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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 2017 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 2016 SAUVIGNON BLANC AWATERE VALLEY

    Item #: 378233
    Bottle Size: 750ml
  • ATA RANGI 2016 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 2015 "MOONLIGHT RACE" PINOT NOIR

    Item #: 382543
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Advocate: 91
    WINE ADVOCATE 91 POINTS - "Pale ruby-purple colored, the 2015 Burn Cottage Moonlight Race has a very pretty no...
    WINE ADVOCATE 91 POINTS - "Pale ruby-purple colored, the 2015 Burn Cottage Moonlight Race has a very pretty nose of crushed red cherries, raspberry preserves and rose hip tea with hints of potpourri and garrigue. Light to medium-bodied with a delicate palate of red berry and earthy flavors, it has beautifully silky tannins and great harmony in the long finish."
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  • BURN COTTAGE 2015 "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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  • 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 2015 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 2015 CHARDONNAY

    Item #: 382966
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Advocate: 91
    A textural and full-bodied wine, Cloudy Bay Chardonnay combines New Zealand fruit vibrancy with Burgundian style. Packed full of citrus and stone f...
    A textural and full-bodied wine, Cloudy Bay Chardonnay combines New Zealand fruit vibrancy with Burgundian style. Packed full of citrus and stone fruit flavours with a savoury complexity, enhanced by judicious use of new oak, this is an intriguing and complex wine.

    WINE ADVOCATE 91 POINTS - "The 2015 Chardonnay offers delicate grapefruit, white peach and orange blossom notes with hints of brioche, marzipan and honeysuckle. The medium-bodied palate is finely constructed with plenty of freshness to support the savory and stone fruit flavors, finishing with satisfying length."
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  • CLOUDY BAY 2015 PINOT NOIR

    Item #: 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 intensel...
    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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  • CLOUDY BAY 2017 SAUVIGNON BLANC

    Item #: 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 S...
    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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  • CRAGGY RANGE 2015 "TE KAHU" BORDEAUX 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 2017 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 2017 SAUVIGNON BLANC

    Item #: 381223
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    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 ...
    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 PINOT NOIR

    Item #: 383621
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    The Crosbie family together with winemaker Peter Bartle have developed this stunning drop from an old apricot site, which on the grapevine they say...
    The Crosbie family together with winemaker Peter Bartle have developed this stunning drop from an old apricot site, which on the grapevine they say “if you can grow good apricots in those soils you can create outstanding Pinot”. How right they are! The 2013 Pinot Noir is rich and dark delivering an experience in Pinot luxury. Dark fruits of black cherries and plums are the first to flirt with your senses followed by the velvety tannins and flavours of chocolate, leather and allspice. Let this Pinot engulf your senses with a good book in front of a log cabin fire, or with good company around a table of gamey cuisine.
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  • 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 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 2016 BLOCK 2 CHARDONNAY

    Item #: 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 ...
    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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  • FELTON ROAD 2016 CALVERT PINOT NOIR

    Item #: 383428
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    BIODYNAMIC

    Wafts of elegant perfumed florals dominate the nose in the usual Calvert manner, but wit...

    BIODYNAMIC

    Wafts of elegant perfumed florals dominate the nose in the usual Calvert manner, but with a stronger emphasis in this very precise and attractively scented vintage. Hints of crushed spice and red fruits give way again to a cascade of florals on the palate. Ethereal, sophisticated and majestic. The finish is tightly focussed with its characteristic fine grained and seamless tannins. Silky and long.
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  • FELTON ROAD 2016 CORNISH POINT PINOT NOIR BANNOCKBURN

    Item #: 379498
    Bottle Size: 750ml
  • FIFTH BRIDGE 2017 PINOT NOIR CENTRAL OTAGO

    Item #: 383499
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    We love great producers from Central Otago such as Two Paddocks, Felton Road and Mt. Difficulty who craft outstanding wines from the temperamental ...
    We love great producers from Central Otago such as Two Paddocks, Felton Road and Mt. Difficulty who craft outstanding wines from the temperamental Pinot grape. In fact, Matt Dicey is the winemaker for both Mt. Difficulty and Fifth Bridge so it’s easy to understand why this wine is so good.

    The Ceres wine brand is the result of a collaboration of brothers Matt and James Dicey who are part of one of the industries pioneering wine families. This Pinot Noir over-delivers with an incredible quality to price ratio and is a great wine to purchase by the case. This accessible, fresh and supple wine can be enjoyed over the next several years.

    Bright ruby in color. On the nose, expressive aromas of fresh cut flowers, perfectly ripened cherries, red berries and brown spices leap from the glass. On the palate, this wine is dry, medium-bodied and polished with wonderful texture and silky tannins. With air, the wine gains complexity as red and black cherries, ripened cranberry and plum notes emerge along with notions of sandalwood, subtle herbs and cinnamon spice. The finish is long lasting and satisfying.
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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 2014 PINOT NOIR

    Item #: 381865
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Spectator: 93
    #65 TOP 100 WINE SPECTATOR 2017
    WINE SPECTATOR 93 POINTS - "Detailed, with no...
    #65 TOP 100 WINE SPECTATOR 2017
    WINE SPECTATOR 93 POINTS - "Detailed, with notes of dried lavender, white pepper, fresh loamy earth and black tea set against a core of strawberry and raspberry flavors. Smooth and plush, this becomes even more expressive on the finish, where spice details fan out. Drink now through 2025. 750 cases imported."

    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 2017 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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  • 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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  • JULES TAYLOR 2017 SAUVIGNON BLANC

    Item #: 380390
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    WINE ENTHUSIAST 90 POINTS - "This is a fruity, opulent Sauvignon Blanc, bursting with peaches, pineapples, lyc...
    WINE ENTHUSIAST 90 POINTS - "This is a fruity, opulent Sauvignon Blanc, bursting with peaches, pineapples, lychees, apple blossoms and just a hint of green leafiness. Oily-textured, with mouthwatering acidity and a long tomato leaf spice on the finish, this is one to satisfy both crisp, fruity white wine lovers and those who crave more body in their whites."

    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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