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.
- Item #: i_377152Bottle Size: 750mlWINERY NOTES - Pale straw green in colour with brilliant clarity, Oyster Bay Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc is zesty and aromatic with lots of lively fruit characters. A concentration of assertive passionfruit and tropical fruit flavours with an abundant bouquet, it is a wine that is always crisp, elegant and refreshing
- Item #: i_383549Bottle Size: 750mlThe cool growing season has produced a wine with intense tropical, cantaloupe, melon and ripe passionfruit aromas with an underlying hint of gooseberry, guava and lychee. This is a wine with great balance, structureand intensity.
- Item #: i_378221Bottle Size: 1.5LSTEPHEN TANZER 94 POINTS - "90% tempranillo and 10% cabernet sauvignon; aged for two years in new French oak): Inky ruby. A complex, highly aromatic bouquet evokes ripe dark berries, cola, mocha and incense, along with subtle notes of vanilla and licorice. Juicy and broad on the palate, offering energetic black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors accented by candied violet and allspice nuances. A zesty mineral element adds lift and cut to the strikingly long, sappy finish, which shows just a whisper of tannins"
- Item #: i_383628Bottle Size: 750mlWine Advocate: 92Vinous Media: 92 PointsJames Suckling: 94Decanter: 92 PointsFrom the idyllic vineyards of Waipara in North Cantebury (South Island, just north of Christchurch), this is a lovely entry-level Pinot from an iconic family producer. Made with around 40% whole clusters (i.e. stems included), and aged in French oak, this is certainly inspired by Burgundy, but full of New Zealand intensity.
JAMES SUCKLING 94 POINTS - "Wild herbs and bracken with red fruit and darker, more earthy notes. Rose hips, black tea and plums. The palate has a dense, succulent and seamlessly polished, tightly wrapped feel. Long and taut."
WINE ADVOCATE 92 POINTS - "Made with 40% whole clusters, the 2016 Pinot Noir looks to be the finest regular Peg Bay Pinot in some time. Its spicy, stemmy, sappy notes are balanced by bright, fresh black cherry fruit. It's medium-bodied, with a silky feel and a lingering finish that echoes with attractive tea-like nuances."
- Item #: i_383679Bottle Size: 750mlThe aromas and flavours suggest citrus fruits, greengage, gooseberry and passionfruit with a hint of Turkish musk and freshly crushed thyme. It has a harmonious texture, being soft and generous but yet it finishes with zesty minerality and refreshing crispness. While ready to drink on release it can be expected to develop a range of other fascinating nuances with careful cellaring over 3 – 5 years and live well beyond.
- Item #: i_382590Bottle Size: 750mlA fresh and vibrant wine full of lime, lemongrass and grapefruit flavours with an exquisite, long mineral finish. Incredible with Mussels, Oysters, Fishcakes or Crab Linguine. Or bring on the Goat cheese and Herb Crackers!
- Item #: i_380029Bottle Size: 750mlCERTIFIED BIODYNAMIC
#49 ENTHUSIAST 100 2019, 96 POINTS - " The last vintage of the Weersing's gorgeous Chardonnays before the winery changed hands, this slightly cloudy, unfiltered Chardonnay sings of its place. Electric charges of minerals crackle with notes of lemon peel, bay leaf and fistfuls of freshly plucked wild herbs and flowers. The palate is utterly beautiful with its sliced crystalline acidity that lifts flavors of limestone, citrus, salt, herbs and flowers."
- Item #: i_380027Bottle Size: 750mlBIODYNAMICALLY FARMED
Pyramid Valley makes wines that are among the finest in the world, going beyond the big-production Sauvignon Blancs and Pinot Noirs that New Zealand is most known for. Started by couple Mike and Claudia Elze Weersing, they sought to make wines that truly reflected the place from which they came through biodynamic farming and low intervention winemaking techniques. Recently, friends Steve Smith and Brian Sheth took over, and have committed to continuing the vision of creating wines of place.
Their Sauvignon Blanc from the Marlborough region comes from a single biodynamically-farmed vineyard. It's a wine that holds its own in the company of fine Sancerre, with a combination of crisp tropical fruits and lemongrass, a saline-like mineral quality, and a weight that is balanced by a refreshing vein of acidity. Master of Wine and New Zealand expert, Bob Campbell, had a glowing review for the 2018 release:
BOB CAMPBELL, MW "THE REAL REVIEW" 95 POINTS - " Rich, textural sauvignon blanc with impressive weight and a mix of varietal fruit flavours with savoury, toast, ginger, mineral and struck flint characters. A complex wine that should develop well."
