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Wednesday Round-up - the 2013 edition
Sue Courtney's tasting notes from the First Glass Fine Wine Wednesday $15 tastings

October
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Fine Wine Wednesday Tasting – 30 Oct 2013
Wines with Attitude and Age
All but the last wine were tasted blind

Morton Estate IQ3 Methode Traditionelle NV
This has an enticing baking bread aroma with a hint of malt and lemon and it's complex and savoury in the palate where the bubbles are lively and refreshing. Age becomes this lovely methode that is made from predominantly Chardonnay with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier and aged on lees for at least three years – it radiates elegance and finesse.
12% alc. Screwcap. $19.99 special.

Pegasus Bay Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2010
This golden hued wine smells pungent, smoky and funky with a nuance of sewing machine oil. Wild yeast ferment characters are pronounced in the mellow, full-bodied palate. It's smoky with fleshy peach, citrus and honey and despite being Semillon dominant there is a distinctive aged Sauvignon 'canned pea' character, and the finish is crisp, savoury and dry. A fascinating wine.
13.5% alc. Screwcap. $31.99.

Penfolds Bin 08A Adelaide Hills Chardonnay 2008
Youthful light gold colour with delectable citrus and creamy barrel ferment flavours wafting from the glass and filling the palate. It still seems youthful and fresh with noticeably flinty, smoky, savoury characters adding excitement and complexity. It's the kind of wine that you will open in another 10 years and just go gaga over. A great investment.
13% alc. Screwcap. $90.99.

Waitaki Braids Waitaki Valley Pinot Noir 2008
It has a translucent and slightly bricking cherry juice hue and the bouquet is like aged strawberry jam. It's savoury and gamey with berry fruit sweetness and although the texture is fine and silky, there's a little feeling of grip to the finish. A complex food wine at this stage of its life – mushrooms are coming to mind.
13.5% alc. Screwcap. $54.99.

Castillon de Luzon Crianza 2009 – Spain
It's an inviting black red colour and it's plump and fleshy both on the nose and in the palate. Ripe, juicy and seemingly youthful with underlying savoury, gamey, leathery notes, nugget and tar and a flourish of red fruit and spice. An interesting blend of 50% Monastrell, 20% Cabernet, 20% Tempranillo and 10% Merlot.
14.5% alc. Cork. $14.99 special.

Johnny Q Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 – South Australia
Inky red black with a crimson glow. Lovely concentration of red fruit and fruit cake spices on the nose, and deliciously juicy and succulent in the palate with red and black fruit, a touch of leather, fine tannins and a velvet cream finish. Gold NZIWS 2011. Value drinking at the special price.
14.5% alc. Screwcap. $14.99 special.

d'Arenberg The Custodian McLaren Vale Grenache 2009
Dark red with just a hint of bricking. Fragrant and inviting on the nose and very ripe to the taste but beautifully savoury too. Full bodied and smooth with vanillin oak, red fruits, a judicious touch of spice and a subtle suggestion of chocolate on the finish, just so harmonious and silky in its flow.
14.5% alc. Screwcap. $24.99 special.

Hollick Wrattonbully Shiraz 2006
Inky black red with a succulent vanillin oak and juicy red berry scent, and fleshy and full in the palate with a sumptuous depth of flavour. Primary fruit has all but disappeared but it's the vinosity and lovely spice characters that make it a star. A wine from an outstanding year, very striking now but will continue to evolve in the cellar for quite a few years.
14.5% alc. Cork. $18.99 special.

Schild Estate Barossa Shiraz 2009
Dark red with bricking edges. Chocolate on the nose and oodles of vibrant spicy characters in the palate. Smooth with a silken chocolate texture and juicy dark berry fruit flavours, then a harmonious savoury note to the finish. Almost irresistible and ready to drink right now.
14.5% alc. Screwcap. $19.99 special.

Yalumba The Signature Barossa Cabernet Shiraz 2008
Vibrant dark black with a youthful glow, the seductive vanillin oak scent is just so inviting and the vibrancy continues through to the juicy, succulent palate. The texture is silky and seamless and there is a lovely savoury depth to the opulent fruit and spice flavours. Mouthfilling and satisfying with a finish that goes on and on, it's classy and drinking beautifully now.
13.5% alc. Cork. $42.99 special.

