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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


2012 Bouchard Pere et Fils Meursault 'Les Clous'

"Good pale yellow. Aromas of apple, underripe pineapple and flowers. Deeper and more intense than the basic village cuvee, showing a saline quality and good natural acidity to the flavors of yellow fruits, spices and flowers. Good firm minerality on the finish. The yield here was a modest 36 hectoliters per hectare, according to Philippe Prost." 87-89 Stephen Tanzer "The 2012 Meursault Les Clous comes from a cooler microclimate that is translated into the crisp, flinty bouquet with race and tension. The palate is well-balanced with a smooth, slightly honeyed entry with a saltiness coming through on the back-palate. Moderate length and delineation, this deserves two or three years in bottle. Very fine." 89 eRobertparker.com


2012 Mr Riggs Watervale Riesling


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


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 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 Heartland Langhorne Creek Shiraz

One of our most popular Aussie Shiraz's. "Made by the highly regarded Ben Glaetzer and matured in French oak hogsheads ( larger oak barrels than usual ). It's been a highly successful brand since its launch a handful of years ago ‐ and deservedly so."Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2012 Shiraz explodes with creme de cassis, blueberry pie and mint aromas accented by hints of licorice and dark chocolate. Full-bodied, rich and packed with warm black and blueberry fruit flavors, it has a medium to firm level of fine, rounded tannins and a long, spicy finish with lively lift. Drink it now to 2018+." 91/100 Parker


2014 Astrolabe Marlborough Pinot Gris

Another outstanding wine from the quality focused Astrolabe Winery. Only the highest quality fraction of free run juice has been used in this drier Pinot Gris, with most from whole cluster pressed hand picked bunches. "Pear and quince, light peach and citrus rind and a whiff of cardamom and nougat are on the nose with a palate that is pure and focussed with a delicacy of structure, finishing crisp and dry. Stonefruit and pear flavours dominate, followed by some light citrus.


2014 Blackenbrook Nelson Rose

Was $22. From Sustainable Production and Vegan, this is from Blackenbrooks home block and is delicious. "Estate-grown and hand picked, the very easy drinking 2014 is a pale pink, light and fresh with appealing purity. Sweetness is balanced by fruity acidity which helps drive a lengthy finish. Classic strawberry and cherry flavours with a hint of mineral.


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