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?
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.
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.
Goldmine *Limited Release*
This aromatic blend of Symphony Gewürztraminer hails from the epicenter of California’s Gold Rush where grape growing dates back to the 1850’s. Goldmine is rich with floral and fruity notes on both the nose and palate. Peach and tropical fruit flavours from the Symphony with traditional lychee notes from the Gewürztraminer and subtle hints of honey create good balance and a sweet lingering finish.