Williams & Humbert Selection 12-Year-Old PX Sherry – Spain
Dark toffee coloured with translucent yellow-green edges. Chocolate-coated muscatels on the nose and smooth, thick, syrup-like, liquid orange toffee, bitter caramel and molasses with a spicy, zesty flourish. So smooth and viscous, it coats the mouth with its opulence. After dinner decadence or ice cream pour-over. great value beacuse a little goes a very long way and after being opened, simply reork and it will last for months.
18% alc. Cork. $49.99 special. 750-ml bottle.

Fine Wine Wednesday Tasting – 23 Oct 2013
Simply Delicious
All but the last wine were tasted blind

Kumeu River Village Chardonnay 2012
This is a gorgeous start to a delicious wines evening and it's served chilled just as it would be at home. It's smooth and creamy with a tantalising peachy aroma and warm, rounded mealy flavours with juicy ripe stonefruit, a zesty undercurrent and a toasty oak finish – it fits the brief beautifully.
13.5% alc. Screwcap. $14.99 special.

Crossroads Winemakers Collection Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2012
This is a completely different style. There's subtle hint of grapefruit to the smoky French oak bouquet and it tastes sophisticated and creamy with a strong mealy influence, and stonefruit and citrus in harmony. It's still young and svelte and will continue to develop beautifully. Gold NZIWS.
13.5% alc. Screwcap. $36.99.

Seifried Barrique Fermented Nelson Chardonnay 2011
It's golden in colour and the bouquet is mellow, smoky and toasty. Malo imparts a smooth buttery character and there's a malty richness underpinned by a bright citrus seam with fleshy grilled peach and a bold toasty oak finish that lasts for minutes. Light chilling only recommended.
14% alc. Screwcap. $22.99 special.

Jules Taylor Marlborough Pinot Gris 2013
Straw gold coloured with a bouquet of wind fall orchard fruit and a taste of apple strudel, it initially seems just off dry yet has a fresh acid spine and a juicy finish of mandarin and lime. Partial wild yeast and barrel aging has added texture and complexity. A perfect lunchtime wine. Gold NZIWS.
13% alc. Screwcap. $19.99 special.

Crossroads Milestone Series Hawkes Bay Gewurztraminer 2009
Medium gold with a glossy lustre to the hue, the distinctively spicy bouquet has a flower nectar infusion. It tastes luscious but doesn't taste overly sweet. There's Turkish delight, honey, candied orange peel, white pepper and a terrifically long mouthcoating finish. A very good bottle opened this time. Gold Easter Show.
13.5% alc. Screwcap. $13.99 special.

Domaine Gruss Les Roches Gewurztraminer 2011 – Alsace, France
There's an element of finesse to this bright green gold coloured wine with a bouquet that is tantalisingly spicy and floral. It has the luscious factor but also exhibits restraint. The fruit is subtle and exotic, the texture is creamy, the spiciness pops through to enliven the palate and the finish is silky and long. Classy wine.
13.5% alc. Cork. $37.99.

Chocolate Box Sparkling Barossa Shiraz 2009
Dark red with a foamy surge as the wine is poured, this has a gorgeous smoky vanillin oak-infused cherry aroma and these glorious characters carry through to the palate. It’s spicy, it’s juicy, it's fruity, it's savoury and while perhaps a little sweet for Shiraz purists, if you like this style of red bubbles, you will absolutely love this. I'm thinking of Xmas already!
14.5% alc. Cork. $20.99 special.

Penny's Hill McLaren Vale Cracking Black Shiraz 2009
This deep dark red coloured wine has a deep dark brooding aroma – it smells of currants, damson plums and leather – it smells like it has some age. It's smoky and spicy with juicy fruit, a tarry savoury undercurrent, a warm smooth mouthfeel and a bright spicy flourish with vanillin oak rounding out the finish.
14.5% alc. Screwcap. $19.99 special.

Chocolate Box Barossa Shiraz 2012
Deep red with a youthful lustre, the bouquet is fresh and vibrant and the palate is crammed with lively spices and pepper, juicy cherry and raspberry fruit, smooth velvety tannins and chocolate. A young wine but already very easy to like – it's sure to be a hit at BBQs this summer.
14.5% alc. Screwcap. $20.99 special.

