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The SELECTION range
Barolo Style - Deep purple colour with a very full, robust mouth-feel of black fruits and oak. A rich wine for rich foods.
Cabernet Sauvignon - Noble Californian red grape, rich in tannins, produces a deep full bodied wine with intense aroma and flavour. A robust wine, perfect with red meat or wild game. Best when aged for several months.
Cab/Sauv/Merlot - This popular blend combines the plump, fruity, earlier-aging Merlot grape with the robust Cabernet Sauvignon grape.
Chianti - A dry, light-medium bodied wine with elegant flavours of cherries and blackberries with moderate acidity and spicy notes.
Luna Rossa - Big, bold and bountiful with loads of rich black fruits and oak. Plenty of tannin and structure for short term aging.
Merlot - Characteristically deep in colour with black cherry & berry aromas. The full fruit intensity of this wine makes it perfect with lamb, red meats & spicy tomato sauce dishes.
Pinot Noir - A very popular grape producing a wine with very fruity, yet spicy characteristics. Has a velvety flavour & a fullness of aroma resembling black currants. Aging uncovers further complexity.
Shiraz - Boasts an incredible concentrated blend of blackberry fruit, spice and chocolate, all within a firm structure that keeps it together beautifully.
Valpolicella - A delicate bouquet of red berries with a hint of oak.
Viex Chateau du Roi - A soft, easy drinking red wine with plenty of character and charm. A wine for many occasions.
White Merlot - Fresh strawberries burst from this off-dry, light-medium bodied, refreshing rose style wine.
White Zinfandel - A soft, refreshing, medium dry rose wine with flavours of red berries.
Chardonnay/Semillon - An interesting blend of classic Chardonnay; giving the wine structure, complexity and depth; and Semillon, giving the wine body and character. A dry, medium-bodied wine with a good balance of fruit and oak.
Gewurztraminer - A very distinctive white wine with exotic, spicy, almost perfumed characteristics. Flavours of lychees and rose water in a refreshing medium body style.
Johannisberg Riesling - A beautiful floral bouquet with flavours of citrus, apple and sweet spice. This is a crisp, clean, refreshing white wine.
Liebfraumilch - An uplifting floral bouquet with flavours of ripe, sweet fruit with a touch of sweetness and balancing acidity
Luna Bianca - A rich, buttery bouquet with flavours of tropical fruit, vanilla and oak with a smooth, round mouth-feel.
Piesporter - A soft, easy drinking wine with delicate aromas and flavours of apple, pear, honey and elderflowers.
Sauvignon Blanc - A classic varietal with a grassy, herbaceous character, plenty of refreshing acidity and a very dry mouth-feel.
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Selection Estate Series Ultra premium wine kit
Selection Estate Series re-defined the premium wine kit landscape, by offering a very limited number of prestigious varietals and styles, sourced from exclusive vineyards in the world's greatest winemaking regions. Blended with 100% pure varietal grape juice and varietal grape juice concentrate, with no added sugars, Selection Estate Series yields wines of exceptional flavour, aroma and complexity.
Crushendo combines all the fine attributes of the Estate series with a crushed grape pack
Castellina Supertuscan di Siena - A bold, yet supple wine, expansive enough to be consumed with great pleasure, the big, smoky, earthy nose of ultra-ripe cherry and currant fruit is followed by a richly tannic finish.
Serve with a rack of lamb with herbs, Tuscan-style meat dishes with tomato sauces, Stroganoff or meat grilled rare.
South Australian Single Vineyard Shiraz - A medium-full bodied wine combines the fruit flavours of plum and currants with the silky-smooth taste of chocolate and firm tannins.
Goes well with meat stews and beef roasts.
