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2010 Te Mata "Coleraine" Bordeaux Blend Hawkes Bay
Review Date: 3-3-2014
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One of the most impressive Bordeaux style reds from anywhere in the world, at any price. This is very serious wine with tons of concentration, power, focus and layers and persistent flavor and texture. Made from the estates top parcels of fruit and raised in the very best cooperage. This wine shows crushed blackcurrant, cassis, mint and sweet tobacco. The subtle oak frames the fruit perfectly with some nice gravelly tones showing through on back. The tannins are fine, silky long-chain tannins but give this wine plenty of structure to age for a decade plus. Any lover of Pauillac or St. Julien should try this wine, it truly deserves a place in the cellar along side those famous Bordeaux bottles.
Drink from 2014 to 2030
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart BC 96 JS 93

2012 Oakridge Local Vineyard Series "Guerin Vineyard" Chardonnay Yarra Valley
Review Date: 2-2-2014
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Beautifully focused Chardonnay with minerality in spades. Winemaker David Bicknell has a very distinctive style of crisp, linear Burgundian type Chardonnay. This wine is all about tension and focus with citrus notes, spices, hints of buttered toast and flint. The wine is a must try for fans of Chablis and less obviously oaky, buttery chardonnay. One of the brightest most zippy Chards we have.

2010 Crystallum "Paradisum" Rhone Blend Paardeberg
Review Date: 2-2-2014
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Forget Châteauneuf-du-Pape this wine is the most exciting Rhone blend I have had in a while and its from South Africa! Sourced from old dry famred bushvines the wine has a wonderfully exuberant nose of violets, spice, leather and ripe blackberry. On the palate the wine is super fine and silky. Ripe tannins and vibrant acidity keep it lively on the palate. Med-full bodied, not heavy, but concentrated and rich. I loved this with Duck Confit the other night but I think it would go with most roasted meats or casserole dishes.
Drink from 2014 to 2020
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Botanica Chenin Blanc Western Cape
Review Date: 2-2-2014
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Remarkable wine from remarkable vineyards. The source for this wine are some of the most rugged and remote vineyards in South Africa. 50+ yr old gnarled, dry farmed vines produce tiny yields of this intensely flavored juice. Winemaker Giny Povall simply lends a very gentle guiding hand crafting it into a wonderfully pure and transparent wine. Firm stone fruits and barley grains form the main flavor profile, the acidity freshens on the back end like squeeze of Kafir lime like zestiness. A crushed granite mineral element adds complexity to an immensely drinkable wine!
Top Value!
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart RP 91 BC 0

2012 Te Whare Ra (TWR) Riesling "D" Marlborough New Zealand
Review Date: 2-2-2014
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TWR is known across NZ for their amazing aromatic wines. This is their "D" bottling meaning "Dry". The wines is so fresh and zesty. Fresh lime, citrus blossom, tangerine. The acidity is racy but not austere. They work very hard to work with the lees contact to give the wine a lovely texture and elegance on the palate. This for me is lovely dry Riesling without being too lean and harsh.
Price: $18.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Te Whare Ra (TWR) Pinot Noir Marlborough New Zealand
Review Date: 2-2-2014
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Wildly aromatic with an alluring combination of pure crushed dark fruit, Asian spice and a wonderfully true Pinot Noir gamey, earthy undercurrent. A lovely polished wine showing the incredible dedication to purity and precision that Jason and Anna employ. A 300 case production of their finest hand selected fruit. An exceptional value in the world of classy Pinot Noir. Without our Direct Import relationship this is $50 wine for sure.
Drink from 2014 to 2024
Price: $26.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Te Whare Ra (TWR) Chardonnay Marlborough New Zealand
Review Date: 2-2-2014
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Great chard from TWR. Lovely balance of richness and restraint. Very exotic aromatics of ripe stone fruits and some floral nuances. The wine was a tiny production in 2012 totaling just 100cs! The flavor concentration from the old Mendoza clone vines really shows and is perfectly framed by the spicy oak and savory lees components. A very complete Chardonnay.
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2010 Te Mata "Bullnose" Syrah Hawkes Bay
Review Date: 2-2-2014
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A spectacularly exotic Syrah from Te Mata. This wine has endless silky dark fruit, Asian spice and a touch of bitter-sweet chocolate. There is just a hint of old school earthy quality here to stop the ripe qualities taking over. A real classic wine that truly deserves it's reputation as one of the most iconic bottles in NZ.
Drink from 2014 to 2025
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart BC 97 JS 90

