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NEW ZEALAND

NZAS-1559. 18 ALLAN SCOTT MARLBOROUGH PINOT NOIR
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

NZAS-1560. 14 VILLA MARIA CELLAR SELECTION MARLBOROUGH PINOT NOIR
From the southern valleys; aged 10 months in new & seasoned French oak barrels. Gushing fresh, brisk, cool-climate pinot character. Crisp, dark cherry abundance. Pretty much defines Marlborough pinot noir./ Both rich and racy on the palate, with a nod toward the latter. Most flavorful. Cherry, and oak seasonings. Coffee note signifies it‛s gathering some bottle bouquet, though, overall, it‛s hard to believe this is almost seven years old. Acid and screwcap make the difference. 92+/100. List price: $30.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

NZAS-1561. 19 LOVEBLOCK CENTRAL OTAGO PINOT NOIR
2018: Wine Spectator 93 - TOP 100: ‛This displays an impressive presence, smooth and succulent, with vibrant cherry, raspberry and apricot notes and touches of white pepper, anise seed and toasted cumin. The texture is smooth, with firm tannins that add an appealing traction on the finish. Drink now through 2033. $35.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 25.99 each

NZAS-1562. 16 INNOCENT BYSTANDER CENTRAL OTAGO PINOT NOIR
Wine Spectator 90: ‛Perfumed, featuring floral highlights to the rich and juicy black cherry and licorice flavors at the core. Very expressive, on a velvety frame, with black tea accents on the finish. Drink now through 2028. $25.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

NZAS-1563. 18 MUD HOUSE CENTRAL OTAGO PINOT NOIR
Wine Enthusiast 90: 'Cherry in both color and scent, this brambly Pinot offers ripe fruit and earthy spice, complete with wild violets and meaty undertones. The theme continues on the palate which is tightly wound with powerful tannins, structure and texture taking the spotlight from the fruit. $19.'
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

NZAS-1564. 20 ALLAN SCOTT MARLBOROUGH SAUVIGNON BLANC
Wine Spectator 92 - SMART BUY: ‛Supple and succulent, offering a generous and juicy mix of passion fruit, Key lime and ruby grapefruit flavors. Expressive and strong on the finish, with touches of freshly grated ginger and green tea. $17.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

NZAS-1565. 19 ANT MOORE MARLBOROUGH SAUVIGNON BLANC
Oh, boy, cat pee on a gooseberry bush. Spot on./ Pink grapefruit marks the palate. Very racy and flavorful. For summer refreshment. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

NZAS-1566. 19 ART OF WINE THE GREAT WAVE MARLBOROUGH SAUVIGNON BLANC
2018: Katrsushika Hokusai painting label. Good grip. Fresh white grapefruit juice aroma./ Great acid, with padding. Delicious taste. No edges. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

NZAS-1567. 19 AUNTSFIELD SINGLE VINEYARD SOUTHERN VALLEYS MARLBOROUGH SAUVIGNON BLANC
2018: Est. 1873. Lovely aromas of ripe citrus and passion fruit. A beauty./ Great acid race. Great flavor clarity. Perfect balance. Yow. 94/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

NZAS-1568. 20 BARKER'S MARQUE RANGA RANGA ESTATE MARLBOROUGH SAUVIGNON BLANC
Blind River, Awatere Valley, Marlborough, Muritai, Goldschmidt, West Rapaura Road, Wairau Valley, Marlborough. Zesty citrus aromas. Lime, lemon, and grapefruit. Juicy and delish. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

NZAS-1569. 20 BARKER'S MARQUE THE LOOP MARLBOROUGH SAUVIGNON BLANC
Whoa, totally shrill. Intense lime peel./ Again, total citrus peel vigor. Yow! What it is! 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

NZAS-1570. 20 BARKER'S MARQUE ARONA MARLBOROUGH SAUVIGNON BLANC
55% Blind River, Awatere Valley, Marlborough, 40% Goldschmidt, West Rapaura Road, 5% Muritai riesling. Fresh, crisp. Aromas of grapefruit and lime./ Yes, in form. Marlborough sauvignon acidity and relief. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

