that is pure and tight. The palate is similarly focussed with great detail and a tight core of vivid red fruits. It delivers a sort of essence of pinosity that leaves no doubt about the wine’s origin. There is a crunch to the texture of the wine as the structure lifts its head, but the tannins are never harsh, simply stating that they are there for the long haul. The wine finishes with the accuracy and finesse that is becoming the hallmark of Calvert. Alcohol 14.0%."
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  • FORREST 2012 BOTRYTIS RIESLING 375ML

    Item #: 382408
    Bottle Size: 375ml
    **Please note, this is a half sized bottle
    It’s got the backbone of a great ripe Riesling, glorious gold glint, rose aromas, orange marmalade, dried turkish apricots, toffee and hokey pokey ...
    It’s got the backbone of a great ripe Riesling, glorious gold glint, rose aromas, orange marmalade, dried turkish apricots, toffee and hokey pokey ice cream. Sweet opulent palate. Full unctuous mouthfeel and whilst it’s sweet it’s perfectly balanced with crisp, fresh acidity. With the proud record we have for Botrytised Rieslings, it’s a big call, but this may be our best yet!
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  • GIESEN 2013 "THE BROTHERS" PINOT NOIR

    Item #: 378753
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Brothers Theo, Alex and Marcel Geisen came to New Zealand from Germany and began making wines in Marlborough in 1981. Their name has gone on to b...
    Brothers Theo, Alex and Marcel Geisen came to New Zealand from Germany and began making wines in Marlborough in 1981. Their name has gone on to become one of Marlborough's most recognisable brands, and The Brothers range is a tribute to their story. Brooding, intense aromas of black cherry and cassis in addition to spice, earth, brambles and a touch of mocha. The palate is beautifully balanced with elegant tannin providing a lovely taut structure.
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  • GREYWACKE 2012 PINOT NOIR

    Item #: 381865
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    We’ve long been fans of NZ Pinot Noirs and we think this one will convince many more people as to how good they can "do" Pinot! The nose is beautif...
    We’ve long been fans of NZ Pinot Noirs and we think this one will convince many more people as to how good they can "do" Pinot! The nose is beautifully Burgundian, with notes of cherry, cherry tobacco and smoked meats lightly touched with cinnamon and autumn spice and a wash of nice minerality. Pretty Pinot, indeed! The firm but finely structured palate blends red and black fruits (cherries and blackberries with cherry liqueur) with charry, smoky oak and rich licorice. This is a deliciously aromatic wine with concentrated varietal character. Further notes of black tea and a touch of lilac florals and red plum in the background endeared us to this one.
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  • GREYWACKE 2014 WILD SAUVIGNON BLANC

    Item #: 381864
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Spectator: 92
    Sauvignon Blancs from New Zealand (particularly from Marlborough) can be some of the best 'cleanup hitters' in the wine world. These wines tend t...
    Sauvignon Blancs from New Zealand (particularly from Marlborough) can be some of the best 'cleanup hitters' in the wine world. These wines tend to be loaded with the muscle and fortitude required to stand out, along with the requisite talent and grace needed to generally have a chance of hitting it out of the park-- and this Greywacke delivers. We fell in love with "Wild" (and their regular sibling SB) last year and the affair continues. The nose is stacked with gooseberry, paraffin wax, lemon-lime, guava, tangerine, a touch of minerality and a touch of cream. The palate is lush but fortified with excellent acidity as flavors of lemon-quince, mixed citrus fruits, more outstanding minerality and a hint of clotted cream lead to a resounding finish. And as the finish lingers, lush with fruit and texture but excelsior in acidity, satiation spreads, like a collective sigh from the home crowd. Home run? You bet. Greywacke is the Marlborough label of Kevin Judd, and the fulfillment of a long held dream. The name Greywacke was adopted by Kevin and his wife Kimberley for their first Marlborough vineyard located in Rapaura, named in recognition of the high prevalence of rounded greywacke river stones in the soils of the vineyard.
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  • GREYWACKE 2016 SAUVIGNON BLANC

    Item #: 381863
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Vinous Media: 91
    ANTONIO GALLONI 91 POINTS - "(100% done in stainless steel): Pale, bright yellow. Very ripe stone fruit and pineap...
    ANTONIO GALLONI 91 POINTS - "(100% done in stainless steel): Pale, bright yellow. Very ripe stone fruit and pineapple aromas are lifted by flowers, dusty brown spices and anise. Plush, round and slightly sweet, but with nicely integrated acidity giving shape to the peach, grapefruit, white pepper and nutmeg flavors. Wonderfully generous, fine-grained wine with a light touch and superb rising length. The wine's tactile finishing notes of dusty stone and ginger leave the salivary glands humming. In a distinctly ripe style but a beauty."

