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User Profile for Westie Wino


Location: Waitakere
Reviewer rank: #7 (Learn more) (See rankings)
Total reviews written: 61
First reviews written: 15
Helpful votes: 98%
Gold Medal Reviewer - Top 10 ranked wine reviewer! Has submitted over 50 reviews! Speedster - Has completed 6 first reviews!

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Appreciate wine rather than expert, with modest cellar and interest in trying new labels

61 Review(s) written

No.1 Family Estate (Marlborough) Cuvee No.1Review written for No.1 Family Estate (Marlborough) Cuvee No.1
(07/01/12)
We tried this on a Winesale weekend in Martinborough earlier last year so was determined to put it on the Xmas list. This is very good and if you want to impress people with a Champagne taste at a Cuvee price this is your wine. Four and a half stars if system permitted, put it on your shopping list for a wedding or other big occasion.
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Michel Torino (Argentina) 2017 MalbecReview written for Michel Torino (Argentina) Malbec
(02/09/11)
Hard to separate this and the Cuma organic Malbec from Michel Torino. I would personally go for the organic version but this is a very good value for money Malbec and worth buying as a drink now wine. We had this wine with chilli mussels, pepperoni and smoked salami as a pre dinner starter, yum.
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Michel Torino (Argentina) 2016 ShirazReview written for Michel Torino (Argentina) Shiraz
(02/09/11)
This is becoming a go to wine for times when you need a red that will satisfy most occassions. Usual consistent quality that Michel Torino provides at a price that doen't break the bank. Often the wine we drink on a Friday night with lamb kebabs from our local, if I had to choose I would opt for the Malbec but for Shiraz lovers this is great value for money.
1 out of 1 people found these comments helpful

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Cuma (Argentina) 2017 Organic MalbecReview written for Cuma (Argentina) Organic Malbec
(02/09/11)
Smooth easy drinking Malbec with lots of bottle age left yet. From the same producer Michel Torino who makes a non organic Malbec I actually rate this as a better wine contrasting with the reviewer. Either way you are drinking a very acceptable Malbec at under $12 so both are great value for money. We drank it with BBQ pork chops and roast vegetables / nice match On the re-order list
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Don David (Argentina) 2015 Reserve MalbecReview written for Don David (Argentina) Malbec
(08/08/11)
If you want a change from shiraz or cabernet savignon and want a nice full flavoured wine with body give this a try. The review said dark in colour but I found it had a lovely bright red colour in the glass and nice powerful nose. We had it with spinnach and ricotta canneloniwith a tomato based sauce and matched very well
2 out of 2 people found these comments helpful

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Evenwood (Barossa) 2015 ShirazReview written for Evenwood (Barossa) Shiraz
(09/12/10)
Tempted to give it 4.5 if system allowed. Definitely see why this is so popular and was great with the Veal Parmigianno and roasted Italian vegetables we demolished it with.
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Review written for Cellar 9 (Wairarapa) Pinot Noir (Product not available at this time)
(16/01/13)
This is not premium Wairarapa Pinot Noir but neither is the price. We had it with BBQ lamb rack and a field mushroom risotto and the combination was just fine. If you are used to big strong PN this may be a bit light for you but as an everyday wine and as a substitute for merlot,shiraz etc then give it a try.

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Tolaga Bay Estate Muscat 2011Review written for Tolaga Bay Estate Muscat (Product not available at this time)
(18/10/12)
This is a very different wine and one I would recommend if you find yourself just drinking Pinot Gris and Chard as your usual white wine of choice. I gave it 4 stars for taste and appearance, but is definitely 5 stars in terms of value for money. We had it with starters and nibbles as an aperitif wine before dinner but I could see this becoming a summer lunch wine with smoked chicken salad or even matched with italian antipasto flavours. I grabbed a couple of bottles just to see how it went and will definitely be on the re-order list.

