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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 Vidals Legacy Gimblett Gravels Hawkes Bay Cabernet/Merlot

    2013 Vidals Legacy Gimblett Gravels Hawkes Bay Cabernet/Merlot

    5 Stars Michael Cooper
    A supreme Gimblett Gravels red from a great vintage. In a special Bordeaux versus Hawkes Bay tasting (in Shanghai, 2017), a panel of forty wine professionals judged this wine to be #1 over the ...
    $61.99 in mixed 6+ or $69.99 per bottle
  2. 2017 Sandalford Margaret River Cabernet/Merlot

    2017 Sandalford Margaret River Cabernet/Merlot

    93 Points Richard Caro
    A lovely Margaret River Cabernet blend, medium-rich fruit harmonised with earthy and savoury interest. Great buying from a revitalised Sandalford Winery, this polished and not over-fruited wine ...
    $20.99 in mixed 6+ or $22.99 per bottle
  3. 2012 Cape Mentelle Wilyabrup Cabernet/ Merlot

    2012 Cape Mentelle Wilyabrup Cabernet/ Merlot

    95 Points James Halliday
    A delicious Cab/Merlot from Cape Mentelle that is very scarce due to this wine being made for the restaurant trade- NZ have a small allocation ...
    $47.99 in mixed 6+ or $53.99 per bottle
  4. 2016 Sandalford Estate Reserve Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon

    2016 Sandalford Estate Reserve Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon

    94 Points James Halliday
    With huge depth and good bottle age, this serious Cabernet from Western Australia over-delivers. With heaps and colour and flavour out of these 40 year old vines, this is rich and structured but ...
    Elsewhere up to $32.99 Save $5 $27.99 in mixed 6+ or $30.99 per bottle
  5. 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
  6. 2014 Te Mata Bullnose Syrah

    2014 Te Mata Bullnose Syrah

    19 Points Raymond Chan
    Straight from Te Mata's cellars from the outstanding 2014 vintage. This is an iconic wine made from old vines with Te Mata's commitment to age-worthy balance and intensity. And with 2014 being ...
    $71.99 in mixed 6+ or $79.99 per bottle
  7. 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
  8. 2016 Sandalford Estate Reserve Margaret River Shiraz

    2016 Sandalford Estate Reserve Margaret River Shiraz

    91 Points Huon Hooke
    As one of the oldest growers in Western Australia and early entrants into Margaret River, Sandalford have a long and well-established tradition of quality and attention to terroir. With lush ...
    $27.99 in mixed 6+ or $30.99 per bottle
  9. 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
  10. 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

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