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Wednesday Round-up - the 2010 edition
Sue Courtney's tasting notes from the First Glass Fine Wine Wednesday $15 tastings

November 2010
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Sue Courtney's Fine Wine Wednesday tasting notes were recorded for First Glass Wines and Spirits in Takapuna for publication on their website. These notes are archival and may have been deleted from their site by now.
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Special Thursday Tasting - 25 Nov 2010
VC Cardholders' Tasting
Wines were tasted blind.

Villa Maria Private Bin Marlborough Dry Riesling 2010
Bright and tangy with a rich, almost oily texture and scintillating juicy fresh citrus that cuts through any fat and tropical fruit bursting through on the long, dry and very tasty finish. Champion Riesling and Champion 'Open White Wine' – Air NZ Wine Awards 2010.
12.5% alc. Screwcap. $12.99 special.

Jules Taylor Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2010
Exotic tropical fruit and dried cut grass aromas, and packed with classic gooseberry, herb and citrus flavours with a hint of BO and tropical fruit surging through on the lasting finish where hints of stonefruit emerges. Dry in style with a flinty backbone to provide tension and a texture that is seamless. Champion Sauvignon Blanc – Air NZ Wine Awards 2010.
13.5% alc. Screwcap. $19.99 special.

Babich Irongate Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2007
Perfumed with hazelnut and smoky oak scents tinged with grapefruit, the aromas carry through to the toasty palate. A nuts and figs style with hints of nectarine, it's smooth and creamy with a very refined texture and a biscuity, full-boded finish. Very stylish, rounded and long.
14.5% alc. Cork. $30.99.

Millton Riverpoint Vineyard Gisborne Viognier 2009
A fragrant wine, perfumed with lemon oil, hints of apricot and flower musk, it's smooth and oily in texture with lifted flavours of apricot nectar, citrus and spice. A smoky nuance comes through and hints of caramel corn with rose petal on the floral finish and a tangy, clean, almost salty aftertaste that lingers beautifully. Other White and Rose Trophy – Air NZ Wine Awards 2010.
14% alc. Screwcap. $23.99 special.

Mud House The Home Block Vineyard Waipara Pinot Gris 2010
With a bouquet of honeysuckle, citrus and tarragon and delicate flavours of citrus and pear, this bright, lifted wine is slippery in texture with an infusion of tarragon and spice and a warm, clean finish. A very refined wine, just off dry and takes chilling well. Champion Pinot Gris – Air NZ Wine Awards 2010.
14.5% alc. Screwcap. $19.99 special.

Deen De Bortoli Vat 4 Petit Verdot 2008 – New South Wales
Inky black-crimson-red. Smoky cedary oak and Black Forest chocolate scents and flavours that have richness and depth. There's succulent red and black berries, cedar, bacon, spice, vanilla, dried herbs and leather supported by firm supple tannins and the full-bodied finish is tasty and long. Gold NZIWS. 14.5% alc. Screwcap. $15.99 special.

Castano Hecula Monastrell 2008 – Yecla Spain
Deep dark red. Smoky bacon, vanilla, spiced plum and liquorice scents. Spicy oak, red berries – perhaps a hint of strawberry – with blackberries and pepper – this is juicy and succulent with smooth velvety tannins and a creamy finish. Quite modern (new world) in style and delicious to drink.
14% alc. Cork. $20.99.

Mt Hillary McLaren Vale Shiraz 2009
Inky black-purple in colour with a vibrant berry aroma, hints of mint and mocha. Smooth in texture with firm but fine tannins, succulent lifted red fruits, mocha and tobacco, and a long creamy finish peppered with spice. Silver NZIWS.
14% alc. Screwcap. $19.99 special.

Wynns Coonawarra Shiraz 2009
Black-red-coloured with hearty scents of blackberries, vanilla, cedar and spice, this is big, rich and concentrated with fine-grained tannins, smoky cedar, pepper, leather, chocolate, mocha, plum and blackberry and a nice touch of mint on the rich, long finish. Gold NZIWS.
13.5% alc. Screwcap. $14.99 special.

Nugan Estate Manuka Grove Vineyard Durif 2009 – Riverina NSW
Inky black-crimson-purple. Lashings of vanillin oak, cedar, pepper and blackberry scents, this full-bodied, oaky wine has vibrant flavours of succulent, almost raisined fruit with tobacco, leather, liquorice and tar and cakespice brimming through the lasting finish. A delicious, mouthfilling wine – what we call 'a grunter'. Gold NZIWS.
14.5% alc. Screwcap. $29.99 special.

