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Ryan Woodhouse

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2013 Greywacke Pinot Noir Marlborough
Review Date: 02-08-2016
This is such an exotic, fragrant wine...it demonstrates why I love Pinot Noir so much! There's a symphony of ripe forest fruits, baking spices, agarwood, and star anise. I like how Kevin has managed to keep this wine very bright and aromatic whilst also embracing the richness and textural density that naturally comes from the heavier clay soils of Marlborough's Southern Valleys. This is a beautiful example of what the region can do with Pinot Noir when it's planted in the right spot and crafted with love and passion. Very classy and worth the full attention of any Pinot lover.
Drink from 2016 to 2016

2013 Kalleske "Merchant" Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Barossa Valley
Review Date: 01-17-2016
Big, full throttle Cab from Biodynamic producer Kalleske in Barossa Valley. Packed with ripe dark fruit, scorched earth, oak spice and floral lift. I love the combination of power and brightness in Kalleske's wines. This is front loaded and fruit driven but still has plenty of varietal typicity, tannin and elongating acidity. We have a smoking deal on this wine...grab it while it lasts at this price.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
JH 95

2015 De Wetshof "Limestone Hill - Unoaked" Chardonnay Robertson
Review Date: 01-12-2016
Back again and seriously even better than last years release that blew out of here in a matter of hours. If I'm honest unoaked Chardonnay is often pretty uninspiring to me...I find many to be insipid, lacking in any real flavor or concentration...this wine however is the polar opposite of that. Think rich, textured, full flavored Chardonnay but without the overbearing oakiness that can ruin so many renditions of this varietal. The fruit is from De Wetshof's estate property in Robertson (one of the only places in South Africa to have limestone soil that Chardonnay loves so dearly). Fruit is fermented in stainless tanks, but kept on lees to give texture and body. The aromas and flavors are dominated by yellow stone fruit, nectarine, ripe citrus, golden raspberries and dried apricot. The wine is lush and soft in texture with a nice creamy mouthfeel. The finish is fresh and lifted thanks to the limestone influence. Unbelievable value...this could and should be $20+ dollars...but who's complaining?!
Top Value!
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart
RP 91

2015 MAN Vintners "Free-run Steen" Chenin Blanc
Review Date: 01-12-2016
Such a steal...I can't believe how these folks keep turning out bottles of this quality that we can offer for under $8...?! It has a very bright, aromatic, diverse nose of apricot, quince, orange peel, honeyed grains, even some papaya notes. Exotic, ripe, juicy fruit backed by a more crunchy quince like acidity. More honeyed tones on the palate with lovely expressive fruit but dry on the finish. Very well put together offering more flavor and depth than you could think possible at this price. This is a perfect example of the values South Africa can offer. Party wine - Buy it buy the case, you won't be disappointed.
Top Value!
Price: $7.99 Add To Cart
RP 91

2013 Elephant Hill Pinot Noir Central Otago
Review Date: 01-12-2016
Deep and brooding Pinot Noir. Classically Central Otago with wild thyme, dark berries, stony minerals, whiffs of ground anise and dried orange peel. It's not thick and saturated but has plenty of concentration in a more focused, linear schist inspired form. Although showing well as a young wine I think this will continue to unfold in the coming months and years to be a little more generous int he same way a great bottle of burgundy does. Phenomenal value.
Top Value!
Price: $22.99 Add To Cart
SK 93 BC 91

2010 d'Arenberg "d'Arry's Original" Shiraz Grenache McLaren Vale South Australia
Review Date: 01-11-2016
Wow...here is this wine again, still drinking great and now at a price that is just plain stupid! We sold a bunch of this wine last year and were just offered a serious deal on remaining inventory. At this 50% off price it's a bargain. d'Arenberg is one of the most established and respected estates in Australia dating back over 100 years. They have fantastic, old vineyards in McLaren Vale and Chester Osbourn is one of the most dedicated winemaker's you could meet. The fruit is hand-picked, foot stomped in open concrete fermenters, basket pressed and rested for 18+ months in oak. The nose and palate is packed with ripe purple fruit, flowers, scorched earth, macerated Raspberry, cracked peppercorns and a meaty, ferrous note. Medium-plus bodied with great fruit but also some complex bottle age and earthy nuances. There is so much stuffing in this bottle I can't believe we can offer it at this low price.
Top Value!

