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New Zealand’s wine is cool. That’s a fact. The only way it could be cooler right now would be if someone put Ryan Gosling on the label. Oh, we’ve just had a cunning plan… New Zealand makes a minuscule amount of wine (less than 1% of all the wine produced in the world), but its reputation is gargantuan, and deservedly so, because the quality of their wine is astonishing.

It would be an understatement to describe Kiwi Sauvignon Blanc as aromatic, it has laser-guided gooseberry, freshly scythed grass and bucket loads of citrus and tropical fruit delivered with pinpoint precision. They are displaying a similar talent for Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Riesling.

When it comes to the reds, we may lose some friends in France with this controversial statement, but we think that hardly anyone is making better Pinot Noir than these guys at the moment. Imagine Burgundy without the large vintage variation and confusing labels. But they don’t have it all their own way…

A couple of years of large crops have seen New Zealand’s wine expand out of the boutique bracket and into larger and larger retailers. Although this may sound like a good thing, it has inevitably led to heavy discounting, which has damaged its premium appeal. Harvests in recent years have been considerably smaller, which has led to prices and quantities returning to their boutique roots. Unfortunately, consumers, used to the lower prices, have been less willing to return. New Zealand’s saving grace is that the quality of its wines is never in question. Winemakers are raving about the 2013 vintage, so keep your eye out. Particularly for our Ryan Gosling Sauvignon Blanc, coming soon.

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  1. Anna's Way Sauvignon Blanc White Wine

    Anna's Way Sauvignon Blanc 2015

    £12.00

    £12.00

    "Anna's Song" was recorded by Marvin Gaye while he was going through his divorce with Berry Gordy's sister, Anna. "Anna's Way" can also be interpreted as being about the marriage of two of the main valleys of the Marlborough region though - the Awatere and Wairau Valleys.

    This classic Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc offers an intense nose of passion fruit and gooseberries with subtle floral notes. It's quite green and therefore the wine is dry to taste but sweetened by the juicy flavours of citrus, passion fruit and gooseberries. Its lingering finish makes you feel the same way as Marvin Gaye, who obviously doesn't want his relationship with Anna to end.

    The song finishes with the words: ""Anna, Anna, Anna, this is Anna's song, loving you all night long!"" I can assure you, you too will sing the song after a sip of Anna’s Way!

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  2. Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc

    Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2016

    £25.00

    £25.00

    When Marlborough first acquired its reputation for producing world class Sauvignon Blancs, that was largely down to Cloudy Bay. To this day, their vibrant white wine continues to be one of the best of this variety in the region.

    Citric aromas of zesty lemon, Kaffir lime and nectarine intermingle with orange blossom on the nose before dominating the palate with ripe citrus and stone fruit flavours typical of a New Zealand Sauvignon. These are framed with a sleek and succulent acidity providing great structure.

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  3. Giesen Brothers Pinot Noir New Zealand Red Wine

    Giesen Brothers Pinot Noir 2013

    £16.50

    £16.50

    It is a brave and noble thing to travel half way around the world and set up a winery, but that is exactly what brothers Alex, Theo and Marcel Giesen did in the 1980s. Thirty years later and these intrepid brothers have not only survived the trip from Germany to New Zealand, but they have conquered. In evolutionary terms, this family is winning.

    Why are they so successful? For wines like this Pinot Noir, with its elegant, silky, tannins, lifted aromas of violet and blueberry and notes of warm, freshly turned earth and mushrooms. That’s one gene pool we want to be part of.

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  4. Greywacke Chardonnay 2013 white wine

    Greywacke Chardonnay 2013

    £32.00

    £32.00

    This crisp, dry white wine is a bit like your Grandma. She’s generally got something tasty in the oven making the house smell like baked apples, toasted hazelnuts, fig, brioche, pink grapefruit and…meadow hay? (reign it in a bit Mrs. Cropley!)

    She’s a classy lady, perhaps a little nutty and has plenty of rich life experiences to share but once you get her going she can go on and on and, well, you get the idea. Just like Grandma’s stories, Greywacke Chardonnay has a palate that just keeps going.

