The New Restricted Quantities 2018 Program is Available NOW
We have a very exciting program this year. These exceptional wine kits are only available through advance pre-order. If you are interested or for all the details please call the store
Restricted Quantities 2018 program brings you four of our finest award-winning wines, released exclusively in The Gold Standard Collection:
Australia Shiraz Viognier
Australia Shiraz Viognier - Release Date: December 2017
The practice of blending Shiraz (a red wine grape called Syrah in France) with Viognier (a white wine grape) began because these two grapes grow alongside each other in the Northern Rhône Valley of France, their original home. Rhône winemakers often ferment the grapes together and, under French law, are allowed to blend up to 20 percent Viognier into their red wines. Because Viognier brings an aromatic boost to the wine, this practice has become popular in other countries as well, especially Australia. In fact, Australia has long been renowned as a great producer of Shiraz wines. Some of the most prized are blended with Viognier for a full-bodied wine bursting with floral and fruit aromatics.
Australia Shiraz Viognier is stylish yet refined. It is lush with a tapestry of smooth tannins and succulent dried fruits, vanilla and black pepper.
Oak: Heavy, Body: Full, Sweetness: Dry
Food Pairings: Bison burgers, Lamb kebabs, Meat pie, Sharp Cheddar cheese
Chile Carménère - Release Date: January 2018
Carménère is considered the national grape of Chile. Like many of the world’s leading grapes, it was born in the French wine region of Bordeaux. The grape was finicky in the French climate, and often had difficulties ripening. When the Phylloxera plague of 1857 wiped out most of Europe’s vineyards, Carménère was considered extinct. Luckily, before Phylloxera hit Europe, a few Carménère cuttings had been exported to Chile, whose wine region was just getting started. The vines flourished in the drier climate and were soon growing in most Chilean wine regions. But, up until 20 years ago, it was often mistaken for Merlot, despite the different appearance in the vineyard and distinct taste in the glass.
Opulent and rich, Carménère boasts the luscious flavours of red cherries and berries, with hints of spice and leather enhanced with robust tannins.
Oak: Medium, Body: Medium, Sweetness: Dry
Food Pairings: Cabbage rolls, Pork or beef tacos, Meatballs, Pepper Jack cheese
Spain Tempranillo - Release Date: February 2018
Tempranillo is the signature wine grape in its native home of Spain, where they have been making it into wine for over 2,000 years. In all great Spanish wine regions, from Rioja, Navarra, Ribera del Duero through to Toro, La Mancha and Penedès, it is the defining grape of the best red wines. The name Tempranillo is derived from the wordtemprano, which in Spanish means “early”, because it’s considered an early ripener among Spain’s red wine grapes. It was traditionally cultivated as a low bush vine dotting the Spanish landscape, but with modern viticultural practices, this is now changing. When Tempranillo is grown, with care, in the right spots, it produces extremely long-lived and deliciously fruity wines.
Sourced from native Spain, Tempranillo adds panache to any cellar. It skillfully balances fresh berries with savory notes of pepper and smoke.
Oak: Heavy, Body: Medium, Sweetness: Dry
Food Pairings: Pepperoni pizza, Burritos, Grilled flank steak, Manchego Cheese
Germany Riesling - Release Date: March 2018
Riesling is an aromatic white wine grape variety that originated in the Rhine region of Germany, where it is still the most planted grape variety, grown throughout the country. In Germany’s most famous winemaking region, the Mosel, it makes up a whopping 60% of total plantings. While it is now also grown in almost every cool wine making region in the world, German Rieslings are still considered amongst the finest. In the best vintages, German Rieslings are prized by wine collectors the world over. Riesling typically displays flowery, almost perfumed, aromas as well as high acidity. Because of this hallmark acidity, it can be used to make dry, semi-sweet and sweet wines.
From renowned German vineyards, this Riesling is captivating and complex. Crisp flavours of honey, peach, and lemon finish with a lingering minerality.
Oak: Unoaked, Body: Medium, Sweetness: Off-Dry
Food Pairings: Pad Thai, German sausages, Shrimp stir-fry, Edam cheese