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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.

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.