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All Hallows Eve Merlot 2009
Hawkes Bay
In few other places are the chapters of each season written as eloquently as they are in New Zealand, as snow heralds winter and stitch birds announce spring. All Hallow's Eve, a traditional celebration bidding farewell to one season and greeting the new, captures this spirit of renewal. Made to a lighter lower alcohol style, All Hallow's Eve has been specially created to welcome your new season.
$1699each
$203DOZEN
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Parcels of Merlot grown to good vineyards around Hawke's Bay are identified on the basis of vibrant aromatic qualities, distinctive varietal fruit characters and fine balance between tannins, acid and physiological ripeness. All bunches are completely destemmed and vinified on skins for a period of up to eight days. After the completion of malolactic fermentation in tank, the batches are transferred to older oak barrels for a spell of maturation and softening of tannins. Some components remain in tank to maintain freshness. Following maturation, those parcels which can best define a low alcohol style while achieving the completeness of Hawkes Bay Merlot, are assembled into the final wine. Alcohol 8.0%
 
Youthful crimson red colour. Fresh raspberry, black plums and cassis notes complemented by background nutmeg oak. A supple, juicy, medium bodied red with dominant red cherry and raspberry fruit flavours balanced by fine tannins. The persistent varietal fruit characters and background oak make All Hallow's Eve a fully approachable Merlot to enjoy while fresh and young. Drinking beautifully alongside grilled tuna steak or a gourmandise lentil burger.
Ata Rangi Craighall Chardonnay 2015
Wellington Martinborough
Available in cases of 6
Craighall is widely considered to be a New Zealand flagship site with a big reputation for peerless quality fruit. An ultra fine expression of Chardonnay which may be likened to a New Zealand Grand Cru, planted to the tiny Mendoza clone, hand picked off thirty year old vines and treated to traditional old world winemaking techniques. Flawlessly balanced with vigorous palate and nose, vibrant minerality and a long, seamlessly layered finish.
$5299each
$635DOZEN
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Vinified predominantly from fruit grown to very low yielding Mendoza clones, planted ton the neighbouring Craighall property over twenty years ago. Hand picked grapes are whole bunch pressed through a Willmes membrane, indigenous yeasts initiate ferment of the freshly pressed, unsettled juices, at temperatures of 15┬░C to 20┬░C, in a combination of seasoned and new Burgundian oak barriques. These wild yeasts slow the onset and duration of ferments, achieving a textural, multi faceted wine. Lees stirring is employed to enhance complexity and vinosity, some components are treated to malolactic, ferments are arrested as the perfect balance is reached, followed by ageing on gross lees for a year. Alcohol 13.5%
 
Bright, light straw colour. Aromas of nectarine, white peach and delicate grapefruit blossom are full of promise even before the first sip. A very fine entry opens out to a silky, supple mid palate, a simply delicious spread of flavours and weight of fruit. Enticing, freshly baked, old fashioned apple pie scents, irresistible. A creamy, mealy character further fills out the perfectly balanced palate.
Ata Rangi Crimson Pinot Noir
Wellington Martinborough
Available by the dozen
Ata Rangi founder Clive Paton has long been an avid tree planter and has won a number of awards for his significant contribution to the environment. Paton approached the Project Crimson team for advice and support, a charitable conservation trust established for the protection of New Zealand's iconic native red flowering Christmas trees, the pohutukawa, the northern and southern rata. Crimson is sourced primarily from vines between ten and twenty years of age, which yield grapes that express the more aromatic spectrum of Martinborough Terrace.
$3299each
$395DOZEN
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Project Crimson were keen to have an association with this special wine to help spread word of their work and vision. A close husbanding of the vines to the most exacting standards ripens the Pinot Noir to perfection. Grapes are all hand picked off vines clone 5, 10/5, Abel young Dijon. Bunches are completely de-stemmed keeping as many of the whole berries intact as possible. Parcels are treated to a term of maceration for up to a week before inoculation by indigenous yeast and malo cultures. The batches are hand plunged throughout a fortnight of vinification and complete malolactic in barrel. The finished wines are matured nine months in a selection of new and prior use French oak barrels.
 