NZAS-1571. 20 BARKER'S MARQUE THREE BROOMS MARLBOROUGH SAUVIGNON BLANC
2019: Both deep and brisk. Real persistence. One of the best vintages of this./ Yes, while racy, this is plumper than usual, with fine tangerine back taste. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

NZAS-1572. 20 CLOUDY BAY MARLBOROUGH SAUVIGNON BLANC
2019: Wine Spectator 93: ‛Vibrant and expressive, with bold Key lime, passion fruit and tangerine flavors that are succulent and show off details of litsea, lemon verbena and makrut lime leaf, accented by a vibrant thread of acidity. $31.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 27.99 each

NZAS-1573. 19 ECHO BAY MARLBOROUGH SAUVIGNON BLANC
Tasting Panel 94: ‛Favorite global winemaker Nick Goldschmidt really gets this variety. From the entry to the mid-palate and finish, tropical fruit abounds, as does a perfume of ripe pineapple and lemon verbena. Anointed by star fruit, the palate is crisp, tart, and refreshing, with acidity-driven energy and flavors of sage and dill that tickle the tongue. A truly great value.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

NZAS-1574. 19 GREYWACKE MARLBOROUGH SAUVIGNON BLANC
Parker 91: ‛Subtle scents of snap peas mark the nose of the 2019 Sauvignon Blanc. There's passion fruit as well, plus pink grapefruit and a slight crushed tomato-leaf component. It's similarly complex on the palate, where it's medium-bodied, with a strong core of grapefruity acids that give it backbone and length.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

NZAS-1575. 19 HAY MAKER MARLBOROUGH SAUVIGNON BLANC
Close knit, crisp, limey, mineral saturated./ Yes, spring water clarity and refreshment. Ideal balance of tenderness and crispness. Delicious. Salivating. A quaffer. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 10.99 each

NZAS-1576. 20 KIM CRAWFORD MARLBOROUGH SAUVIGNON BLANC
2018: Wine Spectator 90: ‛Bright and expressive, with toasted herb and saline notes adding an appealing savory edge to the core of melon, citrus and apricot flavors. Refreshing finish. $18.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

NZAS-1577. 19 KOHA MARLBOROUGH SAUVIGNON BLANC
Totally brisk.. Screams of pink grapefruit./ Total vigor. Passion fruit. Off the charts. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

NZAS-1578. 20 KURANUI KURANUI VINEYARD MARLBOROUGH SAUVIGNON BLANC
Wine Enthusiast 91/100. My notes: Citrusy, yes. And also uniquely minty. To be more precise, it's bergamot. I applaud its special take./ Sweet citrus and the ventilating airs of menthol and bergamot. Nothing else quite like it. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 9.99 each

NZAS-1579. 19 MARISCO THE NED WAIHOPAI RIVER SAUVIGNON BLANC
2018: Lime, grass, green hay. Not balmy in tropical and stone fruits. Refined. Reads a southern valley sauvignon./ Yes, so neat, so discreet. As it warms in the mouth, some passion fruit comes forth. Great acid, dryness, dignity. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

NZAS-1580. 18 MUD HOUSE MARLBOROUGH SAUVIGNON BLANC
Full, and well measured as well. Sweet tropical fruits./ Yow, full burst of tropics and sweet citrus. Yes! 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

NZAS-1581. 18 SPY VALLEY MARLBOROUGH SAUVIGNON BLANC
Waihopai & Wairau valleys. Seems at an ideal stage. Full. Tangy too. Plus the usual richness here./ Yes, rich and round. Cleansing citrus conclusion. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

NZAS-1582. 19 SPY VALLEY SATELLITE MARLBOROUGH SAUVIGNON BLANC
Lovely pink grapefruit nose. Pure; no distractions./ Sweet, round, and singular. Incredible sweet-tart, racy finish. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

NZAS-1583. 20 THE CROSSINGS AWATERE VALLEY SAUVIGNON BLANC
2018: Oh, pure and incisive passion fruit. Knocks my socks off./ Ruby red grapefruit too. Long and flavorful. Clinging, citrusy fruit acidity. 94/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