Shinas The Executioner Shiraz Cabernet Viognier 2009 – Victoria, Australia
Dark red with a brooding spicy aroma and full bodied succulent creamy flavours – it is just so smooth and still seems very youthful and fresh. The mouth is filled with a harmony of juicy red fruit, spice and oak and the finish is long and lifted with alcoholic power. Drink with good friends or take to a themes party game.
15.5% alc. Screwcap. $26.99 special.

Ben Schild Reserve Barossa Shiraz 2007
There's a lovely smooth mellow nature to this taste of this dark red wine that's dark red in colour with a intriguing and complex aroma. It has picked up those lovely savoury bottle aged characters while the primary fruit flavours have softened. It's very smooth and silky with mouthfilling spicy vinosity. A superb wine with a striking label embellished with a row of gold and trophy stickers. It is expensive, but it looks expensive and tastes expensive. Quite superb.
15% alc. Screwcap. $49.99 special.

Galway Pipe Grand Tawny Port – South Australia
Deep orange mahogany in colour. The bouquet is spiritous with old barrel rancio characters inherent to this style of wine coming through and it has the luscious factor too. The texture is thick and viscous and the taste is a little nutty with heady liqueur-soaked muscatels enlivened with orange zest and spiritous spice. There's plenty to like in this sumptuous after dinner wine.
18.5% alc. Cork. $44.99.

Fine Wine Wednesday Tasting – 16 Oct 2013
New Arrivals and Californians
All but the last wine were tasted blind

Morton Estate Black Label Methode Traditionelle 2004
Pretty lemon gold colour with tiny bubbles rise persistently from the bottom of the glass. It has a soft baguette-like bouquet and is vibrantly foamy in the palate where the taste is savoury with a delicious toasty richness; a hint of freeze-dried strawberry and a long creamy finish with lots of tang. A Pinot Meunier predominant blend, it is a gold medal winner.
12% alc. Cork. $23.99 special.

Beach House Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2012
This bright yellow gold-coloured soft creamy wine has a caramel nuance to the bouquet and is full of juicy stonefruit and rock melon flavours. It's incredibly tasty with a lovely mealy richness to the lingering finish and while it was only a 50:50 hit with the tasters in the room tonight, it's great drinking at a great price.
13.5% alc. Screwcap. $17.99 special.

Giesen The Brothers Marlborough Chardonnay 2012
Rich yellow gold coloured with a toasty bouquet and powerful stonefruit and tropical fruit flavours underpinned by spicy oak, a mealy savouriness, a mouthfilling caramel-like richness and a long, mouthcoating finish with an exciting citrussy tang. Beautifully harmonious and out to impress.
14.5% alc. Screwcap. $29.99 special.

Robert Mondavi Napa Valley Chardonnay 2011 – California, USA
Restrained on the nose with very subtle hints of dried tropical fruit, but so full of flavour in the mouth – it's smooth, creamy and buttery with hints of popcorn, a spicy oak veneer and a harmonious finish that is rounded and long, and there's plenty of vanillin oak flavours lingering.
13.5% alc. Cork. $43.99.

Coto de Hayas Crianza 2010 – Campo de Borja, Spain
Deep crimson-edged black red. The bouquet is savoury and spicy with a bottled red fruit impression and the savouriness carries through to the fruit forward palate where juicy raspberry, blueberry and blackberry fruit tame the slightly grippy tannins, and a twist of pepper on the moderately firm finish. A blend of 60% Garnacha and 40% Tempranillo.
13.5% alc. Cork. $15.99 special.

Corona D'Aragon Old Vine Garnacha 2009 – Carinena, Spain
It's a rich ruby colour with a deep black core, and smells ultra ripe, like a ripasso wine, with hints of chocolate raisins. The very ripe impression continues in the robust palate where lush fruit intertwines with savoury oak, with lots of pepper, a touch of liquorice and pillowy tannins. Very tasty and very well presented.
13.5% alc. Cork. $15.99 special.

Primal Roots Red Blend 2011 – California, USA
Another deep, coloured and bright fruited wine, both on the nose and in the palate, this time the fruit is very red – redcurrants, raspberries and red cherries – it's deliciously juicy with oak that is layered with vanilla, milk chocolate and mocha, with mouth-coating velvety tannins and a vibrantly spicy finish. A blend of Merlot, Syrah and Zinfandel. Lots to like here.
13.5% alc. Cork. $22.99 special.

