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User Profile for Chris

Reviewer rank: #9 (Learn more) (See rankings)
Total reviews written: 32
First reviews written: 17
Helpful votes: 93%
Gold Medal Reviewer - Top 10 ranked wine reviewer! Has submitted over 20 reviews! Speedster - Has completed 6 first reviews!


32 Review(s) written

Five Oaks (Nelson) 2015 ChardonnayReview written for Five Oaks (Nelson) Chardonnay
(05/11/11)
I'm a big fan of the Five Oaks range, especially the pinot noir. Nice golden colour. Fairly buttery, not too sweet with a fairly strong finish for a Chardonnay. Overally not my favourite of all time (Westbrook...) but good buying at winesale's price.
2 out of 2 people found these comments helpful

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Don David (Argentina) 2015 Reserve TannatReview written for Don David (Argentina) Reserve Tannat
(25/01/11)
When a wine is proclaimed the ‘best red wine in the world’ you’re obviously dealing with something at the serious end of the spectrum. Whilst I didn’t have the joy of sampling 6000+ wines to make my own conclusion, I thought this was a good value wine. Violet colour, bit fruity and tannin action at the end… some might suggest cellaring it for a few years to soften the tannins, but I’d crack at least one of them open now to avoid the suspense. I would recommend to others as a quality wine for friends to debate its ‘best red’ status.
5 out of 6 people found these comments helpful

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3 Bridges (South Australia) 2015 DurifReview written for 3 Bridges (New South Wales) Durif
(17/01/11)
Fantastic. Given the limited quantities of this available (largely sold out in Australia) it will be something quite different for your guests too!
2 out of 2 people found these comments helpful

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Five Oaks (Nelson) 2014 Pinot NoirReview written for Five Oaks (Nelson) Pinot Noir
(20/11/10)
We felt this was an excellent value Pinot, much better than expected. We matched it with roast chicken which was brilliant. In terms of tasting notes, this was different from a lot of the other pinots we've tried in that it was a lot fruiter (personally felt there was a bit of raisin in there along with the cherries). Overall good general purpose wine that could be matched with chicken or red meats. In fairness we're not big Pinot fans, but this one impressed us, so would definitely recommend to others.
11 out of 11 people found these comments helpful

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Evenwood (Barossa) 2015 ShirazReview written for Evenwood (Barossa) Shiraz
(20/11/10)
Excellent wine, highly recommended. In terms of tasting notes, it is very fruity and we've found that most people really enjoy it (even if they're not big wine drinkers). This is one of our staple bottles, so always include a couple of bottles in our winesale order. I agree the other reviews that it easily keeps up with $20+ bottles, and its one that we recommend to lots of our friends. Great value buying!
5 out of 5 people found these comments helpful

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Review written for Five Oaks (Nelson) Pinot Gris (Product not available at this time)
(19/09/12)
Excellent value pinot gris.

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* Alexander (Martinborough) 2008 Pinot NoirReview written for Alexander Martinborough Vineyard Pinot Noir (Product not available at this time)
(19/09/12)
Gorgeous wine with the most beautiful floral aroma. Would put there out there as a really romantic wine - perhaps something to impress on a first date?

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Ultimum Reserve (Gladstone) 2006 SangioveseReview written for Ultimum 2006 Sangiovese (Product not available at this time)
(28/12/11)
Nice ruby colour! smooth, moderate fruitiness (agree with Linda about the cherries)... I enjoyed the variety as being something a bit different to the usual NZ pinots or Aussie reds.
1 out of 1 people found these comments helpful

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* Hop Kiln ( Nelson) 2010 Pinot GrisReview written for Hop Kiln ( Nelson) 2010 Pinot Gris (Product not available at this time)
(01/05/11)
I understand our domestic carrier has adopted this for their Business Class flights. Whilst I haven't had a glass at 40,000 ft, I can see why they picked it. Flavour wise we're talking marmalade with a touch of lime. Overall nice drinking.

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* West Brook (Waimauku) 2008 ChardonnayReview written for West Brook (Waimauku) Chardonnay (Product not available at this time)
(01/05/11)
Gorgeous. The official tasting notes suggest it has all the components of a continental breakfast, which is actually a pretty fair assessment, and it probably would be a great start to the day if you were that way inclined. Personally, the fruit really stood out for me on this one. Beautiful.
4 out of 4 people found these comments helpful

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* Paritua Stone Paddock (Hawkes Bay) 2007 Scarlet RedReview written for Paritua Stone Paddock (Hawkes Bay) Scarlet Red (Product not available at this time)
(21/01/11)
Very nice indeed.

