Tasted Wines

Saltram Mamre Brook Shiraz 1998
Tasted: May 2000
Like us the weather conditions in '98 were very kind to Australian winemakers, and this is being emphasised as more of the reds arrive in store. The Mamre Brook Shiraz has impressed me for its sheer drinkablity. A classic Barossa wine that combines intense fruit, a silky palate, and simply are very, very moreish wine. (Mark)

Saltram Mamre Brook Shiraz 2000
Tasted: March 2004
Always a good wine with lots of fruit, cherry, mint and white pepper overtones. Rich with good structure. Will cellar well.

Saltram No 1 Shiraz 1996
Tasted: February 2000
Top of the range for Saltram, this wine is full, rich and solid. The wine takes no prisoners. Excellent fruit, firm tannins and fabulous American oak makes this an excellent proposition for the cellar. This is one of the classic Barossa wines that will fetch a few more pennies than you paid for, if you cellar it well and for about 10 years. Excellent vintage.

Saltram Shiraz 2001
Tasted: June 2003
Back in stock at an even better price and as good as ever. Blackberry drives the nose while the palate has n interesting savoury, berry flavours which fills the mouth, try with lamb.

Sanctuary Riesling 1999
Tasted: Christmas 1999
The residual sugar makes this an impressive riesling. It is just off-dry (which is how I personally like my Rieslings). This gives the wine more fullness on the palate which balances the fruit well.

Sanctuary Riesling 1999
Tasted: February 2000
A whisker off a gold medal. Medium style with great stonefruit flavours - ideal for warm summer days when they finally arrive.

Sanctuary Riesling 2000
Tasted: February 2001
Always great value never fails to win a medal. Made in a medium-dry style with lovely peach flavours. Great quaffing for a summer afternoon watching the cricket.

Sanctuary Riesling 2000
Tasted: June 2001
Another beauty with a rich floral bouquet. The palate has loads of stonefruit and heaps of rich, ripe passionfruit flavours. Drinking well now.

Sanctuary Riesling 2000
Tasted: October 2000
Vibrant citrus aromas with luscious tropical flavours in an off dry style. Crisp and refreshing perfect aperitif wine.

Sanctuary Riesling 2000
Tasted: Xmas 2000
Vibrant citrus aromas with luscious tropical flavours in an off dry style. Crisp and refreshing perfect aperitif wine.

Sanctuary Riesling 2001
Tasted: June 2002
This wine has achieved something that most winemakers can only dream of.... A medal in every wine show it has been entered into. It is full of ginger and intense stone fruit. It's like biting into a fresh, ripe nectarine. Just this thing to remind you of late summer.

Sanctuary Riesling 2002
Tasted: August 2002
The trickle of new vintage releases threatens to become a flood at this time of year, and it's always a juggling act as to what space will allow us to carry in store. However, the Sanctuary Riesling unquestionably earns its space in the shop. The price has been held again this year which makes it more and more of a bargain and invariably this wine goes on to notch up gold medals. Bright and zesty in its youth, and offering great drinking as it gains a little bottle age, this is very stylish and affordable drinking.

Sanctuary Riesling 2002
Tasted: September 2003
One of the best buys in the shop, with two gold medals to its name. a medium style packed with stonefruit and citrus flavours and a long delicious finish. Great lunch wine.

Sanctuary Sauvignon Blanc 1999
Tasted: Christmas 1999
Excellent sauvignon from Grove Mill winery. Full of pungent passionfruit flavours.

Sanctuary Sauvignon Blanc 1999
Tasted: February 2000
The best sauvignon on the shop in this price range. You can't go wrong. Great on a hot day while playing petanque.

Sanctuary Sauvignon Blanc 2000
Tasted: February 2001
Classic Sauvignon Blanc with melon and gooseberry flavours with good intensity and finish.

Sanctuary Sav Blanc 2002
Tasted: Christmas 2002
No run down on Sav Blanc would be complete without mention of Sanctuary. Made by the Grove Mill winemaking team, this is year in year out one of the top value wines out of Marlborough. Fresh and fruit driven with zingy gooseberry cut-grass and citrus notes with a crisp finish.

Sandalford Cabernet Sauvignon 1998
Tasted: July/August 2001
Sandalford is possibly less well known than some of the West Australian elite, but nevertheless, is a producer of high quality well priced wines. It has blackcurrant and raspberry fruit with leafy touches, great balance good depth and length and nicely balanced oak and tannins.

Sandihurst Riesling 1997
Tasted: August 2000
Lovely lemon-lime citrus flavours with a nice touch of bottle development. Still able to be cellared for a couple of years yet.

Sandihurst Riesling 1997
Tasted: May 2000
Fabulous drinking full of lemon and lime flavours which have developed complexity with bottle age. A great buy.

Sandihurst Riesling 1997
Tasted: Xmas 2000
Great drinking Canterbury riesling with lovely developed flavours. Enjoy or cellar for a year.

Santa Carolina Reserve Merlot 1997
Tasted: July/August 2001
We seem to have focused quite a bit on the Spanish speaking wine world recently, and here's another. A good bright colour, lightly oaked, and with a fruit driven palate hinting of plum and prunes. This Chilean merlot has a little maturity, so is drinking well now.

Santa Isabel Bonarda 2002
Tasted: February 2004
Bonarda originates from Piedmont, Italy and is a variety that is widely planted in Argentina. This is a reasonably full-bodied red with black cherry and plummy fruit flavours that combine nicely with the soft tannins. Try it with some lamb or game dishes.

Santa Isabel Chard/Viognier '02
Tasted: February 2004
Argentina is now producing and exporting wines of high quality and is a region that is gaining greater popularity throughout the world, and this Chardonnay/Voignier blend is a good example of why. Fresh mandarin and peach aromas lead to a palate of apricot and peach fruit flavours with a touch of nuttiness. Made in an off-dry style, well worth a punt.

Sassicaia 1998
Tasted: April 2002
Can't say that we have tried this, but international media rate this as the best or near to the best from Italy. Made in Piedmont area from Cabernet grapes and traditionally in a Bordeaux style. One for the cellar or for adding to the auction to make a few dollars in a few years.

Schlumberger Cuvee Fleur Gewurztraminer 1998
Tasted: April 2001
Many of our customers with a bent for Gewurz have enjoyed the previous widely available vintage of this wine: the '94. Widely perceived as the leaders of Gewurz, the Alsace region in Eastern France specializes in the aromatic varieties, with Schlumberger being a well established house with a fine reputation for their rich, fat, oily and very aromatic Gewurztraminer. Pair it with duck liver pate for a perfect match (its duck shooting in a another month or so, so good timing to try them). Staatliche Weinbaudomane Ockfener Bockstein

Seaview Shiraz 1996
Tasted: November 1999
The bargain in the red wine department. Rich mouthfilling with distinctive spicy characteristics and balanced by soft oak tannins and subtle oak. Another McLaren Vale wine!

Seaview Shiraz 2000
Tasted: November 2001
Vibrant ripe plump fruit balanced by toasty oak. Remarkable value for money. Ideal for the BBQ.

Seaview Sparkling Methode
Tasted: November 2001
A jolly good drop and a great buy for parties, bbqs etc. tastes twice the price!

Seifried Old Coach Chardonnay 2000
Tasted: April 2001
Rich and refreshing lime and melon characteristics with gentle oak maturation.

Seifried Pinot Noir 200
Tasted: March 2002
Soft cherry and strawberry characters dominate this fairly light style Pinot. It's a buoyant wine that is firmer and more deeply flavoured than past releases. Well priced and worth cellaring for a year or two.

Selaks Drylands Pinot Noir 1999
Tasted: June 2000
The Drylands range is one that I have found to be very consistent over the years; consistently good and good reasonably priced. The Pinot offers some budgeting relief for those of you keen on this style but struggling with an inclement bank balance. A supple little number with a bit of substance, at a sharp price.

Selaks Drylands Riesling 2000
Tasted: Christmas 2001
Lovely citrus blossom aromatics are a great introduction to this fabulous Riesling. A hint of honey adds to the long, long finish. Drink now, or cellar with confidence.

Selaks Drylands Riesling Dry 2000
Tasted: February 2001
I love Rieslings, they seem such a wonderful style of wine for the summer .if we ever get one! The Australian wine writer James Halliday rated the '99 version of this wine as the best NZ Riesling of the vintage, and I have no doubt that the '00 is equally as good. Certainly not searingly dry; it has heaps of lemon and citrus notes, with that touch of honey, and a fresh crisp finish. Lovely on its' own or great with lighter summer meals.

Selaks Drylands Sauvignon Blanc 1998
Tasted: November 1999
Soft, full-bodied wine bursting with fruit. A gold medal winner at the Royal Easter Show earlier in the year and more latterly at the National Wine Show in Canberra. This is certainly a pleaser and well worth seeking out. The 1999 Sauvignons have gone up in price, as have most wines internally and locally, so this makes exceptionally good buying for such an excellent wine.

