#5 : NV Chambers Rosewood Rutherglen Muscat

#5 NV Chambers Rosewood Rutherglen Muscat: Anyone who has ever tasted Chambers fortified Tokay or Muscat realises the world’s reference point for these wines begins and ends with Chambers.


Established in 1858 by William Chambers and his son Phillip, the Chambers family have been making wine at Rosewood for over six generations.

While the legendary Bill Chambers is often to be found at the cellar door over the weekends, it is his son Stephen, who heads up the winemaking team after taking over the operation in 2001.

He is continuing the tradition of producing highly prized fortified wines such as Muscat and Muscadelle, which famed wine writer Robert Parker described as “nothing less than national treasures” and “some of the world’s most remarkable dessert wines”.

The first thing you notice on arriving is the impressive array of bottles on the tasting bar, with more than 30 different wines, including many lesser-known wines such as Muscadelle, Blue Imperial (Cinsault) and Roussanne. Look out for a particularly interesting and rare variety called Gouais, a parent plant of Chardonnay, Riesling and as more recently discovered, up to 80 different varieties.

Rosewood’s gnarled old low-yielding vines, many of which are more than 100 years old, yield fruit brimming with highly concentrated flavours for their world-renowned wine styles.

This small winery is truly a treasure and not to be missed.

#6 : NV Andre Clouet Grande Reserve Grand Cru

#6 NV Andre Clouet Grande Reserve Grand Cru: Beyond current enthusiasm for these exciting, superb Champagnes, the Clouet family has a history of accomplishment in the region. Their Champagnes are rich, concentrated expressions of Pinot Noir that manage to retain elegance and finesse… Every Champagne lover needs to try these outstanding wines!


If you need something more to back this up Tyson Stelzer clearly states that in his opinion this is the most underrated grower Champagne on the market… “It’s always puzzled me that the remarkable, terroir-expressive champagnes of André Clouet never seem to come up among the rockstar growers of Champagne. And yet on the basis of his current cuvées, I have again anointed this little grower in the grand cru village of Bouzy among the top six growers in Champagne. This, of course, places him among the top sparkling growers on earth. My scores rank him equal to Dom Pérignon, Louis Roederer and Taittinger. And that’s mighty company!”

Read more from Tyson Here.

#7 : NV Fernando de Castilla Pedro Ximénez Classic

#7 NV Fernando de Castilla Pedro Ximénez Classic: The vocation of Bodegas Rey Fernando de Castilla has always been to offer the most select products of Jerez, presented in an elegant and contemporary way for the most demanding consumer.


With a history dating back to 1837 and every drop being aged for at least 20 years this Sherry is a highly sought after treat. Following the ancient traditions of the region, this sherry is unfined and meticulously nurtured. It’s so good it’s been a staple on the list at The Ritz for years.

“An intense yet balanced dessert Sherry, with a burnt aroma that, along with the alcohol, almost singes the nose. Bittersweet chocolate, raisin and a shiso leaf herbaceousness keep the flavours interesting. The finish is sweet, yet clean and long. Drink now. 1,000 cases made.” – Wine Spectator – 93pts

 

#8 : NV La Marca Prosecco

#8 NV La Marca Prosecco: Let’s make everyday sparkle with the world’s top-selling premium Prosecco! Boasting seemingly endless awards and a loyal, global following, few brands are as synonymous with Prosecco as La Marca.


To find out more about this King of Prosecco click the links below.

INTRODUCING LA MARCA – MAKE EVERY DAY SPARKLE

 

MAKE EVERYDAY SPARKLE – WITH OUR GUIDE TO PROSECCO COCKTAILS

 

#9 : NV Ferreira Quinta do Porto 10 Year Tawny

#9 NV Ferreira Quinta do Porto 10-Year Tawny: Ferreira Cellars invite you to discover a brand over 250 years old, a symbol of the highest quality that encapsulates Portugal’s heart and soul. NV Ferreira Quinta do Porto 10 Years Tawny is a spectacular value and not to be missed!


Curiosities of Ferreira

In the Ferreira Cellars in Vila Nova de Gaia, lies what is probably the largest and finest collection of nineteenth and twentieth-century wines, the oldest wine dating as far back as 1815.

