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Stuck in a wine rut?

Tired of constantly popping the same wines in your shopping trolley? Here are some Gold medal winning ideas to get you out of a wine rut...

If you’re a Savvy B lover and are keen to push the boundaries a little 

We recommend Villa Maria Platinum Selection Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc Sur Lie 2018, which has a rich creamy flavour. This wine has added weight as the yeast cells are left to rest with the wine after fermenting.

If Pinot Gris is your go-to and you’re looking for your next wine adventure 

We recommend Coopers Creek Select Vineyards 'Bell-Ringer' Albariño 2019 from Gisborne. An awesome match for seafood, fish and chicken with its high acid, bold fruity aromas and intense flavours of lime and rock melon. 

If you love the Champagne lifestyle and are clever with cash  

We recommend The People’s Wine Méthode Traditionnelle 2015 which is a bottle fermented sparkling wine with all the elegance you’d expect from its more expensive French equivalents. Breathe deeply and enjoy the aromas of freshly baked baguette… 

If Rosé is your thing and you’re looking for less alcohol without compromise  

We recommend The Doctors' Rosé 2019 which sits at a cool 9.5% ABV. A blend of Pinot Noir and Arneis, Doctors John and Bridget Forrest have slowed the grapevine’s ability to make sugar without affecting its ability to make flavour. So clever and so delicious! 

If a soft round Merlot ticks your boxes and you’re open to suggestions  

We recommend Tarapaca Gran Reserva Carmenere 2017 from north of Santiago in Chile. This wine has exciting flavours of pepper, truffle and liquorice and is rich and savoury. A versatile wine, it’s perfect for those bring-a-plate-pot-luck gatherings with friends and family. 

If Pinot Noir is your wine of choice and you’re looking for the next best thing 

We recommend Yalumba Y Series Tempranillo 2018. Tempranillo is Spain’s number 1 grape and is famous for producing the wines of Rioja. Savoury with spice and mouth-filling flavour it’s delicious with everything from a charcuterie platter to ham with a roasted vegetable salad. 

If you gravitate towards a gutsy Cab Sauv, here is the best kept secret 

We recommend Trapiche Pure Black Malbec 2018 from Argentina which is packed with blackberry and spiced flavours and is a rich smooth mouthful. We recommend it with venison and leaner meats and it will stack up with stronger cheeses – impress the father-in-law but don’t tell him what a steal it is. 

If full bodied spicy Syrah is the wine you usually pick 

We recommend Chalk Hill Grenache Tempranillo 2018 which is an earthy spicy wine with red fruits. A super delicious blend and such a smooth wine with fine tannins, you’ll be the toast of the party…just make sure you keep a glass or two for yourself!