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  1. Ata Rangi Crimson Pinot Noir 2020 375ml
    Ata Rangi Crimson Pinot Noir 2020 375ml
    There's no mistaking the purity of fruit at the center of the bouquet - red cherries and ripe sweet plum, some raspberry and baked strawberry suggestions. Oak layers in some complexity and spice and the varietal signature is enhanced by a fine layer of mineral silty soil scents. Taut and youthful on the palate with a core of red berry fruit flavours, plums and tart strawberry. Tannins and acidity accentuate the youthful mouthfeel adding foundation structure and power. While drinkable today I suggest you cellar this wine till late 2023 and try again. Excellent drinking from early 2024 through 2030+. CAM DOUGLAS MS

    What's not to love about this latest release from the legends at Ata Rangi!? While the Crimson was always a nice wine it seems the last 5 or so years this "entry level" bottling has moved more in line to be sister wine to the estate release. The quality seems to have hit new heights and whether it is old vines or tweaked winemaking we are happily enjoying the fruits of their labour.
    2020
    Pinot noir
    New Zealand
    435
  2. Palliser Estate Pencarrow Pinot Noir 2019
    Palliser Estate Pencarrow Pinot Noir 2019
    Palliser Estate planted in 1984 is one of the pioneers of the Martinborough region. Martinborough only produces 1% of New Zealands' wine but is now synonymous with growing and making great wine. All the wines are 100% estate grown from six vineyards situated on the revered Martinborough Terrace, 25% of which are under organic management with the aim to take this to 100% by 2025.

    Like so many of the great producers its not just the quality of the wines the produce but the consistency that makes them so impressive which makes Pencarrow, undoubtably, one of the greatest value wines coming out of NZ.

    We are always a little shocked at how good this wine is. Definitely touting its Martinborough heritage in a firm and savoury style pinot. More toward the black fruit spectrum of pinot there is always something a touch darker in the nose and on the pallet. Savoury tannins lightly caress the core of sweet fruit and some complex undergrowth and wild herb off-set the flavours nicely.
    2019
    Pinot noir
    New Zealand
    435
    $26.00
  3. Amen Break Pinot Noir 2018
    Amen Break Pinot Noir 2018
    A collaboration between Matt Harrop and his brother Steve. Steve is a musician and record producer- he bought his vintage analogue Soundcraft 2400 desk from U2 in Dublin. He also grows his own Pinot Noir in the Waitaki Valley under the Sublime Label.

    Since 2016 the Amen break Pinot Noir has been grown at the extraordinary Zebra Vineyard in Bendigo. Soil here is very weak, loessial and alluvial river terraces.

    The ambition with the Amen Break Pinot has been to produce wines with lifted aromatic, textured mid palates and refined, lithe tannins. Hand harvested and naturally fermented. A mixture of clones that are both destemmed whole bunch pressed with no new wood.

    Lovely lifted red fruits, some pomegranate seed, lovely textured mid palate and long fine extract at the end. Evenly ripened, beautifully poised wine. Noticably absent is the heaviness of extract or overburden of wood. Pure, delicious Pinot for drinking now or into the future. PWS
    2018
    Pinot noir
    New Zealand
    373
  4. Scout Central Otago Riesling 2021
    Scout Central Otago Riesling 2021
    From an organic vineyard owned by riesling obsessed Mount Edward Winery nestled on a steep north-facing slope on the edge of a glacial terrace. Pretty nose, a little floral honeysuckle thing going on and a hint of something spicy. Lovely quince, grapefruit zest and ginger on the palate and beautiful layers of texture, the extended time on lees here really gives weight and dimension to the wine. A spear of cool acidity pulls everything together and delivers a mineral lick on the finish. Delicious. ALEX DOBSON
    2021
    Riesling
    New Zealand
    Special Price $31.00 Regular Price $34.00 As low as $29.00
  5. Escarpment 'Blanc' Pinot Blanc 2020
    Escarpment 'Blanc' Pinot Blanc 2020
    The surprisingly creamy-textured, medium-bodied (it's labelled at 11.5% alcohol) 2020 Blanc is 100% Pinot Blanc, barrel fermented and aged for 11 months prior to bottling. Tangerine and lime define the fruit parameters, while the oak is measured and barely noticeable, outside of the textural influence. Smooth and silky, it's an easy-drinking white with plenty of appeal. JOE CZERWINSKI, wineadvocate.com
    2019
    Pinot Blanc
    New Zealand
    435
  6. Bilancia Pinot Gris 2020
    Bilancia Pinot Gris 2020
    Pear and lifted floral aromatics and a full, ripe, lush palate. This is how Pinot Gris should be.
    2020 was a spectacular vintage for Hawke’s Bay and this Pinot Gris fruit was harvested in brilliant condition. Pressed and cold settled before racking and transfer to very old barriques for a coolish, slow fermentation. Slow fermentation assists in the retention of the often-subtle varietal fruit characters of Pinot Gris. The barrel fermentation is not meant to add oak character to the wine but rather, assist in texture. Texture is a very important feature in Pinot Gris.

    Aromas of floral, fruit and musk coupled with a rich, textural and full palate, important characters for Pinot Gris, building from great fruit quality and attention to balance during winemaking. The wine is dry, the weight and flavour of the fruit carries the palate. WARREN GIBSON, winemaker
    2020
    Pinot Gris
    New Zealand
    403
  7. Scout Wines Pinot x Pinot 2021
    Scout Wines Pinot x Pinot 2021
    Sarah and Greg are making fantastic wines from New Zealand's south island where their approach to site, viticulture and picking along with their gentle way in the winery, see them creating pure and forward wines with subtle complexity. Continually questioning all aspects of grape growing and winemaking, as well as challenging established ideas and practices, have been key to this small producer establishing a trademark stance for quality above all else. This release is one of the best we have seen.

