Festive Picks: 2015 Sacha Lichine Le Coq Rouge

2015 Sacha Lichine Le Coq Rouge
Notes of red fruits, strawberries and cherries. Round, crunchy, good length and great freshness.


Festive Picks: Fernando de Castilla Amontillado Rare Old Class

 

Fernando de Castilla Amontillado Rare Old Class
Fascinatingly complex raisined, nutty, tangy nose. Flatteringly sweet at first, easing into semi dry at the finish whilst displaying layer upon layer of deliciously plump sensations on the way.


Festive Picks: La Marca Piccolos 3 Pack

NV La Marca Prosecco Piccolos Three Pack (187ml)
“This is a delightfully fresh and elegant Prosecco with apple and nutty flavours on a frothy and lively palate.”
Raymond Chan (17.5 points)


Why are Côtes du Rhône Wines so Yummy with BBQs?

Halfway along it's journey from the Swiss Alps to the Mediterranean Sea, the mighty Rhône River meanders through one of France's most ancient and spectacular wine regions, the namesake Rhône Valley. The region is noted as the spiritual homeland of the noble Syrah and Viognier varieties, as well as other natives such as Grenache, Mouvedre, Cinsault and of course Dhall & Nash's own Jean-Jacques Bourvis. The Rhône Valley is also renowned as a gastronomic destination within Europe, and although the mercury has dropped over there now ours has been peaking early, meaning it's time to celebrate our own revered gastronomic tradition with outdoor barbie season kicking off for summer!

Our passion for wine means you'll often find the D&N team judiciously putting the beers to one side at the family BBQ in search of an equally refreshing and fruit-laden wine, and the Rhône is the immediate go-to pairing for this pursuit. Everyone enjoys a Rosé in the heat; and why not pair your steak with a peppered Syrah, that caesar salad with a crisp and rounded Viognier, or simply quaff unique and juicy red or white Côtes du Rhone blends all afternoon? Unlike some of their French neighbours, Rhône wines offer immense quality at bargain prices, and better yet our Domaine Ogier and Paul Jaboulet Aîné offerings are all certified organic, so you can feel good about joining us in blending Rhône into Kiwi culture over the family spreads this summer!

2016 Ogier Côtes du Rhône Blanc
The mouth develops a beautiful freshness with a superb finish and long minty fruit on the nose. Fresh and ample.

2017 Ogier Côtes du Rhône Rosé
Freshness and vivacity are present from start to finish, supported by hints of grapefruit. Mid-palate marked by roundness and red fruits.

2014/15/16/17 Ogier Heritages Côtes du Rhône Rouge
Full and very attractive palate with freshness and silky tannins. Spices and notes of rich fruit are dominant; round, silky and fresh on the palate.

 

2016/17 Paul Jaboulet Aîné Côtes du Rhône P45 Blanc
"Dried pear, lemon pith and a subtle herbal note on the nose and in the mouth. Fleshy and smooth in texture, showing good depth and a hint of bitterness on the back end."
Antonio Galloni, Vinous (88 points)

2017 Paul Jaboulet Aîné Côtes du Rhône P45 Rosé
"...Comes across as significantly less tutti-frutti than some past vintages, instead offering hints of dried spices and crushed stone.
It still shows redberry flavors and some peachy notes, but this medium-bodied wine finishes with sufficient citrusy acids to be refreshing."
Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (88 points)

2015 Paul Jaboulet Aîné Côtes du Rhône P45 Rouge
"...Strong, ripe, plummy, spicy, flavours, a hint of liquorice, and a finally balanced, smooth finish."
Michael Cooper (4.5 stars)

2016/17 Paul Jaboulet Aîné Vin de France Viognier
On the palate this wine is smooth, generous and balanced. It reveal a nice freshness as well as a beautiful balance.

2016 Paul Jaboulet Aîné Vin de France Syrah
"Expressive black fruits and spice with an inviting, juicy palate."
Decanter World Wine Awards 2017 (Commended)

2015 Paul Jaboulet Aîné Côtes du Rhône Secret de Famille Rouge
The mouth is surprising and gourmet. It offers a beautiful roundness with notes of raspberries and cherries. The finish is dense and long with a spicy persistence.

