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Mt Difficulty Target Riesling 2011

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Mt Difficulty Target Riesling 2011

With its founding vineyard established in 1992, Mt Difficulty is one of the most respected wineries in the Central Otago region of New Zealand’s rugged South Island. Floral and ripe citrus notes compete in the aroma of this riesling. A moderate amount of residual sugar has been retained to balance the slightly lower acidity from a warmer season. This wine will richly reward those who can cellar it. RRP: $25.95 Available from: Wine...

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Southern escapes

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Southern escapes

By Corazon Miller Winter, summer, rain, snow or shine – there will always be a situation when some time out is called for. Personally there is nothing better than just a short weekend trip away to leave me feeling rejuvenated and ready to face the week ahead. Here are four hotspots within a short distance of Christchurch that will give Cantabrians in need of a break the perfect quick holiday fix. From luxury lodges to mountain retreats – there is something here for every taste. Claremont Estate This luxury lodge is a holiday gem in the...

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Indonesia’s Island Collective

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Indonesia’s Island Collective

Gili T Islands Just a short two hour, exciting (or terrifying – depending on how much of a thrill-seeker you are) fast-boat trip away from the Bali shores, are a set of picturesque atolls which promise a tranquil island holiday. Crossing the Wallace line from the Oriental region over to the northernmost tip of the Australasian region, you will find the West Nusa Tenggara province and three of its most attractive gems – the Gili Islands of Gili Meno, Gili Air and Gili Trawangan. Gili Meno is the smallest of the three islands, and with its...

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Wild South Pinot Noir

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Wild South Pinot Noir

This little number was named ‘Best Red Wine Buy of the Year’ in this years ‘Buyers Guide to New Zealand Wines 2012’. The 2010 Wild South Pinot Noir is known for its intense bouquet of cinnamon and spice which flows into a wonderfully rich fusion of ripe cherries and omega plums. The palate gives a seamless flow of velvet tannins mixed with warm earthy notes and zesty baked plums add to an intense lingering finish. RRP: $18.99 Available from: wine outlets...

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Sleep In Luxury At Grasmere Lodge

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Sleep In Luxury At Grasmere Lodge

Just 90 minutes from Christchurch, Grasmere Lodge is at the heart of an operational grand pastoral station surrounded by stunning alpine scenery. Set idyllically with the Canterbury hills at its back the lodge promises a whole other world of peacefulness and serenity. Built in 1858 the original limestone homestead is, today, the centre of the lodge, promising a luxurious stay with top-class personalised service. Choose from a lodge room with a view of the lake, to a chalet suit overlooking the mountains or stay in the Riverview Cottage. To...

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Meet The Lone Goat

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Meet The Lone Goat

This vineyard situated on Burnham School Road, established by the Giesen Brothers has been producing outstanding wine for nearly three decades and has over the years been awarded various accolades. Give the team at Lone Goat and call and arrange your own winery and vineyard tour; meet Ella the goat, a mischievous madam who is also the inspiration behind this vineyard’s unique name. Stop on by and taste Lone Goat’s special pinot noirs, chardonnays, rieslings, sauvignon blancs and dessert wines. For more information visit: www.lonegoat.co.nz,...

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WEKA Apple Cider

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WEKA Apple Cider

This delicious Weka Apple Cider is perfect for summer. Made from 100 percent Nelson grown apples and is fermented with French oak at cool temperatures to preserve the fruit flavours and crispness on the palate.  Weka Apple Cider has a typical green apple aroma and the clean refreshing taste is finished nicely with medium sweetness. RRP: $13.50 Available from: supermarkets and liquor stores...

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The Store @ Tai Tapu

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The Store @ Tai Tapu

The Store @ Tai Tapu is located just five minutes out of Lincoln and Halswell in a gorgeous picturesque rural setting. This unique little store sells a range of gourmet and practical groceries, a wine and beer selection and all other sorts of gifts and goodies, perfect for a quick shop on your way through the Selwyn District. For more information...

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Huntaway Reserve

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Huntaway Reserve

Huntaway Reserve – Pinot Gris 2011 Huntaway wines, known for their distinctive characteristics, include both mainstream and specialty varietals from Marlborough, Gisborne and Hawke’s Bay. Since Huntaway Reserve was launched in late 1996, the range has been awarded no less than six gold medals and three trophies, reflecting the outstanding quality of these wines. This wine represents a blend of pinot gris from some of its finest vineyards in Gisborne. In the glass, this wine is straw in colour with green tinges. A lifted bouquet of pear...

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Taste Some Stromboli Olives

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Taste Some Stromboli Olives

Stromboli Olives’ unique olive grove, set in the middle of a grand Canterbury Estate, offers tastings of its delicious range of olive oil. Its perfectly ripened olives are handpicked and cold pressed into a premium Canterbury oil at the company’s own mill press. The resulting oil has an exceptional purity of flavour and clarity of colour, which ensures the natural health-giving properties of the oil are protected. So make sure to drop on by and get a unique true oil-tasting experience. To find out more visit: www.stromboliolives.co.nz, or...

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