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New ‘Kits’ in Town: Sauvignon Blanc New Zealand

We have introduced a new series of well priced quality kits: Atmosphere. Two months ago we  had the white crisp and aromatic Müller-Thurgau in the spotlight and since we can’t keep them in stock, they fly off the shelves. There are 12 reds, filled with country specific single varietal grape juices and blends and 7 white juices. Meanwhile we have added more Atmosphere to this line up as you will see when you visit the store. From now on you will see Atmosphere more and more. Highly recommended.

Today let’s look into the Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand.

Atmosphere: Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand.
You do not always have to have an ancient history to be respected for your wines. Marlborough’s first Sauvignon Blanc vines were planted in 1973 resulting in the first serious commercial wine production about six years later. Within two decades New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc attained celebrity status. Exceptional!

Everything is just exactly right; the climate, the terroir and winemakers that took their profession seriously. The different climate from the northerly regions does result in different style than the wines produced in the southerly regions that have a longer and cooler growing season. This results in vibrant fruity flavors. Crispy wines with flavors of passion fruit, other tropical fruit and gooseberries. Guess what! This is just what you can expect from our Atmosphere.

Combines very well with seafood. Don’t be afraid to add citrus and garlic. Try with a tangy tomato vinegar salad and you will be surprised. The wine can handle it. Or, why not, simply a glass on your deck. What’s wrong with that.


New ‘Kit’ in town: Atmosphere Cabernet-Malbec-Carménère

We are introducing a new series of well priced quality kits: Atmosphere. Last month’s spotlight, the white crisp and aromatic Müller-Thurgau, was received with great enthusiasm. There are 12 reds, filled with country specific single varietal grape juices and blends and also 7 white juices. Meanwhile we have brought in more kits of this line up as you will see when you visit the store. From now on you will see Atmosphere more and more. Highly recommended.

In the spotlight this time the Cabernet-Malbec-Carménère.

There is nothing new to blending wines, this has been done for ages. Wine blends offer more complexity that single varietal wines. In fact, some of the world’s greatest wines are made from a blend of grapes rather than a single varietal. By blending varietals, winemakers can influence a wine’s qualities.

Take a red Bordeaux wine for example. These can be assembled of up to six different grapes all of which grow in the Bordeaux region in France. A Red Bordeaux is generally made from a blend of grapes. Permitted grapes are the Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Malbec and Carménère. Not all these grapes have to be part of each blend, thus the variations one can get is tremendous. The red Bordeaux style blends are also widely copied worldwide.

The Atmosphere Cabernet-Malbec-Carménère is an example of a blend that could potentially come straight from the Bordeaux region. It is a dry, rich and full bodied wine. Dark black fruits with spice and smooth plum. A perfect blend of flavor, texture and structure with a long finish.

New ‘Kit’ in town: Atmosphere Müller-Thurgau

We are introducing a new series of well priced quality kits: “Atmosphere”. Let’s put one in the spotlight. This month the white Müller-Thurgau.

This grape is a cross between the Riesling grape and the Madeleine Royale. It’s creator Dr. Müller (from the Swiss canton of Thurgau), bred the grape in 1882. It displays the delicious apricot, sweet apple flavours and peach aromas of the Riesling and the slight Muscat taste of the Madeleine Royale.

A well-rounded food wine, pairing well with fish, shellfish, chicken and other light food. It’s also a perfect choice for snacks like potato chips  but mostly it’s a very satisfying wine to quench a thirst in good company. I’ll guarantee you will fall in love with this one. Dry to off dry.

More product info Atmosphere Muller Thurgau

Reminder: Deadline approaching! Passport 2017 Limited Release Series.

We should have your preorder in before the deadline of NOVEMBER 18. The wines are released one at a time over period of four months from December through March.

See the details and get excited too. Sign up for all five before NOVEMBER 18 and receive a discount of 40% off the ‘Kookaburra Red’. Our brand stands for unbeaten quality, our blends for guaranteed enjoyment.