Valpolicella Classico di Veneto (Corvina) - The power grape of Italy's famed Valpolicella, Bardolino and Amarone, Corvina is renowned for fruity, full-bodied wines with cherry aromas and a hint of almond. The Veneto region stretches from the northeast border with Austria down to coastal Venice, with a mild continental climate ideal for long, controlled ripening and intense grapes.Corvina Classico has lush, intriguing aromas of ripe red cherries and raspberries, delicate hints of almond, toast and spice and a richly tannic finish that has the fruit lingering on your palate for many minutes.
Sonama Valley Cab Sauv - Most people are unaware that Sonoma red wines win more awards than Napa. Winexpert Crushendo Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon's elegant and powerful nose showcases big black cherry character with nuances of mocha cedar and cigar box. It is bold and chewy on the palate with concentrated cassis, blackberry and cedar flavours along with firm structure and smooth (but powerful) tannins showing elegance on the long finish.
"Wine improves with age. The older I get, the better I like it." Anonymous
Lodi Old Vines Zinfandel - The famous thick, gnarled and twisted old Zinfandel vines of Lodi in California's Central Valley contribute to intense concentrated flavours in the grapes. The wine is deep and rich, with bold, zesty aromas and ripe berry fruits on the tongue. Robust and exciting, it bursts with a spiciness that is met head on by the premium French oak.
Lodi Ranch 11 Cabernet Sauvignon - The Woodbridge appellation in California's Central Valley has established itself for producing distinctive, consistently excellent Cabernet. Woodbridge Ranch 11 Cabernet Sauvignon is the hearty red wine classic that lovers of fine Cabernet hunt down, with passionate zeal, the king of red grapes in all its splendid glory. Our Cab has the trademark blackcurrant and cherry flavours, but its true triumph is the subtle weave of complex flavour compounds that contribute to the overall experience. Oak and tannins, pepper and spice, combining structure and rich fruit for a red wine that will dazzle from first aroma to long elegant finish.
Napa Stags Leap Merlot - A sublime Merlot from the prestigious vineyards of California's Napa Valley, where ideal climate and soil conditions, combined with refined growing and cellaring techniques, allow for consistent high quality treatment of grape varietals. Harvested from the highly regarded Stag's Leap District on the valley's east bench, this Merlot is dry and medium bodied with a soft, supple fruity palate of plums and red berries. Its characteristic spicy aroma, accentuated with light warm oak, foreshadows the rich, round, smooth and mouth-filling flavour experience, finishing with lengthy elegance. A must-try for Merlot lovers everywhere.
Washington Columbia Valley Cab/Franc/Merlot - The nose of this wine holds an intense aroma of plum, black cherries and vanilla with an underlying hint of pepper and spice. Fruit flavours of plum and currants blended with the silky-smooth taste of chocolate and firm tannins give this medium-full bodied wine a pleasant finish, leaving you wanting more.
Sonama Pinot Noir - Silky tannins carrying notes of truffle, toast, herbs, gorgeous cassis, black cherry and raspberry flavours and black spice. Food-friendly, it shows restrained toasty oak and well-balanced acidity.
New Zealand Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc - Marlborough has the sunniest, driest climate in New Zealand, and the Wairau Valley's rich soils combine with the cool nights to deliver astonishingly pungent wines, with gooseberry, herbs, pink grapefruit, fresh-cut grass, asparagus, lime-leaf, tropical fruit, passion fruit, and a host of other beguiling aromas. Few wines ever achieve the amazing aromatic complexity and zesty fruit of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, long, rich flavours, redolent with grass and currant leaves, and a crisp dry finish.
Sonoma Dry Creek Valley Chardonnay- A fresh, well-balanced wine with typical Chardonnay characteristics of tropical and citrus aromas and flavours. The fruit quality of these grapes is allowed to shine through, and the rich, round mouthful lingers to a long, crisp finish without the influence of oak.
Washington Columbia Valley Riesling - The Columbia Valley produces many prestigious wines from their world class Riesling grapes. Delicate yet complex, Rieslings grown here offer pronounced ripeness while retaining acidity, showing fantastic floral aromas and flavours of peach and apricot, while still maintaining a crisp freshness.