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* Thorne Clarke Sandpiper Shiraz 2009Review written for Thorne Clarke (Barossa) Sandpiper Shiraz (Product not available at this time)
(17/01/11)
Nice red, albeit not particularly outstanding. Good value at the price though...

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* Nieto (Argentina) 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon ReservaReview written for Nieto (Argentina) Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva (Product not available at this time)
(17/01/11)
Very nice wine with a gorgeous bottle. Looks great on a candle lit table.

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Duc de Valmer (France) Brut 200mlReview written for Duc de Valmer (France) Brut 200ml (Product not available at this time)
(17/01/11)
A little bottle for those little celebrations. First off, you'll want the 750mL bottle if the team is joining you! On tasting it's a light sparkling, quite dry - not overly sweet. Personally didn't detect any major fruit notes as it is quite light. Would generally recommend dropping a bit more coin on some of winesale's Veuve de Vernay, but if you're looking for a cheaper drop this will be fine.
0 out of 1 people found these comments helpful

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* Craggy Range (Hawkes Bay) Kidnappers Chardonnay  2009Review written for Craggy Range (Hawkes Bay) Kidnappers Chardonnay (Product not available at this time)
(17/01/11)
Classic vineyard, fantastic wine.

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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)
(21/12/10)
Great value French sparkling. Why buy the supermarket fodder when you could have this?!
2 out of 2 people found these comments helpful

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* Lowlands (Marlborough) 2010 Sauvignon BlancReview written for Lowlands (Marlborough) Sauvignon Blanc (Product not available at this time)
(16/12/10)
Must say, living in NZ we have a great selection of Sauvy Blancs at great prices. The Lowlands SB is hard to fault, no doubt reflected by its Pure Gold award. Sauvy blancs are best drunk young, so if anything buy now and drink over summer! It's pretty hard to beat this wine at this price point!
4 out of 4 people found these comments helpful

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* Squawking Magpie (Gimblett Gravels) SQM Merlot Cabernet 2005Review written for Squawking Magpie (Gimblett Gravels) SQM Merlot Cabernet (Product not available at this time)
(16/12/10)
A serious wine from Squawking Magpie. Big fan of their wines, particularly at winesale prices. The SQM seems to be one of the better bottle and was recommended to me when I rang up the team at winesale. Nice flavours (plums!) and smooth drinking. Recommend it for special occasions!
2 out of 2 people found these comments helpful

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* Te Awa (Hawkes Bay) 2005 MerlotReview written for Te Awa (Hawkes Bay) 2005 Merlot (Product not available at this time)
(16/12/10)
Nice NZ red, believe it is also a single vineyard wine? Generally good drinking.

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Review written for Lammastide Gisborne Gewurztraminer (Product not available at this time)
(16/12/10)
Big fan of Gewurtraminer and this is a solid example. A lot of people haven't tried this style of wine and are really missing out. As with most Gewurts out there, the Lammastide example has very tropical flavours - particularly lychees. Great match for Asian cuisine, suspect given its sweet, fruity nature it prob also work well with some desserts?
1 out of 1 people found these comments helpful

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* Kirrihill (Clare Valley) Single Vineyard Shiraz 2008Review written for Kirrihill (Clare Valley) Single Vineyard Shiraz (Product not available at this time)
(16/12/10)
I'm a big fan of the idea of single vineyard wines. Too often these days you get wines that are made from grapes from all over the place, so you end up with a wine that has an 'average' of the different tastes, rather than something distinct. It was on this basis that we chose to run with this bottle. We'd also tried some Clare Valley wines before, and whilst most people go on about Barossa Valley reds, Clare Valley is definitely underrated. In terms of tasting, solid whack of blackberry with some spices going on here. Nice and smooth, as can be expected from a wine of this value. Would recommend to others looking for a nice, smooth Shiraz. Gave it a 4/5 as consider it good value, but didn't absolutely blow me away for its price as some of other winesale wines have done! Nonetheless, if you're looking for something special, this wine would be a good call.
4 out of 4 people found these comments helpful

