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It is not the flesh but the skin of the grape that gives colour - and flavour. Hence some drinkers find reds more ‘satisfying’ - simply because they have more flavour sources! While whites have apple/citrus flavours of pulp, these are ‘built over’ in reds by stronger red and black fruit, spicy and earthy flavours caused by maceration (soaking/fermenting on skins). This ‘leaching’ is almost exclusive to reds, also leading to fuller texture and weight of solids (phenolics). The most important phenolics - besides colour compounds - are tannins. From both skin and pip, the quality of tannins help red wines to age and determines their style as soft and fruity (low tannin) or firm and structured (high tannin). 

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  1. 2014 Esk Valley The Terraces

    2014 Esk Valley The Terraces

    20 Points Raymond Chan
    Esk Valley pulled out all the stops in this wine, which was given a stellar 20/20 score by Raymond Chan. This top Bordeaux blend (Malbec, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc) is from old vines on a steep ...
    $150.00 in mixed 6+ or $165.00 per bottle
  2. Cloudy Bay Pelorus Rose NV

    Cloudy Bay Pelorus Rose NV

    94 Points Bob Campbell MW
    A seriously good Rose bubbles from Marlborough. Cloudy Bay are old hands in the region and still making world-beating wine -- like this rare example of local Rose bubbles. Made from Pinot Noir ...
    $35.99 in mixed 6+ or $39.99 per bottle
  3. 2016 Neudorf Tom's Block Nelson Pinot Noir

    2016 Neudorf Tom's Block Nelson Pinot Noir

    5 Stars Raymond Chan
    Seriously elegant Pinot from Neudorf. The Tom's block is quiet icon of a wine: made from Neudorf famous Moutere clays, this wildly inexpensive mid-level wine offers more than a glimpse of the ...
    $33.99 in mixed 6+ or $37.99 per bottle
  4. 2015 Blackenbrook Nelson Reserve Pinot Noir

    2015 Blackenbrook Nelson Reserve Pinot Noir

    4 Stars Michael Cooper
    One of Nelson's best kept secrets: superbly made, single vineyard Pinot from the famous clay soils of Moutere. Typical Nelson it is lush, ripe and mellow with harmonious savoury notes and spicy ...
    Elsewhere up to $35.99 Save $6 $29.99 in mixed 6+ or $33.99 per bottle
  5. 2016 Durvillea Marlborough Pinot Noir

    2016 Durvillea Marlborough Pinot Noir

    90 Points Richard Caro
    The super-value baby brother from Astrolabe, this delicious Pinot Noir offers bright cherry fruit and a spicy-savoury nature. It's already drinking beautifully, which for only $20 makes it a ...
    • Sydney Top100 Blue Gold
    $19.99 in mixed 6+ or $22.99 per bottle
  6. 2013 Squawking Magpie Gimblett Gravels Stoned Crow Syrah

    2013 Squawking Magpie Gimblett Gravels Stoned Crow Syrah

    Rick’s Picks
    94 Points Cameron Douglas
    A rich and concentrated Hawkes Bay Syrah from that stonking 2013 vintage. Gold a the Sydney Top 100 and Gold at the Royal Easter Show. This serious single vineyard from Gimblett Gravels was ...
    • Sydney Top100 Blue Gold
    $44.99 in mixed 6+ or $49.99 per bottle
  7. 2014 Passage Rock Waiheke Island Reserve Syrah

    2014 Passage Rock Waiheke Island Reserve Syrah

    5 Stars Michael Cooper
    One of Waiheke's best Syrahs, the Passage Rock Reserve is a complex beast but not over-burdened, retaining lovely balance and layering of nutty, earthy complexity as well as delicious fruit to ...
    $57.99 in mixed 6+ or $64.99 per bottle
  8. 2014 Esk Valley Winemakers Reserve Syrah

    2014 Esk Valley Winemakers Reserve Syrah

    5 Stars Michael Cooper
    A seriously rich Syrah from 20 year old vines in Esk Valley's Cornerstone Vineyard, Gimblett Gravels. Full of dense ripe dark fruits and spice, this is a contender as one of the country's best ...
    $58.99 in mixed 6+ or $65.99 per bottle
  9. 2013 Stanley Estates Merlot

    2013 Stanley Estates Merlot

    90 Points Richard Caro
    Reduced to clear- out it goes. Limited stock. A lovely dry and savoury Merlot, this is a welcome departure from the usual bold Hawkes Bay style. Elegant red and dark fruit nuances come in a ...
    Elsewhere up to $22.99 Save $8 $14.99 in mixed 6+ or $16.99 per bottle
  10. 2014 Stanley Estates Lagrein

    2014 Stanley Estates Lagrein

    16.5 Points Raymond Chan
    Deliciously different, this is the first vintage of the Lagrein grape from Stanley Estates. Seeming happy in Marlborough's cooler climate, this rare Northern Italian grape has produced a bright ...
    $21.99 in mixed 6+ or $24.99 per bottle

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