Washington Yakima Valley Pinot Gris - Offering fresh aromas and flavours of ripe honeydew melon and crisp green apple and an attractive floral note. The wine has an elegant, creamy finish restrained by a refreshing crispness that makes it very food-friendly.
German Mosel Valley Gewurztraminer - The Mosel valley is famous for its beautiful scenery and excellent wines. Gewurztraminer grapes from this region tend to be a dusky pink colour, and result in wines from light to a dark golden yellow with subtle copper tones. Gewuztraminer is quite full-bodied, more so than most any other white wine type and the combination of its strong and heady perfume, exotic lychee flavour and rich texture make it a powerful wine with an intense and memorable finish.
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Argentine Malbec - The Argentine Malbec has found uniquely favourable growing conditions in Argentina and has no doubt created one of the most successful and delicious Malbec wines in the world. A combination of desert climate, cold nights, and irrigation of eternal snows from the Andes, creates an especially healthy environment for these vines. An intense bouquet of damson plums, blackcurrant and violet aromas give way to a slight touch of hunting and leather notes. This richly purple coloured Malbec carries a velvety texture with long, soft flavours. Although it ages beautifully, firm tannins and mellow acidity allow this wine to be enjoyed while young.
Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon - Our Chilean version of this classic boasts black pepper and berry bouquets. Notably flavorful, with tannins that develop with age.
Chilean Merlot - Powerful fruit and spice flavour, with mellow tannins for a supple finish. Deserves ageing, but will develop quicker than Cabernet Sauvignon
Chilean Pinot Noir - a bright ruby colour with delicate aromas of red berry flavours. Medium bodied and supple with a hint of herbiness, the mouth feel is very elegant with soft tannins and a subtle oak finish.
French Cabernet Sauvignon - An excellent candidate for short term aging due to its moderate tannins. Deep ruby red colour with berries and oak on the palate.
French Merlot - Direct from the vineyards of southern France, this classic varietal is rich with ripe fruit and berry flavours, yet soft and elegant. Dry, full-bodied and deeply coloured, with a complex velvety taste accentuated with premium French oak.
Italian Amarone - Italian Amarone is a very intense and complex wine, with a wide array of flavours and aromas. Deep ruby red, this heavyweight wine exudes aromas of sour cherries, dark chocolate, stewed plums, dried fruits, anise, raisins, bitter almond, tobacco, leather and molasses, and has a spicy-earthy bittersweet finish that lengthens on indefinitely from the huge volume of tannins. Delightful with food, Italian Amarone is often enjoyed by itself, sipped outside of mealtimes with good conversation and good friends.
Italian Montepulciano - Montepulciano is a vigorous red grape variety widely planted over much of east-central Italy, capable of creating deeply coloured, rich red wines with blackberry fruit flavours and spicy, peppery tannin levels. Montepulciano generally produces wines that are smooth and mellow yet robust and mouth filling, with dependably high alcohol content. An Italian gem you won't want to miss.
Italian Sangiovese - (san-joe-VAY-zee) has a bright red cherry character, overlaying strawberry notes, with hints of violets and white pepper. It's medium body and long, wonderfully smooth, tannic finish is livened by a zing of acidity and toasty oak.
New Zealand Pinot Noir - New Zealand's finest. A delicate wine with aromas of violet and luscious red fruit characteristics of cherry, strawberry and raspberry. Silky tannins grip your palate and end with a velvet, smooth finish. An elusive aftertaste of spice & toasty vanilla makes you long for more.
South African Pinotage - Delicate and balanced like a Pinot noir, with the hardiness and robust colour of Cinsault. Deep intense ruby colour with purple highlights. Layered aromas of raspberry, spices, red cherry, and fruitcake give way to rich complexity of flavours including raspberry, vanilla, plums, coffee.
