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User Profile for K8y


Location: Lower Hutt
Reviewer rank: #4 (Learn more) (See rankings)
Total reviews written: 75
First reviews written: 19
Helpful votes: 97%
Gold Medal Reviewer - Top 10 ranked wine reviewer! Has submitted over 50 reviews! Speedster - Has completed 6 first reviews! Sauvignon Blanc Star Pinot Gris Lover

Profile information:
I'm not a wine expert, but I'm a serious foody and I love to entertain. My dinner parties are infamous. My motto is: Life is too short to eat bad food or drink rubbish wine.

75 Review(s) written

j. de Villaret Cremant de Loire RoseReview written for j. de Villaret Cremant de Loire Rose
(14/12/14)
Rose seems to be a little bit trendy at the moment. I tend to not be much of a fan but this sparkling rose is to die for. It's a pale, delicate shade of pink with a hint of strawberries on the nose. It's dry, refreshing and mildly fruity. It speaks to me of summer lawn parties, weddings and festive soirees. It is inherently girly, but classy enough that the husband happily drank it too (and liked it I might add). Serve it well chilled or even in frozen glasses.

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Pol Clement (France) Brut 750mlReview written for Pol Clement Brut
(14/12/14)
Light, dry, quaffing bubbles. Perfect for parties and summer BBQs. A good inexpensive option as a base for champagne cocktails and punch but it's really quite lovely just on it's own.

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No.1 Family Estate (Marlborough) Cuvee No.8Review written for No.1 Family Estate (Marlborough) Cuvee No.8
(05/11/14)
No1 Family Estate do stunning NZ bubbles - perfect for showing off NZ wines to overseas visitors. This is one of their cheaper offerings, and well worth a try.

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Sassoregale (Italy) 2013 SangioveseReview written for Sassoregale (Italy) Sangiovese
(12/05/12)
Great label, the Italians do fantastic Gothic style. It looks great on a winter table with candles and an open fire This red goes fantastic with anything Paprika and tomato. I love it with Choritzo. In Wellington there is a guy who makes great sausage under the name Little Wolf. Try it with this wine (the wolf on the label will help you remember). It's a match to make you cry with happiness.
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Whitehaven (Marlborough) 2014 ChardonnayReview written for Whitehaven (Marlborough) Chardonnay
(22/07/11)
In the colder months, Chardonnay is my poison of choice. This one needs a slab of ripe brie and a roaring fire...an Adonis feeding me grapes ...Ahem... Anyway, I had the good fortune to be able to blind taste a whole lot of Chardonnays at the same time and this was the one I went back to and demanded (yes stamped my feet and DEMANDED) to know what it was. Then I stole the rest of the bottle and sat in the corner with it, growling at anyone who came too close. ...Ahem... Anyway, It's got a fair wack of oak but nothing like back in the 90's when they oaked them to death. It's more a buttery full-flavoured thing than a oh my god I think I ate the cork thing. Totally a food wine, absolutely a cheese wine. Worth the extra dosh if you have something special in mind. Only share it with the worthy.
3 out of 3 people found these comments helpful

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Torresella (Italy) Prosecco Brut NVReview written for Torresella (Italy) Prosecco Brut
(19/11/10)
Best shared with a friend on a hot day with a plate of nibbles (Italian style of course) and some good conversation. Ditch the supermarket bubbles and get some class!
4 out of 4 people found these comments helpful

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* Mount Patriarch (Marlborough) 2013 Pinot GrisReview written for Mount Patriarch (Marlborough) Pinot Gris (Product not available at this time)
(11/12/15)
Outstanding pinot gris at this price! I bought it as a quaffer and was actually a bit dubious about it given the price. But it was a really good, dry pinot gris that went well with our Thai red curry chicken and will hold up well with pretty much any of your Asian flavours. I will be buying more, I think it will be outstanding with a claypot chicken. Worth a crack Nigel.

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Cellar 9 (Gisborne) Blanc de Blanc Brut NVReview written for Cellar 9 (Gisborne) Blanc de Blanc (Product not available at this time)
(11/12/15)
OK, I was a little disconcerted by the beer bottle-style closure, but this is a good wee bubbles and at ten bucks a bottle is a real bargain. It's a fairly light party style wine, I didn't food match (except maybe with chips and dip). We threw our bottles of this in the ice barrel with the beers at a BBQ, with a beer bottle opener tied to the side - so the weird closure actually worked really well in this context.

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Vincent Chaudray Cremant de BourgogneReview written for Vincent Chaudray Cremant de Bourgogne (Product not available at this time)
(10/07/15)
Firstly a disclaimer: I'm a fan-girl of these cheapy French bubbles. I'd like to have a whole lot more money to blow on champagne but I don't and wines like this are my affordable little bit of luxury. The French bubble styles are a bit different from the NZ bubbles like Lindauer, you get a finer bead on the bubbles and a crisper, easy drinking wine. I like the packaging on this one - it would look good on a gigantic wooden table with candelabras and trays of roast meat.

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Ghost Hawk (Hawkes Bay) 2014 Pinot GrisReview written for Ghost Hawk (Hawkes Bay) Pinot Gris (Product not available at this time)
(18/06/15)
I'd previously purchased the Ghost Hawk pinot noir which I quite liked, so I bought this on the spur of the moment having recognised the name. It was a pretty solid choice - a good casual drinking wine (AKA quaffer) but with enough class to have with food too. Tuck into it with a plate of cheese and grapes or grilled pork chops and steamed veges. A good choice for party catering too.

