Red Wines

Pinot Noir 

Marlborough

 

050      2019 Duck Hunter                                            45.0

From the Awatere Valley in Marlborough to your glass! Aromas of cherry, plum and smoky oak complexity. The palate is dominated by sweet red fruits while remaining full and rich with subtle tannins and firm acidity

 

Central Otago

 

 

051      2018 Madam Sass                                             55.0

Rockburn's highly approachable, stylish second label wines are in no way second best. The devil's staircase Pinot is a dizzying blend of fast, firm fruit tempting spices and alluring earthen notes.

052      2018 Mud House                                               62.0          

Bright aromas of cherry and red fruits are layered with gentle notes of spice and florals. The cherry and bramble flavours, accented with herbaceous hints and touches of oak, fine tannins and balanced acidity provide the clincher.

053     2016 Rockburn                                                    95.0

An iconic Central Otago Pinot Noir with a considerable pedigree, under winemaker Malcolm Rees-Francis, the Rockburn has continued to grow its rep. Smoky, aromatic, elegant and beautifully balanced.  One of our best.

054     2018 Carrick Unravelled                                      70.0

A very light fining-filtering ensures they remain all the way to the final bottling. It's mighty ripe, full of berries and cherries with briar-brambly character.  Fruit-driven, sensual, flavoursome & succulent.

056    2018  Akarua The Siren                                        195.0

Deep ruby red in colour.  The nose is extremely fragrant with vibrant florals, liquorice and mocha notes.  A beautifully fruited mid-palate which is extremely textural and has complex red and dark fruits complimented by hints of oak spice and fine tannins,  The finish is exceptionally long and balanced.

057    2002  Gibbston Valley Reserve                             750.0

From the very good 2002 vintage, this is a big rich and powerful wine with a nice soft tannin structure.  Gold medal.

058    2001  Gibbston Valley Reserve                             850.0

An understated vintage for this label. When last tasted, this wine was drinking surprisingly well.

059    1998  Gibbston Valley Reserve                           1000.0

Aged Central Pinot Noir, showing more mushroom, dusty flavours with savoury dried fruit.

060     1995 Gibbston Valley Reserve                           1000.0

Very much old world style with its age.  Musty, savoury fruit, earthy, dry mouth-feel.

061    2000 Gibbston Valley Reserve                            1500.0

Rarely available on wine lists since being judged best Pinot Noir at the London International Wine Challenge, the first time in the 74 year history of the show that a wine from outside Burgundy has won this trophy!

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Red Wines Cont'd

Syrah

​Hawkes Bay

063      2018 CJ Pask                                                   50.0

A 'drink young' style, with poise and elegance, full-coloured and spicy.

 

Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Dominant Blends, Merlot & Merlot Dominant Blends 

Waiheke Island

 

070      2006 Stonyridge Larose                                545.0

This vintage shows sweet cassis, mint and plum.  It is a powerful wine with surging fruit flowing through the whole palate.

071      2007 Stonyridge Larose                                  525.0          

Outstanding vintage from the Stonyridge team. Great fruit expression with fragrant spice and cedar aramoas.  Very approachable for a youthful Larose.

Gisbourne

072     2019 The Marker Merlot                                      33.0

This unique blend is a complex, aromatic wine with black doris plum notes and subtle hints of oak and tannins.  The ripe berry flavours of the Merlot are complemented by the fragrant and approachable nature of Viognier.

Hawkes Bay

073     2018 Sacred Hill Merlot / Cabernet                      45.0

Enticing aromas of sweet, ripe, black fruits mingle with hints of floral notes and oak spice.  Touches of black pepper and savoury in style, the palate is soft and full-bodied with rich smooth chocolate and  cedar spice.

074    2017  Church Road Merlot / Cabernet                    48.0

Densely coloured red, with a core of dark plum, overelaid with the fragrance of violets, cardamom, lavender and cedar, while oak delivers dark chocolate and vanilla undertones.

075    2016  CJ Pask Gimblett Road Cabernet / Merlot     55.0

Dark fruits conbine cherries, blackcurrant and fruit cake.  Baking spices, cedarwood and smoke. Full bodied in the mouth, bold tannins. Dark berry fruits, especially cassis flavours, linger, with earthy and pepper spice notes.

076    2017  Te Mata Awatea                                             80.0

Aromatic flovours of coffee, chocolate, vanilla and toast wrap the fruit, with hints of bay leaf and mint keeping the aromas fresh and liely. Ripe berry flavours and a rich mouth-feel unfold on the palate, while the supple tannins provide a fine finish.  Refined, elegant and powerful.

078    2013  CJ Pask Declaration                                      102.0

Dense purple and red. Dark berry fruits, savoury characters and a spiced and toasty fruit-cake aroma. Mineral earth notes combine with tobacco characters and intense rich berry flavours. Spice, white pepper and cedar mix with cassis characters and are supported by fine tannins.  Balancing acidity provides backbone and balance.

079     2011 Newton Forrest "Cornerstone"                      125.0

Medium full-bodied, tight and densely concentrated flavours of mineral-infused blackcurrants and black plums are finely interwoven and integrated.  The fruit is supported by very fine-grained tannin extreaction and refined, ripe acidity provides excellent tension. The flavours flow seamlessly to a very long, sustrained finish.

082    2003  Te Mata Coleraine                                       270.0

Coleraine 2003 is a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon and 50% Merlot with a dense, dark crimson colour and aromas of blackberry, violet and anise.  The palate is rich with chocolate, currant and coffee flavours, and ripe powdery tannins that build across the palate, leading to a sustained, elegant finish.

083    2004  Te Mata Coleraine                                       260.0

Coleraine 2004 has a dark crimson/magenta colour and aromas of dark roses supported by notes of spice, blackcurrants and liquorice.

086    2009  Te Mata Coleraine                                       210.0

The palate opens with the dense, sweet, dark berry fruits indicative of a great year.  The focus quickly turns to rich fine tannins that fill the mouth, leaving a lasting impression of a wine with significant ageing ability.

 

087    2010  Te Mata Coleraine                                       200.0

Coleraine's gorgeous floral aromas, togetherwith macerated blackberries woven with graphite and thyme.  The palate is pure and very precise, building in intensity, with a long fine tannin structure providing great length.

081    2011  Te Mata Coleraine                                         190.0

The palate has a concentrated core of perfectly ripe blackcurrants, with layers of damson plums and chocolate leading to long, powerful tannins and refreshing acidity.

 

Canterbury

085    2017  Pegasus Bay Merlot / Cabernet                       65.0

The palate entry is deceptively soft, but the wine expands in the mouth to reveal a broad framework of ripe tannins, that draw out its length and support a lingering after-taste.