The famous and very fine 1834 vintage, one of the best of the nineteenth century, was the centre of a tragic yet fascinating episode. In 1897, the Swedish explorer Auguste Andrée, along with two companions, decided to cross the North Pole in a balloon. On 14th July 1897, the balloon fell into the Arctic. Amazingly, it is known that on September 27th the explorers were still alive and held a banquet on a floating piece of ice. The main dish was seal and seagull breast, but the highlight of the banquet was a bottle of Vintage “D. Antónia Ferreira” Porto, 1834, a gift from the king of Sweden…

#10 : 2016 Francis Ford Coppola ‘Sofia’ Rosé

#10 2016 Francis Ford Coppola ‘Sofia’ Rosé: Sofia Rosé is a wine of unparalleled beauty. From its shapely, stylized bottle to its delicate fruity essence, this is a wine like no other. Born from a celebration of love, Sofia wines began as a gift from a father to his daughter. The charming and stylish Sofia Rosé is a tribute to the romantic, ebullient spirit of women everywhere.


Feminine and stylish, with a fragrant perfume of fresh strawberries and lavender, this rosé explodes with ripe, juicy flavours of cherry, raspberry and citrus zest. This refreshing wine is reminiscent of the popular dry rosés served in seaside café along the French Riviera. It’s crisp, delicate, and elegantly fruity with just a kiss of spice on the finish.

They typically harvest the grapes for our Sofia Rosé at a lower Brix to ensure we get a light wine that pairs elegantly with food. For colour extractions, the grapes are cold-soaked for 48 hours before the juice is separated from the skins.

#11 : NV Bouby Legouge Brut Champagne

#11 NV Bouby-Legouge Champagne: Situated in the Vallée de la Marne midway between Épernay and Reims. This Premier-Cru grower’s Champagne really punches above its weight taking on the larger Maisons like Krug! This is all due to their secret weapon – Pinot Meunier!


For more on the Growers Revolution click here

#12 : 2011 Ferreira Late Bottled Vintage Porto

#12 2011 Ferreira Late Bottled Vintage Porto:  More than just the number one brand in Portugal, Ferreira is considered by the Portuguese to be part and parcel of the country’s cultural heritage. 2011 Ferreira Late Bottled Vintage Porto is a bundle of energy with heaps in reserve.


Built by a family of winemakers from the Douro, in 1751, Ferreira possessed a rich tradition and a prominent role in the history of Porto Wine.

Dona Antónia Adelaide Ferreira contributed significantly to the consolidation of the brand. A legendary woman with a unique personality, who became a myth and a symbol of strength, facing the adversities of nineteenth-century Douro.

Ferreira Cellars invite you to discover a brand over 250 years old, a symbol of the highest quality that encapsulates Portugal’s heart and soul.

The Grand Cru by Billecart Salmon

The Grand Cru by Billecart-Salmon is a limited time premium champagne experience, showcasing a line-up of exceptional cuvées from Maison Billecart-Salmon, hosted at Custom Lane – Auckland’s newest day-to-night hotspot.

Dhall&Nash, alongside with Custom Lane @ Grand Mercure Auckland, is organizing a Billecart-Salmon Champagne Pop Up Bar.

Join us every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday from the 15th to the 29th of December to experience one of the finest Champagne in the world. A knowledgeable and passionate sommelier will be on site to help you choose from the exceptional Billecart-Salmon range and from some of our Cellar that will also be available there.

On this occasion, Custom Lane will be redesigned according to the look and feel of Maison Billecart so that you can fully experience the magic that Billecart captures in every glass.

For more information on the Grand Cru, check out our dedicated website here.

Billecart-Salmon Maison

The story of Billecart-Salmon all began in 1818 when Nicolas François Billecart and Elisabeth Salmon founded a Champagne House that was above all conscious of the excellence of its wines.

Their Maison is one of the most sterling examples of Louis XI architecture. It is one of the few left standing today following the Napoleonic revolution where so much of the great architecture of Louis XVI was destroyed.

The Maison today is still family owned jointly by two brothers – the seventh generation of the family. The secret of the Maison has been the ‘savoir-faire’ passed down from generation to generation. Indeed, since 1818, every member of the Billecart family has been committed to perpetuating the family tradition through standing by the immutable oath :

“Give priority to quality, strive for excellence.”

All of the twenty-seven 3 Michelin starred restaurants in France serve Billecart-Salmon Champagne. Don’t miss your chance to experience it at The Grand Cru!