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Brightwater Vineyards (Nelson) 2015 SophieReview written for Brightwater Vineyards (Nelson) Sophie's Kiss Rose (Product not available at this time)
(05/11/14)
I'll start with a disclosure: I'm not a big fan of Rose, it has always struck me as a wine that doesn't know what it wants to be and you can never be sure what grapes they used. I was given a bottle of this one (the 2012 Vintage I think) and it languished for some time in the cellar before I caved and drank it. And it was delightful - soft and dry with a hint of strawberries on the nose. If you need to buy a Rose for an occasion, this would be an excellent choice, and if you like Rose (or even if you don't) you will probably like this one.

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* Margrain Rivers Edge (Martinborough) 2010 Pinot NoirReview written for Margrain Rivers Edge (Martinborough) Pinot Noir (Product not available at this time)
(05/11/14)
This is a good wee Pinot, and I adore the cute Pukeko label. It's a lighter style so if you're a real fan of hard-core Otago Pinots, you might find this lighter, fruitier style disappointing. If you like fruit-driven Pinots, you'll love it. I'd rate it more as a summer Pinot, perfect for supping at a BBQ or dining out on the deck with a rare beef salad. (Unfortunately and probably irrationally, I find Margrain is uncomfortably close to Migraine, and fills me with dread every time I look at one of their bottles).
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* Don David (Argentina) 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon ReserveReview written for Don David (Argentina) Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve (Product not available at this time)
(09/05/14)
Peppery yet smooth. Lots of wild berry and herb flavours, and a rich ruby colour in the glass. A good match for any robust red meat, especially hearty winter stews or smokey barbeque meats. Also matches well with tasty or blue cheeses. We just cracked it with a classic spaghetti bolognese and it elevated the humble spag bol to a whole new level. This is a stunner, and great value for money - a little bit of flash for not too much outlay.

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Beach House (Hawkes Bay) 2014 RieslingReview written for Beach House (Hawkes Bay) Riesling (Product not available at this time)
(06/05/14)
A lovely fragrant off-dry riesling, with a honeysuckle aroma. Loads of tropical fruit, pineapple and citrus. This is a food wine, the slight sweetness would make it a bit much for a straight quaffer for me anyway. I'd recommend with cheese and crackers on an autumn afternoon, a seafood dish for a main meal, or it's just sweet enough to match with a fruit salad for dessert. We had this with a standard week-night chicken & vegetable stir fry and it was a good match also. I actually wish I had more of it, buy two bottles.
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Review written for Whitehaven (Marlborough) Sauvignon Blanc (Product not available at this time)
(13/03/14)
This is a lovely clean tasting Sav with loads of tropical fruit - especially gooseberry and passionfruit flavours. It smells divine. Our latest bottle we had with a tomato and pesto pasta dish. Normally I'd tend towards a Chardonnay for that sort of dish but this is such a robust Sauvignon that it made a pretty good match. Alternatively, a tasty or spicy salad would be a great match. (Inexplicably I also had a bottle of the 2010 vintage of this wine, and despite drinking it in 2014 it was still fantastic). From an aesthetics point of view, the bottle and label design looks great with white linen and silver cutlery. A classy wee Sav.

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* Brightwater (Nelson) Pinot Noir 2009Review written for Brightwater Nelson Pinot Noir (Product not available at this time)
(30/12/13)
I've had the luxury of trying a few Nelson wines recently, a Sauvignon in particular I really rated. Not so much the Pinot Noir ,I feel the same way about this wine as I do most mid-range Marlborough Pinot's: Nothing wrong with them, but you can often get better bang for your buck from Otago and Martinborough. So, the short review is: nothing wrong with this wine, it's a perfectly adequate tipple and I certainly wouldn't tip it out. But if you offered me the choice of a glass of Otago Pinot I'd be grabbing that first. The longer version of the review: we had this with roast lamb. It's a lighter and fruitier style Pinot, and while the lamb wasn't a bad choice, it would probably better suit a lighter lamb meal such as a salad or BBQ. Note that this review is for the 2012 vintage, this wine is very young and it may well improve with a bit of time.

