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.
- Item #: i_383270Bottle Size: 750mlWine Spectator: 93WINE SPECTATOR INSIDER 93 POINTS 'WINE OF THE WEEK' - "Stylish, generous and intense, featuring lemon curd, apricot and lime sherbet flavors that are vivid and mouthwatering, accented by details of matcha green tea, white pepper and passion fruit. Delivers terrific follow-through on the finish. Drink now."
ABOUT THIS WINE: "Pioneering Marlborough winemaker Allan Scott helped plant some of the first wine grapes in Marlborough in the 1970s, and then established his eponymous brand as one of the first independent wineries in the region with his wife, Catherine, in 1990. Now their children are working in the family business, with son Josh as chief winemaker. The wines have never skipped a beat, and this wine is a stunning example of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, bursting with intense flavor and lingering long on the finish. Scott harvests and presses grapes in the cool of the night to preserve aromatics, and this wine shows the hallmark of a warmer 2019 vintage, with fruit flavors veering toward the tropical, with a hint of passion fruit." - Wine Spectator
- Item #: i_382515Bottle Size: 750mlPRACTICING ORGANIC
Cashburn is Burn Cottage's second label made from barrels that didn't go into the Burn Cottage bottling and is further proof of 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 NOTES - "Exotic notes of orange zest and cherry liqueur leap from the glass. On the palate the wine is wonderfully understated and elegant with soft, supple tannin. Bright acidity lends balance and freshness to the long finish."
- Item #: i_383459Bottle Size: 750mlWINEMAKER NOTES - "78% ‘Inlet’ fruit, all destemmed, 18% ‘Black Rabbit’ fruit with 25% whole cluster, indigenous yeast fermented to 13.8% alc., the wine spending 26-29 days on skins and aged 11 months in 28% new French oak. Dark, deep, black-hued red with lighter garnet hues on the rim. The nose is soft and full with harmoniously concentrated aromas of ripe, dark red berry fruits melded with dark plum notes, liquorice and earth, and nuances of spice and thyme herbs. Medium-full bodied, the palate features soft, sweet and plush, ripe dark red berry and plum fruit flavour intermixed with thyme herbs, liquorice earth and undergrowth detail. The fruit lusciousness is supported and balanced by fine-grained tannin extraction providing good structure and mouthfeel. Integrated acidity enlivens the drive and the wine flows to a long and sustained finish with juicy fruit and a fine-texture. This is a soft, plush and juicy Pinot Noir with dark berry, plum and thyme herb flavours, and a fine-textured mouthfeel. Match with roasted game meats and semi-hard cheeses over the next 5-6 years." Aged in 25% new Burgundian oak barrels.
- Item #: i_377149Bottle Size: 750mlThe Bourgeois family was on a worldwide search for a new slice of terroir, similar to their own in Sancerre, where ultra-premium Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir could be grown. After a 12-year exploration, New Zealand revealed itself as the place to create a style of wines that would reflect the Bourgeois philosophy. In 2000, the family fell in love with the land and wines of Marlborough and in the same year, made the instinctive and emotive decision to purchase 98 Hectares of native pasture. Their first grave vine planting was in 2001 and with much hard work and meticulous management and planning, they started producing wines of stellar quality-- like this one.
In the French tradition, the vineyard is planted in high density to encourage competition between vines and restrain vigor. This natural vigor control means the vines put more energy into the grapes, rather than the canopy - concentrating the berries. Dry farming (using no irrigation) also helps keep vigor under control. By stressing the vines to just the right level, it forces the roots to go deeper in the soil, thereby getting the purest expression of terroir and showing more minerality from the river stone soil.
The nose is resplendent with stone fruits and spring blossoms dancing amid well water, flint and mineral scents. The palate is viscous and rich, yet tempered by good acidity, as a mélange of mixed stone and tropical fruits (pear, white peach, lichee, lime) lead to a mid-palate of rich, brown spices and mineral water. Mixed fruits flourish in the crisp, fresh finish. Think fruits of the sea (richer fish, shellfish) or your favorite 'bigger' cheeses
- Item #: i_377300Bottle Size: 750mlWine Advocate: 93Vinous Media: 95 PointsDecanter: 95 PointsCloudy Bay Te Koko is a complex and savoury wine that is both deliciously aromatic and richly textured. Aromas of lychee and honeysuckle intermingle with the scent of thyme and a hint of smoky oak. Released as a matured wine, Te Koko is a full-bodied, alternative style of sauvignon blanc!
