Wine Tasting Notes
Perrier Jouët Belle Epoque Vintage Champagne$290
Perrier Jouët launched its famous "flower bottle" in 1969, with an arabesque design of anemones. Since then, it has been one of the world's most celebrated champagnes - light bodied and distinctive. Aromas of fresh pineapple and white florals warm into complex scents of pear. The bead is intense and effervescent. A truly special bottle of vintage champagne, ideal for very special occasions.
Bollinger Special Cuvée$135
The blend for the Special Cuvée is an ideal version of the classic champagne blend, using the different grapes of a given year from a variety of crus, with the addition of older, reserve wines. This blend necessarily incorporates subtle variations each year whilst remaining consistent to a style. It is, therefore, the hardest of all to make. It contains the full expression of the Bollinger style and the House feels it should be judged on this - its benchmark wine.
Moët et Chandon Brut Imperial$99
Moet et Chandon has for many years been the world's best selling non-vintage champagne and is consistently soft, fresh and very well balanced. The classic blend produces notes of green apples and citrus fruits. Fine, intense flavors of dough, honey and citrus are backed by a vibrant structure in this firm, persistent bubbly.
Mumm Grand Cordon champagne$90
Mumm Grand Cordon champagne is the definitive expression of the House style, driven by the signature grape Pinot Noir. Chosen from 300 Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier base wines, Grand Cordon brut champagne is sourced from over 100 different crus. 20 months ageing in the Maison’s cellars A light dosage of 8 grams per litre
Veuve Clicquot Brut Yellow Label$105
This classical dry Champagne is a blend of two-thirds black grapes (Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier) for body, balanced with one-third Chardonnay for elegance. It has a fine persistent sparkle and golden Champagne color. Its consistent power to please makes it ideal as an aperitif, and perfect as the champagne to enjoy with a meal.
Morton Brut Méthode Traditionnelle$36
An elegant, yet affordable New Zealand bubbly, Morton Brut is a deliciously refreshing, delicate sparkling wine with a steady bead and well rounded flavours. The palate is fresh and lively exhibiting classic fruit flavours, complexed by yeast aromas.
Deutz Marlborough Cuvée Rosé$39
Deutz Marlborough Cuvée is a result of a historic partnership with the prestigious House of Deutz in Champagne. This exquisite méthodé traditionnelle marries the best of Marlborough grape with traditional French wine making techniques An elegant wine with a sophisticated subtle blush. Strawberry and raspberry flavours create a memorable first impression with a hint cranberry and brioche on the finish
Daniel Le Brun Methode Traditionnelle Brut NV$49
A bright straw colour with a steady bead of small bubbles offers a fine and persistent mousse. The aromatics consist of clean, fresh strawberry, citrus and orange peel balanced with complex biscuit and bread characters. The palate offers fresh and lively acidity showing perfect integration of yeast-derived autolysis and nutty characters accompanied with elegant primary fruit flavours
Deutz Marlborough Cuvée$45.00
Deutz Marlborough Cuvée marries the best of New Zealand grapes with traditional French Champagne making techniques resulting in an award-winning New World Cuvée. This wine offers a fresh, bright aroma with toasty notes. The palate shows strawberry and lemon with rich yeast ﬂavours. Elegant and well balanced with a long, lingering aftertaste.
Jack Daniels Tennessee Whiskey, 700ml$55
This unique and well known whiskey is a seven time winner for its taste. Drink straight, mixed in a cocktail, or even add to the barbecue sauce to give it a kick!
The Glenlivet 12 year old Single Malt$99
This classic Speyside conveys beautiful images of a fertile orchard, blossoming at springtime and laden with juicy ripe fruit at summertime. Colour: Bright and lively gold Nose: Fresh juicy Chasselas grape, ripe pear, soft apples and a sensuous touch of exotic fruit. It opens in time on creamier and richer notes: stewed greengages, ripe apricots, vanilla creme anglaise, a hint of marshmallow. Oak tenderly enhances that enticing bouquet with more vanilla notes and nutty hints. Palate: Smooth and sweet fruity basket. Honeyed flowers, almond biscuits. Finish: Nutty, marzipan, fresh hazelnuts, spicy, fresh grated ginger.
