Wine

“Wine is sunlight, held together by water” – Galileo Galilei
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Roll over: This is gorgeous, with a gently sweet and focused frame of date and dark rum hints

This is gorgeous, with a gently sweet and focused frame of date and dark rum hints, set around a core of golden raisin, green tea, ginger, toffee and roasted almond notes. The finish lets a dry echo hang in the background, adding length and contrast. Drink now. WS

Apostoles is dark amber in colour. It is an interesting wine with an elegant and delicate nose similar to an Amontillado with notes of concentrated fruits. However complex and intense on the palate with notes of caramel, mature wood, nuts and candied orange peel.

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: The concentration of this wine is balanced by remarkable freshness.

Fresh and lively, it sings on the palate! Pear, apple, spice, florals and honeyed notes can all be found in this complex wine made with Pinot Gris from the Home Vineyard site. The luscious texture is followed by incredible refreshing acidity, leaving the palate cleansed and wanting more.

This rich, layered and complex wine manages to retain freshness and structure thanks to the elevation of the site and the concentration from the drying process.

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: Simplistically sweet fruited but with a level of subtle spic.

An autumnal feel with varietal ripe plum and dried herbs and a warming core creating comfort. Simplistically sweet fruited but with a level of subtle spice that forms an exotic, luxurious finish. 

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.

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Roll over: An enticing jostle of elegance and power.

An enticing jostle of elegance and power. Beguiling aromatic purity of violets and freshly ground pepper with a beautiful chalky feel that ignites the excitement cool climate Syrah can convey.

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.

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Roll over: Multiple layers of toasted hazelnut, vanilla and incense with an aftertaste that goes on and on.

A brilliant amber colour, Bodega Urium’s beautiful Amontillado has been aged for 17 years. This lengthy ageing process has resulted in a mahogany hued sherry with aromas of toffee and raisin on the nose. It bursts into the mouth with multiple layers of toasted hazelnut, vanilla and incense with an aftertaste that goes on and on. 

A dry, neutral wine is made from Palomino grapes and is left to mature under a level of flor. Flor is a white crust that forms as the result of natural yeasts in the bodega. It feeds on oxygen and alcohol and gives the Sherry a distinct yeasty character. After at least two years under this crust, the wine is fortified to at least 17 percent, which kills the flor. The longer this period is, the stronger the yeast character will be in the finished wine.

95 RP 97 D

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

This wine holds the power and style of the fantastic 2015 vintage.  On the nose, very evident notes of plum and morello cherry typical of Brunello, but also a light spiciness, with well-integrated boisee. On the palate it expresses a great vivacity and energy. Well integrated tannins.

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

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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.

91 RP 92 AG 92 WS 93 BH

Roll over: Absolute subtlety and distinction.

Made from Chardonnay 45%, Pinot noir 45%, Pinot Meunier 10%, Gosset Grand Reserve Brut is luminous and golden. Freshness and fruit aromas. The Chardonnay offers a delicacy underscored by aromas of yellow fruit such as peach and Mirabel plum. On the palate the Pinot Noir from Aÿ has a magnificent structure. Hawthorn and white blossom intertwine harmoniously, with a finely-honed acidity carried by notes of citrus. This champagne that is both delicate and tense, suave and assertive, is naturally versatile. A dual personality that complements elaborate cuisine with simplicity and grace. Savour with tapas, farm-reared chicken, oysters, langoustines, comté, parmesan.

The story of the GOSSET family begins over four centuries ago with the first official ancestor of the family line, Jean GOSSET (1484–1556). Following in his footsteps, sixteen generations, all born in Aÿ in Champagne, had a single ambition – to improve their terroir. At the end of the 20th century, the takeover by the Cointreau family sees GOSSET Champagne enter the highest echelons of the prestigious houses, both in France and abroad. A passion that from past to present has shaped the image and reputation of the oldest Wine House in the region, whose name today is synonymous with a guarantee of excellence for all connoisseurs of great champagnes.