- Item #: i_382638Bottle Size: 750mlWine Advocate: 94James Suckling: 96JAMES SUCKLING 96 POINTS - "A blend of parcels across the property, this has a deeply spicy array of mixed fruit, framed in aromas of flint, dark stones, pepper, woody spices, wild herbs and fresh earth. Texturally, this is super fine and taut, which reflects the schist soils found here. Very fine, powerful and athletic with sustained fruit flavors that are typical of pinot noir. Long aging potential. Drink or hold."
WINE ADVOCATE 94 POINTS - "The 2015 Mature Vine Pinot Noir, in particular, wasn't happy at being roused from its bottle. Like a surly djinn, it pouted, griped and sulked, grudgingly offering up muted aromas of berries and spice. Yet this medium-bodied wine shines in the mouth and will surely emerge from its funk within a few years' time. The texture is dense and fine, with the feel of high thread-count bed linens, and the long finish shows hints of the black cherry fruit and complex spice notes that await the patient."
- Item #: i_377444Bottle Size: 750MLWine Advocate: 90WINE ADVOCATE 90 POINTS-"An under-rated producer, Smith-Woodhouse has turned out a port with an impressively saturated dark ruby/purple color. This powerful port is moderately sweet, forward, rich, and full-bodied, with nicely integrated alcohol and tannin. While it is not one of the vintage's blockbusters, it should be ready to drink in 3-5 years and keep for 15-20.(10/96)"
- Item #: i_378916Bottle Size: 750mlThis is punchy with very good depth and presence. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has a concentrated heart of pungent passionfruit along with tropical fruits, fresh herbs, soft notes of snow peas and nettles and green stonefruit elements. The mouthfeel is gently refreshing with balanced, lacy acidity which enhances the fruit richness, and the wine flows along a taut, concentrated line with fine textures, leading to a dry finish with a touch of grip.
- Item #: i_378258Bottle Size: 750mlWINE SPECTATOR 90 POINTS - This wine flexes its muscles in a totally lovable way, offering up a heady mélange of pineapple, grapefruit, fresh bell peppers, grass and some salty sea air. The acidity is crisp and zingy, balanced by a slightly slippery texture and finishing on a pleasing grapefruit note.
- Item #: i_383625Bottle Size: 750mlJames Suckling: 96JAMES SUCKLING 96 POINTS - "Very complex, complete and convincing Bannockburn pinot that delivers a fascinating array of pure red cherries, sappy and spicy complexity and a beautifully arranged palate that has long, fleshy and silky fruit presence. Exceptional pinot. Drink now."
- Item #: i_382428Bottle Size: 750mlJames Suckling: 96The Last Chance is a beautifully sited two-hectare terrace perched in bright clear air above the Earnscleugh Valley, carefully planted with well-tended Burgundian clone pinot noir. It nestles amongst a small cluster of the World’s most southerly vineyards and takes its name from the watercourse that runs through its heart, hand dug by gold miners in the 1860s, The Last Chance.
JAMES SUCKLING 96 POINTS - "Aromas of boysenberries, blueberries and red cherries make for an immediately attractive pinot with some gently earthy notes and fresh violets. The palate has a supremely elegant, polished feel with a plush and elegant texture. Pinot at its seductive best. Drink or hold."
- Item #: i_383264Bottle Size: 750mlWine Advocate: 93WINE ADVOCATE 93 POINTS - "The fruit-driven 2016 Bannockburn Vineyard Pinot Noir positively bursts with notes of red raspberries, strawberries and ripe cherries. There's just enough spice and herbal complexity on the finish of this silky, medium to full-bodied wine to keep things interesting now, but it should be even more complex in a year or two. It has the fruit to carry it through the next five years or more."
- Item #: i_382446Bottle Size: 750mlWine Enthusiast: 91 PointsWINEMAKER NOTES - "This wine has been gently crafted using a minimalistic approach to winemaking. With an aromatic bouquet of red and dark cherry the perfume is alluring and refined. The palate has layers of concentrated fruit displaying gentle spice, delicate oak handling and a long grainy texture. This stylish wine is sleek and succulent with charming balance and elegance."
WINE ENTHUSIAST - "...taut, firm and wiry. Floral notes dress up black cherries and vanilla before ending on a crisp, slightly edgy note."
- Item #: i_377248Bottle Size: 750MLWINERY NOTES - Lifted passionfruit, grapefruit, gooseberry, and peach fruit flavours, with complexing hints of jalapeno, nettle, boxwood and blackcurrant leaf. A full flavoured, medium bodied wine with a dry, clean finish. Stainless steel fermented.