Mittelrhein, Islay, Hawkes Bay

The Isle of Islay on the West coast of Scotland is by far the most appreciated producing area among single malt lovers. Though its surface area is rather small there are no less than 8 active distilleries in production.

The region is responsible for some of Scotland's most powerful drams, often with plenty of peat and smoke, brine and medicinal flavours. Of all the whisky regions of Scotland, Islay has attained a truly iconic status. There is something magical about the illustrious Scottish Isle, some 35 miles from the coast of Northern Island.
New Zealand’s second largest wine region (behind Marlborough), Hawkes Bay is on the east coast of the north island, to the south of Gisborne, and is New Zealand’s leading wine and food tourism destination. Many of the finest wines come out of the Hawkes Bay wine region.

A temperate climate with lots of sun is suited to superb Chardonnays in the whites and also later ripening red varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc (Bordeaux varietals) and Syrah.

A very special sub region in the Hawkes Bay region is the Gimblett Gravels. This sub region was thought to be not even good enough to graze sheep on, but in 1981 was planted under vine and now represents some of the world’s finest full bodied red wines. The unique terroir of the Gimblett Gravels comes from the old Ngaruroro River which until flowed through what is now known as the Gimblett Gravels, dumping gravel and heavy sands. The earthquake of 1931 changed the course of the river, leaving bare 800 hectares of prime new world terroir. Being 15km inland it doesn’t get the cooling sea breezes, so the region can get much hotter than the rest of Hawkes Bay.
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  1. GIESEN CHARDONNAY 2018
    Giesen's Estate Chardonnay is wine that's very approachable in youth and suitable for any occasion. The fruit is sourced from a premium Hawke’s Bay vineyard, producing a Chardonnay with good fruit intensity and a touch of complexity through lees ... Learn More
  2. KINDRED SPIRITS PINOT NOIR 2014
    The Kindred Spirits Hawkes Bay Pinot Noir is sourced from the maritime Te Awanga sub-region of Hawkes Bay from a 12 year old vineyard. A lifted and expressive nose with an array of red cherry, wild forest and almost gamey aromas. ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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  3. TE MATA ESTATE GAMAY NOIR 2019
    Utterly delicious. A wine bursting with crushed red-berry characters. Candy-apple crimson with a lifted confectionery nose of wild strawberries. Shows ripe, juicy cherry and cranberry on the palate, with just a hint of cinnamon and liquorice. As picnic-perfect as berries ... Learn More
  4. ASH RIDGE 'ESTATE' SYRAH 2017
    A stunning value for money Syrah from the Hawkes Bay, showcasing the classic Ash Ridge touch of fresh fruit and soft tannins. Hand harvested and gently destemmed into opentop fermenters with a high proportion of whole berries. Beautiful floral nuances ... Learn More
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    Raymond Chan
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    Mark Faber
  5. ASH RIDGE 'PREMIUM' CHARDONNAY 2016
    A complex & structured nod to the "old school" Chardonnay. A full, toasty nose, with generous amounts of yellow stone fruits, orange and a little struck match. Vibrant citrus, grapefruit, peach and nectarine flavours, with rich, leesy texture. Fresh acidity with ... Learn More
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  6. TE MATA CAPE CREST SAUVIGNON BLANC 2018
    Pale lemon with flecks of lime-green, Cape Crest Sauvignon Blanc ’18 overflows with tropical fruit and rich, succulent acidity. Aromatic notes of fresh lime, gooseberry, lychee and pineapple, give way on the palate to juicy pear, ripe grapefruit, citrus blossom and ... Learn More
  7. TE MATA ESTATE 'AWATEA' CABERNET MERLOT 2017
    Closed with a natural cork that will allow Awatea to continue to evolve in bottle and provide great enjoyment up to 10 years from harvest. Swirls around lush aromas of blackberry, blueberry and bay leaf. A sumptuous core of ripe, dark ... Learn More
  8. ARDBEG 10 YEARS OLD SINGLE MALT WHISKY
    Ardbeg's flagship expression, revered around the World as the peatiest of all the Islay malts, yet perfectly balanced at the same time. An explosion of crackling peat sets off millions of flavour explosions: peat effervesces with tangy lemon and lime ... Learn More
  9. TE MATA ESTATE 'COLERAINE' 2018
    With an exceptionally warm, classic, long summer - Vintage 2018 gave us an explosion of flavour and colour! Continued sunshine gave us the chance to keep ripening our reds right through until 20 April. The reds have incredibly deep colours and ripe, ... Learn More
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    Huon Hooke
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    Gary Walsh
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    Mark Faber
  10. TE MATA ESTATE 'COLERAINE' 2016
    Coleraine is New Zealand’s most famous red wine - rivals the very best wines from Bordeaux, France. The final blend is 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. Brilliant magenta, Coleraine ’16 entices with concentrated rose syrup, fresh, fragrant raspberry, wild ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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  11. TE MATA ESTATE 'COLERAINE' 2017
    The final blend is 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. Coleraine derives its name from the Coleraine vineyard, home of John and Wendy Buck of Te Mata Estate. John’s late grandfather was born in Coleraine in Northern Ireland and ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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  12. CRAGGY RANGE 'LE SOL' SYRAH 2015
    Gimblett Gravels encompasses a centuries old dry river bed in Hawkes Bay that is believed to be the first in the New World where the ultimate boundary is defined by a distinct soil type. The vines are planted in the ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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  13. ARDBEG AN OA SINGLE MALT WHISKY
    The first new and permanent addition to the Ardbeg core range in almost 10 years. The Mull of Oa in the south west is the most untamed part of Islay. It's a place where storm meets calm. The jutting cliffs which ... Learn More
  14. ARDBEG UIGEADAIL SINGLE MALT WHISKY
    Matured in ex-bourbon America Oak and ex-Oloroso Sherry casks.A special vatting named after our water source, Loch Uigeadail (pronounced Oog-a-dal), and a favorite amongst the Ardbeg Committee. An explosion of crackling peat sets off millions of flavour explosions: peat ... Learn More
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  15. ARDBEG CORRYVRECKAN SINGLE MALT WHISKY
    A phenomenally deep, swirling dram named after the Corryvreckan whirlpool that lies to the north of Islay, which is matured in fully toasted French oak casks. Which adds a spicy cayenne pepper prickle to Ardbeg’s hallmark smoky sea spray ... Learn More
  16. TE MATA ESTATE 'COLERAINE' 2016 (MAGNUM)
    Coleraine is New Zealand’s most famous red wine - rivals the very best wines from Bordeaux, France. The final blend is 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. Brilliant magenta, Coleraine ’16 entices with concentrated rose syrup, fresh, fragrant raspberry, wild ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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  17. ONLINE TASTING PACK - WINTER WHISKY TASTING

    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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