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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. 2016 Te Mata Coleraine

    2016 Te Mata Coleraine

    5 Stars Michael Cooper
    The last of a run of great vintages for New Zealand's top cellaring Cabernet blend. A warm and dry year brought deep colour and flavour to Te Mata's Bordeaux grapes. This sheer quality appears ...
    $122.00 in mixed 6+ or $136.00 per bottle
  2. 2017 Te Mata Awatea Cabernet Merlot

    2017 Te Mata Awatea Cabernet Merlot

    5 Stars Michael Cooper
    A vibrant and complex Bordeaux blend, the Awatea is an absolute classic. Beautifully made with real harmony of the parts, there's simply nothing here that isn't the best it could be -- ...
    $37.99 in mixed 6+ or $42.99 per bottle
  3. 2016 Te Mata Coleraine Magnum 1500ml

    2016 Te Mata Coleraine Magnum 1500ml

    5 Stars Michael Cooper
    Another really good year in 2016 -- the last of the charmed vintages -- makes this a Coleraine magnum to collect! Hawkes Bay's most iconic and age-worthy Cabernet-led wine, this is frequently ...
    $260.00 in mixed 6+ or $290.00 per bottle
  4. 2016 Craggy Range Gimblett Gravels Syrah

    2016 Craggy Range Gimblett Gravels Syrah

    93 Points Jamie Goode
    A dark but super-refined Syrah from Craggy's Gimblett Gravels vineyard. Gold Medal and 95/100 in the Decanter World Wine Awards last year. It is ripe but fresh and structured, with flavours ...
    Elsewhere up to $36.99 Save $7 $29.99 in mixed 6+ or $33.99 per bottle
  5. 2015 Sacred Hill Hawkes Bay Deerstalkers Syrah

    2015 Sacred Hill Hawkes Bay Deerstalkers Syrah

    97 Points Bob Campbell MW
    An intense yet refined Syrah from the masters of Hawkes Bay, Sacred Hill. Underneath this legendary label lies another punchy yet perfectly crafted wine. Perfumed with black fruits, earthy ...
    Elsewhere up to $57.99 Save $10 $47.99 in mixed 6+ or $53.99 per bottle
  6. 2016 Squawking Magpie Gimblett Gravels Chatterer Merlot/ Cabernets

    2016 Squawking Magpie Gimblett Gravels Chatterer Merlot/ Cabernets

    4.5 Stars Sam Kim
    A superb Hawkes Bay Merlot dominant wine from great boutique producer. Merlot loves this region, and warm conditions in 2016 have produced a rich and succulent wine with fine, ripe tannins and ...
    Elsewhere up to $24.99 Save $5 $19.99 in mixed 6+ or $22.99 per bottle
  7. 2017 Elephant Hill Hawkes Bay Syrah

    2017 Elephant Hill Hawkes Bay Syrah

    94 Points Richard Caro
    In serious danger of becoming a permanent classic, this consistent stunner from Elephant Hill must be one of the world's best estate Syrahs. Last year: Gold Air NZ, Gold NZIWS, Gold China WSA. A ...
    Elsewhere up to $37.99 Save $7 $30.99 in mixed 6+ or $33.99 per bottle
  8. 2014 Elephant Hill Hawkes Bay Airavata Syrah

    2014 Elephant Hill Hawkes Bay Airavata Syrah

    98 Points Sam Kim
    A Syrah of massive depth and presence, this top cuvee is made only in the best years. Only the best, perfectly ripe fruit from the Gimblett and Te Awanga vineyards was hand harvested in five ...
    $108.00 in mixed 6+ or $120.00 per bottle
  9. 2015 Elephant Hill Hawkes Bay Reserve Merlot Malbec

    2015 Elephant Hill Hawkes Bay Reserve Merlot Malbec

    95 Points Sam Kim
    A superb Bordeaux Blend from Hawkes Bay's Elephant Hill. From another great vintage, this wine is packed with the luscious black fruit and fine, deep structure of the Elephant Hill style. But it ...
    $49.99 in mixed 6+ or $55.99 per bottle
  10. 2017 Vina Zorzal Garnacha

    2017 Vina Zorzal Garnacha

    90 Points John Caro
    A superb Grenache from old vines in the undervalued Navarra region of Spain. Made in a beautifully clean and modern, medium-bodied style, this wine also enjoys the of best old-world values -- as ...
    $17.99 in mixed 6+ or $19.99 per bottle

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