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2014 Blackenbrook Nelson Sauvignon Blanc

Normally $21. "Blackenbrook is small ( 4 hectares ) and new ( first wine from 2004 ), so its hardly surprising it's little known outside Nelson. Swiss owners Daniel and Ursula Schwarzenbach have the meticulous approach to winemaking for which their countrymen are famous, while Daniel has some serious winemaking experience under his belt. He has worked for top producers in Austria, Germany, Switzerland and France, and has judged wine at competitions in Switzerland, France, Germany and China. Its greatest strengths are pinot gris, gewurztraminer, riesling, sauvignon blanc and chardonnay. Quality has crept up in recent years and if it continues, Blackenbrook has a very bright future." Bob Campbell


2013 Blackenbrook Reserve Chardonnay

Normally $33. This is one of those big,creamy smooth classic old styled chardonnays we are so often asked for. This winery knows how to make this style as the winemaker used to be chief winemaker at Seifreids who won countless awards for this style. A single vineyard growen on the Moutere clays. Hand picked, hand sorted, gravity feed, 12 mths barrel aging with 50% new oak malolactic fermentation. "The bouquet is creamy and nutty; the palate is mouthfilling, with ripe, citrusy, mealy flavours, and toasty, buttery notes adding complexity. A strongly wood-influenced style, it shows good concentration and potential." M.Cooper


2013 Craggy Range Gimblett Gravels Merlot

Normal RRP $32. Benchmark merlot from the gravels at great money. Craggy say on their tasting notes that it will cellar up to 15 years so that shows you how confident they are of the quality of this wine. Stock up!. "91% Merlot and 9% Cab Franc. Dark garnet with vibrant purple hues. Seductive aromas of ripe plum, cassis, nutmeg, tobacco and sandalwood reflects beautifully ripe Merlot. The palate is at first rich and full bodied and then finishes with wonderful graphite-like tannins, fine acidity and a long tapering dry finish." Bring it on.


2012 Mr Riggs Watervale Riesling


2012 Altano Tinto

Owned by the Symington family who own such famous port houses as Grahams and Dows they now produce the Altano reds from vines in located away from the river Douro in the Douro Superior. Its warmer, drier and flatter terrain with low-yielding, schistous soils. The vines wre planted in the late 1970s and early 1980s so they have old vine age material to draw from. A blend of Touriga Franca and Tinta Roriz. "a lush and creamy style,with concentrated flavours of raspberry tart,dark cherry and boysenberry,accented by notes of chocolate.The silky finish lingers with a rich,mocha detail."


2012 Jadot Cht Jacques Morgon Beaujolais

This is a serious beaujolais- much like a burgundy ( pinot noir ) In the 1950s, top Beaujolais fetched the same prices as premier cru Burgundy but in recent times beaujolais's name has been associated with the light, insipid beaujolais nouveaux and the area has taken a hit because of this. "The 2012 Morgon is raised in one and two-year-old oak barrels for 10 months. On the nose, it has slightly blacker fruit than the Fleurie, with a subtle marine influence developing in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with a lithe and tensile entry. The acidity is nicely judged and there is a gentle grip on the pastille-like finish. Drink now-2021." 90/100 Parker


Grant Burge 10 year old Tawny Port

Normally $47. Cleared out because the distributor has changed- great for these cold winter nights. Trophy – 2013 Brisbane Wine Show ( Best Fortified wine of show),Gold – 2012 Hobart Wine Show, 2012 Hobart Wine Show, Gold - 2014 Decanter Asia Awards, Gold – 2013 Perth Royal Wine Show, Gold – 2013 Decanter World Wine Awards, Gold – 2012 Perth Wine Show, Gold – 2010 New Zealand International Wine Show, Gold – 2010 New Zealand Liquorland Top 100, Gold – 2007 International Wine Challenge UK, Gold – 2006 New Zealand International Wine Show, Gold – 2005 San Francisco International Wine Competition- need any more recommendations!? 95 Points – Tyson Stelzer writing "Ten years in Grant Burge's solera system have built layers of savoury rancio complexity, roast almonds, caramel, plum pudding, mixed spice and orange rind, finishing tight and focussed." A steal


Krug Grande Cuvee Champagne

Normally $270. A sophisticated wine drinkers champagne presented in a lovely gift box. It is like drinking a fine wine because of the complexity of the blending from aged cuvees from top cru vineyards. Krug Grande Cuvee is the timelessly stylish signature of Krug, a breathtaking champagne that effortlessly balances richness and freshness, power and finesse. A gleaming gold colour, an extravagantly expansive bouquet, an almost creamy texture. Then, an explosion of flavours, at once mellow and mature, crisp and clean. Its a dream drop.


2013 Glaetzer Barossa Valley Bishop Shiraz

Ben Glaetzer has long been celebrated among the cult, young 'rockstar' set of the Barossa wine fraternity. Glaetzer sources Bishop from 35 and 125-year-old vines. 95/100 from Halliday and 92/100 from S.Tanzer writing "Dark purple. Powerful, seductively perfumed bouquet evokes ripe blackberry, blueberry, roasted coffee, licorice and smoky minerals. Densely packed yet lively, with a supple, seamless texture to the seet dark fruit and floral pastille flavors. The blue fruit and licorice qualities carry through the finish, which is framed by smooth, even tannins." The essence of Barossa


2012 Amisfield Central Otago Pinot Noir

This wine is made from 9 clones of pinot noir and grown on several different soil types, adding complexity to the wine. 95/100 from Bob Campbell "Pure, bright and delicately scented Pinot Noir with dark cherry, violet, wild thyme? and a subtle smoky oak character. Supple and reasonably concentrated wine with a deliciously appealing texture. Long and linear wine with cellaring potential."


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