Fine Wine Wednesday Tasting - 24 Nov 2010
Olde Worlde v New World
Wines were tasted blind.

Pegasus Bay Sauvignon Semillon 2008
Light gold in colour with perfumed aromas that hint of grapefruit, orange blossom and musk, there's a nice seam of acidity humming through this classic blend with flavours of apricot, nuts, lemongrass, tropical guava and lemony, leesy characters. Slightly oily in texture with wild yeasts and subtle oak adding complexity, it's classy and stylish with a full-bodied finish.
13.5% alc. Screwcap. $31.99.

Chateau Rieussec 'R' Bordeaux Blanc Sec 2009
From the home of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon blends, this dry-styled wine has citrus blossom aromas and again, acidity hums through the crisp, flinty palate with green apple flavours to the fore. It's slightly oily in texture with a nutty richness coming through and despite being bone dry, a hint of honey too.
12% alc. Cork. $28.99 special.

Wolfberger Grand Cru Hatschbourg Gewurztraminer 2008 – Alsace
Bright lime-tinged gold. Fragrant aromas of rose petals, spice and Turkish Delight and smooth, rich, luscious flavours of spiced apple and pear with botrytis adding a beeswax character and a lemon honey and candied violet finish. A sweet, plump, heady wine with soft acidity and a very long finish. Delicious.
12.5% alc. Cork. $29.99 special.

Clos St William Waipara Pinot Gris 2009
Light gold in colour with a floral bouquet tinged with apple, this has vibrant, juicy, freshly made fruit salad flavours of apple, peach and pear with a touch of honey on the spicy finish that hints of ginger and citrus zest. There's a touch of sweetness, the aftertaste is clean, it takes chilling well and is very drinkable. Very impressive.
13.5% alc. Screwcap. $19.99 special.

Forrest The Doctors' Marlborough Riesling 2010
Tangy and bright with lashings of fresh juicy citrus acidity and tropical fruit this straw-coloured Riesling seems off-dry in style with a mouthwatering long finish that's underpinned by a taut flinty character that brings the fruit sweetness into balance. A quenching, summer days wine and note the alcohol – just what the doctor ordered!
8.5% alc. Screwcap. $19.99 special.

Garofoli Dorato Vino Dulce NV – Marches, Italy
Made from late harvested Muscat grapes that undergo further indoor drying, this sweet wine is deep orange-gold with orange blossom, flannel, honey and beeswax scents that carry through to the palate that's full of orange caramel and toffee flavours. Punchy acidity plays a big part in cutting through the sweetness and the finish is luscious and long.
12% alc. Cork. $24.99. 375ml bottle.

Cent'are Nero D'Avola 2008
Deep black-ruby in colour, this smells like a very ripe, hot climate wine. Chocolate and cherry scents carry through to the spicy, peppery palate, with firm but supple tannins, leather, cake spice and tar. A smooth, full-bodied, tasty, number packed with delicious red and black fruits. Sure to surprise and please.
13% alc. Cork. $18.99 special.

Weeping Sands Waiheke Island Montepulciano 2008
Purple black in colour with an intriguing earthy, savoury, almost gamey scent with smoky sweet oak and concentrated berry fruit. High toned in the palate with supple tannins, lots of juicy purple fruit, liquorice, hints of vanilla, a delicious savouriness and a lasting, concentrated, succulent finish. Excellent. Gold Medal NZIWS.
14% alc. Screwcap. $35.99.

Primi Rioja 2008 – Spain
Black red, very dark in the core. The nose is restrained, perhaps hinting of a little age. Savoury and a little earthy with dark chocolate, vanilla, berries and hints of thyme, fine tannins, a hint of jaffa and harmony to the lingering finish. Made from a blend of Tempranillo, Graciano and Garnacha, in tonight's line-up it seems more medium-bodied in style.
13% alc. Cork. $18.99 special.

Trinity Hills Gimblett Gravels Tempranillo 2008
Rich crimson red with spicy, continental delicatessen dried meat scents, this full-bodied, vibrant red is full of stewed red berry fruits with tamarillo, leather, tobacco and hints of fennel, sage and thyme. Firmly structured with well-balanced underlying acidity and a finish that is spicy, juicy and long. Gold NZIWS. Gold and Trophy - Air NZ Wine Awards 2010.
13.5% alc. Diam. $33.99.