Glenmorangie 10 year old Single Malt$99
It has been called ‘the perfect ten’ and most Glenmorangie drinkers will readily drink to that! After 10 years in ex-bourbon casks, the Glenmorangie spirit has had enough time to mature and mellow into a beautifully balanced yet marvellously complex malt whisky. Enjoyed by newcomers and connoisseurs alike, it’s Scotland’s favourite malt whisky, hand-crafted with pride by the Sixteen Men of Tain. Colour: Pale golden brown Nose: Light and delicate, floral with traces of citrus and vanilla along with a light smokiness Palate: Beautifully balanced, with honeyed nuts coming through Finish: Clean and salving, short
Taylor’s 10 year old Tawny Port$89
An exceptionally fine old tawny blend, aged for an average of 10 years in oak casks. Elegant and smooth, combining delicate wood notes and rich mellow fruit, it is bottled for immediate drinking. Excellent with soft cheeses such as brie; and a superb dessert wine, particularly with dishes made with coffee or almonds, Taylor's 10 Year Old Tawny is delicious served lightly chilled at the end of the meal.
Taylors Fine Tawny Port$67
Pale brick color with broad amber rim. Mellow nose of succulent ripe berry fruit with aromas of butterscotch, figs and prunes interwoven with attractive nutty and spicy aromas. Smooth and round on the palate, full of rich strawberry jam flavors
Bombay Sapphire Dry Gin, 700ml$55
Bombay Sapphire is one of the most recognised and popular gins in the world. 10 botanicals are infused in a truly unique process - held separately from the spirit in perforated copper baskets, vapour from the botanicals rise as they're heated and the distinctive flavours are released. The result is a complex aromatic liquid that delivers a broader, more balanced flavour.
Smirnoff Vodka, 700ml$55
Smirnoff Vodka is one of the worlds best selling vodkas for good reason. Clean taste, lightly fragrant and cool finish. Works well with an array of mixers. Alcohol: 37.5%
This wonderful liqueur , made in Germany is wonderful specialty composed of liquid caramel and chocolate with aroma etracts of hazelnuts and vanilla. A fantastic gift for any music enthusiast and a special addition for any wine lovers collection.
Sovrano Limoncello Liqueur, 375ml$45
Sovrano Limoncello Original is best enjoyed icing cold after the meals as a digestive and a palate cleanser. At first sip there is fire and ice at the same time. After this, the zesty lemon flavour will conquer the taste in your mouth, leaving it with a fresh and alive lemon flavour which will lingers. It can also be used for Cocktails and Deserts to enrich and overwhelm the senses. These unique particularities of Sovrano Limoncello are unique, amazed the judges in competitions, conquering the highest awards and fame in the world. “Cloudy yellow pearl colour. Bright fresh lemon zest aromas with a plush, fruity sweet medium-full body and a long intensely concentrated and pure 3-D lemon and honey finish. A monumental Limoncello ”
Sovrano Dark Chocolate Liqueur, 375ml$45
Savrano dark chocolate liqueur, using only the finest ingredients, Sovrano has created a premium Chocolate Liqueuer for your drinking enjoyment
Sovrano Limoncello Cream Lemon Liqueur, 375ml$45
Limoncello Cream is one of the specialities of Sicilian cuisine, the recipe is the same used in our family for generations. Enjoy at the end of a meal, or during the heat of summer afternoons. There is no fixed rule for drinking Sovrano Limoncello Cream: any time is good for enjoying the delights of a delicious and frozen-cold, glass of Limoncello Cream. Sovrano Limoncello Cream used as an ingredient in the preparation of desserts enhances the flavor of any cake, or sprinkle it over strawberries, ice cream, or your favourite dessert. Made with the best New Zealand lemons, milk and entirely natural flavouring. Nothing could be simpler, and nothing better. #1 on the world’s top-100 premium Cream Liqueur list
Sovrano Coffee Liqueur, 375ml$45
Sovrano Caffelisir is a classic coffee liqueur made with freshly ground coffee using a 150-year old Italian recipe. Made just like in the old days with an Italian coffee machine, the result is a liqueur with a full and intense coffee taste, yet pleasant on the palate. Sovrano Caffelisir it is delightful over vanilla icecream like affogato, in any dessert, or for after meal cocktails.