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  5. Greywacke Wild Sauvignon 2014 White Wine

    Greywacke Wild Sauvignon 2014

    £28.00

    £28.00

    Wild Sauvignon is the rebellious teenager of the Greywacke range. Shouting “you don’t know me” at the top of its lungs, this is a white wine that wants you to know it isn’t your typical New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc.

    With an intricate and textural alternative style, it refuses to conform to the norms. Sit it down and before long it’ll open-up with an abundance of almond, white nectarine, melon and blood orange flavours entangled with linseed, tarragon and lightly smoked tea.

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  6. Kumeu River Estate Chardonnay 2015 New Zealand White Wine

    Kumeu River Estate Chardonnay 2015

    £25.00

    £25.00

    We want to know what on earth James Bay was drinking when he started singing about holding rivers back. We mean, has he ever actually tried stopping a river? We imagine it’d be rather difficult.

    Though, we’re sure he wouldn’t be so keen on such a thankless job if he’d been drinking this Chardonnay instead. A rich and approachable white wine with nectarine, pink grapefruit, guava and peach; nobody in their right mind would dream of holding Kumeu River back after tasting this wonder.

    Hold your horses, James, put your feet up and crack open a bottle instead. Let Kumeu River run freely! And most importantly, keep the Chardonnay flowing…

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  7. Kuru Kuru Pinot Noir

    Kuru Kuru Pinot Noir 2015

    £22.00

    £22.00

    Some wines are good. Some take good to another level. This is one of the latter. It is so good that if you spilt it on a white carpet, it would probably splash into a beautiful pattern that you would want to keep forever.

    In fact it would probably help old ladies across roads if it could. Clean fruit flavours and an epic depth. Please give this wine your undivided attention and all of your culinary skills, because it deserves it.

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  8. Kuru Kuru Sauvignon Blanc New Zealand White

    Kuru Kuru Sauvignon Blanc 2016

    £13.50

    £13.50

    In Japan “kuru-kuru” means to spin around and “kuru-kuru-pa” is a colloquialism meaning insane. Although the Kuru Kuru Sauvignon Blanc actually takes its name from a Maori ancestor of the winemaker, the Japanese seems kind of fitting as this wine is insanely good and its heady aromas and flavours will send your taste buds into a spin. New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc at its finest, each dizzyingly impressive sip will lure you spiralling back in for another.

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  9. Man O' War

    Man O' War Cabernet Franc/Merlot/Malbec 2011

    £19.00

    £19.00

    Waiheke Island, off the coast of Auckland, has some of New Zealand’s most northerly wineries. You’d think that would make it a tad too tropical for Bordeaux-inspired winemaking, being flanked by the Southern Ocean, the South Pacific and the Tasmanian Sea, it is breezy to say the least.

    In the case of this Merlot/Malbec/Cabernet Sauvignon blend, which is vinified in 25 separate batches under the expert watch of winemaker Duncan McTavish, this unique climate has resulted in a beautiful wine with lifted aromas of crushed red berries and darker cassis, with hints of coffee, liquorice, clove, Mediterranean herbs and cedar.

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  10. Man O' War Dreadnought Syrah 2013

    Man O' War Dreadnought Syrah 2013

    £33.00

    £33.00

    If you’re a world-class winery, you will be in possession of a few things, including a gifted winemaker and a well-placed vineyard. Man O’ War have both of these. Their winemaker, Duncan McTavish is basically a grape-whisperer and the vineyard where the Syrah vines grow might as well have an X marking the spot on the map. It has a well-angled slope, which means the vine can catch the sun for the longest amount of time, and a cooling sea breeze, which means the grapes don’t get hot under the collar. All of which leads to a breath-taking wine, with smoky peat notes draped over the overt blueberry and pepper aromas. Concentrated yet well-balanced, with vibrant acidity and a streak of almost salty minerality, it would be perfect with wood-fired pigeon.

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  11. Man O' War Ironclad

    Man O' War Ironclad 2010

    £29.00

    £29.00

    With a name like Man O’ War Ironclad, you’d be forgiven if you reached for the nearest potential weapon and ran to a strategic position whilst calling for back up. But we would advise against that. We would advise you to raise a white flag and surrender yourself to this sublime piece of artistry (see what we did there).

    A blend of Bordeaux grape varieties from no less than 45 different plots, which are all handled separately in the winery to maximise their individual potential before being blended, Ironclad has huge complexity of blue and black fruits, crushed stone, chalk and wild thyme.