 

2014 Colombo Côtes du Rhône Les Abeilles
"The silky-smooth palate is full of juicy red cherry and berries, fennel seeds and dried herbs."
Decanter (91 points)


Pelissero: Authentic Italian Wines

When Dhall & Nash was a fledgling business, with Puneet and Brandon simply armed with an unwavering passion for wine and a desire to bring quality brands to the New Zealand market, Italy was one of the obvious places to look first. It was during these infancy stages that Pelissero came on board with them, and has stuck with us loyally as we’ve grown and evolved, continually providing us with a range of wines we could really be proud of.

Pelissero’s ethos is “cultivating dreams, harvesting passions” and this is evident in their history and their wines. We carry 8 of their wines across multiple vintages and year after year, at every tier – they surprise us with their consistency and quality.

So superb these wines are, in fact, that Pelissero wines can be found on the lists of every Michelin-starred Italian restaurant in the world!

We were lucky enough to have Giorgio Pelissero visit us last week, the head of the Pelissero estate. A wealth of knowledge and a fountain of passion about what his family has built within the Langhe region was palpable. From the mouth of the man himself, this is what Giorgio had to say:

"Since my early years, I always wanted to give value to my land trying to conjugate and engage the peasant tradition, scanned by slow rhythms, with the modern times, running fast and frenetic. Thus finally I succeeded to make my wines as the fruit of this union able to look at the future with both ancient and modern eyes.

My story is common to many other families: we practiced a mixed agriculture on a very small ground, just sufficient to maintain us. Being grown up in this reality, I had a few alternatives and as I finished my studies of oenology in Alba I had to choose whether to work in factory or the ground; I choose to remain in the country, as my father did and his father before.

My parents had a little cellar and there I started my first experiments understanding from the beginning that I had to change times and methods if I wanted to keep behind an oenological market seeming to have been suddenly awaken. Therefore I took out a loan to restore the property, I built a new cellar, I increased the hectares to the present 40 and began to produce my wines committing in the research and the achievement of the excellence.

I understood that to commercialize wines was even more difficult than producing them.

I began to sell my wines personally, travelling a lot all over Italy, looking for customers by myself. And I understood that the most difficult thing was to let people know about my existence and communicate them what I was doing and my passion for wine.

I was at ease in this new commercial role.

My wines represent the most authentic side of the Langa land, the humility and the simplicity proper of the peasant tradition, and I believe to have succeeded in the message I give to my customers which have understood the content of the bottles I produce becoming not only faithful estimators of my wines but also interpreters of deeper relationships consolidating in time and turned into true friendships.

For my grandparents these vineyards represent only the means of support and when looking at these hills covered with grapes they didn’t see any other poetry except the hard work. For us it is different, I enjoy when thinking to what as vine growers we have created and I feel proud our product is appreciated all over the world."


Champagne Billecart-Salmon at the Deloitte Top 200 Awards

On Wednesday 21st November, Dhall & Nash had the great pleasure of serving our very own Billecart-Salmon champagne to the top 200 companies of New Zealand at the Deloitte Top 200 Awards. The evening was a proud celebration of great Kiwi ingenuity and innovation - we truly have some of the best businesses and leaders in the world. Hearty congratulations to all winners - Zespri for Company of the Year, Russel Creedy from Restaurant Brands as CEO of the Year, and Jon Raby from ASB Bank for CFO of the Year.

Dhall and Nash team at Deloitte Awards

 


Digby: Visiting One of the Finest 'English Fizz' Producers

Tuesday 26th June, 2018

We drive through beautiful English villages South from London. These villages are well manicured and all with the core components: The Village Green - for cricket, bowls and walking the dog - The Village Chapel, and The Village Pub. We are driving to West Sussex, in between the North and South Downs. The line between the Downs is a chalk seam that stretches across several counties; Kent, Hampshire, Dorset, Sussex, and all the way to the white cliffs of Dover. The village in question is Pullborough in West Sussex where we meet Trevor and Jason - the owners of Digby Fine English Wine.

