Wine

“Wine is sunlight, held together by water” – Galileo Galilei

Roll over: Dry and nutty. The perfect aperitif

This is a pale and golden Sherry with delicate almond aromas. Light on the palate and slightly salty due to the aging cellars being located on the pier at El Puerto de Santa Maria. This wine is aged for 3+ years under flor or flower yeast.

One of the most famous categories of Sherry and is made with the help of flor – a kind of yeast that covers the maturing wine, giving it the idiosyncratic flavour that it possesses.

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Roll over: Aromas of saline, strawberry, watermelon and lime - a wonderful joint venture between winemakers from Domain Dujac and Domaine de la Romanee-Conti

Pale pink. This wine has a bouquet of strawberries and white flowers with hints of vanilla. It has the harmony and elegance that has earned world-wide appreciation of the roses of Provence. Triennes Rose is the perfect accompaniment to a sunny summer afternoon

A winery with great pedigree, Triennes is a joint venture between Jacques Seysses of Domaine Dujac and Aubert de Villaine from Domaine de la Romanee-Conti and is located in the Var, to the East of Aix en Provence. Farmed organically since 2008, the aim of the estate is to produce wines that speak clearly of the bright sky and diverse terroirs of the region. Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Cinsault, Merlot, Grenache and Viognier provide the raw materials for their stunning range of wines from their pale, savoury rose through to the characterful rich reds for which Provence has become famous.

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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: This is the second wine from Helio; the side project put together by talented Clearview winemakers Sarah & Matt Kirby and wine entrepreneur Dave Nash

The winery writes "It’s seriously delicious, beyond bone dry, food friendly with great texture and generosity on the palate. Tempranillo is the lead act in 2020 with Montepulciano and Cabernet Franc building body and adding textbook aromatics of white stone fruit, watermelon and pomegranate." 500ml 

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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.

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Roll over: Fresh, bright, lifted citrus and tropical aromas.

Pale green in colour with fresh, bright, lifted citrus and tropical aromas. Showing youthful texture, great balance and intense varietal character that leads to a lengthy flavoursome finish.

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: A complex, aromatic wine with a naturally lower level of alcohol.

A complex, aromatic wine with a naturally lower level of alcohol, increased palate weight and a dryish level of sweetness perfectly, leading to balanced mouthfeel and finish. In line with our natural winemaking philosophy this wine has not been fined or cold stabilised...

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: 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: A local expression of the rich, dry styles from Alsace.

A mixture of German clones planted in 1988 and 1999, the vines are now reaching good maturity. The intention in the vineyard is to balance lower sugars with acidity and phenolic ripeness. To achieve this, they employ substantial shoot positioning and green thinning, shoulder removal, and light leaf removal on the Eastern side of the canopy. All vineyard work is undertaken by dedicated family members, friends and community. Hand harvested and hand sorted in the vineyard, picking took place on the 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.

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Roll over: Fragrant floral aromas with touches of ripe citrus and peach on the nose.

Pale straw/green in colour. Fragrant floral aromas with touches of ripe citrus and peach on the nose. Subtle, balanced and elegant with a lengthy but delicate finish.

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: European inspired Gris with layers of apricot, pear and spice.

This highly aromatic European inspired Gris with layers of apricot, pear and spice typical of the variety together with a very generous palate weight, rich texture and great length. A dry wine with superb balance between the hint of fruit sweetness and fresh acidity. Will improve with cellaring and age.

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: Beautiful varietal notes of spiced pear and finely structured.

An elegant, aromatic expression of Pinot Gris. Beautiful varietal notes of spiced pear and finely structured to be perfectly adaptable to a wide array of foods.

At the very heart of this wine is the Bostock’s love of Hawke’s Bay and one special piece of land at their home at Ngatarawa. Long owned by Johnny and his wife, the late Vicki Bostock, it was Vicki’s passion that provided the inspiration for this wine.

Roll over: Bright, classic strawberries & cream, fresh Spring herbs, cantaloupe, strawberries, refreshing, savoury.

From the Yarra Valley. The colour of the 2018 hints at a greater complexity. The nose is bright and carries classic ‘Strawberries and Cream’ with hints of fresh herbs. Full creamy palate with strawberries and cantaloupe and a savoury refreshing finish.

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.

Roll over: Golden goodness, little white flowers, pear, lime, cinnamon, brioche, candied pineapple

Vermentino from Heathcote, Victoria. Deeply golden in appearance with plenty of sediment in the bottle. Nose of honeyed flowers and a beguiling array of layered fruit. Caramelised pear tart and lime and cinnamon. It shows more commonalty with a Northern Rhône white than its ancestral roots from the Mediterranean.

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.