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  • Ata Rangi McCrone Vineyard Pinot Noir 2018

    £55.95

    “Ata Rangi is one of New Zealand’s most respected Pinot Noir producers, offering nuance and complexity.The wines always manage balance ripeness of fruit with a delicate hand, extricating fine tannins. Long-time winemaker Helen Masters nails it every year whither the season. Several single vineyard cuvées have come on stream in recent years. The Kotinga, planted on gravel, is a bright, sappy style, while the McCrone, off clay-rich soils, is more robust, full and structured, taking longer to come around. Masters’ Pinot Noir from clay gravels also has a sense of structure and fragrance. The so-called entry-level Crimson provides a well-priced taste of fine Martinborough Pinot Noir.”

    Rebecca Gibb, Vinous (04/23)

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  • Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 2020

    £56.95

    “The 2020 Pinot Noir reminds me of walking into a cathedral – that quiet, cool hush that falls as you walk through its doors. This is harmonious, supple, unshowy and unforced. Hailing from old vines and delicately textured despite the abundance of fruit concentration. Refined tannins with the finest of gravelly textures, akin to licking a stone. Scented yet restrained, with a fragrance of sweet red fruit, tea leaf and cedar spices with persistent acidity that carries it. Very complete and already approachable. Drinking window: 2023-2038. 96 points

    Ata Rangi is one of New Zealand’s most respected Pinot Noir producers, offering nuance and complexity.The wines always manage balance ripeness of fruit with a delicate hand, extricating fine tannins. Long-time winemaker Helen Masters nails it every year whither the season. Several single vineyard cuvées have come on stream in recent years. The Kotinga, planted on gravel, is a bright, sappy style, while the McCrone, off clay-rich soils, is more robust, full and structured, taking longer to come around. Masters’ Pinot Noir from clay gravels also has a sense of structure and fragrance. The so-called entry-level Crimson provides a well-priced taste of fine Martinborough Pinot Noir.”

    Rebecca Gibb, Vinous (04/23)

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  • Clos Henri Pinot Noir 2019

    £28.25

    Review to follow

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  • Clos Henri Sauvignon Blanc 2019

    £21.99

    “Attractive hints of crushed stone, graphite and nettle leaves appear on the nose of Clos Henri’s 2019 Sauvignon Blanc. Backed by layers of white grapefruit and riper notions of stone fruit, this medium-bodied wine is a fine effort. The silky, expansive mouthfeel leads into a long, gently textured finish that leaves tasters refreshed and yearning for another sip. After some irregular performances, this property seems to be finding its stride. Drink: 2021-2022. 92 points”

    Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate (04/21)

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  • Clos Henri Waimaunga Pinot Noir 2020

    £30.95

    “The Bourgeois family (Henri Bourgeois estate, Sancerre) has generations of winemaking history in France and was looking for another place in the world to establish a Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir vineyard. The obvious choice was Marlborough, New Zealand. The Clos Henri Vineyard was planted in 2000, and it was very interesting to me, during my visit in September 2023, to discover that the vineyard has been planted on a fault line, determining micro terroirs within the vineyard.

    This 2020 Waimaunga Pinot Noir is from a single-vineyard plot within the estate and was grown on wind-blown clays. On the nose, this is rich and complex, with pomegranate molasses, crushed black pepper, hints of Earl Grey tea, red apple skins and cherry pip. In the mouth, the wine is excellent. There is complex, layered tannin with supple fruit that flows through, in and around the textural undulation. Classy to the very end. Highly recommended. 14.5% alcohol, sealed under Diam. Drink: 2023-2035. 94+ points”

    Erin Larkin, Wine Advocate (11/23)

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  • Dry River Chardonnay 2020

    £59.95

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  • Dry River Lovat Vineyard Syrah 2016

    £54.99

    “Already throwing out considerable sediment, the 2016 Lovat Vineyard Syrah became a vibrant purple hue in the glass. Violets and cracked pepper make for an enticing nose, and that’s backed by blueberries and blackberries on the palate. It’s medium-bodied but intense, with just-ripe tannins and bright acids that give the wine a precise, elegant feel and lengthy finish. One of two great Syrahs from Martinborough (the other being Kusuda’s), it should drink well for a decade or more. Drink: 2021-2030. 94 points”

    Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate (04/20)

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  • Dry River Pinot Noir 2017

    £72.95

    “The striking thing about Dry River’s 2017 Pinot Noir is its rose-blossom perfume, which seems to persist even on the palate and through the lengthy finish. Yes, there are barely-ripe cherries, a silky, medium-bodied feel on the palate and subtle hints of mocha and spice, but the overwhelming impression is one of floral elegance. While some vintages of this wine need time in the cellar, this is immediately approachable, yet it should drink well for up to decade. Drink: 2020-2030. 93 points”

    Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate (04/20)

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  • Esk Valley The Terraces 2018

    £77.95

    “Esk Valley’s flagship, the 2018 Heipipi The Terraces Malbec Merlot Cabernet Franc is a blend of 43% Malbec, 38% Merlot and 19% Cabernet Franc. It was all picked on April 20th and fermented in a single concrete tank, then aged 18 months in 50% new French oak prior to assemblage and bottling. Dark in color, it boasts knockout aromas of black cherries, toasted coconut, vanilla and cassis on the nose, while the full-bodied palate is rich and velvety, concentrated and plush, with a long-lingering, fruit-laden finish. It’s one of the top Hawke’s Bay red blends to have crossed this taster’s lips. Drink: 2022-2035. 95 points

    Senior Winemaker Gordon Russell has been leading the Esk Valley team for close to 30 years. His big gun is the Heipipi The Terraces, a Malbec-led blend that has become one of New Zealand’s top collectibles. It comes from a hillside vineyard, is harvested on a single day and co-fermented in an open-top concrete fermenter, then aged in 50% new French barriques. The 2018 is a stupendous effort, capable of aging up to two decades. Don’t overlook the Chenin Blanc here, as it’s one of the few from New Zealand to offer some of that Old World wet-wool or lanolin character.”

    Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate (06/21)

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  • Villa Maria Attorney Pinot Noir 2019

    £53.95

    Marlborough Pinot ain’t what it used to be, and for that I’m glad. The 2019 Pinot Noir Attorney is a limited-edition cuvée made for the 60th anniversary of the company’s first vintage in 1961. Sourced from the Attorney vineyard in Marlborough, hence the wine’s name, this conservative young wine needs air; while offering raspberry and balsamic notes, it is a touch reductive on opening. Densely concentrated with a silken and mouthfilling texture, which is probably a reflection of its clay-based hillside site; the veil of fine-grained tannins offsets the charming, ripe palate with textured, dry grip. In combination with its naturally fresh acidity, the wine is sensuous and seductive but avoids being opulent; it remains focused and enjoys a long tenure in the mouth. (It’s also great for doing bicep curls due to the weight of the bottle.) For those who are interested, it was wild-fermented in French oak (35% new) and matured in barrel for more than a year before being bottled unfiltered. Drinking window: 2024-2032. 94 points”

    Rebecca Gibb, Vinous (04/22)

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  • Villa Maria Keltern Chardonnay 2021

    £33.75

    “Cuddling skinny people is no fun at all. I wouldn’t want to hug me – there’s nothing to get hold of, but the 2021 Chardonnay Keltern has curves in all the right places and plenty of substance to hold on to in its middle. Sumptuous is probably a good word to describe the ripe and creamy, full body but don’t get the impression this is a soft pudding of a wine. Its rich power is held like a vice, keeping its shape and allowing for a firm, almost relentless finish. In the elite of New Zealand Chardonnays, the 2021 proves it rightly deserves its place. Drinking window: 2022-2032. 96 points

    Founded by Sir George Fistonich in 1961, Villa Maria has since become one of the country’s biggest and most recognized wine brands. It has been close to Auckland airport since its inception, but it has vineyards in several regions, including Marlborough, Hawke’s Bay and Gisborne. While it produces vast quantities of unexciting, supermarket-bound Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris, its single-vineyard efforts are often benchmarks, whether it’s Taylor’s Pass, Keltern Chardonnay or Ngakirikiri Cabernet. The stable of brands also includes Hawke’s Bay’s Esk Valley and Leftfield. Villa Maria is now owned by Indevin. Watching what happens with the brand and wine quality will be interesting.”

    Rebecca Gibb, Vinous (04/23)

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  • Villa Maria Ngakirikiri 2019

    £67.95

    “Just the fourth vintage of Villa’s flagship Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2019 Ngakirikiri is as smooth as marble. What’s nice about this varietal wine is that it is accepting of its inherent characteristics. Yes, there are pyrazines here, in the form of an herbal lick, but the wine is fully ripe, offering dark black and raspberry coulis fruit alongside dark chocolate and mint. The fruit has excellent concentration, yet it’s not over the top; it’s firmly structured but not austere. The tannins provide a robust frame for the wine to evolve over the coming years. This is a wine that has clearly had a lot of love, evident in its huge intensity, carefully judged extraction and judicious use of high-quality French oak barrels. It has set out to be one of the best Cabernets in the country, and so far, it’s achieving its aim. I look forward to seeing how it evolves, as we have little precedent so far. Drinking window: 2024-2038. 96 points”

    Rebecca Gibb, Vinous (04/22)

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