red-wine
Castellina Supertuscan di Siena

Ultra Premium | Selection Estate Series | Red

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.

Sweetness: Dry | Body: Medium-Full | Oak Intensity: Heavy

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Italian Barolo

Ultra Premium | Selection Estate Series | Red

Italian Barolo
Medium-heavy in body with a luminous dark cherry colour, tannin dominates the flavours initially, with intense grip and robust dryness in the finish. High acid, tannin and alcohol levels challenge the palate when the wine is young, but with age come rewards: wild ripe strawberries hot from the sun, a whiff of dark tar, the scent of roses and violets, and earthy, rich truffles. 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.

Sweetness: Dry | Body: Medium-Full | Oak Intensity: Heavy

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Valpolicella Classico di Veneto

Ultra Premium | Selection Estate Series | Red

Valpolicella Classico di Veneto
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.

In the historic footsteps of Amaronea wine fermented with a reserve of crushed grapeskinsthe Crushendo grape pack brings immense grape tannin and character to the wine. Right out of the carboy this wine will have intense, gripping tannins, and although drinkable immediately, it will open up and blossom into a wine of unique power and elegance over two to four years.

Sweetness: Dry | Body: Medium-Full | Oak Intensity: Medium

Italian Amarone

Premium | Selection International Series | Red

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 indefi nitely 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.

Sweetness: Off-Dry | Body: Medium-Full | Oak Intensity: Medium

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Italian Montepulciano

Premium | Selection International Series | Red

Italian Montepulciano
Montepulciano is a vigorous red grape variety widely planted over much of east-central Italy, capableof 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. Superb with veal and pasta an Italian gem you won’t want to miss.

Sweetness: Dry | Body: Full | Oak Intensity: Medium

Italian Sangiovese

Premium | Selection International Series | Red

Italian Sangiovese
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.

Sweetness: Dry | Body: Medium | Oak Intensity: Medium

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Italian Brunello - April 2010

Premium | Selection Limited Edition Series | Red

Italian Brunello – April 2010 Limited Release
The Region: Italy’s long, narrow peninsula reaches deep into the Mediterranean,basking in the relentless sunshine and welcoming warmth. Gentle sloping hillsides, rich mineral soils, the moderating breezes off of the Mediterranean waters and unique grape varieties work to make wonderful wines.

The Wine: Brunello is a large-berried variety of the Sangiovese grape, most famous in Brunello di Montalcino. The flavour profile of Sangiovese is fruity, with strong natural acidity, a firm and elegant assertiveness and a robust finish that can extend surprisingly long. The aroma is generally subtle, with cherry, strawberry, blueberry, and violet notes. Medium-bodied but boldly tannic and intense, this gripping wine will begin to open up after six months, but the richer flavours will take at least 18 months to show, with cherry and spice dominating the long, fruity finish.

The Food: Brunello shines in the company of assertively flavoured foods. Hard cheeses such as Asiago and Parmigiano Reggiano are splendid accompaniments and the wines backbone of acids and tannins make it work well with rich and spicy foods like Italian sausages or lasagna.

(Originally offered in April 2007)

Sweetness: Dry | Body: Medium | Oak Intensity: Medium

Value | World Vineyard Collection | Red

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.

Sweetness: Dry | Body: Medium | Oak Intensity: Light

Italian Sangiovese

Value | World Vineyard Collection | Red

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.

Sweetness: Dry | Body: Medium | Oak Intensity: Medium

white-wine
Italian Pinot Grigio

Premium | Selection International Series | White

Italian Pinot Grigio
The uniquely Italian version of the well known Pinot Gris grape, picked earlier in Italy than in all other regions and well before its characteristic loss of acidity at ripening, for 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.

Sweetness: Dry | Body: Light-Medium | Oak Intensity: None

Italian Pinot Grigio

Value | World Vineyard Collection | White

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.

Sweetness: Dry | Body: Light-Medium | Oak Intensity: None