We sit in their living room of a beautiful converted manor - Stopham House, sun streaming through the french doors. The first question I ask is 'Why?'

They proceed to tell their story. They both had successful careers and were in the United States - Trevor a Business Strategist and Jason an Engineer/Scientist specialisied in speech recognition. However, they both loved wine and were driven by the incredible, improving quality of English wine and sparkling wine in particular. They spent years meeting with sparkling experts from around the world and assessing the English terroir. They soon realised that the secret to England was identifying incredible cool climate sites across all of the counties that suited each of the varieties of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier and then blending these multi sites, as opposed to searching for single vineyard sites (indeed this is much in the same way as Champagne).

Trevor and Jason established relationships with a number of growers at high quality sites across the counties. Their first vintage was in 2009.

Their style is energetic, sophisticated and fresh. In typical English style, they tell me that flowering generally begins as Wimbledon starts and harvest is around mid October.
The name Digby was picked from Sir Kenholm Digby and the guys show me his oil portrait in their living room with pride. They tell me that Sir Digby was instrumental in English wine history. In the 1630's he created handblown glass for wine bottles. Prior to that he was actually a pirate and the son of a gun powder plotter. Quite a man!

Digby's current production is a mere 5,000 cases and they aspire to reach a maximum of around 10,000. In contrast, England is planting about 1 million new vines per year.

We take a tour of the village and then have a home cooked lunch of beautiful English salmon with a coupe of their wines. They tell me about two prevalent soils - pure chalk and a combination of sandstone and green sandstone. The combination of these soils and the cool climate gives the wine a unique English energy.


Wines tasted:

NV Digby Fine English Brut
2/3 Pinot Noir and 1/3 Chardonnay. A blend of 2012/13/14. 2 years lees. Beautiful texture, stonefruit, slate, hints of green apple. Delicious.

 

2010 Digby Fine English Cuvée Brut
Aged for 5 years on lees. Bigger, more texture, floral notes, racy on the palate. Excellent.

 

- Puneet


Julicher: Wind, Wine & Wagging Tails


Julicher Estate (pronounced ‘U-li-ka’) is a brand that Dhall & Nash feels quite the kinship with. It's been a part of our portfolio for a number of years and recently we've been sending our team down in groups to build on our collective knowledge and connection to this fantastic boutique producer. There's one thing we can all agree on following these visits - it's a truly fabulous experience.

Julicher Estate is a family-owned boutique Martinborough winery focusing on the production of prestige quality wines with distinctive fruit flavours. All Julicher wines are estate grown on their 20 hectares of vineyards on the Te Muna Terraces. With a range including riesling, sauvignon blanc, chardonnay and pinot noir - these guys really know what it means to pack punch across the spectrum.

The Estate came to be when in 1996, Wim Julicher fell head-over-heels for Martinborough's secret valley - Te Muna. He snapped up 50 acres and started to plant groves of olive trees and grape vines on the bare farmland. Meaning “to seek the ideal” and having created a truly idyllic spot, it was fitting that the name the Estate itself, would be Julicher.

20 years down the line, Martinborough wines are highly sought-after, Te Muna even more so, and Julicher is one of the best, boasting endless accolades for their wines and a team that clearly loves what they do. They are rated as one of the top 50 wine producers of New Zealand and have established strong distribution and export markets.

Earlier this month, the Dhall & Nash girls flew down to Wellington to experience Julicher Estate for ourselves. After an impressively smooth landing at the notoriously windy Wellington airport, Sue Darling, Wim's right-hand-woman and all-round superstar picked us up and so began a windy, windy road-trip over the Remutakas back to the Estate.

Buildings turned to houses, houses turned to paddocks, and paddocks turned to vines as the bustling city life dropped away behind, and pulling into the Julicher driveway, it was a breath of fresh air and scenery simply to die for. Vines as far as the eye could see greeted us, as well as the wagging tails and irresistible puppy-dog eyes of the vineyard dogs - Sophie and Jack.

