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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. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 2015 Sacred Hill Brokenstone Hawkes Bay Merlot

    2015 Sacred Hill Brokenstone Hawkes Bay Merlot

    95 Points Huon Hooke
    Another great vintage for Sacred Hill's top Merlot blend. Perfectly crafted by Sacred Hill's expert winemaking team, this classic Bordeaux style offers black berry, spice and pencil shavings ...
    $40.99 in mixed 6+ or $49.99 per bottle
  7. 2014 Vidals Legacy Gimblett Gravels Syrah

    2014 Vidals Legacy Gimblett Gravels Syrah

    5 Stars Raymond Chan
    A superb top shelf Syrah from the old hands at Vidals. Really pure, punchy dark fruits are balanced with floral, salty mineral elements and fine oak to produce a beautifully complete and ...
    $69.99 in mixed 6+ or $78.99 per bottle
  8. 2014 Vidals Legacy Gimblett Gravels Cabernet Sauvignon

    2014 Vidals Legacy Gimblett Gravels Cabernet Sauvignon

    98 Points Bob Campbell MW
    This exceptional Hawkes Bay Cabernet is indeed "designed for greatness" (Sam Kim). Classic characters of left bank Bordeaux power the palate: nuances of cedar, leafy tobacco and rusty earth ...
    $61.99 in mixed 6+ or $68.99 per bottle
  9. 2016 Elephant Hill Hawkes Bay Reserve Syrah

    2016 Elephant Hill Hawkes Bay Reserve Syrah

    96 Points Bob Campbell MW
    An impressive Reserve Syrah from a great producer in Hawkes Bay. Hand plunged and aged for 19 months in 25% new oak along with 1% Viognier co-fermented into the blend, the wine is finely packed ...
    $49.99 in mixed 6+ or $55.99 per bottle
  10. 2016 Craggy Range Te Kahu Gimblett Gravels Merlot Cabernet

    2016 Craggy Range Te Kahu Gimblett Gravels Merlot Cabernet

    4.5 Stars Michael Cooper
    Always a fresh and finely balanced red blend from Hawkes' Bay blend. Sporting a savoury dimension along with vibrant red fruit and spicy florals, this is Craggy Range classiness on display, and ...
    Elsewhere up to $30.99 Save $6 $24.99 in mixed 6+ or $27.99 per bottle

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