This year’s limited release Passport series, 2017 features five excitingly attractive propositions. One white, one rosé and three reds. All wine juices are made of premium quality grapes from prestige wine regions in the world. For the snob or simply the true wine lover, here is the collection where you have been waiting for.

Here a few short notes. Follow the links for each wine to see the full information sheets.

Syrah, Languedoc France: $ 156

With vineyards since the 5th century BCE this southern French area produces a classical medium to full bodied Syrah displaying a peppery bouquet with raspberry and earthy notes. Complex and harmonious with soft tannins. A long finish with flavors of blackberry and black cherry accented with spicy black pepper and oak, hints of mint, herbs, mocha and faint licorice on the finish.

Serve grilled or roasted red meats, hearty casseroles or slow cooked lamb. Hard, matured cheeses and 70% dark chocolate also pair well. Expected in store December/January.

Factsheet Syrah France

Riesling, Clare Valley Australia: $ 146

Citrus aromas with underlying floral notes make for a fresh and vibrant aroma. Juicy lemon-lime flavors fill the palate, accented by orange blossom and apple notes, mineral tones and a backbone of crisp, energetic acidity. Clare Valley is known for its medium bodied Rieslings. Try with lightly to moderately spiced Asian inspired dishes, pad Thai, or Tex-Mex dishes with cilantro & avocado. A fantastic pick for cheese fondue and creamy cheeses.

Expected in store January/February.

Factsheet Riesling Australia

Nero d’Avola, Sicily Italy: $156

Please let the name not scare you off. The Nero d’Avola is a  lesser known Italian red wine grape, but you have my personal guarantee. The full bodied Nero D’Avola offers aromas of ripe black fruit with notes of vanilla and smoke. Abundant flavors of ripe black cherry & plum with spicy accents, velvety tannins and a long finish. A great wine to match with rich meats. Try with beef stews, game meats, or barbecued angus burgers topped with bacon. Expected in store January/February.

Factsheet Nero D’Avola

Cab Sauvignon Rosé, Sacramento County California: $152

Fresh strawberry on the nose, with watermelon and cranberry accents. This medium bodied, dry crisp, fragrant rosé carries juicy strawberry flavors and tart red fruit notes on the palate. Balanced and refreshing, with crisp acidity and a subtle minerality. Turkey burgers, meat pies, tourtière, and cured sausage platters are great matches, as are light summer salads, Greek salads, tapas, and feta cheese. Enjoy with practically anything off the grill or serve on its own lightly chilled. Expected in store February/March.

Factsheet Cab Sauv Rose

Kookaburra Red, Riverland Australia with skins: $ 182

A full bodied bold, charismatic blend of Grenache, Shiraz, and Mataro loaded with raspberry, blackberry, spice, and a supple finish. Grenache brings ripe, jammy fruit flavors and hints of cinnamon spice. Shiraz provides a punch of blackberry, and plum flavors with elements of black pepper spice, while Mataro brings savory, earthy notes, spicy elements and texture. Drink alongside braised meats, grilled lamb with rosemary, meaty pasta dishes, and mushroom stews. Try with earthy dishes like spicy, hearty stews with red meat and root vegetables, mushroom risotto or eggplant lasagna.

Expected in store March/April.

Factsheet Kookaburra Red

Sign up for all five before NOVEMBER 18 and receive a discount of 40% off the ‘Kookaburra Red’. Kits released from December to April. Order now, pay later.

Oak Barrel Treatment

Big red wines benefit greatly of a treatment in an oak barrel. Oak barrels are traditionally used for making quality wines. Many commercial red wines will have been aged in oak barrels. For some, local legislation requires part of their life to be spent in an oak barrel. Oak gives wine soft tannins and vanilla tones as they mature. Further the slow oxidization (micro oxygenation) delivers a wonderful bouquet. The wine becomes more enhanced and concentrated than a same wine that has not lodged in a barrel. Great wines deserve oak.