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Roll over: Very aromatic combining fruity and floral notes. 

Elegant palate that blends power, raciness and roundness.  Nutty, broad, toasty-earthy nose, with a richness of fruit and generosity consistent with the appellation. Chalky and flinty with plenty of intensity on the palate. Long.

Low stock AG 95

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.

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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.

Just Landed 91 BH 91+ RP 92 WS

Roll over: A soft swirl of rose petal pink with hints of salmon pink and cherry red highlights.

Made from Chardonnay 50%, Pinot Noir 50% (of which 8% is red wine), Gosset Grand Rosé Brut is a A soft swirl of rose petal pink with hints of salmon pink and cherry red highlights. The nose is unmistakeably strawberry - in all its forms from freshly picked to strawberry jam. Well-structured, with a balance between the tension of the freshness and luscious red fruit dominance (wild strawberries and cream or coulis) softly envelop the palate, with a smooth, superbly fresh finish. The richness and sweetness of the wine make it an excellent match for Foie gras, wild salmon, fish and seafood tapas, grilled veal, poultry, as well as red and forest fruits such as strawberries, raspberries and blueberries.

The story of the GOSSET family begins over four centuries ago with the first official ancestor of the family line, Jean GOSSET (1484–1556). Following in his footsteps, sixteen generations, all born in Aÿ in Champagne, had a single ambition – to improve their terroir. At the end of the 20th century, the takeover by the Cointreau family sees GOSSET Champagne enter the highest echelons of the prestigious houses, both in France and abroad. A passion that from past to present has shaped the image and reputation of the oldest Wine House in the region, whose name today is synonymous with a guarantee of excellence for all connoisseurs of great champagnes.

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Roll over: This carefully cellared reserve wine is only released a minimum of five years after harvest.

The bouquet of this wine reminds me of Burgundy because of the earthy, layered, mineral and floral combinations. The wine is also still incredibly youthful, poised and fruit centric on the palate with red and black cherry, freeze-dried raspberry and a whisper of plum. Poised, vibrant, nervous and still developing with a long intense finish. Decant for service, drinking best from late 2021 through 2029+. – Cameron Douglas 97 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.

93 RP 93 WS

Roll over: White flowers mingled with lightly toasted notes; harmonious silky palate.

Made from 100% Chardonnay, Gosset Grand Blanc de Blancs has an abundance of fine bubbles. Delicately pale gold in colour. A mineral and floral nose with aromas of blossom and white fruit, apricot and Mirabel plum punctuated with tangy citrus notes of lemon, quince jelly and honey. The nesse and elegance of this cuvée makes it a perfect aperitif. Its freshness lends itself to numerous pairings, notably with scallops, dressed crab, gougères, fish tartare, oysters, risotto with parmesan shavings, white meats, or a young, fruity Comté cheese, or Parmesan.

The story of the GOSSET family begins over four centuries ago with the first official ancestor of the family line, Jean GOSSET (1484–1556). Following in his footsteps, sixteen generations, all born in Aÿ in Champagne, had a single ambition – to improve their terroir. At the end of the 20th century, the takeover by the Cointreau family sees GOSSET Champagne enter the highest echelons of the prestigious houses, both in France and abroad. A passion that from past to present has shaped the image and reputation of the oldest Wine House in the region, whose name today is synonymous with a guarantee of excellence for all connoisseurs of great champagnes.

Low stock AG 95

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

Opaque ruby. A highly perfumed bouquet evokes black raspberry, cherry cola, potpourri and exotic spices, and smoky mineral and vanilla nuances build in the glass. Appealingly sweet, palate-coating red and blue fruit preserve, spicecake, mocha and candied lavender flavors show excellent depth as well as energy and back-end lift. Finishes impressively long, smoky and precise, with polished tannins adding framework and closing grip.

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.