Colour of course is crimson. Dark cherry fruit and earth complexity, crushed rose petal, light cherry, brambly notes and a hint of red licorice conspire to create an enchanting, heady fragrance. More savoury than fruity, a faint hint of clove and fresh cardamom adds intrigue to the nose. Easily the most seductive feature of this release is the wonderfully plush, velvety middle palate, the fine, textural spread of tannins and long, tight, spicy finish.
Ata Rangi Crimson Pinot Noir 375ml
Wellington Martinborough
Available by the dozen
Crafted from the pick of Martinborough Pinot Noir, clones 5 and 10/5, Abel and a suite of younger Dijon, all grown to the elite of New Zealand viticulture. Fashioned to regimens which are very old world, with a view to constructing a wine which would be familiar to the Vignerons du Bourgogne. Wild ferments, hand plunges and French oak, achieve a wine of truffled game complexity, graceful tannins and polished, refined sophistication. Proprietor Clive Paton was made Officer of the NZ Order of Merit, for his contribution to conservation and viticulture.
$2099each
$251DOZEN
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Ata Rangi Martinborough Pinot Noir 2013
Wellington Martinborough
From the Ata Rangi and Champ Ali, Di Mattina and Cambrae, Lismore and Dodd Vineyards, a Pinot Noir adherent's sensation, grown to the most splendid winegrowing terroirs in all Martinborough. Ata Rangi is assiduously crafted to express an intensity of style and purity of varietal charm. Vine age is clearly a factor, it expresses itself as a depth, breadth and complexity of character, while articulating a distinctive sense of place, contributing significantly to the consistency and quality of Ata Rangi year after year.
$7199each
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Deep purple colour. Dark cherry melds with bright, lifted red fruit aromas and hints of spice. Floral notes are present, old fashioned violets and a touch of rose. Vibrant, a sinuous, savoury spine of tannin that spreads out to a long, silky finish. Consider decanting when the wine is very young, an hour or two before serving.
Ata Rangi Martinborough Pinot Noir 375ml 2015
Wellington Martinborough
Available by the dozen
Ata Rangi are one of the new world's great artisanal Pinot Noir specialists. Their vines are planted to some very special soils indeed, terroir and mesoclime remain king. In producing two Pinot wines, grapes are meticulously hand sorted as they arrive at the winery. About ten months later, a blind tasting, barrel by barrel, decides the first cut. The significant vine age expresses itself in a depth, breadth and complexity of character, articulating the distinctive sense of place, while contributing significantly to the consistency of quality year after year.
$4099each
$491DOZEN
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Pinot Noir is largely sourced from the oldest home blocks, now reaching thirty years of age. Abel, aka the Ata Rangi clone, is predominant, Pomard clone 5 and Dijon clones 114, 115 and 667 play important supporting roles. Most parcels are crushed and treated to several days maceration with a minor component of whole berries intact. In warmer vintages when grape stems and seeds have completely ripened, a component of whole bunches is included to build complexity. All parcels are separately vinified at a peak temperature of 32C for up to three weeks before pressing. Components complete their malolactic ferments in a combination of new and prior use French oak barrels, followed by a year's maturation.
 
Purple colour. Dark brooding plum, cherry stone aromas and exotic spice. A rich, dense palate characterised by firm but supple tannins, a delicious gamey, savoury Martinborough complexity. Although subdued on the nose as a young wine, the long, long finish is laden with weighty fruit weight and intensity, that speaks volumes of the promise of aromas and flavours yet to unfold.
Ata Rangi Pinot Noir
Wellington Martinborough
Available in cases of 6
Positioned at the very southwest tip of New Zealand's north isle, Martinborough is one of the new world's great winegrowing regions, not much is produced here but it is all crazy good. Pinot Noir is the cultivar of choice, small amounts of finely fashioned vintages, conspicuously crafted by a league of artisanal boutique estates and demonically possessed winemakers. Ata Rangi is home to the oldest vines in the region, priceless plantings which are source of the most exquisite Pinot Noir, New Zealand flagships, the Premier Cru of the Pacific.
$7999each
$959DOZEN
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Sourced largely from the oldest home blocks now reaching thirty years of age, Abel, aka Ata Rangi clone, is predominant, but Pommard clone 5 and Dijon clones 114, 115 and 667 play supporting roles. The extra weight and complexity of these choice clones is essential to the Ata Rangi style. Grapes are destemmed and treated to a minimal crush into fermenters. The musts are kept cool for several days as indigenous yeasts begin their vinification. Temperatures peak at 32┬░C over the course of three to four weeks, as batches are regularly hand plunged. Components are filled to a selection of seasoned and new French oak barrels, for completion of malolactic and a year's maturation.
 
