This is a serious wine with aromatics of dark plum, cherry, spice and earthy undertones. The palate is generous and rich and does not disappoint with these characters shining through, coupled with dark berries. A long tannin structure integrated with new and older French oak make this wine one that will age very well.
German Pinot, fun, fruity , tastes like Pinot ! for not much money ! Pale cherry red colour. There’s an attractive herby, savoury, minerally character to the nose which shows some lightly aromatic red cherry fruit.
Tempranillo blanco is a white Spanish wine grape variety that is grown in the Rioja region. It is a relatively `new` grape variety as it is a natural mutation of the red Tempranillo variety that is grown throughout Spain. The wine has fruity aromas with green apple, citrus and floral characters.
Meet the Ecologist acknowledges the role played by all those vine-hugging, dungaree-wearing, sandal-shod, great-unwashed stereotypes making biological wines. You know the type – the ones with long, unkept beards (and that’s just the women) who can be found in their vines smoking their cover-crop.
Brilliant value French Pinot Noir that runs rings around most Burgundy costing 2/3 times as much. From the obscure Auvergne region in central France offering great purity of fruit and freshness. Brought to our attention by the Liberator/Cape Crusader himself Richard Kelley MW.
Domaine Gayda`s Viognier really captures the spirit of the Languedoc. Bursting with vibrant floral aromas and stone fruit characters. The wine has crisp acidity and notes of peach and nectarine on the palate with a touch of honey on the finish. A great value Viognier.
The nose is fresh and pronounced with excellent fruit concentration. On the palate, it is clean and well balanced, with a core of strawberry fruit combined with subtle vanilla flavours from American oak. The finish is juicy and long.
Fabiano have produced a charming and well structured red wine obtained from partially dried grapes in Verona. The wine has delicate aromas of ripe cherries and sweet spices. The palate is rich, with intense cherries and berry fruit, good length and soft tannins. Amazing value!
Newton Johnson Felicité chardonnay has steely aromas of fresh lime and the soft, fruity nuance of peach blossoms. Sumptuous texture in the mouth, integrating bracing acidity in to a refreshing finish. Fabulous value for a delicious wine.
BEST SELLER An intense, perfumed Rioja Crianza from the excellent Azabache estate. The wine shows notes of toast, spice and balsamic from the oak influence. The palate is very complex with a finish that goes on and on!
Danie de Wet pioneered this noble cultivar in South Africa and this is a fresh and expressive, unwooded version, matured on its lees to produce a vibrant, lemony dry wine with a yeasty and delicate nutty finish. With typical attention to detail, Danie`s wife Lesca has designed classic packaging for this distinctive wine.
This deeply coloured barrel aged Languedoc blend is perfumed with dark cherries, black pepper and vanilla spice. Hints of wild herbs and minerals add to a rich palate of dense dark fruits and subtle oak. It is medium bodied yet well structured with a good backbone of fine tannins and restrained acidity providing an excellent, long finish.
Beautifully presented in its own gift tin a lovely little dessert wine from Chile. Made from 100% Botrytis (or noble rot) affected grapes. Light golden in colour this complex wine reveals a seductive nose of apricot, crème brulee, walnut and toasted almond.
An intense claret coloured Malbec from Argentina with a complex nose with a combination of red fruits such as cherries and a hint of violets. Smooth mouth feel, this is a fresh and fruit wine that carries vanilla and caramel notes from ageing in small oak barrels. A well defined structure and drinking beautifully now.
Spanish variety that actually works really well in NZ. Gorgeous little citrus flowers link arms with melon and peach to dance in the sunshine, always maintaining an air of class. Meanwhile lime lingers in the shadows vying for attention. Imbibe on its own or devour along with a Thai chicken salad
Made reductively in order to maximize the fruit personality of the vintage. An intense nose of peaches, apricots and mineral citrus fruit. The palate is mouth-watering with minerality flinty notes on the finish.
Picpoul de Pinet Les Girelles from Jean Luc Colombo is a bone dry and fashionable great value wine. Perfect as an aperitif or with any sea foods. Overlooking the Etang de Thau, near Sete, on the sunny Mediterranean. This salt Lagoon is home to France’s best oyster beds, which is the traditional partner or this wine. Á votre santé!
This lovely Biodynamic Merlot from the Odfjell team is deep red in colour with hints of violet. The nose is concentrated and deep, with aromas of cherries, figs, violets and white fruit aromas such as apricots and pears. The palate is long, complex and juicy with soft tannins. These wines are easy drinking and fantastic value !
This Carmenere from the Odfjell team has a medley of aromas from blackberry and dark chocolate, to more savoury, meaty notes. The palate displays ripe dark fruits, but also coffee and liquorice. The ripe present tannins offer a solid structure and the layers of complexity keep your attention. The finish is both elegant and enduring.
This Syrah from the Odfjell team has super ripe fruit that manages to combine great depth and richness, with clear and precise underlying acidity. The influence of oak underpins that dark blackcurrant and blackberry fruit and sweet spice. Rich and powerful but still softly textured, this wine is another triumph for Chile. Terrific value !
This organic wine from the Odfjell team is a bight Ruby-red in colour. Red-fruit aromas recall strawberries and plums, along with notes of licorice and anise. All this comes through on the palate with perfectly balanced ripe tannins and a long, refreshing finish.
A charming Organic Sauvignon Blanc from the team at Odfjell wines in Chile. The wine has an intense fresh and slightly mineral nose, with notes of grapefruit and citrus flowers. The palate is well rounded, balanced, and fresh with intense and persistent acidity. Quaffable on its own and an excellent match for shellfish.
Great Value new wave Chilean Pinot which is quite a profound experience for the money. It`s made from a selection of young vines mainly sourced from hillside blocks planted on a mixture of red clay and decomposed granite. The wine was aged for a total of 9 months in second use French oak barrels before being bottled with minimal filtration.
A new discovery from a tiny, single hectare of Chenin blanc vines in the Coteaux du Vendômois, whose vineyards lie on the both banks of the Loir, a tributary of the River Loire. Bright stone-fruit flavour and appetising freshness.
The Vineyards of the Vendomois are located on both sides of the Loire. Pineau d` Aunis is a grape variety with a very specific flavour profile. Notably White pepper. It is only permitted variety for use in the making of Rose wines.