A quick bite to eat and an exorbitant number of belly-rubs for the dogs later, we were off on an Estate tour with the Julicher winemaker - Martin. A big personality with an even bigger belt-buckle, Martin is an attentive yet hands-off winemaker whose passion comes through in his every word and action. “My role is to provide structure and depth to the wine through influence as opposed to intervention” he states.

After introducing us to the vines, block by block, and pointing out the differences even between different rows, the tasting began. Martin pulled barrel and tank samples of the upcoming 2018 wines.

For the 2018 Riesling he has opted for a drier style than the usual off-dry Julicher Riesling. His comments to Brandon earlier in the year were "if the Germans can do it in the Mosel, then why cant we?" Brandon identified notes of lemon, lime, and honey with a chalk like texture, and expects that this vintage will rate a couple of points higher than the previous ones. Definitely one to look forward to.

The 2018 Sauvignon Blanc is a real treat. Martin is a self-proclaimed 'Sauvignon Winemaker'. It's with Sauvignon he finds a lot of joy and that he works his best magic with. He worked several vintages at Giesen in Marlborough before taking the role as Winemaker at Julicher. During his time at Giesen, Martin took over the reins at the premium, single vineyard end of Giesen – which means unreal top end stuff including the famed Clayvin Vineyard and Ridge Block and of course The Fudor Sauvignon Blanc. It is clear Martin will have a very positive effect on the Sauvignon Blanc program.

The 2018 Chardonnay was in the midst of secondary fermentation when we tasted it. A small blend was made in the glass from three separate barrel samples, as he stated that when he poured the samples separately, the flavours were so vastly different it was hard to get a solid impression of the wine as a whole. When he had done this previously for our dream-duo, Jean-Jacques and John, they had been blown away with how different the characteristics were between the barrels, and so, ever-experimenting, he decided to switch it up with us and see how it went. (Spoiler alert: very well)

The 2018 Rosé - just the thing to impress us girls - is a bit of a 180 from previous styles of Julicher Rosé. Previously a bold magenta-hued juicy powerhouse, the 2018 has taken inspiration from Provencal rosé and is a far more pale, delicate hue. It was just about ready for bottling when we tried it and we came back raving. This facelift is one we are all dying to see the finished result of.

Julicher Estate produces two different Pinot Noirs - the Estate and the 99 Rows. Regarding the 99 Rows Pinot, which is the Julicher second-tier Pinot, Martin said "The difference is with this wine, is that it was never a second-tier wine made to be a second tier wine. It's a second-tier wine that was made to be a first-tier wine. It was never treated any differently to the estate wine, and in fact it's not until you start making barrel selections that the '99 Rows' and 'Estate' selections are identified. If you treat the barrels differently from the start, then the second-tier wine will taste like it."

All up we got to taste samples from 5 barrels, all treated the same way, with equal care and attention. Martin helped to explain just what his favourite aspect was of each barrel. He explained which barrels he was thinking about using to create base notes, and which ones he wanted to build the mid-palate. He told us which ones he thought he would use for structure, and which he thought were already pretty well-rounded. An idea of what will be going into the prestige Estate selection and which will go into '99 Rows' is already starting to form. Though, as fair as always, nothing is ruled out yet and right now, they are all just beautiful Julicher Pinot. Brandon noted in his visit that he tasted the same line-up. "From an early, first picked block showing red berries and freshness, to savoury reductive deeper notes, and then building in texture and length as we tasted across a thrilling set of components that will make up the Estate Wine and their famed 99 Rows Pinot Noirs. Wayne and I left this tasting feeling like Julicher is in good hands."

Feeling suitably wined, it was time to be dined. Back at the house, we felt so welcome and relaxed it was hard to believe we weren't regulars. An afternoon spent on the couch enjoying antipasto platters was followed by a phenomenal home-cooked meal and a long night of wine and fantastic conversation (and even a cheeky glass of Wim's special Soju).

