Australia and Greece are the features of this 110 plus release.
One would expect more wines from Victoria, Tasmania and Barossa Valley, but Vintages buyers decided to concentrate on lesser known, and less expensive wines.
Yet there are some worthwhile wines that you should buy and cellar.
It seems now that South Australia’s winemakers are experimenting with blends of shiraz, mourvedre (aka monastrell), grenache and mataro more than ever. Previously, shiraz was mostly blended with cabernet sauvignon to provide “backbone” to the softer Australian shiraz.
Only one semillon from Hunter Valley, located just north of Sydney, is featured in this release. The valley’s famous for Semillon.
Greece is the other feature of this release.
All told, six Greek wines are on offer.
The rose is exceptional and ready to enjoy.
The moschofilero offers good value. I was surprised at the absence of at least one sweet wine from the island of Samos and assyrtiko bottles from Santorini.
My recommendations are:
US 1 Small Batch Bourbon Whiskey,Michter Distillery, Kentucky
Weighing in with 45.7 per cent ABV, this light amber coloured Bourbon smells corn and tastes “sweet”.
It is balanced, though touch alcoholic.
A fine Bourbon to sip with a little water to unlock its aromas, and maybe use it for an Old fashioned.
10-Year-Old Tawny Port, Offley, Douro Valley, Portugal
Sweet, smooth and rich. Walnut , coffee bean, nougat and molasses flavours dominate the palate. A fine tawny to enjoy after a gourmet meal with friends and lively conversation.
Cuvee Saint Flavy Brut Tradition, Gardet, Champagne, France
Restrained and delicate, this champagne offers apple aromas and in
the mouth lemon oil flavours. Persistent perlage indicates that the wine was properly handled.
Blanc de Blancs, 2002, De Castelnau, Champagne, France
Chardonnay, 2014, Hill-Smith Estate, Eden Valley, South Australia
Floral, bright and brimming with lemon and quince aromas . Light, crisp, medium-bodied. An excellent to pair with salmon, sole, haddock, roasted chicken specialties. Long aftertaste
Pinot Grigio, 2014, Nals Margreid, Alto Adige, Italy
This delicate and elegant pinot grigio from Alto Adige offers aromas of limes and lemons. An intense, crispy wine that deserves appropriate foods i.e marinated vegetables, panko-breaded calamari, grilled octopus, chicken breast in tomato concasse and cream
Long aftertaste. Excellent value
Acero Chardonnay, 2014, Marimar Estate, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California
Pale yellow colour due to early picking to preserve acidity. Rich and juicy, and smelling of tropical fruits and citrus. Pure unoaked chardonnay flavours. Persistent aftertaste. Ready to enjoy with seafood risotto, grilled salmon, panko-breaded filet of sole, and shrimp in cream and dill
Chardonnay, 2014, Buena Vista, Sonoma County, California
Black Sheep Riesling, 2015, Featherstone, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
Cuvee Grande Tradition, 2015, La Cadierenne, Bandol, Provence, France
Provence, Bandol in particular, rose wines are among the most complex in the world
This wine opens up with apricot, nectarine, peach and herbs de Provence. Light, bright, balanced and elegant. Pair with ham sandwiches enhanced with Dijon mustard, grilled octopus, panko-breaded calamari, sautéed shrimps with dill, and seafood lasagne.
Tavel, 2015, Chateau dÀquieria, Rhone Valley, France
This winery specializes in Tavel rose and uses in this blend grenache, clairette, cinsault, mourvedre, syrah, bourboulenc,and picpoul.
Medium bodied fragrant with raspberry and black cherry aromas.
A fine, refreshing wine to enjoy with vegetable stews, cheese-stuffed tomatoes, sliced tomatoes on buttered rye bread topped with slices of Vidalia onions.
Hacienda Lopez de Haro Rosado, 2015, Bodega Classica, Rioja, Spain
Le Pas du Moine, 2015, Chateau gassier, Provence, France
Akakies, 2015, Kir Yianni, Greece
Chateau La Fleur Pourret, 2009, St Emilion, Bordeaux France
Classified Grand Cru St Emilion this outstanding merlot-based wine is intense, fruity, elegant and deeply flavoured. Cellar for two or three years for more refinement.
Cabernet Sauvignon, 2013, Simi, Sonoma County, California
Crimson in colour. Berry aromas waft out of the glass. Rich and well
Full bodied and accessible, but would benefit from three to four years of cellaring. Long aftertaste
Los Perpetual, 2013, Torres, Priorat, Spain
Hacienda Lopez De Haro Reserva, 2009, Bodega Classica, Rioja, Spain
Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Riserva, 2010, Tolos, Abruzzo, Italy
Kekfrankos, 2011, J and J Eger, Hungary
Old Vines Grenache, Mourvedre, Shiraz, 2013, Torbreck, Barossa Valley, South Australia
Best’s Bin No 1 Shiraz, 2013, Great Western, Victoria, Australia
Grand Reserve Malbec, 2012, Graffinga, Mendoza, Argentina
Pinto Noir, 2014, Castle Rock, Willamette Valley, Oregon