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* Five Oaks (Nelson) 2009 Sauvignon BlancReview written for Five Oaks (Nelson) Sauvignon Blanc (Product not available at this time)
(21/12/13)
We've drunk a few Nelson wines in the last few months, and it's been a bit of a revelation. Because the area is just starting to get established, the prices are definitely a point of competitiveness. This is a really good Sav for the price point - which makes it a great quaffer, but it holds it's own well with food also. It's a juicy, flavour-filled Sauvignon with tropical overtones of passionfruit. It matches well with chicken, and the acidity makes it perfect for a creamy or cheesy dish. We matched ours with a chicken and mushroom pasta in a cream sauce (I added some of the wine to the sauce for luck), and I honestly couldn't have asked for a better wine match for the food. Otherwise, the price makes it perfect for Friday work drinks or something to tote along to a party. This review is for the 2012 vintage.
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* Gibbston Highgate Estate Soultaker (Central Otago) Reserve 2011 Pinot NoirReview written for Gibbston Highgate Estate (Central Otago) Pinot Noir (Product not available at this time)
(29/11/13)
I'm a big fan of Otago Pinot Noir, it's probably my current poison of choice. Another thing I like about Otago wines is their often interesting names. I think I'd probably sell my soul for the stuff, so I'm really liking the name of this one. The Soultaker is a nice example of the typical Otago Pinot, with plenty of cherry flavour. There's a sort of earthiness to it which makes it a good match for something with mushrooms in it, but seriously you can't go past a bottle of this with a lamb roast (or even just a chop if it's midweek). I bought some of the 2011 vintage in 2012, and at the time noted down it needed a bit more time - it's drinking good now though and still a great price.
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* Torresella (Italy) Pinot Grigio 2009Review written for Torresella (Italy) Pinot Grigio (Product not available at this time)
(24/10/13)
The pinot grigio is a bit lighter than the standard Kiwi pinot gris. This is not really a big food wine, although it will go fine with a lighter option - salad, fish, etc but my match pick would be with a more casual meal like fish and chips or pizza. It's a great summer quaffer, ideal for 'laxing at the beach or in the sunshine on the deck so it's more about the location than the meal. A good buy and a teeny tiny bit exotic.
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* Sea Level Home Block Pinot Gris 2011Review written for Sea Level Home Block Pinot Gris (Product not available at this time)
(24/10/13)
Pinot Gris is definitely becoming the white wine of choice in my group of friends. The cheaper ones can sometimes be a bit disappointing - either insipid or downright nasty and medicinal tasting. I wasn't disappointed with this one though - this is a great lower cost pinot gris with some good pear characteristics. I purchased it as a party-quaffer but in retrospect it would do well with food, especially pork or roast chicken.

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* Pencarrow (Martinborough) 2012 Sauvignon BlancReview written for Pencarrow (Martinborough) Sauvignon Blanc (Product not available at this time)
(24/10/13)
I believe that the Pencarrow is Palliser's second string wine. I bought this one just as the 2013 vintage is being released, so I imagine why this is such a good buy. Whatever, none of this is particularly relevant. This is an excellent, clean tasting sav - I would say in the typical Marlborough style, but this is a Martinborough wine. It's fresh and bright and tastes like summer. Have it on the deck with a plate of olives, or with a chicken salad for a meal. We had it with a chicken and asparagus salad with a spicy chipotle mayo and it held its own nicely against the spice - so there is room to be adventurous!
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Review written for Ghost Hawk (Gladstone) Pinot Noir (Product not available at this time)
(26/04/13)
Gosh, this is nice. Stunning colour - garnet red, it looks almost like a Merlot and practically glows in the glass. There are musky, leathery notes typical of a Martinborough Pinot (Gladstone literally being just down the road). Slightly sharp finish - it might benefit from being hidden away under the house for another year (the other half disagrees and says drink it now, he loved it!). It didn't match at all well with the Spaghetti Bolognese we drank it with, despite a slug going in the sauce. It clashes a bit with tomatoes. I agree with Linda, it will go really well with a beef or lamb roast. Avoid tomatoes, go with garlic or cheese. Or just drink it on it's own in front of the fire. Oh and the price is ridiculously awesome. Buy twice as much.

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Louis Perdrier (France) Brut 750 mlReview written for Louis Perdrier (France) Brut 750 ml (Product not available at this time)
(19/04/13)
Another awesome cheap as anything bubbles, whoever the Winesale buyer is I love you and want to have your children. I have no doubt that you can buy nicer wine than this, but you'd have a hard time buying cheaper. Not only that, this is actually quite drinkable. The other half and I put away a bottle with some roast lamb - it wasn't a particularly good food match but it made us feel a little bit festive. It's a bit fruitier than the other cheap Frenchies on the Winesale list, so it's better suited to food than some of them - maybe not so much roast lamb - something with cheese or fruit maybe. It would make a good aperitif, and the price point makes it a really good base for punches and cocktails. Get out there and do some entertaining folks - this wine makes it affordable on even a tight budget.

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Manu (Marlborough) Sauvignon Blanc 2010Review written for Manu (Marlborough) Sauvignon Blanc (Product not available at this time)
(07/04/13)
I normally drink my Savs pretty new, so this 2010 wine was a bit of a different experience for me. The typical Marlborough grassy notes aren't present - it's more along the lines of an intense tropical fruit salad. I would describe it as more autumnal than summer sauvignon! We'd made ourselves an upmarket version of fish and chips for dinner (crumbed terakihi, roast agrias and a green salad) and this went really well with it.

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* Kea Point (Hawkes Bay) Riesling 2009Review written for Kea Point (Hawkes Bay) Riesling (Product not available at this time)
(22/02/13)
Love, love the Kea Point Riesling, it's always been hugely popular when we've served it. It is a dry Riesling with a hint of citrus to it so it goes outstandingly with seafood or poultry. Especially seafood. If you're a little bit wary of Rieslings (I know I am) this is a great one to try - no fear of anything sickly or floral here.

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Angoves (South Eastern Australia) Bookmark Tawny PortReview written for Angoves (South Eastern Australia) Bookmark Tawny Port (Product not available at this time)
(12/05/12)
OK this isn't exactly a review because I didn't try this myself, but I thought I'd share what I DID do with it. I recently bought an antique book for my Dad, who BTW is the world's hardest person to buy a gift for. I imagine he will never read the book but it will look marvelous on an old oak desk he has. In between buying the book and giving the gift, I happened to be trolling the Winesale website and I found this port. What better gift to give with a book than a port that goes by the name of Bookmark? Yesterday I was at his house and I asked if I could try the port but they'd already drunk it all. So, the book probably didn't get read but the port got drunk and all in all a pretty inspired gift. Make your next book gift awesome and add a bottle of this!!

