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“Wine is one of the most civilized things in the world and one of the most natural things of the world that has been brought to the greatest perfection, and it offers a greater range for enjoyment and appreciation than, possibly, any other purely sensory thing.” – Ernest Hemingway
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Roll over: All the Amen Break wines are made with minimal winemaker intervention and a healthy dose of soul.

Amen Break are by brothers Matt and Steve Harrop.

We work with the rhythm of each vintage to find fruit that best expresses the season. Our Pinot Noir was grown at Zebra Vineyard on the northern elevations of the Bendigo area in Central Otago.

All the Amen Break wines are made with minimal winemaker intervention and a healthy dose of soul. To that we say Amen, Brother. 

The Amen Break is a legendary six second, four bar drum solo performed by Gregory Sylvester “G. C.”. Coleman in the song “Amen, Brother” performed by the 1960s funk and soul outfit The Winstons.

The Amen Break has become the most sampled drum beat in musical history. It is considered the foundation rhythmic beat for the much of the electronic musical genre (Trip Hop, Drum ’n Bass, Jungle, Psych Trance etc.) that exploded in the late 80’s and early 90s of last century.

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Critic Rating: RC 17.5 (Raymond Chan Wine Reviews)
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Roll over: Old vine Medoc blend from Martinborough. Previously the Benfield and Delamare vineyard

This is a fresh and firmly structured Cabernet/Merlot blend with blackcurrant, blackberry, cassis and herb flavours on a grainy textured palate with a fresh mouthfeel.

Norman and Linda Millar purchased the former home Cambridge Road block of Benfield & Delamare in Martinborough in 2012 with the intention of making a high quality Bordeaux-varietal wine in the manner that Bill Benfield and Sue Delamare did. The vineyard is close-planted and the age of the vines that are around 30 years old.

85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc, aged 12 months in 50% new French oak. 620 bottles made.

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Critic Rating: RC 17 (Raymond Chan Wine Reviews)
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Roll over: Old vine Medoc blend from Martinborough. Previously the Benfield and Delamare vineyard

Medium-bodied, the palate is fine in presentation with concentrated, firm primary fruit flavours of blackcurrants, cassis, herbs and leafy cool-spectrum notes. A suggestion of stalkiness shows. The fruit is underlined by fine-grained tannin extraction and the mouthfeel is enlivened by brisk, racy acidity. The flavours carry with zestiness and tension to a long, concentrated, tight and slender finish.

Norman and Linda Millar purchased the former home Cambridge Road block of Benfield & Delamare in Martinborough in 2012 with the intention of making a high quality Bordeaux-varietal wine in the manner that Bill Benfield and Sue Delamare did. The vineyard is close-planted and the age of the vines that are around 30 years old.

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Critic Rating: RC 17 (Raymond Chan Wine Reviews)
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Roll over: Old vine Medoc blend from Martinborough. Previously the Benfield and Delamare vineyard

Flavours of ripe blackberries and blackcurrants show with red currants and plums. The fruit is encased by grainy-textured, firm and slightly grippy tannins providing a firm, textured mouthfeel and line. Some piquant acidity lends energy and drive, and along with the structure leads to a firm, dry, refreshing finish. This is a firm and grainy textured Cabernet blend with soft black fruit flavours.

Norman and Linda Millar purchased the former home Cambridge Road block of Benfield & Delamare in Martinborough in 2012 with the intention of making a high quality Bordeaux-varietal wine in the manner that Bill Benfield and Sue Delamare did. The vineyard is close-planted and the age of the vines that are around 30 years old.

Roll over: A florally expressive Pinot noir, with acidity and low alcohol

The intention with the nouveau is to produce a florally expressive Pinot noir, with acidity and low alcohol. To do this they undertake a very rigorous viticultural regime, substantial shoot positioning, bunch thinning and green thinning, shoulder removal.  The fruit is protected from excessive sunlight to ensure crisp acidity and lighter tannins. Meticulous hand picking and berry selection occurs during harvest. Where possible, all vineyard work is undertaken by dedicated family members, friends and community. Hand harvest and hand sorting in the vineyard took place on the 18th of March.