NZAS-1584. 19 CRAGGY RANGE TE MUNA ROAD VINEYARD MARTINBOROUGH SAUVIGNON BLANC
2018: Wine Enthusiast 90; Wine & Spirits 90; Wine Spectator 90: 'Peach, pear and pineapple flavors are fresh and juicy in this white, with accents of honeysuckle and fresh ginger that linger on the smooth and refreshing finish. $22.'
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

NZAS-1585. 18 GROVE MILL WAIRAU VALLEY SAUVIGNON BLANC
Sweet citrus and tropics. Surges forth, delivers the goods./ Fruit juicy good. Grapefruit juice. Yow. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

NZAS-1586. 18 MT. BEAUTIFUL NORTH CANTERBURY SAUVIGNON BLANC
Tasting Panel 92/100. My notes: Fine aroma of passion fruit and tangelo. Deep and persistent./ Medium bodied. Incisive citrus juice, pulp, pith, and peel flavors. Long lasting, cool and fresh, peachy aftertaste. Wow. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

AUSTRALIA

NZAS-1588. 19 YALUMBA Y SERIES SOUTH AUSTRALIA CABERNET SAUVIGNON
Sweet and simple red fruit character. Pleasing./ Yes, there‛s an attractive balance of fruit sweetness, acidity, and structure. Works. 90/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

NZAS-1589. 18 CHATEAU TANUNDA GRAND BAROSSA BAROSSA CABERNET SAUVIGNON
Heavy hitter Barossa cabernet, powerful, ripe, almost syrupy in concentration. Good oak layer too./ Yeah, rich, ripe fruit and barrel impact. Wine of place. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 17.99 each

NZAS-1590. 19 PENLEY PHOENIX COONAWARRA CABERNET SAUVIGNON
Wine Enthusiast 94 - CELLAR SELECTION: ‛This excellent wine offers aromas of blueberry, currant, terra cotta, iodine, savory spices and an umami-like seaweed nuance. There's lovely depth of flavor, tannin structure and regional expression on the palate. Drink through 2040.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

NZAS-1591. 17 ROBERT OATLEY MARGARET RIVER CABERNET SAUVIGNON
Wine & Spirits 90: ‛This wine's red-currant flavors meet tannins that reminded one taster of olive tapenade, another of bitter chocolate. Either way, those tannins are dark and rich against the lean, spicy cassis flavors. For flank steak. $20.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 17.99 each

NZAS-1592. 19 RED HEADS STUDIO YARD DOG SOUTH AUSTRALIA RED
80% cabernet sauvignon from Limestone Coast and Coonawarra, 10% each petit verdot and merlot from Fleurieu Peninsula. 14%. Sweet, rich, direct Aussie red stuff. Dark fruit of cab sauv and petit verdot./ Sweet, rich, strong, easy to understand. What it is. 90/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

NZAS-1593. 18 PARKERS ESTATE SUMMERVILLE PARK SE AUSTRALIA MERLOT magnum
How Many bottles/singles: 8.99 each

NZAS-1594. 18 INNOCENT BYSTANDER YARRA VALLEY PINOT NOIR
Very nice, cool climate pinot statement of cherry and tar. Racy. Good oak embellishments. Stands its ground in this company./ Yes, racy, flavorful, and altogether spot on Yarra pinot. Warm, rich finish. So well conceived and composed. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

NZAS-1595. 16 MISFIT WINE CO. CYCLE BUFF BEAUTY LIMITED EDITION SOUTH AUSTRALIA SHIRAZ-MALBEC
Ripe and large. Really gives. A most powerful nose. Deep purple fruits. An amazing surprise what lurks within given the whimsical comic book label./ Yes, plush and abundant. Better than the 2015. Eager to please. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

NZAS-1596. 17 JIM BARRY LODGE HILL CLARE VALLEY SHIRAZ
Wine & Spirits 92 - BEST BUY: 'Peter Barry makes this wine with fruit from his family's Lodge Hill Vineyard, in the hills three miles east of the township of Clare. It's a shiraz with vibrant flavors of red and black raspberries, showing off the cool side of Clare in 2017. Fresh and bright, opening to graceful intensity, this is ready to take on crisp-edged grilled pork. $20.'
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