Clos du Bois North Coast Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 – California, USA
Ruby-tinged red black. Ripe dark berry fruit infuses the sweet smoky oak bouquet and it's smooth in the palate with fine silky tannins, savoury oak, red and black fruit, a touch of chocolate, a hint of leather and a flourish of spice on the long, creamy finish. There's plenty of structure in behind here.
13.5% alc. Cork. $31.99.

Grant Burge Miamba Shiraz 2010 – Barossa Valley
Wow, this deep, dark, juicy wine is simply full of chocolate. Chocolate infuses the seductive vanillin oak scent, there's chocolate in the succulent red fruit palate and nuances of chocolate linger on the vibrantly spicy finish. It's rich, velvety and powerful with the fruit, spice and oak in harmony and while irresistible already, it definitely has cellaring potential. Gold NZIWS.
14.5% alc. Screwcap. $26.99 special.

Thorn Clarke William Randell Shiraz 2010 – Barossa Valley, South Australia
This is intense, inky purple red with an intensely evocative deep, dark, savoury bouquet infused with opulent berry fruit and vanilla and beautifully structured in the sumptuous palate with fine tannins, savoury cedary oak, spiced plums and berries and a long powerful finish. "Monumental," says Kingsley, adding it has 20 year potential. Gold NZIWS two years in a row.
14.5% alc. Screwcap. $52.99 special.

Campbells Rutherglen Muscat NV
This clear, amber-tinged mahogany, viscous-textured nectar is a luscious combination of savoury rancio characters from old oak barrels, brandied macerated muscatel raisins and candied orange peel. It's very smooth, very heady, very spicy, very classy, very lip-smacking sticky. A lovely end to an evening.
17.5% alc. Screwcap. $28.99 special.

Fine Wine Wednesday Tasting – 9 Oct 2013
Gold Medals and More
All but the last wine were tasted blind

Villa Maria Private Bin East Coast Pinot Gris 2013
Straw in colour with pear and lemon sherbet on the nose carrying through to the juicy fresh palate where the texture is smooth with a slightly creamy nature, subtle flavours of melon and tropical fruit and a dry flinty finish. Gold Medal NZIWS.
13% alc. Screwcap. $13.99 special.

Xanadu Margaret River Chardonnay 2010
Lemon gold with a toasty oak and preserved peach bouquet, the toasty character carries through to the bold flavoured palate where wood smoke infuses the citrus and stonefruit flavours. Possibly a little tight at this stage, it's worth cellaring for a while.
13.5 % alc. Screwcap. Sold out for now. More on the way.

Waimea Nelson Chardonnay 2012
Light gold with creamy oak and hints of nougat on the nose, this rich, smooth, weighty style is very smoky and savoury to the taste with butterscotch coming through on the spicy finish where juicy stonefruit lingers pleasingly. A wine that's ready to enjoy this summer.
13.5% alc. Screwcap. $19.99 special.

Villa Maria Single Vineyard Keltern Chardonnay 2012
This light golden-hued beauty is polished and savoury with bright fruit adding lovely freshness to the smoky flavours and a silky caress to the harmonious mouth coating texture. It’s nutty and mealy with juicy white peach and finishes very dry. A magnificent wine that will blossom with more time. Gold NZIWS. Gold Bragato.
13% alc. Screwcap. $29.99 special.

Rockburn Tigermoth Central Otago Riesling 2013
Gorgeously aromatic with a straw gold colour, it's very juicy, fresh and thirst quenching with apples and citrus to the fore. The medium sweetness imparted by layers of honeysuckle nectar is honed to perfection by ripples of fresh acidity and the finish is powerful and long. Gold Medal NZIWS. 8.5% alc. Screwcap. $29.99 special.

MIDDLE EARTHTM Nelson Pinot Meunier Rose 2013
This gorgeous gem-like pink-hued wine is so full of sun-ripened cherries and strawberries, it is truly summer in a glass. It's invitingly aromatic and tastes just off dry, and the texture is silky and mouthcoating. Lovely fresh Ros้ with a juicy brightness, the style of Ros้ could make pink wines very popular again. Gold Medal NZIWS.
12% alc. Screwcap. $17.99 special.

Thornbury Central Otago Pinot Noir 2012
Intense deep purple red with an inky depth, there's woodsmoke on the nose and it's quite dry to the taste yet has a very appealing smooth rounded texture. It's like Pinot Noir on steroids with its succulent cherry and plum fruit, bold savoury, gamey notes and bright spicy finish with hints of anise. Gold Medal NZIWS.
13.5% alc. Screwcap. $21.99 special.

