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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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  • 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 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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  • 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 2015 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
    James Suckling: 99
    Fermented in wooden French cuvees, hand plunged and aged in 50% new French oak barriques for 18 months. It was bottled without fining or filtrati...
    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 2015 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 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 P...
    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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  • 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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  • JULES TAYLOR 2016 SAUVIGNON BLANC

    Item #: 380390
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Made in quintessentially Marlborough style, this Sauvignon shows bright, lifted aromas of passion fruit, white fleshed nectarines, fruit salad and ...
    Made in quintessentially Marlborough style, this Sauvignon shows bright, lifted aromas of passion fruit, white fleshed nectarines, fruit salad and currant leaf. The palate is loaded with fresh, vibrant tropical fruit and herbaceous flavours. With its well defined backbone of acid this mouthful of goodness rolls out to a long dry finish.
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  • KIM CRAWFORD 2016 SPITFIRE SAUVIGNON BLANC

    Item #: 379461
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Kim Crawford Wines was launched in 1996 in a small home in Auckland, New Zealand. With incredible speed, Kim Crawford's powerful, aromatic wines be...
    Kim Crawford Wines was launched in 1996 in a small home in Auckland, New Zealand. With incredible speed, Kim Crawford's powerful, aromatic wines began winning awards, enchanting critics and gained a devoted following. Within a short period of time, Kim Crawford became New Zealand's best-selling wine in the United States.

    Over the years, several parcels yielded grapes with more depth and complexity. These grapes are now fashioned into smaller cuvee's which demonstrate superior quality. One such example is the Small Parcels "Spitfire' Sauvignon Blanc, which is only offered in stellar vintages. This wine demonstrates great purity of fruit and is a step up in intensity and flavor as compared to the regular bottling.

    Light pale straw in color. Intense aromas announce, "Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc!" as flavors of citrus, ripe tropical fruit, melon and herbaceous notes draw you in. On the palate, flavors of grapefruit, passion fruit, lemongrass and gooseberry have impressive depth and intensity. Crisp acidity and a long lasting finish round out this stunning wine.
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  • LECLAPART 2010 BRUT NATURE L' ASTRE

    Item #: 377433
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    PETER LEIM 2 STARS-"Up until 2009, Léclapart used his small parcels of Trépail Pinot Noir to make a rosé called L’Al...
    PETER LEIM 2 STARS-"Up until 2009, Léclapart used his small parcels of Trépail Pinot Noir to make a rosé called L’Alchemiste, or else a Coteaux Champenois rouge. In 2010, he made this Blanc de Noirs Champagne for the first time, blending two old-vine parcels with two younger ones and vinifying the wine entirely in secondhand barrique. It’s a terrific debut, combining the body and fruit of pinot noir with the signature finesse and chalkiness of Trépail. Its ample aromas persist on the palate in detailed, finely tuned length, managing to feel both voluptuous and sleekly racy at the same time, and it finishes with vibrant, soil-driven energy. Last tasted: 3/14."

    "Purity, Energy, Pleasure, Ecology,"comprise David Leclapart's mission statement. Léclapart's seven and one-half acres of vines are all in Trépail (12 miles north-east of Reims on the south-eastern edge of the Montagne de Reims), spread over 22 parcels, and since the 2000 vintage the estate has been certified biodynamic by both Ecocert and Demeter. David never blends vintages and chaptalization is extremely rare, having been performed only in 2001 and 2007. Primary fermentation is always with indigenous yeasts. L'Astre was vinified in used oak barrels, purchased from Domaine Leflaive in Burgundy, and with full malolactic in order to stabilize the wine and to minimize the use of sulfur.
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  • LOVEBLOCK 2012 PINOT NOIR

    Item #: 381755
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Nestled above the snow capped mountains of Central Otago on the Bendigo Loop Road is the small Pinot Noir Vineyard "Someone's Darling." The climat...
    Nestled above the snow capped mountains of Central Otago on the Bendigo Loop Road is the small Pinot Noir Vineyard "Someone's Darling." The climate and unique terroir combined make this region one of the best for producing premium Pinot Noir. Showing a nice ruby red with purple hues. Aroma's of Intense dark fruit, perfumed violet notes, and hint of oak and herbs. On the palate bright red fruits with a savory mushroom layer, followed by sweet strawberry notes. With a hint of oak and balanced drying tannins, the wine lingers with brooding complexity.
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