Selaks Drylands Sauvignon Blanc 1999
Tasted: March 2000
One of the most awarded Sauvignon Blanc from this vintage. Single vineyard wine which for some reason always seems to produce the goods. Ripe, rich, herbal and tropical fruit characters. A Marlborough Savvy at its best.

Selaks Drylands Sauvignon Blanc 2000
Tasted: February 2001
Top wine in Cuisine. Bob Campbell writes "old vines may explain the impressive concentration. Strong passionfruit, guava and mineral flavours. Will age" Buy now, there is no more!

Selaks Drylands Sauvignon Blanc 2001
Tasted: Christmas 2001
Another gold medal in marvellous form for summer drinking. Fresh, crisp and zesty. Magic stuff.

Selaks Drylands Sauvignon Blanc 2002
Tasted: Christmas 2002
Always in our top picks, classic Marlborough savvy, full of gooseberries and capsicums. This wine has a richness that many sauvignons are lacking in so many of the 2002 wines.

Selaks Founders Reserve Syrah 2002
Tasted: October 2003
From the top range of Selaks wines, this Syrah is big and gutsy with wonderful earthy characteristics. Only limited amounts available, so be quick

Selaks Marlborough Chardonnay 1999
Tasted: May 2000
Gold medal wine at this price is hard to find. Subtle oak and malolactic fermentation with citrus and melon flavours make this incredibly drinkable.

Selaks Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2001
Tasted: July/August 2001
There is always a lot of intense interest surrounding the release of the first new vintage wines, and the first couple of '01 Savvy are now in store. During these cold winter nights, here's a chance to drink a glass of Marlborough sunshine. Vibrant, crisp and zesty - a memory of the summer that's gone, and hints of the summer to come.

Selaks Premium Sauvignon Blanc 2000
Tasted: April 2001
Due to the very limited supply of this gold medal wine we can only promise first in first served with this.

Selaks Sauvignon Blanc 2002
Tasted: August 2002
If ever the sunshine in a glass analogy was appropriate then this is it. During these cold gray wintry days, this wine comes as a blast of summer sunshine. One of the early '02 releases on the market, and quite frankly, yet another magic vintage of this perennially over performing label. Crisp, fresh, zesty: everything you expect of a Marlborough Sauvy, yet unlike many of its competitors, this wine remains fairly priced and widely available. A wine to be enjoyed again and again.

Seppelt Original Sparkling Shiraz 1998
Tasted: Christmas 2002
Seppelts have been the flagbearers of sparkling red in Australia, and also take the admirable step of giving the wine some bottle age before release. Rich and seductive, age has given a touch of 'forest floor' complexity to the wine. Try pairing it with the Xmas turkey for a match made in heaven.

Seppelt Show Reserve Muscat
Tasted: Christmas 1999
Paul Wright finished his tasting this month with this sweetie. Gorgeous, succulent and the thing to have with Christmas cake.

Seppelt Sparkling Burgundy 1995
Tasted: Xmas 2000
Great with the turkey. Big rich and spicy.

Serafino Cabernet Sauvignon 1999
Tasted: November 2001
Trophy at Top 100. I love it. My mate Kingsley Wood says "Totally, absolutely, unbelievable, delicious". I agree.

Serafino Shiraz
Tasted: June 2002
Lots of white pepper on the nose. Heaps of spicy fruit on the palate with gobs of sweet fruit that lasts and lasts on the palate.

Seresin Pinot Noir 2002
Tasted: March 2004
This wine recently was awarded 5 stars by Michael Cooper. It is a very sophisticated, multi-faceted wine with flavours of cherries, raspberries and smoky oak and a rich chocolaty finish. Cellar for 2 years with comfort and see how it develops.

Sevenhill Dry Red 1997
Tasted: August 2000
At 14% plus alcohol, this wine is a big bugger. Heaps of spicy fruit, with lots of plum, and cassis flavours. This would a great match for venison or a juicy steak.

Sevenhill STM 1999
Tasted: April 2003
This is also a vineyard that we haven't seen much of lately, but is held fondly in our minds. Sevenhill is owned by the Jesuit Society and a national icon. Do you remember the Sevenhill Dry Red that we used to sell heaps of a few years ago? Well here it is again, no change in the wine, except that it is now labelled with the varietals that make up the blend i.e. shiraz, touriga and malbec. It's made from old vines, and is a powerful well structured wine packed with flavour.

Sevenhill Shiraz 1998
Tasted: April 2001
Sevenhill Shiraz has always been one of my favorite wines and is a wine that I always add to my cellar. The 1998 is an outstanding Shiraz, and the Sevenhill will reflects the fantastic vintage in the Clare Valley. The wine is almost opaque with a deep crimson purple colour, which clings to the glass leaving a film of mauve. The nose is superb, youthful blackberry fruit aromas are layered by aromas of black pepper, plum and liquorice. The palate is every bit as the colour suggests, with globs of concentrated blackberry and plum flavours, overlain with spice and pepper. The finish is very persistent with pepper and liquorice flavours. The tannins are fine grained and provide a structure that will develop over the next 10 years or so. I think the 1998 Sevenhill Shiraz is an outstanding red with great cellaring potential and is exceptional value for money.

Sevenhill Shiraz 1998
Tasted: May 2000
Many of our regular customers have bought earlier vintages of this wine, and eagerly await each new release. The '98 version is as big as ever, with the eucalypt character of the Clare Valley. Pop it in the cellar, or partner it with a rare steak. (Mark)

Sevenhill Vintage Port 1987
Tasted: June 2002
It's not quite winter yet, due to this autumn weather, but some cooler nights and crisp mornings herald the time of year that fortifieds come into their own. Sevenhill will be well known to many of our regular wine buyers, as the oldest continually working winery in Australia, and like Mission vineyard in Hawkes Bay, is run by a monastic order of brothers. Big rich and distinctive.

Shingle Peak Merlot 1998
Tasted: June 2000
Don't overlook this excellent Marlborough Merlot and head straight for the Aussi section. You will be delightfully surprised. Lovely spicy plum flavours and gentle soft tannins. Great value +++

Shingle Peak Merlot 1998
Tasted: March 2000
Vibrant ripe and spicy merlot with a rich palate and soft tannin finish. A bargain.

Shingle Peak Pinot Gris 1999
Tasted: August 2000
Strong well ripened flavour of peaches and exotic fruits and spice with an almost imperceptible sliver of sweetness adding to its appeal. Nice change from Riesling and Chardonnay. Great value with good cellaring potential. 14% alc.vol.

Shingle Peak Pinot Gris 2002
Tasted: April 2003
Shingle Peak (Matua Valley) were one of the first big companies to release a better than average pinot gris in sufficient quantity that it was readily available to the market, and I believe this wine helped set the scene for pinot gris in New Zealand. We tried a 1995 Pinot Gris from Shingle Peak in January, and unfortunately it had started to fade (but still holding up), however considering it was the first vintage I think they did extraordinarily well to last that long. This wine is made in a medium dry style, very fresh and vigorous with excellent depth of peachy, vanilla flavours and a long persistent finish.

Shingle Peak Pinot Noir 1999
Tasted: August 2000
Matua Valley's Marlborough label has always been a source of good honest wines that you can rely upon to provide great fruit, yet without having to take out a mortgage. This is another of the new crop of entry-level pinots, that Marlborough is beginning to do so well. You can enjoy this while saving up your pennies for the boutique Central Otago and Martinborough producers.

Shingle Peak Pinot Noir 2002
Tasted: April 2003
Finally the wine industry is listening to the customers and coming up with some reasonably priced pinot noirs. This is the best pinot yet from this label. Full in colour, fresh, and mouthfilling and supple with excellent depth of raspberry, plum and a touch of cracked pepper, with subtle oak adding complexity. Will unfold well over the next 2 years.

Sileni Cellar Select Chard 2002
Tasted: March 2004
One of my favourites because in spite of being full barrel fermentation, it is not apparently oaky. Lots of lovely lemon and lime flavours, with a touch of butterscotch and excellent depth with a long finish. Very good value.

Sileni Cellar Selection Chard 02
Tasted: July 2003
Peter's favourite chardonnay. Lovely, lightly oaked, fantastic fruit

Sileni Late Harvest Semillon 375 ml.
Tasted: July 2003
This went down a treat at a recent wineclub tasting. Lovely rich pear and honey flavours. Sweet and rich, but not cloying. Try with poached pears. If you want to be extravagant, poach the pears with a cup of this!

Sileni Merlot Cabernet 2000
Tasted: Christmas 2002
Sileni is a no expense spared winery in Hawkes Bay owned by the Avery family. Any of you with a (very) long memory, might recall our first part timer Chris Keyes, Chris is now assistant winemaker at Sileni (having learnt his craft from Peter Robertson at Brookfields). The winemaker is the very talented Grant Edmonds and he's certainly put together a fine package here. Very much in the Bordeaux style, this is not a sweet and simple fruit bomb. Taut, elegant, and opening up in the glass, this wine combines its complex plum, smoke and blackcurrant notes with fine-grained tannins and a long finish. A keeper for the cellar, or with richer meat dishes in its youth.