Scarlet red, purple hues. Enticing floral aromas of star anise, crushed red rose, violets and succulent raspberry, the savouryness of sandalwood and orris root. Tension and vibrant entry before a compelling mid palate, fine layered tannins flow and persist, underwriting the elegant raspberry, cherry and closet oak fruit, resolving on a seamless, mineral licorice finish.
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Ata Rangi Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Wellington Martinborough
Ata Rangi are the product of love for the land and passion for the vine. The dry windy climate consistently delivers low yields with high concentrations of flavour in the grapes. Obsessive attention to detail throughout the growing season ensures the fruit comes in at optimum flavour and balance. The care taken extends to harvesting the warmer side of individual rows and going back a few days later for the cooler side. A term of age on yeast less enhances palate weight and complexity, lovely tropical notes of guava and papaya contend for attention.
$2299each
$275DOZEN
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From the Lismore and Waiora, Walnut Ridge, Hau Ariki Marae and Southdown Estate vineyards. Sites are all very similar, shallow silt loam over deep, free raining alluvial gravels, rainfall is very low. The naturally low yields, older vines, small canopies and judicious, labour intensive, hand picking of the entire crop, make an essential contribution to the uniquely Martinborough style of Sauvignon Blanc.Grapes are all hand picked, sorted and crushed, a portion is vinified in contact with skins and held for two months, drawing out more complex flavours, which works with the natural acidity to add a refreshing backbone. A third of the wine is fermented in neutral oak barrels for texture and richness. Alcohol 12.5%
 
Light straw colour. Notes of elderflower, lemon/ lime, tropical papaya and hints of fresh fennel are defining features. A full, creamy palate entry, lovely weight and a long and focused finish, a restraint and elegance that's all class. Aiming for a complex, satisfying, food friendly style, a small portion is fermented in older barrels to enhance mid palate weight and texture.
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Braided River Pinot Gris 2009
Hawkes Bay
Located on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island, Hawkes Bay has been producing wine of the highest quality for over a hundred years. It's five rivers and significant protecting mountain range to the west provide a consistent water supply and climate. Stony, free draining soils produce distinctive, deeply fruited wine of refinement, structure and texture. In the vineyard Pinot Gris stands out for the distinct purple hue of its ripened berries. Braided River's winemaking team are passionate about encouraging the varietal's unique character to flourish and evolve.
$1599each
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A gentle harvesting and handling in the winery is essential to ensure minimal contact between juice and grape skins. Following the crush, juices are naturally settled overnight for clarification. Components are fermented separately in tank with a variety of yeast strains to achieve aromatic and textural complexity. A small portion was also barrel fermented in older oak barriques for added creaminess and subtle oak character. Post fermentation, the components are allowed to rest on their sedimentery yeast lees, known as sur lie, a practice which adds textural nuance while providings a valuable anti oxidative function, enhancing the primary fruit characters retained by cool tank fermentation. Alcohol 13.5%
 
Light straw colour. Lifted aromas of nashi pears, guavas and peach are complimented by a subtle custard nuance derived from lees ageing. From the lush middle palate emerges a crisp, dry, persistent finish. Delicious on its own, Pinot Gris is also a very food friendly wine, the subtle character and texture supporting but never dominating a dish. Replenish your brain and your soul, as Braided River goes especially well with seafood and sushi.
Craggy Range Gimblett Gravels Merlot 2011
Hawkes Bay
Available by the dozen
The traditional Bordeaux cepage of varietal grapes, mostly Merlot with additions of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Franc, grown to the Craggy Range estate owned property in the prestigious Hawkes Bay precinct of Gimblett Gravels. The complex mix is finely attenuated each year to accomodate the vagaries of vintage. Craggy Range make an opulent, solidly structured Merlot that's feted by impresarios the world over. Deeply coloured and highly aromatic, Gimblett Gravels is effusive ans profoundly structured, underpinned by signature dusty tannins.
$3499each
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The Craggy Range vines are managed to a system of sustainable ecological viticulture. Every stage of the vine's growth is measured and compared to ensure balance and harmony with the environment. Pruning, removal of excess, thinning and arranging are all done by hand. Fruit is harvested off twenty two blocks on the Craggy Range Gimblett Gravels property. Grapes are completely destemmed and inoculated in fermenters for vinification. Upon completion, Craggy Range is transferred to a selection of new and seasoned French oak barriques for sixteen months maturation, followed by assemblage into the finished wine, a light fining and filtration before bottling. Alcohol 13.0%
 
