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95 points Bob Campbell: "Bright, fresh and concentrated sauvignon blanc with punchy regional and varietal flavours including capsicum, nettle, gooseberry, melon and subtle passionfruit. A deliciously accessible wine that delivers everything I expect from Marlborough Sauvignon … and more." (05/2018) 90 points Wine Spectator: "Vibrant and powerful lemon, freshly grated ginger and Key lime notes are succulent and juicy on a smooth frame. Fresh acidity turns up the volume on the pure fruit flavors. (MW)" (09/2019) Wine Enthusiast: "This wine is heady in ...
Price: $19.99

93 points Sam Kim: "It's fabulously fruited and lifted on the nose showing grapefruit, Granny Smith apple, rockmelon and lemon peel aromas, followed by a succulent palate that's vibrant and lingering. The wine offers terrific fruit purity together with juicy acidity, finishing long and delectable. At its best: now to 2022" (02/2020) 93 points Wine Spectator: " Stylish, generous and intense, featuring lemon curd, apricot and lime sherbet flavors that are vivid and mouthwatering, accented by details of matcha green tea, white pepper and passion fruit. D...
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2019 Matahiwi Estate Sauvignon Blanc Wairarapa
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93 points Bob Campbell: "Intensely-flavoured sauvignon blanc with nectarine, lime, passionfruit flavours. An attractively-textured wine with a hint of sweetness that's nicely balanced by fruity acidity. Deliciously accessible but no rush" (01/2020) 93 points Sam Kim: "Fresh and intensely aromatic, the bouquet shows green rockmelon, passionfruit, kiwifruit and lime peel aromas, leading to a juicy palate that is punchy and very tasty. The wine offers terrific fruit purity and vibrancy, finishing long and delicious. At its best: now to 2021." (07/2019) ...
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94 points James Suckling: "A very complex and quite different style with plenty of reductive, flinty funk and toasted-lime zest, as well as clotted cream and passion fruit. The palate has a rich and fluid feel with plush, smoothly fleshy build and a sweeping, round finish. Drink now." 93 points Bob Campbell: "Fermented in barrel using indigenous yeasts and transferred out of oak before the following harvest, with a further eight months on lees in tank. The lees, struck flint and subtle oak influence sit nicely alongside bright, herbal-dominant sauvignon...
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Winemakers Notes: A classic Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc displaying a vibrant nose with aromas of ripe tropical fruit, herbaceous notes and a lashing of citrus. The palate is lush, generous and textural, with subtle notes of lemon blossom and passionfruit. The finish is refreshing, crisp and dry. 100% Certified Organic Sauvignon Blanc grapes; Alcohol: 13%; Vine age - over 23 years; soils mixed alluvial silt and gravel; wet flowering season with hot summer and long harvest; fruit settled 72 hours before most lots inoculated with specialist Alba Fria yeast;...
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93 points Sam Kim: "Beautifully fruited and fabulously expressed, the wine shows passionfruit, green rockmelon, feijoa and lime peel aromas on the nose, leading to a vibrant palate that is intensely flavoured and lingering. It is up front and punchy with gorgeous varietal purity backed by refreshing acidity, finishing long and delectable. At its best: now to 2022" (09/2019)
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93 points Sam Kim: "Fresh and lively, the intensely aromatic bouquet shows passionfruit, grapefruit, feijoa and lime zest characters, leading to a succulent palate that is pristine and mouth-watering. It is up front and immediately appealing with gorgeous punchy flavours. At its best: now to 2021" (07/2019)
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2019 TWR (Te Whare Ra) Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough
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Familiar to many of you by now, TWR is our longest-running Direct Import partner from NZ. Husband-and-wife team Jason and Anna Flowerday run this small organic vineyard in the heart of Marlborough. Truly one of the most incredible wineries in NZ today. The wines are pure, focused, flavorful, and laced with complex minerality. Our Direct Import relationship means that these wines represent one of the best values in the store, when you appreciate the quality of the wines produced and level of commitment shown. This Sauv Blanc is composed from "home block" ...