Sileni Semillon 2002
Tasted: Christmas 2002
We don't see too many varietal Semillon from NZ these days, but Sileni are one winery who takes this grape very seriously. More in the Bordeaux style with its lemony citrus, tropical fruit and nuttiness, this has a creamily textured palate and nice complexity. A nice change.

Spencer Hill Coastal Ridge Chardonnay '01
Tasted: November 2002
Trophy and gold at the top 100. A gorgeous drop from Nelson. Elegant and complex with a lovely hint of complex leesey flavours and great fruit. I like the fact that the oak stays nicely in the background.

Spy Valley Merlot 2001
Tasted: Christmas 2002
Another of the Spy Valley range to turn our heads (starting with their awesome Pinot Gris and followed by the Savvy), this gold medal winner at the Air New Zealand awards is dense rich chewy, with plum and chocolatey fruit kept in check by a good tannin/acid balance. We think this is excellent value, and comes with a heavy recommendation from us.

Spy Valley Pinot Gris 2001
Tasted: November 2001
A new Marlborough label for us; the 'spy' part of the label relates to their fruit sources in the Waihopai Valley (home of the infamous satelite station). Intensely flavoured with spicy pear and quince notes, nice fruit, and good body from the higher alcohol. Drink now with food or lightly chilled over summer.

Spy Valley Pinot Gris 2002
Tasted: November 2002
We built a large following for this wine last year, and the follow-up vintage also looks pretty tidy. Once again, the wine has lovely texture, a richness on the palate reminiscent of Alsace, and notes of pineapple and pear (sounds like an advert for West's for those in the know) with warmth on the finish. Quite different in style to the central Otago Pinot Grigio styled wines.

Spy Valley Riesling 2002
Tasted: April 2003
A very exciting winery from Marlborough, and one which I believe is setting the benchmark for it's Riesling and Gris, because the quality is so good for the price. I love the freshness and pure fruit of this wine. It's packed with stonefruit flavours and a touch of passionfruit. Great with Asian food now, but cellar with confidence for 2-5 years.

Spy Valley Sav Blanc 2002
Tasted: Christmas 2002
Situated in the Waihopi Valley in Marlborough (and thus the 'Spy' monikor), the Johnson family have long been grape growers, but in recent years have taken the value added approach and released their own label, with a very smart range of wines. This crisp, zesty, grassy and gooseberry flavoured wine is right in the classical Marlborough mode.

St Clair Riesling 2002
Tasted: March 2003
Juicy, full bodied style. Off-dry with a lovely long nectarine palate. Good value.

St Hallet Faith Shiraz 1998
Tasted: March 2000
Sweet cherry and plum lifted fruit and soft smoked toasty flavours.

St Hallett 'Faith' Barossa Shiraz 2001
Tasted: October 2003
The return of this excellent Shiraz from one of my favourite Aussie producers. Plum red in colour with a complex nose of sweet cherry, plum and an almost gamey character. It is very soft and approachable with cherry and raspberry flavours coming to the fore and fine textured tannins making it a wine to be enjoyed now and until 2005.

St Hallett Faith Shiraz 1998
Tasted: May 2000
Those of you that haven't already been in to try the '98 vintage of the St. Hallett Faith Shiraz are missing a treat. Lovely spicy berry fruit and pepper characters with smoky toasted oak flavours on the finish. (Lyn)

St Hallett Old Block Shiraz 1994
Tasted: August 2000
A producer and a wine with a huge reputation in Australia and overseas, yet in a very different style to some of the current crop of blockbusters. A rich yet subtle wine; all the rough edges of youth have been smoothes away and provide a wine that you can enjoy now. The new '97 release of this wine will be over $50.

Staatliche Weinbaudomane Trier St. Maximer Auslese 1990
Tasted: August 2000
Rated 97 by Bob Campbell. An absolute treat with rich, intense, luscious nectarine flavours and an awesome finish. Try it after a meal with fresh fruit or maybe my favourite desert, creme brulee. There is years of life ahead if you want to cellar it longer for a big occasion.

Staatliche Weinbaudomane Trierer St Maximer Riesling Spatlese 1990
Tasted: August 2000
Also rated very highly by Bob Campbell in Cuisine, this fresh-faced Riesling belies its age. After 10 years it has lost much of the traditional German sulphur on the nose and is now redolent of flowers, with a marvelously honeyed palate and great length. A fine example of an aged Riesling.

Stepping Stones Shiraz 2001
Tasted: September 2002
A new release and a style the Australians do so well. Rich and well balanced with nice spicy overtones and a rip full palate. Value +

Stonecroft Crofters Syrah 2000
Tasted: August 2002
We've been able to source one more shipment of this stunning Kiwi red, which we feel offers outstanding value for money. A reminder for those who have forgotten, this is Alan Limmers top syrah fruit, given the Rolls Royce treatment, French oak ageing the works, but prior to bottling Alan felt that it didn't quite reach the level he demands for his Stonecroft syrah label. He declassified it into his Crofters label, added 10% Cabernet and Merlot for extra backbone and released it at this fantastic price. More in the French mould than in the Aussie Shiraz zone, this wine is drinking beautifully now, but I'm sure will evolve gracefully in the cellar over the short to medium term.

Stonecroft Crofters Syrah 2000
Tasted: June 2002
Alan Limmer is one if the pioneers of Syrah in this country, with more than a decade of experience with this grape. This wine normally sells ex-vineyard, for more than $40 a bottle, however with the 2000 vintage, Alan decided just prior to bottling, that the wine wasn't quite up to his demanding standards, so he declassified it to his Crofters second label. What was a tough financial call for Alan, is a marvellous opportunity to try what is still a top notch NZ syrah, but at a bargain basement price. Rich in spice and pepper, excellent fruit weight and fine tannins.

Stonecroft Gewurztraminer 1999
Tasted: May 2000
We've seen some fantastic Gewurz's come out of the '99 vintage, but this is my personal favourite. We have managed to obtain a tiny allocation of this gem of a wine from Hawkes Bay. A fragrant nose of rose petal and jasmine, with rose, honey and spice flavours on the rich oily palate, with a great finish. Forget about food matching; savour this wine by itself. Limit: two bottles per customer. (Mark)

Stonecroft Gewurztraminer 2000
Tasted: April 2001
If you're passionate about Gewurztraminer, this is a wine to sit up and take notice of. Made by Alan Limmer in Hawkes Bay this is always one of NZ's top marques. Made in a drier style this year, it shows considerable ageing potential, and is certainly crying out for at least another year before you broach a bottle. Floral aromatics, with hints of jasmine and rose petal beginning to unfold, a rich and textured mid-palate ('unctious' to quote Peter) and a lingering spicy finish.

Stonehaven Limestone Coast Shiraz '98
Tasted: July/August 2001
A blend of Shiraz grapes from the Padthaway, Coonawarra and the Wrattonbully (who, what?) regions, and it's a pearler. Our bottle was already throwing a bit of sediment, so there is quite a bit of stuffing to this wine. Densely coloured, the weighty cherry, plum and currant fruit is balanced by an earthy, chocolate and anise hint. Scrummy now but will certainly cellar as well.

Stoneleigh 'Rapaura Series' Sauvignon Blanc 2000
Tasted: February 2002
The first vintage of the new Rapaura series. Partly oak- aged (5%) make for a pretty powerful Sauvignon Blanc that displays intense aromatics of ripe melons and passionfruit, which is nicely balanced by the subtle use of oak.

Stonier Pinot Noir 1999
Tasted: June 2001
From the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, this is a very stylish Pinot. James Halliday writes " a wine of genuine style and complexity, dense and concentrated, with layer upon layer of totally lovely fruit". 5 stars.

Stratford Chardonnay 2000
Tasted: April 2002
A newcomer to our shelves and hailing from Martinborough. Strat Canning has been a successful grower they're supplying to some of the big names, but also runs his own label. This is a tightly wound Chardonnay, with more development and opening up ahead of it, yet showing the intensity from low yields. A stylish wine.

Stump Jump 2001
Tasted: June 2003
Just adding this into the newsletter as it's so popular with our clients, and that's totally understandable. Huge and gorgeous! Try it if you haven't already.

Synergy Grenache Shiraz 2000
Tasted: June 2002
From the Hamilton stable in the McLaren Vale. The Synergy style is very approachable and fruit driven. Using the classic Rhone Valley grapes that thrives in the McLaren Vale, this is a wine which is deep ruby in colour with a pronounced ripe berry fruit nose. The palate is packed with rich, spicy fruit with hints of pepper and touch of earthiness.

Synergy Pinot Noir 1998
Tasted: May 2000
From South Australia, this is a different style from the fruit driven Central Otago styles. Lovely fruit, a savoury finish and with a nice touch of forest floors this is more like a French Burgundy Excellent wine at this price, and one that make pinot noirs affordable drinking.

