Red Eight Week International Wines
Australian Shiraz 4 - 4 - 0
The hot, dry days and cool nights of Australia's Riverland region are ideal conditions to grow the intense Shiraz grape. The best examples will be full, yet soft and rounded out with oak - which is exactly what you will find in this Shiraz. Warm black fruit and berries will entice the nose, while flavours of red fruit, black cherry and chocolate round out the experience.
Coastal Cabernet Sauvignon 3 - 3 - 0
The vineyards in the Central Coast appellation are so diversely gifted with sun soaked mornings and cool foggy nights, that they foster intense, mature flavours and robust tannin structures. This plushy built wine has intricate layers of luscious black currants and cherries followed by black pepper laced with toasted oak, resulting in a dramatic finale of flavours.
Chilean Carmenere 4 - 2 - 0
Our Chilean Carmenere offers liberal flavours of fresh blackberries, plums and vibrant spice notes. Assertively full bodied, this exquisite wine treats the palate to the richness of toasted oak with smooth silky tannins and succulent dark fruits. An excellent balance between freshness, fruit and structure gives an ample and impressively persistent finish.
Chilean Merlot 3 - 2 - 0
The warm, dry summers, moderate rainfall and stony ground in the Maipo Valley provide a great microclimate for the Merlot grape. This medium bodied wine offers elevated succulent juicy berry flavours, accentuated by delicate aroma notes of coffee and vanilla oak. Ruby red in colour, it boasts of velvety tannins and a long fulfilling fruity aftertaste.
Italian Amarone 4 - 4 - 0
Blessed with abundant sunlight, the terraces and valley floors in the Veneto region provide an encouraging home to the Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara grapes. Deep garnet in colour, this is an assertively full-bodied wine with a delectable nose of black cherries, dark chocolate and oak. On the palate, it offers opulent dark fruit flavours cradled by firm tannins culminating in an almost endless finish.
Italian Barolo 3 - 3 – 0
Medium-heavy in body with a luminous dark cherry colour, tannin dominates the flavours initially, with intense grip and robust dryness in the finish. High acid, tannin and alcohol levels challenge the palate when the wine is young, but with age come rewards: wild ripe strawberries hot from the sun, a whiff of dark tar, the scent of roses and violets, and earthy, rich truffles. Burly, assertive chewy' wine, it is not for the faint of heart, but for those seeking intensity and complexity, there is nothing else like Barolo.
Lodi Old Vines Zinfandel 3 - 3 - 0
The famous thick, gnarled and twisted old Zinfandel vines of Lodi in California’s Central Valley contribute to intense concentrated flavours in the grapes. The wine is deep and rich, with bold, zesty aromas and ripe berry fruits on the tongue. Robust and exciting, it bursts with a spiciness that is met head on by the premium French oak. Food Pairing: Serve with spicy red meats, hot sausages and duck breast.
Lodi Ranch 11 Cabernet Sauvignon 4 - 5 – 0
The Woodbridge appellation in California's Central Valley has established itself for producing distinctive, consistently excellent Cabernet. Woodbridge Ranch 11 Cabernet Sauvignon is the hearty red wine classic that lovers of fine Cabernet hunt down with passionate zeal the king of red grapes in all its splendid glory. Our Cab has the trademark blackcurrant and cherry flavours, but its true triumph is the subtle weave of complex flavour compounds that contribute to the overall experience. Oak and tannins, pepper and spice, combining structure and rich fruit for a red wine that will dazzle from first aroma to long elegant finish.
Napa Valley Stag's Leap District Merlot 4 - 4 - 0
A sublime Merlot from the prestigious vineyards of California’s Napa Valley, where ideal climate and soil conditions, combined with refined growing and cellaring techniques, allow for consistent high quality treatment of grape varietals. Harvested from the highly regarded Stag’s Leap District on the valley’s east bench, this Merlot is dry and medium bodied with a soft, supple fruity palate of plums and red berries. Its characteristic spicy aroma, accentuated with light warm oak, foreshadows the rich, round, smooth and mouth-filling flavour experience, finishing with lengthy elegance. A must-try for Merlot lovers everywhere.
New Zealand Pinot Noir 3 - 3 - 0
This Pinot Noir has elevated aromas of plump red cherries, bitter chocolate and spice which define the intense varietal character of this full-bodied wine. Ruby red in colour, the palate is rich and oaky supported by flavours of blackberries and herbs layered over silky, integrated tannins, finishing with great length and depth of character.
Oregon Yamhill County Pinot Noir 3 - 3 - 0
Recognized for centuries as the Queen of grapes, Pinot Noir makes the old world’s most sought-after (and expensive wines). But in Oregon, Pinot Noir is making exciting new wines, and Yamhill County, poised between the cooling Pacific breezes to the west and the Willamette River to the east, makes some of the best. This remarkable wine creates a lasting impression on the palate and in the memory. Intense ripe-grape, mint, raspberry and black cherry aromas, along with smoky yet elusive oak make this a medium-bodied and rich wine. High in alcohol, it has intense flavour despite its delicacy. Like liquid silk, gently caressing the palate, the refined tannins are compelling, yet rounded. The intense varietal character is brilliantly expressed by our unique strain of yeast, which allows the true fruit to shine through this highly focused and delicious wine.
Sicilian Syrah 4 - 3 - 0
Sicily with its beautiful sun baked islands and costal plains presents a superb microclimate for Syrah grapes to thrive. Both spring frost and late summer rain are rare, making it very conductive to a rewarding harvest season. The Syrah from this region is robust and displays deep rich colours underlaid with delicious aromas of ripe cherries, plums and bitter chocolate. The concentration of berry fruits, silky tannins and spices wrap tightly together and blend into a seamlessly fine, lingering finish.
Sonoma Valley Pinot Noir 3 - 2 - 0
With more than 200,000 acres stretching from the rugged Pacific coast to the Mayacamas Mountains, Sonoma country offers a rich and varied landscape.
Sonoma Valley Pinot Noir has silky tannins carrying notes of truffle, toast, herbs, gorgeous cassis, black cherry and raspberry flavours and black spice. Food-friendly, it shows restrained toasty oak and well-balanced acidity. Food Pairing: Pairs nicely with a wide variety of meat dishes.
Washington Columbia Valley Cabernet Franc/Merlot 4 - 3 - 0
Washington state is home to more than 350 wineries producing 20 different varietals. It is showing incredible growth, tripling in size over the past decade making it American’s second premium wine producing state. The nose of this wine holds an intense aroma of plum, black cherries and vanilla with an underlying hint of pepper and spice. Fruit flavours of plum and currants blended with the silky-smooth taste of chocolate and firm tannins give this medium-full bodied wine a pleasant finish, leaving you wanting more. Food Pairing: Goes well with meat stews and beef roasts.
Woodbridge Ranch 11 Cabernet Sauvignon 4 - 4 - 0
The Woodbridge appellation in California’s Central Valley has established itself for producing distinctive, consistently excellent Cabernet. Woodbridge Ranch 11 Cabernet Sauvignon is the hearty red wine classic that lovers of fine Cabernet hunt down with passionate zeal – the king of red grapes in all its splendid glory. Our Cab has the trademark blackcurrant and cherry flavours, but its true triumph is the subtle weave of complex flavour compounds that contribute to the overall experience. Oak and tannins, pepper and spice, combining structure and rich fruit for a red wine that will dazzle from first aroma to long elegant finish.