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Verve’s Wine List

Under Forty

2017 Passage Rock $33, Pinot Gris (Waiheke Island)

Aromas of Nashi pear, dried fig and spiced anise. A palate of fresh pear and crisp apple in this dry refreshing Pinot Gris. Delicate aromatic florals waft on the nose.


2015 Passage Rock Sisters $33, Red Blend (Waiheke Island)

An island icon this fine blend of hand-harvested red varietals has slight punchy pepper from the Syrah well rounded by rich red berry and plum components. Soft tannins and fine length give this wine its loyal following.

Available online at and in selected Countdown stores


2015 Chardfarm River Run $34, Pinot Noir (Central Otago)

Bursting with cherry and wild berry fruit, the bouquet also gives up elements of spice and dried herbs. On the palate the wine is a seamless package of elegant cherry fruit and beautifully presented tannins and acid on the long and detailed finish – thoroughly smashable.


2016 Akarua $37, Pinot Noir (Central Otago)

Deep red in colour with hints of ruby, aromatics of bramble fruits and spice. Intense black fruit flavours and complexity. The palate is balanced with red fruits and finely texture tannins. An award winning wine perfect with lamb!

Available at Liquorland Kohimarama.

2014 Libero $29, Toscana IGT (Italy)

Intense ruby red colour. Full bodied with aromas of ripe red berry fruit, black cherry, hints of cacao, and sweet spices. Vigorous on the palate, a rich fruit and spice flavour and a classic refreshing acidity.

Available online at and selected stockists.


2011 Libero $26, Chianti DOCG (Italy)

Medium bodied and has flavours of dark cherries infused with dried herbs over earth and spicy cedar. Fine grained tannins. Savoury finish with an aftertaste of dark cherries, dried herbs, earthy cedar and spice. World Decanter Award Winner and Asia World Decanter Award Winner.

Available online at and selected stockists.


2015 Framingham Nobody’s Hero $20, Pinot Noir (Marlborough)

Nobody’s Hero is our salute to the rebels, the radicals, the offbeat and the underground. Matured in French oak barriques, our Pinot Noir delivers a lush, rounded palate with vibrant red fruit vibes, and a lick of gentle oak and dark chocolate.


2015 Framingham Nobody’s Hero $20, Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough)

Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc is famous for packing a bit of a punch. But our take on this all-time classic has hidden depths. There’s a complex soul beneath that savage bravado. This is one wine that won’t give it all away on the first sip.

Available online at, Glengarry and selected Countdown stores.




Over Forty

2013 Wooing Tree $48, Pinot Noir (Central Otago)

Ripe hand-picked fruit, gentle winemaking, and maturation in French oak have resulted in a complex and powerful wine, with aromas of ripe cherries, plums and a hint of spicy complexity.


2015 Amisfield $52, Pinot Noir (Central Otago)

Deep ruby in colour with a vibrant purple hue, aromas conducive to dark red fruits. Flavours of autumn berry fruits with dark chocolate and earthy undertones. Exceptional to drink now or in four to five years.

Available at Liquorland Kohimarama


2017 Passage Rock Reserve $50, Chardonnay (Waiheke Island)

Wild yeast and malo-lactic ferment adds complexity and depth. White florals, green citrus, and crème brulee. Poached nectarine and creamy white peach abound in this toasty elegant wine.

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2013 Passage Rock Reserve $65, Syrah (Waiheke Island)

Dense ripe weighty Syrah from a stellar vintage. Dark berry, chocolate and cracked pepper. Cedar and vanilla undertones seamlessly fold into this wine. It builds on the palate providing great length. Top 10 in Decanter magazine. 95 points Bob Campbell and Super Classic status with Michael Cooper.

Available online at, in Glengarry and selected specialty wine stores.



2016 F-Series Trockenbeerenauslese $77, Riesling (Marlborough)

An exclusive 712 bottles hand-harvested from some of the oldest Riesling vines in New Zealand.  The Trockenbeernauslese is a blend from 3 Auslese picks in 2016.  Fermented in 65% stainless kegs & 35% old wood. Hedonistic, fully botrytis affected style.

Available online at, Glengarry and selected stores.


2014 Cloudy Bay Te Koko $55, Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough)

Flavours of grapefruit and white nectarine display a fresh counterpoint to the richer notes of lemon curd and beeswax. Tightly focussed with a taut entry. The finish is an amalgamation of nectarine, glacé fruit and a subtle smoky oak complexity.

Available at New World Remuera


2016 F-Series Auslese $46, Riesling (Marlborough)

Selective hand harvested from our organic Framingham Estate vineyard, in the Wairau Valley.  Bunches selected where early botrytis was just visible.  We spontaneous ferment in 60% wood barrels & 40% stainless.  A fruit pure style with only moderate botrytis influence.

Available online at, Glengarry and selected stores.


2013 Yalumba The Menzies $55, Cabernet Sauvignon (Coonawarra)

Full depth in colour with a plum red hue. The bouquet leads with violet and lilac floral notes to the tangy counterpoint of seaspray and pepper. The palate is rich and powerful; red fruits and dark chocolate on a robust tannin framework.

Available at New World Remuera


Words: Jason Sutton