    We are huge fans of New Zealand wines so it's natural that we would follow Kevin Judd and what he's doing... Kevin's career is intrinsically linked with the global path of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. He was born in England, grew up in Australia and moved to New Zealand in 1983; soon after he became the founding winemaker at Cloudy Bay and remained there for their first 25 vintages. In 2009, Kevin unveiled his personal venture, Greywacke (pronounced "grey-wacky"), named after New Zealand's prolific bedrock, and fulfilling a long-held dream of his and his wife Kimberley. Once we tasted his wines we were instantly smitten-- these are wines of character, showcasing the terroir they come from, the high quality of New Zealand grapes and the knowledge and talent of the winemaker behind it all. And the critics agree:

    "Some of New Zealand's most exciting emerging stars include Greywacke... Kevin Judd takes Marlborough Sauvignon to new heights." - Lisa Perotti-Brown, eRobert Parker.com
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  • HOLM OAK 2015 PINOT GRIS; TASMANIA

    Item #: 377584
    Bottle Size: 750ml
  • INNOCENT BYSTANDER 2014 PINOT NOIR OTAGO

    Item #: 382598
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Burghound: 90
    Vinous Media: 90
    The Innocent Bystander ranks as one of our top Pinot Noir buys of the year. Boasting an expressive nose and wonderful texture, this Pinot N...
    The Innocent Bystander ranks as one of our top Pinot Noir buys of the year. Boasting an expressive nose and wonderful texture, this Pinot Noir delivers on all fronts. Raising a glass to the nose reveals intense florals and a mélange of fruits that awaken the senses. Tasting this wine is a true pleasure with beautifully polished tannins framing perfectly ripened fresh red and dark fruits.

    This wine received a 90 Point score from Josh Reynolds of Vinous Media who declared, "This is a wonderful value in Pinot Noir." Of course, he was referring to this wine at the regular price and we've been selling a lot of it at $21.98 per bottle. The great news is we received special pricing and can now offer the Innocent Bystander at $14.95 per bottle! This is a savings of more than 30%.

    Even more impressive, Allen Meadows of Burghound also gave this wine a 90 point score. Meadows is a well-known wine critic who is regarded as perhaps the greatest authority on Pinot Noir. He does not hand out high scores without merit and it unusual to see him give 90 points to a wine at this price point.

    The southernmost vineyards of the world lie in Central Otago. Unlike most other New Zealand appellations, Central Otago is located inland in the middle of the southern island. Its continental climates feature large diurnal shifts with warm temperatures during the day and very cool nights. This makes Central Otago perfect for growing grapes which thrive in cool climates such as Pinot Noir. The grapes are harvested by hand and the wine is made with minimal intervention, letting the grapes speak for themselves.

    The Innocent Bystander is a perfect wine for this time of year when the sun is shining a little brighter and things are warming up. This is a versatile wine which can be served to friends and family with confidence.

    ANTONIO GALLONI VINOUS MEDIA 90 POINTS - "Vinified with 25% whole clusters and aged for ten months in 90% used and 10% new French oak barriques. Light red. Intensely perfumed nose combines red berries, potpourri and Asian spices, with a hint of musky sassafras in the background. Juicy and incisive on the palate, offering sappy raspberry and cherry flavors and a strong suggestion of spicecake. Shows excellent clarity and lift on the floral, firmly tannic finish. This is a wonderful value in Pinot Noir."

    BURGHOUND 90 POINTS - "A restrained but quite elegant and pretty nose offers up a layered blend of both red and dark pinot fruit, spice, violet and plum scents. There is both good verve and volume to the delicious, round and agreeably textured middle weight flavors that possess fine depth and length. While there is a very subtle trace of warmth it is no more than a background nit and overall this is really quite good. Moreover, note that it could easily be enjoyed now if young fruit is your preference."
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    Regular Price: $21.98

    Special Price $14.95

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