NZAS-1597. 19 CHATEAU TANUNDA GRAND BAROSSA BAROSSA SHIRAZ
Fresh, snappy, upbeat young shiraz with a lot of white pepper pizzazz./ Yes, it's a beauty in youth, nice and Barossa sweet. I'll bet this has a little viognier in it to give it extra lift. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 17.99 each

NZAS-1598. 16 SCHILD ESTATE BAROSSA SHIRAZ
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

NZAS-1599. 19 TORBRECK WOODCUTTER‛S BAROSSA VALLEY SHIRAZ
Wine Enthusiast 92 - EDITORS‛ CHOICE: ‛This wine offers oodles of plush, plump plum and cherry accented by flowers, peppery spice, soy and iron. The palate delivers what the nose suggests. It's broad shouldered but neatly cupped by fine, chalky tannins. There's a lucidity here thanks to minimal oak. Tangy fruit and a saline note carry the finish. It's a charming example of modern Barossa Shiraz. $28.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 25.99 each

NZAS-1600. 18 SIDEWOOD ADELAIDE HILLS SHIRAZ
Wine & Spirits 92: 'This estate-grown shiraz ferments spontaneously with some whole bunches and whole berries, then it spends 18 months in French oak barrels, some 300-liter, some 500-liter, one-quarter of them new. The wine starts from a tight place, showing its intensity through scents of jasmine and peppercorn. Those aromas seem to lift out of the tannins while the fruit shows dark richness and pungency. Give this a year or two in the cellar to fully develop. $25.'
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

NZAS-1601. 15 D'ARENBERG THE DEAD ARM MCLAREN VALE SHIRAZ
Parker 96: 'Black cherries and black olives mark the nose of the 2015 The Dead Arm Shiraz, d'Arenberg's flagship bottling. It's a blend of older and younger vines from different sites, depending on what the fruit has to offer. Full-bodied, concentrated and firmly structured, it's nevertheless velvety on the long finish, picking up hints of licorice and tarragon. It should be approachable sooner than The Coppermine Road Cabernet, but it still deserves a couple of years in the cellar. Drink 2020-2035.'
How Many bottles/singles: 64.95 each

NZAS-1602. 15 SIMON HACKETT THE GATEKEEPER MCLAREN VALE SHIRAZ
Unfiltered. Buxom, ample, friendly. Sweet, abundant, spicy-oaky./ Rich and full McLaren style of fruit plus the oak seasonings. Gives and gives. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

NZAS-1603. 18 THOMAS GOSS MCLAREN VALE SHIRAZ
2016: Sweet, smooth, barrel aged. Well textured. A presentation that gets it done. Wonderful./ Sweetness, acidity, flavor, tannin-- all in super harmony. Yes, wonderful. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

NZAS-1604. 14 TAHBILK NAGAMBIE LAKES SHIRAZ
Wine & Spirits 91/100. My notes: Vines planted in 1920s and 1930s. Aged in oak uprights and small French oak barrels. Deep, genuine, sensual, dusky classic./ Loaded. Ripe, husky, leathery, broad, meaty. Complete. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

NZAS-1605. 15 HOPE ESTATE THE RIPPER GEOGRAPHE SHIRAZ
Wine & Spirits 90: 'Michael Hope added this vineyard in Donnybrook, south of Perth, to his stable of vineyards on the opposite side of the continent in the Hunter Valley. This wine's cool dark fruit-- from blackberry liqueur to currants and plum skin-- reminded one taster of swimming in quarry-cold water. While the fruit is simple, there's a lot going on structurally underneath, with tarry tannins and pointed acidity. An intriguing take on shiraz from Western Australia. $18.'
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