Chateau de la Cour D'Argent 2007 – Bordeaux, France
A bricking dark red hue. Barnyard and leather on the nose and the merest suggestion of milk chocolate. Earthy and savoury to the taste with fine but grippy tannins, brambly fruit, some farmyard things going on, underlying acidity adding brightness and that hint of chocolate on the nose comes through on the finish. Medium to full-bodied in style.
12.5% alc. Cork. $16.99 special.

Craggy Range Te Kahu Gimblett Gravels Merlot Cabernets 2009
Intense black-purple-red. Smoky oak, plums, cedar, dried herbs on the nose are followed by succulent berry and blackcurrant fruit in the smooth, velvety-textured palate with smoky cedar, some meaty nuances and even a hint of tobacco. A vibrant wine in colour, aroma and taste, it's full-bodied in style and quite delicious!
14% alc. Screwcap. $24.99.

Fine Wine Wednesday Tasting - 17 Nov 2010
Gold Medals from the 2010 Air NZ Wine Awards
Wines were tasted blind.

Tussock Nelson Pinot Noir Rose 2010
Pale watermelon pink. A hint of strawberry to the scent. More strawberry and raspberries and juicy, fresh, yellow-fleshed plums come forth in the taste. Just off dry with underlying earthy savouriness, it is light, fresh and frivolous and full of promise of summer. Gold Medal Air NZ.
12.5% alc. Screwcap. $14.99 special.

Satellite Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2010
Punchy, vibrant, fresh and tangy, with grassy aromas and juicy flavours with apple, pineapple, passionfruit with grapefruit-like acidity and an underpinning of edgy summer herbs. The second label of Spy Valley. Gold Medal Air NZ.
13.5% alc. Screwcap. $12.99 special.

Villa Maria Reserve Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2008
A grapefruit aroma characterises this light gold-coloured, sumptuous, satisfying Chardonnay. It’s spicy and malty with stonefruit and caramel and a rich oaky finish. A beautiful drink when served well chilled, as it was on the night, serve in a big glass and enjoy with friends. Gold Medal AirNZ.
14% alc. Screwcap. $31.99 special.

Villa Maria Reserve Barrique Fermented Gisborne Chardonnay 2007
Golden coloured with a lovely, rich, creamy, butterscotch-infused, grilled peach aroma and flavours of stonefruit, fig and nuts with plenty of citrus (possibly accented by the chilling), yet still impeccably balanced with a malty savoury undercurrent and a lasting finish that tingles with oak spice. Gold Medal AirNZ 2010 and the 2009 AirNZ Champion.
14% alc. Screwcap. $31.99 special.

Waimea Nelson Classic Riesling 2009
With honeysuckle, lime and apple-skin aromas, this juicy, mouth-watering Riesling is packed with an array of apple and citrus flavours with a touch of ginger and honey. It's just off dry with the sweetness beautifully balancing the nervy acidity and the finish is fresh and long. Gold Medal AirNZ.
12% alc. Screwcap. $17.99 special.

West Brook Marlborough Gewurztraminer 2009
Intensely aromatic with beguiling scents of sugar-coated violets and exotic spices, this full-on, concentrated gewurz is packed with flavours of Turkish Delight, lychees, rose petals, tangelo and spice. It's luscious in texture, evolves beautifully in the palate, the finish is lasting and it takes chilling well. Gold Medal AirNZ.
13.2% alc. Screwcap. $19.99 special.

Waipara Hills Waipara Pinot Noir 2009
Light Burgundy red in colour and medium-bodied in palate weight, this has an earthy, savoury scent that hints of macerated cherry and spiced plums. It's fine and silky in texture with cherry and raspberry fruits and a tingle of spice on the long, savoury finish. Sam called this an 'elegant style'. Gold Medal AirNZ.
13.5% alc. Screwcap. $16.99 special.

Durvillea Marlborough Pinot Noir 2009
This is smoky and savoury with concentrated cherry fruit on the nose and a spicy brightness to the earthy savoury flavours. It's a medium Burgundy-red colour and with its silky, sultry, satisfying texture and juicy black cherry fruit, it offers value-packed drinking. Gold Medal AirNZ.
14% alc. Screwcap. $20.99 special.

