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Four fabulous wines with a price range from $11.99 to $19.99, so very affordable from the cheerful to the very serious high quality multi 5 star awarded SOHO Stella. Here are some notes to tempt you to visit!

SOHO Stella Sauvignon Blanc

Raymond Chan's 5 star review reads "Bright, very pale straw colour with light green hues, near colourless on the rim. The nose is fresh and elegantly presented with tightly bound, intensely penetrating aromas of white stonefruits entwined with passionfruit and gooseberry notes, and fine, mouthwatering mineral elements. The fruit aromatics are lifted by white floral nuances. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate features a finely concentrated core of white stonefruits, gooseberries and passionfruit, along with thirst-quenching minerals. The acidity is fresh and lacy, lending vitality and energy to the fruit, and poise and liveliness mouthfeel. The palate line is soft textured, with delicate drive leading to a chalky, minerally, dry, sustained finish. This is an elegantly concentrated Sauvignon Blanc with vibrant fruit and fresh acidity. Match with seafood, salads and vegetables over the next 2 years." At $19.99 this is Sauvignon Blanc at its finest and well worth ordering to cellar and mature an extra year.

Mt Monster Shiraz

With two Gold medals including the NZ International Wine Show and two silvers under its belt, this is a (sorry for the pun) monster Shiraz. You'll in all probability agree with all these judges and want a bottle in your house for a night tucked up in front of the heater with your favourite DVD or Lightbox online. It's a deep purple in colour with ripe blackberry and plum fruits on the nose with floral notes. It's a fruit-driven palate, with cherry/berry fruit and spice flavours. Soft tannins complement the fruit with a mouth-filling generous finish. It's a premium example of the finest of Aussie reds at a very accessible $18.99.

Leveret Merlot/Cabernet

We tried the Reserve of this wine a few weeks ago. People loved it and we're almost sold out. Let's take a look at it's little sister then. From the utterly awesome 2013 Hawkes Bay vintage, this gorgeous wine. The dry conditions for 2013 with a long dry autumn allowed for the grapes to reach full tannin and flavour ripeness. The grapes were grown at Leveret's Tantallon vineyard in the Bridge Pa area of Hawkes Bay. Brix at harvest was between 24 and 26 brix.

The wine is the result of a selection and refinement process that started in the vineyard with the manual manipulation of canopy and yield, through to the barrel selection at blending time. The employment of winemaking techniques of cold soaking, extended maceration of skins and partial draining prior to ferment have all been utilised to extract the maximum power from the fruit while ensuring that the finesse of the wine is retained.

Post fermentation the wine was transferred to barrel for 12 months maturation in new and used French oak barriques. Following maturation, the wine was blended, fined and finally bottled in July 2014.

With a Pure Silver Medal at the Air NZ Wine Awards, it's a bargain buy for your cellar and table at just $17.99, up to $2 less a bottle than elsewhere.

Stony Estate Central Otago Pinot Gris

This is one of the top selling wines at Manly Liquor and with good reason, it's a very personal pick of the boss. Ivan's Stony Estate label is about quality bargains. Many of you will have tried and enjoyed for the price the awesome Stony Estate Sauvignon Blanc at just $10. This Pinot Gris, from a best selling Otago vineyard, with all the quality and fruit intensity that you're used to from an Otago wine, rates 4.5 stars at Wine Orbit and is yours for just $11.99. It's a dry, full bodied beauty with apple and pear influences making it a perfect match with your white meat dishes and most spicy meals. Come and give it a try this week and get Ivan to grab you a case. It's $11.99 for a bottle but just $11 each for a case buy.