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2015 A.Rodda Smiths Vineyard Beechworth Chardonnay  Australian chardonnay of the highest level here. Crafted by the 2015 'Young Gun of Wine' winner Adrian Rodda and sourced from the celebrated Smith's Vineyard (planted in 1978), this mesmerising chardonnay is tightly wound, multi-dimensional and powerful; with a wonderful minerally spine running through a palate of prodiguous length. Absolutely delicious and a steal at the price.   $39.95 per bottle

2015 A.Rodda Willow Lake Yarra Valley Chardonnay    "White peach, melon and grapefruit are backed by complex wild yeast and barrel fermentation providing the background of funk. Intense and superbly balanced, it drives on and on with grapefruit pith and the finest of acid lines" - James Halliday, 96 points $39.95 per bottle

2012 Astrolabe Discovery Awatere Sauvignon Blanc   A limited release by this label that has acquired cult status; simply Marlborough at its absolute zenith, stunning purity and fruit expression   $29.95 per bottle

2013 Astrolabe Province Marlborough Pinot Gris    Another pearler from this exceptional New Zealand winery. Classic Pinot Gris, spicy and exotic, pristine pear and peach fruit, wonderful fresh acidity and a long, lingering finish. An elegant pinot gris with great finesse; "The medium-bodied 2013 Province Pinot Gris has mouth-filling apple and pear flavors supported by crisp acidity and pleasant viscosity throughout the long, spicy finish" - The Wine Advocate    $21.95 per bottle  

2013 Astrolabe Province Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc   Stands head and shoulders above its competition in sub $20 sauvignon blancs from Marlborough; "Intense and vividly focused... revealing a fleshy, juicy core of peach, citrus and melon. A crisp, bright acidity crescendos on the finish" - Wine Spectator, 90 points [90-94: Outstanding; a wine of superior character and style]; "Fine, tight, dry Sauvignon Blanc with a mix of gooseberry, green capsicum, mineral, tomato leaf and passion fruit/tree fruit flavours. Attractive grassy wine with an impressively lengthy finish" - Bob Campbell MW, 91 points   $19.95 per bottle

2014 Auntsfield Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc   A gorgeous sauvignon blanc - pure, concentrated and juicy, with wonderful structure and a very, very long lingering finish. More restrained in both taste and texture than the majority of NZ sauvignon blancs   $21.95 per bottle

2014 By Farr Chardonnay     "It feels composed and complete. Figs, white peach, a crunch of apple, and then slips of sweet, toasty oak. Meal and struck match; subtle, but there. It's a confident wine. It lingers appreciably. The flavours fly through the mouth and yet there's more than enough weight/substance. Immaculate" - Campbell Mattinson, 94 points   $74.95 per bottle

2015 Cannibal Creek Chardonnay     A delicious, fine, seamless, quartz-like chardonnay with excellent concentration of flavour. Grapefruit, white peach and nectarine abound on a palate that is long and gorgeous, exquisitely balanced, with lovely high levels of natural acidity. Will develop magnificently with bottle age  $29.95 per bottle

2015 Catalina Sounds Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc    $18.95 per bottle 

2010 Cave de Beblenheim Pinot Gris Réserve Particulière   A wonderfully seductive example of the genre; the palate is pure and focussed, with long and spicy pear nuances. While not as rich as many from Alsace (a positive in my mind), the wine is impeccably made, feminine and beguiling, has great line and length with a lovely backbone of refreshing acidity. Outstanding value    $26.95 per bottle

2013 Chalkers Crossing Tumbarumba Chardonnay     A superb chardonnay. Elegant, seamless palate with wonderful balance and length. Intensely flavoured, but restrained and pure wine in every way. One of my favourite chardonnays that offers exceptional value; "It has wonderfully intense grapefruit and white peach flavours that have absorbed the oak barrel fermentation brings. Has the length common to all top chardonnays" - James Halliday, 95 points    $22.95 per bottle

2009 Chateau Doisy Daene Blanc Sec (Bordeaux)   A stunning wine that amply demonstrates how great white Bordeaux puts all Australian and New Zealand sauvignon blancs in the shade; "A superb nose of white peaches. On the pallet, it is mouth filling and complex, well balanced and elegant. A great success" - Le Figaro Club Vin, 92-94 points; "It has an extraordinarily fresh, jack-in-the-box nose with superb definition and minerality... The palate is extremely taut with racy acidity, fresh green apple, quite sharp, it really electrifies the mouth with white peach towards the delineated finish" - Robert Parker, 88-90 points; "Great length and finish" - Le Revue du Vin de France   $47.95 per bottle

2009 Chateau Gravas Sauternes (375ml)   Delicious Cru Bourgeois from the very good 2009 Sauternes vintage   $32.95 per bottle

2010 Chateau Magneau Blanc (Graves)   "Pure and racy, the pleasure is confirmed in the aromatic extension of the bouquet. Well balanced between roundness and vividness, it has a remarkable volume. This Graves reflects all the typicity of its terroir and it is perfectly vinified. Full, round and silky, with just enough nervousness" - Hachette, The French Wine Bibles; "Stylish and well made with plenty of fruit' - David Peppercorn MW; "A very successful, eco-friendly wine" - Le Revue du Vin de France, 90 points; "Very attractive with aromas of white peach, abundant fruit and good acidity" - Stepehen Brook, The Complete Bordeaux   $24.95 per bottle

2016 Crawford River Riesling   "A wine that stops you in your tracks for it has intensity of flavour yet feels effortless. The silk thread of acidity down the middle keeping the fine palate in place right through to a finish that is luxuriously long" - James Halliday, 96 points   $39.95 per bottle 

2016 Crawford River Young Vines Riesling  "Beautiful bouquet. Bitter lemon and tonic to taste. Zesty tug of acidity drags long through the juicy palate, finishes with a mouthwatering slightly herbal twist. Feels jolted alive with zinging mineral character, so thirst crushing and yet elegant and driven. It's superb riesling" - Campbell Mattinson, 95 points; James Halliday - 95 points; "It's intense yet also subtle, with a tickle of sweetness resulting in impeccable balance" - Huon Hooke, 96 points;    $28.95 per bottle 

2014 Curly Flat Chardonnay   "The palate's focus, searing intensity and freshness suggest it will age well and build in the bottle. Appealing spicy touches from the oak. Lovely wine, focused, concentrated and very long"- Huon Hooke, 96 points ; "This is an exercise in lusciously layered complexity and power, taken only after endless trials over previous vintages, but also respecting the integrity of the fruit" - James Halliday, 96 points  $44.95 per bottle

2015 Deep Woods Estate Chardonnay   "French oak barrels for wild fermentation and 6 months maturation on lees. Very much a la mode, reducing the impact of oak to the texture, not flavour, picking the grapes at the crucial moment to ensure maximum varietal expression (no wannabe sauvignon blanc), yet retain crisp acidity, and offering a Margaret River chardonnay at a mouthwatering price. Value+++" - James Halliday, 92 points   $19.95 per bottle

2016 Dog Point Sauvignon Blanc   $24.95 per bottle  

2012 Dog Point Section 94 Sauvignon Blanc   "On the palate quite gentle in expression, but revealing a deep core with concentrated flavours of green stonefruits, spicy oak and herbs. The acidity is ripe and enhances the fruit sweetness and richness, unfolding more detail and subtle flinty interest in the glass, the flavours carrying through to a very long, lingering finish. Elegance with hidden power and concentration" - Raymond Chan, 18.5 points out of 20     $29.95 per bottle  

2015 Fighting Gully Road Chardonnay    TOP BEECHWOTH CHARDONNAY at the 2016 James Halliday Chardonnay Challenge - 95 points; A top class chardonnay by any standard, it is beautifully crafted and composed, with wonderful varietal expression of white stone fruits, the balance of fruit and oak impeccable  $34.50 per bottle

2014 Flametree SRS Wallcliffe Chardonnay    Runner-up in the 2015 James Halliday Chardonnay Challenge: Margaret River Regional Winner and 97 points (the second highest pointed wine in the Challenge); "Chardonnay to blind the weary drivers. Nothing else can set fire to this glass. Score is irrelevant. This wine is wonderful. Flavour and funk. Tropical fruit, grapefruit, white peach, pear. Struck match notes scorch over pristine, mouthwatering fruit. Length. Poise. Precision" - Campbell Mattinson, 96 points; "The fruit density is very good, even though the alcohol is restrained, and layered complexity is achieved with ease, tangy grapefruit leading green apple, white peach and pear" - James Halliday, 95 points  $49.95 per bottle