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Review written for Cuma (Argentina) Organic Torrontes (Product not available at this time)
(29/04/12)
Having enjoyed the CUMA Malbec bought this to try and to be honest we all struggled to position the wine with what we knew it was that different. That does not mean bad just diferent,we leaned towards Moscato with the comment it had a nose like Asti but the taste did not have the residual sweetness that Asti has.We had it with starters including olives and brie and matched well. Worth a try at this price if you want something different to your Savs and Chardonnay 3.5 stars if system allowed
1 out of 1 people found these comments helpful

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Chateau Grand Meynau (France) 2012 Cab/Merlot/Franc/MalbecReview written for Chateau Grand Meynau (France) Cab/Merlot/Franc/Malbec (Product not available at this time)
(28/03/12)
Having recently been fortunate to try some very expensive French wine I was unsure what this under $20 wine would provide but was pleasantly surprised at the comparison, so value for money ...yes. Nice change from Shiraz or Cab/Merlot's that have dominated recent tasting. This is a wine that needs food in my opinion and we had it with roasted Pork Belly and asian spiced salad which matched vey well. Decant or give this wine plenty of air prior to serving
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Estola (Spain) Crianza 2006Review written for Estola (Spain) Crianza (Product not available at this time)
(20/03/12)
This is 3.5 stars if the system allowed. Fruity with a decent finish this is a BBQ wine or suitable with pasta. If you buy well known Aussie reds that sell at the supermarket under $10 on special then spend an extra dollar or two and give this a go for a pleasant change.

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Georges Michel Methode TraditionelleReview written for Georges Michel Methode Traditionelle (Product not available at this time)
(07/01/12)
Pleasant bubbly with good bead in the glass and yeasty nose but I didn't get the creamy flavour that was described in the associated notes and found the flavour slightly over fruity. Very good value for money however I would be tempted to spend the extra $1 and get the Lammastide Brut NV Pinot Chardonnay
1 out of 1 people found these comments helpful

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* Aspen Estate (South Eastern Australia) 2009 ShirazReview written for Aspen Estate (South Eastern Australia) Shiraz (Product not available at this time)
(05/12/11)
BBQ wine to perhaps bring out as a back up if the guests are keen to attack your cellar after getting through what's on offer. This wine will surprise them and not disappoint. 3.5 stars if system permitted.

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* Mills Reef (HawkeReview written for Mills Reef (Hawke's Bay) Chardonnay (Product not available at this time)
(05/12/11)
Easy to see why this is a top seller, at under $13 a bottle you have an ideal summer wine that is quality at a great price. Don't serve too cold we had it with blue cheese and also a smoked fish dip and it matched beautifully. Not an overly oaked chardonnay it is worth putting a couple away if you can resist.
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* LReview written for L'Acciano (Italy) Montepulciano D'Abruzzo (Product not available at this time)
(01/11/11)
We drank this wine after work on friday night with a few chips and other snacks and it was just perfect. Might be better versions of the wine out there but at this price it was a fine quaffer and a pleasant change from Shiraz. Have purchased another bottle and will be keen to match it with pasta, probably penne arrabiata or similar.

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* Benjamin (Argentina) 2009 TempranilloReview written for Benjamin (Argentina) Tempranillo (Product not available at this time)
(01/11/11)
Right up there with other Tempranillo's we have had before. Not a heavy red but ideal for BBQ season as a wine to match with grilled meats and dishes like Paella. We had it with chicken breasts stuffed with olives, herbs, sundried tomatoes, chilli and garlic. At $12 a bottle it is more than a match for a lot of the $15- $18 reds on the supermarket shelves.
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* Cleanskin (Central Otago) Pinot Gris 2008Review written for Cleanskin (Central Otago) Pinot Gris (Product not available at this time)
(01/11/11)
We had this with a creamy blue cheese and a duck liver pate as starters before dinner. Hit the spot nicely with favourable comments from friends who were very impressed with the price as well. Summer's coming, get a stock of this in now. Our 3 bottles have gone so on the re-order list.

