Villa Symposia l'Equilibre 2014
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Ancient Peaks Merlot 2015The 2015 Merlot offers warm aromas of blueberry and plum with enticing notes of clove, caramel and cigar box. A chewy, velvety texture delivers mouthfilling flavors of red cherry, cassis, cedar and vanilla bean. A touch of minty cocoa emerges on the finish, where bold tannins and luscious acidity conclude the wine on a resounding note. Food Pairing: The robust character of the 2015 vintage is favorable match for rich, flavorful fare. Recommended pairings included sautéed veal cutlets with mushrooms, pan-roasted duck breast, lamb chops with rosemary, New York strip steak and aged Gouda cheese.
Bodega Noemia de Patagonia A Lisa 2014A dense violet and plum color, with a bouquet of dark berries, cherry, minerals, and cocoa. Medium-bodied with an excellent structure, notes of cherry and cassis; with balanced, persistent tannins. Food Pairing: A flexible wine that can be served by the glass on its own; pairs well with pasta, fish, white meats and red meats.
Jack Ryan Beggars Bush Single Malt Irish Whiskey 12 year oldJack Ryan 'Beggars Bush' Single Malt Irish Whiskey 46% has been aged for 12 years, with no chill filtration, allowing the true flavours of the whiskey to be retained. The whiskey has been matured in ex-bourbon barrels hand-picked by the family themselves, to deliver a unique taste. The golden amber glow and nose of sweet, oaky vanilla, sets you up for a delicious mouthful of silky, honey sweetness with a long, warm-hearted, lingering, spicy finish.
WhistlePig The Boss Hog 3rd Edition Single Barrel Rye Whiskey 14 year oldThe name says it all. This is our biggest, most profound whiskey. For the Boss Hog in us all. Made with 100% Rye, this 3rd Edition of Boss Hog, The Independent, is a celebration of the spirit of entrepreneurship and innovation. Triple-barreled in New American Oak, and then spent Bourbon casks, it goes on to be the first Rye Whiskey ever finished in Hogshead barrels: 250 liter Scotch casks, some of the largest barrels in the business, which were comprehensively refitted with new American oak heads. With only 30 barrels produced at an average of 125 proof, this edition of Boss Hog is extremely rare. The result is extraordinary. A fine balance between rippling power and delicate nuance. There's nothing else like it. Nose: Oak and vanilla are predominant on the nose, with undertones of mint, caramel and baking spice. Palate: Warm and bold, with lots of spices. Very faint hints of peat and smoke. Slightly earthy.
The Arran Malt Single Malt Scotch Whisky 14 year oldColour: Sunset Copper Nose: Dried fruits, vanilla and toffee up front. With a little water a salty tang appears, with caramelised fruits inidicating a depth of flavour. Palate: An initial burst of brine leads onto warming toffee appleas and hazlenuts. This is followed by dates, chocolate orange and spiced tea cake. The mouthfeel is overwhelmingly rich and weighty. Finish: a A trademark Arran finish with cinnamon spices leading back to where the experience began, with a classic island-style salty wave balancing the sweet-fruit of the palate.
Bertani Secco-Bertani Original Vintage Edition 2012Dark ruby core, red to platinum rim. Bouquet of plum, cocoa powder, cherry cordial. Dried aromatic herbs. Sour cherry palate, black tea and cherry pit. Dusty tannin profile with mid-palate grip and a generous coffee bean finish. Alcohol and acid are moderate and balanced. Good concentration. Pure and linear. Lovely old-vine complexity though it seems youthful at this point. Dry, well-balanced with a pleasing hint of freshness in its lingering finish. Secco-Bertani has been in continuous production for over 150 years and is rightly extolled as the "grandfather" of Veronese wines. Secco-Bertani "Vintage Edition" is our tribute to the past as a way of enriching the present. It is an opportunity to rediscover a time period by taking a leap back to the past. Secco-Bertani created the Verona style of wine-making, well before Amarone and Ripasso, by using the best technology and the best grapes available at the time. That is why Bertani is the only company that can convincingly create a Vintage Edition by drawing inspiration from its own tradition.
Neudorf Vineyards Nelson Sauvignon Blanc 2014Without wishing to enter into a neighbourhood debate, we do aim to create Sauvignon Blanc with a touch of maturity. Playing to our regional dfference of cool, ripe fruit and oral characters, supported with fine acidity, we work with a touch of neutral oak and lees complexity to get beyond the land of overwhelming fruit to a place where adults live. The Neudorf house style con nues with the 2014 vintage - dry, but luscious with textural interest and the ability to age. A pastiche of fruits; guava, feijoas, nectarines lifted by Asian notes of lemongrass and kaffir lime against a background of warm crusty bread. Subtle oak handling fills out the palate creating a wine of elegance, intensity and verve. It may be dry but the palate is plump and flows easily. It also ages well, a characteristic not always understood by a market which continues to see Sauvignon as an antipodean version of Beaujolais nouveau. Low cropping fruit from Maggie's Block was fermented in older barrels for added richness, texture and complexity. Living in Nelson, I could say we drink it with those first raw scallops, fresh from the dredge, awash with sea water. But quite simply it is the very best wine with fish and chips, vegetarian foods, and a setting sun.
Eikendal Vineyards Charisma 2013Rhône meets Spain meets Italy! New world, fruit driven, upfront style. Intense fruit on nose which follows through to the pallet. Silky tannins with a hint of sweetness ensure a smooth wine with delicious juicy fruit. Exuding classic violets and spice nuances, the Shiraz lends a clean, fresh structure to the wine, whilst the Petit Verdot adds black fruit, spice and spunk to the blend, and the Sangiovese the final, refined touches with its clean fruit and smack of tomato paste.