2012 Fratelli Yarra Valley Chardonnay    A deliciously vibrant wine from the Langbrook Vineyard in the Upper Yarra Valley, which aptly demonstrates that great wines can be made at moderate prices in the right hands. The palate is long and unctuous, with juicy stone fruit and citrus aromas and flavours; the high quality French oak absorbed by the lovely display of varietal fruit. A beautifully balanced wine that displays great fruit purity and exceptional natural acidity. A bargain   $19.95 per bottle

2015 Giant Steps Lusatia Park Vineyard Chardonnay    "A great Upper Yarra vineyard... the palate is exquisitely balanced, with the classic white peach/grapefruit duo filling the mouth without even trying" - James Halliday, 97 points; "This wine sings. It hooks you straight off. Yes it tastes of white peach, crunchy apple, pear and grapefruit, and there might even be spots of honey and pineapple. But the main impression is the way it draws you straight in and keeps you under its spell long after you've swallowed. It really quite something. Sweet bran and assorted flashes of spice are part and parcel of a sensational offering. As indeed are long lines of cleansing/mouthwatering acidity" - Campbell Mattinson, 96 points   $44.95 per bottle

2015 Giant Steps Sexton Vineyard Chardonnay    "This is rich, fine, seamless, quartz-like. It's complex in an integrated way; no bells, whistles or alarms but plenty going on regardless. Grapefruit and white peach, spent matches buried into the fruit, a smoky mineralogy. It turns the power on but is long and gorgeous - and it'll be better again in 12-24 months" - Campbell Mattinson, 95+ points; James Halliday - 95 points   $44.95 per bottle

2015 Giant Steps Tarraford Vineyard Chardonnay    "This is the restrained one. The seamless one. It is quite monumentally gorgeous. It just gets everything right, and adds a few flourishes for good measure. It tastes of ginger and custard apples, (subtle) struck match and a complex arrange of stone fruits. It's one of those wines, though, where it feels churlish to pinpoint the flavours; it's elegant, seductive and long, and there's very little more you can request" - Campbell Mattinson, 96 points   $44.95 per bottle

2013 Greystone Sauvignon Blanc   "This has layers of interest and an excellent clarity and freshness of expression... The mouthfeel is beautifully succulent and lusciously fine-featured, showing delicate phenolic textures alongside mouthwatering acidity. The poise, tension and balance is striking and delicious, and the palate leads to a very long and sustained finish with aromatic fruit and herb nuances. This is a beautifully refined, succulent and poised oak-influenced Sauvignon Blanc with complex detailing" - Raymond Chan, 19.0 points out of 20; "Ethereal Sauvignon Blanc with appealing purity and quite exotic flavours including pineapple, guava, ginger, grapefruit and orange blossom. Soft-textured with delicately tangy acidity" - Bob Campbell MW  $24.95 per bottle

2013 Greystone Waipara Valley Chardonnay    "Bright, rich and layered Chardonnay with plenty of wholemeal, bran biscuit and yeasty Brioche-like flavours supported by white peach and nectarine. Very attractive wine that's deliciously drinkable now but promises to age well" - Bob Campbell MW, 95 points; "The 2013 vintage is the finest yet... it is mouthfilling, rich and harmonious, with good acid spine and very finely balanced, peachy, citrusy, slightly buttery and toasty flavours. Already highly enjoyable, it should be at its best 2016+" - Michael Cooper *****  $32.95 per bottle

2015 Grosset  Polish Hill Riesling   "An exemplary wine... with a powerful, explosively concentrated presence of fruit that delivers an almost chardonnay-like fatness before culminating in an austere, smoky finish of exceptional length, savoury quality and focus. Perhaps the finest wine under this label?" - Jeremy Oliver, 98 points; "A riesling of extraordinary concentration, but in the most delicate, refined way imaginable - characteristics suggested by the lovely aroma and confirmed by the powerful, fine, luscious, absolutely bone-dry palate. This is as good as Australian riesling gets at present" - Chris Shanahan, 98 points; "The palate makes you spring to attention, its natural acid structure providing a superb framework for the fruit to clamber all over. As you come back again and again, the purity and balance of the flavours shine even more brightly, the length and balance immaculate, lime, lemon and a hint of apple exactly pitched" - James Halliday, 97 points; "Delicacy, grace and understated character define an exceptionally pure and pristine Polish Hill whose greatness is declared as much by what it is not as what it is. Mouth-enveloping texture declares the ancient soils of Polish Hill. Length is undeterred, line undeviating and sheer stamina and poise, breathtaking" - Tyson Stelzer, 97 points; "The aroma is brilliantly fresh and pristinely clean, with citrus and blossom-like fruit precisely framed. The palate is very fine and delicate, yet intense and long. It's tightly focused and undeveloped. A wine of great delicacy, which looks to have a very bright future" - Huon Hooke, 95 points; "It's purity personified. This of course is what you would expect of a Grosset Polish Hill riesling, but this release presents a particularly intense portrayal of lemon and lime flavours, its slatey, spicy, zesty inflections crushed down and compounded into a chalk-like finish. It has power, it has length, and it is pristine" - Campbell Mattinson, 95 points; "A great spread of refined fruit. Not a hint of sweetness. Much more reserved and a little more austere than the Springvale but admirably persistent" - Jancis Robinson MW, 17.5 points out of 20  $52.95 per bottle

2015 Grosset  Springvale Watervale Riesling   "This tightly focused and deeply layered riesling reveals a piercingly fragrant bouquet of lime juice, lavender, white peach, pear and apple underpinned by suggestions of chalk dust and tropical fruit. It's mouth-wateringly flavoured with layers of fruit and chalkiness, coating the palate towards its trim, taut and almost bone-dry finish of searingly fresh, nervy citrusy acids. Wonderfully balanced and complete - a true long-term style of purity and texture' - Jeremy Oliver, 97 points; "Bobby dazzler of a wine. Soft and easy-going but strung with tense flavour from the back palate onwards. The finish is a sheer burst of impressive flavour, without being too cutting. It's not a challenging wine. It's a pristine, blossomy, chalky one. Fennel notes add something extra. Classic" - Campbell Mattinson, 96 points; "A vintage of benchmark line and phenomenal length, creating a fragrant Springvale laced with airy lemon blossom, talc, lime juice and granny smith apple. This is a season of concentration, purity and structure, with a decisive and enduring acid line and mouthfilling mineral texture that captures the limestone and slate subsoils of the highest site in Watervale" - Tyson Stelzer, 95 points; "Deep and intense: concentrated pear fruit. Fruit fruit fruit, in fact; waiting to unwind in the years to come. So powerful, chewy and deep on the tongue too. Super long and mouth-sucking. Needs five years to realise its full potential" - Tim White, 95(96) points; "Mouthfilling and voluminous, almost rich and quite concentrated. There's a semblance of sweetness, which is probably just the rich, ripe fruit doing the talking. This has the makings of a superb wine with some age" - Huon Hooke, 95 points  $34.95 per bottle

2015 Henty Estate Chardonnay    "Given the cost of growing the grapes and the French oak, and the quality of the wine, the price borders on the unbelievable. It is classic ultra-cool-grown style, pink grapefruit the key" - James Halliday, 95 points  $26.50 per bottle

2015 Hoddles Creek Estate 1er Chardonnay   "It has obvious complexity, and the extra length that the best Yarra Valley chardonnays have compared to that of other regions. Grapefruit juice, zest and pith are the anchor of the flavour, and also build the trajectory of the wine through to the finish" - James Halliday, 96 points & Special Value Wine; "It's subdued, nutty and savoury, yet pure of fruit too - like a flower waiting to open - tight grapefruity acidity, flinty texture and a cool almond and aniseed finish of impeccable length. Beautiful wine. Finesse, charm and fine tailoring all the way. Give it a couple of years in the cellar and you'll be rewarded handsomely" - The Wine Front, 95+ points;  $44.95 per bottle

2016 Hoddles Creek Estate Chardonnay  "It has length and flavour, and feels open for play straight away, though showed even better the next day. Like this a lot. Touch and go for 94 points" - Gary Walsh, 93+ points  $21.95 per bottle

