A Christmas Mixed Case selection of 12 bottles of wine, 6 red and 6 white, perfect for Christmas entertaining or gifting. We have included some new wines and a few old favourites, some classic and some New World wines. On the white front there is a fantastic new Albarino from Zelos, a new Portuguese white reserva from Altano (the Symington Family) as well as a few old favourites like the Pencarrow Sauvignon Blanc from Martinborough. In the reds there is a new big and chewy Ribera Del Duero from 12 Linajes, a classic Bordeaux from Chateau Caron Ste Gemme and a great, rich and fruity Portuguese Douro Red, also from the Symington Family.
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1 bottle of each of the following:
Pale yellow in colour, with aromas of peach, lemonpeel, mango and dry herbs. Saline minerality on the palate blends with a complex and pleasantly fresh acidity.
A blend Grenache Blanc, Grenache Gris and Macabeu (Macabeo). Katie Jones Blanc is full of subtle fruit with hints of white flowers and almond. The subtle oak ageing adds a lovely texture to the wine – citrus, melon and pineapple, pear and wild herbs all mingle on the palate.
Palliser Estate Pencarrow Sauvignon Blanc is a brilliant pale straw colour with slight green hues. The nose is aromatic and intense dominated by white floral, blossom, gooseberries, hints of citrus / lime, passionfruit and herbaceous notes. The palate is packed with soft, rich flavours of passionfruit, limes and more grass / herbal notes enlivened by a fresh acidity. The palate is long, lingering and full with more gooseberry and grassy notes.
Altano Branco Reserva is a pale straw colour. The aromas reveal subtle suggestions of pineapple and lychee and a hint of banana. Well integrated wood is just detectable with a discreet hint of vanilla. In the mouth the wine is balanced with green apple and soft grapefruit undertones denoting fine, crisp acidity. A wine that will gain fine complexity with bottle age.
Le Bonheur Chardonnay is medium-bodied, fresh and dry wine. It has a golden yellow colour with green hints. The nose has aromas of lime and citrus with dried peaches and vanilla. The palate is rich and creamy with more subtle citrus and dried fruit flavours. These delightful flavours are balanced with vanilla tones which create the lingering, refreshing aftertaste of a fine, new-style Chardonnay.
Zelos Albarino is a light golden colour. The nose is fruity and floral with blossom-y notes, hints of tropical fruit and some citrus notes. The wine is fresh and vibrant with good complexity, good acidity and a long aftertaste.
A typical Douro field blend of Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Barroca, Tinta Roriz and Tinto Cão. Quinta do Ataide Tinto has very attractive aromas of ripe red fruits, scented with red plum and thyme. On the palate, this wine is spicy and savoury, with good weighty flavours balanced with pepper tannins and good acidity.
Chateau Caronne Ste Gemme is a good dark, ruby red colour. The nose has aromas of blackberry, raspberry, hint of cedar and a touch of spice with mineral, wet stone note. The palate is firm, with good grip, dark fruit, blackberry and blackcurrant with pepper and spice nuances. Fine tannins, good acidity and a fresh finish.
Chakana Nuna Estate Organic Malbec is a fruity and elegant, medium-bodied red wine. The nose is packed with ripe, fruity, plummy, red fruit aromas with hints of spice and a touch of oak. The palate is packed full with more ripe red fruits, plums with a good refreshing to finish.
12 Linajes Crianza is a dark, ruby red colour. The nose is intense with aromas of vanilla, dark fruits and toasty oak. The palate is well-structured and complex with mature dark and red berry fruit, hints of oak, velvety mouthfeel and subtle tannins. Good long aftertaste.
Calar Abrego is a dark scarlet red colour. The nose is expressive and aromatic with hints of red fruit and hints of fruits of the forest. There are also hints of coffee / mocha and some, spicy oak notes. The palate id fresh, fruity and powerful. The aromas of the nose follow onto the palate where there is more dark fruit, blackberries and blackcurrants. The tannins are supple with a good structure and the palate is clean, pure and fruit with good length.
Jacobsdal Cabernet Sauvignon has aromas of blackcurrants and smokey oak on the nose that lead onto the palate where there is a lingering balck fruit finish.