Menhir Quota 29 Primitivo 2010 – Salento, Italy
Inky dark red with spicy oak scents and flavours brimming with cherries and creamy oak, it’s super smooth, rounded and harmonious with lots of smoke and a spicy flourish to the savoury finish. Something different and very easy to like. Silver NZIWS.
14% alc. Screwcap. $17.99 special.

Ravenswood Old Vine Zinfandel 2010 – Sonoma, USA
Dark red with vanillin oak on the nose and flavours reminiscent of Shrewsbury biscuits in the palate, it's a big wine but not overpowering, just totally juicy and flavoursome with a lovely savoury backbone where smoky oak is in harmony with the vibrant red fruit and a big hit of spice on the lingering finish.
14.5% alc. Screwcap. $29.99 special.

Longview 'Red Bucket' Adelaide Hills Shiraz Cabernet 2012
Inky red black with an inviting smoky savoury oak nose and baskets full of juicy bramble fruits in the palate, it's succulent and fleshy with creamy vanillin oak layers, blackcurrants, cherries, plums and allspice. There's lovely structure in behind from the Cabernet and the finish is juicy and long. Gold Medal NZIWS.
14.3% alc. Screwcap. $15.99 special.

Charles Melton The Kirche Barossa Valley Shiraz 2010
Black red and intense with a lovely, refined opulent Barossa Shiraz scent, this silky wine is skilfully structured yet all the time imparts a juicy succulence. It's vibrantly spicy with a good seasoning of pepper, creamy oak, blackberries and cherries, a touch of mint, dark chocolate, firm velvet edged tannins and a long full rich smoky, cedary finish. Gold Medal NZIWS.
14.5% alc. Screwcap. $55.99 special.

de Bortoli Noble One Botrytis Semillon 2009 – Riverina, NSW
Australia's most famous sweetie, in the glass the golden colour has a gem-like lustre, there's preserved orange peel and candied fruits on the nose that follow through to the intriguingly smoky palate to be joined by marmalade that seems to balance the decadent honeyed sweetness. Just delicious. Gold Medal NZIWS.
10.5% alc. Screwcap. $39.99 special. 350-ml size.

Fine Wine Wednesday Tasting – 2 Oct 2013
Trophy Winners from the 2013 Nz International Wine Show
This was not a blind tasting tonight.

Triplebank Awatere Valley Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2013
This smells so ravishing and bright and it tastes so juicy and refreshing with its zesty citrus vivaciousness - there's grapefruit, lemon, lime and mandarin with fleshy pineapple, a classic Marlborough sweatiness and a long pungent finish that lingers deliciously. Champion Sauvignon Blanc.
13.5% alc. Screwcap. $21.99 special.

Tyrrell’s Vat 1 Hunter Semillon 2006
The straw gold colour looks youthful and the wonderfully fresh bouquet makes you think so too. Unbelievable that it is 7 years old but this is Hunter Semillon for you. The texture is smooth and mouth-coating and there's an amalgam of aged Semillon characters with honeysuckle, citrus blossom, apple skin, lemon curd, marmalade and a Kaffir lime infusion. An exciting wine with an exotic allure, it has years of life ahead of it. One of the world's great wines and a deserving winner of the Champion Other White Varieties trophy.
10.5% alc. Screwcap. $73.99 special.

Nautilus Marlborough Chardonnay 2012
Light gold with smoky oak, citrus and a touch of grilled peach filling the bouquet, and full-bodied, rich and juicy in the palate with a smooth, rounded, creamy texture yet an exciting freshness too. The backbone is mealy and savoury with smoky French oak rippling through it, the grilled peach fills the mid palate and there’s a nice touch of citrus zest on the end. A lovely rounded savoury wine and very complete. Champion Chardonnay and Champion Wine of the Show.
13.5% alc. Screwcap. $28.99.

Villa Maria Omahu Gravels Hawkes Bay Viognier 2010
Light yellow gold. Aromatically perfumed with roasted cashew and grilled apricot scents, hints of spice and cedar. Warm and rich in the palate with a mouth-coating texture, classic apricot and nut flavours, smoky nuances and sweet orange adding freshness. Can handle chilling well. Champion Viognier.
14.5% alc. Screwcap. $26.99 special.

