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  • Supplier Profile: Dicey Wines

    Dicey Wines

    Dicey Wines was started by two brothers in Bannockburn, Central Otago. Bannockburn is not an easy place to grow vines, with the winds, frost, bitter cold & dry heat. The land is unforgiving, and the wines express that struggle.

    The two brothers, James and Matt Dicey, have made sure the wines tell a story of the region at the time it was made, the colours on the bottles representing the seasons. The elements needed to craft a Dicey wine are the vineyards plus the heat, rain and wind. The amounts of these vary from year to year, so each year the wines tell a different story of the region. The grapes endure the fury of nature and then are harvested by hand.

    Each vineyard is unique. They have three: Swansong, Black Rabbit and Inlet. Swansong is steep - the vines 'clawing their way along the terraces of eroded gravel and clay'. Black Rabbit sits on ancient bedrock with vines nestled into windblown soil. Inlet's vines drape over a terrace of deep river gravel.

    The Dicey Pinot Noir has aromas of dark berry, savoury & floral. The Dicey Chenin Blanc has aromas of kumquat, stone fruit and floral. You can find both of these wines in our Wine Beer & Spirits stores and online.

  • Supplier Profile: Tony Bish Wines

    Tony Bish Wines

    Located in the art deco icon The National Tobacco Company Building is The Urban Winery, the home of Tony Bish Wines. Tony produces premium wines made exclusively from the King of White Grapes, Chardonnay. As such, Tony is Australasia’s only Chardonnay specialist.

    Tony has had a long career in the NZ Wine industry, spanning 38 vintages and counting. He was Senior Winemaker and Founder of Sacred Hill Vineyards Ltd, a highly awarded winery with significant exports.

    Innovation is at the heart of all Tony does. He has built NZ’s first concrete egg fermenters and produces two wine styles made with this unique methodology. Tony also imported the first French Oak Ovum egg fermenter to the Southern Hemisphere, and the resulting wine Zen is a masterpiece of style and innovation. Tony produces 6 different Chardonnay styles, that have all received wide acclaim in NZ and in key overseas markets.

    The Urban Winery is a very stylish and modern fit out of an old tobacco building. There are a wide range of Hawke’s Bays finest wines showcased alongside Tony’s own Chardonnays. Daily wine and craft beer tastings occur, along with a Tapas menu, live music, and many interesting events and activities.

  • Supplier Profile: The Edge - Escarpment Martinborough

    The Edge - Escarpment Martinborough

    The Escarpment Vineyard Edge range includes Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. It has been created to allow more fruit driven easy drinking expressions of these varieties. They are made without the use of oak and usually include small amounts of residual sugar. This means the wines are ideal for current vintage drinking and make great aperitifs. For this reason they are often found sold by the glass in restaurants.

    All fruit for the Edge is from Martinborough and is processed in the same meticulous manner Escarpment wines are made.

    These wines  age gracefully but make for great drinking in the first one or two years after bottling.

    About Escarpment Winery:

    Situated just 5 kilometres east of Martinborough village, Escarpment’s 24 hectares of distinctive alluvial gravel, terraced land stretches out along the banks of the Huangarua River.

    Overlooking the vineyard are the Aorangi Ranges, the very hills made famous by Kupe the great Polynesian voyager who discovered New Zealand, according to Maori legend. Kupe left his three canoes, Nga Waka, on top of the range, giving rise to the now familiar landmark of the district, the “Nga Waka-o-Kupe” or three flat-topped hills on top of the range, which resemble unturned canoes.

    Under Winemaker Larry McKennas leadership since Escarpment’s inception in 1999,  the Escarpment team aims to reward wine lovers with progressive and suggestive wines that encourage them to venture to the edge of wine loving and appreciation.

  • Mulled Wine

    With the cooler temperature setting in, warm yourself up with this deliciously spiced mulled wine.

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