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From the producer: "Our vineyards were harvested early to capture optimum flavour ripeness while ensuring that less natural sugar was produced to convert into alcohol in this lower alcohol wine. The fruit from each vineyard was kept separate throughout the winemaking process to ensure integrity of each site and to provide the greatest possible number of blending combinations. The fruit was gently pressed, cold settled, racked and cool fermented with selected yeast strains to enhance the unique aromatics and flavours. After fermentation, the wines remaine...
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95 points Bob Campbell: "Ripe, almost luscious sauvignon blanc with tropical fruit, guava, melon, lime and red capsicum flavours supported by an ethereal texture. A delicious wine, skilfully made from grapes harvested in a very good vintage. " (02/2020) 91 points Wine Enthusiast: "This wine shows oodles of bright citrus, melon, stone fruit, green tea, tomato leaf and white spice characters. The laser-sharp acidity provides a beautiful balance to the slippery, creamy texture, keeping the fruit bright and tangy. " (05/2020)
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Fromm is a small organic and Biodynamic practicing estate in Renwick at the center of Marlborough's Wairau Valley. They have been producing wine since 1992 and strive to make hand-crafted wines that represent unique vineyard expressions. After visiting the property in 2011 we knew that these wines were special. We are delighted that we have developed such a great relationship with winemaker Hätsch Kalberer to offer these wines at fraction of their worth due to a direct winery purchase deal. I hope you enjoy the wines as much as we have. *Organic, Biodyna...
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93 points Sam Kim: "It is beautifully lifted on the nose showing white flesh nectarine, green rockmelon, feijoa and lime zest characters. The palate delivers excellent fruit intensity and purity, together with fine texture and perfectly pitched acidity. It is instantly appealing and offers terrific drinking. At its best: now to 2021." (08/2018) Wine Enthusiast: "This is a ripe fruity wine that leads with heady aromas of candied pineapple, lemon-lime, green pepper and grass. It's clean and crisp with bright if slightly searing acidity and a chalky textu...
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2017 Matt Connell "Lowburn" Chardonnay Central Otago
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95 points Bob Campbell: "Aromatic Chardonnay, with appealing toasted nut, chalky mineral, white peach, citrus and spicy oak flavours. Very elegant and integrated wine. Silken-smooth texture and a lingering finish. A classy wine that should develop well." (09/2018) 94 points Sam Kim: "Beautifully styled and elegantly complex, the engaging bouquet shows nectarine, nougat, lemon peel, vanilla and hazelnut characters, leading to a concentrated palate that is wonderfully weighted and expansive. The wine offers terrific fruit purity together with stylish oak...
Price: $29.99

2018 Spy Valley "Satellite" Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough
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93 points Sam Kim: "It is fabulously fruited and lifted on the nose showing feijoa, kiwifruit, rockmelon and lime peel characters, leading to a succulent palate that is intensely flavoursome. The wine offers terrific fruit purity, finishing long and delectable. At its best: now to 2021." (09/2018) 91 points Bob Campbell: "Light, fresh and punchy sauvignon blanc with pineapple, grapefruit and crunchy green capsicum flavours, together with a hint of passionfruit. Good purity and lively acidity helps drive a lengthy finish" (10/2018) K&L Notes: Praise f...
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93 points James Suckling: "This certainly leads with the fragrance and soft, pillowy, tropical fruit of gewurztraminer. The palate has such smooth, fleshy-fruit presence, really stunning lightness and playful, fresh flavors. A blend of 75% gewurztraminer, 16% pinot gris and 9% riesling. Drink now. Screw cap." (10/2019) 93 points Raymond Chan: "Bright, pale straw-yellow colour with slight green hues, lighter on the rim. The nose is firm and taut but elegantly presented with a core of exotic lime and citrus fruit that speaks of Riesling at present, alon...
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Lisa Perrotti-Brown writes: "Sherwood Estate was started 25 years ago by Dayne and Jill Sherwood. They now have 8 vineyards covering 200 acres - 3 in Marlborough and 5 in Waipara. “Waipara has good mid-palate weight compared to Marlborough with lower cropping in general and the tannins tend to be a bit firmer,” Dayne commented...The wines are naturally fermented using indigenous yeast. The “Heritage” range is made purely with Waipara fruit, with these wines in particular aiming at “being different from your average NZ wine”. These guys are doing a commen...
