The grapes were selected from vineyards in Marlborough’s Wairau Valley and the neighbouring Awatere Valley. The vines ranged in age from 18 months to 15 years bringing a mix of youthful vigour and depth of flavour.
The grapes were machine harvested in the cool of the evening and overnight to preserve flavour and pressed immediately with minimal skin contact. Fermentations were carried out at low temperatures and when all tanks had completed fermentation they were proportionately blended, fined, stabilised and bottled.
Lovely pale yellow. Tropical melon and pineapple aromas, passion fruit and lifted citrus aromas. A mouth-filling wine packed with fruit sweetness balanced by mouth-watering acidity and a fresh, zesty, lingering ﬁnish.
100% Glera grape (aka Prosecco) from the province of Treviso.
Made using the charmat or tank method – a quicker process than the méthode traditionelle to enhance the light, fresh nature of the wine. The first fermentation takes place in temperature-controlled stainless steel vats. Afterwards additional unfermented juice and yeasts are added to set off the second fermentation to give the wine the sparkle. The wine is then filtered and bottled under pressure.
Pale straw in appearance with green hints and a fine mousse the nose is fresh and zesty with apple and citrus aromas. The palate is dry with elegant fruit and good balancing acidity.
The Tommasi family have been making wine since 1902 and today the 4th generation are in charge.
From grandfather Giacomo’s tiny vineyard, the Tommasi estate has grown steadily over the course of years and today owns vineyards and estates in several different Italian regions.
Their Lugana is from the “Le Fornaci” vineyard in the San Martino estate just to the south of Lake Garda.
Made from 100% Trebbiano di Lugana, the wine is fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel vats followed by 5 months ageing also in steel.
Pale straw in colour, the nose is clea, fresh and spicy, highlighted by delicious hints of tropical fruit. The palate is medium-bodied, dry and elegant with a long, clean, crisp finish. A perfect aperitif or ideal with simple seafood.
The Yarra Valley’s very own opera diva, Dame Nellie Melba, enchanted the world as Mimi in “La Bohème”. This range of wines pays tribute to one of her most well-known operas, based in the characterful Latin Quarter of 1880’s Paris.
Act 4 combines the spicy quality of Syrah (Shiraz) with the juicy fruit of the Beaujolais grape, Gamay.
A mixture of whole bunches and whole berries with some early foot stomping to create some juice to start the ‘wild’ ferment. Some additional working of the skins toward the end of fermentation. The grapes were then pressed and the wine racked in to 500 litre casks for 10 months ageing.
Deep red with a purple edge, the nose is gently aromatic with aromas of red fruits & dried herbs together with some earthy, mineral complexity. The palate is supple and textural with juicy, cherry like fruits and forest notes, lots of spice and good zesty acidity.
Based in the village of Vergisson the Drouin family domaine comprises some 11 hectares and is run by Thierry and son Charles-Edouard. Established for several generations it comprises 6ha of prime Pouilly Fuissé vineyards and 3ha of Macon Villages.
The grapes for the Mâcon-Bussières are from low-yielding 35 year old vines planted with a north-west exposure.
The wine is aged for 8 months in 500-litre oak barrels on fine lees to extract maximum flavour and texture.
Pale straw yellow in appearance, the nose of the wine has rich aromas of vanilla, pear and pineapple as well as white flowers. On the palate, the expression is elegant, middle-weight and pure with a touch of citrus/mineral flavour on the finish.
All of Allegrini’s impeccable wines are produced from estate-grown fruit from their 90 hectares of vineyard in the communes of Sant’ Ambrogio and Fumane. Across the range and from vintage to vintage, they have superb fruit, balance, intensity, length, elegance, tipicity and, above all, drinkability.
Each wine has winemaker Franco Allegrini’s distinct stamp of quality, but every one has its own distinctive character. They are among the elite of the world’s best producers of red wines.
The south-east facing vineyards are located in the hills of the Valpolicella Classico region at 150-250 metres above sea level. The soil there is very varied but mostly chalky, of volcanic origin. The vines are 32 years old on average.
The grapes were de-stalked before crushing, after which fermentation occurred at 25-31ºC in temperature-controlled stainless steel. Maceration lasted nine days and malolactic fermentation took place in December. The wine was held in stainless steel tanks until bottling in mid-February where it spent a further two months before release.
Ruby red in colour, with purplish-blue highlights. Fragrant fruit with prominent notes of dark cherries are echoed by fresher hints of pepper and aromatic herbs, typical of Corvina and its genetic cousin Corvinone, the historic varietals of this appellation. Whilst young, the Valpolicella is impressively lively and fresh and with age it takes on a fuller, rounder character.
“Le Paradou” Côtes de Provence Rosé is a joint project between Alex and Fred Chaudière of Château Pesquié in Ventoux and US wine shipper Eric Solomon.
A blend of Cinsault, Grenache and Rolle (Vermentino) from 20-30 year old vines from a vineyard at 250 m altidude in the shadow of Montagne Sainte-Victoire in the heart of Provence.
The fruit is hand picked in the cool of early morning and transferred to the winery where it is cooled before a short, gentle maceration to extract the lightest possible colour. Fermentation and ageing is in temperature-controlled stainless steel vats to maximize freshness.
Very pale in colour the nose is fresh and clean with notes of red berries – raspberries and strawberries – with a touch of spice. The palate is dry and refreshing with soft fruit and a lovely supporting acidity that leads to a long, lingering finish.