LIMITED RELEASE WINES FROM WINEXPERT
1 – JANUARY -SOUTH AFRICAN SHIRAZ CABERNET WITH GRAPE SKINS
This classic blend showcases the depth and ripeness of these intense grapes. Cabernet Sauvignon’s classic character of blackberry, currants, black cherry and cedar blend seamlessly with the densely packed berry, chocolate, espresso and pepper characters of Shiraz, with a hint of earthiness. As it ages it will show ever more blackberry along with plum and a hint of tobacco leading to rich vanilla and toasty-smoky notes.
2 – JANUARY – SOUTH AFRICAN VIOGNIER CHENIN BLANC ROUSSANNE
The three grapes make a unique wine of elegance, power and delicacy: crisp, but honeyed, with aromas of apricot, orange blossoms, herbal tea and melons give way to a medium body and a long rich finish of floral notes.
3 – FEBRUARY – PACIFIC QUARTET
The four grapes showcase a host of brilliant flavours of bright fruit, excellent structure and a long finish. Viognier from Chile gives apricots, blossoms and stone fruit. Chenin Blanc from California gives a wonderful melony-honeyed aroma with hints of apple. Gewürztraminer from Washington contributes lychee, rose petals and floral notes, and Muscat from Australia’s Murray-Darling Valley gives wonderful grapey notes with dried fruit and hints of orange peel.
4 – MARCH – OREGON PINOT NOIR
Deep ruby with garnet highlights Oregon Pinot Noir as a poet rather than a linebacker, and its character is defined almost as much in the elisions between its delicate scents and ethereal aromas as it is from its rich fruit and finesse. Aromas of red cherry, bright raspberry and strawberry give way to the delicate scent of violets, and the tannins are lustrously smooth and full on the palate.
5 – APRIL – WASHINGTON CABERNET MERLOT
A darkly powerful wine with immediate notes of oak and blackcurrants on the nose come to mingle with peppery spice and cedar, supported by a fruit-driven palate of boysenberry, plum, redcurrant and black cherry. The finish is boldly tannic, with a mouth-filling grip of dense, brambly fruit.
LIMITED RELEASE WINES FROM VINECO
1 – DECEMBER – SPAIN TEMPRANILLO GARNACHA
Two classic Spanish varietals make a lavish well-balanced Rioja style red. Garnacha brings jammy fruit flavours of black currant and raspberry with a dash of peppery spice, while the well-structured Tempranillo offers cherry, plum and spice notes. Together, they make a rich, complex wine with an extra-dry, long lingering finish.
2 – JANUARY – AUSTRALIA SHIRAZ GRENACHE WITH GRAPE SKINS
The perfect blend of rich fruit-forward notes of Shiraz with its soft and supple mouth-feel, and the cherry and currant fruit notes and a dash of peppery spice from the Grenache. Expect a fruit driven wine with juicy, ripe black and red fruits, light vanilla oak, and classic spicy accents on a full bodied frame with a long silky finish.
3 – JANUARY – AUSTRALIA RIESLING GEWURZTRAMINER CHARDONNAY
An aromatic and flavourful white blend with a refreshing, slightly rich mouth-feel, and flavours of honeydew melon, white peach and sweet citrus accented by notes of floral and spice. The Riesling brings refreshing citrus and mineral notes, Gewürztraminer adds floral and spice notes, and the Chardonnay brings texture and body, along with notes of melon and peach.
4 – FEBRUARY – ITALY PRIMITIVO
Primitivo creates an intensely fruity wine, plush and ripe, with terrific balance. Rich aromas and flavours of dark plums, black cherries, and dried fruits are accented by vanilla and smoky notes. Soft tannins provide good structure and mouth-feel, and the lingering finish shows classic notes of ripe dark fruit.
5 – MARCH – CALIFORNIA GRAND RED II WITH GRAPE SKINS
The Grand Red II is a rich and full blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, with ripe fruit notes of dark cherry, raspberry and black currant which are enhanced by oak and spice. The lush texture and soft tannins provide great mouth-feel. Juicy rich fruit, sweet spice and oak linger on the finish.
LIMITED RELEASE FROM R. J SPAGNOLS
1 – DECEMBER – ARGENTINA TORRONTES
Fragrant aromas of fresh lemon, orange, and floral notes lead to a ripe and vibrant style of Torrontes.
2 – DECEMBER – AUSTRALIA SEMILLON SAUVIGNON BLANC
With a wonderfully textured and rounded mouth feel, flavours of pink grapefruit, dried herbs, citrus, and a touch of tropical fruit gives every sip a generousity of flavour.
3 – DECEMBER – AUSTRALIA SHIRAZ VIOGNIER WITH DRIED GRAPE SKINS
This wine begins with aromas of cherry, blackberry, and violets as well as hints of pepper, vanilla, and chocolate that integrate through the palate.
4 – MARCH – ITALY NERO D’AVOLA
This full-bodied red wine opens with fragrant bouquets of plum, blackberry, coffee, and spice.
5 – MARCH – SPAIN MONASTRELL PETIT VERDOT WITH DRIED GRAPE SKINS
Medium bodied and well balanced, this wine features dense flavours of black fruit, smoke and cedar.