As part of the original 1880’s subdivision of Martinborough, the Princess Street vineyard is formed by the early settler’s concept of a small farmlet. Originally divided into four 1-acre sections and two 4-acre lots, the property merged into one with the planting of the original vines 100-years later by Jack McCreanor, in 1986. Over the years, the vineyard has been influenced and shaped by some of the giants of the Wairarapa wine fraternity, to form the On Giants’ Shoulders vineyard that we know today.

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Roll over: Classic cool climate Syrah

Wonderfully weighted elegant wine with sweet fresh cherry and licorice notes combined with subtle oak, hints of spicy fine grained tannin, a velvet mouthfeel and lengthy finish.

The Georges Road estate is located in the Waipara Valley, just 45 minutes north of Christchurch. It is situated at the western end of the valley, on two terraces above the Waipara River with magic views to the Three Deans mountain range beyond. The soil type is called Glasnevin Gravels, essentially poor, free-draining river gravels. The vineyard is approximately 60m higher than the main highway which reduces its susceptibility to frost when cold air drains down the valley from the Waipara Gorge to the west.

Roll over: Expect all the black fruits – cherries, berries, currants, rose petals, earth, savoury, long.

Sangiovese from Yarra Glen, Victoria. The wine shows aromas of black fruits including black cherry, black currant and blackberry as well as subtle rose petal and earth. The palate is savoury and firmly structured with primary fruit notes coming to the fore. The finish is long well supported by the chewy tannin structure.

SOS don’t want accolades or shining medals, they just wanted to make delicious wines that punch above their weight, are inclusive and most importantly are sociable; to be shared with friends at a favourite bar top, to have at home with hump day dinner, take with confidence to a dinner party or in the park with the gang on a sunny Sunday – wines for every day in every way. The team are extremely lucky and blessed to work with wonderful grape growers from all over Victoria who share their passion for interesting wines that speak of the place they come from.  Whether it be from way down south in Mornington Peninsula, through to the Yarra Valley and all the way up to the famous Heathcote region. They make wine with as little added as possible except for good honest grapes. SOS; not trying to change the world, just a couple of souls, one glass at a time.

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Roll over: Best served lightly chilled.

An individual, refreshing, varietal and savoury bouquet of Pinot. Aromas include dried herb and ripe cranberry, rose and red cherry flesh. The oak is very mild with a hint of spice. Dry with abundant fruit tannins contrasted by a core of red cherry, cranberry and lite red apple. Youthful acid line and a floral moment adds complexity, intensity and length. Great balance and finish. Drink today and through Summer 2021. – Cameron Douglas 93 Points

Prophet’s Rock know that great wines begin in the vineyard. That’s why they embrace an approach to winemaking that shares the splendour of the place rather than pronounced winemaking characteristics. The result Iconic wines that invoke Central Otago’s striking, unforgettable beauty.

Roll over: Anise, dark berries, plums, cherries, black olives, tea, sarsaparilla, juicy, fun.

Sagrantino from the Murray Darling, Victoria. This wine is fun…spicy nose of anise and dark berries. The palate has dark plums and cherries with a juicy centre. A back palate of crushed cherries linger.

SOS don’t want accolades or shining medals, they just wanted to make delicious wines that punch above their weight, are inclusive and most importantly are sociable; to be shared with friends at a favourite bar top, to have at home with hump day dinner, take with confidence to a dinner party or in the park with the gang on a sunny Sunday – wines for every day in every way. The team are extremely lucky and blessed to work with wonderful grape growers from all over Victoria who share their passion for interesting wines that speak of the place they come from. Whether it be from way down south in Mornington Peninsula, through to the Yarra Valley and all the way up to the famous Heathcote region. They make wine with as little added as possible except for good honest grapes.  SOS; not trying to change the world, just a couple of souls, one glass at a time.

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Roll over: Rich and Intense.

Bold dark cherry compote flavors are liberally laced with violet, savory and singed anise notes. Features a nice flash of warm earth through the finish. Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre.