2016 Hoddles Creek Estate Pinot Gris   "I'm putting it out there: this could be the best Pinot Gris in Australia... almost savoury to taste, with the cool acidity and pear, along with a peach tea-like refreshment. Perfect from front to back, complex and packed with personality. Hats off. Flat out delicious. This is how you make Pinot Gris" - The Wine Front, 96 points    $22.95 per bottle

2015 Hoddles Creek Estate Syberia Chardonnay  "This is flat out sensational chardonnay. So cool. So pure. So seamless... Fresh and precise on an energetic finish of superb length. All just so. Straight to the pool room" - Gary Walsh, 96 points  $59.95 per bottle

2013 Jones Road Nepean Reserve Chardonnay  "A selection of the best estate-grown chardonnay, with only 400 dozen made" - James Halliday, 97 points  $39.95 per bottle

2013 Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay  "This has to be one of the most delightfully restrained and elegant of any Leeuwin chardonnay I can recall. It is also one of the very best. Everything has come together so perfectly with a mix of creamy stone fruit, roasted cashew and that distinctive grapefruit. The power and lingering intensity are something else. A super wine" - Ray Jordan, 97 points; "Elegant and gracefu... Everything is precise and supple, with a juicy touch on the epic finish" - Wine Spectator, 96 points  $84.95 per bottle

2016 Lightfoot & Sons Myrtle Point Chardonnay  "Attention to detail in both the vineyard and winery has paid dividends: this combines elegance and intensity, balance and length. White peach and citrussy acidity soar on the finish, imprinting themselves permanently on the very long palate and aftertaste. All class" - James Halliday, 95 points; "$30 is rarely 'value' territory but this is excellent buying, even at that price. It just gets the pitch right. Lemon curd, marzipan, white peach and smoky oak characters sit hand-in-glove in the best of ways. The finish is slightly chalky; entirely positive. Lovely chardonnay" - Campbell Mattinson, 93 points  $24.95 per bottle

2013 Lightfoot & Sons Single Block Chardonnay  "This wine comes from a block within a single vineyard planted to the Dijon clone 96; wild yeast-fermented and matured in French oak, only 100 dozen made. It is a beautiful wine, full of the delicious white peach fruit, tempered by citrussy acidity, that this clone gives; the oak handling has been perfectly judged" - James Halliday, 96 points; "Excellent concentration of flavour. No lack of style. Green melon, white peach, a wealth of seductive/creamy oak, and a bit of dazzle dazzle to the finish. Gorgeous" - Campbell Mattinson, 95 points  $42.95 per bottle

2016 Mount Horrocks Riesling  "This is a stunning riesling. So dry, so slatey, so well fruited, so charming and so long. It's Clare to its back teeth. Lemon-lime, florals, spice and that characteristic bath salts character. The purity and the sheer deliciousness of the citrus flavours on offer here deserve a mention in the dictionary beside the word: gorgeous" - Campbell Mattinson, 96 points  $29.95 per bottle

2015 Narkoojee Lily Grace Chardonnay     "It uncoils sinuously in the mouth, the fruit profile changes through white peach, nectarine and grapefruit in a seamless stream, the natural acidity giving it a major X-factor. This is a truly lovely chardonnay" - James Halliday, 96 points  $26.95 per bottle

2015 Portsea Estate Chardonnay     A powerhouse of a chardonnay; intense, ripe stone fruits flavours are at the core of a complex palate that is underpinned by firm, natural acidity. The wine has exceptional mouthfeel, drive and length   $32.50 per bottle

2016 Seppelt Drumborg Riesling    "A ravishing wine... This has it all, bringing finesse and luxuriant varietal character onto the table at the first moment of the bouquet and of the palate. It is literally loaded with power in the fashion of a fine, dry Rheingau riesling. It is utterly irresistible now, and will become even more so with extended cellaring - James Halliday, 97 points; "Scintillating wine. Crystalline in texture, delicate, threaded through the eye of a needle style, but intense, frisky in its course across the palate, so limey-zesty and fresh, mineral charged and breathtaking" - Mike Bennie, 94 points  $34.95 per bottle

2015 Seville Estate Chardonnay  BEST WINE IN SHOW - 2016 Yarra Valley Wine Show; TOP YARRA VALLEY CHARDONNAY at the 2016 James Halliday Chardonnay Challenge- 97 points; BEST YOUNG WHITE WINE - 2016 Royal Melbourne Wine Awards; "The fruit profile is much tighter, the length greater, the flavours more intense and longer. Clearly barrelfermented, not so much from the point of view of flavour as mouthfeel. It really sings" - James Halliday, 96 points; "This wine is very similar to the Reserve, which makes it brilliant value for money. There's a complex hint of struck match to the white peach nose, and the intense, long palate is beautifully textured, finishing with great fruit drive. Be quick. It will sell out in a short time" - Winewise, Outstanding *****   $32.50 per bottle

2015 Singlefile Porongurup Riesling     "Minerally acidity forms the backdrop for a wine of great fruit intensity and persistence, citrus in the vanguard, a wisp of fresh-cut apple in the rear. Top stuff" - James Halliday, 95 points    $22.95 per bottle

2015 Sons of Eden Freya Riesling   "Intensely focused and equally long on the palate and aftertaste; lime zest and juice has the electrifying acidity marking the quality of the wine now and into the future" - James Halliday, 95 points; "Big Corey Ryan reckons it's one of the best they've made. Beautiful pure and pretty thing this is... Delivers juicy fruit flavour with a superb clean core of acidity, the lightest of fine chalky texture and a very long finish tweaked with ruby red grapefruit freshness. Great to drink now, but no hurry of course"- The Wine Front, 95 points  $19.95 per bottle

2014 Starborough Marlborough Pinot Gris   "The palate is elegant in proportion with bright and intense flavours of white florals and white stonefruits. The mouthfeel is fine-featured and enlivened by refreshing, lacy acidity. This has good linearity and a driven core that leads to a long, sustained finish with rich fruit and exotic floral, and refreshing herbal nuances. This is an elegant, focussed and pure dry Pinot Gris with subtle florals and stonefruit flavours" - Raymond Chan, 18.0 points out of 20 ****   $22.95 per bottle

2013 St Huberts Yarra Valley Chardonnay     "No skimping on the volume of flavour. Has an opulence to it. Sweet, ripe peach, citrus, toast and struck match notes... the fruit is bell clear, refreshingly so, as it rings out through the finish. Will improve in the bottle over the next year or two" - James Halliday, 94 points; "Yarra Valley chardonnay from a very good vintage. Opulent but lengthy. Clear oak and clear fruit. Peach, citrus, toast and struck match note... it rings out clear and mouthwatering through the finish. Will have widespread appeal" - Campbell Mattinson, 93 points   $21.95 per bottle

2012 Thompson Estate Margaret River Chardonnay  "The bouquet and palate are an exercise in harmony, with perfectly ripened and detailed fruit easily outpacing the oak, but not preparing you for the mouthwatering explosion of flavour on the finish and aftertaste. Seriously good wine" - James Halliday, 96 points  $34.95 per bottle

2014 Tomboy Hill Rebellion Chardonnay    The palate is perfectly balanced and tightly focused; mouthfilling yet delicate at the same time, the natural acidity providing a mouthwatering finale and proclaiming its cool climate origins. A significant portion of the wine (35%) comes from the Tomboy Hill vineyard (no wine was produced in 2014 under 'The Tomboy' label), and I have no doubt that this is reflected in the quality of the wine.  $34.50 per bottle

2015 Yabby Lake Single Vineyard Chardonnay    "A fragrant and pure bouquet leads into a supremely elegant, understated palate that departs from Mornington Peninsula orthodoxy by preventing mlf and relying on natural acidity, steps that will underwrite the longevity of the wine" - James Halliday, 96 points   $39.95 per bottle

 

RED WINES

2015 Abel's Tempest Pinot Noir    "An aromatic bouquet with cherry and plum fruits coupled with spicy nuances, the medium-bodied palate flavours following on directly from the bouquet; excellent persistence of the fruit, line, length and balance tick all the boxes. Tasmania is as Tasmania does" - James Halliday, 95 points      $27.95 per bottle

