NEW ZEALAND

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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  1. ASTROLABE 2018 SAUVIGNON BLANC

    Item #: i_382597
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    BOB CAMPBELL 95 POINTS - "Bright, fresh and concentrated sauvignon blanc with punchy regional and varietal flavours including capsicum, nettle, gooseberry, melon and subtle passionfruit. A deliciously accessible wine that delivers everything I expect from Marlborough Sauvignon … and more."
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  2. ATA RANGI 2016 PINOT NOIR

    Item #: i_381101
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    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.
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  3. BURN COTTAGE 2015 PINOT NOIR

    Item #: i_382553
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Advocate: 94
    WINE ADVOCATE 94 POINTS - "The medium to full-bodied 2015 Burn Cottage Vineyard Pinot Noir offers up aromas of roses, ripe cherries, crushed stone and subtle hints of pencil shavings. Despite 31% whole clusters and 19% new oak, neither is readily apparent on the nose at this stage. On the palate, there's a sense of restrained fruit coupled with wiry, herbal, tea-like nuances that add complexity and texture, extending through a long, silky finish. This remarkable property remains at the forefront of Central Otago Pinot Noir producers."

    Marquis Sauvage sought out Ted Lemon, owner and winemaker of Littorai in Sebastopol, CA, to plant their new vineyard. Ted proposed that Burn Cottage would be Biodynamically farmed from inception, and that is the path that has been followed with great commitment and enthusiasm. From there, a great partnership was formed, thanks to the potential of the land as well as Ted's deep connections to New Zealand, and particularly, to Central Otago. Ted is head winemaker and vineyard manager, and as Marquis calls him, "the guiding hand on the tiller at Burn Cottage." Similarly to Ted's property at Littorai, Burn Cottage is a fully functional farm, with 10 hectares under vine and the rest of the land devoted to cattle, chickens, beehives, olive groves, and other native species of New Zealand plants, bushes, and trees. They also produce their own compost and grow many of the preparations needed for Biodynamic farming. At Burn Cottage, they believe that biodiversity is the cornerstone of healthy farming.

    This is the flagship wine from Burn Cottage: the 100% estate vineyard Pinot Noir. The label is a derivative of a 1795 fairy tale called “The Green Snake and the Beautiful Lily” which represents the ideal intersection of people and the land reflected in Biodynamics. This Pinot Noir was harvested from ten different clones on seven different blocks of the vineyard. 1,076 cases produced.
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  4. BURN COTTAGE 2017 "CASHBURN" PINOT NOIR

    Item #: i_382515
    Bottle Size: 750ml
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    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."
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  5. CERES 2017 COMPOSITION PINOT NOIR

    Item #: i_383459
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    WINEMAKER 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.
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  6. CLOS HENRI 2017 SAUVIGNON BLANC MARLBOUROUGH

    Item #: i_377149
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    The 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
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  7. CLOUDY BAY 2015 PINOT NOIR

    Item #: i_377372
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Wine Advocate: 90
    Pinot 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.

    WINE ADVOCATE 90 POINTS - "Pale to medium ruby-purple colored, the 2015 Pinot Noir has pretty violet, red cherry and warm raspberry scents with a hint of cinnamon and dusty earth. Soft, elegant and medium-bodied, it gives lovely purity and a more understated expression."
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  8. CLOUDY BAY 2019 SAUVIGNON BLANC

    Item #: i_377156
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    The 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.
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  9. CRAGGY RANGE 2016 "TE KAHU" BORDEAUX BLEND GIMBLETT GRAVELS VINEYARD

    Item #: i_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 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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  10. CRAGGY RANGE 2017 PINOT NOIR

    Item #: i_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 dry tannins provide a soft yet complex finish.
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  11. CRAGGY RANGE 2018 SAUVIGNON BLANC

    Item #: i_377090
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    James Suckling: 93
    JAMES SUCKLING 93 POINTS - ale lemon straw. Ripe Sauvignon Blanc aromatics with notes of white peach, citrus blossom, honeysuckle and kaffir lime. Harmonious and rich on the palate with ripe citrus and fresh apple and a layered, dry, textural feel."
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  12. DOG POINT 2018 SAUVIGNON BLANC