NZAS-1606. 15 D‛ARENBERG D‛ARRY‛S ORIGINAL MCLAREN VALE SHIRAZ-GRENACHE
Wine & Spirits 91: ‛Chester Osborn continues to hit home runs with this classic blend of shiraz and grenache, which he grows at his estate vineyards that date to the 19th century. Those old vines offer a traditional wine with red-and-black-fruit depths infused with the green stemminess of roses. This needs time to integrate, but it's the kind of Australian red that harks back to the days long before critters and ripeness, with an authenticity to its flavors that grounds it in McLaren Vale. $20.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 17.99 each

NZAS-1607. 14 BAROSSA VALLEY ESTATE BAROSSA VALLEY GSM
Grenache, shiraz, mourvedre. As the 2013, controlled power for Barossa. This is even better than the 2013. Spicier, juicier. Sweet oak./ Sweet, warm fruit-oak combo without Barossa roast or syrup. McLaren like. Fine balance, measured input. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

NZAS-1608. 17 D‛ARENBERG THE STUMP JUMP MCLAREN VALE GRENACHE-SHIRAZ-MOURVEDRE
Wine Enthusiast 91 - BEST BUY: ‛Ripe, fleshy blueberries and raspberries drive this red blend without too much oak getting in the way. There's an underbelly of flowers, cinnamon and peppery spice. The tannins are typically muscular, the fruit is juicy, silky and fresh.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

NZAS-1609. 18 BROKENWOOD HUNTER VALLEY SEMILLON
Wine Enthusiast 92 - EDITORS' CHOICE; Wine & Spirits 91 - BEST BUY: 'Think lemongrass cream puff, then take away the richness, and you might have something like this rainwater-fresh, vibrant white. Its floral notes of white tea hint at the wine's leesy tannins, suggesting the complexity to come after a few years of bottle age. $20.'
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

NZAS-1610. 15 SILKMAN HUNTER VALLEY SEMILLON
Hunter semillon is one of Australia's gifts to the world of wines. I'm so pleased finally to have an exemplary rendition back in the market. Genuine. Sweet lemon and warm grain. No sulphury excess baggage. Clear example./ Good power. Doesn't seem woody. Glycerol lends a roundness without sweetness. Hunter semillon fulfillment. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 22.99 each

NZAS-1611. 16 TAHBILK NAGAMBIE LAKES MARSANNE
Vines from 1927 forward. In Australia, the variety was formerly know as White Hermitage. Fresh and new. Full. Will age well./ Lanolin, wax; the real marsanne deal. Young. The youngest I've ever tasted one of these legends. 91++/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

SOUTH AFRICA

NZAS-1613. 19 DE WET EXCELSIOR ROBERTSON CABERNET SAUVIGNON
Sweet ripe red fruit of Robertson./ Good acidity, light tannin. Wine of place, well balanced for current usefulness. 90/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 9.99 each

NZAS-1614. 16 RUST EN VREDE STELLENBOSCH CABERNET SAUVIGNON
Vinous 92: 'Matured in 20% new oak, the 2016 Estate Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon has a well-defined, quite herbal but focused bouquet of blackberry and bilberry scents. The palate is well balanced with sappy black fruit and a fine bead of acidity. Quite tensile, leading to a very nicely focused finish that benefits from the prudent use of oak. Excellent. Drink 2020-2033. $35.'
How Many bottles/singles: 29.99 each

NZAS-1615. 13 RUSTENBERG JOHN X. MERRIMAN STELLENBOSCH RED
Vinous 91: ' Bright, saturated ruby-red. Aromas of plum, mocha, cigar box, tobacco and wild herbs, along with strong exotic oak tones. A much mellower, smoother wine than the entry-level 2014 Cabernet, offering a sexy penetrating sweetness and very good energy to the flavors of dark berries, tobacco leaf, licorice and minerals. Spreads out nicely to saturate the palate and builds on the back end. Tannins are substantial but pliant and integrated. Much creamier and sweeter than the basic 2014 Cabernet but has the balance and structure for aging. Drink now-2025. $30.'
How Many bottles/singles: 28.99 each

NZAS-1616. 16 WILDEKRANS ESTATE BOT RIVER CABERNET FRANC - MERLOT
A sub region of cool-climate Walker Bay 55 miles east of Capetown. Bordeaux varieties fare well here. Wildly spicy. Red raspberry and seeds./ Sweet concentration of same. Cool climate styling and New World openness. Unique and attractive. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

