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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.

2010 Wiston Estate "South Downs Cuvée Brut" West Sussex, England
Review Date: 2-21-2014
The Wiston "South Downs Cuvee" compared to the Gusbourne shows a more linear chiseled feel with a bouquet that offers mineral, Fuji/green apple, light toast and lemony yeasty notes. On the palate, the wine is fresh, bright and crisp with fine acidity supporting the long, persistent, zesty finish. This would reward some cellar time as well. If Jim Barr can give a wine wags of his dogs tail for a rating, I'm giving this Five Queen's wave of the hand!
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2008 Gusbourne Estate Brut Reserve, Kent, England
Review Date: 2-19-2014
The Gusbourne has a detailed fine bead and a nose that shows a nutty almond and yeasty note along with hints of honey, poached pear, brioche and dried tangerine peel. On the palate there is a lovely texture and richness from spending 3 1/2 years on the lees, that all comes together with excellent balance and length.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2010 d'Arenberg "High Trellis" Cabernet Sauvignon McLaren Vale South Australia
Review Date: 12-9-2013
The High Trellis vineyard was planted in the late 1890's and received its nickname due to the fact that it was the first vineyard at d'Arenberg to be trained above the knee! The bouquet soars with violets, black cherry,currants, dark plum and cedar. On the palate, there is the typical d'Arenberg fine tannin structure that is still ripe and somewhat supple. Notes of earth, mineral, and licorice emerge with fine supporting acidity good length. Drinkable now, but would reward some cellar time and last 10 years as well. This is pretty serious Cabernet for $15 and a super value.

2011 Fromm "La Strada" Pinot Noir Marlborough
Review Date: 11-13-2013
The 2010 “La Strada” Pinot Noir which scored 94-95 points from James Suckling, was a runaway success earlier this year with nearly 3,000 bottles sold. The 2011 though not yet rated, is a more than worthy follow up from this certified organic winery that is one of the top producers in Marlborough if not all New Zealand. The wine has a bouquet that is bright and lifted with raspberry, cherry, white pepper, clove, dried tangerine peel, and a subtle use of integrated oak. On the palate, ripe plum notes are added to the great purity of fruit which is supported by good acidity and a fine grained tannin structure that leads to a long persistent finish. While very drinkable now, you can put some away and be quite happy that you did for a modest price.
Price: $21.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2010 Dalwhinnie "Moonambel" Cabernet Sauvignon Pyrenees Victoria
Review Date: 8-7-2013
The Moonambel Cabernet has a nose that offers black cuurant, dark cherry, earth, mineral and a hint of eucalyptus and tobacco leaf. The plate has great acidity with an integrated cloak of fine ripe tannins that are in perfect harmony with a long pesistent finish.

2011 Oakridge Local Vineyard Series "Denton Vineyard" Chardonnay Yarra Valley
Review Date: 7-31-2013
The "Denton" falls a little more in the Chassagne style with a bouquet of lemon blossom, apple, nectarine and peach. On the palate there is a bit more mid-palate weight and richness than the "Barkala" along with some light cinnamon spice leading to a long finish. Like all the Oakridge wines, there is great purity, precision and balance.
Price: $22.99 Add To Cart JH 95 BC 0

2011 Oakridge Local Vineyard Series "Barkala Ridge Vineyard" Chardonnay, Yarra Valley
Review Date: 7-31-2013
If you like Chablis, then this wine is for you. The nose shows flint and matchstick along with a crushed rock minerality complimented by green apple and lemon/lime citrus with a slight nutty accent. On the palate it has great tension and drive with fine balancing acidity and a long persistent finish.

2009 Pyramid Valley Vineyards "Cowley" Pinot Noir Marlborough
Review Date: 5-8-2013
The Cowley Pinot from PVV "sings" with black cherry, raspberry, clove, cedar, sandlewood, dried orange peel, earth, forest floor and a light meaty note.On the palate the wine is deftly balanced with ripe fine tannins and a fine length. If you haven't had the Pinot Noirs from Pyramid Valley Vineyards, this is a great introduction to their style.

2012 Te Whare Ra (TWR) Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough New Zealand
Review Date: 4-24-2013
The wines from Te Whare Ra have have really struck a chord with our staff and customers alike and we are pleased to present the new vintage of Sauvignon Blanc from Anna and Jason Flowerday.The fruit for this wine came mainly fron the sub-region of Awatere Valley with warmer days and cooler nights and known for a more restrained style. The 2012 vintage was problematic in terms of yield(many down 30%-50%)but have created some exceptional wines. The nose shows grapefruit, passion fruit,kumquat, a light red bell pepper note and tomatoe leaf. On the palate, the intensity and concentration of the vintage comes through with great mid-palate mouthfeel and complixity that lead to a long refreshing finish.
Price: $18.99 Add To Cart DC 91 BC 0

2010 Pyramid Valley Vineyards "Angel Flower" Pinot Noir North Canterbury New Zealand
Review Date: 3-26-2013
The Angel Flower is an even smaller production from the PVV home blocks with 180 cases made and cropped at 1.1 tons to the acre. Compared to the Earth Smoke, the wine is more lacy and ethereal. The nose shows some damp earth, lavender, thyme, plum, raspberry and spice. On the palate with time, the wine becomes more and more complex and layered in the mid-palate and in its finish. Lovely.

2010 Pyramid Valley Vineyards "Earth Smoke" Pinot Noir North Canterbury New Zealand
Review Date: 3-26-2013
Only 250 cases were made of this wine from the PVV home blocks and cropped at an incredible 1.4 ton to the acre.The bouquet offers black raspberry, dark plum, light Earl Grey tea, dried orange peel and in general, a darker edge to the fruit along with more earth tones than its sibling, the Angel Flower. On the palate the wine is concentrated with energy and drive with good texture that is balanced with a fine persistent finish. 13.2ABV.

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