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2011 Esk Valley Chardonnay Hawkes Bay
Review Date: 6-16-2014
This is a great deal in a Chardonnay that manages to walk the line of opulence coupled with focus. The 2011 Esk Valley Chardonnay offers aromas of light toast, honey, spiced baked apple with a hint of tropical pineapple fruit. On the palate the wine is rich with a creamy texture that is supported by moderate plus acidity to keep it juicy with good persistence.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart WE 91 BC 0

2012 Quartz Reef Pinot Noir Central Otago (Biodynamic)
Review Date: 6-11-2014
Austrian-born winemaker Rudi Bauer is something of a pioneer in Central Otago, with almost 30 years under his belt making wonderful Pinot Noir and superb sparkling wine in this region. I have to say, the 2012 is one of his best in recent memory and a deal at $30. The bouquet is bright and lifted, offering notes of raspberry, cranberry,cherry, Asian spice, earth, dried tangerine peel and a hint of toffee. On the palate there is terrific balance and focus with a beautiful dance between power and elegance supported by lively acidity. The finish is long, complex and layered that fans out like a peacock's tail.

2013 Grey's Peak (Greystone) Sauvignon Blanc Waipara Valley
Review Date: 5-21-2014
The Grey's Peak Savvy from Waipara shows a different side to this country's famous wines from Marlborough. The nose shows more citrus and a floral powdery note. On the palate the wine is richer and more round yet still has great supporting acidity and texture with a long, refreshing finish. You'll want to spend some time this summer with this baby!
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Grey's Peak (Greystone) Pinot Noir Waipara
Review Date: 5-21-2014
Along with the superb Te Whare Ra wines we're direct importing comes another winning addition. The Grey's Peak (Greystone in New Zealand) Pinot Noir from Waipara has a bouquet that offers dark cherry, plum, earth, clove, dried orange peel, mineral notes and a hint of graham cracker crust. On the palate, there are fine tannins with good tangy acidity that lead to a persistent finish with drive and energy.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart BC 96

2012 Penfolds "Bin 8" Cabernet Sauvignon-Shiraz South Australia
Review Date: 4-22-2014
Besides the great classic blends of Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvedre in Australia, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz is the other as you just don't see alot of Merlot in Oz. One of the great wines that I have lucky to taste was the 1976 Bin 389 Cab-Shiraz about 6 years ago and it was amazingly complex and very much alive. This new Bin 8 in the Penfolds portfolio is an excellent entre to the style of Bin 389 at half the price. The nose shows notes of plum, mullberry, black currant, cedar and a nuanced oak toast. On the palate there are fine tannins with a juicy mouthfeel and very nice length. This is pretty serious wine for the money from one of Australia's greatest producers.

2012 Penfolds "Bin 128" Shiraz Coonawarra South Australia
Review Date: 4-22-2014
This is one seductive Shiraz! The bouquet is dominated by more red fruits with tobacco leaf, cedar, sandlewood, chocolate and a hint of eucalyptus. On the palate, the wine is concentrated with great purity and a multi-layered complex finish that goes on and on. Gorgeous stuff, and another great 2012 from Penfolds.
Price: $28.99 Add To Cart JS 93 BC 0

2012 Penfolds "Bin 138" Old Vine Grenache-Shiraz-Mataro Barossa Valley
Review Date: 4-22-2014
The Bin 138 is a blend of 66% Shiraz, 23% Grenache and 11% Mataro (Mourvedre)that belongs in the hands of anyone whois a fan of these classic Aussie blends or wines from the Southern Rhone Valley. The nose is lifted with blueberry, black raspberry,pepper, leather, roasted grains, damp earth, bittersweet chocolate and a light pencil lead/graphite note. On the palate the wine is polished and refined with fine grained tanninns, good structure and a long persistent finish. A few years in the cellar will only reward or decant for an hour or two in the near term.

2013 Amisfield Sauvignon Blanc Central Otago
Review Date: 4-22-2014
Yes, New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc comes from somewhere other than Marlborough! This crackling savvy from Central Otago has nose that shows grapefruit, fresh cut red bell pepper, lemon/lime blossom and a savoury hint of tomatoe leaf. On the palate there's a creamy texture supported by zesty acidity with a persistent finish.
Price: Hidden View Price BC 93

2012 Te Mata "Elston" Chardonnay Hawkes Bay
Review Date: 4-10-2014
The Elston shows some tropical pineapple notes along with citrus highlights. While barrel fermented with full malo, the wine remains elegant and fresh with the oak serving to frame and not overwhelm the heart of the wine. There is excellent acidity and balance with a long finish.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Te Mata "Awatea" Bordeaux Blend Hawkes Bay
Review Date: 4-10-2014
Here's the "little brother" to the Coleraine and one that you can enjoy on the earlier side. Showing a similar core of fruit with plum, cherry and minerals, it is more medium bodied with a hint of savoury herbs as well. There is still fine grained tannins, but with a softer edge to the structure.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2010 Te Mata "Bullnose" Syrah Hawkes Bay
Review Date: 4-10-2014
Hawkes Bay and the Gimblett Gravels specifically, offer one of the worlds great expressions for Syrah. And, the Bullnose is one of the best. The bouquet is lifted with red and black fruits, a meaty game note, white pepper, cedar and a hint of tobacco. On the palate there is good acidity, a fine structure and great length. I'll be putting some away for sure!
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart BC 97 JS 90

2010 Te Mata "Coleraine" Bordeaux Blend Hawkes Bay
Review Date: 4-10-2014
The is one of the icons of the New Zealand wine industry...and deserves it! A gorgeous blend of 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot and 6% Cabeenet Franc, the Coleraine offers notes of cedar, dark plum, black cherry and minerality. There is seamless balance with fine grained tannins and a long persistent finish. Buy it, put it away for a while and reap the rewards. You'll be glad you did.
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart BC 96 JS 93

2012 Te Whare Ra (TWR) Pinot Noir Marlborough New Zealand
Review Date: 3-10-2014
Another winner from "TWR", the 2012 Pinot offers a bit more mid-palate flesh than the '11 we first had, and I'd say an even more crowd pleasing style. The nose has ripe strawberry, plum, cherry, violets, clove and a light white pepper spice. Their attention to detail in hand-picking and sorting shows in the pure quality of fruit on the palate that is medium bodied with silky tannins, integrated use of oak and a complex long finish.
Price: $26.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2010 Yalumba "Hand-Picked" Shiraz-Viognier Eden Valley South Australia
Review Date: 2-21-2014
This wine is lovely, and will reward time in the cellar or certainly some time in the decanter to reveal its complexity. The nose is lifted with notes of violets, blueberry, blackberry, wintermint and bittersweet chocolate. These components are replicated on the palate with a fine cloak of tannins around the core of fruit that is supported by good acidity and superb balance. Despite its size, the character of Eden Valley is represented here with a grace to match the power.

2011 Torbreck "Juveniles" Grenache-Shiraz-Mourvedre Barossa Valley South Australia
Review Date: 2-21-2014
The Juveniles is a classic Southern Rhone blend made from 62% Grenache, 23% Mataro (Mourvedre) and 15% Shiraz. Unlike its sibling, the Steading, the wine is unoaked and made to express the purity and freshness of the fruit minus the added structure from oak. The bouquet soars with white pepper spice, raspberry, boysenberry, some floral notes and a hint of leather. On the palate the wine is medium-bodied with good acidity and fine supple tannins that lead to a finish with fine persistence.

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