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Georges Michel (Marlborough) 2008  La Reserve ChardonnayReview written for Georges Michel (Marlborough) La Reserve Chardonnay (Product not available at this time)
(12/05/12)
This wine has a cork (albeit one of those composite jobbies), which got us all excited because we got to dig out the flash cork screw which frankly doesn't get much in the way of use these days. I have to admit being a bit underwhelmed by this wine. It's not horrible, but the age of it may be responsible for all the interesting edges being knocked off it. On the plus side, very smooth and the oak is very understated. It should be drunk with food. I got the match wrong (which might account for my average review). I had with a chicken pasta in a tomato paste. If you switch to a creamy chicken pasta, I reckon it might just work, especially if you add a slug to the sauce. And sage. Trust me, add sage.

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* Clearwater Cove (Gisborne) Chardonnay 2010.Review written for Clearwater Cove (Gisborne) Chardonnay (Product not available at this time)
(08/05/12)
Good value for money. I'd peg it as a quaffer, rather than a serious chardonnay: the label (and to a lesser degree the contents) just scream last minute supermarket purchase to me. But nothing wrong with it - totally inoffensive, won't make you gasp in horror at the taste, cheap enough to take somewhere and leave behind without drinking. A not very memorable but no regrets kind of wine!

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* Dal Broi (Private Collection) Shiraz 2010Review written for Dal Broi (Private Collection) Shiraz (Product not available at this time)
(08/05/12)
Pretty stock standard Aussie Red. Hint of oak, a splash of berry. I'm not a huge Shiraz buff so I wasn't blown away, but it went nicely with a steak as they do... but weirdly better with a vegetarian mushroom risotto that had a hefty slug of it added to the cooking. Good price and a mildy classy bottle.

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Floating Mountain (Waipara) 2009 ChardonnayReview written for Floating Mountain (Waipara) Chardonnay (Product not available at this time)
(14/04/12)
The first mouthful of this was not at all what I expected - it's a Chardonnay untouched by oak and is quite sharp and flinty. A Chardonnay in a Sauvignon style almost... After half a glass the Chardonnay aspects started to show up, with a creamy Chardonnay aftertaste. I drank this solo (a mistake), it would have performed a bit better with food - perhaps a cheeseboard. Try it with a Gruyere and some fig paste. The price is fantastic, so it's totally worth a whirl.
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Tolaga Bay Estate Chardonnay 2011Review written for Tolaga Bay Estate Chardonnay (Product not available at this time)
(14/04/12)
This is a good all round Chardonnay. Very lightly oaked so it is ok for those who don't like the oak but a hint of it if you do. The husband doesn't like oaky chardonnays and I do - this was a most happy middle ground. It's a 2011, and still a bit sharp I thought - it could do with a wee bit longer in the bottle although it's still quite, quite drinkable. Today's philosophical question is: Should one cellar a $10 bottle of wine? The other half was raving about the colour, it is the most fabulous golden hue. Don't attempt to drink without food, it needs some white meat or cheese to bring out the best in it. We had it with a chicken and spinach pasta with some Parmesan shaved over the top and it did the job very nicely. Given the current price, this is outstanding value for money. And no harm in stashing some away for 6-12 months, I reckon it will only get better.

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Desmonta Sparkling Pinot GrigioReview written for Desmonta Pinot Grigio (Product not available at this time)
(10/04/12)
Just the cutest bottle ever. Pretty light-hearted easy drinking fizz. Food probably not needed, goes good with chips. This is a non-serious, take-to-a-party bottle of bubbles. Marginally more classy than that sh!te you buy at the supermarket. Would be excellent for making champagne cocktails too.

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The Portly GentlemanReview written for The Portly Gentleman (Product not available at this time)
(17/02/12)
Some considerable time ago I bought some exquisite antique red port glasses. Alas they have been sitting in the glasses cupboard unused and unappreciated ever since. Then a recent dinner party was ruined, ruined I tell you when a guest declared that they felt like a post-meal port and it turned out that my extensive liquor cabinet was in fact lacking a crucial component. Anyway, to cut a very long story shorter I ordered a bottle of this with my very next Winesale order. The slightly ironic label goes perfectly with the vintage glasses and the port is perfectly ok too. It's a wee bit sweeter than the usual tawny, so definitely an end of a long decadent night style port. I'd make a platter up of a strong cheddar, crackers and some prunes and serve guests a glass of this to signal the end of the night.
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* Stoneburn (Marlborough) Sauvignon Blanc 2011Review written for Stoneburn (Marlborough) Sauvignon Blanc (Product not available at this time)
(17/02/12)
Totally adequate quaffing wine. If you wanted to match it with food, I would either drink it at lunchtime with a smoked chicken salad or on a sunny afternoon with some cheese and crackers. Otherwise enjoy with a friend and some conversation while someone else preps the BBQ and switch to something else a bit more serious when the steaks come out.

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LReview written for L'Acciano (Italy) Chianti Riserva (Product not available at this time)
(17/02/12)
Good food friendly wine but not too rough, you could probably get away with drinking it on it's own. At the risk of sounding like a Chianti stereotype, this is a pasta wine for me. Keep it simple - a good quality pasta topped with a homemade pesto and garlic sauce, a bottle of L'Acciano Chianti, a crisp white linen tablecloth and maybe a candle. The bottle is classic and elegant. All you gentlemen out there take note: a simple romantic dinner with a whole lot of class and very little financial outlay.

