Firstly, a huge thankyou for all the support you have given us over the last few months. We are enormously appreciative of being able to trade and having so many people take advantage of that.
AT LONG LAST our payment portal is now up and running again, so you can order wine directly through the website. If you still prefer the option of emailing us, please email directly to email@example.com with what you would like along with a delivery address, and we will email an invoice back for payment by internet banking then send you the wine. Slightly old fashioned, but it works and it rarely breaks down.
For anyone who has been hanging out for the 2020 Albarino - good news. Bottling will be on July 9th and we'll be putting out a newsletter to tell you all about it.
Soft and succulent, the 2018 Syrah follows on from the very popular 2017. It has the hallmark ripe dark fruit flavours with a soft finish and plenty of drinkability.
The 2016 Merlot/Franc is another great value red from another warm vintage. Bob Campbell rated it his best buy in the middle of 2018, and even better than that, he suggested it was punching well above it's weight and worth significantly more than our $20 website price. Michael Cooper also gave it a 4 star thumbs up. Perfect drinking coming into cooler weather.
Our Basket Press Merlot/Franc 2016 magnums have now sold out. Keep an eye out for another magnum release later in 2020.
The 2018 Basket Press Merlot/Franc is now ready to go (we didn't make a 2017 because we didn't rate the vintage as good enough). Not a lot of this made, and we picked the eyes out of the fruit to ensure we maintain the rich, soft style.
And finally, a review from Yvonne Lorkin in the Herald's Canvas magazine on the 2018 Basket Press Syrah in October:
"Grant Edmonds has a freakish gift for creating red wines that stamp themselves on your brain, grip your gums and don't let go. He has a tiny vineyard on Maraekakaho Road, smack bang in the middle of the Bridge Pa Triangle that turns out intensely concentrated Syrah time and time again. Scented with pepper, violets, plum, cranberry and such a succulent, saucy mouthfeel, it's dangerously easy to drink."
Speaking of which, we opened a bottle of The Merlot 2000 recently and were blown away by the sweet fruit, soft tannins, balance and class of the beast. If you're a fan of mature Bordeaux you might just be pleasantly surprised by this 20 year old gem. We found half a dozen 6 packs hidden at the back of the winery, but alas, they have now gone to a few good homes.
"You never realise what you've got until it's gone. Toilet paper is a good example."
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