2013 Amelia Park Chardonnay Margaret River Western Australia
Review Date: 01-07-2016
I'm just floored by the quality of this Chardonnay for the money. It's a rich, concentrated wine but also quite focused and linear at the same time. Fruit is from two blocks of coastal vines in Wilyabrup (THE premium sub-region of Margaret River) it's fermented with wild yeast and spends 9 months on fine lees in French oak. It doesn't go though Malo which keeps it vibrant and a little crunchier in texture than most Chards. The fruit flavors dance from yellow tree fruit to peach pit, baked pear and toasted barley. The acidity has a little tang to it which give good freshness and a mouth watering finish. Ummmm - there's a lot of wine here for such a modest price.
Top Value!
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart
JH 96

2014 Howard Park Chardonnay Western Australia
Review Date: 01-07-2016
The Howard Park Chardonnay is a powerful wine, stunning concentration and flavor without being overweight or over-oaked. Just incredible fruit purity, energy and long, long persistence. Flavor spectrum is more yellow stone fruit with citrus highlights and some lovely almond, baked bread lees nuances. Top Value in the sub $20 zone thanks to our Direct Import.
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Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
JH 97

2014 Howard Park Sauvignon Blanc Western Australia
Review Date: 01-07-2016
Lush, rich, easy drinking Sauv Blanc. Not grassy or herbal like many, this is more focused on tropical fruits, yellow stone fruit and lychee. Rich, soft, juicy texture...very quaffable. Nice combination of expressive fruit and tangy acidity. Exceptional value...$14.99...what?!
Top Value!
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart
JH 95

2012 Howard Park "Scotsdale Vineyard" Cabernet Sauvignon Great Southern Western Australia
Review Date: 01-07-2016
Unfathomably good Cab for $20! Packed full of varietal character, plum, red currant, tobacco leaf, mint and cedar. The fruit is supple and expressive while tannins stand guard on the finish letting you know that should this one get lost in the cellar for a few years, it wouldn't be a bad thing. Problem is it tastes so good right now. Exceptional value thanks to our Direct Import...and yes that does say 97 points!
Top Value!
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
JH 97 RP 90

2013 Howard Park "Leston Vineyard" Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River Western Australia
Review Date: 01-07-2016
Of the two Howard Park Cabernets that we stock currently this single vineyard "leston" bottling is the slightly blacker fruited, lush, cassis laden one with the "Scottsdale" vineyard showing slightly redder, leafy, tobacco, cedar tones. Both are exceptional wines that we are selling for around 50% of the winery SRP thanks to our direct import deal. Don't miss these killer deals in Cabernet.
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Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
JH 96

2012 Howard Park "Leston Vineyard" Shiraz Margaret River
Review Date: 01-07-2016
Howard Park’s Shiraz is certainly rich and fruit driven but once again retains elements of smoked meat, earth, black pepper and some of those wild, gamey elements that make Shiraz/Syrah so complex as a varietal. Exceptional value thanks to our Direct Import!
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Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
JH 95 SK 95

2007 Alexandre Le Brun "Cuvée Fascination" Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne
Review Date: 01-07-2016
Young Alexandre Le Brun has to be one of the most exciting winemakers in Champagne right now. His wines have wowed staff and customers alike here at K&L. This wine is hand selected from just two individual rows of Grand Cru Chardonnay vines. The fruit is pressed in one single press load and received 8 long years resting on the lees. As with all of Le Brun's wines there is a knife edge balance of power and delicacy. The textures are fine, the clarity and precision of this wine is simply breathtaking. Compared to some big house, advertising driven, "luxury product" Champagnes the quality here is embarrassingly good for the modest price point.
Top Value!
Price: $69.99 Add To Cart