Tasman Bay Chardonnay 2000
Tasted: February 2002
We've picked up a wee deal on this well known Nelson producer. Ripe tropical fruit marries well with the spicy oak in the wine, providing a big bold style for the hoped for barbeques that lie ahead.

Tatachilla Breakneck Creek Merlot 2001
Tasted: Christmas 2002
This wine has carved out a space on our shelves and just won't let go. It should come with a government warning: Dangerously drinkable and utterly moreish. Juicy, plummy fruit, and a silky supple palate means that this wine just slides down a treat.

Tatachilla Breakneck Creek Shiraz
Tasted: July/August 2001
After several changes to the winery, Tatachilla was reopened in 1995 to a trade just waiting for excellent price-driven wines. Certainly they have hit the shelves in New Zealand with gusto. With this label, comes a single grape varietal at a very good price. This Shiraz is a fruit based style with a hint of oak to add to the enjoyment. A delicious easy drinking Shiraz at a price that'll see you coming back for more.

Tatachilla Breakneck Merlot '02
Tasted: March 2004
The Tatachilla breakneck range hasn't been on our shelves for a while, but it has come back with a vengeance. A wonderfully crafted lush merlot. Plumy with berries as well and a hint of oak. This merlot is a soft easy to drink wine.

Tatachilla Breakneck Merlot 1999
Tasted: May 2001
Delightfully soft and smooth with rich raspberry and plum fruit flavours and a hint of oak.

Tatachilla Breakneck Shiraz 1999
Tasted: May 2001
Spicy Shiraz fruit with rich berry and pepper flavours and subtle oak treatment.

Tatachilla Keystone 1998
Tasted: February 2000
See notes in the Grenache section [of the newsletter]. We last had a bottle of this last week and I had forgotten how much I really enjoy it. Rich, smooth and seamless with heaps of flavour. Try it with rare lamb.

Tatachilla Keystone Grenache Shiraz 1998
Tasted: February 2000
A good blend with no dominant varietal characteristics, although raspberries and cherries come through on the palate. Good wine with depth

Tatachilla Keystone Grenache Shiraz 2000
Tasted: July/August 2001
Long a favourite at Munslow's for its combination of lovely drinkablity and fair price. A deft combination of Grenache perfume, along with the vibrant plum and blackberry fruit and spice of the Shiraz. Full flavoured rich and smooth, this has always been a very food friendly wine.

Tatachilla Keystone Grenache Shz 99
Tasted: October 2000
Low yielding vines producing vibrant fruit. In a full flavoured style of plum blackberry and spice.

Taylor's Merlot 1999
Tasted: August 2000
Taylors offers consistent good value wines. Very rich ripe and packed with plum and spice flavours and a touch of fresh mint and herbs.

Taylor's Shiraz 2001
Tasted: March 2002
Heady, sweet, jammy aromas. The palate is simplistic with heaps of clean fruit flavours. It's pretty high in alcohol (14.5%) and shows some very ripe fruit characteristics. Consistently good drinking and represents excellent value for money.

Taylors Cabernet 1999
Tasted: April 2001
Full flavored well-balanced Cabernet with soft tannins and complexity from maturation in oak barrels.

Taylors Cabernet Sauvignon 1999
Tasted: May 2001
Distinctive Cabernet berryfruit. Full flavoured and matured in oak barrels resulting in a well-balanced wine.

Taylors Cabernet Sauvignon 2000
Tasted: February 2002
Big, rich, full of intense blackberry fruit. Trophy at the Sydney Top 100.

Taylors Jarram Shiraz 2001
Tasted: March 2004
A star at our recent wineclub. Sumptuous dark berry aromas with sweet spice and chocolaty flavours. Deliciously deep, long flavoursome finish. Try with veal shanks.

Taylors Merlot 1999
Tasted: June 2000
From the Clare Valley, this is a charming wine with blackcurrant and raspberry-like fruit and a hint of plum pudding. Medium bodied with a generous fruity middle palate and moderate tannins.

Taylors Shiraz 2000
Tasted: February 2002
Big rich and dangerously drinkable. Great value with lots of cassis and spice.

Taylors Shiraz Cabernet 1998
Tasted: April 2001
Superb silver medal, Clare Valley wine. Smooth and flavoursome berry and spice fruit. Value plus and unfortunately this is the last of the stock at this price!

Taylors Shiraz Cabernet 1998
Tasted: February 2001
Packed with spice, cherry and berry flavours, this is an elegant wine, with enough power to satisfy those who like robust wines.

Taylors Shiraz Cabernet 1998
Tasted: June 2001
Not many bargains left from the fabulous 1998 vintage so be in quick. Rich and plummy with loads of spice and currants. Very moorish. Probably our best selling Aussie red instore.

Taylors Shiraz Cabernet 98
Tasted: October 2000
Full on powerful ripe spicy berryfruit with lovely sweet charry oak. Great value.

Taylors Shiraz Cabernet 98
Tasted: Xmas 2000
Full on powerful ripe spicy berryfruit with lovely sweet charry oak. Great value.

Te Awa Farm Boundary 2000
Tasted: March 2004
This is Te Awa Farm's flagship wine and it really is something to behold. It is a blend of Merlot (85%), Cabernet Sauvignon (10%), and Cabernet Franc (5%) from the much talked about Gimblett Gravels area of the Hawkes Bay. It is a massively concentrated and powerful wine which exudes class and presence with ripe berry fruit characters and excellent tannin structure. Try and resist the temptation to drink this wine now as a few years in the cellar will be well rewarded.

Te Kairanga Gisborne Chardonnay 2002
Tasted: March 2004
From the makers of fine Martinborough Pinot Noir comes this excellent Chardonnay. Using grapes sourced from Gisborne, they have produced a refreshing, full flavoured Chardonnay with peach and melon characters balanced nicely by subtle oak treatment. This was over $20, but we have done a deal!

Te Mania Nelson Sauvignon Blanc '01
Tasted: March 2002
Another of the newer labels from Nelson, though these guys have been around for a handful of years now. Like the Waimea, this wine shows the positive effects of the drought 2001 vintage in Nelson, with lots of fruit concentration, another lovely drop to savour during what's left of the summer.

Te Mania Sauvignon Blanc 2002
Tasted: September 2002
One of the best Sauvignon's I've tasted from the recent releases. Vibrant, up-front fruit driven style with heaps of concentrated citrus flavours and hints of guava, passionfruit and a certain subtle, flinty, minerally backbone.

Te Mania Sav Blanc 2002
Tasted: Christmas 2002
A departure of sorts, as this is a Nelson producer, rather than Marlborough. Like Central Otago, Nelson is a buzz of vineyard activity as plantings increase, and a number of new labels appear in the market (Alistair has just returned from summer holidays there, so is our current expert on the region). Te Mania (meaning 'the plains') is a small family owned concern. Something of a fruit bomb, with varied tropical fruits and bright zesty citrus notes.

Te Mata 'Elston' Chardonnay 2001
Tasted: June 2002
Typically elegant with a lovely creamy texture. A rich bouquet of toasty oak is followed by ripe fruit oak and mealy flavoured. Consistently one of NZ's outstanding Chardonnays.

Te Mata Elston Chardonnay 1999
Tasted: March 2000
Absolutely beautiful wine with concentrated flavours of grapefruit, apricots and nuts. Lots of power. Michael Cooper in his most recent book has given the Elston a super classic identification alongside only 5 other chardonnays and I totally agree with this call. Will age. Rock and roll. A collectors item.

Te Mata Elston Chardonnay 2000
Tasted: April 2001
Michael Cooper writes of the Elston 'One of NZ's most illustrious chardonnays, Elston is a stylish and intense, slowly evolving Hawkes Bay wine. At around four years old, it is a notably complete wine with concentration, complexity and finesse'. This is a true NZ classic and this vintage is in my opinion the best Elston Chardonnay yet. Still restrained but packed with fruit. Very complex, with a long nutty mealy palate. As Michael Cooper suggests this is one for the cellar.

Te Mata Estate Chardonnay 1999
Tasted: March 2000
Fantastic wine at this price. Fragrant weighty and complex with strong nutty and peach flavours and a wonderful vanilla finish.

Te Mata Viognier 1999
Tasted: March 2000
As far as I know, Te Mata are the first NZ winery to release a wine from this white Northern Rhone grape variety, though many others have planted it. Honeysuckle and floral notes on the nose with a lovely oily texture on the palate. We have only a handful of bottles, so it is one for the adventurous wine drinker.

Te Mata Woodthorpe Chardonnay '02
Tasted: April 2003
This is the 2nd label of the magnificent Elston and in most wineries the fruit would definitely be good enough for their top label. The style is restrained and elegant with ripe peach flavours and a tad of lemons. A really gorgeous wine.