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95 points Raymond Chan: "Bright, pale straw colour with a little depth, lighter on the edge. The nose is very deep with intense and deep aromas showing good penetration of exotic florals, with rose-petals and soft notes of Turkish Delight, along with refreshing herb nuances and a little mineral essence. The aromatics are tightly bound. Medium in taste and medium-full bodied, the palate has a positive core with plenty of presence, intensity and weight, showing refined exotic rose-petal and exotic florals melded with Turkish Delight and honey with subtle m...
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93 points Sam Kim: "It is impressively fragrant and attractive on the nose showing passionfruit, green rockmelon, kaffir lime and crunchy apple characters, leading to concentrated palate that is lively and zesty. The wine delivers terrific fruit intensity and vibrant acidity, finishing persistent and juicy. At its best: now to 2021." (10/2018) K&L Notes: Tohu Wines describes itself as "He matamua taketake - the original, the first Maori-owned and operated wine label." The Maori are the indigenous people of New Zealand, and Tohu wines are meant to be an...
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92 points James Suckling: "A very fresh, lithe and juicy feel to this sauvignon with bright, juicy green passion fruit and green mangoes taking center stage, amid fresh, stony resolve. Drink now. " (08/2019) K&L Notes: From the winery: "The Te Muna Road Vineyard is located some seven kilometres outside of the Martinborough township. The vineyard consists of two distinct terraces; the higher comprising very old, stony clay-infused soils perfect for Pinot Noir. The lower terrace of younger stony soils interwoven with limestone provides an excellent env...
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95 points Bob Campbell: "Intense, ripe Sauvignon Blanc with tree fruit, nectarine, red capsicum and guava flavours. A rich, gently tangy and deliciously accessible wine that stood out from the crowd in a tasting of 2018 wines. " (05/2018) 92 points James Suckling: "This offers a complex take on fruit-driven Sauvignon style with fresh limes and lemons, as well as peaches on offer and there’s a succulent wrap of smooth-textured fruit to close." (08/2019) 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2018 Sauvignon Blanc is on the tropical end of the sp...
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93 points Bob Campbell: "Rich, ripe and flavoursome sauvignon blanc with melon, lemongrass and a touch of guava. quite a punchy wine with good weight and mouth-feel, a great texture and lengthy finish " (01/2020) 93 points Sam Kim: "Gorgeously fruited and inviting, the bouquet shows green rockmelon, nectarine, lime peel and Gala apple notes, leading to a concentrated palate that’s juicy and lively. It’ pristine and flavoursome with terrific fruit power, finishing long and mouth-watering. At its best: now to 2023." (02/2020) K&L Notes: Founded by Berk...
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94 points James Suckling: "Fresh-beeswax, chamomile and light lemon-blossom aromas with fresh melon. The palate has the same waxy, floral character. Very fresh dried peaches and mangoes flutter away on the finish. From biodynamically grown grapes." (12/2018) 93 points Sam Kim: "Complex and fragrant, the engaging bouquet shows baked apple, mandarin and potpourri characters with subtle savoury nuances. The palate delivers excellent weight and intensity, brilliantly enhanced by succulent fruit flavours and silky texture. It is flavoursome and varietaly cl...
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95 points James Suckling: "Very floral and quite toasty in the nose, this is already very attractive, in spite of its youth. Sleek yet polished with stunning concentration and vibrant acidity driving the very long, tight finish. Drink or hold. Screw cap." (10/2018) 95 points Bob Campbell: "Impressively concentrated chardonnay with tree fruit, white peach, nectarine, hazelnut and a thread of wet stone mineral character. The wine has appealing purity, impeccable balance and a lingering finish." (08/2018) 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Anothe...

97 points Bob Campbell: "Intense, seamless chardonnay with toast, hazelnut, struck flint, mineral, peach and spicy oak flavours. A complex, harmonious wine with an impressively lengthy finish. Can be appreciated now but should develop well with bottle age." (03/2019) 96 points Sam Kim: "This is gloriously complex and opulent; the richly expressed bouquet shows yellow summer peach, brioche, apple custard, hazelnut and spice notes, followed by a sumptuous palate that is superbly weighted and lingering. The wine offers outstanding power and intensity, bac...
