Gisborne, Highland, Languedoc Roussillon

The Gisborne wine region is the first wine region in the world to see the new day's sun and was the first place Captain Cook hopped ashore as the first European to arrive in New Zealand. Located on the most easterly point of the north island, at the northern end of Poverty Bay, Gisborne gets a lot of sunlight hours when compared to other New Zealand wine growing regions.

The regions receives good shelter from the mountains in the west, though is still exposed to cyclones that can have a significant impact on the yield and quality of certain vintages. The soils in Gisborne are predominantly alluvial loams on sandy or volcanic subsoils, suiting the key varieties that grow there.

Chardonnay is the main grape variety for the region although other white varieties like Gewürztraminer, Chenin Blanc, and Riesling are lesser quantities of Viogner are produced. The reds have not been as successful in Gisborne as the whites, though small amounts are grown.

The region is home to only a handful of wineries, less than two dozen in total. Instead, the majority of vineyards are in holdings of large wine companies based elsewhere. The almost-perfectly-flat Gisborne plain is the site for most vineyards, however in more recent times, the gently sloping land in outlying areas of Gisborne has also been planted to vine.
Languedoc-Roussillon is oft called by the abbreviated 'Languedoc' - It's the coastal region of southern France from Provence to the Pyrenees Mountains and borders with Spain. With over 3 times the amount of vines than the entire of Bordeaux it's a vast region that produces a lot of wine. Vin de Pays d'Oc and sparkling Crémant de Limoux are two of its most famous exports.

The regions history when it comes to wine is a long a rich one, however it is also home to some of the newest AUC appellations in France, like Cabardès, which was only officially recognised in 1999. The region is a haven for enthusiasts of wine on a budget, for it is here you can find some remarkably high-quality wines without breaking the bank. Given the higher amount of sun hours experienced in the South of France, the wines coming from there are more full bodied and rich than from other more prestigious regions.