Te Whare Ra Chardonnay 2000
Tasted: June 2001
Lovely unoaked style packed with peach and melon flavours and a long lingering finish. Buy now for the summer months, as it's unlikely that we will be able to maintain this price for long.

Te Whare Ra Gewurztraminer 1999
Tasted: March 2000
Trophy winner for the Gewurztraminer and my wine of the show at last years Air New Zealand show. This wonderful wine crams more flavour per millilitre than any white wine that I know of. Fantastic. We only have a small amount of this wine available.

Te Whare Ra Gewurztraminer 2003
Tasted: February 2004
Trophy winner at Air New Zealand Show last year. It is a strikingly powerful, rich wine that crams more flavour into the glass than most other NZ gewurt's. Will cellar for several years.

Te Whare Ra Riesling 1999
Tasted: June 2001
Luscious medium dry Riesling with limes and rose petals. Perfectly balanced. Yummy! A great buy.

Te Whare Ra Riesling 2002
Tasted: August 2002
Many of our regulars will have enjoyed previous vintages of this wine, which has been a fond favourite for us at Munslow's. This vintage offers an intriguing counterpoint between nose and palate. It smells dry (does that sound dumb?) with its enticing bouquet of fresh cut flowers, citrus blossom and a touch of minerality, but then wham, on comes the lush honeyed palate with its freshening citrus notes to completely dispel the dryness suggested by the nose. Our distributor has managed to ratchet this down to the price of the '99 vintage, making this a bargain price for this lovely off-dry kiwi Riesling.

Te Whare Ra Riesling 2002
Tasted: November 2002
One of the shop's best buys. Lovely now with a delicious mouthfeel and texture. Packed with ripe peach flavours. Will age well. Buy a case...I have.

Temple Bruer Cornucopia Grenache '98
Tasted: July/August 2001
This is a great anytime wine. Packed with rich spicy raspberry fruit, and a full rounded palate. This Grenache has a lot more oomph than your regular Grenache. Well worth the price. Great with pasta or even a curry.

Temple Bruer Cornucopia Grenache 1997
Tasted: February 2000
Excellent deep red colour with full grenache floral flavours on the nose. Vibrant, high in alcohol and made for drinking now. Excellent example of Grenache.

Temple Bruer Res. Merlot 1996
Tasted: Christmas 1999
A fine wine which David Bruer is justifiably proud of. It has received accolades in the Australian press, and deserves the same here. This would be fabulous with turkey and the trimmings.

Temple Bruer Shiraz Malbec 1996
Tasted: Christmas 1999
We enjoyed a bottle of this recently and were amazed at how much it has changed. Initially the wood was quite dominant, now it's all fruit and gutsy with it. It still has a few years life in it for cellaring purposes.

Temple Bruer Shiraz Malbec 1998
Tasted: April 2001
A blend of 74% Shiraz and 26% Malbec from the Langhorne Creek. This is an excellent wine from the fantastic 1998 vintage. Excellent colour with sweet cherry fruit, good complexity with intensity and length. Will cellar well. Has received 4 gold medals to date.

Temple Bruer Shiraz Malbec 1998
Tasted: April 2002
This is a wee beauty. A wine that's different in style to many other Langhorne Creek wines. The winemaker David Bruer informs us that he has added 30% Malbec to soften the tannins of the Shiraz (they were huge in the '98 vintage). The palate is intense with a wonderful depth of flavour. It's certainly drinking well now, but will cellar for at least another 5 years or so. We enjoyed this with a roast lamb. Yum! This also happens to be an organic vineyard. Cuisine rated it with 4 _ stars and very well rated in Australia.

Temple Bruer Shiraz Malbec 1998
Tasted: Christmas 2001
Rich, complex flavours from this wonderful South Australian wine. Definitely one to share on Christmas Day with turkey, or in our case duck.

Tennyson Cabernet Sauvignon 1998
Tasted: August 2000
Another good value Aussi red with lots of blackcurrant flavour as you would expect from a great vintage.

Tennyson Cabernet Sauvignon 1998
Tasted: Christmas 1999
More French style than Australian, does with good fruit and weight.

Tennyson Cabernet Sauvignon 1998
Tasted: February 2000
I really like this wine. Good berry flavours and a long dry finish. Made for early drinking (meaning soon after release rather than first thing in the morning!).

Tennyson Cabernet Sauvignon 1999
Tasted: February 2001
Great value Aussi red with lots of blackcurrant flavours and a lick of spicy oak.

Tennyson cabernet Sauvignon 1998
Tasted: November 1999
The name Tennyson I'm sure conjures up various images for some people. For me it's a flat I shared in Tennyson St, just across from Otago Girls, and it was a rage. This wine would have gone extremely well with all the parties and good times we had in that flat. It's like biting into a very ripe juicy plum (the old fashioned type that has all the juice running down your face.or maybe that was in another life too!). Anyway, it's a great value red.

Tenuta Sette Ponti Crognolo 1999
Tasted: August/September 2001
Exciting new Super Tuscan, 100% Sangiovese predominantly from a vineyard planted by HRH the Count of Turin in 1935. 92/100 in Wine Spectator.

Tenuta del Ornellaia Le Volte 1999
Tasted: August/September 2001
The second wine of Ornellaia and an excellent Super Tuscan in its own right. 1999 is tipped to surpass the 1997 vintage as the vintage of the quarter century.

Terrace View Cabernet Merlot 1998
Tasted: July/August 2001
Rated 92 by the Wine Spectator magazine, this is great value. Lovely ripe berry fruit flavours and soft tannins with a nice lick of oak.

Terrace View Cabernet Merlot 1998
Tasted: May 2001
The best value NZ red in the shop from the ripe '98 vintage. Rich and full of plum and currant flavours with a nice touch of oak. None of those nasty green herbal flavours. Rated an impressive 86/100 in the American Wine Spectator magazine.

The Stump Jump Shiraz Grenache 1999
Tasted: Christmas 2001
This wine is about as subtle as a brick. Huge fruit well balanced by silky oak. Best kept for the rave at New Years Eve.

The Willows Cabernet Sauvignon 1998
Tasted: June 2001
This label has had remarkable success in recent years in Cuisine tastings, both for its Shiraz and Cabernet. Once again it makes the TOP 10, and will be featured in the Aussie Cabernet tasting coming up in July. Another big cuddly Barossa wine, which can be enjoyed now. Heaps of blackberry fruit and nice toasty oak to complement it.

Three Steps Cabernet Shiraz 1999
Tasted: March 2004
A fully flavoured robust cab. Shiraz from Victoria. Plums, berries and soft tannins make this a very pleasant drinking experience.

Thyme Hill Merlot 2002
Tasted: February 2004
Yes Merlot from central Otago, and it's the only wine they make and serious stuff it is. Excellent concentration of blackcurrants and plums and beautifully structured.

Tim Gramp McLaren Vale Shiraz 1997
Tasted: November 1999
When this label hit the shelves a number of years ago, we at Munslow's were really excited to have boutique wines of such good quality. This new vintage is a dual gold medal winner. It's full of leather, spicy rich fruit flavour steeped with sweet American oak. It is wonderful now, but will certainly cellar well for 5-10 years or so.

Torbreck 'Runrig' 1999
Tasted: April 2002
The big brother to The Steading' is also available in even smaller quantities. This is a Shiraz rather than GSM. But alas, we have not tried this. It stands on its own reputation.

Torbreck 'The Descendant' 1999
Tasted: October 2001
Dave Powell is an Aussie 'garagesite', buying in parcels of old vine fruit and handcrafting small parcels of wine. This wine has a huge reputation in the UK, and in the US (where this sells for US $70). The little brother to 'The Runrig' this Shiraz is fermented on Viognier to pick up that perfume, and with a tilt towards the Rhone.

Torbreck 'The Steading' 1999
Tasted: April 2002
Tiny amounts of this available. A new Australian icon with rave reviews from Robert Parker. Made in the same style as Rockford wines as the winemaker/owner Dave Powell spent many years there. Made from Grenache, Mouvedre and Shiraz (GSM) blend. It has wonderful depth of flavour with blackberry and spice. Put it aside for at least 5 years, but will cellar well for 10 plus years.

Torbreck Runrig 1998
Tasted: Xmas 2000
A cult wine. Classic Aussi. Very rare. Has a huge reputation. My treat on Xmas day.

Torbreck The Steading 1999
Tasted: Xmas 2000
Bob Campbell MW writes "buy this wine if you can, this is Aussi Shiraz with a Rhone twist 93:100" Cellar for up to 10 years.

Torbreck the Steading 1999
Tasted: May 2001
Huon Hook, a fine Australian wine judge and critic writes from the Sydney Morning Herald, and recently reviewed The Steading in a manner that I can not improve on, so I reproduce his notes here. "A superb red from Dave Powell, one of the Barossa's newest stars. Mainly Grenache with Shiraz and Mouvedre, it has a subtle and complex bouquet and flavour which keeps unfolding as you go. Rich fruit, sweet and profound, with abundant supple tannins, great balance and delicious Rhone like characters." Incidentally I shared a bottle of the '97 with friends a couple of weekends ago, and it was drinking beautifully now.

