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  1. Quartz Reef Brut Méthode Traditionnelle Central Otago NV
    WS90
    WE92
    JS92
    $29.98
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    92 Points! A masterful sparkling with abundantly fresh nectarine, white peach and lemon citrus. The palate swings more into grapefruit territory and holds a neat, fresh and zesty stance. A savoury and stony finish. - JamesSuckling.com Learn More
  2. Quartz Reef Pinot Noir Central Otago Bendigo Estate Single Vineyard 2016
    DEC94
    JS92
    WA91
    VM91
    $32.98
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    94 Points! From Rudi Bauer’s capable hands, this reveals the merest whiff of smoke. The palate is corsetted sumptuousness, while the frame is firm, showing lots of backbone. A lovely synthesis of fruit, structure and texture that channels Bendigo power into finesse. The lasting finish resonates with fruit. Biodynamic. - Decanter Magazine Learn More
  3. Rippon Pinot Noir Mature Vine Central Otago 2015
    JS96
    WA94
    $54.98
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    96 Points! A blend of parcels across the property, this has a deeply spicy array of mixed fruit, framed in aromas of flint, dark stones, pepper, woody spices, wild herbs and fresh earth. Texturally, this is super fine and taut, which reflects the schist soils found here. Very fine, powerful and athletic with sustained fruit flavors that are typical of pinot noir. Long aging potential. Drink or hold. - JamesSuckling.com Learn More
  4. Rapaura Springs Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough Reserve 2018
    WS92
    DEC91
    $16.98
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    92 Points! Exotic notes of honeysuckle, lanolin and spice pave the way for succulent peach, mango and mandarin orange flavors. Impressively complex, with a supple texture and a long, expressive finish. - Wine Spectator Learn More
  5. Dashwood Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2018
    $9.98
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    It's always kind of a dilemma deciding how much to say about something. If you are talking about a great functional wine at a value price, an excess of superlatives and an expansive story could end up being counterproductive. On the other hand, if we are too concise with our words, people might interpret that as a lack of enthusiasm. Be that as it may, the Dashwood Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2018 deserves a word or two. This has been a staple for us during long stretches of our history. There has been some label tweaking and some inconsistencies along the way, but this is the best version of this wine in many years. Many examples of the Kiwi 2018s are overtly acidic, but the one hits all the right notes with tropical and grapefruit notes, bright but not overly aggressive acidity, none of the 'green' flavors that plague many 'value' Kiwi bottlings, and substance on the palate. One of the world's great Sauvignon Blanc values at under $10. Learn More
  6. Hillersden Estate Pinot Noir Marlborough 2016
    $19.98
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    We have been selling New Zealand Pinot Noirs since the 1993 vintage, prior to which we had no idea they even made Pinot Noir in New Zealand.  A Pinot Noir-centric Oregon purveyor went there and hand carried back things like Ata Rangi and Te Mata, and our impression was that this was clearly the start of something significant.  In the roughly quarter century that followed, the Kiwis have established themselves as an important Pinot Noir option in this marketplace.
     
    Back then few had a clear idea of the appellations or general lay of the land, but certain consistent profiles became apparently.  Generally New Zealand Pinots are cooler customers and a bit more savory.  Sometimes they can be downright sharp and green, perhaps just a bit too ‘cool climate’ for our tastes.  But the best examples have a more pronounced fruit core and more rounded edges, but still present their fruit in a more restrained, lifted, cooler-edged manner.  It is the ones that hit that happy medium of bright mulberry and dark cherry fruit with enough palate tenderness to give them a broader audience that really present viable and distinctive options for Pinot fans.
     
    The best examples play to that, and Hillersden is a new face for us that offers a great look at a wine that is reasonably outgoing yet at the same time distinctly New Zealand.  The mulberry, plum and dark cherry fruit has both mineral and savory spice underpinnings, but also possesses a suppler palate-feel and somewhat softer edges to really give a good reckoning of the place without one having to forgive a touch of shrillness far too many have.  The combination in the Hillersden Estate Pinot Noir Marlborough 2016 makes for a compelling drink and the price point is relatively easy on the pocketbook.  In other words, we may have found a new player moving forward but this example certainly delivers.  Their claim is that they are the only family-owned, single estate producer in Wairu.
     
    We had never heard of this producer before but that may have to do with the fact that their history only goes back to 2015.  They are in the upper Wairu Valley, which is a bit further inland and a bit warmer than many of the other Marlborough sites.  This would certainly help make the wine fleshier while still preserving the brightness of the flavors.  Winemaker Adam Kubrock actually grew up in Walla Walla and made Syrah and other reds but became enchanted with the cool climate winemaking Down Under.  This Pinot sees 10 months in 25% new French oak and all of the fruit is farmed sustainably.
     