NZAS-1617. 16 RUST EN VREDE STELLENBOSCH MERLOT
Wine Spectator 90: 'Features a pretty sage and menthol edge amid the core of gently mulled red and black currant fruit flavors. Lingering tobacco and cedar hints show on the finish. Drink now through 2020. $28.'
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

NZAS-1618. 18 MAN FAMILY BOSSTOK COASTAL REGION PINOTAGE
2015: Bosstok = untrellised bush vines. Roasted meat, smoke, coffee. Pretty good pinotage set./ Good meat, earth, animal. No brett/dekk. Chewy, meaty constitution. Wonderful texture, mouthfeel. Delivers for the table. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

NZAS-1619. 20 BARISTA WESTERN CAPE PINOTAGE
He was in my office a few years back! Yes, the accidental inventor of 'coffee' pinotage, Bertus Fourie. A large, gentle, soft spoken man. It's got the coffee grounds nose. Plus mocha and a little dekk./ Yeah, mocha nibs flavor. Adequate acidity. 90/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

NZAS-1620. 16 BERGKELDER FLEUR DU CAP WESTERN CAPE PINOTAGE
2015: 14%. Wow, large, sweet, strong, generous. Forceful, concentrated. Signs of barrel influence./ Wow, this delivers. Full of fruit. Zero animal. Yes! 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

NZAS-1621. 16 DAVID FROST WESTERN CAPE PINOTAGE
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

NZAS-1622. 17 SIMONSIG STELLENBOSCH PINOTAGE
2015: A full one, with coffee, charcuterie, roasted meat, beef stock./ Flavor confirms. A big, beefy pinotage. Total pinotage. Smoky, gamy. Class of Stellenbosch. Substantial and outstanding. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

NZAS-1623. 19 STELLENBOSCH VINEYARDS BUSHVINE STELLENBOSCH PINOTAGE
A fresh take on pinotage. No brett/dekk issues, Valid varietal character.. Good red fruit. Can't see much if any barrel involvement./ Again, fruity and accurate. Sweet fruit flavor and feel. Boasts a lot of appeal. Good acidity for balance. Some tannin to resolve.. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

NZAS-1624. 17 ESSAY WESTERN CAPE SHIRAZ
Very giving, ample. Depth and breadth, intensity. Beautiful and strong syrah presence. The others add spicy seasonings. One of the best vintages. Penetrates, dazzles./ Yes, has flair. Round, suave, smooth, full. Helluva deal. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

NZAS-1625. 19 BABYLONSTOREN BABEL SIMONSBERG-PAARL RED
Shiraz, cab sauv, malbec, merlot, petit verdot, pinotage. Aged 12 months in 1/3 each new, second year, and third year French oak barrels. Dark, rich red wine. A well proportioned melange./ Good, rich fruit flavors and seemingly some barrel broadening. Palate very satisfying and mealworthy. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

NZAS-1626. 18 VAL DU CHARRON APHAEA CELLARMASTER'S RESERVE WESTERN CAPE RED
44% syrah, 28% mourvedre, 22% grenache, 8% tinta barocca. Cool, racy black fruits. Sweet fruited and rangy thanks to the mix of varieties./ Appropriately medium bodied. Spiced meat accents; a range of peppercorn colors. Hint of rosemary. Wide appeal here. 90+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 9.99 each

NZAS-1627. 17 VAL DU CHARRON APHAEA CELLARMASTER'S RESERVE WESTERN CAPE RED
44% syrah, 28% mourvedre, 22% grenache, 8% tinta barocca. Rich red fruit of just the right degree of ripeness. Rhone-ishj disposition. Smoky-meaty./ Full up to snuff with the series. Attractive balance of sweetness-acidty-tannin. Agreeable and useful for current service. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 9.99 each

NZAS-1628. 18 CAPE VENTURE LUBANZI COASTAL REGION RED
40% syrah, 35% cinsault, 16^ mouvedre, 9% grenache. Starts out a sweet and standard warm climate red. Then spreads out to display a range of consonant varietal characteristics./ A good balance of fruit richness and acid freshness. Works. 90/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

