Six Sensational Feature Wines
Ascella Organic Wines 2017 Hunter Valley Reserve Shiraz – RRP $37.50
Located in the Broke Fordwich wine region, Ascella Organic Wines is the largest certified organic vineyard in the Hunter Valley. “Ascella” is a pair of independent stars in the Zodiac reputed to give happiness and good fortune.
The stars shine brightly over the vineyard as the grapes are picked in the cool of the night to assure freshness and great tasting wine.
TASTING This is a superb Hunter Valley Shiraz, well rounded with hints of mulberries and blackcurrant. Intense fruit flavours with a fresh spicy tannin. This is a wine that leaves you wanting more.
FOOD MATCH Wonderfully matched to lean cuts of meat, lamb or duck dishes and strong cheddar cheese.
CELLARING Drink now or cellar for up to 15 years.
Peterson House 2012 Peterson House Pinot Noir Chardonnay Meunier – RRP $48
This wine is made from the traditional sparkling wine varieties of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier.
TASTING Bottle aged for 6 years this wine is rich with complex toasty characters from the extended contact with the yeast lees. The mid palate has texture and depth, predominantly from the creamy yeast characters. The finish is long-lasting, clean and crisp and has touch of citrus and berries which belie its age.
FOOD MATCH Light to medium intensity seafood and white meat dishes. Perfect to accompany smoked salmon or pate.
CELLARING To be enjoyed now or with careful cellaring for 2-3 years.
Iron Gate Estate Iron Gate Estate Primera Shiraz – RRP $40
The Primera range of wines are selected by our winemaking team as the best examples of the varieties or blends made in that vintage year.
TASTING This wine is dark plum-red in colour with a purple edge; and aromas of blackberry, prune, white pepper and mocha-like oak notes. The palate is rich and round with plum and blackberry flavours. It possesses a soft tannin and oak finish.
FOOD MATCH Red meat dishes and cheese.
CELLARING Comfortably store for 5+ years.
Elbourne Wines 2017 H.A.E Single Vineyard Shiraz – RRP $55
2017 was an outstanding Hunter vintage given the hot and dry conditions. Only 150 dozen cases of this high quality Shiraz were produced from single vineyard estate grown fruit. Hand pruned and handpicked to ensure exceptional quality. It also took out the Gold Medal at the 2018 Hunter Valley Boutique Show.
TASTING Intense black/purple colour, with ripe dark fruits and pepper on the nose. A well structured and balanced palate, with loads of spice and layers to complement the outstanding fruit weight. Framed magnificently with skillful use of high quality French oak barriques. A big red, from a big Hunter vintage!
FOOD MATCH Suited perfectly with Beef Burgundy.
CELLARING Comfortably store for 25+ years.
Krinklewood Biodynamic Vineyard 2016 Spider Run Reserve Red Vintage – RRP $50
Spider Run wines are part of Krinklewood's reserve range, and are only made the years of an exceptional vintage.
TASTING Deep ruby red in colour, this wine has an intense and captivating nose, with loads of Mocha, dark cocoa and red plum aromas. The palate is rich and full, well integrated with classic spice characters and a complex tannin structure that will continue to develop over time into an elegant and sophisticated wine.
FOOD MATCH Perfect food match would be slow roasted wood fire oven lamb shoulder.
CELLARING Up to 10 years.
Savannah Estate 2008 Sparkling Malbec – RRP $45
This dark magenta Malbec is lifted, perfumed, aromatic and mouth-watering.
TASTING Rich, ripe, generous, soft and long. The upfront fruit flavours are of blackberry and stewed quince. The mid palate is wonderfully complex with layers of dark chocolate and liquorice with hints of black pepper. The back palate is soft and dry with lingering mocha like complexity.
FOOD MATCH Paired perfectly with Christmas honey glazed baked ham, Massman beef curry, Peking duck, onion and mushroom tartlets.
CELLARING Enjoy now or store for up to 2 years.