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  7. Yealands Sauvignon Blanc Single Vineyard Marlborough 2018
    WS90
    WE90
    $18.98
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    90 Points!  Toasted herb and sea salt notes complement the core of vivid pineapple, melon and grapefruit flavors. Concentrated, with vibrant acidity. Drink now. - Wine Spectator
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  8. Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc E Block Marlborough 2017
    JS93
    $19.98
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    93 Points!  A very composed and complex style with grassy and herbal accents across restrained limes that deliver a fresh palate with stony minerals, lime juice and light tropical flavors. Tight and tidy. Drink now. Screw cap. - JamesSuckling.com
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  9. Greywacke Pinot Noir Marlborough 2015
    JS95
    Special Price $24.98 Regular Price $29.98
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    95-96 Points! This has impressive richness and concentration, whereby darker cherries and sweetly spiced earthy nuances run through the nose to an effortless, pillowy palate texture. The tannins here are smartly wrapped around ripe plums and dark cherries. So seamless and long. Drink now to 2025. - James Suckling, jamessuckling.com
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  10. Escarpment Pinot Noir Pahi Martinborough 2015
    WS92
    JS96
    $49.98
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    96 Points! The final Escarpment Pahi due to vineyard ownership changes, this offers an intense expression on the nose with iodine, tarry elements, bracken, graphite, darker cherries and biscuity spices. The palate unfurls at a smooth and even pace, delivering a ball of supple red cherry-flavoured pinot noir fruit flesh and silky, sweeping waves of tannins. Always good to go out on a high, this is superb. Drink now. Screw cap. - James Suckling, jamessuckling.com
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  11. Escarpment Pinot Noir Te Rehua Martinborough 2015
    WS93
    JS97
    $49.98
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    97 Points! A dark and brooding pinot noir with big, swarthy tannins. Dark cherries and dark violet-like florals, toasted spices and dark herbal notes, too. The palate has a smooth shell-like outer, opening to powerful, succulent tannins that really command. A concentrated Te Rehua, this is one of the best to date. Drink from 2020. Screw cap. - James Suckling, jamessuckling.com
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  12. Neudorf Sauvignon Blanc Nelson 2016
    JS91
    $19.98
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    Giving plenty of pure, zippy mown grass, elderflower and grapefruit peel notes with a waft of yuzu, the 2016 Sauvignon Blanc has super-charged citrus and herb intensity on the palate with a racy backbone and great length. - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, robertparker.com
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  13. Dog Point Pinot Noir Marlborough 2015
    JS96
    WA92
    $34.98
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    96 Points! Impressive red-cherry aromas precede great depth and structured, handy tannins that pull real flavors out of the wine and coat the palate. This holds fresh and rich darker cherries and red plums long into the finish. Regal pinot with soul and swagger. Drink now to 2025. - James Suckling, jamessuckling.com
     
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  14. Big Sky Pinot Noir Te Muna Road Martinborough 2014
    JS92
    $24.98
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    92 Points!  A mellow red cherry and forest floor-scented red that has easygoing, supple tannins and sweet baking spice oak influence. A laid-back and charming pinot noir. Drink now. - James Suckling
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  15. Kumeu River Estate Chardonnay 2015
    JS93
    WA92
    $29.98
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    93 Points! A blend of six parcels this wine embodies the signature style of rich, ripe peach fruits and toasty oak warmth on the nose (20% new). The palate fuses ripe citrus and stone fruits together in a powerful, fresh and balanced mode. This is a trademark of Brajkovich – he embraces chardonnay's richness and delivers energy and flavor. Drink now. - James Suckling, jamessuckling.com
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  16. Trinity Hills Syrah Homage Hawkes Bay 2015
    JS99
    $79.98
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    99 Points!  A superb wine. Quite possibly the greatest expression of syrah that New Zealand has produced to date. The level of complexity and concentration, the layering of flavors and textures, the length of tannins – there is so much to admire in this wine. Fruits are in the raspberry, red plum and blackberry spectrum, doused in pepper and every imaginable woody spice. Hints of chocolate, too. A thrilling and vibrant syrah. - JamesSuckling.com
     
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  17. Pegasus Bay Sauvignon Semillon Waipara Valley 2014
    WA91
    VM91
    $24.98
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    91+ Points!  Pale yellow with a gold tinge. Fascinating, distinctive nose shows a slight reductive element yet lovely lift to the aromas of nectarine, green melon, flinty minerals and peppermint. Plush on entry, then brisk, dense and very spicy in the middle palate, with tropical fruit and mint notes showing excellent concentration and tactile extract. Really leaves the taste buds quivering, but this very smooth, dry, long wine is an infant today. The Semillon portion of the wine was fermented and aged in used barrels, and the wood element will require a year or two to harmonize. A rather uncompromising, idiosyncratic Sauvignon-Semillon blend in the style of a white Bordeaux.  Stephen Tanzer, Vinous Media, May 2016
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  18. Dog Point Chardonnay Marlborough 2014
    WS93
    JS94
    WA92
    $29.98
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    94 Points!  A wine that pulls no punches, this is an inspired take on modern, complex chardonnay. It offers up gun metal, flinty lemons and spicy poached pears as well as peach fruits on the nose with a strident dose of stylish oak for good measure. The palate's both rich and refreshing, delivering a wealth of nut-flecked peach-fruit flavors and a satisfyingly fleshy texture. Drink now.  James Suckling, December 22, 2016
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