Baileys Irish Cream, 700ml$49
Bailey's, the number one selling liqueur in the world, is lush, with fresh cream characters, a gentle nuttiness, and a perfectly balanced dash of Irish whisky
Barkers Blackcurrents & Boysenberries Fruit Syrup 710ml$13
- 1 bottle of 710ml Blackcurrent & Boysenberry Fruit syrup
Harveys Bristol Cream Sherry$65
Launched in 1882, and granted the Royal Warrant shortly after, Bristol Cream is crafted from a delicate blend of Jerez’s finest wines; delicate finos, aged amontillados, fragrant olorosos and the special Pedro Ximenez grape providing a silky, mellow smoothness. Known for its deep golden chestnutty and amber tones, the nose is full, fragrant, pungent and elegant all at once. On the palate Bristol Cream delivers a full bodied experience with rich yet mellow notes leaving a long lasting and velvety finish. A complete, balanced and surprising compendium of wine from Jerez, it’s best enjoyed chilled at 12°C in a wine glass or mix over ice with a slice of orange
Vidal Reserve Series Pinot Noir$44
Vidal Wines, founded in 1905, is one of Hawke’s Bays oldest boutique wineries, and is a producer of premium quality wines that truly reflect the region and vineyards from which they were sourced. The Reserve Series Pinot Noir is beautifully fragrant with floral and red berry aromas combined with complex flavours of cherries and earthy spice. Well balanced with natural acidity, this finely textured wine expresses classic intensity on the palate.
Pegasus Bay Pinot Noir$64
The wine has vibrant aromas and flavours suggest black cherries, blackberries, raspberries and mulberries. These impressions of fruit are underlain with savoury notes hinting of grilled mushrooms, barbequed meats and wood-smoke. It initially seems soft in the mouth but rapidly expands to become powerful, while at the same time remaining refined and elegant. A spine of ripe tannins flows through the wine and helps draw out its lingering after-taste.
Peregrine Pinot Noir$54
Peregrine Winery is renowned for their premium pinot noir. The winemaking approach follows traditional lines with minimal intervention to let the unique fruit flavours of Central Otago do the talking. This Pinot Noir is elegant and bright with aromas of dark cherry and spice. A layered palate of wildberry and blackcurrant fruit combined with a lovely texture and fine tannins.
Church Road McDonald Series Cabernet Sauvignon$49
McDonald Series Cabernet Sauvignon is one of only a handful of Cabernet Sauvignons made in Hawke’s Bay and reflects a renewed interest in this grape variety in the region. As warmer, lower vigour soils have been explored and planted, and viticultural techniques improved, the quality of Cabernet Sauvignon in Hawke’s Bay has increased dramatically and is attracting international attention from two of the most influential wine publications in the world. The UK’s Decanter Magazine rates Hawke’s Bay along with Napa Valley as the two best New World regions for Bordeaux style red wines, while Neal Martin on behalf of Wine Advocate says ‘one forgets just how fine New Zealand Cabernet Sauvignon and Bordeaux blends can be, particularly in Hawke’s Bay
Church Road McDonald Series Merlot$49
Church Road is firmly established as one of New Zealand’s benchmark single varietal Merlot producers. The McDonald Series Merlot is a serious, full-bodied Merlot with aromas of rich plum and berry fruit underpinned by a savoury oak and earthy complexity. The palate is rich and long driven by a powerful yet fine-grained tannin structure.
Pegasus Bay Merlot Cabernet$46
Deep ruby in colour, this is a big, dense, chewy wine, which expands in the mouth and has a lingering, spicy after-taste. The merlot provides plum flavours and a plump, fleshy, mid-palate structure while cassis elements and a backbone of mouth-filling, ripe tannins come from the cabernet sauvignon. Small portions of cabernet franc and malbec lift the bouquet, as well as filling out the structure and adding to its length.