    Item #: i_381223
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Advocate: 91
    WINE 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.
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  13. DUCK HUNTER 2018 SAUVIGNON BLANC

    Item #: i_379448
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Spectator: 92
    WINE 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."
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  14. ESCARPMENT 2016 "TE REHUA" PINOT NOIR

    Item #: i_378640
    Bottle Size: 750ML
  15. FELTON ROAD 2016 BLOCK 2 CHARDONNAY

    Item #: i_380558
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Winemaker 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.
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  16. FELTON ROAD 2016 CORNISH POINT PINOT NOIR BANNOCKBURN

    Item #: i_379498
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    James Suckling: 93
    JAMES SUCKLING 93 POINTS - "This has impressive depth of fruit as well as fragrant top line perfume. The oak spice suits the dark cherry and sweet earthiness. On the palate there is a punchy frame of tannins that draws tight and fresh through the finish thanks to bracing acidity."
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  17. FELTON ROAD 2018 BANNOCKBURN PINOT NOIR

    Item #: i_383699
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    James Suckling: 93
    JAMES 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."
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  18. FORREST 2018 ROSE PINOT NOIR

    Item #: i_383702
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    This Rosé wine was drawn from vineyards located around Renwick in the Wairau River Valley. Alive on the nose with strawberry, raspberry fruit flavors and just a hint of dry herbs - sage, thyme and rosemary. It's ripe and fruity, yet crisp, refreshing and dry. Perfect for a warm summers day!
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  19. GREYWACKE 2018 SAUVIGNON BLANC

    Item #: i_381863
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Spectator: 92
    Vinous Media: 91
    James Suckling: 92
    JAMES SUCKLING 92 POINTS - - "This youthful sauvignon has attractive lime-leaf and fresh-herb aromas with passion fruit and a succulent, fine and fresh lime finish. Immediate enjoyment here."

    WINE SPECTATOR 92 POINTS - "A vibrant mix of pineapple, mango and citrus flavors on a smooth, medium body, with plenty of vibrant acidity. Appealing details of orange zest and green apple skin add complexity."

    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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  20. HILLERSDEN 2018 SAUVIGNON BLANC

    Item #: i_383442
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Located 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.
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  21. HILLERSDEN ESTATE 2016 PINOT NOIR

    Item #: i_383443
    Bottle Size: 750ml
  22. JOHN FORREST 2011 COLLECTION WAITAKI PINOT NOIR

    Item #: i_382516
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Advocate: 93
    WINE ADVOCATE 93 POINTS - "Pale to medium ruby with a hint of purple, the 2011 John Forrest Collection Waitaki Pinot Noir offers gorgeous evolved Pinot notes of earth, meat and game with some truffle and mushroom hints over a core of cherry coulis and raspberry preserves. Light bodied, it fills the palate with lovely delicate red fruits and remarkable freshness with silky tannins carrying the fruit to a long finish."
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  23. JOHN FORREST 2015 PINOT NOIR

    Item #: i_380100
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Pinot Noir Profile - The Pinot Noir grape is one of Marlborough’s stars; the cool climate queen of red wine is a natural match for Marlborough’s reliable cool dry vintage climate. The grapes typically show ripe berry fruit flavours – raspberry and strawberry; that distinctive ‘Forest floor” earthen aroma and fresh acidity. Our Pinot Noir grape is a complex amalgam of four different “terroirs”:- classic Wairau river valley stoney soils, southern valleys, Brancott aged clays, Northbank young stone/ clay mix and Awatere Valley complex seabed soils. Each plot was hand harvested, fermented in 2-3 ton lots with hand plunging, skin contacted post fermentation, gently pressed and then aged in 20/80 blend of new/old French oak barriques for 10 months.
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  24. JULES TAYLOR 2017 CHARDONNAY

    Item #: i_383014
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    James Suckling: 91
    JULES 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."
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  25. JULES TAYLOR 2018 LATE HARVEST SAUVIGNON BLANC - DESSERT WINE - 375ml

    Item #: i_383013
    Bottle Size: 375ml
    James Suckling: 92
    **Please note, this is a half sized bottle
    JAMES SUCKLING 92 POINTS - "A sweet yet tangy array of limes and mangoes with a fresh and vibrant finish. Very focused. The nice acid cut delivers balance. Drink or hold."
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