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* Beach House (Hawkes Bay) Gewurztraminer 2009Review written for Beach House (Hawkes Bay) Gewruztraminer (Product not available at this time)
(08/10/11)
Tried this wine based on Linda's review and not disappointed. Ticked all the boxes in terms of classic Gewurt flavours without having the overly scented aromas that characterise some of our local GW's. We tried this with a chilli pork and also lemongrass chicken noodle dishes at our local Vietnamese restaurant and it was a great match. Yes definitely a re-order wine
1 out of 1 people found these comments helpful

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* Don Nicanor (Argentina) 2009 MalbecReview written for Don Nicanor (Argentina) Malbec (Product not available at this time)
(14/09/11)
This is close to 5 stars and excellent value for money at under $20. Beautiful crimson-red inky color, earthy nose, with lovely fruit flavour combined with chocolate and smokey notes from the oak. Took the advice from the site and held over half a bottle to try the next day and the nose was even more pronounced and flavour intensity amazing. We had it with one of our benchmark meals, spicy cajun blackened fish and it matched superbly. We drank it in combination with a reasonably pricy Australian Cab Sav and this wine was in no way overshadowed. Buying more at this price.
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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)
(02/09/11)
Normally reluctant to give 5 stars but this wine really does tick all the boxes and can see why other reviewers have rated it so highly This wine is on a par with plenty of the big bold wines we have been accustomed to coming from our trans-tasman cousins. I tried this on a friend who is from the NZ reds 'do not keep' and he wants to buy some!!Smokey, musty nose followed by rich mouth filling berry fruit flavours. Definitely one to cellar for a while yet and at under $20 competes very favourably with higher priced aussie wines. We drank it with a spicy pork dish which complimented the wine perfectly but I could see this being drunk with a strong cheddar or blue cheese as well.

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* Mystery Pinot Gris (Marlborough) 2009Review written for Mystery Pinot Gris (Product not available at this time)
(10/07/11)
Would give this wine 3.5 stars if rating system permitted. Pleasant Pinot Gris which we drank with dinner at out local Malaysian restaurant matching well with Mee Goreng and spicy chilli chicken. Very good value for money, not as strong in flavour as some other Pinot Gris drunk recently but in its price range more than adequate.

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Crestview Park (California) ZinfandelReview written for Crestview Park (California) Zinfandel (Product not available at this time)
(10/07/11)
I read Linda's review and purchased a bottle of this wine and tried it on a friend who may not rank in the Zinfanatic range like Linda but has nonetheless drunk a lot of 'RedZed' in his time. We both liked it very much and actually drank it with a good old fashioned steak meal which it complimented well. Definitely on the re-order list and had my friend thinking he was drinking a a lot dearer wine. Oh yes and the cork was a bit of a mission.

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* Chateau Carbonac Corbierre(France)Review written for Chateau Carbonac Corbierre (France) (Product not available at this time)
(03/07/11)
A pleasant enough wine without being spectacular, not as powerful as some of the grenache, shiraz mouvedre wines we have had from winesale or what we get from Australia, but interesting flavours and reasonable finish on the wine. Personally I would invest another couple of dollars and get the Delas, Cotes Du Rhone.3.5 stars perhaps.
1 out of 1 people found these comments helpful

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* Lammastide (HawkeReview written for Lammastide (Hawke's Bay) Pinot Gris (Product not available at this time)
(03/07/11)
This is an excellent Pinot Gris which compares well with $20+ wines available in supermarkets.The review notes say it all, we drank it with malaysian food and the match with the honeyed prawns was perfect.
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Barinia (Clare Valley) Shiraz 2008Review written for Barinia (Clare Valley) Shiraz (Product not available at this time)
(25/06/11)
I tried this based on Linda's review and not disappointed. Lovely deep purple/red colour,rich deep berry fruit flavours, hint of smokiness with a decent amuont of pepper that so distinguishes SA shiraz. Initial tasting was impressive but it really opened up with air with increased flavour and lovely long finish. Not the cheapest Shiraz Winesale offer from our cousins over the water but definite value for money and worth putting 2 or 3 away for a year or two. I will.