Torlesse Canterbury Chardonnay '02
Tasted: March 2004
This Chardonnay uses grapes from Waipara and the wider Canterbury area. It is a lightly oaked style with citrus and melon flavours and a hint of nutty, toasty oak. A very easy going style and great value for money.

Torlesse Canterbury Riesling 2003
Tasted: March 2004
This vineyard has come on leaps and bounds in the past 2 or 3 years. It's latest release riesling is testimony to it! Made in the Waipara style riesling, it's a medium-off medium style with lime and stone fruit a plenty with a clean crisp finish. Stunningly good for the price.

Torlesse Medium Riesling 1999
Tasted: March 2000
Just what you need when you look at the shelves and find everything has gone up in price with the fall of the New Zealand dollar. This makes good drinking for not a lot of money. Fruity and ripe this wine fills the mouth surprisingly. A small amount of Muller adds to an aromatic lift.

Torlesse Pinot Noir
Tasted: March 2004
Great value from Canterbury. Strawberry and spice aromas are followed by ripe plum and cherry flavours, with some spicy complexity and a good finish. Vincent Girardin Santenay 1er Cru Clos de la

Torlesse Riesling 1999
Tasted: February 2002
Classy Riesling with a bit of age. Made in an off dry style, with touches of peach and vanilla pod.

Torres Sangre De Toro 1999
Tasted: July/August 2001
We should have had Chris and Cheryl write up this wine, as they have just attended a marvellous tasting at Torres (yep in Spain). Those of you with a Spanish bent will know that Sangre de Toro means 'bulls blood' and this is a rich zesty grenache based wine with lovely earthy nuances. The back label suggests that the wine has complex 'Mediterranean aromas' which I take the mean unwashed Spaniards but nevertheless, this is a jolly nice wine.

Torres Santa Digna Cabernet Sav 98
Tasted: October 2000
With the name Torres you immediately think Spain, however this wine is from Chile. Torres were the first European company in Chile planting grapes in 1979. This wine seems to have something both of the Old World and New World about it. The flashes of tawny in the colour show a more oxidative style of winemaking, yet the sweet fruit is New World then the finish is more savoury and dry. Priced competitively with many of the Australians, it offers a fascinating alternative.

Trinity Hill Chardonnay 1999
Tasted: May 2001
For those of you who don't already know, this is the label of John Hancock, who for many, many years crafted the wines of Morton Estate, including their wonderful Black Label Chardonnays. Fresh from topping the Cuisine Chardonnay tasting, this is a sophisticated wine. More Burgundian than Kiwi. The aromatic hints if citrus, nuts and matchstick lead on to a powerful palate; mealy and textured with a long finish. Will also be well worth a run in the cellar.

Turkey Flat Grenache 1998
Tasted: February 2000
These grapes used to go to Charles Melton, St. Hallet and Rockford vineyards, but in the last 5 years or so have gone into the Turkey Flat label. This is a serious grenache, raspberry and plum with rich and very ripe fruit. Balanced well with oak and tannins and excellent finish.

Turkey Flat Shiraz 1999
Tasted: October 2001
A personal favorite of mine, which in the past I've has to buy direct from the vineyard. This is the first year it has been available in NZ. Very old vine Barossa fruit gives a supple richly flavoured wine, which is about balance. One of those wines with immediate drinkability, but with the poise to sustain long-term cellaring.

Twin Island Pinot Noir 2000
Tasted: August/September 2001
A genuinely good Pinot Noir for under $20. A big fleshy wine which possesses good depth of warm, ripe cherryish flavours with some complexity.

Tyrrells Steven Semillon 1993
Tasted: May 2000
Laurie and Peter's favourite Semillon. Little brother to their Vat 1 Semillon, which has won every accolade that any wine, could receive. Full of toasty citrus flavours, developed beautifully. A great change form chardonnay. It's only a baby at 7 years old, but it has years to go.

Umani Ronchi Verdicchio 2000
Tasted: August 2002
Verdicchio who/what/where you might ask, but Verdicchio is widely grown in Central Italy and in this case in the DOC of Castelli de Jesi in the Marches. Subtle rather than flamboyant, I found this to be a wine that crept up on me with its fresh burst of citrusy acidity overlaid on an almondy nutty palate. Some Italian whites I have tried have been bland oxidized offerings, but this wine definitely drew me back for a second glass.

Valli Baldhills Bannockburn Pinot Noir 2001
Tasted: November 2002
Grant Edmonds own label. Great Pinot cropped low for intensity. Full of charm, elegant yet powerful. Still a baby. Cellar for 18months, but wonderful now.

Vasse Felix Heytesbury 1997
Tasted: February 2000
This is the flagship wine from one of the Margaret River's best wineries. Very Bordeaux like in its blend of cabernet, franc and malbec and in its style. Huge on the palate with sublime fruit, spice and mint balanced superbly with generous oak. Will cellar well for 10 years or more.

Vasse Felix Shiraz 2001
Tasted: March 2004
We had a bottle of this last Friday night with pizza after a very long week. We had attended a wedding the night before and were quite frankly exhausted from a very late night, and not enough sleep (that happens too often these days when I've had too much the night before). I hadn't intended drinking at all that night, but was soon persuaded by the waft of violets and berries coming from the glass strategically placed in front of me. What's a girl to do!! Vasse is an old vineyard (established in 1967) from Western Australia and has made some of the best shiraz's from the region rating 5 stars consistently. The palate was sublime, full and spicy, smooth and elegant at the same time. It's made in a Rhone style typical of Margaret River area as compared to the 'in your face' Barossa style, It has that 'x-factor' that makes your palate waken up and take notice of what you're drinking. I seriously rate this wine, especially at this price and if it works with pizza, then what the hell.

Vasse
Tasted: April 2003
When was the last time you tried a Vasse? This vineyard has been around and producing such fantastic quality wines for at least the last three decades, that I'm surprised that we don't hear much about them ... I guess it's the same old story... the US market is gobbling the majority of the wine produced by them. Well breathe a sigh of relief that we have at least the Shiraz here. This wine has consistently achieved 5 stars by the likes of James Halliday etc, that it surprises me that the price has been kept at such a reasonable level (compared to wines like E and E which are now at the $100 mark!). This is a stunner from the Margaret River. Full of lovely berry/cherry fruit with a touch of forest floor. Very complex, and will develop well. A wine for the cellar that I think should last for 10-15 years. Halliday tried a line up of the Shiraz a few years ago and was impressed at their longevity.

Vavasour Reserve Riesling 2001
Tasted: March 2004
Hand picked and whole bunch pressed, then fermented with wild yeasts. This is a lovely lemon lime style of riesling with hints of stonefruit and a very long finish, made in a medium dry style. Will cellar well.

Verde Brut NV
Tasted: August/September 2001
Recently re-packaged, this reasonably priced bubbly is a blend of 75% Pinot Noir and 25% Chardonnay. It shows good depth of fresh zesty citrus balanced with a touch of biscuity yeast.

Veuve Clicquot NV
Tasted: Christmas 1999
When only the best will do! Champagnes come in all styles from acidic/appley flavours to rounded buttery styles. Clicquot is in the latter style, and I love it! Super special: buy a case of 12 and receive a bottle free.

Veuve Clicquot NV
Tasted: Christmas 2002
Was 92.95, now 76.95. Our absolute favourite at a great price. Rich, complex and delicious, this is what Laurie and I will start Xmas Day with!

Veuve Clicquot NV
Tasted: Xmas 2000
Our favourite - the queen of Champagne

Veuve Clicquot Non Vintage
Tasted: June 2000
Laurie and Peter's favorite fizz. Rich and buttery with superb yeast treatment makes this the queen of Champagnes at this price in town.

Vidals Riesling 2002
Tasted: June 2003
Made in an off-dry style with lots of peach and citrus flavours. A really good buy, however it is in limited quantity only.

Vidals Sauvignon Blanc 2002
Tasted: June 2003
Another great buy. This is a crisp, delicate wine with good melon and lime evoking flavours and a touch of complexity due to the hint of oak.

Vieux Clocher Cotes du Rhone 1999
Tasted: Christmas 2001
A worthy follow up to the '98 we stocked earlier in the year. Lovely grenache and syrah fruit with a classic hint of French barnyard. Very definitely European.

Vieux Clocher Cotes du Rhone 2000
Tasted: June 2002
Packed with vibrant fruit with spicy strawberry fruit and a good long finish made mainly from Syrah. When you're sick of the sweet, in your face Shiraz from Australia, this will be an excellent alternative.

Villa Maria 2 Vineyards Cab Merlot '00
Tasted: March 2004
Keith Stewart wine of the week in the Listener magazine. It is complex, savoury with great depth and firm tannins and packed with blackcurrant and plum flavours. It has generous fruit and promises to mature well. Better value for quality than the Reserve range which tend to be a touch expensive. Whitehaven Reserve Gewurztraminer '01 22.45 Mouth filling, rich and dry which is everything a good gewurt should be. It has lychees and spice flavours on the palate. 3 years in the bottle has made this a very seductive wine; lovely and lingering.