WINE ADVOCATE 93 POINTS - "As more wineries have adopted this style of Sauvignon Blanc, Te Koko isn't the standout wine it once was. That doesn't mean it's not still excellent. The 2015 Te Koko offers pungency and passion fruit on the nose, followed by a wine of great concentration and intensity. Hints of struck flint add complexity, while the mouth-filling palate boasts a rich, multilayered texture and a lingering finish. Only 8% aged in new French oak and about a third of the wine went through malolactic fermentation, leaving it with crisp acids and a great sense of elegance and balance."
- Item #: i_377372Bottle Size: 750MLPinot Noir is the single red varietal of Cloudy Bay and is ideally suited to the climate and soils of this remote southern wine region. An intensely varietal palate reveals layers of dark red fruits, savoury dried herbs, charry oak and silky tannins.
- Item #: i_377156Bottle Size: 750MLThe Marlborough region is blessed with a unique terroir... a cool, South Pacific climate that produces wines of great fruit intensity. Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc is a benchmark wine that epitomizes the vibrant aromatics and pure fruit flavours naturally afforded by the climate and soils of this remote southern wine region.
- Item #: i_383562Bottle Size: 750mlJames Suckling: 91We have a great deal for fans of intensely aromatic, lithe-bodied wines! This is no gimmick, just really good wine that tastes of its place. It's the Cobblestone 2013 "Te Muna" Pinot Noir, previously retailing for more than $30, but which we're able to offer at the no-brainer price of $11.95!
New Zealand has been a hotspot for Pinot Noir for some time now, from the more concentrated Central Otago style to the often lighter, everyday drinkers of Marlborough. But on the North Island, the Martinborough region has developed a somewhat quiet reputation for New Zealand's most complexly perfumed Pinot Noir, often said to be more "Burgundian" after the variety's spiritual & physical homeland in France. The road that cuts through some particularly great vineyards here (Te Muna, meaning "secret place") is the address for a number of lauded vineyards and wineries such as Escarpment and Craggy Range.
It's here that California winery, Cobblestone, found a second home in which to make some Pinot Noir with New Zealand's hallmark intensity of aroma and flavor, and racy brightness in the mouth. At six years, the 2013 Te Muna Pinot Noir is in peak form, beaming out the variety's distinctive savory and forest floor qualities, ripe red fruits and citrus, along with subtle, well-meshed oak that enhances with woodsy accents. Supple, juicy, and with just a dusting of tannin on the palate, it finishes on a ripe but refreshingly bright cherry note. At $11.95, it's definitely a must buy, especially with a well-matched dish like cedar-plank Salmon. You might find a new house wine (while it lasts)!
JAMES SUCKLING 91 POINTS - "A more cedary oak influence here. Woody, savory complexity with blood oranges, red cherries and a slightly smoky thread leading into the palate. Plenty of ripe, fleshy cherry flavors. Glossy, ripe tannins to close. Drink or hold."
The family-run Cobblestone winery was founded in 1971 in Monterrey County, expanding to Atlas Peak in Napa in 1997. They began their New Zealand enterprise in 2008.
- Item #: i_302734Bottle Size: 750MLBlackberry, 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.
- Item #: i_377205Bottle Size: 750MLWine Enthusiast: 91 PointsWINE ENTHUSIAST 91 POINTS - "This vintage of Pinot, grown at the bottom of the North Island, is a sassy spicy little number. It bursts forth cinnamon, clove and tree-bark aromas accompanied by ripe cranberry and red-currant fruit along with a whiff of violets. It's medium weighted, lacing crunchy fruit with the sinewy savory tannins typical to Martinborough. A little oak bitterness creeps in on the finish but overall, the fruit wins out."
