Wine Descriptions

Full Bodied Reds

Amarone – Available in an 8 week wine Amarone is powerful, intense, and has a stunning complexity of vibrant flavours. It is a deep rich garnet color and its intense flavours and high alcohol make it a full-to-heavy bodied, richly dry wine. It is packed with rich raspberry, blackberry, almond, with slight hints of chocolate flavours. Due to its high tannins, it has a beautiful long finish.

Barolo (Nebbiolo)Available in a 5, 6 or 8 week wine Barolo has been called the “King of wines” and the “wine of Kings”. It is one of the world’s best wines and is made from only the very best Nebbiolo grapes. Barolo, a robust red, is full bodied and very dry. It’s high in acidity, alcohol and tannin. The aroma is similar to ripe strawberries, tar, roses, violets and truffles. This wine improves with age and becomes a beautiful mellow red. Barolo is best served with food. It nips the taste buds and enhances an exquisite dining experience.

Cabernet MerlotAvailable in a 4, 5, 6 or 8 week wine This popular blend combines the plump, fruity, earlier ageing Merlot grape with the robust Cabernet Sauvignon grape for a powerful match. The Cabernet Merlot blend is loaded with jammy currant and berry flavours, a ripe, medium-full body of dried fruit, backed by oak. Try with steak frites, lamb chops or mixed grill.

Cabernet Sauvignon – Available in a 4, 5, 6 or 8 week wine Cabernet Sauvignon is a highly sought after red wine known for its depth of flavour, aroma and ability to age. It is full-bodied and intense, with cherry- currant and sometimes herbal flavours. Cabernet Sauvignon may have noticeable tannins. The bold flavoured cabernet sauvignon is often matched with strong flavored foods like: chocolate, filet mignon, grilled steak, lamb chops and strong flavoured cheeses.

Cabernet Shiraz – Available in a 5 or 8 week wine Cabernet Sauvignon structural intensity perfectly complements the ripe fruit and chocolate flavours of Shiraz, for rich, complex and hearty red wine of outstanding character Carmenere – Available in a 8 week wine Carmenère is deep crimson in color, with fruit-filled aromas and flavours of dark cherries, berries, spice and smoke. It is a medium-bodied wine, with tannins that are gentler and softer than those of Cabernet Sauvignon. On the nose it’s sweet, smooth and seductive, on the palate its super concentrated and intense with almost overpowering blackberry and boysenberry fruit. This wine should be enjoyed young due to its naturally soft tannins. Carmenere pairs with most foods.

GSM (Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre) – Available in a 5 or 8 week wine In this superb red, the three wines come together to create a rich full-bodied wine boasting an intricate collection of flavours. Its full nose has generous cherry, plum and blackberry aromas with toasty vanilla undertones. Initial fruit flavours gain complexity as more spicy, earthy and savoury elements show themselves in the warm and generous finish. A delicious Rhone-style red wine fine yet firm tannins pairs perfectly with barbecued pork, braised lamb, marinated beef tenderloin and full flavoured pastas.

Shiraz – Available in 4, 5, 6 or 8 week wine Shiraz is known for its spicy blackberry, plum, and peppery flavours. Often there are additional notes of liquorice, bitter chocolate and mocha. Shiraz is even affected by growing temperature – warmer climates bring out the mellower flavours of plum, while cooler temperatures spice up the wine

Super Tuscan – Available in a 8 week wine Super Tuscan wine is a blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. It is a full-bodied, muscular, red wine with aromas and flavours of rich black fruits, spice, vanilla, plum, leather and raisin. Velvety tannins and great structure make this wine the perfect match for stews, braised meats, Parmigiano Reggianno cheese, meat-lovers pizza, barbecued ribs and rich pasta dishes.

Syrah (Shiraz)Available in a 5 or 8 week wine Syrah can produce monumental red wines with strong tannins and complex combinations of flavours including berry, plum and smoke. It’s known as Shiraz mainly in Australia and South Africa. Vieux Chateau du Roi – Available in a 5 or 6 week wine Full-bodied, yet soft red. A terrific wine to serve with red meat dishes

Zinfandel – Available in a 5 or 8 week wine Zinfandel is a red wine with light to full body and berry-like or spicy flavours. The Zinfandel grape is also widely used in the popular off-dry blush wine known as White Zinfandel. The Red Zinfandel pairs well with moderately spicy meat dishes and casseroles.

 

Smooth Reds

MalbecAvailable in a 5, 8 week wine
This black grape creates a rustic, mid-bodied wine, but is most often used in blending with other wines.

Malbec/Syrah – Available in a 5 week wine
A popular blend of Malbec and Shiraz. The finished medium bodied wine is bright red with purple hues and is inflected with juicy red and black fruit notes, subtle spice with an inviting vanilla accent. The flavours are in fine balance with the natural fruit acids and soft tannins making this a very pleasant and quaffable red. Its matches well with a variety of foods, beef, pork, pasta and pizza. The wine shows well after 3 months and will continue to develop for at least 12 months in the bottle.

