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Markus Molitor, Zeltinger Sonnenhur, Spatlese, 2007

Riesling
Markus Molitor, Zeltinger Sonnenhur, Spatlese, 2007
Mosel valley, Germany

In 1984, at the age of 20, Markus Molitor assumed responsibility for his family’s estate. He was the 8th generation to make wine in the Mosel. Young and ambitious, he set out to create wines that would rival the very best in this historic region.

The Mosel is considered by many to produce the world’s finest Riesling. The steep slopes provide excellent exposure to the sun in this northerly climate, and the slate soils not only reflect heat back onto the vine but they also give a unique taste to the wines, which are often described as having a flavor of minerals.

This is a Spatlese, which means late harvest. The grapes are picked in the autumn and brought to the cellars where they slowly ferment. At a low alcohol degree, Markus stops the fermentation to achieve a beautiful balance between sweetness and acidity.

This wine is perfumed, showing exotic notes of peaches and apricots. The palate is medium sweet, with refreshing acidity racing through it, and a combination of stone fruit and sweet apple flavors.

Food and wine pairing: This is the perfect complement to spicy dishes, and can pair well with light desserts.

Hollick, 2009

Shiraz
Hollick, 2009
Wrattonbully, Australia

Ian Hollick is regarded as one of the finest producers in Coonawarra, a prestigious growing region in South Australia. Together with his wife, he started Hollick Wines back in 1983.

Since their humble beginnings Ian has produced dozens of award winning wines and now owns over 200 acres of vineyards. In 1998 he went in search of new terroirs and found that Wrattonbully had similar soils to the famed Coonawarra region. He planted a vineyard to Shiraz, and called it Red Ridge.

This Shiraz displays the classic fruit forward style of Australia. The color is an inky black with a purple shade to the rim, indicating youth. The nose bursts with an abundance of sweet fruit flavors, including black cherry, raisin and sweet spices. The palate is full bodied, dry yet very ripe, with soft and supple tannins.

Food and wine pairing: This can be enjoyed by itself, but is ideally suited to grilled meats and cheese plates.

Chateau Brane Cantenac, AC Margaux, 2nd growth, 2007

Meritage – Cabernet Sauvignon & Merlot
Chateau Brane Cantenac, AC Margaux, 2nd growth, 2007
Bordeaux, France

Chateau Brane Cantenac was classified as one of the best wines of Bordeaux in 1855, ranked as a 2nd growth. In recent years the owner, Henri Lurton, has catapulted the quality to a new level, garnering significant attention from wine critics, and scoring well into the 90’s.

The beautiful chateau is tucked away in the Margaux appellation, a region known for wines of great elegance and finesse. The gravelly soils are well-drained and reflect heat back onto the vines, which is ideal for the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon. The grapes are harvested by hand and then sorted using a state-of-the-art optical selection machine. This only allows the finest grapes to be fermented.

Medium to deep ruby in color, the nose shows red and black cherry aromas, a hint of earth and soft leather, and the sweet aroma of vanilla. The palate is dry, medium to full bodied, with cassis and chocolate flavors. The tannins are softening, and it’s perfect with red meats.

Food and wine pairing: This style of wine pairs best with hearty red meat dishes, and is delicious with Cheddar cheese.

Laurent Perrier, Brut, 2002

Champagne
Laurent Perrier, Brut, 2002
France

Laurent Perrier is a House that uses a significant proportion of Chardonnay in their best wines. Michel Fauconnet, the winemaker for the last 27 years, prefers wines of elegance, freshness, lightness and complexity. These are the characteristics that Chardonnay brings to the final blend.

Produced only in outstanding vintages, this 2002 vintage Champagne is the epitome of the Laurent Perrier style. Fine, tiny bubbles stream to the surface, highlighting the lemon gold hue. The nose shows a range of ripe apple, citrus and toasty characteristics. The palate is dry, medium bodied, with multi-dimensional flavors of mineral, toast, nuts, and lemon.

This wine has spent over 10 years maturing in bottle in the labyrinth of cellars that weave beneath this historic Champagne House. Michel at Laurent Perrier also produces “Salon”, one of the most iconic and rare Champagnes.

Food and wine pairing:
The ultimate aperitif, and a perfect complement to caviar, smoked salmon, lobster and a variety of seafood.

Kopke, Colheita 1974

Tawny Port
Kopke, Colheita 1974
Douro Valley, Portugal

We are delighted to have discovered a parcel of extremely fine Tawny port from the very oldest Port House, named Kopke.

Kopke is the epitome of a traditional Port producer. It was established in 1638 in the upper Douro valley, amidst the steep terraced vineyards in this arid and rugged countryside. Some of these old producers keep stocks of very old Port for release many years later.

This Port is nearly forty years old. It is a single vintage tawny, from 1974. For almost four decades it has aged in small oak casks. Over the years the oxygenation of the wine has turned it into a gorgeous pale reddish brown color, and the tannins have all but dissipated, creating the most sensational smooth texture.

The nose shows notes of toffee and dried fruits, along with a slight nutty aroma. The palate is medium sweet, ultra smooth, and filled with the same subtle yet powerful flavors that are found on the nose. The finish is long and complex, a hallmark of a very fine wine.

