You’d pay $462 full price
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Why do we love this case?

Well, if it ain’t a Kiwi pinot noir party up in here. A lone Martinborough cowboy holding its own against three ballin’ Wairarapa contenders. Who’ll win? You be the judge. 

Every case of contenders contains THREE of the following pinots:

Red
Pinot Noir
Wairarapa

Matahiwi Estate Holly Pinot Noir 2017
Black Cherry
Cedar
Plum
Medium-bodied
Bright
Concentrated
Pinot Masters
Pinot Masters
Sam Kim, Wine Orbit

Ever since learning to pronounce Wairarapa (still can’t), we’ve loved Matahiwi’s pinots, and Holly is their top of the pops. It brings a fragrance and pure cherry core that seem to be unparallelled in this country for pure intensity. I’d chalk this up to terroir, but also the clones used that we don’t often see in such prolific combination over here: things like the ever-so-fragrant, blue-fruited 777 clone; the elusive, swashbuckling Abel clone (someone apparently snuck a cutting into the country in their boot), plus some of the more prolific Dijon clones.

Red
Pinot Noir
Martinborough

Julicher 99 Rows Pinot Noir 2014
Cherry
Plum
Vanilla
Medium-bodied
Bright
Concentrated
Air New Zealand Wine Awards
New Zealand International Wine Show
Sam Kim

Smells delicious. Fairy floss and rich, toffeed whole bunch flavours: strawberry, banana, cherry ripe. Bit of stink and funk, someone’s just-sweating armpit. The good kind. You love it. Dark char and game on the nose. Earthy, like potent, gnarly soil. It's got invigoratingly fresh primary fruit. Kind of silk pillow velvety on the palate. You know what I mean. Comforting. And with all its complexity, it doesn’t sacrifice drinkability.

You'd pay $40.00 full price

Red
Pinot Noir
Wairarapa

Matahiwi Estate Reserve Selection Wairarapa Pinot Noir 2016
Berries
Plum
Spice
Medium-bodied
Bright
Concentrated
Sam Kim
Mofo Fave

An awesome young pinot from a great Kiwi producer, this silky little number offers up rich and intense fruits, throwing around flavours of plum, blueberry and spice. Part of the producer’s Premium Range, it’s a vino that has garnered 93 points from Sam Kim and a big smile from us at the ‘Fo once it crossed our lips. As fresh as the beautiful Wairarapa region it hails from, it won’t be seen again at this price once it sells out so don’t miss it if you’re a pinot lover.

You'd pay $35.00 full price

Red
Pinot Noir
Wairarapa

Paddy Borthwick Falloon Block Wairarapa Pinot Noir 2017
Cherry
Floral
Licorice
Medium-bodied
Bright
Deep
Sam Kim
17+/20 Raymond Chan
4.5 stars Sam Kim

Well, lock me up in the Paddy wagon. It only seems like yesterday we had the previous vintage of Paddy pinot onsite, or maybe it’s just that I bought so damn much of it and it’s indelibly and happily printed in my mind. Ah, crimes of the credit card variety. Lucky it’s so damn affordable. We’ve seen the past few vintages of this wine, because we’ve been kind of swept up by its consistent elegance, spiced red cherry attitude and subtle complexity. This is no power-hungry despot, there’s no wondering why they wrapped it up in unnecessary oak. It’s got some, sure, but it’s the other way around - gentle oak flavour wrapped up generously in red fruits, delicate poise and fine, chalky tannin. In fact, it’d probably be safe to say we’ve Falloon head over heels with it.

You'd pay $34.00 full price
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