2010 Denbies Estate "Cubitt Reserve" Surrey, England
Review Date: 2-2-2014
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A rich, creamy texture and lots of toasty richness. A round, soft mouth feel and fine bubbles with but with lots of underlying minerality and fresh acidity. This bottling shows why Denbies Estate is one of the big players in English sparkling wine. They have a great south facing chalky site that allows them to bring big, powerful Pinot Noir based wines to the table like few others in England can achieve. This is a crowd pleaser.
Price: Hidden View Price BC 0

2008 Gusbourne Estate Brut Reserve, Kent, England
Review Date: 2-2-2014
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A savory wine with intense lees character from the extended ageing on the yeast. Toasty, nutty flavors dominate but the wine also has a bright core of crunchy pear and zesty citrus acidity. A wine showing a lovely element of development and elegance from its time in bottle. This is very hard to pick from great Champagne and has beaten many such Champagnes in blind tastings internationally (Bollinger for one on the BBC’s “12 Drinks of Christmas”) I can definitely see why!
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Wiston Estate "South Downs Brut Rosé" West Sussex England
Review Date: 2-2-2014
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Another standout wine from Wiston Estate. This magnificent rose is all about purity and elegance. A fresh nose of rose petals and spice with hints of Strawberry carries through on to the wonderfully soft, fine textured palate with Alpine Strawberries and fresh cream on brioche. A perfect expression of Rose for me. Lovely focus and precision with a softness and elegance that is very hard to achieve. Top notch stuff. 8g/l dosage. If it matters to you, (and sometimes with “Champagne” it does) these guys also got the packaging right, a very stylish and eye catching bottle, enough to land them on the Forbes' list for coolest wine labels of 2013!
Drink from 2014 to 2020
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2010 Wiston Estate "South Downs Cuvée Brut" West Sussex, England
Review Date: 2-2-2014
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A standout in English Sparkling. These guys are very serious about making world-class sparkling wines. An incredible wine with powerful, chalky minerality and very focused, linear intensity. A low 4g/l dosage and high acidity means this is more in the Extra Brut camp for those that like very crisp dry Champagnes. The wine has rich flavor concentration that zips across the palate. I think this is quite reminiscent of Krug with its barrel-fermented qualities showing through adding another layer of textural quality and toasty flavors. A unique expression of English sparkling from perhaps the most focused producer that we came across. If it matters to you, (and sometimes with “Champagne” it does) these guys also got the packaging right, a very stylish and eye catching bottle, enough to land them on the Forbes list for coolest wine labels of 2013!
Drink from 2014 to 2020
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Te Whare Ra (TWR) Syrah Marlborough
Review Date: 12-10-2013
Unbelievably good Syrah. Marlborough is definitely a very marginal place to grow Syrah. Most people wouldn't bother with it as it's way to late ripening for a place as cool as this. However, when you just happen to have some amazing old vines in the heart of Renwick and you are passionate about making interesting wines that speak of terroir, purity and elegance then you might just go the extra mile to make a wine like this!
Price: $26.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2010 Te Whare Ra (TWR) Syrah Marlborough New Zealand
Review Date: 12-10-2013
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Unbelievably good Syrah. Marlborough is definitely a very marginal place to grow Syrah. Most people wouldn't bother with it as it's way to late ripening for a place as cool as this. However, when you just happen to have some amazing old vines in the heart of Renwick and you are passionate about making interesting wines that speak of terroir, purity and elegance then you might just go the extra mile to make a wine like this!
Drink from 2013 to 2020
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Banshee Sonoma County Pinot Noir
Review Date: 12-1-2013
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Another really solid effort from Banshee. A juicy, richer style of Pinot Noir that still has good lift and balance. Dark cherry, vanilla, clove and baking spice. Soft and supple with good mid-palate weight and texture. Seriously crowd friendly Pinot for holiday parties etc. Very good value for Pinot of this quality in the $20ish price point. Easy to drink, easy to love!
Top Value!
Price: $22.99 Add To Cart BC 0

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