Saint Clair Family Estate Gimblett Gravels Merlot 2018$39
Grapes were de-stemmed into small stainless steel fermenters for a five-day cold soak to help maximise flavour and colour extraction. When fermentation commenced the wine was hand plunged and occasionally pumped over to gently extract flavour, colour and tannin. Following primary fermentation the young wine was kept in contact with skins and tasted daily until the right extraction and balance was achieved. Once pressed and settled the wine was then racked to seasoned French oak where it underwent secondary fermentation (malolactic fermentation). When the right balance was achieved after ageing on light lees the wine was fined, balanced and carefully prepared for bottling
Spy Valley Merlot Malbec ’15$36
Situated on the sunny southern side of Marlborough's Wairau Valley, Spy Valley is a global boutique wine business excelling in cool climate wine production. The Spy Valley Merlot/Malbec exhibits aromas of sweet plum, hints of cedar, exotic spices and red current. It is a finely balanced wine with a long persistent core and a balance of sweet fruit and savoury varietal notes.
Villa Maria Reserve Hawkes Bay Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot$69
This densely coloured wine shows lovely aromatics with layers of red and black plum, mingling with cassis, smoky roast coffee bean, dried thyme and complex cedary spice nuances. The palate is soft yet concentrated, with wonderfully fine-grained tannins and integrated oak. While approachable in its youth, this wine will benefit and gain additional complexity from careful cellaring over the next 10-15 years.
Chevalier de Bayard$84
Skilfully crafted French wine from three grape varieties, which give the Chevalier its excellent depth of flavour, this wine is one of our most popular and its new presentation certainly does this favourite justice.
Murder Of Crows Shiraz$69
Dark and foreboding thoughts spring to mind when the sky is darkened by a flight of crows. Ominously directional as if they were being beckoned by death itself. One cannot help but be stuck by the spine-chilling and awesome sight of a Murder of Crows! But beneath their loathsome appearance crows hide a sweet and playful side. One of the most intelligent birds, crows demonstrate problem solving abilities, make for interesting pets and are devoted parents to their offspring. You too can embrace your dark-side with our newest shiraz named after the collective noun for a group of crows. Displaying the dark hues of black currants, our Murder of Crows glistens in the glass like a black pearl. Celebrate the delicately-soft tannic structure and ripe fruit of this accessible wine which was especially crafted for those who crave the fruit-driven style of Australia’s most famous grape. Aromas of espresso, black pepper and vanilla dance in the glass while flavours of blackberries, plums and black cherries enchant your palate. Match our Murder of Crows with char-grilled meats, roasted vegetables, aged cheddar or even a bit of dark chocolate. Go ahead, it’s so good to be bad!
Pegasus Bay Sauvignon Semillon$45
The colour is pale lemon with aromas of orange blossom, lime, gooseberry and passionfruit. There is also a hint of struck match complexity arising from skin contact during fermentation. The Semillon component helps fill out the palate, adding fruit weight, richness and age-ability, while also acting to restrain the exuberance of the sauvignon blanc. The lees contact adds further creaminess and body, however there is still a crisp refreshing minerality on the finish
Saint Clair Family Estate Chardonnay 2018$39
Fruit was carefully selected from several quality vineyards within Marlborough’s Wairau Valley. Each parcel was chosen to add complexity and fullness as well as impart balance and offer particular characteristics to the final wine. The wine is partially fermented in new and seasoned French and American oak barrels. Each barrel underwent malolactic fermentation to add depth and give fullness to the palate. After nine months barrel aging the wine was blended and carefully prepared for bottling
Stoneleigh Marlborough Chardonnay$35
This wine follows the Stoneleigh tradition of ‘punching above its weight’, providing ripe stone fruit, peach and nectarine flavours concentrated from a lighter crop load in the vineyard. Integrated toasty oak adds to the complexity and roundness of this fine wine. The palate shows textural weight and balance with a soft, lingering creamy finish.
Villa Maria Hawkes Bay Chardonnay Platinum Selection$45
Predominantly sourced from the Villa Maria iconic Keltern Vineyard, barrel fermented and perfectly blended to produce a distinctive wine, this Chardonnay reveals a fragrant nose of ripe stone fruit, with complexing toast and vanilla characters from French oak. The wine is matured ‘sur lie’ (on yeast lees) adding further richness and texture prior to bottling.
Wither Hills Reserve Marlborough Chardonnay$36
Refined, elegant & restrained, with the benchmark Wither Hills fruit profile of nectarine, lime, flint, grapefruit pith and sorbet notes interlaced with fine grainy french oak nuances of spice, nutmeg and toasted cashew. All this is bound up with the natural fruit structure, seamless acidity and poise from Mendoza clone along with the texture and minerality of the Rarangi vineyard component making this Chardonnay simply irresistible!