For more on this amazing Maison: Click Here


Here is the list of the Champagne that will available by glass and bottle at The Grand Cru :

2002 Billecart-Salmon Cuvee Nicolas-Francois Brut

“This vintage has begun to open magnificently since its release, displaying remarkable complexity, yet at every moment clinging to impeccable elegance, a coiled focus of malic acid tension and exhilarating chalk mineral texture. Delightful poise and intricate craftsmanship proclaim one of the great Billecart’s of the modern era.” – Tyson Stelzer (99 points) – Renowned Champagne writer and Published author.

 

2004 Billecart-Salmon Blanc de Blancs

“BdB 2004 makes a monumental declaration; from Billecart’s proud position in the heart of pinot territory, this house is masterful in its command of the finest Chardonnay Crus… At a decade or so of age, its exacting, youthful freshness of lemon and white peach is breathtakingly elegant, yet innately intense. Subtle oak structure gently coaxes out notes of almond, nougat and subtle toasty complexity, building creamy texture and accenting dazzling chalk minerality. Grand longevity.” – Tyson Stelzer (98 points) – Renowned Champagne writer and Published author.

2006 Billecart- Salmon Cuvée Elisabeth

“I tasted this with Antoine Billecart in October 2015, and it lives up to its lofty reputation as the best rosé in the world. It is composed of even parts Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, but it is the red wine that is added (about 9%) that puts this wine in a class of its own. The red Pinot Noir is all from the 1er Cru of Mareuil, in fact from one 80-year-old plot called the Valofroy. This ultimately elegant Champagne has kaleidoscopic complexity with everything inside from white flowers to subtle hazelnuts. The Volnay-like character of the red wine is in the background now, but for the patient, this wine will be a treat on the level of any wine in the world.” – Gary Westby

NV Billecart-Salmon Blanc de Blancs

“A beautifully pristine Blanc de Blancs. Elegantly understated lemon and grapefruit evolve to anise, highlighted by struck flint. The tense structure and energetic tang of the season heighten the wonderful mineral expression.” – Tyson Stelzer (98 points) – Renowned Champagne writer and Published author.

NV Billecart-Salmon Brut Reserve

“Billecart is royalty among the readily available entry NVs. Brut Reserve is a captivating contradiction, dressing one of Champagne’s higher representations of Pinot Meunier in one of the most delicate and graceful of attires. It glides onto the stage and sings with the pristine signature of the house, energising the red apple, berry and strawberry fruits of Pinot Meunier with a breathtakingly refined melody of pure lemon blossom and lemon meringue in a dazzling display of fine, chalk minerality and understated, fragrant elegance. The effortless, understated purity of Billecart can even leave the unsuspecting wondering what the fuss is all about, but wait for the second sip and the orchestra will strike up and lift your mood in an instant. .” – Tyson Stelzer (95 points) – Renowned Champagne writer and Published author.

NV Billecart-Salmon Brut Rose

“This is clearly one of my favourite rosé Champagnes out there. I love the freshness and clarity of the wine, from its light pink colour to crisp acidity and minerally, chalky character on the finish. It’s full-bodied and dense yet agile with amazing length and beauty. Refreshing and vibrant. As it warms, it gives you delicate Pinot Noir character like Aloxe-Corton or another excellent appelation. Drink now.” – James Suckling (95 Points)

NV Billecart-Salmon Demi-Sec

“One of the most refreshing and well-crafted sweet champagnes on the shelves… with acidity and poise to handle its honeyed sweetness. This transforms the clean fruit precision that defines Billecart into candied citrus, lemon drops and glace figs, with a creamy, sweet finish, well-toned by balanced acidity.” – Tyson Stelzer (92 points) – Renowned Champagne writer and Published author.

NV Billecart-Salmon Premier Cru Sous-Bois

“Sous Bois is as distinctive for Billecart as its bold, modern label. Billecart is constantly experimenting, and occasionally something emerges from its trials for all to behold. Sous Bois is literally ‘underwood,’ inspired by oak-fermented parcels destined for Billecart’s top cuvées. Sous Bois exalts the crunchy strawberry hull and fresh white cherries of its pinot core, intricately interwoven with the spice, toast and creamy texture of oak, without ever becoming oaky. It sings with classic Billecart precision while basking in the richness of barrel fermentation, silky and alluring, confronting and commanding, all at once.” – Tyson Stelzer (95 points) – Renowned Champagne writer and Published author.

