Red Five Week International Wines
Amarone (with crushed grape pack including sun-dried red wine grapes) 5 - 2 – 0
Uses an Italian Valpolicella blend made with Corvina, Rondinella, and Molinara grapes. Fermented on a 1.5 litre virgin crushed grape pack made from equal portions of California CABERNET and BARBERA grapes and sun-dried red wine grapes. A robust wine with an earthy aroma backed by notes of spice and vanilla. When young, concentrated flavours of black cherry and figs compete with un-mellowed oak, firm tannins, and an alcohol level above 14%. Six months in the bottle will bring harmony to the flavours and softer tannins for a rich,well-rounded mouth feel and lingering finish. Another year or two of aging will create a truly special wine. This wine can be enjoyed sipped like port or can take on your most robust foods like game, sticky ribs, rich pasta, or blue cheese.
Argentinean Malbec (with crushed grape pack) 4 - 3 – 0
The 10.5 liter must-pack uses Argentinean Malbec juice and is fermented on virgin Argentinean Malbec crushed grapes. The finished wine shows deep, purple-hued colour, is medium-bodied with complexity and character that exemplifies Argentina’s signature grape. Plum and raspberry flavours and aromas introduce the wine with chocolate notes following. The finish encores the fruit and introduces mineral tones against bright acidity. Age at least 6 months for mature flavour and balance. In Argentina, this wine is the national favourite for barbeque beef and spicy sauces.
Argentina Malbec Syrah 3 - 2 – 0
A mélange of 2 classic varietals made with a new world twist! Malbec and Syrah are blended to create a wine with aromas of toast while fermentation on Shiraz Genuwine Winery Dried Grape Skins adds hints of cherry and dark fruit to the palate. Available for a limited time only.
Australian Cabernet Sauvignon 4 - 3 – 0
The warm Southern sun produces a bold Cabernet Sauvignon with the varietal’s signature nose: blackcurrants, dark chocolate and subtle toasty notes. Fermented with Cabernet GenuWine Winery Dried Grape Skins and toasted American oak produce a full-bodied wine with hints of coffee laced with vanilla notes.
Barbera 3 - 2 - 0
10.5 litres of must using California and Italian Barbera is fermented on a 1.5 litre virgin California Barbera crushed grape pack to deliver a medium-bodied wine with unique complexity and character. Deep crimson colour. Fruity aromatics dominated by raspberry and blackberry, with lightly spicy notes and a suggestion of vanilla. Well-rounded mouthfeel. Flavours of black fruit and a nice finish. Six months ageing is recommended to refine the balance between fruit, spice, tannins, and oak. Will continue to develop for more than a year. This wine should match well with a wide variety of hearty foods -- Italian pasta with tomatoes, eggplant, chicken, or red meats. Anything barbequed.
BC Pinot Noir 3 - 2 – 0
Grown in the popular Okanagan Valley, this wine has fine aromas of black cherries and fresh strawberries. The French oak produce silky tannins while subtle notes of pepper and spice round out the experience.
California Reserve Cabernet (with crushed grape pack) 5 - 3 – 0
This California Cabernet, fermented on a 1.5 litre virgin crushed California CABERNET SAUVIGNON grape pack, delivers a characteristically firm-tannin wine with loads of black fruit character made more interesting by the vanilla notes from the oak. The aromatics suggest blackberry and black currant. Flavour is centered around red and black currants which remain evident through the nice finish. Six months of ageing should reveal a harmonized wine with somewhat softened tannins, but the wine will improve for a year or two. This is a wine to serve with beef and lamb.
California Reserve Malbec Shiraz (with crushed grape pack) 4/5 - 3 – 0
Our newest 12L 5-week kit is a take on a wildly popular blend of Malbec and Shiraz first introduced from Argentina 2 or 3 years ago and that is already the number one brand in Canada, the US, and Australia. The finished medium-bodied wine is bright red with purple hues and is inflected with juicy red and black fruit notes, subtle spice (black pepper), and an inviting vanilla accent. The flavours are in fine balance with the natural fruit acids and soft tannins,making for a very pleasant and quaffable red. The wine shows well after 2 -3 months and will continue to develop for at least 12 months in the bottle. We do however expect that most batches will be thoroughly enjoyed within 6 months, and we won’t scold you if you follow that pattern.
California Reserve Merlot (with crushed grape pack) 4 - 1 – 0
California Merlot with 1.5 litres virgin crushed California MERLOT grape pack. The wine releases aromas of raspberry and cherry and a subtle toasted note, followed by flavours of raspberry and strawberry. Gentle tannins and well-integrated oak contribute structure to the fruit-driven profile without being too aggressive. Should show its true character in about 6 months, but will continue to develop for at least a year. This soft red pairs with red meats and will work well with roast chicken.