    The palate is very concentrated with a supple texture and a streak of minerality on the finish. Needless to say, this powerful wine will strive from victory to victory for at least a decade.

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  12. Manuka Springs Pinot Noir 2016 New Zealand

    Manuka Springs Pinot Noir 2016

    £13.00

    £13.00

    Everyone agreed the old horse-drawn cart was just the vehicle to transport the Pinot grapes from vineyard to winery, but they failed to take into account the antique craftsmanship. The suspension springs were fashioned from the tough, ungiving wood of the Manuka tree, and the poor Pinot was jostled so roughly the grapes began to split. As the sun hit the broken berries, a deep aroma of warm raspberries rose from the cart and the juice began to ferment. Happily, however, the resulting wine was so elegant that to this day the first crushing is done driving the grapes round in that very same old cart.

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  13. Manuka Springs Sauvignon Blanc 2016 White Wine New Zealand

    Manuka Springs Sauvignon Blanc 2016

    £10.75

    £10.75

    All over Marlborough unusual geysers spurt manuka honey high into the air. Although initially this was a sticky nightmare for the locals, since manuka honey joined goji berries and pink Himalayan rock salt in the mystical list of superfoods, the locals have embraced the manuka springs.

    The world renowned Sherwood Estate makes this wonderful Sauvignon Blanc in their honour. A veritable fruit salad up the nose, gooseberries, limes, guavas and passionfruits, followed by a tangy lemony slap on the taste buds.

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  14. Rapaura Springs Sauvignon Blanc White Wine

    Rapaura Springs Sauvignon Blanc 2016

    £13.00

    £13.00

    Full-flavoured and exceptionally pure with sweet, juicy tropical flavours and succulent passionfruit, a lively whack of zesty citrus and freshly squeezed lime makes the finish luscious, dry and refreshing.

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  15. Rapaura Springs Sauvignon Blanc Reserve

    Rapaura Springs Sauvignon Blanc Reserve 2016

    £15.50

    £15.50

    This Reserve Sauvignon Blanc is an excellent representation of the finest quality from Marlborough, made from the winery's finest parcels. Rich with succulent passionfruit, guava and citrus flavours. Layers of concentrated tropical fruit and citrus flavours are complemented by an attractive, flinty or mineral aspect on the full, rich palate. A mouth-watering, zesty, acidity frames a delicious, lingering finish.

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  16. Ribbonwood Pinot Gris White Wine NZ

    Ribbonwood Pinot Gris 2015

    £12.00

    £12.00

    ***Bronze at the International Wine Challenge 2015***

    What’s in a name? Pinot Grigio has developed a poor reputation in recent years, as generic pub wine. Call it Pinot Gris, on the other hand, and suddenly you feel you’re talking something altogether fancier and more sophisticated. Indeed, while there are some very fine Pinot Grigios out there, it does seem that the words Pinot Gris on a label – be it from Alsace or, as in this case, New Zealand - really does guarantee something complex, aromatic and interesting. As Shakespeare almost said: “Would a Pinot Gris by any other name taste as sweet?”

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  17. Ribbonwood Pinot Noir New Zealand Red Wine

    Ribbonwood Pinot Noir 2014

    £15.50

    £15.50

    ***Bronze at the International Wine Challenge 2015***

    Pinot Noir, as any fan of Sideways will tell you, is a tricky and temperamental grape – difficult and delicate both in the growing and the wine-making. But don’t despair, or drive your car into a tree (just try getting spare parts for a Saab these days), just twist the cap off one of these rather elegant Pinots from Marlborough.

    Made from hand-picked grapes this wine is aged in French oak to give a superb balance of summery fruits and smoky undertones. Which makes us think it might just be time to light the barbeque…

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  18. Ribbonwood Riesling

    Ribbonwood Riesling 2014

    £12.00

    £12.00

    Too often these days, winemakers, in seeking to make a Riesling to suit the ‘modern’ palate, try so hard to make their Riesling dry they forget to make it Riesling-y, which seems rather to miss the point. After all, the world is not short of crisp, dry whites, from Sauvignons to Pinot Grigios.