2012 Emile Beyer Sundel Lieu Dit Pinot Noir Alsace
Review Date: 01-07-2016
Benchmark Alsatian Pinot Noir that could easily stand toe to toe with Premier Cru Burgundy. Great fruit density, mid palate texture; dark berries, forest floor with some pretty serious tannin structure on back. I like the composition of this wine...it's nicely expressive but not giving everything away at once, you have to let the layers unfold.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

2013 Karl Joh. Molitor Hattenheimer Hassel Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir) Rheingau
Review Date: 01-07-2016
One of the best values you'll see in Pinot Noir this year...Fresh, floral, soft fruit. Crunchy acidity, pure and easy drinking. Offers real composure for such an inexpensive wine.
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Price: $12.99 Add To Cart

2014 François Chidaine "Les Argiles" Vin De France (Vouvray Sec)
Review Date: 01-07-2016
Really classy wine. While technically not classified as Vouvray...it's vinified outside of the AOC...this has all the hallmarks of Chenin from this revered region. Powerful orchard fruit flavors, a nutty, waxy component; rich texture, almost talcy feel to the acidity. Finishing with toasted grain notes and lots of mineral hues. Layered and complex. serious wine.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart

2014 Elephant Hill Sauvignon Blanc Hawke's Bay
Review Date: 12-22-2015
A very pure and authentic expression of Hawke's Bay Sauvignon Blanc. Not all New Zealand Sauv Blancs are created equal, and this wine is a perfect example of why shoppers should keep their eyes open beyond Marlborough. Hand-picked from Elephant Hill's cool, coastal vineyard block just a few yards from the crashing surf in Te Awanga. The gravely soils and saline atmosphere show themselves in this crisp, dry, refreshing, mineral infused Sauv Blanc. The slightly warmer conditions of Hawke's Bay replace Marlborough's herbal pungency with a slightly riper broader profile, although the acidity is still very fine and racy. A mouthwatering, moreish wine that represents an exceptional value.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart
RC 91 - 92

2014 RM Wines "One Off" Pinot Noir Martinborough
Review Date: 12-18-2015
One of the most expressive, pure, crowd friendly Pinots I have had the pleasure to taste this year. It's an out and out quaffer. Brimming with floral notes, soft, ripe juicy fruit, exotic sweet baking spices, cherry, ripe forest berries, star anise...on and on it goes. The wine is medium plus bodied, the tannins are fine, silky and ripe. The fruit is super accessible and pleasing while some bright, lifted acidity keeps the palate fresh and aromatics lifted. This is seriously good Pinot that is sure to be a huge favorite at K&L, especially at our direct import price...the only problem is that it's a "one off"...when it's gone it's gone.
Top Value!

2010 William Murdoch Estate "The Guardsman" Cabernet Sauvignon Gravels Hawke's Bay
Review Date: 12-16-2015
This exceptional wine from new direct import partner William Murdoch should be laid down along side your finest Bordeaux. Tiny quantities are made, each bottle hand dipped in wax, this wine comes from the best parcels and best barrels of the vintage. It is seriously structured with the power to last 20+ years. In fact right now the wine really benefits from 4-24 hours decanting...I enjoyed the wine over 3 days in NZ and it holds up fantastically. The fruit is very dark and brooding. Cold gravel / rocks, tobacco, leather and charred oak wrap a core of currant and deep plummy fruit. Seriously like the best old school Bordeaux bottles...lovers of Leoville Barton, Calon Segur, Cos d'Estournel etc should take note of this wine...
Drink from 2018 to 2018

