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Esk Valley, 2012

Sauvignon Blanc
Esk Valley, 2012
Marlborough, New Zealand

A recent gold medal at the Concours Mondial de Sauvignon in Bordeaux affirms Esk Valley as one of the world’s notable producers of this classic grape.

The winery is located in Hawkes Bay, a premier region on the north island that has shot to fame in the last decade. The grapes are sourced in Marlborough, the warm and sunny capital of Sauvignon on the south island.

Picked at optimal maturity, the grapes are quickly pressed and then fermented at cold temperatures to enhance the vivacious and intense qualities. Dry, light and displaying gooseberry, grapefruit and tomato leaf flavors and a zesty acidity that refreshes. Delicious!

Food and wine pairing: Best enjoyed as an aperitif or with light and fresh seafood dishes such as crab, salmon and scallops.

Dr. Loosen, Erdener Treppchen, Spatlese, 2011

Riesling
Dr. Loosen, Erdener Treppchen, Spatlese, 2011
Mosel valley, Germany

Ernst Loosen is the owner of a winery that can trace its history back over 200 years. This wine comes from the Treppchen vineyard, close to the town of Erden.

A “Spatlese” is made from late harvest grapes that have achieved a high level of ripeness. This, combined with the halting of the fermentation, has created a wine with a pleasant degree of sweetness.

The nose is perfumed with aromas of sweet apples, peaches and apricots, and shows excellent freshness and minerality. The palate is medium sweet, finishing slightly drier, with medium body, and enough acidity to counter-balance the sweetness. A host of stone fruit and tropical fruit flavors unravel on the palate leading into a beautiful long finish.

Food and wine pairing: The medium sweet character of the wine will suit spicy Indian and Asian dishes, and fresh fruit plates.

Chateau d’Armailhac, AC Pauillac, 5th growth, 2007

Meritage blend – Cabernets and Merlot
Chateau d’Armailhac, AC Pauillac, 5th growth, 2007
Bordeaux, France

This property belongs to one of the most noble and outstanding producers in the world, the family of Baron Philippe de Rothschild, a global powerhouse best known for its flagship 1st growth, Chateau Mouton-Rothschild.

This fine red Bordeaux from the classic appellation of Pauillac is made up of 54% Cabernet Sauvignon giving backbone, tannic structure and blackberry and cedar notes. The 23% of Merlot fleshes it out, giving body, and plum and chocolate notes, and the 23% Cabernet Franc gives floral notes and added complexity.

This property is a Grand Cru Classe, and is highly regarded in the Medoc as a top performing 5th growth.

Food and wine pairing: Red meats and hard cheese are the ideal match as they compliment the tannins in the wine.

Kangarilla Road, 2010

Shiraz
Kangarilla Road, 2010
McLaren Vale, South Australia

McLaren Vale is perhaps the most beautiful of all the Australian wine regions as it hugs the coastline, with its kilometers of sandy beaches, just outside the city of Adelaide.

Kangarilla Road has often received scores over 90 points and critics describe it as a classic Australian Shiraz. The super-ripe grapes bask in the sun, developing intense sweet aromas of blueberry, raisin and dark chocolate.

Only a moderate amount of new oak is used, allowing the wine to display its fruit-forward style and concentrated flavors. There is lovely balance between the richness of the fruit, the crisp acidity that cuts through it, and the supple tannins that house the wine.

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.

Villa Maria, Reserve 2010

Pinot Noir
Villa Maria, Reserve 2010
Marlborough, New Zealand

Villa Maria is the most a warded 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. 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 a myriad of strawberry, raspberry and red cherry fruit and subtle spicy note. The palate is dry, medium bodied, with gorgeous silky tannins and beautiful balance.

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.

Bollinger, Rose

Champagne
Bollinger, Rose
France

Bollinger is considered to be one of the most prestigious Champagne Houses. It is the Champagne of royalty. The House is an official supplier to Her Royal Highness, the Queen of England. It is also James Bond’s preferred bubbly.