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* Waipipi Henry Pinot Noir 2009Review written for Waipipi Henry Pinot Noir (Product not available at this time)
(19/06/11)
This was an ok Pinot Noir but not in complete agreement with the review on the site. For me the nose was not overly pleasant and the taste slightly sharp as if overly spiced. (too much wood and cinnamon for me perhaps) Overall good value for money at $15 for a Waiarapa PN but personally I would spend an additional couple of dollars and invest in the Lammastide PN from Gladstone.
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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)
(16/06/11)
Really enjoyed this wine which we had as part of a birthday celebration. Nice toasty flavour. At $10 this will be bubbles quaffer of choice from now on.

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* Lammastide (HawkeReview written for Lammastide (Hawke's Bay) Chardonnay (Product not available at this time)
(16/06/11)
We served this with pre-dinner snacks of blue cheese and pate as a change from our more regular sav blanc or pinot gris. Like previous reviewers it was good to rediscover a full flavoured but not overly oaked chardonnay. At under $15 this is excellent value for money and definitely on the re-order list. 4.5 stars.
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LReview written for L'Acciano (Italy) Chianti Riserva (Product not available at this time)
(10/06/11)
Have to echo Linda's comments on this wine, it is smooth, fruit packed and very drinkable. We had it with Chicken Parmigiana and it was a great match but would be fine without food as well. Probably 4.5 stars and restored my faith in DOCG offerings from Winesale as a great value for money wine.
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* McGuigan The Family Tree (Australia) Merlot 2006Review written for McGuigan The Family Tree (Australia) Merlot (Product not available at this time)
(06/06/11)
Pleasant enough Merlot but a little lightweight in my opinion, did not have the depth of flavour I was anticipating from a wine from the Limestone Coast region. Value for money wine however and probably 3.5 stars if rating permitted.

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* Whitehaven  (Marlborough) 2006 Pinot NoirReview written for Whitehaven (Marlborough) Pinot Noir (Product not available at this time)
(26/05/11)
Would give this wine 3.5 stars if system allowed as it is a nice solid Pinot with lovely cherry and and mushroom flavours and shows Marlborough can make a good job along with central Otago and Martinborough. I have rated it as good value for money in terms of overall average prices for good quality Pinot Noir. In saying that it reinforces the fact that there are some exceptional value for money Pinot Noir available at under $20 (consider Lammastide Pinot Noir or the current Cleanskin Central Otago offering) which if you are on a budget will be more than adequate.

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African Sun (South Africa) PinotageReview written for African Sun (South Africa) Pinotage (Product not available at this time)
(17/05/11)
I opted for this Pinotage based on Linda's reviews and was not disappointed. We had it with a spicy tomato based pork casserole and it matched very well. I personally did not detect any really dominant aromas with this wine but nice powerful fruit (blackberries, plums) influence and excellent finish. We alternated the wine with an Australian shiraz and it made for an nice alternative. At under $10 it is worth investing in a few bottles to keep for the next BBQ season.
1 out of 1 people found these comments helpful

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Castillo Varez (Chile) MerlotReview written for Castillo Varez (Chile) Merlot (Product not available at this time)
(11/05/11)
Having read the reviews for this label's Cabernet Sauvignon I was unsure of what to expect but this is an excellent quaffer and at $10.99 is very good value for money. Nice full flavour and lovely bright red/purple colour in the glass. We had it with a beef lasagne and it matched just fine. For the price do not expect the earth but for a friday night relaxer with your takeaway pizza or kebabs it is just fine.
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* Toko (Marlborough) 2009 Pinot GrisReview written for Toko (Marlborough) Pinot Gris (Product not available at this time)
(10/05/11)
We had this wine with mild Thai food, Pad Thai, Red Curry, Chicken and ginger which matched well enough but I did not get the pear and other floral flavours coming through as I have with some other Pinot Gris tasted recently. It would be overpowered I believe by stronger Thai or other asian dishes but at under $10 it is still reasonable value for money and ok to drink on its own or perhaps with starters such as mild smoked salami, milder cheeses and gerkins.