California Reserve Old Vine Zinfandel (with crushed grape pack) 4 - 2 – 0
A medium-bodied Zinfandel, with juice and concentrate from Lodi, that shows complex dark fruit and spice notes. Attractive tannins and added depth are contributed by fermentation with the virgin crushed grapes and untoasted American oak. An attractive wine that is a sound choice for social situations and with most red meats and pasta dishes. Widely chosen as the house favourite for barbeques. Inviting after a few weeks, but shows more depth and balance after about 6 months and will continue to develop for a couple of years. Serve at cellar temperature.
California Reserve Pinot Noir (with crushed grape pack) 3 - 3 – 0
We use 10.5 litres of California Pinot Noir must (and an accent of Pinotage) fermented on a 1.5 litre virgin California Pinot Noir crushed grape pack for this bright and fruity wine. Expect to enjoy lively black cherry and cranberry aromas and flavours against subtle spice and almond in the background. A few month of ageing will subdue the oak and tannins to let the fruit shine and define the medium-length finish. May be cellared for a year or more. The soft, light to medium-bodied wine may be lightly chilled and enjoyed as an aperitif, or serve with chicken, pork, or simple beef dishes (not recommended for your best steaks or rich, braised foods). Pairs well with salmon.
California Syrah 4 - 3 - 0
Although it is a relative newcomer to the California vineyards, this remarkably smooth wine has gained quick popularity. Raspberries and peppery spice blend in harmony to create an elegant flavour. Full-bodied in character, the Shiraz GenuWine Winery Grape Skins and American and French oak blend to deliver soft, balanced tannins and a lingering, smooth finish.
Chilean Malbec 4 - 4 – 0
With cool temperatures and plenty of sunshine, Chile has ideal growing conditions for this full-bodied wine. Complimented by warm spice notes, Malbec boasts aromas and flavours of ripe blackberry and blackcurrant. The addition of our Merlot Genuwine Winery Dried Grape Skins creates a chewy, deep, rustic red wine with intense cherry flavours and blended oak undertones.
International GSM (with crushed grape pack) (Grenache, Syrah, Mourvédre) 5 - 3 - 0
We picked a classic mix of Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvédre grapes in Gard, France, on the west side of the Rhône river, for the foundation of this example of Southern Rhône-style wine. The French juices were augmented with Syrah concentrate from California to add body and depth of flavour. Fermentation on the French virgin crushed grapes produces a dark, toasty, and racy wine typical of the Rhône. Bright fruit and violet aromas define the nose. Blackberry, black cherry, fig, cocoa, and licorice flavours intermingle on the palate. The finish lingers with more fruit, herbs, and a suggestion of spice. The wine shows best with 6 to 12 months of age. Pairs well with chicken, pork, and roasted vegetable dishes.With age, stands up well to grilled or roasted beef.
International Tempranillo (with crushed grape pack) 4 - 1 – 0
We harvested Tempranillo grapes in La Mancha, Spain to capture the essence of the region’s most famous red wine style. California Tempranillo concentrate has been added for more varietal flavour and extra body. After fementation on the virgin crushed Spanish Tempranillo grapes, the medium-bodied wine shows lively blackberry and plum flavours with hints of vanilla, cocoa, and tobacco. Picks up spice and herbs on the finish. Age 6 months or more to enjoy the full, balanced complexity. Lively and bright enough for light dishes. Enough tannin and grip for cured, roasted, or grilled meat and fowl courses.
Italian Barolo 4 - 3 – 0
This Italian classic is intense and full-bodied, luxurious flavours of dark plums and chocolate greet the nose. Hints of blackberries, toasted oak and spices on the palate are enhanced by the presence of Sangiovese GenuWine Winery Grape Skins.
Italian Brunello 5 - 4 – 0
One of Italy’s most popular exports, this powerful classic is full and expressive on the palate with lively cherry fruit and a brisk acidity, supported by ample smooth tannins. Our Sangiovese GenuWine Winery Dried Grape Skins and oak shavings provide a deep and lingering finish to this garnet wine.
Italian Primitivo 4 - 4 – 0
Full bodied in nature, it opens up with a luscious bouquet of ripe black cherry and delicate spices underlaid with a streak of medium toasted oak. The palate is blessed with well rounded smooth tannins, berry fruit and a complex, long fi nish. Suitable to be paired with hearty pasta dishes and tomato based sauces or strong Italian cheeses.
South African Pinotage 4 - 3 – 0
A grape native to South Africa, Pinotage is a cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsault. Enhanced with Pinotage GenuWine Winery Dried Grape Skins, this Pinotage has lots of dark fruit and serious tannins with subtle dark chocolate and spice undertones
Washington Merlot 3/4 - 3 – 0
Deep intense flavors of cassis and chocolate are trademark characteristics of this wine. Dark and rich with complex notes of blackberries. Velvety tannins enhance the mouthfeel and stature of this wine.