Spanish Rioja - Spain's finest red wine blend from the famous northern Spanish region. Tends toward the traditional French blends, combining bright berry and spice flavours, deep red colours and solid tannin backup. Includes premium oak for a soft, dry vanilla finish. Delightful when aged.
Australian Traminer/Riesling - The lively golden hue reveals a combination of floral notes and apple crispness with perfumed headiness of lychee, rose petals, and hints of passion fruit. The long finish and medium body makes a great off-dry wine for sipping.
Chilean Chardonnay - Our Chilean Chardonnay displays charming flavours and personality: lively and medium-bodied, with citrus and apple notes.
French Chardonnay - The classic, from the country that made it famous in so many of its high-end white wine blends. Pleasantly dry, with medium acidity balanced with subtle hints of citrus and fruit.
German Muller-Thurgau - crisp and clean, with a grapey fruit character, low to medium acidity, and a pleasantly fragrant aroma. Vibrant flavours of crunchy green apples are imparted in its floral residual sweetness
Italian Pinot Grigio - A bright, crisp, dry white wine with a gentle perfume and a detectable spiciness. Fresh, fragrant and lively, its flavours include a certain flintiness with hints of citrus and almonds.
South African Chenin Blanc - Pale straw colour with a green tinge and the aroma of summer melon, this medium to full-bodied, dry white wine evokes luscious tropical fruit flavours and has a palate-pleasing, well balanced, crisp, lingering aftertaste.
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Robert Louis Stevenson
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Cabernet Franc Icewine - Sweet and rich, almost syrupy in texture, with rose and salmon tints, Cabernet Franc Icewine entices with irresistible aromas and flavours: ripe currants, notes of spice, honey, strawberry, tart rhubarb and cranberry .
Cream Sherry - rich and smooth, with the body of a fine liqueur. Produced from lusciously sweet selected grapes, it is excellent with desserts or snacks.
Dry Sherry - a well-balanced, straw-coloured sherry in the style of the great finos. Served chilled, it is a crisp, dry delight - the ideal aperitif.
Port - Rich and warm with flavours of fig, plum and chocolate makes this a bold, distinctive dessert wine.
Chocolate Raspberry Port - this wine is bursting with rich, intense flavours and aromas, has traditional Port character of warm, rounded cherry and plum, supported by a racy zing of bright raspberry. Perfumed and gently tart with luscious liquid chocolate, beguiling with dark, bittersweet aromas of coffee and vanilla. Toasty hints of oak guide the way to a long, rich finish. Excellent within three months, this wine will age gorgeously if you can keep any that long!
***NEW***Blackberry Port - Native to the Americas, Blackberries are bursting with intense fruit flavours. Often used to describe Cabernet Sauvignon, blackberry aromas are deep and richly fruity. This, along with lingering tannins and a gorgeous deep purple hue make it an excellent foil for the broad richness of Port. Bright berry notes lift up this wine, making it a superb foil for intense cheeses, roasted nuts and especially chocolate desserts.
***NEW***Okanagan Peach Icewine - The Okanagan Valley lies in the rain shadow of British Columbia's Coastal mountains. The region's very low annual average rainfall means that part of the valley is a true desert! In this climate Vidal grapes ripen to perfect intensity, with notes of honey, apricot, and spice. Okanagan Peach Icewine has deep floral notes, stone fruit and perfect sweetness, balanced with the sun-ripened perfume of a luscious peach.
"New Millenium" Sparkling Wine - A fantastic bubbly made from a blend of quality California grape varietals, Millennium produces an off-dry sparkling wine with a fruity bouquet and taste, and a crisp finish. The colour - a warm, deep gold - matches that of the finest old cuvees. Full bodied and bursting with fruit aromas, this sparkling delight displays a wonderful balance of fruit and acidity - everything you would expect from a fine commercially produced sparkling wine.
Riesling Icewine - Prized as a unique sweet wine specialty, our Icewine - based on Riesling grapes - will surprise you with its body and complexity. Served chilled, this golden nectar should be sipped slowly to cherish its special charms.