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* Whitehaven (Marlborough) 2008 GewurztraminerReview written for Whitehaven (Marlborough) Gewurztraminer (Product not available at this time)
(07/05/11)
This wine needs to be served with the chill off it, initially the flavours were a little muted but after a while it came into its own. Drier and less floral than some Gewurtz's this wil suit people who don't like the highly perfumed style that can be too overpowering. We matched it with Chicken Korma, Lamb (Saag Gosht) and a Paneer dish and it was a great match. Interested to try the West Brook as a comparison
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* Lammastide (Gladstone) 2009 Pinot NoirReview written for Lammastide (Gladstone) Pinot Noir (Product not available at this time)
(02/05/11)
Want a Martinborough Pinot Noir bargain, then look no further. At under $20 this will make your budget go further while still giving you a very good wine. We had it with marinated lamb and it was an ideal match. Let the wine breath for 30 mins or so and you will get the full benefit of its lovely berry fruit and full flavour and long finish. Defintely on the re-order list

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* Georges Michel (Marlborough) 2008 La Reserve SyrahReview written for Georges Michel (Marlborough) La Reserve Syrah (Product not available at this time)
(27/04/11)
This is a very pleasant change from the predominantly Barossa and Clare Valley shiraz that we purchase. It had lovely fresh berry fruit flavours and is very drinkable but it really needs another few years in the bottle if you can put some away. We matched the wine with cajun blackened fish and the wine was not overpowered. Definitely on the re-order list and at a price that compares favourably to other NZ Syrahs.
1 out of 1 people found these comments helpful

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* Rowi (Gisborne) 2008 GewurztraminerReview written for Rowi (Gisborne) Gewurztraminer (Product not available at this time)
(20/04/11)
At $10 this represents good value for money but for me it lacked the intensity of flavour associated with other Gewurtztraminers I have tried in the past. However it will suit people who do not favour the overly intense floral style associated with a lot of GW's made in NZ.

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* Cleanskin (Central Otago) 2009 Pinot NoirReview written for Cleanskin (Central Otago) Pinot Noir (Product not available at this time)
(16/04/11)
I do not usually try Cleanskin wines but in this case I am very glad I did. At under $20 for a Central Otago Pinot Noir (in fact just under $15)this is excellent value for money. Deepish in colour for Pinot with lovely earthy almost smokey nose combined with flavours of cherry and plums. Drank it with lamb cooked with chilli and garlic, an ideal match. 4 to 4.5 stars
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* Estola (Spain) Reserva 2004Review written for Estola (Spain) Reserva (Product not available at this time)
(14/04/11)
We drank this alongside a South australian shiraz and matched it with a spicy chicken dish which the Estola worked better with we thought. Agree with another reviewer that the temparanillo was overshadowed by the Cabernet but the blend works and at 7 years is drinking very well with potential for further cellaring. A very good alternative to Aus/NZ reds. Definitely a food wine and would probably give it 4.5 stars if possible

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* Lammastide (Hawkes Bay) Syrah 2008Review written for Lammastide (Hawkes Bay) Syrah (Product not available at this time)
(07/04/11)
This shiraz while full bodied represents a pleasant change from the even heavier Barossa or Clare Valley options available.The shiraz has a more subtle flavour which we enjoyed but still providing that wonderful pepper hit that shiraz is associated with. This wine has got plenty of potential and will be drinking nicely for another 2-3 years if you can resist drinking it. At under $20 a bottle it is very good value for money and is equally at home drunk with food or just on it's own

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* Westend Cool Climate Shiraz 2008Review written for Westend Cool Climate Shiraz (Product not available at this time)
(21/02/11)
I like this Shiraz, we tried it with a very spicy prawn and chicken laksa and at just under $15 is very good value for money. It rates more than favourablty to a supermarket standard shiraz I compare against in this price range. Definitely on the repeat list.