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Review written for Craggy Range (Hawkes Bay) Te Kahu (Product not available at this time)
(16/12/10)
This is a pretty serious wine, so I eagerly awaited its delivery. Certainly checks all the boxes: Craggy Range brand, single vineyard, Gimblett Gravels - we're talking 'blue chip' style here. The vineyard for Te Kahu is apparently home to the 'Bordeau reds', so was expecting a European style red rather than the Australian reds we're used to. On tasting, the wine is rich and fairly sweet with a bit of tannin action at the end, which is fairly representative of the Gimblet Gravels reds. Definitely a quality wine and well suited to special occasions. Personally would match with some nice NZ lamb, but would roll well with most red meats. The brand is well respected, so nice way to impress visitors!
3 out of 4 people found these comments helpful

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* Calabria (New South Wales) 2008 Shiraz ViognierReview written for Calabria (New South Wales) Shiraz Viognier (Product not available at this time)
(20/11/10)
Shared this bottle with friends and they were all impressed by the quality. On tasting it has a fairly deep start with a spicy/peppery finish - it's a bit of 'journey'. Would certainly recommend this wine, but in terms of our standard table wine we tend to favour the Evenwood Shiraz as it is a bit fruitier (so works well with a greater variety of foods). Certainly if you've got a nice steak or roast, this bottle would be work great.
2 out of 2 people found these comments helpful

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* Squawking Magpie (Hawkes Bay) 2003 The CabernetsReview written for Squawking Magpie (Hawkes Bay) The Cabernets (Product not available at this time)
(20/11/10)
Picked this one up for the cellar, but accidentally (on purpose) cracked it open. Very nice, but would prob run with the Squawking Magpie (Gimblett Gravels) red that winesale stocks.
4 out of 4 people found these comments helpful

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Review written for Long Flat (Australia) Shiraz (Product not available at this time)
(20/11/10)
Nice red with some nice plum flabours in there. For the price though I think I'd run with winesale's Evenwood Shiraz.
2 out of 2 people found these comments helpful

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* Squawking Magpie (Gimblett Gravels) 2005 Merlot CabernetReview written for Squawking Magpie (Gimblett Gravels) Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon (Product not available at this time)
(20/11/10)
Excellent red given the price Winesale is selling it for. The label has all the boxes ticked (Gimblett Gravels!) so will impress everyone at the table. In terms of tasting, it's a powerful wine with some fruityness and minerals. We had it with a nice home-made lasagna, but in fairness it would be better suited to a roast lamb or beef!
4 out of 4 people found these comments helpful

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* Lammastide (Marlborough) 2009 Sauvignon BlancReview written for Lammastide (Marlborough) Sauvignon Blanc (Product not available at this time)
(20/11/10)
Very nice white. We matched this one with some fresh snapper!
2 out of 2 people found these comments helpful

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* Benjamin  (Argentina) 2009 MalbecReview written for Benjamin (Argentina) Malbec (Product not available at this time)
(20/11/10)
Very nice. Not sure if I agree with it being worth four times the price, but it's certainly good value and a nice change from NZ wines.
1 out of 2 people found these comments helpful

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Veuve de Vernay (France) BrutReview written for Veuve de Vernay (France) Brut (Product not available at this time)
(20/11/10)
This sparkling is wine is starting to appear in a lot of bars and restaurants around town, and having drunk it can see why. Definitely agree with the description that it has a full palate. Would be well suited to most situations - certainly suitable if you're having a bit of celebration. Would definitely recommend over the typical supermarket fare in this price range, this is much more refined product. Even better, given the label on the bottle the less educated people at the table will think they're drinking Veuve Clicquot champagne!
4 out of 4 people found these comments helpful

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Review written for Aspire (Hawkes Bay) Pinot Noir (Product not available at this time)
(01/05/11)
Nice wine with a solid whack of fruit.

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Review written for Lammastide (Hawkes Bay) 2008 Cabernet Merlot Malbec Gimblett Rd (Product not available at this time)
(17/01/11)
Nice wine on par with other winesale wines in this price range.
1 out of 1 people found these comments helpful

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Review written for 3 Bridges (New South Wales) Shiraz (Product not available at this time)
(17/01/11)
Heavy hitting red.
1 out of 2 people found these comments helpful

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