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WORLD VINEYARD COLLECTION
Australian Shiraz - Australia's route to fame on the world wine stage, Shiraz from Down Under offers lush berry aromas that beg for a hearty whiff. A wine of ripe fullness, its concentrated blackberry fruits and fragrant spiciness are a delight on the tongue. It has the uncanny quality of allowing early consumption despite its complexity and 'bigness'. Robust and lively, Australian Shiraz is a savoury treat.
California Trinity Red - An ideal blending of three of California 's most popular grape varieties - Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot, coming together to make a perfectly balanced, well- structured dry red wine. Notes of black cherry and coffee complement the smokey, herbal flavours, and hints of vanilla that round out this medium bodied wine.
California Pinot Noir - World Vineyard California Pinot Noir creates a lasting impression on the palate with an intense ripe-grape and black cherry aroma, accented by a spicy suggestion of cinnamon and mint. Medium-full bodied and rich but not heavy, it's perfectly balanced with alcohol acid and tannin working harmoniously, and has substantial flavour despite its delicacy. It has an appealing soft, velvety texture, like liquid silk gently caressing the palate.
California Zinfandel Shiraz - A deep flavourful red wine with notes of raspberry, black cherries, figs, dark chocolate and a jamminess that finishes with a peppery spice.
Chilean Malbec - The hot dry climate allows the grapes to reach excellent ripeness, and lush fruity characters, making an intense, black wine. A thick-skinned grape full of colour, tannin and flavour, Malbec makes wines of great power and character, with blackberry, plums, tar, red pepper, sweet cherry, spice, licorice and deep bittersweet notes, almost like unsweetened chocolate, or espresso.
Chilean Merlot - Originating from the world famous Maipo Valley wine region in Chile hails this great addition to our Passport Series. This reputable Merlot is a soft and supple variation with powerful fruit and spicy flavours. Renowned for its ripe cherry character, the Merlot is a perfect partner for red meats, lamb, and hearty stews. A must have on those crisp autumn evenings.
French Cabernet Sauvignon - rich, intense aromas, deep berry fruits, healthy tannins, and a smooth, lingering finish. With the proper tannin astringency and premium French oak evident throughout, this is an elegant wine offering body and complexity when aged.
Italian Barolo - Medium in body with a luminous dark cherry colour Winexpert World Vineyard Barolo has rich, spicy fruit and delivers the true character of the grape and land. Typical flavours are cherries, violets, black licorice, truffles and it finishes with rich, chewy, deep and long-lasting flavour. Burly, assertive 'chewy' wine, it is not for the faint of heart, but for those seeking intensity and complexity, there is nothing else like Barolo.
Italian Sangiovese - The lively fruit and good acidity make it one of the most food-friendly of all reds, pairing well with pasta, veal Parmigiana, intensely flavoured cheeses, and fruits like cherries, figs, plums and raspberries.
Spanish Tempranillo - Gorgeous ruby red in colour, this medium-bodied wine is Spain's answer to Cabernet Sauvignon, with berry, plum and herbal notes running to a lush finish of tobacco, leather and vanilla. Serve with roast pork, sheep's milk cheeses, roasted vegetables or lamb.
Australian Chardonnay - Supple and slightly buttery, this wine lingers on the palate with layers of toast and spice. Extremely versatile with foods, this is the 'red wine' of white wines, combining beautifully with grilled pork, chicken, fish, salads and cream-based pasta sauces.
Australian Riverland Reserve - A stunningly unique blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Colombard and Muscat varieties sourced from Australia's Riverland region on the Murray River. The hot climate produces a wine offering a lively combination of rich ripe fruits, complimentary acidity, and a full body, making this delicious white wine a 'must-try'.
California Trinity White - A unique blend of Colombard, Sauv Blanc and Semillon, combining lemon and grapefruit aromas with rounded fruit, redolent of melons and fresh figs to round out this crisp refreshing medium-bodied white.
