The following wines are exclusive, limited release selections, often available by pre-order only.
Australia- Chardonnay Riesling – Available July
A unique blend of Chardonnay and Riesling that is full of character and flavour. Aromas of lemon-lime and peach are followed by tropical fruit, apple, citrus and subtle vanilla on the palate. A versatile, easygoing wine that can be enjoyed on its own or pairs well with fish tacos and pulled- pork.
PASSPORT SERIES™ 2019
General Kit Information
Labels: Included Completed: 8 Weeks Volume: 18L
This is your ticket to a new world of wine. Tour different terroir, explore the exotic, and uncover the unique.
Every year Passport SeriesTM 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.
From classic varietals to charismatic blends, this limited release wine series celebrates the unique, thrives on exploration, and insists on excellence. Available for just a short time and by reservation only, the exclusive Passport SeriesTM takes you on a new, exhilarating journey every year, making this collection a highly sought-after one of a kind wine experience.
Every year an adventure; every bottle an expedition. This is the road less traveled. Where will your Passport take you?
Grand Red – California – Available May 2019!
Sweetness Dry Body Full Alcohol 14 %
THE WINE: Cabernet Sauvignon is the backbone of this wine, providing great structure, body and depth of colour. Merlot provides a silky texture, and Syrah intensifies the rich fruit character. This full-bodied wine has velvety tannins and a rich mouthfeel with flavours of red and black berries, cherry, mocha, vanilla, Chai spice, chocolate and oak.
THE REGION: California’s North Coast consists of some of the most well- known and respected wine growing regions, including Sonoma, Stags Leap in Napa and Lodi, the source of the grapes for this exceptional wine. The climate is quite variable from valley to valley, but is classified as Mediterranean. The growing vines and grapes benefit from the long growing season, hot days and cool nights and wet winters creating high quality wines.
THE FOOD: This rich red would complement wild game meats, marinated leg of lamb, beef brisket, pepper steaks, bacon wrapped fillet mignon, New York steak with blue cheese butter, rich lentil dishes, and hard aged cheeses such as Cheddar and Manchego.
A marriage of Argentina and Spain brings you a full-bodied wine rich in aromas of dark berries with nuances of licorice and chocolate. Balanced and full with soft tannins, a palate of ripe black and blue berries are complemented with spice of black and white pepper, creating a finish that is long and pleasing.
Mendoza, Argentina and Valencia, Spain share similar growing conditions; hot dry summer days that create the perfect environment for full ripening with cooler nights to provide a much needed break from the daytime heat. Both located at higher elevations, Mendoza is a high flat dessert like plain (2000-3600 ft.), and Valencia is a more mountainous region (400 – 3600 ft.). Both regions rely on man controlled irrigation because of the extreme dry climate and threat of drought. Mendoza utilizes the irrigation channels from the Andes Mountains snowmelt and Valencia’s vines are irrigated through drip irrigation systems.
This bold blend deserves a bold food pairing. Try a barbeque burger topped with smoky bacon and blue cheese. Other food ideas include beef empanadas, mushroom and bean stews and beef brisket.
*LIMITED RELEASE* Citrus Twist
Fragrant citrus aromas are followed by flavours of juicy, sweet clementine and a hint of tart lime from the calamansi.
*LIMITED RELEASE* Pineapple Coconut
Tantalizing tropical fruit aromas give way to a rush of zesty pineapple and rich coconut flavours with soft mango notes.