Enter the name for this tabbed section: Viognier White
Viognier White - A Limited Release - here for a short time only Layers of vibrant fruit character. Off dry (< 1), medium bodied, boasting tropical citrus and green apple notes with a refreshing crisp finish. A blend of Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay
Enter the name for this tabbed section: Viognier Red
Viognier Red - A Limited Release - here for a short time only Aromas of dark fruit are complimented by spice with hints of vanilla. This medium-full bodied red holds velvety tannins with a lush vibrant finish. A blend of Merlot, Syrah and Viognier.
Nocturnal - A Limited Release - here for a short time only
THE WINE: Nocturnal is a classic blend with an unusual moonlit twist. The grapes were plucked from the vines in the cool of the night when sugar levels are more stable and acid levels are better. This results in a wine with richer flavour and aromatics. Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre and Cinsault deliver complex spicy aromas with fruity plum and black raspberry on the palate, balanced with earthy woodsmoke. The full body and lush tannins make the finish just long enough to savour all the nuances in this gorgeous wine. A limited quantity of juice was secured, don’t miss out on this exceptional limited release.
THE REGION: Languedoc France
FOOD PAIRING: Try gourmet burgers to complement the smoky flavours in the wine or serve with a Cassoulet to match the Nocturnal’s southern France origins. A well-marbled cut of red meat makes for a more upscale pairing, but don’t forget the candlelight.
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Every year Passport Series™ takes us to new countries - from highly touted up-and-coming regions to age-old vineyards with long histories of excellence. It is an adventure through some of the most prominent and well respected wine growing regions around the world.
Enter the name for this tabbed section: Syrah
DECEMBER 2016 ~ SYRAH - LANGUEDOC, FRANCE
THE WINE Signature peppery bouquet, with raspberry and earthy notes; this classic varietal from Southern France is complex and harmonious with soft tannins. Flavours of blackberry and black cherry are accented with spicy black pepper and oak, hints of mint, herbs, mocha, and faint licorice on the finish.
THE REGION The Languedoc region hugs the Mediterranean coastline of France and has been planted with vineyards since the 5th century BCE. Vineyards here are generally planted in the coastal plains of the Mediterranean, known to be some of the hottest, most arid regions of France. With an average of 300 days of sunshine per year, low rainfall, and temperatures regularly above 30C, the weather provides excellent growing conditions.
THE FOOD Serve thick homemade burgers with aged cheddar, slow cooked lamb, or other grilled or roasted red meats. Try with hearty casseroles and pepper steaks. Hard, matured cheeses and 70% dark chocolate also pair well.
Enter the name for this tabbed section: Nero D'Avola
JANUARY 2017 ~ NERO D'AVOLA - SICILY, ITALY
THE WINE A lesser known Italian red wine grape, Nero D’Avola has long been a prized varietal in its native Sicily and in the last decade has been gaining favour in the rest of the world as a serious red, joining the ranks of big Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz. Nero D’Avola offers aromas of ripe black fruit with notes of vanilla and smoke, and abundant flavours of ripe black cherry & plum with spicy accents, velvety tannins, and a long finish.
THE REGION Situated just off the ‘toe’ of Italy’s boot, Sicily is home to a number of active volcanoes, which create rich, fertile soils ideal for agriculture. The largest of the Mediterranean islands, Sicily enjoys a typical Mediterranean climate with mild, wet winters, and hot, dry summers with consistent sunshine. This combination of mineral-rich soil and reliable weather create near perfect conditions for growing wine grapes.
THE FOOD A great wine to match with rich meats. Try with beef stews, game meats, or barbecued angus burgers topped with bacon. Black bean or shitake mushroom based dishes also make for excellent matches.
THE WINE Citrus aromas with underlying floral notes make for a fresh and vibrant aroma. Juicy lemon-lime flavours fill the palate, accented by orange blossom and apple notes, mineral tones, and a backbone of crisp, energetic acidity. The subtle sweetness really makes the citrus sing in this succulent & refreshing white.
