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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). 

Reds

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  1. 2014 Esk Valley Winemakers Reserve Syrah

    2014 Esk Valley Winemakers Reserve Syrah

    95 Points Bob Campbell MW
    A seriously rich Syrah from Esk Valley's Cornerstone Vineyard, Gimblett Gravels. One of the country's best in this style, the Winemaker's Reserve is packed full of dense, ripe dark fruits and ...
    $56.99 in mixed 6+ or $63.99 per bottle
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 2018 Saintayme Saint-Emilion

    2018 Saintayme Saint-Emilion

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    93 Points James Suckling

    En Primeur product: order now for arrival mid 2021. A plump and rich Merlot from Saint Emilion, this is very serious wine for the price. Quality vineyards have been ...

    $39.99 per bottle
  6. 2013 Babich Patriarch Cabernet/ Malbec/ Merlot

    2013 Babich Patriarch Cabernet/ Malbec/ Merlot

    96 Points Bob Campbell MW
    Pre-aged for your pleasure, this premium icon of Hawkes Bay is on a special back-vintage release -- when its beginning to drink its best! As serious a red from Gimblett Gravels as you could find ...
    • Air New Zealand Wine Awards - Pure Gold
    • Royal Easter Show Wine Awards - Gold
    $77.99 in mixed 6+ or $86.99 per bottle
  7. 2012 Artadi La Poza de Ballesteros

    2012 Artadi La Poza de Ballesteros

    93 Points Parker's Wine Advocate
    A complete stunner, this super-rich delight will knock your socks off. Made in what the modest winemakers call a "thick stroke" style, this super-premium red from Rioja is densely packed with ...
    $185.00 in mixed 6+ or $210.00 per bottle
  8. 2012 Artadi Valdegines

    2012 Artadi Valdegines

    92 Points Parker's Wine Advocate
    Seriously bright and expressive, the Valdegines from Artadi is a single vineyard premium Rioja. Showing more Atlantic than Mediterranean influences, it is a rare cooler take on the Tempranillo ...
    $100.00 in mixed 6+ or $110.00 per bottle
  9. 2012 Artadi Pagos Viejos

    2012 Artadi Pagos Viejos

    94 Points Parker's Wine Advocate
    Impressive as all heck, this wine of huge depth and structure is sourced from the oldest of the old vines on Artadi's premium vineyards. Intense fruit ripeness is a given at this level, but it ...
    $150.00 in mixed 6+ or $165.00 per bottle
  10. 2016 Symington Altano Douro Red

    2016 Symington Altano Douro Red

    90 Points Richard Caro
    This is a superb discounted red (now under a red label) from the portfolio of the Symingtons, known for their famous port brands such as Grahams and Dows. Over half the Douro Valley is given ...
    Elsewhere up to $19.99 Save $5 $14.99 in mixed 6+ or $16.99 per bottle

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