Riverby Eliza Marlborough Riesling 2012
Light gold coloured with honeysuckle, apple and freshly squeezed citrus on the nose carrying through to the deliciously juicy medium sweet palate. Baked apples with honey, a touch of apricot nectar, surely there is some botrytis in here, but the fresh bright citrus acidity imparts crispness to the very long finish and ensures it is in balance. If you like this style of wine and serve it very well chilled, it is simply yum. Champion Riesling.
9.5% alc. Screwcap. $22.99 special.

Johanneshof Marlborough Gewurztraminer 2012
Lustrous pale gold. Violets on the nose with lemon Turkish Delight and exotic but subtle spice. The bouquet is gorgeously aromatic but for Gewurz a little 'shy', but in the mouth this wine has so much power and flavour. It's dry in style with a touch of clove, cinnamon, carnation-like pepper, violets, rose petals and great mouthfeel and texture. Champion Gewurztraminer.
13.5% alc. Diam. $26.99 special.

Sileni Cellar Selection Hawkes Bay Cabernet Franc Rose 2013
This has a gorgeous pink tourmaline gem colour and a bouquet of strawberries and cream with a touch of briar rose that carries through to the juicy, succulent palate. It's a dry styled Ros้ with an underlying creaminess to the strawberry and ripe summer berry flavours with a tickle of spice and a long fresh zingy finish. Champion Ros้.
14% alc. Screwcap. $16.99 special.

Terrace Edge Waipara Valley Pinot Noir 2012
Deep purple ruby with a glossy sheen. Aromatic, smoky and savoury with spiced cherry, rose petal and musky scents and flavours that are bright and spicy with a floral allure, a hint of chocolate, underlying smoky bacon savouriness and thyme-like herbs. Firmly structured but very silky, lovely purity and a texture that is caressing and seductive – a young wine with a long way to go. Champion Pinot Noir.
13% alc. Screwcap. $26.99 special.

Church Road McDonald Series Hawkes Bay Merlot 2011
Inky purple red in hue, this profound wine has a smoky sandalwood bouquet with a plummy richness and a touch of spice. Rich and dense to the taste with a creamy texture, flavours of juicy brambles and spiced plums, milk chocolate, cigar box and just a suggestion of mint on the very long savoury finish. Tannins are there but beautifully integrated and velvety. Champion Merlot.
13% alc. Screwcap. $26.99 special.

Wynns 'The Siding' Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
Dark red black with a smoky savoury bouquet and a ripe, rich, creamy, velvety smooth palate. Classically Coonawarra with cassis, mint and cigar box-like cedar and underlying hints of leather. Has really nice palate feel and flow with nicely resolved tannins and a touch of chocolate and anise on the lingering finish. Gold Medal NZIWS.
14% alc. Screwcap. $19.99 special.

Villa Maria Cellar Selection Gimblett Gravels Hawkes Bay Syrah 2010
Bright inky purple black. Succulent spiced berries and savoury oak on the nose and a full-bodied, spicy, savoury palate with creamy oak, juicy red and black fruit, a touch of vanilla and a harmonious seasoning of pepper. A very dry wine with a firm tannin backbone and still a little brooding at this stage of its life, this multi-awarded wine has a long way to go. Champion NZ Syrah.
14% alc. Screwcap. $21.99 special.

Villa Maria Reserve Gimblett Gravels Hawkes Bay Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2010
Deep red black. Fragrant plums and cassis with a floral nuance to the woody/cedar/ polished oak bouquet. Concentrated and powerful in the palate with red fruit, leather and spicy cedar. It has firm but silk edged velvety edged tannins, a lovely vanillin oak sweetness and great depth of fruit. It's very stylish and although beautiful now it is a wonderful cellaring proposition too. Champion Cabernet and predominant blends – the first time a NZ Cab has won this class. Also Champion NZ Bordeaux Red.
14% alc. Screwcap. $44.99 special

Villa Maria Reserve Noble Riesling Botrytis Selection 2012
Deep gold. From the tantalising and intense aroma of honeycomb, apricot nectar and orange marmalade to the exquisite flavours of orange honey, candied tropical fruits and apricots infused with a lovely citrus freshness that balances the sweetness just perfectly, this outstanding sweetie coats the palate with its deliciousness and the flavours last for ages. Champion Sweet Wine.
10.5% alc. Screwcap. $30.99 special.

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