Merlot – Available in a 4, 5, 6 & 8 week wine
Merlot is a red wine with medium to full body and herbaceous flavours. Merlot is typically softer in taste than Cabernet Sauvignon. Its flavours and aromas include blackberry, baked cherries, plums, chocolate, and mocha.

 

Fruity Reds

Brunello (Sangiovese)Available in a 5 week wine
Complex layers of honeysuckle, strawberry, apricot, and tropical fruit. Smooth and round with notable strawberry flavour. Don’t confuse this as just another take on White Zinfandel. The wine shows well after a couple of months of ageing. Serve lightly chilled as an aperitif or with light foods.

Pinot Noir – Available in a 4, 5, 6 or 8 week wine
Pinot Noir is a red wine of light to medium body and delicate, smooth, rich complexity with earthy aromas. They are less tannic than a cabernet sauvignon or a merlot. Pinot Noirs exude the flavour of baked cherries, plums, mushrooms, cedar, cigars, and chocolate.

Valpola (Valpolicella) – Available in a 5 or 6 week wine
Valpolicella can be a fruity, medium-weight red wine. They can have a light cherry flavour, with liquorice hints and slightly bitter finish. It goes well with light dishes – pork, lamb, eggplant in red sauce.

Rich Whites

Chardonnay Available in a 4, 5, 6 or 8 week wine
Chardonnay is a white wine which can range from clean and crisp with a hint of varietal flavour to rich and complex oak-aged wines. Chardonnay typically balances fruit, acidity and texture. This varietal goes well with everything from fish and poultry to cheeses, spicy foods and nut sauces.

 

Fruity Whites

GewurztraminerAvailable 4, 5, 6 or 8 week wines
Gewurztraminer is a white wine that produces distinctive wines rich in spicy aromas and full flavours, ranging from dry to sweet. Flavours of gingerbread, vanilla, grapefruit, and honeysuckle come out of this varietal. It is often a popular choice for Asian cuisines and pork-based sausages.

Muller Thurgau Available in a 5 week wine
Wine from the Muller-Thurgau is usually dry to semi-dry and is lightly aromatic, notes of peach, apple & pear

Viognier – Available in a 5 or 8 week wine
Viognier is noted for spice, floral, citrus, apricot, apple and peach flavours. It typically produces medium bodied wines with relatively high acids and fruit

 

Crisp Whites

Chamblaise
An easy-drinking, light-bodied wine with a smooth, refreshing flavour

Chenin Blanc – Available in a 5 week wine
Chenin Blanc is a white grape that produces a crisp, balanced wine. Chenin Blanc tends to taste of apples, pears, tropical fruits. It tends to be dry to semi-dry

Pinot Gris (Pinot Grigio) Available in a 4, 5, 6 or 8 week wine
The low acidity of this white varietal helps produce rich, lightly perfumed wines that are often more colourful than other whites. The best ones have pear and spice-cake flavours.

Riesling – Available in a 4, 5, 6 or 8 week wine
Rieslings are white wines known for their floral perfume. Depending on where they’re made, they can be crisp and bone-dry, full-bodied and spicy or luscious and sweet. The flavour is often of peaches, apricots, honey, and apples and pairs well with duck, pork, and roast vegetables, salads, appetizers, fruits – even BBQs and spicy cuisine

Sauvignon Blanc – Available in a 4, 5, 6 or 8 week wine
Sauvignon Blanc is a white wine best known for its grassy, herbal flavours. Sauvignon Blanc is also called Fume Blanc, and is a popular choice for fish and shellfish dishes. A delicious crisp white wine

Verdiccio Available in a 6 week wine
This yellow-green grape produces a crisp and dry white wine with an elegant aroma and flavour.

Rosé

White Zinfandel – Available in a 5 or 8 week wine
White zinfandel is delicious with cream-based-sauce with pasta, with fish, pork, and other “lighter” meals. It tends to have citrusy and light flavours Orange, vanilla, strawberry, raspberry and cherry.

 

Champagne/ Sparkling Wine

These wines are made effervescent in the wine-making process. Champagnes and sparkling wines range in style from very dry (Natural), dry (brut) and slightly sweet (extra Dry) to sweet (sec and Demi-Sec). Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc & Zinfandel Blush are recommended for champagne however any white wine or blush wine is suitable.

Dessert Wines

Ice Wine Ice wine is the sweet, luscious and intensely flavoured dessert wine made from grapes that have frozen on the vine.

Fortified

FortifiedAvailable in 8 weeks

Port – In the Portuguese tradition this wine is made from a blend of several grape varieties. Intense fruit flavour and character. Brandy may be added to elevate the alcohol at the time if bottling