Villa Maria Cellar Selection Cabernet Merlot 2001
Tasted: April 2003
Selected as Michael Coopers "Best Buy of the Year" for the 2000 vintage, this is a pretty good follow-up. The fruit is sourced from the Gimblett gravel area in Hawkes Bay, and has produced a very elegant wine indeed. Blackcurrant cassis and plum flavours abound with a touch of spice. Drinking now but will cellar nicely for 2- 3 years.

Waimea Chardonnay 2000
Tasted: May 2001
We've tried this 2 or 3 times now and absolutely loved it. Creamy oaky fig and tropical fruit underlain with nuances of butterscotch and mealiness.

Waimea Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2001
Tasted: June 2002
Impressive Sauvignon Blanc from Nelson. Redcurrent and gooseberry aromas with intense passionfruit, gooseberry and lime flavours coming through on the palate. Without doubt one of the best in this price range.

Waimea Estates Chardonnay 2000
Tasted: April 2001
Delicious full fruit of fig, tropical fruit and cashews underlay nuances of vanilla butterscotch and mealiness.

Waimea Sauvignon Blanc 2001
Tasted: March 2002
An up and coming label from Nelson, and one to keep ab eye on. I met the winemaker last year and he's a focused chap, passionate about his wine, and striving to better it each year. From a very good year in Nelson, this is fragrant and zesty wine, with a hint of tropical fruit overlaid on the usual gooseberry and grassy notes.

Waipara Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2003
Tasted: October 2003
New to us here at Munslows, this is a classic style Marlborough Sauvignon. Upfront vibrant gooseberry and passionfruit flavours with hints of nettle and herbaceous characters. Clean and fresh on the finish.

Wairau River Chardonnay 1998
Tasted: November 1999
Especially bottled for Munslow's, Philip Rose was not going to release this delicious Chardonnay yet, but pressure from our clients after a recent Decanter Club tasting of Wairau River forced the issue. Elegant powerful, citrus and melon flavours balanced with excellent oak. A wine to cellar for 3- 4 years or enjoy young and fresh now.

Wairau River Riesling 2002
Tasted: March 2003
A classic example of the Mark v Peter phenomena. At 5gm/l sugar and noticeably dry this is a style which Peter will enjoy with food, but I love anytime, anywhere. The rep and I polished off the bottle in no time, and who wouldn't when the aromatics just leap out the glass, the wine is long and intense on the palate, and the whole palate is bright and fresh as a summer's day. Love it now, or luxuriate in it in five years.

Wairau River Sauvignon Blanc '99
Tasted: June 2000
Excellent example of Marlborough sauvys. Elegant tropical fruit with traditional gooseberry aromas with nicely balanced acid and fruit.

Wairau River Sauvignon Blanc 1999
Tasted: August 2000
A powerful, intense and classy wine from a producer with a big following in the UK. All the flavours that you would expect in a good Marlborough savvy, with a lovely texture and excellent complexity.

Waterwheel Shiraz 1999
Tasted: February 2001
Very dark with rich nose of berries, vanilla and chocolate. It lingers on the finish with hints of plums and liquorice. Superb!

Waterwheel Shiraz 2000
Tasted: March 2002
Wonderful unctuous Shiraz. Rich and ripe with a cascade of blackberry, chocolate and earthy flavours. Very full bodied and mouthfilling now, or cellar for 4-5 years.

Waterwheel Shiraz 2002
Tasted: March 2004
According to James Halliday, this is Australia's best red wine buy! From Bendigo, Victoria, this is serious stuff. Big, dark wine with a ton of blackberry fruit and lovely vanilla flavours. Very ripe and full bodied with a very long finish. Great now, but try in 6 years. Peter's choice.

Weeping Sands Waiheke Cab Merlot '00
Tasted: April 2003
We rarely see wines from Waiheke Island down south with the local Auckland market being as parochial as we are with our Central Otago wines. Here then is an opportunity to try one of the northern wines that is not at a horrendous price, (which is synonymous of Waiheke wines). Very good value, the 2nd label of Obsidian. Lots of flavour, and delicious now.

Weeping Sounds Cabernet Merlot 2000
Tasted: April 2002
Second label of Obsidian Vineyard from Waiheke Island, and certainly the most reasonably priced Waiheke Island red without compromising on quality. More Bordeaux like in style.

Whitehaven Pinot Gris 2002
Tasted: November 2002
Due instore mid month, this wine is made by Simon Waghorn; ex Corbans, and also making wine successfully under his own label Astrolabe. Showing lovely texture with peach and stonefruit elements we found a sample of this to be moorish. Very attractive drinking in its youth and competitively priced.

Wild Duck Creek 1999 Spring Flat Shiraz
Tasted: April 2001
Very stylish wine made from very low yielding old Shiraz vines. Choc full of plum, licorice and spice. Very, very intense on the palate. Cellar 5 to 8 years. 94/100. 5 stars Cuisine. Very rare.

Wild Duck Creek Springflat Shiraz 1999
Tasted: October 2001
Wild Duck Creek has sprung to fame in the US with the rather unfortunately named, but highly famous 'Ducks Muck' which is now selling for in excess of US $1000. A baby brother, but a serious wine in its own right, hailing from Heathcote (N.W. of Melbourne).

William Hill Gewurztraminer 2001
Tasted: June 2002
Fresh, lively petal aromas, with tropical fruit salad and soft spicy overtones. Intense lingering flavours on the finish. One of the best Gewurz's from Central Otago.

William Hill Gewurztraminer 2002
Tasted: March 2003
This Gewurzt displays all those lovely characteristics of gewurz that we all love; Rose petals and turkish delight. A softer style than the Marlborough styles, due to the cooler climate in Central Otago. A definite wine to enjoy over those lingering sunny days and evenings.

Wirra Wirra 'The Angelus' Cabernet Sauvignon 1998
Tasted: July/August 2001
Mark subscribes to an Australian wine and food magazine called Divine, which had such a marvellous review of this wine that I just had to share it with you. "It's like Anthony Mundine in a bottle; power, aggression bravado, and a real need to stand out. The fruit - boy does this wine have fruit! Rich blackcurrant. Rich aniseed. Rich dark chocolate. And a rich swirl of coconut - I nearly keeled over just smelling it (actually, I lie... it's got all that but it simultaneously seems deft. There's real class here) the palate itself is accordingly packed with more blackcurrant, blood plums, a seriously sensational streak of strawberry and much more of that rich, dark, chocolatey oak. There's also a patch of earthiness in there too - really for a young super duper premium, this wine is showing considerable complexity. Perhaps that's a result of its origins: it's a blend of 63% Adelaide Hills and 37% Coonawarra fruit. Whatever it is, it's a top eminently age worthy wine." Five stars in Cuisine, we have managed to source only a small quantity so may need to be allocated depending on the demand. For this reason, we would suggest you place your order immediately with Peter or Mark.

Wirra Wirra Scrubby Rise 2001
Tasted: July 2003
A blend of Shiraz, Cabernet and Petit Verdot that works really well. It has great balance, structure and complexity. Packed with mocha and spice flavours and a lovely long finish

Wither Hills Chardonnay 1998
Tasted: March 2000
Brent Marris continues to make one of the best chardonnays in New Zealand. Barrel fermented in French oak enhances this rich complex melon flavoured wine.

Wither Hills Chardonnay 1999
Tasted: February 2001
One of my favourites. Mealy and complex with vibrant ripe fruit shining through. Memorable now but will cellar if you can resist for 2-3 years. 5 stars.

Wither Hills Sauvignon Blanc 1999
Tasted: Christmas 1999
This wine has won a trophy every year it has been produced. In my opinion it is as good as Cloudy Bay.

Wither Hills Sauvignon Blanc 1999
Tasted: March 2000
Herbal with gooseberry overtones in a crisp and intense style.

Wither Hills Sauvignon Blanc 1999
Tasted: November 1999
Distinctive Marlborough, fine herbaceous flavours with gooseberry overtones. This did not disappoint when Brent Marris showed this at the decanter Club last month. Watch out for more awards. What Brent is trying to achieve comes from his viticulture techniques, which enhances fruit balance, a uniformity of ripeness and harmony of fruit. Absolutely fantastic wine.

Wither Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2000
Tasted: February 2001
Arguably NZ's finest. Pure ripe gooseberry, melon and capsicum flavours, this is Sauvignon at its pure penetrating best. Very concentrated. Made by the multi-talented Brent Marris.

Wither Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2001
Tasted: October 2001
Over a few short years Brent Marris has propelled the Wither Hills label to the top of the tier. As much about texture and complexity as fruit, this is a wine that will build up a head of steam as it gains a little bottle age. Complex and wonderful drinking now, but will be even better in the New Year.