Price: $89.99

97 points James Suckling: "The mineral character of this wine is currently so pronounced and the fruit so closed that it’s not easy, also because of the slight funk from reduction, to identify the grape variety. On the palate, this marathon-runner chardonnay is very clean and highly structured with lots of drive, the finish very long and complex. Drink or hold. Screw cap." (10/2018) 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Always the longest lived of the Kumeu River Chards, the 2017 Mate's Vineyard Chardonnay starts off smoky and flinty, marked by zes...
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96 points James Suckling: "Beautiful clarity of aromas in the grapefruit and lime-peel zone. Then abundant stony, flinty, wet rock complexity. Immensely fresh palate, this is full of life and has a very long, seamless run to a dry, flavorsome finish. Drink or hold. *Top 100 New Zealand Wines of 2018*" (10/2018) K&L Notes: #21 on James Suckling's Top 100 Wines of New Zealand 2018. Rippon was the dream of Rolfe and Lois Mills, pioneers of wine in Central Otago. The first commercial vintage was produced in 1988. Winemaker Nick Mills, son of Rolfe and Lois...
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94 points Sam Kim: "Wonderfully fruited and fabulous expressed, the bouquet shows lifted aromas of passionfruit, feijoa, kiwifruit and lime zest characters, leading to a gorgeous palate that is packed with classic sauvignon flavours. The wine is instantly appealing and delivers excellent vibrancy, finishing persistent and delicious. At its best: now to 2021." (09/2018) 90 points Bob Campbell: "Tangy, fresh, focused sauvignon blanc with grapefruit, lime, passionfruit, pineapple and gooseberry flavours. A silken-textured wine with a backbone of moderatel...
Price: $15.99


96 points Sam Kim: "This is gorgeously expressed on the nose showing Gala apple, apricot, lemon peel and floral aromas, followed by a concentrated palate that's bright and refreshing. The wine delivers excellent fruit purity and vibrancy, wonderfully enhanced by subtle sweetness and perfectly pitched acidity, finishing long and delicious. Certified organic. Style: Medium-dry. At its best: now to 2031." (12/2019) 94 points Bob Campbell: "Concentrated, high-energy riesling with lime, citrus, apricot, feijoa and subtle floral flavours. A touch of sweetnes...
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95 points Bob Campbell: "Delicately aromatic Sauvignon Blanc with gooseberry, oyster shell, mineral, lemongrass and ginger flavours. The wine has an appealing texture and impressive purity, with a lengthy finish. A classy Sauvignon with power and panache." (08/2017) 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The barrel-fermented and aged (8 months, in 20% new oak) 2016 Hope Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc features attractive, complex aromas of struck match and pencil shavings layered over white nectarines, melon and fig. It's medium to full-bodied, with a silk...
Price: $21.99

95 points Bob Campbell: "From one of Marlborough's oldest vineyards this dry, but certainly not austere, riesling has punchy lime, citrus blossom and subtle oyster-shell flavours. Quite a concentrated riesling that's delicious now but should develop well in bottle." (11/2019) 95 points Sam Kim: "Offering terrific precision and clarity, the wine shows delicate aromas of fresh apple, lemon peel and lime sorbet on the nose, leading to a brilliantly focused palate that's bright and persistent. It's exquisitely composed and styled with classic structure, en...
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95 points Bob Campbell: "Impressive sauvignon blanc with gooseberry, lime sherbet dab and capsicum plus a subtle passionfruit influence. An ethereal, aromatic wine with impressive purity. Fruit sweetness is balanced by refreshing and fruity acidity" (09/2019) 93 points Wine Spectator: "Vibrant and expressive, with bold Key lime, passion fruit and tangerine flavors that are succulent and show off details of litsea, lemon verbena and makrut lime leaf, accented by a vibrant thread of acidity. (MW)" (02/2020) 91 points James Suckling: "Plenty of tropical...
