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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.

Torres, Salmos, 2008

Grenache, Carinena, Syrah
Torres, Salmos, 2008
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, 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.

Dr. Loosen, Erdener Treppchen, Spatlese, 2010

Riesling
Dr. Loosen, Erdener Treppchen, Spatlese, 2010
Mosel valley, Germany

Ernst Loosen is the owner of a winery that can trace its history back over 200 years. In fact, back then Mosel Rieslings were the most expensive wines in the world.

This wine comes from the Treppchen vineyard, close to the town of Erden. Long ago, stone steps were built into the vineyard’s steep hillside to help workers reach the vines.

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 young and vibrant, and bursts with aromas of stone fruits like peaches and apricots. The palate is medium bodied, elegant and delicate, with enough acidity to counter-balance the sweetness. This wine will age for 20-30 years, but is delicious now.

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

Selbach-Oster, Zeltinger Sonnenuhr, Spatlese, 2009

Riesling
Selbach-Oster, Zeltinger Sonnenuhr, Spatlese, 2009
Mosel Valley, Germany

Since 1660 the Selbach family has been producing some of the very finest Rieslings in the Mosel Valley. This is arguably the greatest of all the German wine regions, which is known for the incredibly steep slopes, slate soils, and wines that are capable of ageing for decades.

This wine comes from the Sonnenuhr vineyard which is close to the village of Zelting. It is made entirely from the Riesling grape, which is picked when the level of sugar in the berry qualifies it to be classified as a “Spatlese”, or late harvest. This indicates the wine is medium sweet.

The nose shows enticing aromas of sweet apricots, peaches and honey, with a subtle mineral character. The palate is medium in body, with succulent honeyed flavors and sweet apple, with a zesty acidity that dance across your palate. This is a wine of great elegance, delicacy and style.

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

Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou, AC St. Julien, 2nd Grand Cru Classe, 2007

Meritage – Cabernet Sauvignon & Merlot blend
Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou, AC St. Julien, 2nd Grand Cru Classe, 2007
Bordeaux, France

Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou is, without question, one of the very finest wines of Bordeaux. It is a top performing second growth and consistently rated 90 points and higher by the critics. The 1995 vintage was awarded “Best Red Wine in the World” by Wine Spectator and the 2009 awarded a perfect 100 points by Robert Parker.

It is owned and operated by the dynamic Bruno Borie, the 3rd generation to manage the estate. The stately chateau is surrounded by 75 acres of beautiful vineyards, planted to 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot.

This 2007 vintage shows fragrant aromas of cassis, flowers and cedar. The palate is classically dry, quite full in body, with some chewy tannins, and flavors of toast, dark chocolate, vanilla, and black cherry. Elegant and approachable, with exceptional length, Ducru is one of the finest wines in the world.

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

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.

Dr. Loosen, Erdener Treppchen, Spatlese, 2009

Riesling
Dr. Loosen, Erdener Treppchen, Spatlese, 2009
Mosel valley, Germany

Ernst Loosen is an icon in Germany, and around the world. He is, without question, the best ambassador for great Mosel Riesling. He was named as a “Decanter Man of the Year”, a very prestigious award.

This wine comes from the Treppchen vineyard, which sits on perilously steep terrain. Centuries ago, workers built stone steps into the vineyard’s steep hillside to help them tend the vines.

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 moderate degree of sweetness, an attribute that is highly prized in German winemaking.

The nose bursts with aromas of peaches and apricots, and shows excellent freshness and vibrancy. The palate is medium bodied, elegant and delicate, with enough acidity to counter-balance the sweetness. This wine will age for 20-30 years, but is delicious now.

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