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Shop Our Hand-Picked Gift Bundles This Christmas

Choosing Christmas gifts is hard, but it doesn’t have to be. This year, with our handpicked wine bundles, we’ve made prepping for the holidays as easy as the twist of a lid.

The end of the year is hectic at the best of times. Christmas parties dot the calendar, work always has some loose ends, and don’t get us started on the ‘who’s-bringing-what-to-Christmas-lunch’ email threads. On top of this, you need to find time to buy gifts.

 

Well, we’re here to take one item off your list. Bob Paulinski, First Choice Liquor’s Master of Wine, has handpicked four wine bundles, each containing six bottles that are perfect presents this festive season.

 

Whether you want to gift a whole bundle to someone (or yourself, no judgement), split one to cover off a few presents, or order a bundle to make sure everyone’s preferences are taken care of at your festivities, these selections can make prepping for Christmas so much easier.

 

The Gift of Marlborough

 

Counting Sheep Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc

The Ned Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

Rapaura Springs Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

Matua Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

Curious Kiwi Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

 

Marlborough: the region that arguably put New Zealand wine on the map. This bundle is all about showcasing Marlborough’s specialty: sauvignon blanc. Counting Sheep, with its fresh and clean flavours, is a classic example of this varietal, while the Villa Maria Private Bin is the perfect partner for seafood (Christmas Day prawns, anyone?).

 

Taste accents of mineral and citrus flavours in The Ned, and fans of tropical flavours will love the multi award-winning 2016 Rapaura Springs, which offers plenty of bang for your buck.

 

The Matua has been called “distinctly Marlborough” with plenty of tropical fruit and citrus flavours, while the Curious Kiwi, the final wine in this bundle, is generous, big on taste, and very easy to enjoy if your friends drop in unexpectedly this silly season.

 

Shiraz Six Ways

 

Parson’s Paddock Shiraz

Crowded Hour McLaren Vale Shiraz

Pensilva Estate Shiraz

Sister Run Shiraz

Whiz Bang Shiraz

St Hallett Faith Shiraz

 

The ‘Shiraz Six Ways’ bundle is a great gift for fans of full bodied reds. One of Australia’s most prolific wine varietals, shiraz is all about savoury spice and dark red fruit notes, making it the perfect partner for almost all red meats. The origins of this six-pack are two of South Australia’s most famous shiraz-producing regions: McLaren Vale and Barossa.

 

From the McLaren Vale, considered one of the country’s premium wine producing areas, Parson’s Paddock is on the fruiter side of the flavour spectrum, Crowded Hour is easy-drinking and the perfect candidate for mid-week nights in front of the telly, and the Pensilva Estate is soft and smooth the whole way through.

 

From the Barossa, Sister Run’s Shiraz – from an independently owned family winery – is a perfectly balanced drop, Whiz Bang lives up to its name and will be a hit at any BBQ, and the St Hallett Faith Shiraz pairs perfectly with pizza. Dig in.

 

The Four Seasons     

 

Cradle Bay Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc

Whiz Bang Shiraz

Tail Spin Langhorne Creek Shiraz

B Francois Brut NV

Trilogy Sparkling

 

If you’re planning your holiday mealtime, this red, white and sparkling sampler pack will make sure there’s something to suit everyone’s taste buds.

 

In the white corner, both from Marlborough, Cradle Bay’s sauv blanc is a real crowd pleaser to have chilling in the fridge, and Brancott Estate’s sauv blanc is an excellent accompaniment to any seafood grilling on the barbie.

 

Red-lovers will be taken care off with two bottles of shiraz: the easy-to-drink fruity flavours of Whiz Bang, and the Tail Spin Langhorne Creek which has hints of sweet flavours like chocolate and vanillin oak.

 

Fans of bubbles can enjoy the fabulous seafood-friendly bottle of B Francois Brut NV, or the all-rounder Trilogy Sparkling, which can match anything from shellfish to a fresh fruit dessert.

 

The Elegant Christmas Six

 

Piper-Heidsieck Brut NV Champagne

Croser NV

Punters Corner Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Pepperjack Premium Cut Cabernet Shiraz

Cloudy Bay Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

Coldstream Hills The Hills Chardonnay

 

This first-rate mixed bundle offers incredible wines – two sparkling, two whites and two reds – at excellent value.

 

If you want to start the night by raising a glass to the festive season, both the Piper Heidsieck Brut NV Champagne, from an award-winning winemaker, and the aperitif-style Croser NV are the real deal when it comes to sparkling.

 

Afterwards, move on to some brilliant whites. The Cloudy Bay is seen as the leader of Marlborough’s sauv blancs, so make sure that everyone gets a try as it will be in hot demand. Coldstream Hills ‘The Hills’ Chardonnay is a top-shelf drop, just right with white meats and pastas.

 

Finally, finish up with two tasty reds; Pepperjack’s Premium Cut Cab Shiraz is a rich and bold interpretation of this classic blend, while the Punters Corner Reserve cab sauv is intense but elegant, perfectly matched with roast pork or steak, and – in the words of Bob Paulinski – “like no other in the world.”