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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.

Heartland, Director’s Cut, 2010

Shiraz
Heartland, Director’s Cut, 2010
Langhorne Creek, South Australia

Described by Robert Park as a brilliant winemaker, Ben Glaetzer is one of the leading young winemakers setting trends in Australia.

As with films, the Director’s Cut is regarded as the definitive version – without any compromises. It is the finest barrels from the best vineyards.

Harvested at night, the grapes are cold soaked for 7 days to extract color, mid-palate richness and fine tannin structure. Post fermentation the wine is aged in French oak for 14 months before bottling.

Inky black in color, the nose explodes with ultra-ripe plum, dark chocolate and espresso. The palate is full bodied, displaying smooth and supple tannins that melt away amidst the succulent dark berry flavours.

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

Kangarilla Road, 2009

Shiraz
Kangarilla Road, 2009
McLaren Vale, South Australia

This vintage was rated 91 points by James Halliday, and received similar high scores from other critics who describe it as a classic Australian Shiraz. Indeed, McLaren Vale produces some superb wines and is an area that is rated by many as highly as the Barossa.

The super ripe grapes bask in the sun, developing intense sweet aromas of blueberry, raisin and dark chocolate. In the winery macerations in open top fermenters extract deep purple colors, abundant weight, and a light touch of dusty tannins.

Only a moderate amount of new oak is used, allowing the wine to display its fruit forward style and concentrated flavors.

Food and wine pairing: The best matches are with beef, lamb and hard cheese but it can be enjoyed by itself if you like full bodied reds.

Chateau Leoville Poyferre, AC St. Julien, 2nd Grand Cru Classe, 2008

Meritage – Cabernet Sauvignon & Merlot blend
Chateau Leoville Poyferre, AC St. Julien, 2nd Grand Cru Classe, 2008
Bordeaux, France

In 1855 the great estates in the Medoc were ranked according to their quality. The 1855 classification is still in place today, and provides wine lovers with a useful guide to the wines of Bordeaux. Château Leoville-Poyferre was classified as a 2nd Growth, almost the highest ranking for an estate in Bordeaux, the world’s most famous wine region.

The property is in the appellation of Saint Julien. This small region is known for creating wines with more richness and body than AC Margaux and for being softer in tannin and more elegant than the neighboring estates in AC Pauillac.

This 2008 vintage, rated 94 points by Robert Parker, is deep in color and shows gorgeous aromatics of blackcurrant, cedar, and espresso. The palate is dry, full bodied and multi-layered with plenty of ripe firm tannins. All of the criteria for judging wine quality are evident – intensity of flavor, balance, length, and complexity. We hope you enjoy this classic Bordeaux red.

Food and wine pairing: The perfect complement to red meats such as lamb and beef, and ideal with hard cheeses like aged Cheddar.

Chateau Le Bon Pasteur, AC Pomerol, 2007

Meritage – Merlot & Cabernet blend
Chateau Le Bon Pasteur, AC Pomerol, 2007
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 Chateau Petrus, and is literally a stone’s throw from Cheval Blanc.

Inside Le Bon Pasteur, you will find some of the most revolutionary winemaking techniques in the world. They harvest individual vines when they are at perfect ripeness, rather picking the entire block at once. They ferment the red wine inside small oak barrels by taking off the barrel heads, an incredibly labor intensive technique. The estate sets trends in winemaking that then spread to the finest wineries of California, South America and elsewhere.

The color is a beautiful cherry red. The nose shows fragrant aromas of plum, fruitcake, coffee and milk chocolate. The palate is dry, medium to full bodied, with red berry and vanilla flavors, leading into a long smooth finish. Merlot represents 90% of the blend in this delicious Pomerol.

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

Heartland, Director’s Cut, 2008

Shiraz
Heartland, Director’s Cut, 2008
Langhorne Creek, South Australia

Described by Robert Park as a brilliant winemaker, Ben Glaetzer is one of the leading young winemakers setting trends in Australia.

As with films, the Director’s Cut is regarded as the definitive version – without any compromises. It is the finest barrels from the best vineyards.

Harvested at night, the grapes are cold soaked for 7 days to extract color, mid-palate richness and fine tannin structure. Post fermentation the wine is aged in French oak for 14 months before bottling.

The color is dense and the wine shows high levels of viscosity. The nose explodes with ultra-ripe notes of blueberry, black cherry, and dark chocolate. The palate is full bodied, displaying smooth and supple tannins that melt away amidst the succulent dark berry flavours.

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

Kangarilla Road, 2006

Shiraz
Kangarilla Road, 2006
McLaren Vale, South Australia

James Halliday, the most respected Australian critic, awarded Kangarilla Road 5 stars in his Australian Wine Companion. Other critics have given the wines high scores and described it as a classic Australian Shiraz.

McLaren Vale produces some superb wines. It is on the outskirts of Adelaide and benefits from being close to the ocean, a factor that moderates the intense heat of the Australian summer. And yes, there are often Kangaroos in the vineyards. But producers frown on their tendency to eat the valuable grapes.

The nose bursts with sweet aromas of raisin, juicy blackberry and spice. On the palate there is abundant weight, smooth tannins, and layers of complex flavors. Only a moderate amount of new oak is used, allowing the wine to display its fruit forward style and concentrated flavors.

Food and wine pairing: The best matches are with beef, lamb and hard cheese but it can be enjoyed by itself if you like full bodied reds.

Shiraz Hollick, 2006

Shiraz
Hollick, 2006
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.

This wine displays the classic rich and ripe style of Australia. The color is deep and dark. The nose is intense, with an abundance of 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.

Villa Maria, Reserve 2008

Pinot Noir
Villa Maria, Reserve 2008
Marlborough, New Zealand

Villa Maria is the most awarded family-owned winery in New Zealand. It was founded in 1961 by Sir George Fistonich who has been instrumental in putting the country in the spotlight for their crisp, fragrant Sauvignon Blancs and elegant Pinot Noirs.

The grapes were harvested by hand, de-stemmed and crushed into open-top fermenters. The juice was macerated on the skins, and gently plunged by hand to extract the delicate flavours, color and tannin. After fermentation the wine was left to mature for 14 months in expensive French oak barrels.

This elegant Pinot Noir displays the hallmarks of gentle craftsmanship. The alluring bouquet is perfumed with an array of red berry fruit and subtle spicy clove notes. The palate is dry yet fruity, medium bodied, with a gorgeous silky texture.

Food and wine pairing: This is a perfect wine to sip by itself, or enjoy with heavier seafood dishes such as salmon, and is ideal with duck.

Frescobaldi, Castel Giocondo, 2003

Sangiovese
Frescobaldi, Castel Giocondo, 2003
Brunello di Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy

Frescobaldi is one of the most respected names in Italian wine. The firm’s history spans over 700 years and 30 generations. In the world of wine, Frescobaldi is a force.

This comes from their estate in Brunello di Montalcino, an area considered to be the epitome of authentic 100% Sangiovese wines. It is a gorgeous castle that sits on a hilltop overlooking an impressive 600 acres of vineyards.

Sangiovese is a difficult grape variety to grow and produce into outstanding quality wine. It requires low yields, picking within the short window of optimum ripeness, and gentle handling in the winery. In this region the law demands that wines are aged for at least 5 years before release. This 2003 vintage is perfect drinking now.

The wine shows an intriguing bouquet of licorice, tobacco and leather. The depth of flavor on the palate is outstanding and the wine is a model of complexity, elegance, intensity and balance. This is truly an exceptional quality wine.

Food and wine pairing: The richness and firm tannins pairs perfectly with lamb and beef dishes, and is an excellent match with pasta in a tomato sauce.