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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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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.

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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: 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 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: 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.

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: 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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Roll over: Méo-Camuzet is one of the most celebrated domaines of the Côte d’Or

Hémisphère Nord: Sourced from mostly domaine owned vines from the Côte de Nuits–Gevrey-Chambertin, Chambolle-Musigny, Vosne-Romanée and Vougeot.

Jean-Nicolas Méo stresses that for his négoce wines he does everything as though these were domaine wines, which is to say all of the vineyard work and harvesting plus of course the vinification and élevage duties. 

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Roll over text : The joint vision that two great names of the wine world, Rothschild and Vega Sicilia.

Dark violet. Expressive cherry and dark berry aromas are accented by oak spice, lavender, cola and tobacco flourishes. Sappy and expansive on the palate, offering spice-tinged cassis and cherry compote flavors supported by a core of smoky minerality. Gains sweetness and depth with air and finishes long and smooth, with steadily building tannins and resonating florality.

These are very elegant wines, where the harmony of their aromas and flavours show the authenticity of the land from where they come and its capacity to produce great wines.  Macán and Macán Clásico co-exist due to the desire to preserve the Bordeaux tradition to produce a first and second wine. Both always coexist and are treated exactly the same from the wine to the classification tasting. The different wine batches of the vintage are then separated, with the two wines being considered individually and showing the differences between them.

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Roll over: The pride of Tasmania

Tolpuddle Vineyard was established in 1988 and has gone from strength to strength over the past decade since being sold to the team behind Shaw + Smith in the Adelaide Hills. The vineyard is just outside Richmond in the Coal River Valley has light silica soil over sandstone that produce wines of style and elegance. This is undoubtedly one of Tasmania's finest pinots - and sells out soon after release. It is aromatic, medium bodied with savoury and spice notes and impeccable length. Vigorous vineyard work results in a wine of vigour.

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Roll over: Brunello is the soul, the identity of Argiano: elegance, finesse and, at the same time, structure and long aging.

Villa Argiano lay claim to being the oldest wine estate in Montalcino, located below Saint'Angelo in Colle, some 8km from the famous wine town. Built in 1581 the Villa passed through many sets of hands over the centuries and in 1992, the current owner Noemi Marone Cinzano purchased the property. In the past the renown consultant, Giacomo Tachis, the man behind Sassacaia, was involved in the project and the Bordeaux varieties were planted but today Bordeaux-trained winemaker Hans Vinding-Diers holds the reins. The estates range of wines is superb and includes Suolo, their silky Sangiovese and stunning Brunello di Montalcino and Rosso di Montalcino.

The Argiano 2016 Brunello di Montalcino shows a lovely transparency to its appearance and follows with lifted red fruit aromas, cassis, wild cherry and blue flower. It is made with a simple approach, fermented in cement tank and aged slowly in oak, and the fruit comes from a 22-hectare site with limestone marl soils. It delivers a lightness and a weightlessness that is not often ascribed to this vintage. No worries, the power of 2016 comes through at the very end in terms of tannins and structure. This ample release of 115,000 bottles will be ready to drink after 2023 when the wine has had time to open and flesh out. RP94

Roll over: Méo-Camuzet is one of the most celebrated domaines of the Côte d’Or

Jean-Nicolas Méo stresses that for his négoce wines he does everything as though these were domaine wines, which is to say all of the vineyard work and harvesting plus of course the vinification and élevage duties. 

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Roll over: The meeting of two winemakers from the two hemispheres.

A collaboration wine between Burgundian Francois Millet and Prophet’s Rock’s Paul Pujol. This makes a very harmonious impression on the nose with red cherries, spice, hazelnuts, red florals, fresh tobacco and light earthy nuances. The palate has a very neatly coiled and layered feel with tannins that unfurl and lift the finish. Red-cherry and pastry flavors are delivered in vibrant mode. Some blueberries, too. 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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Roll over text : The independent member of the Vega Sicilia family. Pintia is young, intense and groundbreaking in nature.

Saturated ruby. Expansive cherry, black raspberry, potpourri and exotic spice aromas are complemented by subtle licorice and woodsmoke flourishes. Vibrant and sharply focused in the mouth, with a spine of juicy acidity adding focus to palate-staining black and blue fruit liqueur, violet pastille, mocha and spicecake flavors. The floral quality resonates emphatically on the clinging finish, which features lingering cherry and smoky mineral notes. There's noteworthy elegance here, a trait that's not exactly common for Toro.

Proud of its origin, it has managed to reinterpret the Vega Sicilia culture in an innovative, brave and daring manner, at the head of the emergence of a new generation of Toro wines.  Vega Sicilia is located 100 miles north of Madrid in the shallow Duero (Douro) river valley on the high remote plateau of Castilla y Léon. The altitude is over 700 metres creating a special climate; the cold nights and hot days during the crucial ripening period in September largely contribute to the uniqueness of Vega Sicilia.