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Weaver Estate Central Otago Pinot Noir

"I am loving this debut pinot from this shiny-new, Alexandra-based family estate.  It is intensely perfumed with cherry, boysenberry, violet, black tea and sandalwood.  Silky and slippery in the mouth, it has delicious, spicy warmth, superb depth and delicious length of flavour.  While there’s a good few years left in this wine I can’t wait to see what they do next." Yvonne Lorkin - just $15.99!

Altemura Sasseo Primitivo (that's also known as Zinfandel)

This amazingly dark red wine will make your heart jump as you see it pouring in to your glass. It looks great and the experience begins! Lift it to your nose and enjoy the full and intense aromas with hints of plums, jams of red fruits and sweet accents of spices. It has a mouth-filling flavour that is warm and soft and expresses a highly mature fruitiness, supported by a pleasant complex of sweet tannins. You'll love this wine in Winter and it's over delivering at $19.99. Salute!

Morton Estate 2011 Hawke's Bay Chardonnay

This complex and full bodied wine shows aromas of ripe melon, candied citrus, quince and toffee. The palate has superb depth and length of flavour. Rich mouth-filling fruit is supported by toasty French oak. If you love big, bold, oaky and buttery Chardionnays, don't miss a chance to try this magnificent example of the style. Just $19.99 - so hard to get this style at $20 or less.

Giesen Organic Sauvignon Blanc

The Giesen Brothers are building a fully organic business model to meet the growing desire for wine made in a traditional chemical free environment. They're creating a sustainable range of wine that doesn’t compromise on taste, starting with the Giesen Organic Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. It's certified by BioGro NZ 5096.On the nose you'll get passionfruit, snow pea and elderflower. Followed with nettles and citrus. Then on the palate you'll enjoy bright and vibrant minerality showing through citrus. It's a balanced palate weight, with a long energised finish. Enjoy at just $15.99 - and enjoy fewer sulfites as well (The level of sulfites in wine is measured in “ppm”, or parts per million. In the United States, conventionally made wines are permitted to contain up to 350ppm of sulfites. Organic wine-making typically limits the threshold level of sulfites to 100ppm, and levels are generally much lower (around 40ppm to 80 ppm).)

Matahiwi Late Harvest Holly (a "sticky" for dessert on a cold winter's night)

We've tried this before and it's a really classic dessert wine. Full, treacly and decadent, a delicious combination of botrytised Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling that delivers a not sickly sweet, just right sweet treat. It's an absolute bargain at $14.99, almost half the price at the vineyard cellar door...and VERY hard to find elsewhere!