Very dark red colour. A brooding bouquet of dark plums and blackberry. Wild thyme, rose florals and nutmeg nuances contributing to a lifted complexity. The silken texture unveils an intense core of fruit with cocoa and fresh tobacco characters. A rich palate that's tempered by balanced tannins and kept fresh by bright acidity. Merlot is a traditional accompaniement to lamb, the additions of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Franc make Craggy Range a superior match.
Craggy Range Te Muna Pinot Noir 2014
Martinborough
Available in cases of 6
Single vineyard winemaking and Pinot Noir go hand in hand, such is this noble varietals faculty for translating terroir into taste. This tempermental grape demands utmost sensitivity and care, the savoury, brooding characters of Martinborough Pinot Noir are revered and preserved by an artisanal winemaking team obsessed with quality. Eight clones of Pinot Noir, picked off more than forty different parcels on stony soils of the higher terraces at Te Muna Road Vineyard, are woven into a deep dark wine, unravelling layers of fruit and wrapped in silken textures.
$4499each
$539DOZEN
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Te Muna Road Vineyard is located seven kilometres outside the Martinborough township, at a higher elevation which delays harvest by a week. Stylistically the Pinot Noir here exhibits profound complexity, a reserved intellectual mouthfeel and impressive length on the palate. The vineyard consists of two distinct terraces, one comprised of very old stony soils at a higher altitude, producing exceptional Pinot Noir. Hand picked grapes are gently destemmed, a small amount of whole bunches are included. Fruit is inoculated to a mixture of wild and cultured yeasts, vinified in a mix of open top fermenters and small oak cuves, followed by ten months in a selection of French oak barriques. Alcohol 13.8%
 
Bright cherry, crimson hues. Bright aromas of cherry, raspberries and dried sage with a hint of smoke for an enticing nose. The palate is well structured with layered fine tannins giving a texture of silk and rose petals. Flavours of black fruits and floral, backed by mushroom and bark, fennels and spice. Dense yet elegant and poised, the taut, focused fruit tannins sit seamlessly on the silky savoury finish.
Craggy Range Te Muna Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Martinborough
Available by the dozen
From the lower terrace of Te Muna Road Vineyard in Martinborough, grapes are picked off several parcels of vine grown to stony, limestone influenced soils adjacent Huangarua River. Intervention in the cellar is minimal out of respect for the true character of a special vineyard, whilst exposing the textural elements for a more evocative style of Sauvignon Blanc, achieving a wine with distinctive fine, soft, chalky texture and great elegance.
$2999each
$359DOZEN
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Craggy Range can focus on their own fastidiously hand managed viticultural regimens to produce parcels of the most unique Sauvignon Blanc from their Te Muna Road Vineyard at Martinborough. The second, lower terrace of the site comprises younger stony soils interlaced with lumps of limestone, providing an excellent environment for Sauvignon Blanc. All white wines from the vineyard show a distinctive fine soft chalky texture and great elegance. Mostly destemmed grapes and a parcel or two of whole bunches are vinified to a mix of wild and cultured yeasts in a combination of fermenters and cuves, followed by several months on gross lees in a selection of seasoned French oak barriques.
 
Pale straw colour streaked with vibrant green hues. Rich aromatics of fresh lime juice, elderflower, lemongrass and nectarine fruit combine with flint, jasmine and dried herbs for an intense and complex bouquet. The palate is intriguing, concentrated and dense, yet retains remarkable linearity and focus. sweet fruited core is framed by citrus like acidity and gains textural interest via a chalky finish.
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