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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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  • ALLUVIALE 2008 LATE HARVEST SAUVIGNON BLANC

    Item #: 380092
    Bottle Size: 375ml
    **Please note, this is a half sized bottle
    Deep straw with a white gold hue. Complex and fragrant. Pink grapefruit, tangerine, quince and thyme combine with hints of marmalade, toasted hazel...
    Deep straw with a white gold hue. Complex and fragrant. Pink grapefruit, tangerine, quince and thyme combine with hints of marmalade, toasted hazelnut and brioche. A luscious, full palate showing complex flavours of marmalade, lemon oil, apricot leather, pear and passionfruit. French oak imparts subtle vanillin, peat and spice.

    A powerful, complex and fragrant wine combining apricot leather, quince and pink grapefruit flavours with toasted hazelnut and spicy oak. High natural acidity provides exceptional balance to the 175g/L of residual sugar. Made in traditional Sauternes style yet with a balance more akin to Coteaux du Layon and Jurancon.
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • HOLM OAK 2015 PINOT GRIS; TASMANIA

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

    Item #: 382598
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    WINE & SPIRITS 90 POINTS 'BEST BUY' - "Steve Flamsteed’s pinot noirs just keep getting better, this one benefiting ...
    WINE & SPIRITS 90 POINTS 'BEST BUY' - "Steve Flamsteed’s pinot noirs just keep getting better, this one benefiting from the low yields of 2014 in Yarra, and from 25 percent of the blend fermented as whole clusters. That provides what is, for now, a prominent stemminess, enhancing the red fruit and allowing the brightness of wine to shine through. The texture is silky, the earthy tannins lending the wine a structural clarity that should develop well over the next several years."
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  • JOHN FORREST 2011 COLLECTION WAITAKI PINOT NOIR

    Item #: 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 Pin...
    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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  • JOHN FORREST 2013 COLLECTION CABERNET SAUVIGNON

    Item #: 387773
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    The John Forrest collection of wines are his top-end offering only released when John feels they are ready to drink, but they are built to last so ...
    The John Forrest collection of wines are his top-end offering only released when John feels they are ready to drink, but they are built to last so don't think they need to be consumed in a rush! The Gimblett Gravels are possibly the only place in New Zealand where the weather is warm and dry enough for this grape to reach full ripeness. This is concentrated Kiwi Cab Sauv, full of cassis, liquorice alongside wonderful complexities of dried herbs. One of those must try wines from an iconic estate.
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  • JOHN FORREST 2013 PINOT NOIR

    Item #: 380100
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Winemaker’s Vintage Report - Vintage 2013 reminded me very much of vintage 2011 – a mild temperate summer with regular small amounts of ra...
    Winemaker’s Vintage Report - Vintage 2013 reminded me very much of vintage 2011 – a mild temperate summer with regular small amounts of rain which resulted in healthy vines with active green leaves through to a slightly (5-7 days) earlier harvest. Unlike 2011, however, crop levels were moderate, coming in exactly on estimate 6-10 tonne/ha, depending on varietal. This was due to the relatively low per vine bunch number, determined by a cool December in the previous season which counter-balanced the higher berry number per bunch and individual berry size due to ideal growth conditions.So, overall a very good quality vintage, viticulturally straight forward, with ideal conditions, weather wise over the 3 week harvest period.

    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.

    Tasting Notes - Our 2013 Pinot Noir has lovely aromas of red cherry, baked plum, nutmeg and that classic Marlborough autumn leaves character. The palate is mouthwatering, with sweet, soft spicy oak, dark plum together with a rich underlay of cherry pie with sweet shortbread pastry.
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  • JOHN FORREST 2015 SAUVIGNON BLANC

    Item #: 380146
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    This Sauvignon Blanc was drawn from 4 vineyards located around Renwick in the Wairau River Valley. Whilst all have their own characteristics, they ...
    This Sauvignon Blanc was drawn from 4 vineyards located around Renwick in the Wairau River Valley. Whilst all have their own characteristics, they share in common a Wairau River gravelly, free draining and devigourating soil profile. This classical Marlborough terroir is critical in achieving the smaller berries and lower cropping levels needed to produce premium Sauvignon Blanc grapes.

    Vibrant, punchy nose of Guava, lime, citrus, herbs with a hint of passionfruit and a complex amalgam of subtle yeast esters and white flower. The palate is full with excellent texture and flavors of Guava and boxwood; taut with a firm mineral backbone, finishing dry with crisp acidity. This wine has been created to flourish with time, peak drinkability 3 to 5 years.
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  • JULES TAYLOR 2013 CHARDONNAY

    Item #: 381774
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    WINEMAKER'S NOTES - "The wine has a pale straw hue. Fragrant stonefruit and citrus aromas are layered over spicy notes and hints of smok...
    WINEMAKER'S NOTES - "The wine has a pale straw hue. Fragrant stonefruit and citrus aromas are layered over spicy notes and hints of smoky oak. The partial wild and malolactic fermentations along with the extended lees maturation in barrel have added complexity and texture to the wine. The palate is smooth and round with lovely balance of minerality and well refined acid. Juicy stonefruit and citrus flavors are combined with mealy, creamy layers and subtle hints of Frenchoak."
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  • JULES TAYLOR 2015 PINOT GRIS

    Item #: 381226
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    WINEMAKER'S NOTES - "This Pinot Gris shows a lovely combination of poached pear, stonefruit and zesty grapefruit aromas along with fragr...
    WINEMAKER'S NOTES - "This Pinot Gris shows a lovely combination of poached pear, stonefruit and zesty grapefruit aromas along with fragrant spicy notes on the nose. The pear and stonefruit characters are carried through to the palate where they combine with subtle creamy, nutty notes derived from the partial wild fermentation and yeast lees ageing."
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