    There is, however, a real shortage of is richly complex, aromatic whites with the bewitching balance of acidity, minerality and, yes, sweetness. So all hail the guys at Ribbonwood, who’ve achieved that rare thing, a just off dry Riesling that is truly, gloriously Riesling-y.

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  19. Ribbonwood Sauvignon Blanc White Wine NZ

    Ribbonwood Sauvignon Blanc 2013

    £11.00

    £11.00

    Smell plays a massive part in what you taste. That’s why when your nose is all bunged up food tastes bland. If you don’t believe us pinch your nose and eat a mouthful of banana, you’ll notice that it tastes muted, but when you release your nostrils you get a whoosh of banana flavour.

    The Ribbonwood Sauvignon Blanc is the epitome of aromatic; drinking a glass of this wine should be renamed “arom-ercise” as it’s a veritable nostril workout.

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  20. Rod McDonald One Off Hawkes Bay Malbec 2014

    Rod McDonald One Off Hawkes Bay Malbec 2014

    £15.75

    £15.75

    This Malbec is built like an Argentinian prop - let's call him Santiago. Santiago is powerful, meaty and capable of displaying amazing finesse and subtelty. He enjoys being tightheaded between a big juicy steak and a chunk of strong cheddar cheese. His nose is full and well-proprtioned to his broad shoulders and short neck, and once he's finished in the scrum and runs over for an embrace, you'll smell the spicy blackberry and black plum fruit aromas. Eau de 'Juan-off' they call it. Santiago is succulently sweet and uncomplicated and rumour has it that he has a good grip on him, with an enticing mouthfeel! The only bad thing about Santiago though is that once he's gone, he's gone. Make the most of him whilst you can.

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  21. Saint Clair Omaka Reserve Chardonnay 2015 White Wine

    Saint Clair Omaka Reserve Chardonnay 2015

    £22.00

    £22.00

    Let’s have a quick history lesson:

    James Sinclair was one of the first settlers of Blenheim, Marlborough, way back in the 19th century. Being a Scotsman in a land of Kiwis, we’re sure you can image the difficulties in translation. In a battle of accents, it wasn’t long before he became known as James Saint Clair. That is, until he adopted the nickname ‘King of the Beaver’…think of that what you will…

    Fast-forward to the 21st century and his land is now owned and used by the Ibbotson family who named their estate Saint Clair in honour of the beaver king. The Omaka Chardonnay is just one of the delectable, full bodied wines they make. A white wine with fruity aromas of peach and nectarine that carry on to the palate accompanied with a hint of cinnamon spice and a subtle nutty oak on the finish.

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  22. Saint Clair Pioneer Block 14 Pinot Noir

    Saint Clair Pioneer Block 14 Pinot Noir 2015

    £21.00

    £21.00

    ‘What you saying? Your back's bent, your knees are nuked and you keep getting up to visit the loo in the dead of night? Well you can take that whingeing to your GP, but my name is Doctor Feelgood and I know what you need! And believe me, daddio, what you need is to fix yourself to this big-scented Pinot Noir, from deep down in Doctor’s Creek, Marlborough.

    It perks you right up of red fruits, blackcurrants and spice and which has a finish that'll still be there after the last of your hair has gone grey, you with me? It don't have none of that ‘proven medical value’ stuff, but it'll remind you that there's a lot of beauty going down on this big old ball of rock and that’s all you need, maaan’.

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  23. Saint Clair Pioneer Block 3 Sauvignon Blanc 2014

    Saint Clair Pioneer Block 3 Sauvignon Blanc 2015

    £19.50

    £19.50

    While you might be familiar with the story of Saint Clair and her extraordinary act of patience at the Vicar's tea party, you might not know that after downing the immortalised glass of perfectly chilled sparkling, the young lady walked away from the table at a peculiar angle of 43 degrees NE to SW, shedding tears of joy. Legend has it these tears were pure Sauvignon Blanc, and as they fell to the soil, fresh young vines sprouted.

    While conventional preference is to plant vines North to South, this miracle resulted in a divine wine. The grapes facing south added fresh, greener character; while those facing North blessed the wine with delicious tropical notes.

