|Selection Limited Edition|
Impart your personal artistic touch on this year’s five Selection Limited Edition varieties. Each year Winexpert produces only a limited quantity of five fabulous and unique varieties from around the world from January through April. These very special wines are only available during their month of release and are so immensely popular that they can be acquired by pre-order only.
The deadline for pre-orders is December 7, 2011. Make sure you contact Julie or Mike at It’s About Wine by December 7 so as not to be disappointed. We think you will want all 5 of these incredible one of a kind wines! Read to the end of the page for the Bonus Gift offer.
Washington Meritage – January
The Region: The Red Mountain AVA is Washington’s smallest, at approximately 3,600 acres. Grape growing conditions are almost textbook perfect: slope, exposure, weather conditions, good air drainage, large day/night temperature swings, gravelly soil with high calcium carbonate content and high pH and the nearby Yakima River to moderate temperature extremes—there could hardly be more positive flavour influences to grapes grown here.
The Wine: A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petite Verdot, this wine features great extract, deep colour and intense aromatics of dark berry fruit, cassis, peppery spice, cedar and smoke. The seductive nose of this wine foreshadows magnificent texture and flavour, including dark berries, liquorice, vanilla and warm brown spices that glide across the palate. The texture and mouthfeel of the wine offers up silky tannins and a velvety smooth structure.
The Food: Marinated & Grilled Flank Steak with Blue Café De Paris Butter. Click here for details of this recipe.
Ageing: The complexity and structure of this wine will require three to six months to unwind, and it will continue improving for several years. Due to the ripe tannins it will also benefit from decanting before serving.
Sweetness Code: 0 (dry)
This wine was Julie’s favourite at the food and wine pairing hosted by Winexpert. I love Cabernet Sauvignon and blended with Cabernet Franc & Petit Verdot – perfection! It paired excellently with the flank steak!
South African Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon – January
The Region: Known as ‘Valley of Wine and Roses’, South Africa’s Robertson Valley has a very hot climate with minimal rainfall—less than a foot per year. Luckily the calcareous red clay loam and clay Karoo soils have excellent water holding capacity, and the gentle slopes and varied microclimates allow for precision planting to maximise grape quality.
The Wine: Sauvignon Blanc has wild, herbaceous flavours and tart, grapefruit-like character, which shows strongly in the young wine, while Semillon has flavours of honeydew melon and sweet honey that take a bit longer to come out. Together the two grapes make a lush, balanced wine with great up-front fruit and a satisfying, rich finish.
The Food: Pan Roasted Digby Bay Scallop, Jewel Yam Purée, White Truffle Oil & Salsa Verdé. Click here for details of this recipe.
You have to try this recipe! It was phenomenal – very colourful and flavourful – and the wine complimented it perfectly!
Ageing: The citrus notes of the Sauvignon Blanc make this wine tempting to drink right away and after three months the Semillon will rise up to give a mellower white wine. It will improve for at least a year, giving deeper flavours of melon and honey as it goes.
Sweetness Code: 0 (dry)
California Petite Sirah/Zinfandel – February
German Traminer Spätlese – March
The Region: Germany’s most famous growing region, the Mosel Valley, with its mineral-laden soils, produces some of the world’s finest off-dry wines. The sheer mountains and rugged steep slopes make the most of the northern sunshine, but they also mean that vineyard work must be done by hand, and yields are very low. This results in carefully crafted, very intensely flavoured wines.
The Wine: Traminer is the parent of the more familiar Gewürztraminer and Spätlese is a German wine term meaning ‘late harvest’, indicating a wine made from fully mature grapes that are picked at least 7 days after normal harvest, so they are riper and have higher sugar levels. This is a gently golden-coloured wine, unmistakable in its heady, aromatic intensity, with a pungent fragrance of lychee, tropical fruit and rose petals. Its flavours are ample, lusciously fruity and spicy.
The Food: Peach and Blueberry Cobbler. Click here for details of this recipe.
Ageing: The intense fruit character will be apparent immediately in this rich wine making it a tempting sipper right away, but the deeper floral characters of rose petal and lychee will become much more apparent after six months to a year.
Sweetness Code: 1 (off-dry)
This is a delicious late harvest type dessert wine. When we had it paired with the peach/blueberry cobbler, our mouths were in heaven! My preference would be served well chilled.
Spanish Matador Trio Red – April
The Region: From the green damp north to the arid south, Spain is the country with the most land under vine in the world. Mancha is Europe’s largest denominated wine region and its hot, dry growing conditions yield intensely flavoured red grapes.
The Wine: Tempranillo are deep blue-black berries, high in colour and extract, with delicate aromas. Cabernet Sauvignon’s small berries yield high tannins and intense structure, while Monastrell adds grip, earthiness and ripe red fruit. Lush, tannic and complex, with intense black fruit flavours of black cherry, raspberry, black currant and notes of plums and tobacco, the wine takes gracefully to oak, adding layers of vanilla, cedar and rich coffee nuances.
The Food: Mediterranean White Bean Salad, Marinated with Garlic, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Parmigiano-Reggiano & Fine Herbs. Click here for details of this recipe.
Ageing: With soft acidity and lush tannins, this wine is enjoyed after only three to six months, but the black fruits, cherry and plum notes will take six months to show well, and the vanilla/coffee nuances will show best after one year.
Sweetness Code: 0 (dry)
This wine was Mike’s personal favourite at the food & wine pairing hosted by Winexpert. The blend of the three grapes makes it a certain winner.
THE PRE-ORDER DEADLINE IS DECEMBER 7
WHEN YOU PURCHASE ALL FIVE OF THE LIMITED EDITION WINES THIS YEAR, YOU WILL RECEIVE A BONUS GIFT FROM IT’S ABOUT WINE. WE WILL GIVE YOU A CORDLESS ELECTRIC CORKSCREW! THIS CORKSCREW MAKES OPENING CORKED WINE BOTTLES EFFORTLESS. PHONE US FOR MORE DETAILS.
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