- Item #: i_381223Bottle Size: 750mlWine Advocate: 91WINE ADVOCATE 91 POINTS - "The 2018 Sauvignon Blanc is on the tropical end of the spectrum, with hints of guava, pineapple and nectarine—a real fruit bowl. It's medium-bodied and silky in texture, with a long, flavorful finish."
JANCIS ROBINSON 17/20 POINTS - "Very racy, alluring, complex nose with some reductive struck-match character. Rather splits the difference between Marlborough and Sancerre. Creamy undertow with exciting top notes. Extraordinary tension on the palate. Dry but not drying finish. Long. Very accomplished and intense. "
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.
- Item #: i_379448Bottle Size: 750mlWine Spectator: 92WINE SPECTATOR 92 POINTS - "This white mixes power with elegance, delivering generous lemon meringue, orange blossom, peach and dried mango notes, with spice, green tea and floral details swirling about on the long, expressive finish. Drink now. 4,386 cases made."
- Item #: i_379159Bottle Size: 750mlWine Spectator: 95James Suckling: 96Wine Enthusiast: 95 PointsJAMES SUCKLING 96 POINTS - "Very attractive perfume, spice and earthy depth here, as well as vibrant, red-cherry and berry aromas. There’s very attractive tautness to this pinot with crisp tannins that define ripe red cherries and red plums in assertive and succulent style. The refined power is striking."
WINE SPECTATOR 95 POINTS - "Fragrant and robust, this red combines power and finesse, with an overwhelming amount of detail. Flavors of black pepper, mahogany, hops, sandalwood, blackberry and plum are joined by accents of Earl Grey tea, cedar and baking spices. The tannins have plenty of muscle, but there's an amazing sense of harmony and polish on the long, intricate finish. "
WINE ENTHUSIAST 95 POINTS - "From 30-year-old vines in deep alluvial gravels, this is a spicy and pristine wine that's approachable now but is also very cellar worthy. A heady perfume of blueberries, pomegranates, tobacco leaves, scrubby Mediterranean herbs, florals and crushed stones kicks it all off. Then the palate takes it all to another level, bursting with crunchy, juicy fruit, crystalline-like minerality and savory spices, all threaded together with structured ultrafine tannins. "
- Item #: i_379954Bottle Size: 750MLJames Suckling: 98Wine Enthusiast: 95 PointsJAMES SUCKLING 98 POINTS - "This pinot has an x-factor that sets it apart. There’s an almost peppery edge to the violet, blueberry and red-cherry nose with sappy and earthy elements, as well as roasted game and fragrant baking spices. The palate has a very plush, attractive and fresh array of vibrant and detailed pinot fruit on offer. Long and precise."
WINE ENTHUSIAST 95 POINTS - "Winemaker Larry McKenna's Pinots all possess a signature style, while also being incredibly terroir-expressive. The Kupe is a gorgeous example of this, rippling with waves of raspberry, strawberry and black-cherry fruit, white-pepper spice, crushed rose petals and warm tarmac. The palate is poised and balanced with slinky red fruit, streaks of minerality and fine, granular, powerful tannins. Some French oak shows but should integrate with time. "
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.
- Item #: i_380558Bottle Size: 750mlWinemaker Notes - Crushed sea shells and delicate citrus blossom lead the focussed and detailed nose. The palate follows with a salinity and minerality that is subtle, complex and intriguing. Devoid of any overt wine-making characters, the wine offers a transparency that allows its unique vineyard origin of schist gravel soils to really shine and take centre stage. Refined and poised with serious precision.
- Item #: i_383699Bottle Size: 750mlJames Suckling: 93JAMES SUCKLING 93 POINTS - "Such attractive, mouthwatering aromas of spicy and brambly red cherries. This is in very seductive form in 2018 with supple, smooth and gently creamy, red-cherry and raspberry flavors, delivered in a silky, elegant and smooth mode. Fresh, lithe finish. Drink now. Screw cap."
