The following wines are exclusive, limited release selections, often available by pre-order only.
PASSPORT SERIES™ 2020
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 Series™ takes us to new countries – from highly touted up-and-coming regions to age-old vineyards with long histories of excellence.
This 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 Series™ takes you on a new, exhilarating journey every year, making this collection a highly sought-after one of a kind wine experience.
Every wine is an adventure – where will Passport take you?
UNION RED – France – Release Date December 2019
Alc./ vol: 13% | Body: Medium | Sweetness: Dry
Union Red is a flavourful blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. The Cabernet Sauvignon has aromas of cassis and savoury spice, along with flavours of black currant on the palate and a juicy dark berry finish. The Merlot and Cabernet Franc unify this blend and bring flavours of black cherry, tobacco and subtle hints of pepper.
A historic region that rests along the Mediterranean coast of France, bordered to the west by the Rhone River and Cote d’Azur on the east. Provence is blessed with a perfect climate for growing grapes; lots of sunshine, minimal rain, and warm days and cool nights. The region is famous for the “Mistral” winds which come off the Mediterranean to moderate the temperature and keep the vineyards dry and free of pests.
Drink alongside black pepper steak, braised leg of lamb or prime rib. Alternatively try a savoury lentil or mushroom stew, or roasted potatoes and root vegetables. Cheddar, aged gouda or other hard cheeses also make a great pairing for Union Red.
UNION WHITE – France- Release Date January 2020
Alc./ vol: 12% | Body: Medium | Sweetness: Dry
A classic French blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon create the crisp and medium body Union White. Expect aromas and flavours of citrus, gooseberry, and pear with faint herbaceous and mineral notes. Union White has bright acidity, bold aromatics and flavours with a clean finish.
Provence is the oldest wine producing region in France with over 2600 years of grape growing experience. The region borders Italy and the Mediterranean Sea and is known for its diverse landscapes from the Southern Alps to the rolling vineyards and olive groves. Wild rosemary, juniper, thyme and lavender grow all over the region which create character in the wines. The region is graced with a Mediterranean climate of warm days and cool nights and a diverse mix of terroir.
Sip this wine alongside shellfish such as oysters and mussels, or white fish like cod or halibut (with butter, caper and lemon sauces). A fresh arugula salad with a lemon parmesan dressing, goat cheese appetizers, tabbouleh, or asparagus risotto would also pair well. Key food flavours that enhance this wine are basil, parsley and citrus.
DOS GRENACHE – Spain / Australia – Release Date February 2020
Alc./ vol: 13% | Body: Full | Sweetness: Dry
Dos Grenache is a unique full body blend of Grenache from Spain and Australia. In Spain they call the grape Garnacha and it brings jammy aromas and flavours of strawberry, blackberry and dark cherry. The Australian Grenache has very similar characteristics but adds extra richness with notes of candied juicy ripe fruit. Dos Grenache is lush with intense berry flavours, along with hints of vanilla, cinnamon, dried herbs and spice.
Chiva is located in Valencia which is the centre of Spain’s sunny east coast. The Riverland region in southern Australia is the largest wine growing region that is located east of the Barossa Valley and extends along the Murray River. Chiva experiences very hot days that are relieved with a sea breeze from the Mediterranean. Riverland with a continental climate, sees hot dry and sunny days and relies on the Murray River to irrigate the vines ensuring fully ripe and flavourful grapes.
A great wine to match with any grilled, stewed or braised meats especially rosemary rack of lamb. The spice in Grenache also pairs well with hearty dishes that are herb-heavy and savoury such as herb roasted vegetables or ratatouille. For cheese try Manchego or a mild blue.
CARMÉNÈRE PETIT VERDOT – Chile – Release Date March 2020
Alc./ vol: 14% | Body: Full | Sweetness: Dry
A spicy blend of Carménère and Petit Verdot that is balanced, and fruit driven. Look for black cherry, blackberry and fig with earthy undertones, notes of chocolate, tobacco, tea leaves and savoury spice from the Carménère. The Petit Verdot adds another layer of ripe black fruits, plum and spice on both the nose and palate.
The Curico Valley is in central Chile, south of the capital, Santiago. It’s a warm valley between the Andes and Coastal mountains. The valley has a Mediterranean climate that experiences hot days and humid cool nights ideal for growing aromatic and flavourful grapes. The soils are composed of limestone and volcanic rock which both contribute to the bold flavours in this wine.
Beef brisket, filet mignon, and BBQ lamb chops are just a few of the dishes to pair with this Chilean blend. Stuffed peppers with chorizo and rice, and legume-based dishes are also an excellent match. Try with hard cheeses such as aged cheddar or pair it with 70% dark chocolate.
*LIMITED RELEASE* ATMOSPHERE Whiskey Barrel Shiraz
Ripe dark fruit and juicy berries are complimented by vanilla, subtle smokiness and herbal notes from the genuine unpeated Whisky oak. Expect bold, full bodied, with firm tannins and a smooth finish.
PASSPORT SERIES™ 2019
Grand Red – California – AVAILABLE FOR A LIMITED TIME
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.
*LIMITED RELEASE* Sour Cherry Dessert Wine Available Now
Deep ruby with lovely sour cherry on the nose. Tart cherry flavour that beautifully balances the sweetness of the wine. Warm, lingering finish.
*LIMITED RELEASE* Late Harvest Riesling Available Now
Bright yellow colour with notes of ripe apricot, pear and green apple. Honeyed late harvest character balanced by brilliant acidity.
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