The Framingham Riesling vines, planted in 1981, are among the oldest in Marlborough. Grapes for the 2017 Noble Riesling were selected from the old, organically-grown vines on the Framingham estate vineyard. Soils there are of the old river bed type; fist-sized stones composed of greywacke (a hard, dark type of sandstone streaked with quartz and feldspar), mixed alluvial gravel and silt. Vineyard practice for this wine is geared to produce ripe grapes that have had maximum “hang time” on the vine.
A sweet, botrytis-affected wine inspired by the classic German “Beerenauslese” style. The wine is deeply concentrated, yet elegant and not cloying as a result of its vibrant acidity and naturally low alcohol, (9.5% ABV) On the nose, there are aromas of orange citrus, apricot, marmalade and cream with a rich mouthfeel and extract, lots of stone fruit and zesty flavours, all held together with the bright acidity.
Pinotage is a classic South African variety and originates from a 1925 cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsault (known as Hermitage in South Africa). The Fairview Pinotage was primarily harvested from bush vines in Malmesbury and Agter-Paarl, some of which are over 25 years old. These older vineyards are dry farmed and the vines grow on deep soils. This is supplemented by fruit from an irrigated, younger, trellised vineyard at Fairview.
Torrontés is the signature white variety of Argentina and is a cross between Muscat of Alexandria and the Mission grape of Galicia. It thrives in Salta, where the climate is cooler. Bodega Colomé’s Torrontés is grown using the pergola system at very low yields to ensure good concentration of aromas and flavours.
Overall, the Calchaqui Valley reached the optimal condition...
The full bodied Grand Vin of the Dominus estate starts with elegant black cherry evolving towards well structured tannins. Early bottling has preserved more fruit character in this vintage. The Bordeaux style blend includes 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Cabernet Franc, 9% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot.
The Shiraz grapes were carefully fermented to avoid extracting any harsh tannins, 20% of the final blend is barrel aged. The winemaker also added 5% Malbec at the end of the whole process - a sneaky technique that gives a mulberry fruit twist on the finish.
Bright, aromatic and juicy - impressively bright fruit and soft silky elegance.
Drink with Moroccan lamb tagine, roast vegetables and hard cheeses.
A brilliant South African Shiraz from a great vintage. Fresh, vibrant, black & red fruit with a bright mineral palate and a long finish.
The final blend is aged on lees for an extended period in French oak barrels along with around 15% from the previous vintage. This ensures a more complex wine with greater palate weight and mouthfeel.
A great partner to homemade burgers or sticky spare ribs.
Created by Kevin Judd, an English born wine maker with many years of experience, Greywacke was established in the early 90's. They have two main varietals - Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir, but also make a range of other wines alongside these. The 2017 Sauvignon Blanc is full of intense fruit flavours, aromatic notes of stone fruits such as nectarine alongside a definite floral hint, dry and crisp on the finish.
Aromas of vanilla, cracked black pepper and dark damson fruit. On the palate this wine is round and fleshy, beautifully balanced and packed full with robust red fruit flavours and a lick of oak.
Bursting with bright citrus and vibrant tropical edged yellow orchard fruit, La Crema Sonoma Valley Chardonnay is just so delicious to drink chilled on its own or try it with poultry.
Made from a national grape called Bonarda (Corbeau in France, Charbono in USA). From two vineyards from Agrelo, Lujan de Cuyo (Mendoza) at 900 metres above the sea level
Deep ruby to deep purple colour. Pure strawberry and blueberry fruit abound on the enticing nose. The palate is complex and layered with all spices, cherry, tobacco and plum fruits. Finely structured tannins provide texture whilst a clean acidity maintains freshness. The finish is long and displays ripe blueberry, sweet smoke and dark fruits.
The wine is aged for 6 months in American oak barriques.
Since 1995, Mitsuhiro Anzo has made wine at Chateau Mercian. This wine is made from Koshu grapes (480 hectares in Japan) which are grown in the North West of Tokyo (Fuefuki district, Yamanashi prefecture) at over 400 metres altitude....
Having arrived in Australia in the 1950's the Mitolo family began as market farmers growing vegetables, they branched out into the wine industry many years later and produced their first wine in 1999. Their business plan consisted of 6 words - individuality, integrity, quality, purity, elegance and power. This is an easy drinking Cabernet Sauvignon from Mitolo, bright and juicy on the palate full of dark fruit flavours and a definite richness.