2015 Ata Rangi Crimson Pinot Noir    "Everything a young vine Pinot Noir should be - fresher, lighter, more accessible... The fruit flavours of dark-red berry fruits are fresh, vibrant, ripe and bright, with nuances of fresh herbs. This has wonderful primary fruit lift and fragrance. On palate just so juicy and succulent, with plush and vibrant dark red cherry and berry fruits... The wine has linearity and seriousness at the core. But it is just delicious" - Raymond Chan, 18.5+ points out of 20; "New Zealand's best-value pinot noir, hands down... The really pure red cherry and boysenberry pinot fruits come complete with a subtle twist of spice and are evenly ripened and nicely caught. The palate has a gently rainy tannin texture and some bright and tart cherry fruits. Nice and juicy, super bright, upbeat and fresh" - Nick Stock, 93 points      $29.95 per bottle

2015 Ata Rangi Pinot Noir  "Medium-full bodied, the palate features rich and succulently sweet flavours of dark-red cherry and berry fruits along with black fruits lifted by dark-red and violet florals and subtle notes of dark herbs. Suggestions of spice and oak emerge. The flavours are beautifully precise, detailed and harmoniously balanced, and the mouthfeel very supple and fine-textured with flowery tannin extraction. The acidity is integrated and provides vitality for the refined core and line. The wine flows seamlessly to a long and sustained, complete finish. This is a beautifully rich and multi layered and detailed Pinot Noir of precision and harmony, with succulently sweet fruit and refined structure, enabling accessibility, and showing completeness" - Raymond Chan, 19.5+ points out of 20   $76.95 per bottle

2013 Balnarring Vineyard Pinot Noir    Kathleen Quealy's single vineyard pinot from the wonderful 2013 Mornington Peninsula vintage is a captivating example of the variety. A truly delicious pinot, with wonderful red fruit aromas that lead into a silky, feminine palate of great finesse. Gorgeous with duck; "A complex bouquet ranges through plum, cherry, spice and briar aromas; these characters likewise drive the long, gently savoury palate, the balance very good" - James Halliday, 94 points    $29.95 per bottle  

2012 Bannock Brae Goldfields Central Otago Pinot Noir    "This favoured site on Cairnmuir Road in Bannockburn has delivered yet another pinot of distinction. Smelling it is a pleasure - forest floor, dried herb and dark plum all come through. In the mouth it is juicy with lovely fresh acidity and tapers to a long fine finish" - Cuisine Wine ****(*) ; "Medium-full bodied, soft and restrained flavours of red fruits and aromatic florals unfold spices, earth and cedary oak. The palate is supported by a fine-grained tannin line with good drive and energy" - Raymond Chan, 17.5 points out of 20    $32.95 per bottle  

2016 Bannockburn 1314 A.D. Pinot Noir    This the most interesting and complex pinot I've tasted for under $30. Dark cherry fruit, spice and sap combine to make-up a lip smacking pinot that is moreish and easy to drink; "You would be hard pressed to find a better value for money Pinot, the 1314 release is made in similar style to the Estate wine with definitive whole bunch character (20%), lip smakingly expressive fruit and oak treatment that you rarely find on a wine sub $30... The 1314 is still a well kept secret, it's worth hunting some down" - Winereviewer.com.au, 94 points; "Stylistically, this taps into the very best of the Bannockburn styles, with still the same sappy, ripe and very Pinoty nose. This is Geelong Pinot mate, and it smells unlike Burgundy (terroir at work). Importantly, this has a length of sappy, almost stewed (but not in an overripe sense) fruit, and some late bitterness for backbone. The stems are there, but so is that fruit too, in a not-delicate-but-delicious style. I've tasted a bit of Burgundy recently, and know that if you slipped this into a blind lineup of village level wines, it would smash many... Substantial wine for the dollars. Would I buy it? Yes" - Australian Wine Review, 93 points    $27.95 per bottle  

2015 Bass Phillip Estate Pinot Noir     "Long, gentle and fine-grained, this deeply floral young pinot has a brightly perfume of red cherries, blood plums, redcurrants, musky spices and fiery, earthy undertones. It's pristine and evenly paced, with a fleshy, sweet fruited and almost fatty palate" - Jeremy Oliver, 95 points; "Medium bodied at most, sappy and animated, redcurrant and pomegranate, fine burr of kitten's tongue tannin, pleasing sense of delicacy, and pretty fine length. Delicious" - Gary Walsh, 94+ points  $74.95 per bottle

2015 Bass Phillip Premium Pinot Noir    "It's full-bodied and dense, high-extract, loaded with tannin and lush in spicy flavour. The fruit is lavish as are the tannins. A wholly impressive pinot, which will surely soar in a high trajectory over the next few years. The density, concentration and fleshy extract are mightily impressive, as is the prodigious length" - Huon Hooke, 97 points; "So sure-footed and confident, it almost has a swagger. Cherry, sweet cinnamon and cedar oak, dried flowers, a little earthy bass. Medium bodied, silky and precise, with delectable savoury and fruit sweet switching, layered and complex already, laced up tight with ultra-fine pixel tannin, and long smashed strawberry and spice finish. A delight. Really needs a few years" - Gary Walsh, 96 points; "Long and stylish, with a spicy, gamey fragrance of red cherries, redcurrants, minerals and cola backed by nuances of dried herbs and cedary oak, this medium to full-bodied pinot is laced with scents of red flowers and stony, earthy undertones. It's supple and sappy but piercingly intense, with penetrative flavours of small red berries and cherries supported by a firmish spine of fine, powdery tannins, finishing with lively acids and a hint of mineral" - Jeremy Oliver, 95 points    $210.00 per bottle

2014 Bests Family Thomson Shiraz    JAMES HALLIDAY WINE OF THE YEAR 2017: "This is a ravishing wine with a velvet and satin mouthfeel, and a rainbow of black, purple and blue fruits. Supple tannins are somewhere in the mix, likewise French oak, but don't bother dissecting what is an exquisite wine. As a point of principle, I'm not going to give 100 points for a table wine, but if I were, this would get the nod. Drink by 2054" - James Halliday, 99 points  $345.00 per bottle

2015 Brown Magpie Single Vineyard Geelong Shiraz      "A shiraz with great flavour, texture, intensity and complexity. Its length and balance are also of a high order. Red and black cherry, spice, licorice and espresso coffee join with the tannins and oak of a great win" - James Halliday, 96 points    $29.95 per bottle

2014 Buckshot Vineyard Heathcote Shiraz  A brilliant follow-up to the all conquering 2013 vintage. An extremely compelling wine for the moderate price, the medium-bodied palate with exceptional balance and length. Blackberry, licorice, chocolate and earthy flavours meld beautifully together with the oak and tannins; lovely mouthfeel and texture complete a very harmonious package  $27.95 per bottle

2014 By Farr Farrside Pinot Noir    "The bouquet, while complex, is the calm before the storm of the palate, which strikes the second the wine enters the mouth, and doesn't abate until long after the wine has gone from the glass. Its great character is the fusion of plum/black cherry fruit with a savoury carpet of spices and sweet earth. Quite simply, a very great pinot" - James Halliday, 98 points     $76.95 per bottle

2014 By Farr Sangreal Pinot Noir    "The bouquet exudes flowers (roses, violets), spices and a throbbing heartbeat of gently savoury dark fruits; the palate magically twists all these characters into a single silver-coated stream of red and blue fruits, the tannins no more than background haze, oak a slender frame. A gorgeous pinot of the highest category" - James Halliday, 97 points     $76.95 per bottle

2014 By Farr Shiraz     "A very elegant shiraz reflecting its modest alcohol, the moderating effect of viognier, and gentle winemaking extraction. Spicy red fruits are already supple, and the balance of oak and tannins can't be faulted. Shortly put, it could be drunk tomorrow. Drink by 2039" - James Halliday, 96 points     $58.95 per bottle

2009 Cahoots Barossa Valley Shiraz       Produced by the formidable team of Corey Ryan and Simon Cowhan (the winemaker and viticulturist behind the Sons of Eden venture); A ripper of a Barosssa shiraz with elegance and power seamlessly combined. Ripe, lush and intensely focussed black fruits on the full-bodied palate have great depth and complexity for such a modestly priced shiraz. Wonderful value. Back-up the truck     $18.95 per bottle

2012 Coldstream Hills Pinot Noir   "Very pure and tense across the palate, finishes with almost the pucker of sourness, but it's not, it's just hewn to a rapier-point with succulent acidity. Smooth, flowing, light to medium bodied feel with graphite minerality laid under bright fruit flavours. Not for the hedonists as is, but for those seeking architecture in their drinking now and across some time" - Mike Bennie, The Wine Front, 93+ points    $28.95 per bottle

