Wine   |  Daily Wine Deal Thursday, 23rd of November 11:54 PM

I am over 18. Continue!

I am not over 18


Wine from New Zealand and around the world
The best place to buy wine online in NZ!
Thanks for stopping by our online wine shop. We have been running for more than ten years in New Zealand and have thousands of satisfied customers who subscribe to our emails and buy wine off us every week.

We love wine and we are passionate about every wine on this site. Our wines have been carefully selected by our buying team because they offer both outstanding quality and outrageous value for money. We hope you'll hang around a while, learn about us and try some of our wines. Have fun and drink great wine!
Free Call Us On 0508 WINESALE (0508 946 372) Mailing list       |      Wine blog       |      Help      
Free Call Us On 0508 946 372 Mailing list       |      Wine blog       |      Help      
Mailing list       |      Wine blog       |      Help      
0
Shopping Cart

0 items in cart
Proceed to Checkout
Register Login
Sign Up
to our mailing list and receive the best wine deals in NZ via email!
Sign Up
Free Delivery
For orders over 60 bottles to anywhere in mainland New Zealand!
Click here


User Profile for Bill Sutton

Reviewer rank: #14 (Learn more) (See rankings)
Total reviews written: 28
First reviews written: 4
Helpful votes: 91%
This reviewer is using their real name. Star Reviewer - Top 50 wine reviewer! Has submitted over 20 reviews!


28 Review(s) written

Beach House (Hawkes Bay) 2017 RieslingReview written for Beach House (Hawkes Bay) Riesling
(10/01/14)
Strong Riesling characteristics, good depth of flavour, residual sweetness, 10.5% alcohol about right, I'd recommend this to accompany a meal.

Permalink


Whitehaven (Marlborough) 2016 Sauvignon BlancReview written for Whitehaven (Marlborough) Sauvignon Blanc
(18/12/13)
More melon and gooseberry, and less acid bite, thsn I'd expect from a top Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. So for me the 2012 rates only mid-range, although I hate to look a gift horse in the mouth! I'd be interested to compare it with the Whirehaven Marlborough'Greg' version from the same vintage, which I would guess was allocated the best of the available fruit.

Permalink


Evenwood (Barossa) 2015 ShirazReview written for Evenwood (Barossa) Shiraz
(07/12/11)
Good easy drinking red, without either the 'jammy' character evident in some of the cheaper aussie shiraz, or the power and style that characterises the best. I enjoyed it.
1 out of 1 people found these comments helpful

Permalink


Ciclos (Argentina) 2013 Malbec MerlotReview written for Ciclos (Argentina) Malbec Merlot
(13/06/11)
Powerful dark fruits on the nose, deep purple color, perfectly blended flavors, silky smooth with a dash of treacle in the mouth, plenty of fine tannins but no harshness: this one ticks all the boxes for me. But is it worth the extra $10 a bottle? I compared it with two good $20+ NZ reds I recently drank, both of which in retrospect I would rate solid four stars. The answer, if you can afford it, is yes!! To put my money where my mouth is, I'm ordering two more bottles.
3 out of 3 people found these comments helpful

Permalink


Don David (Argentina) 2015 Reserve TannatReview written for Don David (Argentina) Reserve Tannat
(02/02/11)
A lovely red wine and great value for money. I'm not familiar with Tannat as a grape varity or Don David as a vineyard, but I can see how this wine would appeal to a wide range of people who enjoy classic reds. Great color and palate weight, plenty of tannin for character and depth, but the fruit is not out-weighed. Perhaps it won the top award by appealing to the entire judging panel?
4 out of 5 people found these comments helpful

Permalink


Pinical Estate (Australia) 2013 Cabernet SauvignonReview written for Pinical Estate (Australia) Cabernet Sauvignon (Product not available at this time)
(03/12/14)
Not a blockbuster but good. And very good at this price.

Permalink


* The Crossings (Awatere Valley) 2013 Sauvignon BlancReview written for The Crossings (Awatere Valley) Sauvignon Blanc (Product not available at this time)
(21/06/14)
This is more like the quality we were hoping for, from the 2013 vintage. Plenty of flavour, not too much acid, good value Savvy.
1 out of 1 people found these comments helpful

Permalink


* Cellar 9 (Hawkes Bay) Merlot 2013Review written for Cellar 9 (Hawkes Bay) Merlot (Product not available at this time)
(26/03/14)
Lovely dark red colour, and good flavour intensity for a Hawke's Bay Merlot, but needs more bottle time.