2014 Elephant Hill "Reserve" Sauvignon Blanc Hawke's Bay
Review Date: 12-16-2015
One of the best Sauvignon Blancs that I tasted on my last trip to New Zealand. In general I think Elephant Hill is one of the producers to watch in NZ making exciting, precise and pure wines. This Reserve Sauv Blanc was a highlight in an already very strong line up. It tastes like an amplified version of their regular Savvy. There is an obvious relationship between the fruit on both but the Reserve is that much more concentrated, richly textured and complex. Exotic ripe citrus fruits, lovely saline, mineral elements, yellow stone fruit and just the most subtle suggestion of oak (the wine spends time in pretty much neutral French oak Puncheons). Racy and energetic but with broad rich texture and weight. Serious wine, don't miss it.
Drink from 2015 to 2015

2011 Lagar de Costa "Barrica" Albariño Rias Baixas
Review Date: 12-09-2015
Top quality Albarino. Quite savory, lots of mineral, lees, soil quality. Dry and crisp but with ample texture and lovely persistence on the palate.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

2014 Bernabeleva "Camino de Navaherreros" Garnacha Vinos de Madrid
Review Date: 12-09-2015
Another exceptional value from this producer. If you haven't had wines from Bernabeleva, you are seriously missing out. Lovely pure, supple fruit, spiced berries, clove, some stem qualities that really add lift and fragrance. Ripe but vibrant. A very complete wine at a bargain price.
Top Value!
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart

2013 Casa Castillo "El Molar" Garnacha Jumilla Spain
Review Date: 12-09-2015
Rich, juicy fruit, dark chocolate hints, some wild herb characters. Full-bodied and saturated with baking spice coming out with air. A lot of wine for the money.
Price: $15.99 Add To Cart
RP 93

2013 Bernabeleva "Arroyo del Tortolas" Garnacha Vinos de Madrid
Review Date: 12-09-2015
One of the best expressions of Garnacha you can find for any price. Ultimately pure, fragrant, refined. Subtle, focused power. Compact layers that unfold in the glass. Ripe, small berries, graphite, sandalwood, Asian spice, leather, granite. Fantastically complete and balanced.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

2009 Meyney, St-Estèphe
Review Date: 12-08-2015
I really am fond of this property. Classic Left Bank Bordeaux, lots of dark, smokey, gravelly fruit, graphite, cigar box. This is quite a ripe, soft rendition of Meyney but I am sure it will still age beautifully into its twenties.
Top Value!
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart
JS 93 RP 92

2013 Quarter Acre Merlot-Malbec (Bordeaux Blend) Hawke's Bay
Review Date: 12-07-2015
** Update** We just managed to secure some more cases fo this wine at an even lower Direct Import price. This dynamite deal just got even better! This wine is focused, powerful and pure. A great "new world" expression of a classic Right Bank Bordeaux style. Deep red to blue fruits, lifted spice, mint, a dash of cassis and cigar box notes. Great tension between the richness and saturation of fruit with the brightness of the acidity and fine but persistent tannins. Exceptional value for the quality and refinement in the bottle. Sourced from a single, organic, hillside vineyard in the Havelock Hills, Hawke's Bay. Expertly made by award-winning winemaker Rod McDonald. This should be on everyone must try list, the value for money is astounding.
Top Value!

2010 d'Arenberg "Dead Arm" Shiraz McLaren Vale South Australia
Review Date: 12-07-2015
The quintessential Aussie Shiraz. Big, concentrated, dark fruit, powerful, structured, mouth coating texture, scorched earth, old vine intensity. CHester's wines are ones of noble lineage. They are authentic, transparent wines of real character and class. 2010 provided beautiful, moderate growing conditions for the Dead Arm. These low yielding vines were able to produce lovely ripe fruit, but without and major heat spikes or rain events. The wine has both power and delicacy; forward rich fruit and savoury nuances. We have the best pricing on this wine in the entire country when it often sells for $65+. This can be drunk now with a hearty cut of read meat or kept for 15+ years comfortably.
Drink from 2015 to 2015

