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Selbach-Oster, Zeltinger Sonnenuhr, Spatlese, 2012

Riesling
Selbach-Oster, Zeltinger Sonnenuhr, Spatlese, 2012
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.

The nose exudes intense aromatics of peach, apricot, a whiff of honey and grapey notes. On the palate the sweetness becomes evident, but the wine finishes in a drier style. There are notes of tropical fruits, honey, apricot, along with a subtle mineral character and a miniscule spritz that lifts the palate.

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

Tommasi, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico, 2009

Tommasi, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico, 2009
Veneto, Italy

There are a handful of Amarone producers that command international respect for their truly fine wines. Tommasi is unquestionably on that list.

Amarone is made from indigenous varieties that you don’t find elsewhere, named Corvina, Rondinella, Molinara and Corvinone. The best bunches are picked from the vine and then laid to dry on straw mats for 5 months before pressing. The tiny amount of juice extracted is deep, dark and concentrated.

The nose explodes with sweet dried fruit, with a note of raisin and dark chocolate. The palate is very full bodied, with luscious fruit sweetness, round tannins, and an aftertaste that lingers on and on. These wines can age for 30+ years.

Food and wine pairing: Grilled meats pair well. The wine is also perfect with hard cheeses as you finish your meal.

Mantlerhof, Mosburgerin, Reserve 1er Cru 2011

Gruner Veltliner
Mantlerhof, Mosburgerin, Reserve 1er Cru 2011
Niederosterreich, Austria

For over 200 years this family has farmed a small parcel of vineyards, making tiny quantities of exquisite Gruner Veltliner. This is a fantastic grape that performs best in Austria.

This famous producer prefers to remain low-key and focus their efforts more on production than marketing. This wine comes from the 1er Cru classified site Mosburgerin, a vineyard noted for its complex flavours.

The nose has a youthful freshness yet depth of aromatics. Celery, pear, citrus, minerals, pepper, and other nuances combine to create vibrancy and complexity. The palate is dry, light to medium bodied, with layers of green fruit flavours wound around the crisply acidic backbone, that leads into a beautiful long finish.

Food and wine pairing: The perfect match with spicy Asian dishes, fresh seafood, and soft cheeses.

Taittinger, Prestige Rose

Champagne
Taittinger, Prestige Rose
France

Taittinger is one of the most revered Champagne Houses. Connoisseurs adore the flagship Comtes de Champagne, perhaps the finest of all the sparkling wines made from 100% Chardonnay.

The House was started in 1734, and is family owned and operated. They have 288 hectares of vineyards, and a labyrinth of underground cellars where they slowly age their lovely wines.

The color is a pale salmon pink. A delicate stream of small bubbles rises to the surface, lifting the aromatics. Fresh raspberry, strawberry and a note of freshly baked bread entice the nose.

On the palate the wine is beautifully dry yet fruity, light and elegant in style but with intense and persistent flavors, and a gorgeous long length.

Food and wine pairing: The ultimate aperitif, and the perfect wine to pair with light seafood dishes. In France it is a popular way to end a lovely meal too.

Henriot, Rose Millesime 2008

Champagne
Henriot, Rose Millesime 2008
France

In Champagne most wines are made by blending multiple vintages together, which are then referred to as “multi-vintage”. But in exceptional years, when the quality of the harvest is outstanding, producers will release a vintage wine, like this gorgeous 2008 Rose.

It’s a big decision for a producer to release a vintage wine. It’s a showcase of the very best wine they can possibly make. And when the House has a prestigious reputation it becomes even more meaningful.

Henriot’s 2008 Rose has all the hallmarks of an exceptional quality wine. On the nose there is beautiful intensity, complexity and elegance. On the palate the balance is extraordinary, there’s subtle yet powerful concentration of flavor, and the length lingers on and on. Superb! We hope you enjoy it.

Food and wine pairing: The quintessential aperitif, sublime with light seafood, and unforgettable at the end of a beautiful meal.