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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. Astrolabe Sauvignon Blanc Awatere Valley 2015
    DEC95
    $21.98
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    95 Points!  A fine example of the Awatere Valley style, which showcases gooseberry, green capsicum, nettle, wet stone minerals and a suggestion of tomato leaf. This is intense, high-energy Sauvignon Blanc.  Bob Cambell MW, Decanter Magazine
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