Permalink


* 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)
(09/02/14)
A true Central Otago Pinot Noir with the violet flavour notes I cherish. Nobody could mistake this for Marlborough or Martinborough pinot. And the right color, not too dark. The price was great too. All adds up to 5 stars from me.
1 out of 1 people found these comments helpful

Permalink


* Beach House (Hawkes Bay) 2012 RoseReview written for Beach House (Hawkes Bay) Rose (Product not available at this time)
(17/01/14)
Refreshing uncomplicated summer quaffer

Permalink


* Squawking Magpie (Hawkes Bay) 2010 The Chatterer Pinot GrisReview written for Squawking Magpie (Hawkes Bay) The Chatterer Pinot Gris (Product not available at this time)
(14/01/14)
OK on the nose but slightly bitter in the mouth

Permalink


*Cellar 9 (Hawkes Bay) 2013 RieslingReview written for Cellar 9 (Hawkes Bay) Riesling (Product not available at this time)
(12/11/13)
I bought this wine for an early look at the fabled 2013 vintage, drank one bottle, and then immediately ordered 6 more. As much fruit as one would ever want from a Riesling, well balanced with acid in the popular off-dry style, this wine makes excellent drinking now and can only improve with bottle age. Unfortunately my 6 will be long gone before the Reisling honey develops, so I may have to purchase 6 more as keepers. Cheers!
2 out of 2 people found these comments helpful

Permalink


* Cellar 9 (Marlborough) Sauvignon Blanc 2009Review written for Cellar 9 (Marlborough) Sauvignon Blanc (Product not available at this time)
(08/02/12)
Nothing new to say, but this is great value and I have recommended it to my new girlfriend.
0 out of 1 people found these comments helpful

Permalink


Crestview Park (California) ZinfandelReview written for Crestview Park (California) Zinfandel (Product not available at this time)
(10/07/11)
Let's get the bad nows out of the way first - I hate plastic 'corks'. If winemakers can't afford real corks they should use screw caps! Now, turning to the wine. I've only tried two New Zealand Zins, both from Kemblefield: one from a good year and one poor. I'd rate this Zin mid-way between, but at only 1/4 the price (including postage) it is great value for money. The colour and palate weight is in the young vine Pinot Noir / Te Mata Gamay Noir range, but the mouth feel is quite different - a Chardonnay-like oiliness. And the flavour has some different notes too, which I would characterise as ripe nectarine. In summary, an enjoyable lunch-time drinking experience at a good price, and a wine to intrigue any of your female friends who've never tried Zinfandel before. I've given it four stars, although it would only get three stars if it were selling for $20/bottle.

Permalink


* PeteReview written for Pete's Shed Tempranillo (Product not available at this time)
(05/07/11)
An interesting tasting experience and I would suggest a degree of caution is warranted. Those who may have seen favorable reviews of rich, gutsy NZ Tempranillo, made in good years by John Hancock of Trinity Hill, can forget them, as this wine is a very different proposition. Light red in color, with a nose more like a Beaujolais than classic Tempranillo, backed by a lightweight palate. The dominant flavors, as identified on the label, are strawberry and something a little rougher and more acid that could fairly be described as tamarillo. This in my opinion is vin ordinaire and should be judged largely on its price. I have rated it accordingly.
1 out of 1 people found these comments helpful

Permalink


* Lammastide (HawkeReview written for Lammastide (Hawke's Bay) Chardonnay (Product not available at this time)
(02/07/11)
This is what I look for in a 2009 Hawke's Bay chardonnay at less than $20/bottle. Plenty of ripe fruit, with no need to rave on about melon or pineapple notes: this wine is unmistakably made from chardonnay grapes. Enough oak to provide complexity and backbone, but not so much as to make you suspect the winemaker is an addicted smoker. Mouth feel not too oily. Should be fine under screw-cap for 3-5 years - but all of mine will be gone before then.
2 out of 2 people found these comments helpful

Permalink


* Mud House (South Island) Pinot Gris 2010Review written for Mud House (Waipara) Pinot Gris (Product not available at this time)
(30/06/11)
Winter drinking for me is mostly about reds. But this is Hawke's Bay, and even in mid winter we get days when reds are simply not right. What then to open with a basket of fresh breads, assorted cheeses, fruits, vegetables and good company? Not a red, surely, but also not always a big bold Chardonnay or Savvy. This is where Pinot Gris comes into its own. As usual the marketing blurb on the label is total rhubarb. "Wild honeysuckle, quince, blah blah blah" naming half a dozen aromas and flavours, mostly pure imagination. Forget all that, this wine is sheer delicacy. Think of Mia Farrow before Frank Sinatra bedded her. What this wine offers us is the expected pipfruit notes, off-dry but certainly not "luscious" palate weight, combining to give a balanced mouthful of pure refreshment. And still drinking superbly after two days in my fridge. Buy some!
2 out of 2 people found these comments helpful

Permalink


Review written for Craggy Range (Hawkes Bay) Te Kahu (Product not available at this time)
(07/06/11)
Continuing my wine-fortified journey through the Napier winter, I turned today to Te Kahu as a well-regarded Hawke's Bay blended red, from a good year, and currently available at a good price. As befits the name ('the hawk') it is a more graceful and balanced blend than the Squawking Magpie Merlot-Cabernet 2005 I enjoyed last week. This one is elegance personified.