THE REGION Located in the Mount Lofty Ranges, most of the region’s vineyards are planted at elevations between 400-500m. The climate is moderate-continental with long, warm summer days and cool to cold nights. The higher altitude of the region ensures these colder nights, slowing the ripening of the grapes and allowing the fruit to ripen more evenly, retaining crisp acidity. Clare Valley is known for its Rieslings, and wines grown here are heralded for their hallmark Riesling flavours – citrus, lime, apple, with mineral notes and crisp natural acidity.
THE FOOD This Riesling’s sweetness and acidity make it an easy pairing for a variety of dishes. Try with lightly to moderately spiced Asian inspired dishes, pad thai, or Tex-Mex dishes with cilantro & avocado. A fantastic pick for cheese fondue and creamy cheeses.
Enter the name for this tabbed section: Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé
FEBRUARY 2017 ~ CABERNET SAUVIGNON ROSE - SACRAMENTO COUNTY, CALIFORNIA
THE WINE Fresh strawberry on the nose, with watermelon and cranberry accents. This crisp, fragrant rosé carries juicy strawberry flavours and tart red fruit notes on the palate. Balanced and refreshing, with crisp acidity and a subtle minerality.
THE REGION Sacramento County lies in the middle of the Central Valley, California’s prime agricultural region. It extends from the low delta lands between the Sacramento & San Joaquin rivers to just north of the state capitol of Sacramento, continuing east to the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains. Sacramento County is graced with a hot Mediterranean climate, and receives an average of just 350mm of precipitation per year. The moderately rocky nutrient-rich clay loam soil retains moisture while allowing excess water to drain away, creating fertile grounds for the vines to thrive in the hot California sunshine.
THE FOOD Turkey burgers, meat pies, tourtiere, and cured sausage platters are great matches, as are light summer salads, greek salads, tapas, and feta cheese. Enjoy with practically anything off the grill or serve on its own lightly chilled.
Enter the name for this tabbed section: Kookaburra Red
MARCH 2017 ~ KOOKABURRA RED - RIVERLAND REGION, AUSTRALIA
THE WINE A bold, charismatic blend of Grenache, Shiraz, and Mataro loaded with raspberry, blackberry, spice, and a supple finish. Grenache brings ripe, jammy fruit flavours and hints of cinnamon spice. Shiraz provides a punch of blackberry, and plum flavours with elements of black pepper spice, while Mataro brings savoury, earthy notes, spicy elements and texture.
THE REGION South Australia’s picturesque Riverland region boasts over 300kms of the River Murray running through it, and wildlife is plentiful in the area. Kookaburras, native to Australia, are abundant here and their ‘laughing’ call is a common chorus along vineyards and riverbanks. With the hot, dry continental climate and minimal rainfall, the river provides much-needed water to the area’s vineyards. The Riverland’s flat terrain and long hours of sunshine mean the vines here receive consistent, quality sunlight, greatly reducing their chance of disease and ensuring fully ripe, flavourful grapes.
THE FOOD Drink alongside braised meats, grilled lamb with rosemary, meaty pasta dishes, and mushroom stews. Try with earthy dishes like spicy, hearty stews with red meat and root vegetables, mushroom risotto, or eggplant lasagna.
This year's Cheeky Monkey limited releases are inspired by classic French wine styles. Enchanté Red and Déjà Vu White are New World wines made in the Bordeaux style. Enjoy this Cheeky twist on old favourites!
Available AUG. 2nd, while supplies last.
Enter the name for this tabbed section: Déjà Vu White
Déjà Vu White - Australia Sauvignon Blanc/California Semillion
This Bordeaux-style blanc may give you a little déjà vu, but our New World twist will have you saying ‘ooh la la’. Lemon, lime, and subtle grapefruit aromas lead in to the true pièce de résistance – a dry, crisp palate with fresh citrus and melon flavours, rounded out with soft oak and gentle vanilla notes. Voila! C’est magnfique!
Enter the name for this tabbed section: Enchanté Red
Enchanté Red - California Cabernet Sauvignon/Cab Franc/Merlot
This vibrant blend has a certain je ne sais quoi that is sure to leave you charmed. Cherry and currant aromas rendezvous with notes of oak; rich avant-garde flavours of cherry, currant, and plum are accented by oak and a soft tannin finish. Enchanté, indeed.