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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.

Poggio Antico, DOCG Brunello di Montalcino, 2004

Sangiovese
Poggio Antico, DOCG Brunello di Montalcino, 2004
Tuscany, Italy

Brunello di Montalcino is one of the great wine regions of the world, located in the southerly part of Tuscany. Here, the Sangiovese grape variety is king and produces classic wines with long ageing potential. By law, the wines must not be released for 5 years after the vintage to enable them to evolve, develop, and soften.

Poggio Antico is considered to be one of the greatest estates in the region. It is a superb expression of Brunello di Montalcino.

Deep in color, the nose shows great depth with layers to the complex bouquet including black cherry, leather, tobacco and licorice. The palate is dry, full bodied, showing firm tannins and a continuation of the flavours found on the nose. This wine has impressive length, superb balance, and outstanding complexity. We hope you enjoy it.

Food and wine pairing: Pairs well with pasta in a tomato sauce, red meats, and hard cheeses.

Laurent Perrier, Brut, 2000

Champagne
Laurent Perrier, Brut, 2000
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 characteristics that Chardonnay brings to the final blend.

Produced only in outstanding vintages, this 2000 vintage 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, chalk, citrus and apple.

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.

Grand Cru Classe, 2007, France

Meritage – Cabernet Sauvignon & Merlot
Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte, Pessac Leognan,
Grand Cru Classe, 2007, 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 wine making Cathiards have elevated the quality to rank amongst the finest wines of Bordeaux.

The 2007 vintage is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot, and small amounts of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. The average age of the vines is now 38 years old. The wine spends 18 months slowly ageing in oak barrels, to add extra depth and complexity. Smith is one of the few chateaux to actually make their own barrels.

This is a vintage that is approachable in its youth, showing characteristic blackcurrant and red cherry aromas. Robert Parker rated it 90-92 points.

Lanson, Brut, 1998

Champagne
Lanson, Brut, 1998
France

A vintage Champagne is only produced in excellent years. Essentially, it is only the finest grapes from the best vineyards.

In the winery, vintage Champagne is given special treatment. Notably, it is given longer bottle ageing on the lees to allow its complex nuances time to evolve. This wine matured for over 13 years old before release.

Lanson 1998 is the epitome of a mature vintage Champagne. The golden tinges to the color indicate some maturity. But it is on the nose that the quality of the wine first becomes evident, with high intensity of apple, citrus and nuts.

The palate is dry, exceptionally rich and layered, with a backbone of acidity giving this full bodied Champagne excellent structure. Mature Champagne is a special taste, and one that we hope you will enjoy.

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

Hollick, 2009

Shiraz
Hollick, 2009
Wrattonbully, Australia

Ian Hollick is regarded as one of the finest producers in Coonawarra, one of the prestigious growing regions in South Australia. Together with his wife, Wendy, 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 here to Shiraz, and called it Red Ridge.

This Shiraz displays a the classic fruit forward style of Australia. The color is a classic 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.

Torres, Salmos, 2007

Grenache, Carinena, Syrah
Torres, Salmos, 2007
Priorat, Spain

Torres is unquestionably one of the greatest names in Spanish winemaking. In 1999, readers of Wine Spectator magazine voted Torres as “The Most Important Winery in Spain”.

In 2007 Torres unveiled a new wine called Salmos, from the small region of Priorat on the northern Mediterranean coast close to Barcelona. This region has shot to fame after several of the wines received extremely high scores from the major critics. Much of the quality is attributed to the black slate soils, called licorella.

The wine is made from Grenache, Carinena and Syrah. The color is almost inky black. The nose is shows dark black fruits. The palate explodes with flavors of black cherry, licorice, vanilla and more sweet spices. It’s rich and powerful, full-bodied and extremely powerful wine.

Food and wine pairing: Stews, pastas in tomato sauce, red meats and hard cheeses pair well with this rich red wine.

Chateau Le Bon Pasteur, AC Pomerol, 2004

Meritage – Merlot & Cabernet blend
Chateau Le Bon Pasteur, AC Pomerol, 2004
Bordeaux, France

Chateau Le Bon Pasteur is the home of the world’s most famous flying winemaker, Michel Rolland. This is a highly revered property that lies in close proximity to the iconic Chateau Petrus and just a stone’s throw from Cheval Blanc.

Inside Le Bon Pasteur, you will find some of the most revolutionary winemaking techniques being developed, such as red wine fermentation inside small barrels. The estate sets trends in winemaking that then spread to the finest wineries of California, South America and elsewhere.

The wine is a deep dark ruby red. The nose shows rich, ripe and powerful aromas of blackberry, plum, coffee and milk chocolate. The palate is dry, full bodied but not heavy, with opulently ripe black cherries, and a long smooth finish. Merlot represents 90% of the blend in this outstanding Pomerol.

Food and wine pairing: Perfect with red meats, and hard cheeses.