Introducing Norman Hardie: A Cult Phenomenon from Niagara

Right from the start, Norman Hardie’s goal has always been to produce wine of the highest quality, that taste of a place, and every year to raise the bar on quality. He’s quickly developed a strong clientele of local and international clients who appreciate his Old World handcrafted style. Almost immediately upon opening, the winery received phenomenal accolades from top wine critics.

“The most important thing about Norman Hardie’s wines from Ontario are that they are absolutely, utterly, profoundly delicious…I cannot enthuse about these wines enough.” – Jancis Robinson 27.05.2016.

Indeed, whatever wine you pick up from Norman Hardie you will be rewarded with perfectly food-pleasing acidity and low-intervention winemaking that is both delicious and feels decidedly good for you.

Norman Hardie is making what many consider to be Canada’s finest wines. They are the stars of wine publications like Decanter and Fine Wine and on top wine lists in New York, London, Tokyo and Toronto.

Any force needs to be well-provisioned, especially one led by a frontiersman like Norman Hardie, whose lifelong obsession with Old World wines has found an unlikely home in Prince Edward County, Ontario. Norman Hardie earned his sommelier certification at the University of Dijon in the late 1980s. After putting this certification to use for Four Seasons Hotel in 1989, he spent 6 years (12 harvests) apprenticing with some of the best producers of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in both hemispheres. It was inevitable that Hardie was going to set up his own operation. In 2003 he made the leap, took a partner, put down roots in Prince Edward County and began, with a winery built in time for the 2004 vintage.

It was the soil that led him, after all these travels, to the County. Despite being only 200 kilometers east of Toronto, Prince Edward County shares a very similar soil makeup and latitude with Burgundy—a place that has left an inedible mark on Hardie’s psyche: “I spent a year in Burgundy when I was 22, you know, once you taste a great Burgundy, you’re done… you’re done. That was it, life just became expensive from that moment on.” The rare mix of limestone and clay is indeed the holy grail for those who want to make world-class Pinot Noir. “When I drove in here in 2001, I got off the highway, and had a look at the soils and was like, ‘OK, there’s a catch.’ These soils are beautiful, this is what I’ve seen in Burgundy, so why are there no grapes? And the reason being every year we get minus 25 or colder. And minus 25 is the death knell.” Like all Canadian winemakers, Hardie is on the front lines of Canada’s harsh and changing climate. For the most part, that means protecting vines from the cold by burying them underground in the winter. In the spring, it means doing everything possible—from lighting hay on fire to windmill towers and renting helicopters—to minimize the effects of a spring frost that can ravage a year’s work in mere hours.

During the growing season and harvest, Norman Hardie works tirelessly to ensure that not even the minute details are missed. On the weekends outside of this, his gregarious personality moves throughout the winery fluidly directing his staff and making all who enter the winery feel welcome. There’s something magnetic about Norman Hardie: It’s a combination of a magnetic personality, a generosity of spirit, a relentless drive towards a goal and a pizza oven.


The Wines

2015 Norman Hardie Niagara Cabernet Franc

An elegantly perfumed nose of classic cool-climate Cabernet Franc characteristics: deep red fruit, jalapeno, stony gravel and a touch of meatiness. On the palate an exceptional balance of firm tannin and bright acid, rich berry notes and a long, lingering finish. This is a versatile food-pairing wine.

2015 Norman Hardie Niagara Chardonnay

“This Chardonnay is a reductive yellow goddess dressed chardonnay, connected to the fullest of its fruit, (slowly developed) creamy malolactic, touchstone acidity and grape tannic ability. There is understated feeling in the throes of richness that the winemaker and the place always seem to agree upon. The display window celebrates and proudly promotes the somewhereness of this wine” Michael Godel, WineAlign

2016 Norman Hardie Niagara Pinot Noir

“So supple and delicious, with primary red cherry fruit and some spicy structure. Has amazing precision and lovely fruit purity, with a bit of grip under the fruit. There’s a lightness and elegance to the wine that’s delightful, and it should develop well.” – Jamie Goode, WineAnorak 

2016 Norman Hardie Niagara Riesling

This Riesling is zesty, vibrant and fresh with tangy lime citrus and mineral making up its heart and soul. It’s absolutely delicious. This is hot-summer-day-on-a-patio wine if there ever was one.

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