2012 Penfolds "Bin 138" Old Vine Grenache-Shiraz-Mataro Barossa Valley
Review Date: 12-07-2015
**Update We just got a chance to re-up on this wine at and even better price! Don't miss it!** This wine is just brimming full of briary bramble fruit, exotic spices, some meaty gamey notes and a sweet, supple, juicy element that is hard to capture in words. The wine has a fine balance of purity and density, the extract is perfect giving ample body and richness but never feeling heavy or losing freshness and drive. Bin 138 really shows why this blend has endured across the ages as it pulls elements from each of its individual components. Grenache provides the bright spicy fruit, Shiraz a darker edge, structure and meaty element the Mataro (Mourvedre) adding its unmistakable earthy undertones and savory dimension. A really great wine equally enjoyable for lovers of Aussie GSMs and Châteauneuf-du-Papes alike!
Drink from 2014 to 2014

2014 Boekenhoutskloof "The Wolftrap" Red Western Cape
Review Date: 12-07-2015
One of the most dependable, value reds we have in store. This wine really over delivers for less than $10. Sourced predominantly from vineyards in the Swartland this Rhone(ish) blend is the perfect mid-week wine (or guilt free second bottle).
Top Value!
Price: $8.99 Add To Cart

2014 Felton Road "Cornish Point" Pinot Noir Central Otago (Biodynamic)
Review Date: 12-07-2015
I always find Cornish Point to be the most exotic, soft and supple of the Felton SV wines, and this year is no exception. From a unique vineyard site surrounded on three sides by water that has a moderating effect in temperature spikes leading to long, even ripening. Lovely dark, ripe fruit, lifted Asian spice, a very round, juicy, mouth-coating texture. Excellent Pinot.
Price: $54.99 Add To Cart
DC 96 RP 91

2014 Felton Road "Calvert" Pinot Noir Central Otago (Biodynamic)
Review Date: 12-07-2015
More density and structure than the Cornish, more savory notes, too. Wild thyme, clay, schist mineral. Packed with deep spicy, briary fruit. Exotic wood spice, forest floor notes. Complex, powerful Pinot.
Price: $54.99 Add To Cart
BC 96 RP 91

2014 SoHo "Revolver" Bordeaux Blend Waiheke Island
Review Date: 12-07-2015
This was a highlight for me both while I was on Waiheke Island and at a recent staff tasting. A very vibrant, expressive wine with tons of flavor and character. It's a Bordeaux inspired blend with a good chunk of Cabernet Franc which really lifts the aromatics and gives a lovely exotic nuance to the fruit. Cassis, ripe plum, blackcurrant, sweet tobacco spice, subtle lavender. Ripe, silky tannins, fresh acidity and polished to a shine with lovely, flashy french oak licks. Incredible wine for the money. A new K&L Direct Import and one to watch!
Top Value!

2014 Akitu "A2" Pinot Noir Central Otago (White Label)
Review Date: 12-07-2015
Hands down in my top three wines for best value in the store. Truly classy, powerful, refined Pinot Noir is not easy to find. It is almost impossible to find under $30...but this stunner from Akitu delivers on all fronts. The fruit comes from one of the most exciting vineyard sites in Central Otago; a cold, north-facing slope just outside of Wanaka at the base of Mt. Baker. The vines toil to grow into hard schist soils, and winds off the snow-capped Southern Alps keep yields low and skins thick. This wine is both pure Pinot and a remarkable reflection of its tough terroir. It has inky concentration, purple, floral, lifted dark berry fruits, fresh ground winter spice, brambles, cold stone, winter moss. Complex, layered but expressive and emphatically speaking of its varietal and place. The 2014 is richer and more forward than last years iteration but still has a distinct character and limitless drive. Don't miss this, you seriously won't believe how good it is for the money.
Top Value!