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  24. Saint Clair Vicar's Choice Pinot Noir 2014

    Saint Clair Vicar's Choice Pinot Noir 2015

    £16.00

    £16.00

    The ridonculously talented Matt Thompson, at Saint Clair, featured on one of our ‘Inspire-themed posters, saying ‘I became a winemaker because, as a wine drinker, I needed to find a way to make it tax-deductible’. We like his style.

    But, when he made this red, he didn’t just get a tax break on Pinot Noir, he created something beautiful: a gentle giant, with mellow Morello cherry, pine needles and hints of smoke. Take that, taxman!

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  25. Saint Clair Vicars Choice Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand

    Saint Clair Vicar's Choice Sauvignon Blanc 2015

    £14.00

    £14.00

    It’s hard to stand out against the crowd, especially when the crowd is over-crowded. Y’know? Kiwi Sauvignon is a wine type that faces this peril. However, like a bright colour in a sea of beige, Saint Clair Sauvignon Blanc shines through like a triumphant hero, waving its piercing flavours of vibrant passion fruit, zippy grapefruit and herbaceous blackcurrant leaf boldly aloft, saying ‘I have a voice!’ Well, luckily our Buyer Ana heard Saint Clair’s cry and picked it up, giving it its rightful place on Oddbins shelves. A little character goes a long way…

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  26. Salmon Run Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2014 White Wine

    Salmon Run Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016

    £8.50

    £8.50

    The ‘salmon run’ usually denotes the perilous annual trip that salmon make to their natal rivers to spawn, as bears, eagles and fishermen gather hungrily at the water’s edge. However, the salmon in Marlborough are more savvy and have sprouted legs so they can avoid said dangers.

    Whilst they’re walking upstream, they often stop by the Giesen winery for a drop of the wine named in their honour. Zesty, strikingly bold, and racy, it is an apt tribute to this most audacious of fish.

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  27. Stockman's Station Central Otago Pinot Noir 2014

    Stockman's Station Central Otago Pinot Noir 2015

    £17.75

    £17.75

    New Zealanders are always highly pleased by the sight of their own wines over here, but they enthuse all the more firmly when the words Central Otago appear on the label.

    This, if you don't know, is one of the best wine growing sites for the expressive Pinot Noir variety and it's given a fine treatment here in this delightful red. This soft, and subtle Pinot is made from extremely low yields and with lower yields come this marvellous intensity, depth and concentration.

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  28. Te Awanga Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2014 White Wine

    Te Awanga Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2014

    £13.50

    £13.50

    As a child Rod McDonald always thought he’d grow up to be a farmer. But some point in his teens he decided he wasn’t going to live his life defined by a nursery rhyme anymore! He threw caution to the wind and dived head first into the world of winemaking instead. (Truth be told, he couldn’t bear the thought of all that moo-ing)

    Rod may not have followed his childhood ambitions but he still likes to get his hands dirty from time to time. He has his very own ‘special piece of dirt’ in beachside town Te Awanga where he grows the grapes for this classic Chardonnay; a beautifully rich white wine with sweet scents of citrus, vanilla and crème brulee followed by white peaches and a bright acidity on the palate.

    Don’t dwell too much on the past, Rod, we don’t know about you but we’re rather glad you found your way out of the paddock and into the vineyard!

    Rod McDonald had a farm E-I-E-I-O But now he makes delicious wines E-I-E-I-OOO this is good...

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  29. The Kauri Tree Sauvignon Blanc 2016

    The Kauri Tree Sauvignon Blanc 2016

    Now £8.00

    Was £10.00

    £8.00

    Did you know that Kauri trees can stand up to 50m high?

    The immense height of these trees allows them to dominate forest canopies and makes them an effective winemaking tool for crushing grapes. Each harvest, Alan McCorkindale takes a trip to find one of the ancient giants, climbing it with his parcels of Sauvignon Blanc grapes. He then drops the grapes back down into a tank, one by one, releasing deliciously zingy juices for his wine as the impact crushes the fruit.

    Clean, crisp and refreshingly fruity, this Marlborough white wine is named in honour of the Kauri Trees’ key part in this unconventional and somewhat fictional method.*

    *We confess, it’s actually named after these awe-inspiring trees as a reminder of nature’s magnificent capabilities, which is why McCorkindale and his team interfere with their grapes as little as possible when making their delicious wines.