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Duc de Valmer (France) Brut NV 750mlReview written for Duc de Valmer (France) Brut NV 750ml (Product not available at this time)
(30/01/12)
This isn't my favourite cheap bubbles on this site, but it's blimmen cheap and is one of a few that I buy in ridiculous quantities, especially in the summer months. It's ideal for parties, is light and dry and low in hangover factor. Being cheap, I don't feel the slightest bit guilty about jazzing it up with Blackcurrent or something to make a Champagne Cocktail. The metallic label doesn't travel well and can make the bottle look a bit tatty, so this wine may not be ideal for a gift.

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Veuve Paul BurReview written for Veuve Paul Bur (Product not available at this time)
(24/01/12)
This is yet another of the cheap fab bubbles Winesale is so great at sourcing. It isn't my favourite one, but it's certainly a great quaffer and light enough not to require food and festive enough to be a party in a bottle. Best enjoyed sitting in the sun with some good friends and some good conversation. (I do find the skin pink foil of the top of the bottle a little, er, phallic. Could this be the perfect wine for a hen's night?)

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Alexander Dusty Road (Martinborough) 2014 Pinot NoirReview written for Alexander Dusty Road Pinot Noir (Product not available at this time)
(16/11/11)
This is a lovely classic Martinborough Pinot for a reasonable price. Pinot Noir is a great BYO wine because it will go ok with either red or white meat. I drank it alongside a meal of pasta with a tomato based sauce and spicy sausage. It stood up well to the flavours (a splash of it in the sauce probably helped). It seems to go well with sausage and bbq flavours. This is our Pinot of choice for our wedding.

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Ropu (Marlborough) 2010 Sauvignon BlancReview written for Ropu (Marlborough) 2010 Sauvignon Blanc (Product not available at this time)
(19/09/11)
This is a lovely fruity citrousy Sav. Have it with chicken salad or with fruit and cheese in the afternoon. Nom nom.
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* Waipipi (Wairarapa) 2009 Sauvignon BlancReview written for Waipipi (Wairarapa) Sauvignon Blanc (Product not available at this time)
(19/09/11)
This is fantastic value for money. I used most of my bottle to cook with (chicken and Leek pie) but drank the rest. It's lost the sharp green edges of a newer sauvignon but still imminently drinkable and I think a bit more food friendly.