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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)
(21/02/11)
We tried this wine with Malaysian food as a complete departure from traditional food matching and it worked very well. In went particularly well with a spicy beef and black bean dish. This wine is softer than the Australian GSM's I usually drink but ticks all the boxes for flavour and was not overpowered by the food.
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Estola (Spain) Crianza 2006Review written for Estola (Spain) Crianza (Product not available at this time)
(06/02/11)
I have drunk better Tempranillo wines than this but in terms of value for money it does very well. We had it with a spicy pasta dish and it matched up nicely. Been keen to try the Reserve next time especially with a couple more years of bottle age.

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Kirrihill (Clare Valley) Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2008Review written for Kirrihill (Clare Valley) Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Product not available at this time)
(02/02/11)
This was close to my first 5 star and is worth at least 4.5. This is a big wine with lots of keeping potential and at under $20 is real value for money. If you are a Cab Sav enthusiast I recommend you try this and get some to put away. We had it with BBQ pork chops, roasted vegetables and potatoes spiced with garlic, tumeric and cumin. A great match.
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Review written for Five Oaks (Nelson) Pinot Gris (Product not available at this time)
(31/01/11)
Tempted to give it 4.5 stars as this is a very good wine for its price. Nice pear flavour and lovely aromatic nose especially after it warmed up a bit. Do not serve this wine too cold!! Compares favourably to Pinot Gris that cost a lot more. Also it is a very young wine so will be getting more to put a few away.
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Review written for Sassaregale (Italy) Sangiovese (Product not available at this time)
(26/01/11)
We had this with a classical italian canneloni filled with spinnach/ricotta and red peppers. The Sangiovese complimented it perfectly. We tried a glass before dinner and it was very acceptable but when drunk with dinner it really came into its own. I would recommend this wine as a change from shiraz or cabernet and at the price is a seriously good wine. 4.5 stars if I could award that score.

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* Vintage Lane (Marlborough) 2009 ChardonnayReview written for Vintage Lane (Marlborough) Chardonnay (Product not available at this time)
(24/01/11)
We had this wine with cheese and dips prior to dinner. There were a couple of Chardonnay lovers in the group so was interested in their thoughts as well. Overall impression was that it is an OK wine but nothing spectacular but then it is only $10. Initially we thought we were serving it a bit too cold so left it a while and there was some flavour development but overall felt it lacked the real punch that an oaked Chardonnay would display.
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* Block 24 (Coonawarra) Cabernet Sauvignon 2008Review written for Block 24 (Coonawarra) Cabernet Sauvignon (Product not available at this time)
(24/01/11)
Pleasant enough wine and good value for the price however I would be tempted to spend the little extra and buy the Kirrihill.

