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  • "I can certainly see you know your wine. Most of the guests who stay here wouldn’t know the difference between Bordeaux and Claret." --- Basil Fawlty (John Cleese) in Fawlty Towers.

 

  • Domaine de la Charbonniere Chateauneuf de Pape 2014 NZD $65.00
    Aged in oak vats, this traditional cuvee has a distinctive character with its lovely ripeness and richness of red fruit and spicy notes. This wine can be enjoy young, but its structure gives it a good potential for ageing.Grape 70% Grenache, 15% Mourvedre, 15% Sy... more »
  • Giles Robin Crozes Hermitage Alberic Bouvet 2014 NZD $45.00
    Wonderful loganberry aroma on the nose, or deeply intense raspberry and black cherry, after which exotic spice and freesia scents become apparent. Beautifully fresh and expressive in the mouth; medium-bodied and rounded with present but understated tannin and acidity. This is so delicious that it... more »
  • Giles Robin Crozes Hermitage Papillon 2015 NZD $37.00
    The tank-aged 2015 Crozes Hermitage Papillon is another well-made effort from this estate and comes all from the Les Chassis region of the appellation (the southern flat plain). Plums, blackberry and hints of strawberries all give way to a plump, rounded, delicious wine that's ideal for drinking ... more »
  • Giles Robin Crozes Hermitage Terroir des Chassis 2014 NZD $34.00
    Dark red in hue with a fine appearance. Delicately floral on the nose with a dusting of cocoa. The taste offers up initial savoury earthy notes with fresh acidity, a touch of pepper, subtle cherry and blueberry fruit, fine youthful tannins and well integrated oak with perhaps a hint of mint on th... more »
  • Chateau de Hartes Bordeaux Grande Reserve 2015 NZD $30.00 $24.00
    Chateau de Hartes is lovelely unomplicated wine from Bordeaux, a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and cabernet Sauvignon. The discrete woody notes combine perfectly with silky tannins while keeping elegant aromas of fruits harvested at full maturity... more »
  • Caves de Lugny Macon Villages Chardonnay 2015 NZD $23.00
    Where else but Burgundy can you get a Chardonnay as good as this? It’s got depth, intensity and so much flavour. It’s fresh and intense with glorious notes of zesty citrus, delicate white flowers and honey. This is an archetypal chardonnay from the Macon Villages in the south of Burgu... more »
  • Château Laubes Bordeaux 2014 NZD $23.99
    The wine is fruity with just the right amount of tannic structure. It has spice and some firm toasty wood flavors in the background. Let the wine open up... more »
  • Arthur Metz Gewurztraminer Cuvee Anne-Laure, Alsace 2015 NZD $30.00 $25.99
    Floral on the nose, with a hint of spice. The palate starts off on mangoes and papayas, giving way to lychee fruit and a lemon finish. Slightly sweet on the finish, with nicely balanced acidity... more »
  • Chateau Mauvesin Barton 2012, Moulis en Medoc NZD $48.00 $44.00
    Intense aromas of red fruits with vanilla and toasty hints. Well balanced with soft tannins, Chateau Mauvesin is an elegant and structured wine. “Attractively fragrant cassis nose and nice elegant fruit for early drinking pleasure.” – 85pts Steven Spurri... more »
  • Domaine des Côteaux des Travers Cotes du Rhone 2014 NZD $24.99
    Made to organic principles, using a Grenache-dominated blend, in a vineyard owned by the same family for more than 100 years, this is Rhône wine-making at its best... more »
  • Chateau La Bastide Corbiers 2014 NZD $19.99
    Concentrated fruit from very old vines produce a wine with spicy red fruit and balanced tannins. Consistently excellent.... more »
  • Château Auzolle Corbières 2013 NZD $19.99
    A bouquet of black fruits (blackberyy, black currant) and stewed fruits. Notes of roasting and cocoa. The palate is well-structured with very present and silky tannins. A lovely aromatical strength with a spicy, long and persistant finish... more »
  • Château Pégau Côtes du Rhône 2013 Cuvée Maclura Cellar Selection NZD $25.99
    90 pts.“This is the rare Côtes du Rhône that needs cellaring, but it is sourced from a patch of 50-year-old vines near Sorgues. Ground cinnamon and clove, fineleather and just enough cherry fruit mingle to create compelling, medium-bodied wine framed by fin... more »
  • M.Chapoutier Les Vignes de Bila-Haut Cotes du Roussillon Villages 2013 NZD $25.00 $23.99
    Grape Variety:Syrah, Grenache and Carignan. Colour : deep garnet red.Nose : aromas of black cherry.Mouth : this wine is fleshy, well-structured with the warm and savage of soils of the Roussillon area. Try with&n... more »
  • Domaine Les Grands Bois les Trois Sœurs Cotés du Rhone Rouge 2016 NZD $24.99
    This wine smells soft and savoury and gracious. Ripe plums and red berries.  Full and fleshy, ripe and luscious to drink. There are chewy raspy tannins, a sweet finish, and pleasant heat at the death. Lovely!... more »
  • Chateau Villefranche Grand Vin de Bordeaux Graves 2013 NZD $22.00
    The time spent in oak barrels contributes to the wine’s aromatic complexity (vanilla, liquorice). Straightforward aromas of blackcurrants & blackberries will noticed. In the mouth the taste is well-structured & long – Villefranche is a high quali... more »