Hawkshead 2017 Pinot Gris. 2015 Riesling and Bannockburn Pinot Noir, and 2014 ‘First Vines’ Pinot Noir
Smoking Loon, La Crema, McManis and The Crusher Releases
Two Sisters Central Otago Pinot Gris 2016
Clearview Estate 2016 ‘Old Olive Block’, Enigma’ and ‘The Basket Press’
Ceres 2017 ‘Swansong’ Pinot Gris and 2016 ‘Composition’ Pinot Noir
Vicarage Lane Canterbury Pinot Noir 2016
Paddy Borthwick 2017 Riesling and Chardonnay, and 2016 Left Hand and Right Hand Pinot Noirs
Trinity Hill Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2016
Villa Maria ‘Ngakirikiri’ Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
Paxton ‘NOW’ Shiraz 2017 and Hogshead Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
Kuru Kuru and Tarras Vineyards Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017
Red Queen Marlborough Pinot Nor Rosé 2017
Waipara Valley Wines Blanc de Blanc, 2016 Sauvignon, and 2016 Pinot Noir
Elephant Hill 2016 Sauvignon Blanc and Reserve Chardonnay
Aix Rosé, A Torres Selection and Lustau Vermut from EuroVintage
Mills Reef 2017 ‘Reserve’ Pinot Gris and Chardonnay
Nevis Bluff ‘Duke of Cromwell’ Pinot Blanc 2017, and 2017 Rosé, 2014 Pinot Gris and 2013 Pinot Noir
Smith and Sheth ‘CRU’ Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Syrah Releases
Palliser Estate Martinborough Pinot Gris 2017
Karikari Estates 2014 ‘Calypso’ and 2015 Chardonnays, 2016 Viognier and 2015 Syrah and Pinotage
Auntsfield 2016 ‘Single Vineyard’ Chardonnay and Pinot Noir
The Crossings ‘Wild’ Awatere Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Pisa Range Estate‘ Black Poplar’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2015
Z Wine ‘Rustica’ ‘Reserve’ Barossa Valley Shiraz 2015
Grava Wines 2016 Martinborough Sauvignon, Rosé, Riesling and Pinot Noir
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Raymonds Wine of the Week

Ashwood Estate Gisborne Chardonnay 2014  
Brilliant, even straw colour with lemon-green hues, a little pale on rim. This has a firmly concentrated, rich, bright and vibrant nose of ripe citrus and yellow stonefruits entwined with subtle, creamy, nutty barrel-ferment and mealy notes, along with some fragrant and toasty barrel hints. The aromatics are refreshing and steely, unfolding nuances of flinty minerals. Medium-bodied, the palate is elegant and refined in expression with a concentrated core of citrus and yellow stonefruits melded with gentle complexing layers of creamy, nutty, barrel-ferment flavours and mealy and toasty nuances. The mouthfeel is refreshing with fine, lacy acidity, and the wine follows a refined, textural line that leads to an elegant, long, lingering finish with stonefruit and nutty nuances. This is a beautifully refined and elegant Chardonnay with complex fruit and oak layers, and a vibrant, refreshing mouthfeel. Match with grilled and roasted seafood, poultry and pork dishes over the next 5+ years. 100% Mendosa clone fruit from a single site on Back Ormond Road, hand-picked and fully-barrel fermented, one-third by indigenous yeasts to 13.9% alc., the wine aged 9 months in one-third new French oak barriques, the wine undergoing batonnage and 38% MLF. 18.5+/20 Jul 2016 RRP $29.00

Tantalus ‘Voile Reserve’ Waiheke Island Syrah 2014  
Very dark, deep, black-red colour, near impenetrable, and a little lighter on the rim. The nose is fine in concentration with tightly bound, harmoniously interwoven aromas of ripe blackberry and black plum fruit, along with notes of liquorice, tar, black pepper and spices, unfolding black and violet florals with time in the glass. Medium-bodied, the palate is elegant in presentation with rich and sweetly concentrated flavours of blackberries, plums, liquorice and spices, and violet florals, all harmoniously melded together. The wine is smooth-flowing with fine grained tannin extraction and structure, and integrated acidity, and the flavours carry to a lingering and sustained finish with spice nuances. This is an elegantly concentrated, rich and harmonious Syrah with blackberry and plum fruit with spice and violet elements, and a smooth, fine-textured palate. Serve with Middle Eastern cuisine and game meat dishes over the next 6+ years. Hand-picked fruit, fully destemmed and fermented partially with indigenous yeasts to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 11 months in 40% new French oak. 18.5/20 Jul 2016 RRP $60.00

‘Winery of the Year'
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2011 - Kidnapper Cliffs
2012 - Neudorf Vineyards
2013 - Pegasus Bay
2014 - Te Whare Ra
2015 - Escarpment Vineyard
2016 - Valli Vineyards
2017 - Vidal Estate
20.0/20 Perfect Score Wines
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