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  30. Tupari Pinot Gris New Zealand Wine

    Tupari Pinot Gris 2014

    £17.00

    £17.00

    Sitting high upon the cliffs in the Awatere Valley in Marlborough, this wine seems to have taken on the grandeur and liberty of its surroundings. With its bright flavours and pronounced body, you can almost hear the gulls crying out as the waves pound the rocks below. It has been made with passion and expertise, at a tiny, family-run enterprise that has made full use of this exceptional terror to produce an invigorating wine. With towering stone fruit and fresh celery notes, it is a dramatic match for sea fare like Crayfish (if you can clamber down the cliffs to catch it that is).

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  31. Tupari Riesling 2013

    Tupari Riesling 2013

    £17.00

    £17.00

    If you’re a grape, looking for an ideal home, it’s a case of location location location. The best locations will suit your climate-, altitude- and soil-based needs and be blessed with talented winemakers who know who understand you.

    The Riesling grapes in the Awatere Valley, NZ, have the ideal neighbourhood: they have lots of sunshine but particularly cool nights, so they don’t get too hot, which means that have time to develop complex flavours of ripe limes and grapefruit with riverbed freshness.

    Proof that it’s worth hunting before putting down roots…

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  32. Tupari Sauvignon Blanc New Zealand Wine

    Tupari Sauvignon Blanc 2015

    £18.50

    £18.50

    As crisp as a Ryvita, as elegant as Audrey Hepburn and as mineral as a Loire white, this shows another dimension to the Kiwi classic. From a winemaker that brought you the legendary Dashwood Sauvignon while working at Vavasour; this beauty is a real rival for Sancerre. Extended ageing on the lees imparts a creamy citrussy depth that perfectly contrasts the refreshing white peach, orange zest, melon and passion fruit. This has summer written all over it, so try it with quiche, goats' cheese, rocket salads or asparagus.

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  33. Villa Maria 'Cellar Selection' Syrah 2011

    Villa Maria 'Cellar Selection' Syrah 2011

    £16.00

    £16.00

    This New Zealand red caused quite a sensation amongst Oddbins' passionate staff last time this was in the range, with much hoarding and hiding of the limited stock... It's not hard to see why.

    This sumptuous Syrah combines beautiful freshness as well as a purity of deep, dark, dense fruit that will only inspire forays into urgent food preparation. A wine to drink when seeking inspiration and the reassuring comfort of something really outstandingly good...

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  34. Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc 2016

    Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc 2016

    £11.50

    £11.50

    Signs that “Mama” Maria was going a bit weird became obvious in the 1950s. She was convinced Italy was “all topsy turvy”. No wonder then - given it looks (sort of) like Italy's other leg - she considered New Zealand “the right way up”. Without further ado, she moved the whole family out. And she had plans... like her plan to bring back the Kiwi bird, which she was convinced grew from Kiwi Fruit.

    Startled as they were, the family played along. Under the guise of building a laboratory for Mama's scheme, they built a winery. Reporting back to her carefully each day, they gave accounts of how the experiments were going, meanwhile presenting her with glass upon glass of the intense, enticing “kiwi juice”. A “by-product” of their work, they told her. Obsessed as she was with ever more ambitious schemes, Mama never quite twigged what everyone meant when they winked and said the “Private Bin”.

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  35. Wild Rock Hawkes Bay Red 2014 Red Wine

    Wild Rock Hawkes Bay Red 2014

    £15.50

    £15.50

    It all started when Captain James Cook and Sir Joseph Banks were given a "secret mission" by the British government to seek out the "great Southern continent". They took on this "mission" and stumbled upon a wild rock formation, bountiful with birdlife, plants and rich soils blessed by the sun and rivulets of water.

    Absolute ideal winemaking conditions some might say. Hang on...so, the British government send these chaps across the world on ostensibly, a "scientific expedition" and they just so happened to stumble upon a land perfect for winemaking? Pah! They knew what they were doing.

    They knew that this "discovery" would one day equip the world with a dark red wine with a vibrant nose of cassis, violets, boysenberry and the finest toasted oak. They knew that a richness of fruit would emerge on first taste followed by a beautifully integrated oak and fine dusty tannin creating a long and delicious finish.

    I bet they also want us to think that a "boysenberry" is a real fruit...

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