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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. 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
  2. 2013 Passage Rock Waiheke Island Reserve Syrah

    2013 Passage Rock Waiheke Island Reserve Syrah

    95 Points Bob Campbell MW
    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
  3. 2012 Callejo Majuelos de Callejo

    2012 Callejo Majuelos de Callejo

    92 Points John Caro
    Ripe and silky, this vibrant old vine Tempranillo is from a fastidious producer who also happens to be a legend. And organic. With slurpy, sweet-fruited richness it's tempting to call it ...
    $54.99 in mixed 6+ or $59.99 per bottle
  4. 2011 Callejo Finca Valdelroble

    2011 Callejo Finca Valdelroble

    92 Points John Caro
    Gorgeously lush and dark, this special drop from Callejo is one of the leading wines of Ribera del Duero. It is from an elevated site that was, strangely, earmarked for an airfield before the ...
    $39.99 in mixed 6+ or $44.99 per bottle
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 2013 Squawking Magpie Gimblett Gravels The Nest Merlot

    2013 Squawking Magpie Gimblett Gravels The Nest Merlot

    93 Points Andrew Caillard
    2016 International Wine Competition – Trophy and Gold Champion HB Merlot, 2014 New Zealand International Wine Show – Trophy Champion Merlot and Blends, 2016 International Wine Challenge - ...
    • Royal Easter Show Wine Awards - Gold
    $44.99 in mixed 6+ or $49.99 per bottle
  9. 2014 Stonecroft Reserve Syrah

    2014 Stonecroft Reserve Syrah

    Organic
    97 Points Bob Campbell MW
    The originals, Stonecroft discovered the Gimblett Gravels and their Reserve Syrah is from the area's oldest vines - planted in 1984 and now organically managed. Huge depth and density but also ...
    $54.99 in mixed 6+ or $61.99 per bottle

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  10. 2014 Chateau L'Eveche Saint Emilion Grand Cru

    2014 Chateau L'Eveche Saint Emilion Grand Cru

    17 Points Jancis Robinson
    Complex and expressive, from biodynamic vineyards this is a uniquely cutting edge and layered take on wonderful Saint Emilion. Merlot dominates giving juicy fruit and a plump mouthfeel - and ...
    $69.99 in mixed 6+ or $77.99 per bottle

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