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* Kea Point (Martinborough) Riesling 2010Review written for Kea Point (Martinborough) Riesling (Product not available at this time)
(22/07/11)
Firstly, a disclaimer: I don't generally like Riesling much. There is, however, always a bottle of this in my wine rack because it's fab. It is a dryish Riesling, and has some excellent lime notes that make it fantastic with anything seafood. Winesale have been selling this little gem for some time. I've introduced this wine to a lot of people and I'm yet to find anyone who doesn't like it. It's also cheap as chips and twenty cents goes to the Threatened Species Trust so you can feel thrifty and virtuous at the same time.
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Ropu (Marlborough) 2010 Pinot GrisReview written for Ropu (Marlborough) Pinot Gris (Product not available at this time)
(22/07/11)
What to have with a curry? Apparently you're supposed to go with an aromatic but I detest and loathe Gewurtz (like drinking Nana's perfume) and nine times out of ten Riesling leaves me a just a little bit cold. Well kids, we have found a winner. As it is, I normally dig out a Pinot Gris for the spicy food but this is the best match I've had in a long time. We had this with a chicken Korma. For me, Indian food tends to make wine taste universally awful but for once the opposite happened (seriously, try drinking a Sav with a Tikka Masala, it will make it taste like paint stripper). This Pinot Gris tastes like pears poached in spices and the long creamy finish soothes the burn of the curry. Have it with anything with cardamom in the spices, there's just something about them together rocks my world. This is absolutely a food wine and I reckon will stand up to some difficult to match Indian or Malaysian dishes. I love spicy food and I love this wine!
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* Ropu (Hawkes Bay) 2009 MerlotReview written for Ropu (Marlborough)Merlot (Product not available at this time)
(19/07/11)
A fairly light red without quite the same punch as an Aussie Merlot. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, just match it with lighter red meat - it's more a lamb steaks and salad wine than a roast beef and gravy wine. Loving the organic wines, it makes me feel quite virtuous drinking them...
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* Long Flat (Australia) 2009 MerlotReview written for Long Flat (Australia) Merlot (Product not available at this time)
(29/06/11)
Excellent, good value for money quaffer. I buy it to cook with, but I always keep a glass or two aside for the cook (me)! Up the class of your roast and make your gravy with a generous slug of this. Avoid the packet stuff and make it like my mum used to: remove meat from roasting pan, drain off the fat and place on the element on a very low heat. Shake together half a cup of merlot and a tablespoon of plain flour, and heat in pan with roast drippings. Stir until thick and serve. If it's a bit pale, add a splash of soya sauce. That's how you make REAL gravy.
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* Urlar (Gladstone) Pinot Noir 2009Review written for Urlar (Gladstone) Pinot Noir (Product not available at this time)
(16/06/11)
I was lucky enough to get to sample this at the vineyard earlier this year (thank you!), so I've been keeping an eye out for it on the Winesale site. I bought a couple of bottles, thinking I could keep it for a special occasion but two days after I bought it, it's already all gone. We drank it during the week to test the theory that organic means all the fun and none of the hangover. So far the theory is holding up! I'm at work and being productive (well writing reviews anyway). But you want to know about the wine, not me. It's a fairly light pinot. But not too light - we had this with a curry and it actually did ok with it, curry being a little difficult to match wine with. It's smooth, with plenty of berry flavours. This is a really lovely little vineyard with a great vision as to how wine should be. Keep an eye out for them, they're going to be great.
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Crestview Park (California) ChardonnayReview written for Crestview Park (California) Chardonnay (Product not available at this time)
(23/05/11)
I had never tried any American wines so I'm not sure what I thought this was going to be like - perhaps to much fat, added sugar, served in a giant glass... Anyway this is cheap as chips so it's low risk to give it a go. What did I get for my tenner? A chardonnay in a light fruity style. Perhaps best drunk on it's own or with light food such as a grilled chicken breast or a salad. Good as an after-work wind down tipple. Dollar for dollar this compares favourably with a Kiwi wine and is certainly a better choice than a cheap Aussie chardonnay. I say it's certainly worth a whirl if you're curious.
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* Lammastide (HawkeReview written for Lammastide (Hawke's Bay) Chardonnay (Product not available at this time)
(18/05/11)
Like Dominic, I have rediscovered my love of Chardonnay. Gone are the over-oaked over-powering over-the-top Chardonnays that drove me to the Savs. This is an excellent example of the more moderate Chardonnays. Delicious and buttery without tasting like you're licking an oak barrel. Have it with the Sunday roast chook, it will make you wonder why you ever stopped drinking Chardonnay.
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* Champagne Pannier (France) Brut NVReview written for Champagne Pannier (France) Brut NV (Product not available at this time)
(18/05/11)
At the risk of making myself sound like a right tosser (it was a special occasion okay!)... we had this with crayfish. Truly a match made in heaven. If you want to make someone feel special and adored, buy them champagne. Cook them something decadent to go with it and they'll really feel the love. This is a lovely creamy champagne at a relatively affordable price. If you want to try champagne but are afraid of spending megabucks on something you may not like, this might be a good place to start. And if you don't like it, bring it round to my place and I'll finish it off.
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Review written for Barren Rock (Central Otago) Pinot Noir (Product not available at this time)
(18/05/11)
An Otago Pinot for under twenty bucks is a good find! This is probably a food wine - have it with a good steak or a bit of venison. We just drank it round the table on a Sunday afternoon. It may have been a bit of a waste of a good wine, but we enjoyed it anyway. The label is definitely evocative of the region which is a nice touch if you're planning on sharing.
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* Alexander (Martinborough) 2008 Pinot NoirReview written for Alexander Martinborough Vineyard Pinot Noir (Product not available at this time)
(11/04/11)
I'm a long time fan of Martinborough Pinot, but the price of them tends to be a killer. I don't know about you, but I can't justify cracking a $60 bottle unless it's a special occasion. Which brings us to this wine - this is a bloody good example of a Martinborough Pinot Noir without the hefty price tag. I can afford wine AND dinner! And speaking of dinner, Pinot goes well with both white or red meat so serve it with pretty much anything. This one has a bit of leather and spice so it would hold it's own well with a slab of game but it's delicate enough to enjoy with roast chicken. Apparently it will cellar well for a couple of years, but I wouldn't know because I've scoffed all mine already. Update 16/10/12: we served this at our wedding recently. Guests raved about it, and the couple of not-quite-finished bottles were stolen at the end of the night. Not a drop left over. Unfortunately.
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* Paritua Stone Paddock (Hawkes Bay) 2008 Isabella 375mlReview written for Paritua Stone Paddock (Hawkes Bay) Isabella 375ml (Product not available at this time)
(23/03/11)
Delicious and syrupy. Tastes of apricots and long hot summers. I had this with fruit salad and Kapiti icecream - it made a simple dessert special. If you can appreciate a dessert wine this is a goody.

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* Long Flat (Australia) 2008 Cabernet MerlotReview written for Long Flat (Australia) Cabernet Merlot (Product not available at this time)
(28/02/11)
Classic Aussie BBQ wine - easy drinking and screaming out for a steak to go with. I'm pretty keen on this one for cooking with too - the rule is that you shouldn't cook with anything you wouldn't drink but no-one wants to chuck a thirty dollar wine in a pot. This wine will add an excellent depth of flavour to something like a bologneise, either in the pot or on the table. Maybe both...
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Review written for Cellar 9 (Marlborough) Chardonnay (Product not available at this time)
(21/02/11)
I sometimes buy the Cellar 9 wines for work functions. A couple of bottles of this instead of some nasty acidic supermarket wine is a really good option. Your co-workers heads will thank you in the morning. What's more, Wine Sale delivers so you don't have to go fetch it. Not a special occasion wine but an excellent catering option.

