The Regent of Tantallon Limited Edition Hawke’s Bay Merlot Cabernet 2013 $40

From what was hailed as the red wine vintage of the century for Hawke’s Bay comes this silky, slinky, berry- and spice-saturated blend from fruit sourced from the Tantallon vineyard in Bridge Pa. The deep, iron-rich ‘red gravels’ inject depth and minerality to the fruit, and the wine shows vanilla, smoke, olive, and sweet cocoa […]

Cypress Terraces Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2013 $42

2013 had winemakers across Hawke’s Bay fizzing.  It was perfection, especially if you were making syrah.  Gus Lawson knew the fruit he’d harvested from his steep hillside site overlooking the Gimblett Gravels was gold and 4 years on, the proof is in the sipping.  Velvety smooth and layered with the lightest pepper, violet and cocoa […]

Godelia Viernes Bierzo Mencía 2013 $26 (4.5 stars)

Crafted by Josep Serra and Olga Verde, this hand harvested little mencía (pronounced ‘men-thee-aah) erupts with florals and spice and hedgerow fruits on the nose. Yet on the palate it immediately calms down into a smooth, soft sip with suede-like texture, alongside a hint of salt, mushroom and mineral notes combine with earthy layers to […]

Coopers Creek Select Vineyards Saint John Hawke’s Bay Malbec 2013 $26.60 (5 stars)

Named after Mr St. John York, the original owner of the Bridge Pa vineyard where the fruit was sourced, this malbec went on to scoop the Championship trophy at the Bragato Wine Awards in 2016. Fleshy and full to the brim with aromas of roasting pan juices, dark berryfruit, red apple leather and Christmas pudding […]

Giesen Single Vineyard Selection Clayvin Marlborough Pinot Noir 2013 $56.99 (5 stars)

Fact. Clayvin is the most famous pinot noir vineyard in the country and it’s now lovingly looked after by Marcel Giesen. Perfumed with red rose, fresh-cut tamarillo, red cherry, wild-grown herbs and a hint of pepper, this is sultry elegance personified. The feeling I get tasting this wine is very similar to how I feel […]

Grove Mill Marlborough Gewurztraminer 2013 $18.00

Gewurz-hounds ahoy! If you go gaga for classic lychee-soaked, ginger-kissed, peach-packed gewürztraminer, then this little gem will have you swooning. Especially when you find out it’s almost all gone and we’ve managed to nab a sneaky stash just for us. The perfume is exotic, the fruit sweet and tangy, and it feels mouthwatering and silky […]

Ernesto Catena Animal Natural Vineyards Mendoza Malbec 2013 $43.00

I was seduced by the rich, sweet choco-espresso note on the nose and the lift of dried herb and earthy, succulence in this little bit of magic from Mendoza. It’s deliciously balanced and juicy and I love the layers of liquorice, wild pork and pepper and I also just love love love the label! It […]

Expatrius Advenus Waiheke Sauvignon/Viognier 2013 $39.50

Sauvignon blanc blended with viognier? Get out of the CBD! Yet Luc Desbonnet is a winemaker without boundaries, just a desire to create gorgeous white wine styles. I think he’s onto something with this quirky combo. The juice of both varieties is fermented in a combo of tanks and in new oak barrels to create […]

Unison Gimblett Gravels Syrah 2013 $55.00

Tucked away down a long, olive-lined shingle driveway in the middle of the Gimblett Gravels is a tiny winery where Unison’s owner Philip Horn and winemaker Jenny Dobson toil tirelessly to create some of Hawke’s Bay’s most sought after reds. This syrah hails from “the vintage of the century” according to the locals, and it’s […]

Gibson Bridge Barrique Ferment Marlborough Pinot Gris 2013 $46.99

Howard and Julie Simmonds have made it their mission to turn out tiny amounts of stylish, complex wines with truckloads of character. Only 1800 bottles of this gris were produced and it’s crafted in a dry, toasty style which amps up the interest. Fresh tropical and quince characters on the nose, lead to musky, chai […]

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