Mondillo Central Otago Pinot Noir 2009
Deep dark red, radiant in appearance. On the nose there's deep smoky oak and red berries and the flavour is packed with concentrated, juicy, red and black cherries, orange peel, smoke and spice. It's smooth and velvety with hints of chocolate on the bright lifted finish – a very ripe Pinot Noir that epitomises Central Otago – it cannot fail to please. Gold Medal Bragato. Gold Medal AirNZ.
14.5% alc. Screwcap. $39.99 special.

Shingleback Haycutters McLaren Vale Shiraz Viognier 2008
Served as a 'standup options wine', this is impenetrable purple-black in colour with chocolate, vanillin oak and spice on the nose and a ripe, creamy palate filled with juicy blueberry and cherry fruit with black pepper, dried herbs, spice and leather. Sumptuous and velvety in texture and quite seductive to drink. Gold Medal NZIWS.
14.5% alc. Screwcap. $16.99 special.

Church Road Cuve Series Hawkes Bay Merlot 2007
This juicy, ripe, full-bodied Merlot has an inky black red colour, it's smoky and a little herbal on the nose and simply oozes with flavours of currants, creamy vanillin oak, plums, chocolate and leather. From the great 2007 vintage, this value-packed wine is a block-buster for the style and simply delicious. If you have a phobia about Merlot, this multi-gold medal winning wine will change your mind. Gold Medal AirNZ 2010.
14% alc. Screwcap. $22.99 special.

Coopers Creek Single Vineyard Hawkes Bay Cabernet Merlot 2007
Shiny purple-black in colour with aromas of currant, cedar and leather, this seems like a young wine, even though already three years old. Still quite grippy and leaving the mouth a little dry, yet it has an aura of succulence about it with juicy red and black currant fruit, plums, dried herbs and a hint of liquorice. It's a very sophisticated and classy wine, but a wine for cellaring – it would be best decanted and enjoyed with food right now. Gold Medal AirNZ.
13% alc. Screwcap. $20.99 special.

Villa Maria Cellar Selection Hawkes Bay Syrah 2008
Purple black coloured, deep and bright. A juicy rendition, yet with some underlying black pepper and truffle-like funk going on, it is concentrated with firm dry tannins, pepper, leather, currants, blackberries, smoky oak and a hint of vanilla emerging on the finish. With no Reserve Syrah made in 2008, this is the top Syrah from Villa Maria this vintage and being predominantly French oak it is more like the Reserves than the Cellar Selection Syrahs of the last couple of years.
13.5% alc. Screwcap. $29.99 special.

Fine Wine Wednesday Tasting - 10 Nov 2010
Mainly Pinot Noir
Wines were tasted blind.

Tohu Marlborough Riesling 2010
Very pale in colour with aromas of apple and pear while apple, citrus and honeysuckle fill the palate. A youthful wine, just off dry in style, with refreshing acidity to balance the juicy fruit sweetness and tropical fruit, with hints of passionfruit lingering on the bright, clean finish.
12.5% alc. Screwcap. $16.99 special.

Lochiel Estate Mangawhai Chardonnay 2009
This lovely rich, ripe, toasty, caramel cream Chardonnay tempts with its butterscotch aroma and really hits the spot with its stonefruit and buttery characters with a rich backbone of nutty savoury oak and roundness to the powerful finish. Gold Medal NZ International Wine Show.
14.5% alc. Screwcap. $24.99.

Trinity Hill Gimblett Gravels Chardonnay 2007
Hints of grapefruit on the nose combine with mealy barrel-fermented scents then in the mouth it's nutty and savoury with nectarine, melon, figs and spice. With lovely fullness and richness to the finish, this dry-styled smooth-textured, golden-coloured Chardonnay really shows its class.
14% alc. Screwcap. $27.99 special.

Kiritea Martinborough Pinot Noir 2009
This light garnet ruby-hued Pinot has smoky savoury aromas tinged with strawberry and cherry that lead into a medium-bodied silky textured savoury palate with woody herbs propping up the backbone and richness of bittersweet fruit. A lovely rush of cake spice lingers on the finish. Gold Medal NZ International Wine Show.
14.2% alc. Screwcap. $19.99 special.

Martinborough Vineyards Te Tera Pinot Noir 2009
Rich garnet ruby in colour, aromas of maraschino and fruitcake with smoky savoury oak and juicy flavours of cherry, spice and a touch of chocolate all supported by a lovely silky-textured savoury backbone and an earthy richness to the finish. Lovely. 5 stars Cuisine.
14% alc. Screwcap. $25.99 special.