    This is 90% Pinot Noir with 10% Pinot Gris-the two varieties are not often blended, but together they provide Scout with an ode to Beaujolais-resulting in a bright, light, crunchy and delicious red wine. It was sourced from two vineyards in Central Otago, both organically managed and harvested by hand. Components of this wine were allowed to undergo spontaneous carbonic maceration over 7-14 days. After this time, the grapes were foot-stomped and finished the ferment on skins. Once pressed, it was aged in old oak for six months before bottling in September.
    2019
    Pinot noir
    New Zealand
  8. Scout Central Otago Pinot Noir 2021
    Scout Central Otago Pinot Noir 2021
    What's the equivalent of not your Grandma's riesling? Maybe not your drunk uncle who pretends to know a lot about wine's Central Otago pinot? Anyhow, this is excellent. A lighter touch than your run of the mill Central Otago monster. A little more red fruited and instead of a mouth full of oak you get lovely sinewy tannin from a deft use of whole bunch, which also delivers lovely spice and intrigue to the wine as well. I like this a lot. ALEX DOBSON
    2019
    Pinot noir
    New Zealand
    Special Price $38.00 Regular Price $42.00 As low as $35.00
  9. Ata Rangi Crimson Pinot Noir 2020
    Ata Rangi Crimson Pinot Noir 2020
    There's no mistaking the purity of fruit at the center of the bouquet - red cherries and ripe sweet plum, some raspberry and baked strawberry suggestions. Oak layers in some complexity and spice and the varietal signature is enhanced by a fine layer of mineral silty soil scents. Taut and youthful on the palate with a core of red berry fruit flavours, plums and tart strawberry. Tannins and acidity accentuate the youthful mouthfeel adding foundation structure and power. While drinkable today I suggest you cellar this wine till late 2023 and try again. Excellent drinking from early 2024 through 2030+. CAM DOUGLAS MS
    2020
    Pinot noir
    New Zealand
    435
    Special Price $38.00 Regular Price $45.00 As low as $36.00
  10. Ata Rangi Crimson Pinot Noir 2019
    Ata Rangi Crimson Pinot Noir 2019

    Ata Rangi’s second-label pinot noir made from grapes grown on younger vines than their flagship wine. It is sporting a new label showing a stylised Pohutukawa flower. Seamless, stylish pinot noir with savoury, dried herb, spice, cherry, floral and violet flavours. Deliciously approachable now but should develop well, at least in the medium term. BOB CAMPBELL MW

    Love the wine. The new packaging? Dunno, maybe I just don’t like change.
    More deeply pitched. A plusher and darker fruited Crimson, equally a touch more structured too. The volume has been ramped up a notch but it’s super fresh and the tannins perfectly measured to support the sappy feeling fruit.
    It’s always great but I think it’s a bit more “serious” this year. I want to see it in three or four years. I think it’s got some upward swing.
    Always one of my favourite affordable Pinots, Ata seems to keep finding a little extra each year. Another ripper. ROSCOE

    2018
    Pinot noir
    New Zealand
    435
  11. Te Mata Awatea Cabernet Merlot 2018
    Te Mata Awatea Cabernet Merlot 2018
    Very deep, bold, bright purple/red colour leads into a superbly fragrant cabernet nose of violets, cassis, cedar and tobacco, while the palate is intense and bright, focused and elegant, with abundant fine tannins but also ready drinkabilty and superb balance. An excellent Awatea, with the structure to age and develop for many years. (48% cabernet sauvignon, 37% merlot, 15% cabernet franc). (95) HUON HOOKE, Real Review
    2018
    Cabernet Blends
    New Zealand
    Special Price $41.00 Regular Price $49.00
  12. Akarua Brut NV
    Akarua Brut NV

    54% Pinot Noir, 46% Chardonnay. The fruit for this sparkling wine is sourced from a variety of Central Otago sub-regions, with varying soil profiles, vine age and aspect. All parcels are hand havested, whole bunch pressed and fermented seperately. 4% will be aged in old oak.  Individual parcels are subsequently blended with 15% reserve wine.

    Aged on lees in bottle following secondary fermentation for 18 months, riddled, disgorged, aged on cork for an additional minimum 3 mths before release.

    LIfted florals, citrus and stonefruit perfume, with freshly baked baguette. Palate is zesty and fresh, with complex autolytic toasted brioche notes and fine persistent bead. Lovely length and mouth filling richness balanced with bright acidity. The perfect aperitif. AKARUA

    NV
    chardonnay, Pinot noir, Sparkling Wine
    New Zealand
  13. Kumeu River Estate Chardonnay 2021
    Kumeu River Estate Chardonnay 2021
    So graceful and composed, and lovely to drink. White peach, pink grapefruit, almond and spiced biscuit, subtle mint/cucumber and floral perfume. It's glossy and silky in texture, but bright and fresh, with a twist of lemon zest and green olive, a subtle flinty texture, and a long cool finish. Light and breezy too, delicate even, though not without flavour and intensity. These wines age well, so I suspect there's a bit more to come here. GARY WALSH, winefront.com
    2021
    chardonnay
    New Zealand
    416
  14. TWR Pinot Noir 2016
    TWR Pinot Noir 2016
    This is produced from estate grown fruit (certified organic) and a grower (will be certified organic in a year or so). Longer skin contact than most.

    Spicy as! Clove, cinnamon, spiced cherries, with some raspberry/red berry fruitiness in tow. The palate is quite sinewy, hemmed with good-dusty tannins, quite restrained, leaner and dusty-savoury fruit profile, tightly wound and finishes long and squeaky. Structured, serious expression here. (92)
    WINEFRONT
    2016
    Pinot noir
    New Zealand
    434
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