2013 Craggy Range Le Sol Syrah    "The aromatics have real intensity and penetrating depth... the palate exudes sheer elegance and proportion, with finely concentrated, tightly bound, ripe blackberry fruit flavours. Waves of spices, black pepper and violet florals unfold, adding detail. The mouthfeel is lively, vibrant and poised with fine, lacy acidity, and the wine flows with energy and tension. The fruit is underlined by fine-grained, satin-like tannins, balancing the fruit sweetness, and carrying through to a very long, concentrated, elegant finish of spices, florals and pepper. This is a beautifully elegant, concentrated, black-fruited Syrah with finesse, vitality and refined structure" - Raymond Chan, 19.5+ points out of 20; "Craggy Range's flagship wine from a vintage that has been hailed as 'once in a lifetime'. Dense but not a heavy wine, lithe rather than blockbuster... A truly classic Le Sol" - Bob Campbell MW, 98 points; "Brooding sweet black cherry and blackberry fruit nose... The palate shows sweet fruit, a taut presence and stylish spicy notes, together with a bit of pepper and well handled oak. A superb effort that on day 2 picks up some intensity and fleshiness. An exciting wine" - Jamie Goode, 94 points    $99.95 per bottle

2013 Craggy Range Sophia Merlot Cabernet Franc    "Rich and concentrated, this is nearly massive in its density and body, the fruit flavours filling the palate, showing succulent dark plums, liquorice as well as pepper, soy sauce and Oriental spices. The extraction is serious, and provides a powerful structure, yet the tannins are fine and powdery. The wine features incredible tension and freshness from the acidity, and the palate has great length" - Raymond Chan, 20.0 points out of 20 (PERFECT SCORE!); "A complex array of flavours on the palate including plum, dark berry, chocolate, spice and a hint of violet. Gorgeous wine with plenty of weight, a silken texture and real energy. Will be very long-lived" - Bob Campbell MW, 98 points; " A fine-grained wine. It's as if it's been deep-etched with a fine tip. It's powerfully built, minerally, chocolatey, sluiced with gravel and blackcurrant, and lifted by a variety of florals... Sophia always smells of money; this release does too, but the cash hangs out the top of the wallet, rather than being flashed around... A long termer, without question" - Campbell Mattinson, 95+ points; "The palate has superbly balanced sweet cherries and black fruits. It has presence and concentration but it's also quite understated, with fine-grained tannins and a fresh, dynamic personality. So fine, this has massive potential" - Jamie Goode, 95 points     $79.95 per bottle

2014 Craggy Range Te Muna Road Vineyard Pinot Noir      "An alluring wine, with a plush and delicious mid-palate and a friendly, open nature. Fine tannins provide a gentle, supporting framework and oak and acidity are perfectly integrated. It is a wine of intense aromatic appeal and finesse, with excellent pinosity and presence" - Toni Paterson MW, 95 points & Wine of the Week   $47.50 per bottle

2014 Curly Flat Pinot Noir    "A pinot noir lit by a satin sheen of red berry fruits splayed across the mouth by juicy acidity and impeccably wrought tannins. Growing darker of fruit and broader of mid-drift as it opens, a lick of briar, wood smoke and truffle imbue a carnal edge to a shimmering, mellifluous finish. Delicious out of the gates, this pinot is a svelte, sumptuous glide across the senses" - James Halliday, 97 points; "There's plenty of richness here. Plenty of flow. And yet it's varietal, fragrant, complex and savoury-slanted. We're onto a good thing here... Mouthfeel is satiny; length is assured. Not a hair out of place. And plenty of excitement factor" - The Wine Front, 95 points"    $49.95 per bottle

2012 Dog Point Vineyard Pinot Noir       Winner of three trophies at the prestigious 2014 Six Nations Wine Challenge including BEST WINE OF SHOW - "the greatest pinot noir yet seen from Marlborough, a wine that takes power and density to a new level"; The bouquet is impressive and loaded with rich, ripe, black cherry fruit, the palate likewise rich and concentrated, full-bodied and sweetly-fruited, but it's all balanced by good tannins and excellent structure. A glorious wine, very Burgundy-like" - Huon Hooke, 96 points; "This is seriously impressive... it's concentrated and full-bodied with ample tannins and great structure" - Ralph Kyte-Powell, 96 points   $39.95 per bottle

2010 Dog Ridge 'The Pup' Cabernet Merlot      Sensational value for the price... dense, dark berry fruits flood the palate... long, dusty smoke finish, lovely texture and juicy mouthfeel contribute to a fleshy and mouthfilling wine that has universal appeal. Silky smooth and moreish.    $16.50 per bottle

2014 Felton Road Block 5 Pinot Noir  "This has a bold, voluminous, aromatic nose with red fruits, subtle herbal and whole bunch aromas, all quite in context and balance, lovely floral detail and emerging undergrowth complexities. Rich and lush on palate, the red fruit flavours are sweet and juicy. Bright acidity lifts the fruitiness and enlivens the mouthfeel. This is supple and elegant with its richness. Quite exuberant for its relatively stylish and elegant size" - Raymond Chan, 19.5- points out of 20; "A little reticent and broody at this youthful stage, with faint notes of pomegranate, red cherries and raspberry leaves plus a touch of forest floor. Light to medium-bodied, it offers restrained red berry, floral and earth laced flavors with very finely grainy, silky tannins and lovely freshness, finishing with great length" - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, The Wine Advocate, 93+ points  $115.00 per bottle

2015 Felton Road Pinot Noir   $64.95 per bottle

2009 Georges Block 1 Clare Valley Shiraz     ABSOLUTELY OUTSTANDING VALUE. Single Vineyard shiraz from the five acre Block 1 planting ; the full flavoured palate is an exercise in controlled generosity; long, intense, lingering black fruit flavours... the French oak perfectly judged   $18.95 per bottle

2015 Giant Steps Applejack Vineyard Pinot Noir    "Significantly deeper colour than prior vintages, likewise depth of fruit; the bouquet and palate are driven by black and red cherry fruit of exceptional generosity but with an unusual touch of dark chocolate. Small wonder Giant Steps says this is its best vintage yet" - James Halliday, 97 points; "The palate is awash and ablaze, bright and lively, shows a flighty sheet of tannin that drapes across the mouth then starts to tug like a fist closing on silk. The finish is pulled tight with that fine tannin, caraway seed spice, light herbal notes. It's beautiful, wonderful drinking, so gluggable, so complex in its nature and presentation, so much to enjoy" - Mike Bennie, The Wine Front, 96 points     $49.95 per bottle   

2015 Giant Steps Lusatia Park Vineyard Pinot Noir    "Superb colour; the ultra-fragrant/scented bouquet is picked up unceremoniously by the brilliant palate and dispatched to the boundary. Takes the concept of elegant generosity to another level with more movement in the chorus of red fruit flavours than you might think possible. Combines elegance with spicy, savoury intensity" - James Halliday, 97 points; "Of the Giant Steps 2015 single vineyard pinot noirs this feels like the one with a touch more grunt, a little wild streak, sniffs of ferrous things in dark cherry, kirsch, briar. Deeply flavoured and then as the finish starts it kicks in with another burst of bright fruit - it's like the wine is bucking in the palate, yet set on impossibly supple curves. Floods the palate with cherry fruit, spice, herb, pomegranate acidity and barely there tannin. Unreal wine. Unreal" - Mike Bennie, The Wine Front, 96 points     $49.95 per bottle   

2015 Giant Steps Primavera Vineyard Pinot Noir    "Another take on this great vintage, with savoury, spicy aromas and flavours surging over the bouquet and palate alike, putting whole bunch fermentation up in giant neon letters. The tangy, herbal, forest floor characters will always be the raison d'etre of the wine, and I hope I'm around to see how this evolves over time" - James Halliday, 96 points; "This wine is 100% whole bunch too; and it's formative in this wine. It's what I called 'the most captivating' wine... Haunting perfume of undergrowth, decaying flowers, pot pourri, rose water, pickled cherries, pepper, earth. It's elemental, guttural and wild to inhale. The palate has a swirl of dark cherry fruitiness, but again, savoury, earthy, briary character takes over. It crackles and swerves in the palate - there's juiciness but its ribbed with tannin and feels alive with crisp acidity. Long, so long, untamed, unkempt, but beautiful in its sweeping expression. Stains the glass with primal, sexual scent. A broad rugged landscape painted in detail. It's unbelievably good wine and will mature so, so intriguingly and well" - Mike Bennie, The Wine Front, 96 points     $49.95 per bottle   