Goldridge Estate Hawkes Bay Merlot 2009
Deep black red in colour and brightly perfumed with dark berries, almond, some leather and tar, this seems out of place in a Pinot Noir tasting, so no surprise to find it is a 'standup options' wine. Full-bodied and juicy with smoky oak, velvety tannins, red and black fruit, plums, chocolate and spice, it's total value for money and absolutely ready to go. Gold Medal NZ International Wine Show.
13.5% alc. Screwcap. $9.99 special.

Domain Road Central Otago Pinot Noir 2008
Savoury and spicy with a creamy texture, the flavours are full of chocolate and cherry with a herbal character adding nerve to the juicy sweet finish. Due to the vintage it is not as big as the multi-gold medal winning 2007, neither in colour or jammy fruit flavours, but with its rounded velvety tannins and long smooth finish, it sure does please. 5 stars Cuisine.
14% alc. Screwcap. $33.99 special.

Soho McQueen Couture Central Otago Pinot Noir 2008
Dark in colour with a funky, almost floral, perfume tinged with savoury oak and black cherries, and spicy and tangy to the taste with underlying acidity adding brightness to the red fruit and savoury flavours. While it seems a little 'old fashioned', it's silky and smooth in texture with an underpinning of earth and leather and vinous sweetness to the savoury finish. 5 stars Cuisine.
14% alc. Screwcap. $42.99.

Desert Heart McKenzie's Run Central Otago Pinot Noir 2008
A saturated deep Burgundy red colour introduces this plush, lush pinot with plentiful red and black fruit, earth and spice, velvety tannins and great depth of savouriness to the flavour with underlying acidity adding the brightness to the finish. It's one of the 'big wines' of the 2008 vintage in the mould of the 2007s. 5 stars Cuisine.
14% alc. Screwcap. $49.99.

Akarua Central Otago Pinot Noir 2008
Youthful ruby in hue with richness and intensity. Fragrantly aromatic with chocolate, nutty oak, mushrooms and spice. A young wine with a little bit of grip, but seductive never-the-less. Dark and rich with juicy plum and black cherry fruit merging into the earthy savoury backbone. The essence of New World pinot. Very good, very delicious. 5 stars Cuisine.
14% alc. Screwcap. $37.99.

Soho McQueen Central Otago Pinot Noir 2008
Deep in colour and perfumed with sweet mushroom and herb with some dark fruit notes adding to it aromatic appeal, the juicy sweetness of mostly red and some black fruit simply brims through the palate with a slightly stalky herbal backbone, hints of chocolate and leather. A nice bit of grip and underlying acidity hints of its potential to evolve and the savoury aftertaste lingers deliciously for ages. Made by Grant Taylor. 5 stars and No. 1 in Cuisine.
13.5% alc. Screwcap. $35.99.

Lamont Bendigo Central Otago Pinot Noir 2007
Deep Burgundy red in colour, this is chocolatey scented with hints of violets and an earthy infusion. Velvety-textured with layers of flavour of juicy red fruit, fruitcake spice, an underpinning of wild thyme and a lovely savouriness kicking through on the finish, this is from the 2007 vintage – and it's still available. Gold Medal NZ International Wine Show.
13.5% alc. Screwcap. $35.99.

Fine Wine Wednesday Tasting - 3 Nov 2010
First Glass Signature Tasting
Wines were tasted blind.

Mission Estate Vineyard Selection Middle Road Chardonnay 2009 – Hawkes Bay
Clear, bright, citrine-coloured with a cream caramel and biscuity oak scent and a smooth, creamy texture. There's a savoury nuance with a spicy citrus zest tingle, a touch of salinity, grilled stonefruit and butterscotch on the powerful finish. Delivers quality way above its value.
13.5% alc. Screwcap. $13.99 special.

Pleasant Valley Yelas Chardonnay 2008 – Marlborough
A much richer, fatter wine that's more golden in colour and super smooth in texture with a smoky oak scent and a distinctive salty, spicy, zesty tang to the flavour with lashings of nectarine, melon and passionfruit, creamy oak, hints of butterscotch and a powerful savoury finish. Gold Medal NZ International Wine Show.
13.5% alc. Screwcap. $16.99 special.

Vavasour Awatere Chardonnay 2009 – Marlborough
Golden in colour, custard and biscuit on the nose and fruit forward in the palate with smoky oak and lovely savoury characters. A polished, rounded wine with a sweet citrus infusion and toffee/caramel notes coming through on the finish. Smooth, long and powerful.
14.5% alc. Screwcap. $19.99 special.