NZAS-1629. 19 STORM POINT SWARTLAND RED
NY Times 20 Reds Under $20: ‛This wine from the Swartland region northeast of Cape Town, South Africa, is a homage to the red blends of the south of France. It‛s 56 percent cinsault, a work-horse grape that is getting more attention and care these days, with the remainder syrah and carignan. It‛s fruity yet lithe, underlined with light tannins. $16.99.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

NZAS-1630. 19 HAMILTON RUSSELL HEMEL EN AARDE VALLEY CHARDONNAY
Vinous 93: ‛The 2019 Chardonnay is whole-bunch-pressed and 93% barrel-fermented with 27% new oak. It has a clean, crisp bouquet of citrus fruit infused with smoke and hazelnut aromas, quite understated in style. The palate is well balanced, taut and linear, displaying fine acidity and gaining depth toward the persistent, saline finish. This is a superb Chardonnay from Hamilton Russell. Excellent. Drink 2022-2033.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 42.99 each

NZAS-1631. 17 DE WETSHOF LIMESTONE HILL ROBERTSON CHARDONNAY
Off the charts, and reasonably priced. Unoaked, yet with all the amplitude in the world. The elegance, the calcaire. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

NZAS-1632. 18 DE WETSHOF LESCA ROBERTSON CHARDONNAY
Wine Enthusiast 92; Wine Spectator 92: 'This wraps a core of tasty pear, green apple and melon flavors with a judicious dose of salted butter, letting a flash of verbena add range and lift on the finish. Nicely done. Drink now through 2021.'
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

NZAS-1633. 19 ESSAY WESTERN CAPE CHENIN BLANC
With viognier and roussanne. Skillfully done. Good basis of chenin melon with the stone fruit input of the others./ Flavors confirm. VERY desirable. Check the price. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

NZAS-1634. 20 MAN FAMILY FREE RUN STEEN COASTAL REGION CHENIN BLANC
Full, sweet-smelling white fruit. Riper than Loire chenin. No problem./ Oh, yeah, rich, ripe Cape chenin wth great acid too. People pleaser, as it should be. Juicy finish. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

NZAS-1635. 19 A. A. BADENHORST SECATEURS SWARTLAND CHENIN BLANC
Rich chenin quince and melon. Full textured nose. Presence./ Well padded chenin. Fresh, limey acid too. Well proportioned like a dry Vouvray, and likewise destined for shellfish pairings. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

NZAS-1636. 19 CAPE VENTURE LUBANZI SWARTLAND CHENIN BLANC
2018: Sweet and rich chenin nose. Warm stone fruit and grain aromas./ Spice and melon flavors. 90/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

NZAS-1637. 19 ROBERTSON WINERY ROBERTSON CHENIN BLANC
Wine & Spirits 92 - BEST BUY: ‛East of the Cape, Robertson is a town in the Breede River Valley where this chenin ripened to juicy honeydew melon and spiced pear flavors. There's a line of lemony acidity to highlight the fruit sweetness, a match for turkey and stuffing with raisins.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 9.99 each

NZAS-1638. 20 BABYLONSTOREN CANDIDE SIMONSBERG-PAARL WHITE
Tasting Panel 92/100. My notes: Chenin blanc, viognier, chardonnay, semillon. Fresh, fruity, well crafted. The first two contribute aromatics, the others, filling. Viognier is properly measured so its floral qualities do not overwhelm chenin's quince, lime, and melon./ Crisp, fresh, even crunchy. One of the liveliest Cape whites I've tasted. Superb balance. Kudos. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

NZAS-1639. 15 GROOT CONSTANTIA ESTATE GRAND CONSTANCE MUSCAT DE FRONTIGNAN half bottle
2013: Decanter 98/100. My notes: 1/3 red muscat. An essence. More intense, brighter, crisper than the 2010./ Yes, a total essence; a timeless wine. Total concentration. Brilliant acid. Goes all the way. 99/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 74.95 each


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