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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 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
    Wine Spectator: 92
    Burghound: 91
    WINE SPECTATOR 92 POINTS - "Bold and expressive, with a black licorice accent to the plum and black cherry cor...
    WINE SPECTATOR 92 POINTS - "Bold and expressive, with a black licorice accent to the plum and black cherry core. Hints of orange zest, black tea and sage add aromatic intrigue. Smooth and plush on the long nish. Drink now through 2026."

    BURGHOUND 91 POINTS - " A ripe and markedly spicy nose displays a pretty array of various red berries framed in a hint of sandalwood. The very round, supple and seductive textured flavors possess a sleek mouth feel as well as good vibrancy while delivering solid length on the dusty, palate coating and moderately firm finish. Like its 2013 counterpart this could use more depth but the balanced and underlying material appear to be present such that more should develop if allowed 4 to 6 more years of cellaring. Lovely."
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  • 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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  • CLOS HENRI 2014 SAUVIGNON BLANC MARLBOUROUGH

    Item #: 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 an...
    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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  • 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

    95 POINTS BOB CAMPBELL
    MASTER OF WINE
    NEW ZEALAND WINE SPECIALIST
    "This latest release sports a slightly tweaked label and different coloured capsule, although the wine is much the same; a crisp, bone-dry sauvignon blanc with passion fruit and tropical fruit balanced by capsicum, lemongrass and grapefruit zest. A moderately weighty wine with crisp acidity driving a lengthy finish."
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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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  • ESCARPMENT 2014 "PAHI" PINOT NOIR

    Item #: 377953
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    James Suckling: 97
    JAMES SUCKLING 97 POINTS - "The clear and swirling whole-bunch aromatics here are really charming and bursting wi...
    JAMES SUCKLING 97 POINTS - "The clear and swirling whole-bunch aromatics here are really charming and bursting with attractive and complex pinot perfumes such as rose petals, sweet spices and bright red-tinged berry fruits. The palate has handy definition, light and shade, powerful yet reserved detail and long tannins that run in unison through a very focused, juicy and punchy crisp finish. I love this wine for its elegance and power; it's great pinot at its finest. Best from 2018."
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  • ESCARPMENT 2014 PINOT NOIR

    Item #: 377958
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Spectator: 93
    WINE SPECTATOR 93 POINTS - "Pure and expressive, with juicy raspberry puree and fleshy cherry flavors that are cr...
    WINE SPECTATOR 93 POINTS - "Pure and expressive, with juicy raspberry puree and fleshy cherry flavors that are crisp and vibrant, showing accents of clove, nutmeg and black pepper. Earl Grey tea details linger on the finish. The tannins provide a firm backbone. Drink now through 2026. 1,500 cases made."
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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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  • FELTON ROAD 2015 CORNISH POINT PINOT NOIR BANNOCKBURN

    Item #: 379498
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Spectator: 96
    WINE SPECTATOR 96 POINTS - "There’s plenty of purity to the strawberry and cranberry flavors at the core, with...
    WINE SPECTATOR 96 POINTS - "There’s plenty of purity to the strawberry and cranberry flavors at the core, with toasted rye and nutmeg aromas. Elegant and graceful, with tannins exerting a light grip on the finish, where the aromas expand. Drink now through 2027."
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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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