Waimea Nelson Chardonnay 2009
Bright citrine with appealing scents of perfumed oak, melon, tropical fruit and caramel that follow through the smooth, rounded palate that's full of toasty oak with spicy zest and a long creamy, butterscotch finish. This gets better and better every time we taste it and it can be well chilled too. Gold Medal NZ International Wine Show.
14.5% alc. Screwcap. $17.99 special.

Westbrook Barrique Fermented Chardonnay 2009 – Marlborough/Waimauku
Light gold-coloured with butterscotch aromas and flavours of spicy savoury oak, creme caramel and toast. A 'simply delicious' Chardonnay that's smooth and seamless with concentrated stonefruit and tropical fruit on the lasting finish. A 'must by' for those that loved the stunning, triple Trophy-winning 2007. Five stars Cuisine. Gold Medal Liquorland Top 100 Wine Show.
13.5% alc. Screwcap. $18.99 special.

Seifried Barrique Fermented Chardonnay Nelson 2009
A big savoury wine brimming with lemon and grapefruit, classy French oak and lovely baked bread complexities. Savoury and malty with citrus and stonefruit, this is developing beautifully and will become more and more toasty with a little more time. There are shades of the stunning 2006 in this wine.
14% alc. Screwcap. $22.99 special.

Mission Reserve Hawkes Bay Syrah 2009
Vivid crimson/purple black-red. Perfumed with creamy oak, pepper, florals and concentrated red and black fruits, this is a savoury, meaty wine with fine tannins, sweet creamy oak, dried herbs, pepper, violets and rose spice coming through and a juicy, fruit-filled finish with hints of chocolate and Christmas cake spices. Gold Medal NZ International Wine Show.
14% alc. Screwcap. $19.99 special.

Saltram Mamre Brook Shiraz Barossa Valley 2008
Even more intense in colour, as if that could be possible, this sumptuous Shiraz tempts with concentrated vanillin oak and blackberry scents that follow through to the palate that's crammed with ripe red and black fruit, peppery spices, hints of mint and chocolate. With smoky, savoury characters and firm velvety tannins to balance the succulence, this straight up and down ultra-juicy Barossa Shiraz is simply delicious.
15% alc. Screwcap. $17.99 special.

Wolf Blass Presidents Selection Shiraz 2008 – South Australia
Purple black in colour with a fine textured appearance, this tempts with scents of chocolate wheaten biscuits and spicy, savoury flavours with an underpinning of concentrated fruit, velvety tannins, plum and blackcurrant fruit with chocolate raisins and vanilla coming through on the succulent finish. A brooding wine with a great deal of finesse and though it doesn't seem too sweet, it does seem far too easy to drink. Gold medal NZ International Wine Show.
14.5% alc. Screwcap. $19.99 special.

Cat Amongst The Pigeons Nine Lives Shiraz 2008 – Barossa Valley
This shiny purple-black-coloured wine has a lovely deep, brooding, savoury aroma with sweet oak, plums and spice pushing through – hints of chocolate too. Pepper, leather, cracked berry fruit and chocolate raisins fill the palate with fine tannins, a warm finish and savouriness to balance the succulence.
14.9% alc. Screwcap. $18.99 special.

Henry’s Drive Pillar Box Reserve Shiraz 2008 – Padthaway
There’s a heap of chocolate in this deep-coloured wine – chocolate and spice and juicy red fruits with an underpinning of dried minty herbs, even a hint of liquorice and a nuance of that Padthaway salty tang. A rich, meaty wine with silky tannins and a toasty richness to the peppery finish, with an overall succulence that is sure to please. Gold Medal NZ International Wine Show.
15% alc. Screwcap. $19.99 special.

Grant Burge Filsell Old Vine Shiraz 2008 – Barossa Valley
Impenetrable purple black in colour with a tantalising aroma of chocolate, cherry, smoky vanillin oak and pepper and rich, concentrated flavours with loads of pepper, dried herbs, succulent cherry and blackberry fruit, vanilla, chicory and tobacco. Tannins are powerful and meaty, yet the texture is fine. A standout wine that would like some time in the cellar or some time in the decanter for drinking right now. Gold Medal NZ International Wine Show, Cuisine Magazine Top 10.
14.5% alc. Screwcap. $39.99 special.

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