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* Delas (France) 2007 St. Esprit Cotes Du RhoneReview written for Delas (France) St. Esprit Cotes Du Rhone (Product not available at this time)
(14/02/11)
This is a lovely spicy leathery wine. A real food wine and it went wonderfully with bbq-ed Choritzo sausages and steak. I served this at a party on the weekend and everyone was raving about the 'flash French wine'. It's the first time someone has rung me the next day specifically to compliment me on the wine I served! I love this bottle too, with the embossed logo on the neck - very classy.
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* Don David (Argentina) 2008 Reserve TannatReview written for Don David (Argentina) Reserve Tannat (Product not available at this time)
(07/02/11)
Firstly, can I say this is a really nice wine. Calling it the best red wine in the world is bound to end in disappointment though! I don't know what I expected from the "Best Red Wine in the World", but this is an inoffensive all-round red that didn't quite rock my world as much as I hoped. Don't get me wrong, it's a good wine and a fantastic price. Maybe needs a bit longer in the bottle. And a steak to go with. At this price, it is worth buying just for the discussion value of being the Best Red Wine in the World.
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* Estola (Spain) Reserva 2004Review written for Estola (Spain) Reserva (Product not available at this time)
(26/01/11)
I thought I had bought a rough Spanish red. But this is really lovely - smooth, mellow, mouth-filling deliciousness. I have already bought more of it. This is already a few years old, so ready to drink now with all the edges taken off the tannins. Best bottle of red I've had in a while I'd have to say. We quaffed it on a Friday night at work, but this could be a reasonably serious food wine. It would hold it's own with something a bit spicy (I'm thinking Mexicanish). I'm all about the ascetics too, and this is a lovely old world style label. It's clearly not a Kiwi or Aussie, so it's immediately a bit exotic as soon as you put it on the table.
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* Villa Vistarenni (Italy) 2010 ChiantiReview written for Villa Vistarenni (Italy) Chianti DOCG (Product not available at this time)
(19/01/11)
Yeah she's a bit rough... You'd do better with the rough Aussies frankly, although there is a certain snob value in serving an Italian Chianti over an Aussie Cab Sav. Anyway, it wasn't to my taste but I hate to waste - so I chilled it, poured it into a punch bowl with some soda, orange juice, and a splash of Cointreau, added some sliced oranges and lemons and some crushed mint leaves. Sangria is your mama. Yup, it was pretty good like that.
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* Jubilee Ridge (Australia) Shiraz Cabernet 2006Review written for Jubilee Ridge (Australia) Shiraz Cabernet (Product not available at this time)
(19/01/11)
Cheap as chips BBQ wine. At nine bucks a bottle you can splash some on the steaks with no regrets. If I paid this much for wine at the supermarket I'd be afraid to drink it - very very good value for money.
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* Gumfields (Marlborough) 2009 Sauvignon BlancReview written for Gumfields (Marlborough) Sauvignon Blanc (Product not available at this time)
(19/01/11)
It took me ages to get round to drinking this because for some reason the Gumfields label threw me and I kept thinking I had somehow acquired an Australian Sav (oh the horror!). Anyway, the girls had cleaned me out so this one got opened. It's a solid Sav at a very reasonable price. Good quaffer.
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* Lowlands (Marlborough) 2010 Sauvignon BlancReview written for Lowlands (Marlborough) Sauvignon Blanc (Product not available at this time)
(13/01/11)
Excellent quaffer, not too challenging on the palate if you happen (like me) to be knocking it back at a party. Went really well with the quiche. Who would have thought...
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Pol Remy (France) Brut NV 750 mlReview written for Pol Remy (France) Brut NV 750 ml (Product not available at this time)
(07/01/11)
This is excellent value for money. Personally I prefer the Palais, but if you like your bubbles with a decent hit of fruit you'll prefer this one - plus it's better suited to imbibing with food. Make sure you serve it super cold. Biff a strawberry in it if you like. Another awesome cheap bubbles that looks sophisticated and tastes way more expensive than it is.
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* Aspen Estate (South Eastern Australia) 2010 Cabernet MerlotReview written for Aspen Estate (South Eastern Australia) Cabernet Merlot (Product not available at this time)
(19/12/10)
There absolutely isn't anything wrong with this, and at the price you're certainly not being ripped off. But brutal honesty here - the Aspen Estate Shiraz at the same price is a much better wine. Having said that, I'd be buying this wine again for cooking with and it would be a good base for mulled wine or sangria.
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* Baron Louis de France (Bordeaux) AOC 2008Review written for Baron Louis de France (Bordeaux) AOC (Product not available at this time)
(19/12/10)
There is something satisfyingly pretentious about lazing around drinking a bottle of Bordeaux and eating overripe cheese. Sometimes a wine and food combination is an escape from the real world and for me this was one. Oh, it has a CORK! While it took me half an hour to locate the cork screw (languishing in the back of the drawer and rusting from lack of use), it is nice to have the ceremony of opening a bottle the traditional way. Which reminds me, the Bordeaux benefits from a bit of a breathe after opening -also a forgotten art with screw-tops.
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* Evenwood (Barossa) Shiraz 2008Review written for Evenwood (Barossa) Shiraz (Product not available at this time)
(19/12/10)
PICK ME PICK ME! If you are trolling through the Winesale site wondering which Shiraz to buy, you've found a winner here. If you love Shiraz, this is a superb example at a fabulous price. If you're not a habitual Shiraz drinker but you want to give one a shot then try this wee number. This is not a rough red, this is a smooth fruity Shiraz with a hint of chocolate. Drink it with venison or Mexican food or a BBQ or ...anything really.
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* Escarpment The Edge (Martinborough) Sauvignon Blanc 2009Review written for Escarpment The Edge (Martinbvorough) Sauvignon Blanc (Product not available at this time)
(19/12/10)