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* Nieto (Argentina) 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon ReservaReview written for Nieto (Argentina) Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva (Product not available at this time)
(24/01/11)
I couldn't give this wine 5 stars as had the previous reviewers but it is a very good wine for the price.We had it with BBQ steaks and salad and it hit the spot nicely but needs another year or 3 of development I believe. Definitely worth hiding a few bottles away for the future.
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Veuve de Vernay (France) BrutReview written for Veuve de Vernay (France) Brut (Product not available at this time)
(28/12/10)
Very acceptable bubbly which we had on Christmas Day with finger food matched particularly well with a blue cheese spread. However I would spend the extra money and buy the Lammastide in preference.
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* Lammastide (Marlborough) Brut NV Pinot ChardonnayReview written for Lammastide (Marlborough) Brut NV Pinot Chardonnay (Product not available at this time)
(28/12/10)
We shared this with friends on Christmas Eve which was a big mistake, we should have kept it all to ourselves. This is seriously good bubbly for the price and we will be after some more if there is any left. Compares more than favourably to a well known bubbly that discounts at under $20 on occasions at the supermarket.
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* Ancora Montepulciano DReview written for Ancora Montepulciano D' Abruzzo (Product not available at this time)
(22/12/10)
Based on the tasting notes and given the comment about its spicy character we went away from a traditional pasta dish and tried this with Cajun 'blackened' fish. What a great match the wine complimenting the heat of the cajun fish perfectly. Try this wine for a change from shiraz or cabernet blends, will definitely reorder.
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* Kirrihill (Clare Valley) Cabernet Sauvignon 2008Review written for Kirrihill (Clare Valley) Cabernet Sauvignon (Product not available at this time)
(20/12/10)
Buy a few of these and put them away if you can resist the temptation to drink now as they are very good value for money and will reward a year or 2 of cellaring. Interested to try the single vineyard now,as still under $20.
1 out of 1 people found these comments helpful

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* Villa Vistarenni (Italy) 2010 ChiantiReview written for Villa Vistarenni (Italy) Chianti DOCG (Product not available at this time)
(15/12/10)
A DOCG wine for less than $20 should get my vote but I found it a little disappointing. I will be interested in comparing with the Sassaregale Sangiovese.
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* Richland (New South Wales) 2009 ShirazReview written for Richland (New South Wales) Shiraz (Product not available at this time)
(15/12/10)
Would give this wine 3.5 stars if rating system permitted. Nice peppery Shiraz which we drank with takeaway Lamb kebabs on a Friday night after a long week!! As a 2008 I would be keen to see what another year or 2 will do, but if honest for the small amount extra I would buy his Shiraz/Viognier in preference
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Kirrihill (Clare Valley) Shiraz 2009Review written for Kirrihill (Clare Valley) Shiraz (Product not available at this time)
(15/12/10)
Kirrihill 2008 Enjoyable enough Shiraz but my anticipation based on price after trying the Evenwood was that it would be a better wine. It shows what good value the Evenwood represents and therefore the Kirrihill suffers by comparison but this is still reasonable value for the price. These are young wines so be interesting to compare them both with another 2-3 years bottle age.
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* Benjamin  (Argentina) 2009 MalbecReview written for Benjamin (Argentina) Malbec (Product not available at this time)
(09/12/10)
This needed a bit of air before it came into its own. Pleasant change to try 100% Malbec as I tend to drink mainly A/NZ Shiraz and cabernet blends for Reds. Will definitely buy more at this price try a glass and then leave till next day to complete if you can wait!!
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* Don David (Argentine) 2009 Syrah ReserveReview written for Don David (Argentina) Syrah Reserve (Product not available at this time)
(01/12/10)
This is a an excellent Shiraz and at under $20 is a bargain. I notice the price has risen since I purchased possibly due to the awards it has picked up but if it stays under $20 I will be buying more.
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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)
(01/12/10)
Drank last night with spicy homemade beefburgers, a perfect match. Rate this as great value for money and outperforms a rival Shiraz Viognier that sells at the supermarket for just over $20.
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Review written for Cleanskin (Marlborough) Riesling (Product not available at this time)
(10/05/11)
Sadly I have to support the original reviewer, we tried this wine at the same dinner where we had the Toko Pinot Gris. With 3 years of bottle age, still young for a Riesling, I was anticipating some colour and flavour development but this wine was almost clear and virtually devoid of flavour even after I left it for 20 mins or so and re-tried. I find it hard to imagine how the original reviewers could call this deliciously ripe, I was struggling to detect any fruit. The price was about the only reason for 2 stars versus 1
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