Tasted Wines

Please note that prices for this section are in New Zealand Dollars. They were correct at the time of publication, but may have changed by now.

Babich Winemakers Reserve Gewurztraminer 2002    25.15

From the infamous Gimblett gravels, this dry style gewurt is firmly balanced. Rose petals on the nose followed by deep flavours of turkish delight on the palate and a crisp dry finish. This rich gewurt shows what the Gimblett gravels can do!

Beresford Beacon Hill Cabernet, Beresford Beacon Hill Shiraz    10.15

I must mention these two wines again as they are THE BEST red wine buys available anywhere. Many reds under $15 are quite simple and light in weight, but these are both big, grunty wines and chock full of spicy fruit. I drink more of these than anything else. Fabulous stuff!

Brookfields Bergman Chardonnay 2003    17.05

Hand picked, whole bunch pressed and fermented in oak. Full bodied, soft and rounded with generous grapefruit and peach flavours, mealy complexity and buttery malo characteristics. Lovely now.

Brookfields Ohiti Cabernet Sauvignon '03    17.05

Firm, full flavoured wine packed with ripe blackcurrant and plum flavours. Deeply coloured, this is vibrant and smooth. 12 months in French oak, this is drinking well now.

Coto de Hayas Crianza 2000    SUPER SPECIAL Was $14.95 now 11.65

Picked as Joelle Thompson's 'Best buy under $15.00'. Very classy Spanish red, packed with intense fruit flavours and a very long finish. Try it blind on your friends and they may pick it as French over $25.00. SUPER DEAL BUY A CASE, GET A FREE MAGNUM.

Herons Flight Sangiovese 2002    45.85

From Warkworth, north of Auckland, this is an experience. To my knowledge the only commercially grown Sangiovese in NZ. Fermented in stainless steel vats, hand plunged 4-5 times a day and then matured in 100% new French barriques for 12-14 months. The same clone as Italian Brunello, this is hugely complex and powerful wine. Crammed with rich cedary plumy fruit, it has great body and length with chocolate and liquorice flavours with a hint of mushrooms. Fabulous drop, a real treat! Cellar for 5-8 years or delicious now with pasta.

Jim Barry 'The Coves Drive' Cabernet Sauvignon 2002    17.95

The shot on cricket is the most elegant and this cabernet is exactly the same! Very rich, while the French oak makes this soft and succulent. Hints of Coonawarra eucalypt. Named after the area where the wine comes from…an old cricket ground replanted by Jim Barry.

Lake Challis Release Sauvignon Blanc 2004    15.25

Fresh and vibrant, this new savvy shows all the characteristics that a new savvy should; lychees, freshly cut grass, tropical fruit. Not only is that, but the up-front acid that many don't like in new savvys is NOT there at all. A great classic sauvignon blanc that's not to be missed.

Lindemans Brut Cuvee    8.05

Great value, with some real flavour and a touch of development. Good broad flavours with a nice hint of yeast and a touch of sweetness. Great chilled with oysters!

Millton Te Aria Chenin Blanc 2003    21.55

NZ's top Chenin Blanc. Intensely varietal with concentrated vibrant nectarine fruit flavours. Half barrel-fermented in large French oak casks. This is the same grape variety used in Vouvray and will cellar.

Morton Riverside Chardonnay 2000    22.45

This was the top wine at the International Wine Challenge in London. Big, bold and beautiful, this is very well priced for the quality.

Mount Riley Sauvignon Blanc '04    15.25

Up front and in your face!! This new sav blanc holds nothing back. It's aggressive with its acid, aggressive with its fruit and aggressive with its bouquet. In short a brand spanking new Marlborough sauvignon blanc. If you like them young, fresh and aggressive, this is a must.

Peter Lehmann GSM 2002    17.05

The grenache shiraz, mouvedre combination of fruit has produced a wine richly flavours, with hints of spice and pepper. This outstanding vintage is softly textured. An excellent partner to a hearty winter casserole or spicy lamb sausages.

Richmond Grove Limited Release Shiraz 2001    17.95

This is an excellent wine, the colour is deep. Elegant on the palate, with luscious rich berry flavours and lovely hints of white pepper. Great now, but will cellar for a few years.

Riverside Chardonnay 2000    17.95

Gold medal. Mouthfulling and ripe, this is a no holds barred style. It is fermented and matured in oak with rich peach and citrusy flavours, toasty balanced oak with great complexity and length. Was $30.

Saddleback Pinot Noir 2002    23.35

This Pinot is another outstanding wine produced by Peregrine. It exudes aromas of leathery violets and spicy velvet, all combined with a vibrant palate of black fruits and cherries. A real steal at this price.

Sileni Cellar Selection Merlot Cabernet Franc 2002    19.95

Was 22.95. shows the classic red berryfruit and plum flavours of Hawkes Bay. Sweet ripe fruit combine with soft tannins in a drink now style or will cellar for 2-4 years.

Vidal Riesling 2003    16.15

We tried this at wine club and it went down a treat. Weighty and richly flavoured Marlborough wine. Fresh and lively with crisp ripe citrus flavours and a very long finish.

Vidal Soler Syrah 2002    28.75

Trophy winner, this is a great drop. Big, dark and flavour-rich, the palate is supple, yet firm with rich plum and spice flavours and a hint of dark chocolate and excellent warn and intensity. Drink or cellar for 3 years.

Yalumba 'Y' Series Barossa Shiraz 2001    TBA

Liquorice, plums and hints of cherry. Splashed with Viognier (5%) that adds a slightly floral fragrance. Aged in both French and American oak. This Barossa Shiraz has a great long finish thanks to the soft smooth tannins. Great for the up-coming winter

Past Reviews

Well, this part has grown even further. As a stop-gap measure this page is now split into four pieces, alphabetically.

Everything up to Dow's 10 year-old Port
then up to Matua Valley Matheson Cabernet Merlot 2001
then up to Saltram Classic Shiraz 1998
then the rest.


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