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96 points Sam Kim: "The bouquet is gorgeous and expressive, showing white flesh stone fruit, rockmelon and nougat characters with a subtle infusion of vanillin/cedary oak. The palate is concentrated and flavoursome, delivering excellent weight and rounded mouthfeel, wonderfully complemented by creamy texture and bright acidity. The wine offers splendid energy and presence with a persistent silky finish. At its best: now to 2025." (08/2017) 95 points Bob Campbell: "Quite a rich, full-flavoured and complex chardonnay with grapefruit, white peach, toasted...
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91 points Bob Campbell: "Light, fresh, tangy chardonnay with ginger, biscuit, grapefruit and a subtle hazelnut flavours. An appealing wine, with lovely purity and an ethereal texture. Offers great value at this price. " (08/2018) 90 points James Suckling: "A generous array of ripe pears and poached peaches with a ripe and forward feel. This has a lot of flavor. Nicely resolved at the finish. Drink now. Screw cap." (10/2018) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Incorporating approximately 20% Hawke's Bay fruit from a recently acquired vineyard, the 2017 Vi...
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91 points James Suckling: "Gently waxy lime-cream aromas here. There’s attractive, saline freshness to the palate with refined and composed, peach, green-mango and lightly creamy notes, too. Drink now. " (08/2019)
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95 points Bob Campbell: "Unirrigated vines planted in Greywacke river stones. It's 10% barrel-fermented. Quite a rich, textural, and concentrated sauvignon blanc with gooseberry, capsicum, oyster-shell and a suggestion of passionfruit supported by lively acidity " (02/2020) 93 points James Suckling: "Attractively fragrant wild-grass and beeswax aromas here. Some honey, too. There’s a swathe of fresh and lively fruit on the palate with a sleek, compact and long, lemon-pastry finish. Drink now."
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95 points Sam Kim: "A splendid rendition of the variety; the intensely aromatic bouquet shows kaffir lime, feijoa, sweet basil and dried herb characters with a touch of almond note. The palate is powerful and dynamic, displaying wonderful mid palate weight and vibrancy, leading to a persistent refined finish. It is pristine yet complex with layers of fine texture and mouth-watering flavours. At its best: now to 2028. " (02/2019) 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2018 Cape Crest Sauvignon Blanc is 90% Sauvignon Blanc, 6% Sémillon and 4% Sauv...
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98 points Decanter: "Rich, quite oaky Chardonnay with lemon curd, mineral, nut and brioche flavours. Elegant and focused with a lengthy finish. An outstanding glass with considerable personality. (Gold Medal, Decanter World of Wine Awards 2017) " 96 points James Suckling: "An impressive wine that is very composed and complex and shows a level of fruit intensity that really only belongs to the best chardonnays from any part of the world. Grapefruit, white peach and chalky, flinty reductive edges. Well-struck winemaking on display. Powerful fruit on the p...
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90 points James Suckling: "This has a plush and plump feel with a bright core of poached cherries and wild raspberries and supple, ripe tannins that rise off the finish." (08/2019)
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91 points Bob Campbell: "Delicately succulent chardonnay with white peach, lime, ginger and subtle spicy oak flavours. Chardonnay made with a light touch. A smooth-textured wine with appealing purity. (BC)" (05/2019) 90 points James Suckling: "This chardonnay has aromas of ripe peaches and fragrant poached pears, as well as melon. The palate is succulent with assertive oak that adds spice to the rich, peachy fruit. " (08/2019) Wine Spectator: "Green apple, lemon and pear flavors are fresh and bright, with accents of fresh fennel, spice and toast, set...
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95 points Bob Campbell: "Made from a mix of grapes grown on terraced and incline-planted hillside plus river silt on the flat. Indigenous fermentation, unfined with no additions, but does contain sulphites. Impressively concentrated chardonnay with struck flint, peach, root ginger, hazelnut and subtle spicy oak. An impressive wine with weight, good length and an ethereal texture." (11/2018) 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Slightly bigger and plusher than the 2014, Bilancia's 2015 Chardonnay also seems more complex. There's a hint of struck ma...
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