It was stinking hot and humid when we drank this bottle and some of the other wine we had was a little hard to drink. This wasn't though, it was delicious and refreshing. It's wine for beer weather I thought. This is a really lovely sav, crisp and dry. As a sucker for packaging, I like the label and presentation of this bottle too.
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* Outback  (New South Wales) 2009 ShirazReview written for Outback (New South Wales) Shiraz (Product not available at this time)
(10/12/10)
I'm sharing a bottle with colleagues on a Friday afternoon as I write this review... Silky smooth, no sharp edges to this baby. Light enough to knock back socially sans food, but would grace a good steak meal. At under ten bucks a bottle, a great choice to cook with - it would contribute to an exceptional Spag Bol or Beef Bourguignon. This is cheap Aussie plonk at it's best, and a definite repeat purchase for the Friday Tipple Club.
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* Paritua Stone Paddock (Hawkes Bay) 2008 Sauvignon BlancReview written for Paritua Stone Paddock (Hawkes Bay) Sauvignon Blanc (Product not available at this time)
(06/12/10)
A light, young fruity Sav - something a bit different if you are getting weary of grassy Marlborough jobs. This is a dirt cheap, pleasant tasting quaffer. At eight bucks, you can afford to shout your mates a bottle! I had a glass while doing some gardening on a hot sunny evening and it went down a treat.
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Emergo (Gisborne) Chardonnay 2009Review written for Emergo (Gisborne) Chardonnay (Product not available at this time)
(29/11/10)
I have a friend who, for reasons not immediately clear to me, only drinks unoaked Chardonnay. Finding an unoaked Chardonnay isn't as simple as you might imagine so can I first compliment Wine Sale on stocking a couple of reasonable ones. I've bought the Emergo one a couple of times, it's good value for money, it's an elusive unoaked Chardy, and it tastes ok to me. If you are a fan of big toasty Chardonnays then this will disappoint you as an unoaked Chardonnay lacks these qualities. This wine is more fruit-driven and I think more suitable for the summer months. Excellent quaffer.
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Veuve de Vernay (France) BrutReview written for Veuve de Vernay (France) Brut (Product not available at this time)
(29/11/10)
I'm a Champagne taste on an [unnamed supermarket brand] budget and this fits the criteria quite nicely. Delicious, dry but a little bit fruity. I'm thinking pears, but I'm currently obsessed with pears so don't take my word for it. The bottle is an elegant shape, with a few gold medals on it. I don't think the picture quite does it justice - it really feels and tastes a wee bit special. I drank this at a BBQ, it went better with the chicken kebabs than the steak and I suspect it would go marvelous with BBQed seafood. Having polished off most of a bottle, I can honestly say this wine made me happy in my heart.
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* Cellar 9 (Hawkes Bay) Chardonnay 2008Review written for Cellar 9 (Hawkes Bay) Chardonnay (Product not available at this time)
(19/11/10)
If you have taste but are a bit short on cash - give this one a whirl. This isn't a cheap wine from the supermarket. It wasn't bottled last week. It won't give you a crook gut and a nasty headache. It isn't some ghastly acidic Australian cheapy. It doesn't taste like urine. What it IS is a middle-of-the-road quaffer. Nothing spectacular and nothing offensive. Awesome value for money, and I tend to keep a bottle in the fridge for random drop-ins.
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Review written for Sassaregale (Italy) Sangiovese (Product not available at this time)
(19/11/10)
Is this not the sexiest bottle ever? I'd buy it just for the label. Very gothic. The wine ain't shabby either. We drank it at work on a Friday after a hard week and it did the job. I reckon it would go a treat with a bowl of pasta with a tomato-based sauce (especially if you tossed some smoked paprika in there).
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* Squawking Magpie Birds of a Feather (Hawkes Bay) 2009 ChardonnayReview written for Squawking Magpie Birds of a Feather (Hawkes Bay) Chardonnay (Product not available at this time)
(19/11/10)
Squawking Magpie - never had a dud yet. Styley labels they have too. Unoaked chardonnay is a little hard to come by and this one is a winner. Will not overpower your meal but still plenty of flavour.
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Palais de Versailles (France) Blanc de BlancReview written for Palais de Versailles (France) Blanc de Blanc (Product not available at this time)
(19/11/10)
I wasn't going to review this wine, because I wanted to keep it a secret... Seriously - under ten bucks, gorgeous light French bubbles. Dry without being astringent. I can drink this stuff like water. This is a really light inoffensive wine, great for catering larger parties because pretty much everyone likes it (and unless they're in on the secret, they will think you splurged because it's French). I reckon it's too light to be a food wine, but perfect for parties and ideal for toasts. Love love love, can't rate it high enough.
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* Kea Point (Southern Wairarapa) 2008 RieslingReview written for Kea Point (Southern Wairarapa) Riesling (Product not available at this time)
(19/11/10)
I'm usually not much of a Riesling fan, but I love this wine and I've bought it a few times. With the Kea on the bottle, it's great to share with overseas visitors and it goes fantastically with scallops or crayfish. If you like sweet Rieslings, then this possibly won't be your cup of wine. But if you like your wine on the dry side and you're all sauvignoned out this could be your summer tipple this year. As my mum says - try it, you might like it.
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Review written for Crooked Cider Limited Edition Apple (Product not available at this time)
(09/03/13)
Given the summer temperatures I thought I'd sample a bottle of the cider. It's super super dry compared to most of the commercial ciders on the market (although the label says off-dry). It also claims to be around 5% alcohol but it hit me pretty hard, so I'm wondering if it's secretly higher or whether I was just being a lightweight. Tastes like apple (yep, just apple). Clean tasting and fresh, ideal for enjoying with an outdoor meal (especially with BBQed pork or a bacon sammie). If it's too dry for you, add a slug of blackcurrent (Ribena or creme de cassis) for a sort of cider cocktail thingy.

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