2014 Akitu "A1" Pinot Noir Central Otago (Black Label)
Review Date: 12-07-2015
Akitu's Pinot are some of the very best we have in store at any price...when you add the exceptional price point we can offer these at, thanks to the exchange rate and our direct import relationship...their quality is even more astounding. They both come from one of the most inspiring single vineyard sites in Central Otago and have fantastic, purity and concentration. The "A1" bottling from Akitu is selected from particular blocks of the vineyard that are planted to "Abel Clone"...this is a legendary clone of Pinot Noir that originated in Domaine de la Romanée-Conti's La Tâche vineyard. I find Akitu's "A1" or "Black label" bottle to be a more refined version of the A2 (White Label). The A2 is a bigger, more obviously attractive jewel, but the clarity and cut of the A1 is flawless. Perfectly refined tannins, pure elegance, mineral, tightly wound with a powerful core; the wine has a subtle, but confident presence, longevity is assured. A truly mesmerizing wine.
Top Value!

2013 Framingham "Classic" Riesling Marlborough (Off Dry)
Review Date: 12-07-2015
Much to the annoyance of some of our competitors this K&L exclusive, direct import wine from Framingham won BEST WHITE WINE of Show at the San Francisco International Wine Competition. It also picked up a DOUBLE GOLD (something that is only awarded when every judge unanimously gives the wine a Gold Medal rating). Thankfully here at K&L we have long been fans of Andrew's stunning Framingham Rieslings and managed to load up on some of this beauty. Framingham makes at least half a dozen style of Riesling any given vintage from bone dry to an unctuously sweet 100% botrytis affected TBA. The 2013 Framingham "Classic" Riesling is a slightly off-dry style, inspired by a Mosel Kabinett. It has racy, citrus acidity, lovely mineral tones, zesty palate presence and a mouth watering, moreish finish. There is such great balance and composition to this wine it's almost impossible not to love...it hits every taste bud in the mouth dancing from sweet to sour, saline and mineral. Fantastic wine truly worthy of the huge praise showered upon it from the worlds critics.
Top Value!

2013 Mount Edward Pinot Noir Central Otago
Review Date: 12-07-2015
Another instant classic from Mount Edward. This wine has sold out fast the last few vintages...it's a huge staff and customer favorite here at K&L. Duncan's wines have the special ability to captivate all drinkers, from the most jaded industry wine geek to the most casual, nonchalant imbiber. This is true because the wines are easy to love / drink on every level; they are packed with juicy, pure accessible fruit...they scream Pinot Noir in all its exotic glory...but for those who want to look deeper, beneath all that soft ripe fruit and baking spice there is fine texture, compact, schist inspired structure, lovely soil quality and minerality and fresh, meaningful acidity. We even shaved a few bucks off the SRP this year making this wine an even bigger bargain than ever. If there is one wine that might make you fall in love with NZ Pinot, this just is probably it.
Top Value!

2013 Mount Edward Estate "Morrison Vineyard" Pinot Noir Lowburn Central Otago
Review Date: 12-07-2015
A very fragrant, refined edition of this tiny single vineyard bottling from Mount Edward. This is selected from specific blocks of old vines on the Morrison site that grown in areas with slightly more clays over the schist moraines gravels. The result is a texturally exquisite wine with downy fine tannins, pure, compact layers of refined fruit and long, long persistence on the palate without the need for heavy extraction, oak, or any other distracting winemaking artifact. The pure vinous material from a great site. The only issue is the minuscule production...there isn't much to go around.

2014 SoHo "Carter" Chardonnay Waiheke Island
Review Date: 12-07-2015
Top class Chardonnay. Very Meursault inspired, lots of powerful orchard fruit, yellow peach, stone fruit pit, toasty nutty, marcona almond, lots of yeast / lees character. Rich and weight but dry and focused...no flabby over the top, butter malo here, just concentrated power and great savory lees inspired persistence on the palate. The value is just unreal given the quality...I would run this up against double the price, Premier Cru white Burgundy with confidence.
Top Value!