Permalink


* Squawking Magpie (Gimblett Gravels) SQM Merlot Cabernet 2005Review written for Squawking Magpie (Gimblett Gravels) SQM Merlot Cabernet (Product not available at this time)
(07/06/11)
This little beauty from the Gimlet Gravels leapt out from my screen as a steal at less than $20 a bottle. Good reviews and already with five years in the bottle! It delivered just what I wanted: a real rush on the nose, lavish plum and berry fruits, adequate complexity, and the tannic backbone we expect from the terroir. For a solid NZ blended red, to sustain you and your friends through the winter, snap up a dozen of these.

Permalink


* Tohu (Marlborough) Sauvignon Blanc 2009Review written for Tohu (Marlborough) Sauvignon Blanc (Product not available at this time)
(26/02/11)
The best Sauvignon Blanc I've bought from Winesale so far. Excellent fruit and acid, and the zing that earns it that elusive 5th star. Typical Awatere Valley qualities. And at this price I'll definitely be ordering more - B.

Permalink


* Lowlands (Marlborough) 2010 Sauvignon BlancReview written for Lowlands (Marlborough) Sauvignon Blanc (Product not available at this time)
(23/02/11)
Excellent fruit and acid, perhaps slightly on the mellow side, but still a good Marlborough savy at a great price.
1 out of 1 people found these comments helpful

Permalink


Emergo (Wairarapa) Rose 2009Review written for Emergo (Wairarapa) Rose (Product not available at this time)
(23/02/11)
A very drinkable rose at a sensible price, makes a nice change from savy for a picnic lunch.

Permalink


* Gumfields (Marlborough) 2009 Sauvignon BlancReview written for Gumfields (Marlborough) Sauvignon Blanc (Product not available at this time)
(02/02/11)
Past its best now but still showing good classic Marlborough savy characters, good value for money.

Permalink


* Waipara Hills (Central Otago) Southern Cross Pinot Noir 2008Review written for Waipara Hills (Central Otago) Southern Cross Pinot Noir (Product not available at this time)
(22/01/11)
This is value-for-money NZ Pinot Noir. Not a typical Central Otago pinot eg I couldn't detect any violet notes in the palate. Could use some more complexity. But acceptable for a meal with friends on a not-so-special occasion - B.

Permalink


* Trubome (Wairarapa) 2009 Sauvignon BlancReview written for Trubome (Wairarapa) Sauvignon Blanc (Product not available at this time)
(22/01/11)
This is vaue-for-money savy - typical Wairarapa or even Hawke's Bay in style rather than Marlborough. I probably won't buy again now better savy is getting cheaper - B.
1 out of 1 people found these comments helpful

Permalink


* Five Oaks (Nelson) 2009 Sauvignon BlancReview written for Five Oaks (Nelson) Sauvignon Blanc (Product not available at this time)
(22/01/11)
As the label says - juicy, fruit-driven style, I say it's gold medal standard. Not a typical Marlborough savy, but of course it's Nelson(how the bureacrats combined them into one region I'll never understand). Will buy again - B.
7 out of 7 people found these comments helpful

Permalink


* Art Series: Thurston (Martinborough) 2009 Pinot NoirReview written for Art Series: Thurston (Pinot Noir) (Product not available at this time)
(22/01/11)
Lovely mouth-feel, color right - not too dark - and palate good although not intense. Could do with a few complex notes - hence my 3X rating.
2 out of 3 people found these comments helpful

Permalink


* Art Series: Thurston (Marlborough) 2010 Sauvignon BlancReview written for Art Series: Thurston (Sauvignon Blanc) (Product not available at this time)
(22/01/11)
Gold medal quality Savy
1 out of 1 people found these comments helpful

Permalink



Wine from NZ and around the world
The best place to buy wine online in New Zealand!
Thanks for stopping by our online wine shop. We have been running for more than ten years in New Zealand and have thousands of satisfied customers who subscribe to our emails and buy wine off us every week.

We love wine and we are passionate about every wine on this site. Our wines have been carefully selected by our buying team because they offer both outstanding quality and outrageous value for money. We hope you'll hang around a while, learn about us and try some of our wines. Have fun and drink great wine!


© Corporate Direct Wines 2008. All rights reserved.
Liquor Licence Holder: Corporate Direct Wines 2008 Ltd ~ License Number: 048/OFF/0011/17 ~ Expires: 18 May 2020