Bright red to crimson hues, this wine confidently takes charge with intense lifted vanilla aromatics balanced with red currants, violets, and mulberry fruits. Firm and full on the palate with a subtle sweetness giving a rich mouth feel. The vanilla aromatics carry through on the palate and compliment subtle flavors of red currants, dark cherries, and chocolate. The palate is filled with dark berry fruit and the soft tannins provide a lingering finish
Full and dense, with strong black & blue fruit notes up front from the Petite Sirah, complemented by bright red, slightly candied fruit in the background from the Zinfandel. The darkly toasted oak ties it all together along with a slightly sweet finish.
The Uprising, a new wine aged for 30 days in Rum Barrels, pays homage to Australia’s Rum Rebellion of 1808. Due to the Government's hindering of the rum trade, citizens and soldiers banded together to overthrow them. They have aged a portion of this wine in Rum barrels lending a warm brown sugar finish to this dark jammy wine.
Winemaker John Quarisa has over 24 years experience of winemaking and along the way has been awarded some of the industry's highest accolades including both the Jimmy Watson and Stoddart Trophies. He honed his skills for
producing full flavoured exceptional value wines at Cassella wines (the producers of hugely successful Yellow Tail wines) and has since moved on to create his own label. The latest release is a beauty, if you like big bold Aussie Shiraz, this one is for you!
Glossy garnet-red colour and oozes attractive aromas of raspberry coulis,
cherry and dark chocolate. In the mouth expect lavendar and dried thyme, supple, easy tannins and a smooth, warm finish.
Drink with chargrilled eye fillet wrapped in prosciutto on garlic mash.
Dark inky garnet with purple hues, this Malbec offers layers of ripe dark cherries, chocolate, vanilla and lifted floral aromas. The mouth is rich and brooding with smoky, earthy notes combined with round integrated tannins and a long elegant finish. A match for lamb cutlets coated in capers and crumbs. This wine would suit chargrilled venison dusted with cocoa
Vibrant and ruby-hued, this heaven-sent half 'n half blend of Merlot and Malbec is blessed with fresh raspberry, cherry and blackcurrant aromas and clean, pure, fruity length of flavour.
Passion is lovely with all manner of spicy, eastern-style dishes and creamy soft cheeses.
The Blushing Monk behoves itself to all manner of spicy, eastern-style dishes
and creamy soft cheeses.
Awards: Silver Medal - AirNZ Wine Awards 2012
Lifted dried herb, blackberry and peppercorn aromas lead to a lush, spicy, cranberry infused medium-bodied red with a slippery-smooth finish.
A good match for herb-crusted lamb racks and rosemary roast potatoes.
VINEYARD Harvested out of the lower Awatere Valley in Marlborough. VINIFICATION 50% whole bunch pressed to preserve aromatics, it was then fermented cool in stainless steel and allowed to sit on lees for an extended period to develop body and texture. APPEARANCE Pale straw in colour. BOUQUET A vibrant bouquet displaying classic passion fruit and gooseberries with a hint of flintiness. PALATE A broad and luscious palate exhibiting citrus tones with a backbone of crisp acidity. CELLARING It is ready to drink now and is best served slightly chilled. SERVING TEMPERATURE 14-16oC FOOD ACCOMPANIMENTS A platter of icey cold raw oysters. Fresh crayfish cooked on the BBQ served with buttered crusty bread and a crisp green salad.
REGION: Central Otago Sub Region: Bannockburn APPEARANCE: Golden, straw colour BOUQUET: A full bodied wine showing citrus and tropical aromas PALATE: The palate is rich with stonefruit and vanillin supported by a lingering minerality typical of the region, which provides great length.
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