French Sauvignon Blanc - Steely, grassy, herbaceous, the classic traits of palate-cleansing Sauvignon Blanc are here in this version sourced directly from the French countryside. Crisp and dry, this refreshing wine is a fabulous match with food, as its full, fresh flavours and wonderfully balanced acidity make it essential with chicken, fish and grilled vegetables.
German Muller Thurgau - Muller-Thurgau (Moo-lehr Tirr-gow) Delicious flavours apricot, green apple and peach aromas of Riesling, and the early ripening qualities of Silvaner.A great sipping wine, it's a perfect choice for potato chips (there's nothing like a crisp glass of Muller-Thurgau and some crunchy chips!) but mostly it's a very satisfying wine to quench a thirst in good company.
Italian Pinot Grigio - The Italians have their own way with the Pinot Gris grape variety, and in the process they create a special magic with it that's unmatched elsewhere in the wine world. Though dry in character and with a pleasant zip of acidity, this Pinot Grigio shows off a pleasant floral fragrance and tremendous fruit flavours, making it the perfect picnic accompaniment.
Italian Trebbiano - This light, almost pale in colour, crispy white wine offers citrusy notes and a clean, fruit with almond-like finish. Excellent with appetizers such as shrimp cocktail or lightly flavoured pastas.
South African Chenin Blanc - Chenin Blanc is a late ripening grape, which brings intense flavour development. Unusual for a grape that hangs so long, it retains crisp acidity, underpinning bright flavours of green apple, tropical fruit and melons, with a distinctly floral nose and a juicy, quenching finish.
Washington Riesling - World Vineyard Washington Riesling has a distinctive floral and green apple aroma mixed with mineral elements from its Washington vineyard, giving it a brisk, 'racy' quality. Its high natural level of acidity enables it to balance a hint of residual sugar, setting off aromas of rose petal, apple, pear, peach and apricot and leading to a grand crisp finish of flinty mineral notes. Riesling is the longest-lived of all white wines.
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Blush - A light refreshing, sipping wine with flavours of strawberries and raspberries with just a touch of sweetness.
Cabernet Sauvignon - A bold, medium-bodied red wine with rich black fruit and hints of spice.
Chianti - Berries, spice and herbs fill the mouth of this robust red wine. Youthful tannins suggest short term cellaring.
Merlot - Berries abound in this smooth, medium-bodied wine.
Mezza Luna Red - Well balanced, medium-bodied wine with red berry fruit and oak.
Pinot Noir - This elegant fruit-forward style has aromas of black currants and cherries.
Shiraz - Blackberry, spice and chocolate leap from the glass of this full-flavoured wine.
Valpolicella - A smooth easy drinking style with delicate notes of red berries.
Vieux Chateau du Roi - A smooth, medium-bodied red wine with flavours of red and black berries, with notes of spice and oak.
White Zinfandel - Sweet plums dance across your palate. A refreshing, medium-bodied wine with a touch of sweetness.
Zinfandel - A deep red, peppery wine, with a hint of fruit flavours of berries and dark cherries.
Bourgeron Blanc - A full-flavoured white wine with fresh ripe peaches and apricots on the palate.
Chardonnay - A smooth, appealing wine with vanilla, oak and apple notes. A touch of acidity to refresh the palate.
Gewurztraminer - A distinctive wine with grapefruit, rose petal and lychee nut characteristics with a hint of sweetness.
Liebfraumilch - Ripe sweet fruit fills the mouth of this easy drinking, slightly sweet white wine.
Mezza Luna White - A round, flavourful wine with apple and oak on the palate.
Piesporter - Vivid fruitfiness and lively acidity give this wine excitement and refreshment.
Riesling - A great easy drinking white wine that refreshes the palate.
Sauvignon Blanc - A dry, full-flavoured wine with grapefruit, apple and herbaceous notes on a crisp, clean palate.