2015 Giant Steps Sexton Vineyard Pinot Noir    "Here, generosity takes the stage with richness and tannins woven into the superabud and black fruits by invisible mending. A brilliant wine by whatever standards you may choose" - James Halliday, 97 points; "Superb. Such volume of perfume too. Palate has an almost tactile white pepper dustinndant reg, feathery and suede tannins build that tactile feel, the wine draws long on an sleek elastic band of juicy, bright cherry fruit, that spice, glossy acidity. It sits in palate even, fine, long, restrained, finessed. Cashmere on the tongue. Far out" - Mike Bennie, The Wine Front, 96 points     $49.95 per bottle   

2012 Glenwillow Vineyard Bendigo Shiraz  Trophy for Best Shiraz 2012 at the prestigious 2014 Concours des Vins de Victoria. Incredibly smooth and supple for such a young wine, the medium bodied palate offers all the richness one expects from a high quality Bendigo shiraz, yet with great elegance; "A full-bodied and rich wine with blackberry/plum engaged in a battle with French oak, tannins applauding from the sideline; thevery good colour and depth to the fruit bode very well for the future" - James Halliday, 95 points    $27.95 per bottle

2012 Greystone Brothers Reserve Pinot Noir    TROPHY FOR BEST PINOT IN THE WORLD & TROPHY FOR BEST NEW ZEALAND PINOT (over £15) - 2014 Decanter World Wine Awards; The team of international judges said "The wine had all the classic textural and fruit hallmarks you could ask for in great Pinot Noir. A delicious wine with real presence, this is generous, rich and fleshy, with lots of bright redcurrant and raspberry aromas and concentrated plum, dark cherry and violet flavours. With an earthy character, smoky oak notes and an interesting savoury element, it's robust but with very supple tannins, a silky-soft mouthfeel and a finish full of Christmas pudding spices"; "An intense pinot with a great range of flavours including plum, dark cherry, leather, anise, wood smoke and toast. This is a complex wine with a great, mouth-filling and silken-smooth texture" - Gourmet Traveller Wine, 97 points *****    $89.95 per bottle   

2012 Greystone Waipara Pinot Noir    BEST NEW ZEALAND PINOT NOIR; "Opulent and powerful" - Judges at 2013 Air New Zealand Wine Awards; 2013 - Air New Zealand Wine Awards; "Silken-textured pinot noir with dark cherry, black-fleshed plum, subtle spice and nutty oak flavours. Elegant, ethereal wine showing surprising power and length. Distinctive and appealing" - Gourmet Traveller Wine, 96 points; "Medium-full bodied, well-concentrated flavours of red and black fruits unfold layers of complex savoury dark herb and earthy nuances entwined with sweet aromatic floral notes. The mouthfeel shows a dense core that unfolds smoothly with a seamless flow, and the palate is supported by fine-grained, supple tannin extraction. The richness and fruit sweetness is enlivened by fine acidity, and the flavours lead to a very long, sustained finish of savoury dark berry fruits. This is a richly concentrated, complex-nuanced, seamless Pinot Noir" - Raymond Chan, 19.0 points out of 20; "This is the wine that was awarded the Trophy for best pinot noir in last year's Air NZ judging - a correctly awarded Trophy if ever there was one... Bouquet epitomises what the grape variety pinot noir is all about, sweet haunting even caressing florals touching on violets, roses and boronia, then clear cherry fruit and gentle near-invisible oak. Palate emphasises the caressing thought, soft, velvety, seductive even... The fruit ripeness is pinpoint, red grading to black cherry with attractive acid balance. Total style is unarguably Cote de Nuits, and this wine is a real charmer. It is so rich that the fruit sweetness continues right through to the tail, and the wine thus seems sweet to the finish... in both practical terms and classical European analysis terms this Greystone is for the moment the definitive New Zealand pinot noir" - Geoff Kelly, 18.5+ points out of 20; "Wonderfully attractive aromatics - fruity yet funky in an exciting and evocative way. Full bodied and creamy with black cherries and rose petals underpinned by a deep earthy savouriness and tannins that are remarkably silky and fine. Such a gorgeous texture to this wine" - Sue Courtney, www.wineoftheweek.com    $36.95 per bottle   

2014 Grove Estate Cellar Block Shiraz Viognier    Awarded the Peter Robertson Trophy for the HILLTOPS WINE OF THE YEAR at the 2015 Hilltops Wine Awards; The judges comments were: "This is a delightfully perfumed wine showing an aromatic combination of red fruits, spices and black pepper. The palate is long and opulent, balanced with fine tannins. A gorgeous wine"     $29.95 per bottle

2012 Henschke Mount Edelstone Shiraz   "This is a blue-blood aristocratic shiraz, certain in its supreme power, length and balance, and not going out to prove anything. If anyone doubts its quality now, the scales will fall from their eyes over the decades ahead, as it will be recognised by all and sundry as one of the greatest Mount Edelstones" - James Halliday, 98 points; "It’s a veritable smörgåsbord of flavours... Medium to full bodied, lashings of fine grained powdery tannin and ripe but fresh mixed berry fruit with a briny savoury edge. It’s a quiet storm of a wine, rolling through the mouth without too much noise and flashing, just confidently doing its thing without much of a care. Rumbles long into the distance after you swallow. As far as Mount Edelstones go, it’s a pretty bloody good one" - The Wine Front, 96 points    $175.00 per bottle

2012 Hennings Heathcote Shiraz      A high quality package with multi-layered palate, long finish and fine-grained tannins - Outstanding value for an archetypal Heathcote Shiraz    $26.95 per bottle

2012 Henty Estate Shiraz    "Glorious crimson-purple colour, the bouquet and medium-bodied palate filled with spicy black fruits; the silky mouthfeel and length of the flavours are exceptional. Great bargain" - James Halliday, 96 points  $29.95 per bottle

2015 Hoddles Creek Estate 1er Pinot Noir    "The bouquet is gloriously fragrant and flowery, the red and blue fruits immediately picked up by the palate which then moves on with its vibrant spicy whole bunch notes adding more layers to its seemingly endless finish" - James Halliday, 97 points & Special Value Wine; "This has clarity, precision and fairly glides through the palate. Red cherry, raspberry, dried roses, fine spicy biscuitty oak, clean earthiness, and almost a liquorice root succulence too, but throughout its signature is restraint and subdued power. Ultra-fine tannin shapes the wine surely like the firm stroke of an emery board, the acidity so pure and clean, and the finish long, crisply ironed and perfumed" - The Wine Front, 96+ points; "This is one very serious pinot, and look at the price... It's full in the mouth, with a touch of grip and a firm finish which leaves a clean aftertaste. It has weight and structure, depth and persistence, and should age superbly" - Huon Hooke, 95 points   $55.00 per bottle

2016 Hoddles Creek Estate Pinot Noir    "Hoddles Creek probably about the best $20 you can spend on Australian Pinot Noir. It's almost ludicrous... Light to medium bodied, fine sweep of emery board tannin, fine acidity, delicate flavour, bright and fine boned, with no annoying sweet and sour flavours, and a firm insistently tannic finish. Serious Pinot satisfaction here" - Gary Walsh, 93 points; "The bouquet is meaty, charcuterie and dark cherry-like, the palate similar with intense, refined, penetrative flavour and good length. Lovely pinot and great value" - Huon Hooke, 92 points   $21.95 per bottle

2012 Kiritea Martinborough Pinot Noir  An absolute steal for the price, stands up tall against much more expensive pinot noirs from Martinborough; "From fruit grown out on Te Muna Road, this has a wealth of dark fruits and saffron, mocha and chocolate. Quite an exotic-smelling pinot here and quite lifted" - Nick Stock  $24.95 per bottle   

2012 Koltz McLaren Vale Shiraz     A beautiful McLaren Vale shiraz from a top vintage that is a real crowd please; an opulent, rich and mouthfilling palate that is complex and layered with heaps of flavour and long length. Succulent and smooth blackberry, blackcurrant and chocolate flavours  $27.50 per bottle

2012 Koltz The Pagan Shiraz     An incredibly sumptous and sexy shiraz that has layers and layers of rich, dark berry fruits and a wonderful silky mouthfeel and structure and balance. A stunning wine oozing with personality and individuality; made in the Amarone style  $54.95 per bottle

