River Grandeur wines are named after the majestic Brede river which runs through the Viljoensdrift vineyards. Viljoensdrift is a family owned farm and winery with brothers Fred and Manie Viljoen at the helm. Manie, as viticulturist, manages the vines and deciduous fruit, while Fred works his magic in the cellar. In 1998 Fred and Manie opened the cellar door after 30 years of supplying grapes to the local co-op and now they are reaping the benefits of their making.
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In 1987 John Hancock met Robert and Robyn Wilson in their London restaurant called Bleeding Heart. Over a bottle of John's award-winning Chardonnay, the concept of a Hawke's Bay winery was born. They were convinced they could produce world-class red wines as well as white in this region of New Zealand. By 1996 they produced the first small vintage and in 1997 Stage 1 of the winery was built on its current site and completed in time for the 1997 vintage. The grapes for this ecclectic blend of classic grapes are sourced from vineyards predominantly in the Gimblett Gravels and the Bridge Pa Triangle. The soils are deep river gravels, left by the Ngaruroro River as it changed course over many thousands of years. These free-draining gravels can be more than 100 metres deep. Their low fertility, along with the ability to control vine vigour by controlling soil moisture, give small crops with highly concentrated flavours and aromas. Serve with Classic lamb shank, slow baked in adnams Broadsi
This venture brings together the Burgundian Bruno Lafon, owner of Domaine Magellan in the Languedoc, and François Chamboissier from Bordeaux in a project in the south of France where they seek out great parcels of vineyards. Made from vineyards in the La Livinière village area, grown on clay and limestone soils that give a fullness to the wine. The Grenache are old bush vines very well adapted to the hot climate and minimal rainfall of this area which give a big, juicy flavours and to these are added 20% of Syrah grapes for added substance and aromatics.
Of all the great Beaujolais villages Fleurie deliveres a particular lively and fruity style of wine that has depth and charm. Frederic Montagneron makes a delightfully friendly version that epitomises the appellation for us. One of the three Beaujolais Cru wine that benefits from 12 months in bottle, and can be kept for up to four years - maximum. The others are Cotes de Brouilly and St Amour.
The primitivo grape hails from the heel of Italy and was thought to be the parent of what the Americans now call Zinfandel (although we know know it isn't). There are strong similarities in that full brambly flavours, a touch of spice alongside fullness and weight seem to be the hallmarks of these wines. This lively example from the Salento region is a perfect match for the highly flavoured dishes of Italian cuisine.
Contains one bottle of each of the followingred wines: 2011 Chateau Trebiac, Graves; 2010 Chateau Gontier, Cotes de Blaye; 2012 Chateau Argadens, Bordeaux Superieur ; 2012 Chateau Rivensan, Bordeaux; 2010 Chateau Cardinal-Villemaurine, St Emilion Grand Cru; Chateau Les Moines, Medoc. A wine journey through many of the appellations of this vastly diverse and fascinating region. Complete tasting notes are included making this a treat to enjoy at home or a magnificent gift.
An enjoyable red blend, made up primarily with Nero DAvola and a portion of Merlot and Syrah. The vineyards are situated on the hills of Trapani, where they soak up the wonderful Sicilian sun and cool, ocean breezes. The grapes are hand-picked in early October, then are de-stemmed and gently pressed. Fermentation takes place at controlled temperatures not exceeding 28 degrees Celsius, with frequent pumping-over in order to ensure optimum extraction of colour and gentle tannins. After fermentation, the three grapes are then blended together. Nero DAvola is Sicilys number 1 grape variety, and is indigenous to the island. Fedele Rosso is a pleasant, every-day drinking wine, due to its wonderful structure and soft tannins. Its packed with juicy, red berry fruit flavours, making it an ideal choice to serve with pizza, red meat, hamburgers, and tomato-based pasta dishes. Organic wine.
As with most junior clarets, Merlot predominates (95%) in this Château Malbat. For this, there are good reasons. Compared to Cabernet, Merlot tends to produce wines with more obvious fruit, and less aggressive tannins- both features which lend themselves to an earlier-drinking style of red wine. Malbat has been in the same family since 1870, and the current incumbent, of the sixth generation, is Daniel Rochet. Simple winemaking ensures great purity of fruit flavor. No rogue oak chips or barrels are involved.
Winemaking guru Susana Balbo has had a major influence on the wines of Argentina and her Domino del Plata estate is very much a family operation, her son Jose now looks after winemaking and daughter Ana heads up marketing. The Malbec grapes are grown at high altitudes on well drained, deep loam / clay soils. Bright and juicy flavours with all concentration and structure you'd expect while under the watchful eye of a great winemaker.
One of two Châteaux owned by Jean-Marie Garde (the other is Clos Rene, also in Pomerol) this 12.4 acre property is planted with principally Merlot,with 20% Cabernet Franc and 10% Malbec. Traditional fermentation is the order of the day here, with 25% of the crop going into new barrels in each vintage. Wines are bottled fined but not filtered which preserves all of the substantial plummy Pomerol flavours.
In 1987 John Hancock met Robert and Robyn Wilson in their London restaurant called Bleeding Heart. Over a bottle of John's award-winning Chardonnay, the concept of a Hawke's Bay winery was born. They were convinced they could produce world-class red wines as well as white in this region of New Zealand. By 1996 they produced the first small vintage on off-site premises. And in 1997 Stage 1 of the winery was built on its current site and completed in time for the 1997 vintage. Winemaking facilities combining the traditional with the modern are incorporated in the completion of the Barrel Hall in 1998. The first Gimblett Road wines, barrel-aged, were released in 1998 (vintage 1997); Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot and Syrah, to critical acclaim and a number of gold medals and trophies. They have since expanded and planted many other grape varieties including the fruit for this Spicy Syrah.