A wildly eclectic selection of New World wines. Spanning Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, USA and A Reserve Malbec from Argentina. These are the premium, top range, single estate wines and for such a premium case, it includes wines only that have won coveted medals and awards. They have been handpicked because each is above its class and is over delivers in every single way. The producers have won multiple medals for these wines and you or your recipient is in for a real treat this with every of these wines.
2 x Palliser Estate Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand
Palliser Sauvignon Blanc is a premium wine from Martinborough,NZ – It won Gold at the world wine awards in 2012 and is served in first class in Lufthansa, Cathay, Etihad and Quantas – Its has also been served in every 3 Star Michelin restaurant in NewYork now or in the past. It is similar in style and quality to Cloudy Bay and is regarded as one of the best Sauvignon Blancs in NZ. The winery are part of the original 'Family of Twelve', a group of 12 original wineries from NZ who together endeavour to make wine that represents NZ to the highest standard.
2 x Thistledown 'Thorny Devil' Single Vineyard Grenache, Mc Laren Vale, Australia
James Suckling is a World renowned wine critic. He gives this single vineyard wine 91/100 points, saying 'I like the frank fruit in this wine,with a stewed undertone. Full bodied, juicy and fruity,savoury finish. Bigger style of Grenache, drink now'
This wine is made for Christmas day dinner. It is soft and generous, with lots of fruit and generous length. The Spicy undertones will react beautifully with food. It's no surprise that behind Thistledown, is two Master of Wines, one of them Irish. Savour these two bottles over a long lingering dinner.
2 x Iona Chardonnay, Elgin, South Africa
Master of Wine Tim Atkin rated this wine a 94/100 points. Werner, Iona's Winemaker believes there is no other site like this in South Africa. Wine legend, Jancis Robinson recently tasted this Chardonnay at a London wine tasting. She said of it:
'Pale greenish straw. Pure and straight and arguably less distinctive than the two Sauvignon Blanc-based wines from Iona. But the same lightly reductive, liquorice scents on the nose as fine white burgundy. Very crisp and fine. Very precise and youthful. Quite long after crystalline structure'
2 x Petaluma Cabernet Sauvignon, Coonawarra, Australia
The team at Petaluma Wines have crafted a gorgeous wine here from the much acclaimed Evans vineyard in South Australia’s famous Coonawarra region. What a classic in its own right, screaming out Coonawarra from the very first sniff. Fresh notes of black dorris plums and blackberry jam mix with aromas of fresh rosemary and eucalyptus. A stunning Aussie Cabernet from the famous Terra Rossa soils of the Coonawarra. Elegant and classy, perfect with a slow cooked shoulder of Lamb.
2 x Cartlidge & Browne Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, USA
Within the first few years of Napa Valley's rise to stardom, Tony Cartlidge jumped onboard the wine train to successfully launch his own label, Cartlidge & Browne, in 1980. His unique curiosity and adventurous spirit has helped him build the strong, business that it is today. Cartlidge & Browne has grown exponentially over the past 30 years, gaining recognition from critics such as Robert Parker, The Today Show, and most major wine and food publications. They're known for high quality, California-sourced fruit, easy drinking wine sold at a friendly price point. The Cartlidge & Browne slogan, 'Please stick your nose in our business'; has become an offbeat way of expressing the winery's attitude that wine should not be taken so seriously! Everyone at Cartlidge & Browne has chosen winemaking as profession for many reasons, but above all else, they want the wines they produce to ignite stories of good friends, good food, lots of laughter and lasting memories.
2 x Domaine de Bourquet Reserve Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina
Made from organic grapes from vineyards located in Alto Gualtallary, Tupungato at an altitude of 1200 (4000 feet) above the sea level, one of the highest points in Mendoza.
The wine is composed of 85% Malbec, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot, 5% Syrah, which has been aged in French oak for 10 months and 4 months of bottle ageing. It was given 92/100 by James Suckling and also another 92/100 points by Master of Wine Tim Atkin. It also won a Gold medal at the international Organic Wine Awards.