2016 Lightfoot & Sons Myrtle Point Pinot Noir    "This complex vinification has resulted in a very complex pinot, with red and purple fruits, abundant spices and savoury/earthy fine-grained tannins. This in turn leads to good length and texture" - James Halliday, 94 points; "This Gippsland vineyard clearly grows good pinot noir. The complexity is there. It just needs time to build and grow and mature... If you cast a wide net you'll reel in a wide variety of flavours and scents. Plenty of tang. Assorted goings on. It's like flicking through a pinot diary" - Campbell Mattinson, 91+ points   $24.95 per bottle

2015 Lightfoot & Sons Myrtle Point Shiraz     The bouquet is positively fragrant with red fruits and spices, the elegant light to medium-bodied palate a silk tapestry of red and purple fruits, superfine but persistent tannins and perfectly balanced and integrated French oak. A lovely shiraz for pinot noir devotees looking to the occasional alternative" - James Halliday, 95 points; "Here's one for the ultra savvy 'cool climate shiraz brigade'. All power to them. This has plenty of get-up-and-go. It's aflame with white pepper and leafy spice, both the nose and the palate bursting to show their savoury wares. The fruit comes ripe, well polished and svelte; it tastes of assorted berries and plums, garden herbs and woodsmoke, the perfect complement to the pops of spice. Tannin is then supple and well-formed. It's not a big wine, naturally, but it refuses to be easily dismissed. It's pretty with personality. This is a goodun" - Campbell Mattinson, 93 points    $24.95 per bottle

2014 Lowburn Ferry Home Block Pinot Noir    RANKED NUMBER OUT OF MORE THAN 170 PINOT NOIRS FROM ACROSS NEW ZEALAND - Decanter Magazine, 96 points (Outstanding); TROPHY FOR BEST PINOT NOIR - Sydney International Wine Competition 2016; "A mightily impressive and complex Pinot in an admirably understated, fresh and vivid cool-climate style. Gloriously bright with wonderful farmyard nuances and a distinct mushroom edge. Complex, savoury layers. Truly beautiful. Generous without being rich, and stylish without being showy - Phillip Tuck MW, 96 points; "An intensely perfumed, succulent wine... Very supple texture. The distinctly silky texture is a hallmark of this sub-region" - Christine Parkinson, 96 points; "Lovely cool-climate fruit - fresh and vivid. Very pure with unforced concentration. Fantastic complexity with great length" - Melanie Brown, 96 points; "How good is this. Seductive, powerful, refined and opulent at the same time. Gorgeous aromas of dark cherry, truffle, cedar, dried herb and roasted beet lead to a concentrated palate that delivers layers of delicious flavours. It is richly textured and generously flavoured, while remaining elegant and poised, and finishes superbly long and velvety. Wonderfully expressive and hugely appealing" - Wine Orbit, 96 points; "It is fragrant, sweet-fruited and concentrated, with deep, ripe plum, cherry and spice flavours, showing excellent complexity, and fine-grained tannins. Still youthful, it's an age-worthy, very harmonious wine" - Michael Cooper*****; "The fruit is softly rich and luscious, and flows effortlessly, supported by fine-grained, supple tannin extraction and a refined structure. The acidity is integrated and the balance of the wine is impeccable as it leads to an elegant, sweet and aromatic finish. This is an elegant and seamless Pinot Noir with harmonious dark red fruit, an array of floral and complex herbal layers and a supple mouthfeel" - Raymond Chan, 19.0 points out of 20  $47.95 per bottle

2015 Mayer Close Planted Pinot Noir    "Concentrated and powerful in the palate, has ripe herbal-stalkiness, juicy ripple across the palate, firm slaty tannins. Tannins a big part of the wine, the architecture is pretty epic. Depth, interest, structure. Seriously good" - Mike Bennie, 95 points; "Bright cherry fruit, not obviously stemmy, with lovely clean, ripe cherry, raspberry flavour, finely textured and nicely balanced by supple, drying tannins. Superb wine" - Huon Hooke, 95 points    $59.95 per bottle

2010 Merum Estate Premium Reserve Shiraz       Seductive wine, with a wonderful array of aromas and flavours; spice, licorice, black pepper, black cherry, plum and blackberry all flow backwards and forwards across the ever-enticing palate, the finish impeccable thanks to high quality tannins" - James Halliday, 95 points    $32.95 per bottle

2012 Moppity Lock & Key Reserve Shiraz      2013 Royal Melbourne Wine Show - 95 points; "Multiple gold medal winner... The race here is determined not by density but by the way acid/tannin/fruit/oak/texture maintain perfect formation from start to finish"- James Halliday, 95 points;"Another bargain from Moppity, the highest vineyard in Hilltops, boasting vines over 40 years of age. The beautifully cool 2012 vintage has nurtured restrained shiraz with alluring nuances of black pepper, black plum skin and liquorice, underscored by excellent firm, fine tannins and taut, lively acidity. A wine of outstanding persistence and impressive mouth feel" - Tyson Stelzer, 94 points; "The tannin here both impressed and interested me. It's assertive, muscular, nutty and uncompromising. It's complemented by high-ish acidity, which combined gives the wine a nebbiolo-esque profile... Perhaps most impressive about this wine is the finish, which lingers appreciably" - The Wine Front, 93+ points   $24.95 per bottle

2010 Mount Langi Ghiran Langi Shiraz   "Flowers and violets, with a full spice cupboard of aromas and flavours. Lovely wine! Clean as a whistle and lively, refined, superbly balanced and lingering long on the aftertaste. A masterpiece of elegance" - Huon Hooke, 97 points; "Impressive for all the elegance, finesse, complex whole bunch_driven character and excitement in the wine... The palate's bright-red berries and cherries are laced with pepper and framed in toasty, fresh oak flavour, some mocha, deep-seated baking spices and impressive freshness as it lifts through the finish" - Nick Stock, 97 points; "This set me back on my heels. I love it... Exquisite, tight, coiled tannin. Daring wine. Uncompromised" - Campbell Mattinson, 95 points     $89.95 per bottle 

2010 Mount Terrible Pinot Noir  Very occassionally one comes across a wine from a hitherto unknown winery that blows one off one's feet... Fresh, tangy, savoury cherry and plum fruit, spice and briar aromas are mirrored in a vibrant and intense palate that is beautifully structured, long and lingering. The oak handling is impeccable. Oozes class, but with the best years in front of it. Only 280 dozen produced; "This is a serious pinot noir, the whole bunches contributing to but not dominating the texture and structure of the wine; bright red fruits merge into a gently savoury/foresty backdrop, tannins perfectly pitched" - James Halliday, 94 points; "The perfume flows through the mouth, along with a darker set of berry flavours and stewed plum, with prune-like intensity. Intensity builds and builds and there's a nice grip and fresh berry and plums on the finish" - Ben Thomas, The Weekly Review   $39.95 per bottle

2013 Paul Osicka Shiraz     "Complex bouquet sets the scene for the medium to full-bodied palate and its suave mix of black fruits, spice, pepper and licorice" - James Halliday, 96 points; "Impressive Heathcote shiraz from Paul Osicka. Made from vines planted in the 1950s... Fine tannin, fine flavour, and fine silken length. There's no mistaking this wine's quality. It tastes of plum, undergrowth, spicy oak, gum leaf, clove and pepper. Tannin seems to come in wafer-thin layers, perfectly spaced, perfectly collated. Terrific" - Campbell Mattinson, 95 points    $29.95 per bottle

2013 Penfolds St Henri Shiraz     "This 2013 Shiraz St Henri follows in the blockbuster footsteps of the 2010 and 2012... The medium to full-bodied palate reveals lovely, understated elegance and depth with a firm backbone of ripe, grainy tannins and many fruit and spice layers emerging on the finish. This is one for the long-long haul and, at a fraction of the price of Grange, should be where the smart money goes for stocking the cellar" - Lisa Perrotti-Brown (Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate), 97 points; "This is a very tidy and neatly framed edition of St. Henri, offering a sense of elegance married with deep-set concentration and rich fruit flavors... The palate has super-deep, rich and balanced style to it, making this one of the most complete wines in the collection. A plethora of dark berries, dark plums and ginger biscuits come to the fore as this closes off. What a delicious long, deep and slate-like finish. Balanced enough to broach now, but this will hit a magic drinking window from 2025 through to 2035" - James Suckling, 96 points; "One of my favourite Penfolds styles... boasts a seductively sweet fragrance of herbs and spices followed by a full-bodied blueberry-like opulence" - Decanter.com, 94 points $77.95 per bottle