- Item #: i_381863Bottle Size: 750mlWINERY NOTES - "Imagine yellow-fleshed peaches, rock melon and blackcurrant – a sponge cake with lemon icing, chamomile and hints of rose petal – this is a delicately perfumed and deliciously ripe-fruited interpretation of Marlborough sauvignon blanc. The palate is both subtle and textural, showing considerable ripeness and concentration, with a crisp and long, juicy finish."
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
- Item #: i_383442Bottle Size: 750mlLocated in Upper Wairau Valley, a remote corner in one of the most remote wine regions in the world, Hillersden is an interesting winery that is as much about Kiwi ingenuity as it is of wine.
The wine is an exceptional Sauvignon Blanc. Nose of guava and pineapple with an understated note of fine herb. The palate is texturally richer than most New Zealanders, with soft pear flavors that are kept in line with a POW of fresh acidity in the finish. Fresh grass and hazelnuts on the finish.
- Item #: i_383014Bottle Size: 750mlJames Suckling: 91JULES TAYLOR'S NOTES - "Aromas offer an abundance of ripe pineapple and stonefruits layered with with creamy, buttery notes like baked shortcake, hints of toasted almonds and a light touch of jasmine flower.
Stunningly smooth and plump palate with flavours of stonefruits, which infuse with the mealy characters developed from the malo ferment and lees aeging. A great complexity and a richness to the wine and finished with a refreshing touch of citrus."
JAMES SUCKLING 91 POINTS - "Quite bright, taut and smoothly textured with subtly stony nuances threaded through melon and white peaches."
- Item #: i_380390Bottle Size: 750mlWINEMAKER NOTES - "Vibrant tropical aromas of passionfruit and mango leap from the glass mixed with zingy accents of citrus and herbs. Subtle sweet and tangy hints of yellow sherbet fizz are intriguing. The palate embraces concentrated tropical fruit flavours of passionfruit, pineapple and with tones of citrus, complimented with fresh lemon-grass. Juicy and dry, with nice acidity, the wine makes you salivate whilst the flavours linger."
- Item #: i_377144Bottle Size: 750mlWinemaker's Notes - "Light straw with yellow and green hues. Aromas of citrus and tropical fruits backed by characteristic herbaceous notes for which Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc is renowned. An exuberant wine brimming with juicy acidity and fruit sweetness, providing a balanced flavour profile. The finish is fresh, zesty, and lingering."
- Item #: i_380620Bottle Size: 750mlJAMES SUCKLING 90 POINTS - "A generous array of ripe pears and poached peaches with a ripe and forward feel. This has a lot of flavor. Nicely resolved at the finish. Drink now. Screw cap."
Kumeu River Chardonnay is drawn from six different vineyard sites in the Kumeu Region. The Chardonnay from this vintage is ripe, rich and beautifully concentrated. Delightful peach, yellow apple and hazelnut aromas along with a silky texture are characteristics of this wine. This wine will pair well with fish and shellfish.
- Item #: i_381755Bottle Size: 750mlWine Spectator: 93WINE SPECTATOR 93 POINTS - "This displays an impressive presence, smooth and succulent, with vibrant cherry, raspberry and apricot notes and touches of white pepper, anise seed and toasted cumin. The texture is smooth, with firm tannins that add an appealing traction on the finish."
- Item #: i_383090Bottle Size: 750mlLoveblock is the project of Kim Crawford who helped transform the New Zealand wine industry and make Sauvignon Blanc a household name around the world. Kim Crawford's Sauvignon Blanc continues to be a huge hit with our customers. For his new Loveblock wine,Kim Crawford purschased land and planted vineyards on the hilltops overlooking Marlborough's Awatere Valley. His aim is to create the best wine to express this extraordinary place. New Zealand's signature varietal tends to be bold and big with pugent aromatics. The Loveblock wine focuses more on texture and finesse, while retaining nice acidy. It has beautiful aromatics of white peach, melon and subtle herbaceous notes. On the palate, the mouth feel is generous with nice lift, refinement and minerality. Hints of stone fruit and citrus linger on the long finish. This wine is complex and subtle. Think of it as Kim Crawford dressed up for a night out on the town.