2014 Felton Road "Bannockburn" Pinot Noir Central Otago (Biodynamic)
Review Date: 12-07-2015
A stalwart year after year. I look forward to tasting Blair, Mike and Gavin's wines each year in June as an indicator of how the season was in the Crowmwell Basin. Classic Felton here again, lovely richness, power, texture, but with vibrant acidity and structure. The 2014s seem quite forward at this stage and are drinking beautifully as young wines.
Price: $44.99 Add To Cart
BC 95

2012 GeorgeTown Pinot Noir Central Otago
Review Date: 12-07-2015
Having driven past this diminutive vineyard countless times exiting the mouth of Gibbston Valley gorge, I finally stopped in and met owner Ian Dee and got to know what this unique little property was all about. The vineyard is quite distinctive: its vines are planted at a very high density (like many in Burgundy) and are trellised very low to the ground. The idea is to restrict the vigour of the vines so they produce less fruit but with a greater concentration of flavor. As with all vineyards planted this way they require huge amounts of hand-tending and working on the knee-high vines is backbreaking work. Only someone looking to produce truly hand-crafted, fine wines would bother with such a labor intensive site, someone like Ian! With many years of experience working in viticulture for some of the best properties in Central Otago, he has now invested wholeheartedly in this special little vineyard. The 2012 GeorgeTown Vineyard Pinot was made just up the road at Mount Edward winery under the expert guidance of Mt. E winemaker Duncan Forsyth. The wine is packed with ripe red fruits, sweetly fragranced herbs, thyme, sandalwood, baking spice. Quite light on it's feet but ripe and full of flavor, this is a beautifully expressive wine that is very versatile with food or on its own. The texture is plush and soft, very nimble on the palate and silky through the finish. Lovely pure, ripe, red fruited Pinot.
Top Value!

2012 Terra Sancta "Mysterious Diggings" Pinot Noir Central Otago
Review Date: 12-07-2015
Direct from the winery pricing on this delicious Pinot. Sourced from a single vineyard high on the hill overlooking the village of Bannockburn in Central Otago. This wine offers so much value for money. Wild forest berries, thyme, lavender, clove, orange peel; bright, vibrant energy on the palate, medium bodied, very pure and polished. Drinks WELL above its price point. Stylish, fresh Pinot.
Price: $15.99 Add To Cart
JS 92 VN 90

2014 Wanaka Road (Mount Edward) Pinot Noir Central Otago
Review Date: 12-07-2015
Wanaka Rd is basically a second label of Mount Edward. It incorporates fruit from their estate vineyards and a few growers across a numerous sub-regions of Central Otago. The quality is off the charts for Pinot Noir of this price point. Just look at the scores for a sub-$20 Pinot...Tuesday night price point...weekend worthy quality! To quote Duncan the winemaker: "This is super smashable Pinot."
Top Value!

2014 TWR (Te Whare Ra) Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough
Review Date: 12-07-2015
(*Update* We are running into the last 50cs of this wine...but don't fear the 2015 is hot on it's heals!) I think TWR's 2014 Savvy might just be their best rendition of this wine I have tasted. It has all the concentration, fruit, purity, texture and complexity that I have come to expect from Jason and Anna's wines, and then just a little extra edge of verve and energy. There is a real dynamic feel to the wine that is quite hard to put into words. I have seen this energy across all of TWR's 2014 whites. The flavors here are "classic" Marlborough (if there is such a thing these days) snappy citrus peel moving to riper juicy citrus and fleshy yellow tree fruits. Subtle tomato leaf, white blossom, and plenty of stoney minerals. Great texture and mouthfeel from the ultra-low yields off Jason and Anna's "5182" home block plus a small percentage that spends time in neutral French oak Demi-muids (600L barrels). There is little wonder why this has become our number one selling NZ Sauvignon Blanc...it's stunning! My "quintessential" Marlborough Sauv Blanc that I proudly recommend to anyone and everyone.
Top Value!
Price: $18.99 Add To Cart
RC 94 DC 93