Wyndam Bin 888 Cabernet Merlot
Tasted: February 2002
Nice rich mouthfeel with lovely chocolate notes. Scored very well in Cuisine.

Wyndham Bin 555 Shiraz 2000
Tasted: March 2002
We did a good deal on this big spicy wine. Full of fruitcake, berry and spice flavours. Great value

Wynn's Coonawarra Riesling 2002
Tasted: March 2004
From Coonawarra oldest winery comes another masterpiece of winemaking. This riesling has an abundance of the tropical riesling flavours and a wonderful full finish. However, if you don't wish to drink it now, it'll benefit with cellaring. We tried a 1993 vintage with Mark a couple of years ago and it proved that cellaring this wine was well worth the effort. At this price and with the first vintage in stelvin, how can you lose?

Wynns Chardonnay 1999
Tasted: June 2000
Some Aussi Chardonnays are fat and blowzy; this isn't one of them. Zesty white peach and tropical fruit notes are balanced well by the integrated creamy, nutty oak. A great little wine at a great little price.

Wynns Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
Tasted: November 1999
Perfectly balanced with an abundance of generous minty Coonawarra cabernet fruit on a background of vanilla oak. This wine gets very good reviews in all the Australian mags, and it's not hard to see why. James Halliday says it is "a powerful testament to the synergy between Coonawarra and Cabernet Sauvignon." This is definitely one for the cellar, and when you bring it out in 5 years time it will still be as fresh and balanced as the day it was made.

Wynns Coonawarra Chardonnay 2000
Tasted: June 2001
Tried this wine recently with friends and we were all thinking it was Kiwi. It has freshness often lacking in Aussie Chardonnays at this price, with peach and nectarine fruit, and a mealy texture, and deftly handled oak.

Wynns Coonawarra Shiraz 2002
Tasted: March 2004
Very purple in colour with spice, black cherry and berry fruit on the nose. The palate is full and rich with lots of dark fruit flavours. Try with kebabs.

Wynns Riesling 1999
Tasted: May 2000
I really enjoyed a '93 of this wine over the weekend, a fine example of a wine, which costs little, but amply rewards cellaring. But it's really an each way bet! Drink it young for it's exuberant citrus freshness, or put it away for five (or more) years and see a wonderfully toast and honey, lime and kero wine evolve. The Wynn's people rate this vintage very highly. (Mark)

Wynns Shiraz 1998
Tasted: March 2000
Peppery spicy cherry and berry flavours and supple well- balanced oak in a ripe rich style.

Wynns Shiraz 1998
Tasted: May 2000
The best vintage yet. Packed with ripe cherry flavours and spicy oak. Put a case under the house; we have! James Halliday writes the large-scale production has in no way prevented excellent wines covering the full price spectrum from the bargain basement riesling (above) and shiraz through to the deluxe John Riddoch and Michael. Wynns offers extraordinary value for money. You can rely on Wynns.

Wynns Shiraz 2001
Tasted: June 2003
We enjoyed this while watching the rugby this last weekend, and I well understand the claim that it was voted 'red wine buy of the year'. A blackish cherry and berry fruit with a dab of sweet oak. Rich palate with dark fruit flavours. Great with kebabs.

Yalumba Barossa Shiraz 1998
Tasted: April 2001
We have managed to get more of this wine from this superb vintage. Ripe sweet berryfruit with licorice notes and subtle smoky oak.

Yalumba Barossa Shiraz 1998
Tasted: February 2001
Brilliant fruit from a great year. Sweet with ripe intense fruit and hints of chocolate and coconut and a long voluptuous finish. Will cellar well.

Yalumba Barossa Shiraz 1998
Tasted: June 2001
Made from 30-50 year old vines. Sweet ripe fruit on the nose. The palate shows very intense and concentrated Berry, plum and liquorice flavours. We had a bottle last night with a fantastic steak and kidney pie

Yalumba Barossa Shiraz 1999
Tasted: October 2001
Another great wine from the impressive Yalumba portfolio. Made from 100 percent Barossa Shiraz it displays ripe, sweet berry aromas on the nose. Plum and licorice notes are present on the palate, with a long smooth finish. Equally as good as the previous vintage and a great under $20.00 buy. Limited supplies only.

Yalumba Bush Vine Grenache 2001
Tasted: March 2004
Yalumba has the resource of some very old, gnarly bush vines, producing low yields of Grenache that are classic in style with a depth of concentrated flavour. Deep purple in colour with wild blueberry and plumy fruit characters and a hint of pepper, supported by a fine tannin structure. Drinking very well now.

Yalumba Galway Hermitage 1998
Tasted: August 2000
Rich colour with distinctive spicy fruit and elegant well balanced oak.

Yalumba Oxford Landing Chardonnay 99
Tasted: February 2001
Another Aussi bargain with rich ripe toasty flavours and pleasant toasty oak.

Yalumba Oxford Landing Chardonnay
Tasted: June 2002
Very good bargain Chardonnay, with juicy tropical fruit and melon and fig overtones. It tastes clean and rich with a good finish. You can't go wrong at this price. Take it to parties, it will go down well

Yalumba Viognier 2003
Tasted: September 2003
A lovely alternative to riesling. Yalumba are getting good at this difficult Northern Rhone varietal. It is a generous full-on wine with excellent tropical nose with spicy aromas in the mouth. A generous touch of apricot suggests a big broad highly viscose wine, with its own distinct flavours.

Zema Cabernet Sauvignon 1998
Tasted: February 2001
Made in the classic cooler climate Coonawarra style Full of flavour, with ripe sweet cassis flavours, and hints of the French and American vanilla oak. Halliday wrote of the winemaking practices "if ever there was an example of great wines being made in the vineyard this is it". 5 stars and one for the cellar.

d'Arenberg Stump Jump 2001
Tasted: August 2002
Stumpy's back! Bigger, stronger, faster (I think I can hear the theme top the six million dollar man breaking in). We've leapt (forgive the pun) into the '01 vintage and d'Arenberg have added Mouvedre (they like to call it Mataro in Australia) to bend this year making it a G.S.M. The Mouvedre adds a little more depth to the colour, and gives ab extra savoury, gamy note to the wine. Another Munslow's favourite, which I'm sure will fly off the shelves this year.

d'Arenburg D'Arry's Original Grenache Shiraz 1998
Tasted: August 2000
This wine has been around for years but was known simply as D'Arry's Original. While the wine never used to have its varietal make-up labeled, it has always been a blend of grenache and shiraz which d'Arenburg stood by over the years. With both grapes now strongly in fashion, they get a discreet mention on the label. This vintage is a potent mix of ripe fruit, spices and a bit of the shiraz pepperiness. I thought it was yummy.

d'Arenburg Stump Jump 2001
Tasted: March 2003
Say no more about this except this new vintage seems to have more shiraz and more body than the last vintage (my perception only).

d'Arenburg Stump Jump 2001
Tasted: September 2003
Yahoo 'Stumpy's' back! Yes we are happy to say that 'Stumpy' is back in our shop. After letting you all try some different wines, 'Stumpy' has come to make your choice even harder. There are lots of great wines around this price range at the moment, however I think that this blend of grenache, shiraz and mouvedre (monastrell in Italy and Spain) is truly fantastic. Spicy in character with hints of delicious raspberries. Remember to be in quick, as almost all our regular customers know this wine well.

d'Arenburg The Stump Jump 2001
Tasted: Christmas 2002
What can we say about this wine that hasn't already been said? Quirky label, memorable wine ...it has lots of palate interest for the serious wine enthusiast, and is seriously gluggable for the wine novice. It's legion of fans won't care less what we say, just keep it in store.

d'Arenburg The Stump Jump Grenache Shiraz 1999
Tasted: April 2002
Boy have we got a deal for you! Stumpy bounded onto the scene (forgive the pun, but it was late at night over a glass of charders...and Mark's like that!) late last year and has very quickly become a firm favorite amongst our clients. It offers a rich, spicy flavour with that touch of raspberry and earthiness common in Grenache. This is a wine whose complexity and depth of flavour far outweighs its modest price. WELL! The rep has come in with a deal so hot, it came with its own set of oven mitts. For the course of the newsletter or while stocks last. Normally $14.95 Newsletter price $11.65

d'Arenburg grenache Shiraz 1998
Tasted: June 2001
Meaty earthy floral spicy full of warm soft McLaren Vale fruit. A very generous wine with rich, supple fruit and the usual d'Arenberg silky, smoky oak. Has received fantastic reviews in Australia for years. Try with a casserole. Was $23.95

Tasted: Christmas 1999
Below are 4 Chardonnays (the first 3 Australian, the latter is NZ) which make amazing value for money. All are ideal for parties, Christmas pressies or just enjoying by the lake and are excellent wines.
Banrock Station Chardonnay 1999
Cedar Creek Chardonnay 1998
Mildara Chardonnay 1998
Sanctuary Chardonnay 1998




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