Saint Clair Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc$39
This Premium range sauvignon blanc has intense and powerful aromas of blackcurrant, passionfruit, grapefruit and gooseberry. A full, crisp and powerful wine showing intense flavours of passionfruit and blackcurrant, with underlying gooseberry tones. This wine has full yet elegant palate, subtle minerality and a well balanced long, lingering finish.
Astrolabe Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc$45
This outstanding sauvignon blanc offers aromas of Lemon grass, lime peel and elderflower, with background notes of white currant and red pepper. A medium-bodied wine with currant, gooseberry and citrus flavours, and a dry mineral finish. Best enjoyed when young and fresh, but has the potential to age gracefully.
Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc$57
Pale straw green in colour and enticingly fragrant, this Sauvignon Blanc offers lifted aromas of ripe stonefruit and juicy citrus with underlying notes of blackcurrant leaf and tomato plant spice. The palate is fine yet succulent, with zesty citrus flavours and fresh acidity. There is an appealing plushness about this wine especially as it leads into a lingering and characteristically crisp finish.
Villa Maria Cellar Selection Pinot Gris$37
An emphasis on fruit quality and minimal handling ensure the Villa Maria Cellar Selection wines are intensely flavoured, elegant food friendly wines. The Pinot Gris exhibits intense perfumed aromas of fresh ripe pear with hints of gentle spice. It has a textural palate showing baked apple, almond and cinnamon characters, followed by a balanced drying acidity creating a lengthy and harmonious finish.
Saint Clair Family Estate Pinot Gris 2017$39
The fruit was sourced from a selection of vineyards in Marlborough’s Omaka and Wairau Valleys and harvested at optimum flavour ripeness. The free-run juice was drained from the press and cold settled before a cool fermentation in stainless steel to retain the varietal aromas. A small portion was fermented in old oak and underwent malolactic fermentation in order to add complexity and texture. The parcels of wine were selected by the winemakers and blended then stabilised and carefully prepared for bottling
Peregrine Pinot Gris 2018$45
Peregrines organic Pinot Gris is dry in style showing lovely ripe fruit and a subtle texture from a small portion of barrel fermentation. The cooler climate of Central Otago allows us to maintain a refreshing acidity and great length on the palate. Fresh and bright aromatics of ripe apricot and nectarine. A luscious palate with layers of stonefruit and hazelnut flavours
Huntaway Reserve Pinot Gris$39
Crafted in Gisborne, Huntaway Reserve has a reputation for offering a range of quality, elegant and approachable wines. Their Pinot Gris shows a lifted bouquet of pear, spice and ripe stonefruit with musky, ﬂoral hints. The palate is rich, with an oily texture and layered with pear and stonefruit flavours. An underlying savoury complexity leads to a lingering, spicy, off-dry ﬁnish.
Pegasus Bay Riesling$45
The colour is lemon-straw. On the nose there is an abundance of citrus, particularly the orange zest that so defines North Canterbury Rieslings. There are also hints of red apple and apricot, layered with honeysuckle and guava. The extended hang time has added concentration to the palate, together with ripe phenolics that give structure and length. Despite its body, the wine still has a crisp and refreshing acidity that matches its off-dry finish perfectly
Main Divide Riesling$39
This Riesling was picked late to make a rich ripe style. It shows the typical Waipara Valley characters of orange zest and spice. Gentle handling in the cellar allows us to retain some of the natural CO2 from the fermentation to give a touch of "spritzig" which accentuates the freshness. This wine will reward careful cellaring. Serve cold.
Pieroth Blue, Kabinett$59
A fresh slightly floral nose, accompanied by subtle green apple, white peach, honey, tea and lime flavours.
“I just wanted to say thank you very much – my parents were absolutely delighted with the presentation of the wine/box/ribbon etc, I was delighted that they were delighted, and very impressed with your service all round.
We use delicious, local, artisan products and partner them with fine New Zealand wines to create a range of gift boxes that your colleagues will truly appreciate.
With Wineplus you can make your own selection of wine, whisky or port to accompany your gift box, allowing you to tailor this important part of the gift.
Each gift is beautifully packaged in a wooden gift box, with tasting notes for the wine and your personal message included.