The stately House is tucked away in the village of Ay, founded back in 1829. Bollinger is known for their high proportion of Pinot Noir in the final blend, and the extended ageing of their wines in the maze of underground cellars.

This Rose is a delicate bright pink marked by a fine stream of bubbles rising to the surface. The nose shows raspberry, strawberry and pomegranate aromas. The palate is dry, elegant yet concentrated with superbly long length. It is the ultimate drink of romantics and connoisseurs.

Food and wine pairing: As Madame Bollinger once said, this Champagne suits all occasions. But we highly recommend it as an aperitif, or with smoked salmon and light fish dishes.

San Felice, Brunello di Montalcino, 2006

Sangiovese
San Felice, Brunello di Montalcino, 2006
Tuscany, Italy

In 2011 this wine ranked in 4th place in the Wine Spectators Top 100 Wines of the Year. Only 3 wines in the world were ranked above it. High praise, given the fact there are thousands and thousands of wineries in the world.

The most prestigious amongst Tuscany’s noble wines, Brunello di Montalcino is the ultimate expression of 100% Sangiovese. By law it must be aged for 5 years before release, allowing time for the tannins to soften and the complex flavours to unravel.

A touch of garnet at the rim indicates the early stages of maturity. The nose shows licorice, leather, earthy aromas and black cherry. The plate is dry, full bodied, with fine but structured tannins. There is tremendous depth of flavour and the finish lingers on and on. This is one of the greatest wines of the world, and a true expression of Sangiovese at its best.

Food and wine pairing: The wine pairs perfectly with pasta in a tomato sauce, lamb and beef.

Pierre Andre, Meursault, 2010

Chardonnay
Pierre Andre, Meursault, 2010
Burgundy, France

Pierre Andre is an old established House in Burgundy drawing from vineyards throughout the Cote D’Or, or golden slopes. One such vineyard lies in the prestige appellation of Meursault, known for her full bodied and rich style of Chardonnay.

As is the case in classic regions, the emphasis is placed on the growing of the grapes. The vines are pruned to produce low yields to add concentration and intensity to the wines. Harvesting is done by hand in order to select only the perfect bunches.

In the winery the philosophy is minimal intervention and a light amount of new oak. This allows for maximum expression of the terroir and a certain purity in the wine.

Pale gold in color, the nose shows elegant aromas of toast, almonds, citrus and peach. The palate is beautifully dry, medium to full bodied, with a thread of acidity providing freshness and ageing potential.

Food and wine pairing: A delight with richer fish dishes, pasta in a cream sauce, and delicious all by itself.

Albert Bichot, Chassagne Montrachet, 2007

Chardonnay
Albert Bichot, Chassagne Montrachet, 2007
Burgundy, France

Albert Bichot was recently named amongst the “Top 100 wineries in the world” by Wine and Spirits magazine. When Bernard Bichot founded the house back in 1831 it’s doubtful that he could have imagined such success.

This wine is from the famous appellation of Chassagne Montrachet, which is synonymous with top quality white wines. Chassagne typically produces the some of the most elegant and complex wines of Burgundy’s prestige appellations. It’s located just south of the historic town of Beaune, the winemaking capital of Burgundy.

The nose shows mature aromas of hazelnuts, toast, peach and citrus. It beautifully dry, quite full bodied, crisp and refreshing, and has a light toasty note to complement the minerality. This is well balanced fine white Burgundy.

Food and wine pairing: The perfect complement to chicken dishes, richer fish and pasta in a cream sauce. It also drinks beautifully all by itself.

Lanson, Brut, 1999

Champagne
Lanson, Brut, 1999
France

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 also given special treatment. Notably, it is aged for longer to allow its complex nuances time to evolve. This wine matured for over 13 years old before release.

Lanson 1999 is the epitome of a mature vintage Champagne. The golden tinges to the color indicate some age. On the nose the quality of the wine first becomes apparent, with high intensity of apple, citrus and toasted 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.