In the recent past (1970's) Languedoc region was known to produce vast amounts of cheap wine that didn't help its reputation region at all, however a steady improvement now sees it responsible for producing some great value wines that are generally blends, though not entirely so. Carignan, Syrah, Grenache, Chardonnay, Carmenere, Cinsault and Picpoul are some of the most common widely planted varietals. Grower cooperatives produce some remarkable wines alongside their more traditional winery neighbours.
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  1. MAISON DE PARNASSE SYRAH 2018
    This Syrah is truly expressive of the South of France. Lightly perfumed with aromas of dark berries, plum, sweet spice and hints of forest bramble. The palate is rich and supple with a core of ripe and naturally sweet berried ... Learn More
  2. MAISON DE PARNASSE SYRAH 2017
    This Syrah is truly expressive of the South of France. Lightly perfumed with aromas of dark berries, plum, sweet spice and hints of forest bramble. The palate is rich and supple with a core of ripe and naturally sweet berried ... Learn More
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  3. BERTAINE ET FILS ROSE 2017
    Made solely from Syrah that is completely whole bunch fermented with a short maceration (a few hours) sufficient to impart colour and texture. ... Learn More
  4. BERTAINE ET FILS ROSE 2019
    Made solely from Syrah that is completely whole bunch fermented with a short maceration (a few hours) sufficient to impart colour and texture. The nose is aromatic and sweetly perfumed with aromas of strawberries and rose petals. The palate is ... Learn More
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  5. BERTAINE ET FILS ROSE 2018
    Made solely from Syrah that is completely whole bunch fermented with a short maceration (a few hours) sufficient to impart colour and texture. The nose is aromatic and sweetly perfumed with aromas of strawberries and rose petals. The palate is ... Learn More
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  6. BERTAINE ET FILS PINOT NOIR 2017
    The nose displays raspberry and cherry aromas with a hint of fresh herbs. A light-medium bodied palate, with ripe fruit flavours of red currant, cherry and strawberry fruits. Some hints of baking spices and subtle oak in the background. To ... Learn More
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  7. BERTAINE ET FILS PINOT NOIR 2018
    The nose displays raspberry and cherry aromas with a hint of fresh herbs. A light-medium bodied palate, with ripe fruit flavours of red currant, cherry and strawberry fruits. Some hints of baking spices and subtle oak in the background. To ... Learn More
  8. GIESEN MERLOT 2018
    Giesen's Estate Merlot is a wine that's very approachable in youth and suitable for any occasion. The fruit is sourced from a premium Gisborne vineyard, producing a Merlot with good fruit intensity and a touch of complexity through restrained use ... Learn More
    GIESEN MERLOT 2018
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  9. LE CHAT NOIR GRENACHE MOURVEDRE SYRAH 2017
    This is a harmonious traditional blend showing beautiful lifted aromas of dark berry fruit with subtle spices and dark chocolate that flows seamlessly to a rich, mouth-filling palate. This is a proud reflection of this rugged region, delivering plush fruit ... Learn More
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    Campbell Mattinson
  10. CHATEAU FONT-MARS PICPOUL DE PINET 2018
    Picpoul de Pinet is located in the Languedoc region in the south of France. It is one of the few regions in France that is named after the grape varietal that is most common there. Grown meters from the oyster ... Learn More
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  11. CHATEAU FONT-MARS PICPOUL DE PINET 2017
    Picpoul de Pinet is located in the Languedoc region in the south of France. It is one of the few regions in France that is named after the grape varietal that is most common there. Grown meters from the oyster ... Learn More
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  12. LE VERSANT 'VIN DE PAYS D'OC' CHARDONNAY 2019
    An amazing French Chardonnay, great value for money, with aromas of white flowers, ripe fruit and a hint of honey. A generous yet well-balanced mouthfeel with fresh stone fruit characters and a hint of oak. Perfect for every day of ... Learn More
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  13. LE VERSANT 'VIN DE PAYS D'OC' PINOT NOIR 2018
    Les Vignobles Foncalieu named 'Cooperative Winery of the Year 2012' by the Revue du Vin de France - the biggest magazine in the French wine industry! A strong and aromatic nose of red fruits mixed with liquorice notes. Medium bodied, ... Learn More
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  14. LE VERSANT 'VIN DE PAYS D'OC' SYRAH 2018
    Exclusive to United Cellars - our most popular Syrah! A sumptuous and youthful Syrah from sun-drenched vineyards in the south of France. Aromatic nose with aromas of small mashed red fruits mixed with spicy and smokey hints. Rich and silky ... Learn More
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  15. LE VERSANT 'VIN DE PAYS D'OC' ROSE 2018
    Made by the best co-operative producer in France, and imported exclusively by United Cellars. A delicate pretty nose, attractively scented. Notes of red fruits combine with more floral aromas like apple or orange blossom. Fresh and truly delicious with fruit ... Learn More
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  16. CHATEAU MARIS LANGUEDOC ROSE 2017
    When we bought the vineyard in 1997 we wanted to make the best wines in the Languedoc while working in harmony with nature – that is without applying pesticides or other chemicals. We looked at natural ways of rejuvenating the soil using ... Learn More
  17. ABBOTTS & DELAUNAY 'DOMAINE DE LA METAIRIE D’ALON' PINOT NOIR 2018
    Very pale in colour with a mineral nose featuring aromas of flint, red fruit (blackcurrant, pomegranate), rose petal and grapefruit. Lively and fresh on the palate with a fruity finish and a refreshing hint of bitterness. Winemaking: Whole bunches fed ... Learn More
  18. ABBOTTS & DELAUNAY 'DOMAINE DE LA METAIRIE D’ALON' CHARDONNAY 2018
    Pale gold in colour with green highlights. Lifted nose boasting a great deal of complexity: white peach, ripe lemon followed by notes of baked citrus dessert and subtle florals. Integrated oak is in support of a well balanced, fresh wine ... Learn More
  19. GERARD BERTRAND CHATEAU L'HOSPITALET ROSE 2015
    Gerard Bertrand is the largest producer of Organic, sustainable and Biodynamic wine in the world. Mourvedre and Grenache grown on limestone cliffs above the Mediterranean are chilled and gently pressed then blended with the pale juice of ‘saignée’ Syrah ... Learn More
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  20. GLENMORANGIE THE ORIGINAL SCOTCH WHISKY (700ML)
    "The original expression of our elegant, floral spirit and the real backbone of the Glenmorangie range" First, vanilla is detected on the tongue before it ripples along the palate bringing a burst of flowery fruitiness. About a minute after tasting, ... Learn More
  21. CHAPOUTIER COTES DU ROUSSILLON VILLAGES LATOUR DE FRANCE "V.I.T" 2014
    The Chapoutier family of winemakers have been making wine in the Northern Rhone for decades, and are one of the largest landowners of some of the most renowned vineyard sites in the world. This wine is a blend of 65% Grenache ... Learn More
  22. GLENMORANGIE THE QUINTA RUBAN 12YO SCOTCH WHISKY
    The darkest and most intense whisky in the extra-matured range, Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban has spent 10 years maturing in American white oak casks, before being transferred into specially selected ruby port pipes from the Quintas or wine estates of Portugal. Dark ... Learn More
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  23. WOLFBURN NORTHLAND SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY 700ML
    Gold Medal for "Single Malt Scotch Whisky - No Age Statement" - Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition 2016 "Initially sweet with notes of fruit and fresh sea air. In the background you'll find citrus freshness and hints of cereal, and ... Learn More
  24. CHAPOUTIER COTES DU ROUSSILLON VILLAGES LESQUERDE "R.I" 2014
    100% Syrah; among the first planted in the “department” and above all among the rare few to be grown using the Goblet pruning method with individual stakes. Located in the Lesquerde district, an area in the department where the grapes are ... Learn More
  25. WOLFBURN AURORA SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY 700ML
    This beautiful sherried whisky is made from spirit laid down in a combination of American oak and Spanish Oloroso sherry casks. "On the nose you’ll sense sherry sweetness accompanied by dried fruits and malt. On the palate there’s ... Learn More
  26. GLENMORANGIE 18 YEAR OLD SCOTCH WHISKY
    Once it has spent fifteen years maturing in American white oak casks approximately 30% is transferred into Spanish Oloroso casks to spend a further three years maturing. Then, when both elements have reached 18 years, we blend them back together to create ... Learn More
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  27. GLENMORANGIE SIGNET SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY 700ML
    "A fusion of unique and rare elements, and clouded in secrecy, Signet is the culmination of a lifetime's experience. A blend of our oldest whisky and spirit matured in a selection of the world's finest casks, this undoubtedly is the ... Learn More
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    Join us for our first tasting of Spirits! We're expanding the range outside of wines, and what better to start within the middle of winter that Whisky! If you've always wanted to know more about what makes Whisky so ... Learn More

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