2015 Lake Chalice "The Nest" Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough
Review Date: 12-07-2015
Classic Marlborough Savvy flavors, fantastic value, dependable quality...Lake Chalice's "The Nest" has become a perennial best seller at K&L and this 2015 release is set to continue the trend.
Top Value!
Price: $10.99 Add To Cart

2014 Crater Rim Pinot Noir North Canterbury
Review Date: 12-02-2015
Tightly packed, focused, pure Pinot. I love the precision of this wine. Ripe small berries, sweet baking spice, raspberry hints, new leather. Very pure texture and polished mouthfeel. Reminds me of Burgundy from somewhere like Fixin or Marsannay. Very focused and linear but opens up beautifully in the glass. Classy Pinot Noir at an exceptional price.
Top Value!
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

2014 Framingham: F-Series "Old Vine" Riesling Marlborough (Dry)
Review Date: 12-02-2015
Complex, thought provoking riesling. Talcy white flowers, wet stones, a waxy lanolin component that I more typically get from Semillon...white peach, mandarin, citrus peel and lees notes. An essentially dry, but rich and broad style. Lots of mouth coating texture, body and weight. The more you taste the more complex characters emerge; awesome wine.
Top Value!
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
BC 95 RC 93 - 94
Limit of 6 per customer

2014 SoHo "McQueen" Pinot Noir Central Otago
Review Date: 12-02-2015
While most of SoHo's operations are based around their estate vineyards on Waiheke Island and in Marlborough...this Central Otago Pinot is not to be missed. SoHo enlisted the expertise of Pinot Noir legend Grant Taylor (Valli Wines) to source, make and blend their Pinot. So basically you are getting Central Otago Pinot, from some of the best vineyard sites in the region, made by one of the most experienced and celebrated winemakers in all of NZ with 40+ years of crafting Pinot Noir under his belt...and all for around half the price of his regular wines thanks to our direct import. The wine is very exotic and aromatic, asian spice,subtle lavender whiffs, ripe berries, sandalwood, clove, star anise, clay, schist minerals and perfectly integrated oak. Quite powerful and rich but finely tuned and precisely poised.
Top Value!

2014 Framingham Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough
Review Date: 12-02-2015
Wow! Super juicy, quaffable Sauv Blanc with lovely texture and layered flavor. A nice interplay between snappy citrus and fresh cut herbs with riper components of passion fruit, kumquat and feijoa. Lovely broad, ripe texture on the palate...just makes you want to keep slurping away. Great Savvy.
Top Value!

2012 Mount Edward Estate "Muirkirk Vineyard" Pinot Noir Bannockburn Central Otago
Review Date: 12-02-2015
*Update*- We managed to get a few more cases of this wine and it is drinking better than ever! (12/2/2015) Another majestic bottling from winemaker Duncan Forsyth at Mount Edward. This tiny vineyard sits in potentially the most highly regarded micro-region of Central Otago - Bannockburn. Here the combination of schist and heavy clay soils with the hillsides mostly northerly aspect produces wines of richness and intensity. This wine has a more opulent expression than the finer more elegant Morrison Vineyard release. The Muirkirk bottle has a mouth filling texture, riper red fruits, wild thyme, a "gamey" or "sauvage" character that so often signifies Bannockburn as the place of origin. The wine still has lovely balance and acidity but just seems more forward to me than the other single vineyard bottling. I have no favorite either way, but I love the exquisite sub-regional delineation captured by Duncan's gentle winemaking. Really special wines.
Drink from 2014 to 2014

2014 Framingham Pinot Noir Marlborough
Review Date: 12-02-2015
Offering so much depth for a $20 Pinot. This wine is sourced from vineyards in Marlborough's Southern Valleys where clay rich soils are perfect for this varietal. The wine has a lovely balance of fruit and savoury nuances. Briary, brambly fruits, with leaf litter, dark spices, earth and a whiff of oak. Very complete Pinot with layers and complexity well beyond its price point thanks to our direct import relationship.
Top Value!

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