In an amazing example of vinous lineage, the Chave family has been growing grapes on the hill of Hermitage since 1481. Today the estate is run by Gerard Chave and his son Jean-Louis and they produce some of the regions finest wines including a red & white Hermitage, a St-Joseph and a Côtes du Rhône Mon Coeur. Superb vineyard holdings including prime slices of Bessards, L'Hermite, Peleat and Meal in Hermitage, and incredibly high standards in both the vineyard and cellar, the wines are made in a very hands-off fashion and show great detail, nuance and regional typicity.

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Roll over text : A gutsy, full-flavored wine with earthy, rustic notes and firm tannins, Great concentration, texture and acidity. 

Matured in French oak casks (one-third new). 

Desert Heart is one of New Zealand’s distinguished boutique vineyards on the iconic Felton Rd, Bannockburn, Central Otago. Desert Heart’s award-winning wines are grown on our own Felton Road Vineyards, which display the bright fruit characteristics of classical Pinot Noir. The name Desert Heart was chosen to pay tribute to the land, because Pinot Noir, more than any other grape reflects where it is grown, and to the historical reference to the name of Bannockburn, “Heart of the Desert”, from the gold rush era and due to its atypical climatic conditions.

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Roll over: Strong red fruit aromas backed by spicy notes. Rich and focused palate framing the red fruit.

Strong red fruit aromas backed by spicy notes. Rich and focused palate framing the red fruit. Tannins are constant from the beginning to end, finishing with a pleasant grip that suggests ageability.

Settlement are passionate about producing delicious wines that are expressions of a single vineyard block and respectful of the land the fruit comes from. They seek out the most distinguished parcels of fruit from some of Marlborough’s finest organic single vineyards, to create four wines that reflect the diverse parcels of land the fruit comes from. The wines produced – a Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Riesling and Pinot Noir - are well suited to Marlborough’s soil profile and climate and are sourced from individual sites in the Wairau and Southern Valley’s renowned for their silty clay loams, established vines, and organic farming practices. By choosing exceptional vineyard sites, little is required from the winery. The purity of fruit and flavour is nurtured in the organic vineyard, and any variation in season is embraced in the winery with little intervention required during the winemaking process. Creating elegant, complex and structured wines

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Roll over: 100% Hawkes Bay Syrah

Helio is the side project put together by talented Clearview winemakers Sarah & Matt Kirby and wine entrepreneur Dave Nash.

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Roll over: 100% Martinborough Pinot Noir

Helio is the side project put together by talented Clearview winemakers Sarah & Matt Kirby and wine entrepreneur Dave Nash.

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Roll over: Florally expressive with excellent structure and finesse on the palate.

The intention in the vineyard is to produce florally expressive Pinot Noir with excellent structure and finesse on the palate. To do this they undertake a very rigorous viticultural regime, substantial shoot positioning, bunch thinning and green thinning, shoulder removal, and limited leaf removal. Meticulous hand picking and berry selection occurs during harvest.  All vineyard work is undertaken by dedicated family members, friends and community. Hand harvest and hand sorting in the vineyard took place from the 14th March through 21st March.

As part of the original 1880’s subdivision of Martinborough, the Princess Street vineyard is formed by the early settler’s concept of a small farmlet. Originally divided into four 1-acre sections and two 4-acre lots, the property merged into one with the planting of the original vines 100-years later by Jack McCreanor, in 1986. Over the years, the vineyard has been influenced and shaped by some of the giants of the Wairarapa wine fraternity, to form the On Giants’ Shoulders vineyard that we know today.

Roll over: Prophet’s flagship Pinot Noir – their no compromise obsession.

This is a very perfumed and gently spicy style that offers plenty of raspberry, boysenberry and red-cherry aromas with red flowers, pepper and leafy notes, too. The palate offers quite an intense, fresh and elegant feel with vibrant acidity driving succulent red-cherry flavor. Smooth tannin texture. Attractive detail. Drink or hold. (James Suckling)

Prophet’s Rock know that great wines begin in the vineyard. That’s why they embrace an approach to winemaking that shares the splendour of the place rather than pronounced winemaking characteristics. The result Iconic wines that invoke Central Otago’s striking, unforgettable beauty.

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