2012 Podere Ruggeri Corsini Barolo ‘Bricco San Pietro’ DOCG     "Medium to full bodied, plump and tannic, yet with succulence of cherry fruit and almost a chocolate almond thing going on, freshness and a touch of orange peel, slick of sticky tannin on a long finish. Power with restraint. This is a very good bottle of Barolo" - The Wine Front, 93+ points   $84.95 per bottle

2013 Podere Ruggeri Corsini Langhe Nebbiolo DOC     "It's a bit of a brute, for sure, but gee you're getting a lot of Nebbiolo for your money here. Dark cherry, liquorice, dusting of pepper and sweet spices, new leather, dried mint and flowers. It's full bodied, packed with spiced red and black fruit and inky black tea tannin, keeps fresh and tight, even more so with clean minerally acidity, and finishes long with strawberry, cherry and that potpourri perfume. And of course a mudslide of delicious grainy tannin. Throw it into a decanter now, or leave it for up to a decade. It's rugged, but very good" - The Wine Front, 93 points   $39.95 per bottle

2011 Purple Hen Shiraz    A superb cool climate shiraz that is vibrant, juicy and fresh with a striking array of spicy, peppery red and blacked fruits that pervade the beautifully balanced, long and stylish palate. A must buy for aficionados who seek out black pepper in their shiraz/syrah. Outstanding value for a wine of this quality and interest; "Intense, fresh, vibrant pepper spice aromas. Gently meaty too. Smooth, medium-bodied and elegant in the mouth with excellent flavour that's already quite complex and stylish. Elegant wine. Fine tannins add authority without heaviness. Quite long aftertaste, fine, harmonious and loaded with energy. A lovely drink" - Huon Hooke, 92 points    $29.95 per bottle

2014 Rosemount Estate Little Berry McLaren Vale Shiraz       "Has a particularly complex bouquet, the full-bodied palate a mirror image of the bouquet, adding emphatic, savoury tannins to a wine bristling with attitude and energy. Will live for decades" - James Halliday, 95 points  $22.95 per bottle

2013 Sanguine Estate Progeny Shiraz   Trophy for Best Overall Shiraz - 2014 Victorian Wine Show; "We have declared for years that the Sanguine Estate Progeny is the best-value shiraz in Australia, and we obviously have no reason to change our mind. Substance and freshness are nicely bundled together here. The ripe varietal fruit carries a hint of spice, and the tannins are well managed, providing just-right structure. Enjoy this Heathcote shiraz now and for the next five or more years" - Lester Jesberg, Winewise ***** [Outstanding 97-100 points]    $21.50 per bottle

2015 Seville Estate Pinot Noir   "The bouquet and palate both throw down the gauntlet with a riveting display of black cherry, spice and a (pleasantly) stalky/vegetal background. Makes a convincing claim for more time in bottle" - James Halliday, 95 points     $32.95 per bottle

2013 Shaw & Smith Adelaide Hills Shiraz        $39.95 per bottle

2012 Six Foot Six Pinot Noir   "The bouquet is full of red flowers, red fruits and spices, the flavours of the silky and vibrantly fresh fruit tracking the path set by the bouquet. A lovely pinot offering outstanding value" - James Halliday, 94 points      $16.95 per bottle

2014 Sons of Eden 'Kennedy' Grenache Shiraz Mouvedre   "The relatively deep colour tells you this is not your average Barossa GSM, the bouquet and palate shout agreement from the rooftops. This is a very high quality blend worthy of comparison to Chateau Rayas of the Rhone Valley" - James Halliday, 95 points; "They do a lovely job of this blend, year in, year out... It's medium bodied, silky smooth and spicy, with ultra-fine powder tannin, juiciness of fruit, though does not taste sweet, and a controlled spicy red berried finish of excellent length. Super from nose to tail" - The Wine Front, 93 points    $19.95 per bottle

2012 Sons of Eden 'Remus' Old Vine Eden Valley Shiraz      "A fresh, rich shiraz reflecting perfect use of stems... Quite simply, it's a brilliant Barossa red of which we can be proud. This is a long way from over-ripe fruit, tannin from a bag and obvious American oak. Don't miss it... The top three wines are brilliant (Sons of Eden Remus was top) and are magnificent examples of shiraz" - Winewise, Outstanding; "The cedary, savoury complexity of the wine is evident from the first whiff, the thumbprint of extended maturation in predominantly new French oak very obvious... and the fruit density on the palate, combined with the fine, persistent tannins, validates the maturation programme. Quite simply, a great wine from a great vintage"- James Halliday, 96 points; "Super smooth - vanilla crème deluxe, exotic spice, dark cherry and black fruit, subtle peppermint chocolate. Medium to full bodied, plushly fruited, silky smooth and rounded, ultra fine dense tannin, just-right acidity and a long spiced and lightly savoury finish. Immaculate. Top shelf" - The Wine Front, 95 points; "Pepper, cloves, and nutmeg. Obscenely good shape through the mouth with supple and tight tannin pulling everything together. Masterful work" - Jeremy Pringle, 94+ points  $55.95 per bottle

2012 Sons of Eden 'Romulus' Old Vine Barossa Valley Shiraz      "Here extended maturation in American oak serves to increase the difference between the wines, but also completes the cycle of totally delicious flavours on the medium to full-bodied palate. How do you choose between the two? The finesse and complexity of Remus, or the supple generosity of Romulus?" - James Halliday, 96 points; "Fleshy with a dam of fine tannin over which irrepressible flavour spills. Satsuma plums, toasted brown spice, redcurrant peaks and desiccated coconut. Vanilla malt oak. Loaded with regional hospitality... Has vitality and avoids jammy-ness while retaining power and opulence" - Jeremy Pringle, 94 points; "Very fragrant and strong in all respects. The layers of fruit are balanced by fine, firm tannins and the oak is a little obvious at the moment. At least five years' cellaring required" - Winewise, Highly Recommended  $55.95 per bottle

2014 Sons of Eden Zephyrus Shiraz      An absolutely delicious wine wine bursting with vibrant, opulent fruits and supported by silky tannins on the long finish; "A beautifully wrought and detailed palate, so supple it literally glides through to the finish and aftertaste without even a momentary pause for thought. Will live for decades, but can also be consumed tonight" - James Halliday, 96 points; "Juicy forest berries with a jasmine perfume, spice, dried herbs, choc-mint fondant. Medium to full bodied, bitter chocolate and juicy dark berries, silky glossy feel with fine grained tannin that provides traction on the finish, to tighten it up. Feels fresh, but not forced, and the oak is beautifully taken up. Effortless Shiraz of polish and high drinking appeal" - The Wine Front, 93 points  $29.95 per bottle

2013 Tatiarra Cambrian Shiraz      The best Tatiarra Cambrian Shiraz to date. A perfect expression of Heathcote shiraz, with the potential to evolve into something very special. Layers of pure blackberry and dark plum fruit, a wonderful expression of conrolled power; "Wow and ouch. Wow because 2013 blends are crazy good and ouch cause geeze that's a hard tasting, so concentrated and awesome" - Ben Riggs, Winemaker    $29.95 per bottle

2013 Tatiarra Culled Barrel Shiraz     A stunning wine for the price and a veritable bargain in the Heathcote landscape. The palate fairly ripples with juicy, blackberry and plum fruit, spice and peper. Powerful and seductive; "Wow and ouch. Wow because 2013 blends are crazy good and ouch cause geeze that's a hard tasting, so concentrated and awesome" - Ben Riggs, Winemaker    $19.95 per bottle

2011 Te Hera Estate Reserve Pinot Noir  One of the most beguiling pinots that I have tasted in a long while; an exemplary wine with wonderful fruit purity and excellent structure. Attractive florals, lovely sweet berry fruit, rounded and sumptuous palate with impeccable balance; very long length. An absolute charmer; "Deep ruby purple colour with a hint of pencil box and a nuance of chocolate to the bouquet, and rich and fruit-sweet in the velvety textured palate with spicy oak, underlying gamey notes and a bright zesty flourish to the long full finish. A lovely fleshy Pinot" - Sue Courtney  $42.95 per bottle   

2015 Wickhams Rd Gippsland Pinot Noir    $18.95 per bottle