We’re kicking off 20% OFF the wines below as a follow on to last night’s tasting when Joyce Austin of New Zealand Boutique Wines was with us to share the latest.

  • ROSÉ– The trick with Rosé is fruit vibrancy marrying to a dry finish. Our new Black Cottage 2012 Rosé hits the mark nicely in a blend of Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris –  coral pink, with a delicious berry, pear and a hint of spice characters and that all important dry finish. Usually €16.95 now €13.56 Special.


  • SAUVIGNON BLANC – We tasted four distinctly different styles – the first with a tropical, tangy twist: Black Cottage 2012 Sauvignon Blanc, has the cool climate freshness of the Awatere valley in Marlborough with the gooseberry and passionfruit lift of Marlborough’s Wairau Valley, usually €16.95, now €13.56 Special ; next, the Sauvignon that scored No. 1 from New Zealand’s Winestate Award, Two Rivers 2012 Sauvignon Blanc (made by the same winemaker as Black Cottage). Tightly bound and elegant, showing passionfruit, green capsicums, apples and chalky minerals with a steely, flinty edge, usually €19.95, now €15.96 Special.  We then turned to Sauvignons that shine for their grace and subtlety – Greystone 2011 Sauvignon Blanc, closer to a French style than New Zealand, pure and complex with guava and melon notes and streak of citrus-like acidity – usually €19.95, now €15.96 Special; and finally, Greenhough 2011 Sauvignon Blanc, showing mouthwatering freshness, citrus, pear and floral aromas with a chalky minerality on the finish – usually €17.95, now €14.36 Special. Both are genuinely dry wines with character and length making them ideal for food matches.


  • RIESLING – New Zealand covers the spectrum in styles from bone dry to richly exotic – we tasted Greenhough 2011 Apple Valley Riesling – salivating citrus freshness with a delicious marriage of green apple, floral and peach characters.  Delicious summer aperitif and just 8.5% alcohol. Usually €17.95, now €14.36 Special.


  • PINOT GRIS – The New Zealand style is closer to Alsace than Italy – richer, more exotic, the recently landed Black Cottage 2012 is succulent filled with vibrant aromas of roses, pear and exotic spices, supported with flavours of stone fruit, ginger and a hint of natural sweetness, yet finishing dry. Usually €16.95, now €13.56.


  • PINOT NOIR – two takes on the most demanding red grape. Firstly, Black Cottage 2011 Marlborough Pinot Noir – full flavoured style bursting with floral, spice and cherry notes and showing good balance, finesse and length. Smooth silky sipper.  Usually €21.95, now €17.56 special; next Greenhough 2007 Pinot Noir, delicious brooding flavours that come with time.  It has the savoury edge, with aromatic layers of spice and dried herbs and firm tannins making it a good food match, Usually €17.95, now €14.36 special. Dense & interesting,