Food and wine pairing: The perfect wine to enjoy with a selection of cheese, or sip by itself after a meal.

Langmeil, Valley floor, 2008

Shiraz
Langmeil, Valley floor, 2008
Barossa Valley, Australia

The winery was started by a 36 year old German blacksmith named Christian Auricht, who arrived in South Australia in 1838 after emigrating from Europe. When he and his family arrived they had little more than the clothes on their backs. In 1843 he planted his first vines, which were of the classic Shiraz variety, and established the winery.

Over 160 years later and Langmeil is recognized as producing some of the most famous wines in Australia. The winery is located in the Barossa valley, a region just a short drive from Adelaide, and known for producing deeply colored, rich and concentrated Shiraz. Traditional techniques are still employed, such as the use of a basket press and the avoidance of clarification techniques which could rob the wine of its pure flavor.

It is almost black in color, with high amounts of viscosity. The nose shows excellent intensity of raisin, clove and black cherry aromas. The palate is ultra-ripe and displays sweet fruit flavors on a full-bodied frame. The softness of tannins makes it a delight to sip by itself, for those who enjoy concentrated and powerful red wines.

Food and wine pairing: This wine pairs well with spicy dishes and beef.

Chateau Brane Cantenac, AC Margaux, 2nd growth, 2007

Meritage – Cabernet Sauvignon & Merlot
Chateau Brane Cantenac, AC Margaux, 2nd growth, 2007
Bordeaux, France

Chateau Brane Cantenac was classified as one of the best wines of Bordeaux in 1855, ranked as a 2nd growth. In recent years the owner, Henri Lurton, has catapulted the quality to a new level, garnering significant attention from wine critics.

The beautiful chateau is tucked away in the Margaux appellation, a region known for wines of great elegance and finesse. The gravelly soils are well-drained and reflect heat back onto the vines, which is ideal for the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon. The grapes are harvested by hand and then sorted using a state-of-the-art optical selection machine which only allows the finest grapes to be fermented.

Medium to deep ruby in color, the nose shows red and black cherry aromas, a hint of earth and soft leather, and the sweet aroma of vanilla. The palate is dry, medium to full bodied, with cassis and chocolate flavors.

Food and wine pairing: Perfect with lamb, beef, and a variety of red meats. It will also pair well with a selection of cheese.

Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte, Pessac Leognan, Grand Cru Classe, 2008

Meritage – Cabernet Sauvignon & Merlot
Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte, Pessac Leognan, Grand Cru Classe, 2008
Bordeaux, France

Florence and Daniel Cathiard, former members of the French Olympic ski team, purchased the property in 1991. Smith Haut Lafitte had always been one the better properties in the Pessac Leognan region, and following massive investments in the vineyards and winemaking the Cathiards have elevated the quality to rank amongst the finest wines of Bordeaux.

The 2008 vintage is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, and small amounts of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. The average age of the vines is now 38 years old, and the roots plunge over 20 feet into the subsoil. Smith is one of the few chateaux to actually make their own barrels and the wine spends 18 months slowly ageing in cask, which adds extra depth and complexity.

This is a vintage that is approachable in its youth, showing characteristic blackcurrant, coffee and vanilla flavors. Robert Parker rated it 92 points.

Food and wine pairing: Perfect with red meat dishes and a selection of hard cheese.

Poggio Antico, Altero, 2005

Sangiovese
Poggio Antico, Altero, 2005
Brunello di Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy

Poggio Antico produces some of the most stunningly beautiful and complex wines of Italy. This 2005 vintage is consistently rated over 90 points by the major critics, and yet again, it came in 1st place in our blind tasting selection process.

It is produced from 100% Sangiovese, which is the law in this classic Italian region situated in the southerly part of Tuscany. Grown at higher elevations in a cooler microclimate, the grapes benefit from a longer ripening period to develop their layers of flavor.

The color shows maturity with a garnet tinge to the rim. The nose is expansive and intense, with a bouquet of dark fruits, leather, tobacco and wet earth. The palate is dry, full bodied, with firm chewy tannins that melt into the rich black cherry flavors. At once elegant and complex, yet powerful and concentrated, this has all the hallmarks of a great wine.

Food and wine pairing: This will pair best with pasta in a tomato sauce, as well as lamb and beef dishes.

Brokenwood, 2007

Shiraz
Brokenwood, 2007
Barossa valley & McLaren Vale, Australia

Established in 1970, Brokenwood Wines has evolved from a weekend venture for self-professed hobby winemakers into one of Australia’s most reputable wine labels.

It was founded by a trio of Sydney-based solicitors, including Australia’s most famous wine writer James Halliday. They paid a record price for a 10-acre piece of land and planted it with Shiraz and Cabernet. Forty years later, some of Brokenwood’s wines are classified as “outstanding”, the highest possible rating for Australian wines.

This wine is a blend of Shiraz grown in the Barossa and McLaren Vale. The Barossa fruit brings spice, blueberry and earthy notes, while McLaren Vale brings flavors of chocolate and ripe black cherries. The wine is matured in American and French oak for 18 months, which contribute vanilla and smoky aromas, and bring a beautiful softness to the palate.

Food and wine pairing: This will pair well with red meat and spicy dishes, and is smooth enough to sip and enjoy on its own.