So far, three different Dhall & Nash groups have had the pleasure of visiting Julicher this year, and we have one more lucky group due to pop down before December, and it's fair to say the rest of us who've already experienced all they have to offer, would trade places for a second round in a heartbeat. Fine hosts, boutique wine, vineyard views and wagging tails? It doesn't get much better. Julicher Estate put on a show and we are so wonderfully thrilled to be a part of helping our customers get a taste of what they're all about through their scrumptious wines.


Billecart-Salmon Bicentenary Soirée

Dhall and Nash invited a selection of our greatest Billecart Lovers to attend an ultra-exclusive soirée to celebrate the masion's 200th Birthday. A splendid evening was had as we proceeded through various greatest hits of the maison culminating in a once in a lifetime treat to imbibe the Limited Edition Cuvée 200.

Only 1,818 Magnums of this rare collectors wine have been produced - see what Forbes and Decanter Magazine have to say about this special cuvée 200.

The event was held at the fabulous Baran de Bordeaux in Parnell amongst their exquisite French antiques and interiors, and sumptuous morsels of food were prepared on site by Chef Arno.

Many thanks to Maison Billecart-Salmon for 200 years of making some of the finest Champagnes in history!


Budburst Natural Wine Festival 2018

Budburst Logo

Budburst Natural Wine Festival
Wine tasting at the Budburst Natural Wine Festival

On Sunday 11th November Wellington will again be home to the country’s only natural wine festival. Housed across the Boatshed and Rowing Club on the Wellington waterfront, the Budburst teams will be welcoming natural wine producers from New Zealand and around the world for Budburst 2018.

The Budburst Natural Wine Festival is based on five main principles:

Wine starts in the vineyard. We believe that natural wine cannot be made from conventionally farmed fruit so we ask all our producers to verify that they grow their grapes organically or biodynamically.

Let the time & place shine through. In the winery we ask for minimal intervention. Let the quality of the fruit, site and season speak for themselves.

Naturally delicious. We love delicious, well-made wines. Weird for weird's sake is not our bag, the wine also has to be good. Natural is the philosophy, quality is the aim.

Always learning, always curious. Education is at the heart of everything we do. The festival is designed to pique your curiosity and stir up debate, we're not here to preach or convert.

It's all for the love of wine. Budburst is a not-for-profit festival run by a passionate group of volunteers. The producers we pull together and the wines they show light us up and we want to share them with the world.

Wines for Budburst Festival
Dhall & Nash are excited for our suppliers who will be on show at the festival. The collection of wines one will find at this event is exceptional, rare and deliciously unique. We can’t wait to celebrate their success with you all here at the festival. Here is a little heads up on the wines to look out for and some details about these phenomenal wine growers from the Dhall & Nash portfolio:


Domaine Vincent Carême:

A young and dynamic Vouvray wine grower who set up his domaine in 1999. The estate makes the full range of Chenin Blanc styles; sparkling, sec, demi-sec and moelleux and he uses organic and biodynamic methods across his vines, with the 14 hectares estate being certified.

2016 Domaine Vincent Careme Sec

2016 Domaine Vincent Careme Le Clos

2015 Domaine Vincent Careme L'Ancestrale


Domaine Des Pothiers:

Romain Paire is a fantastic wine grower. He exalts the family estate, old of several centuries and spreading on 17.5 hectares of vines planted on beautiful slopes situated at 400 and 500 meters of altitude. The vineyard is entirely certified organic and biodynamic (label Biodyvin). The delicious red wines are made of Gamay Saint-Romain grown on complex granitic soils. It delivers perfectly balanced full-flavored wines.

2017 Domaine des Pothiers Eclipse Method

2017 Domaine des Pothiers Référence

2016 Domaine des Pothiers La Chapelle


De Martino:

The De Martino winery was founded in 1934 by Pietro De Martino, who arrived in Chile in search of a place to satisfy his passion for winemaking. Today, more than 80 years after it began, the fourth generation of De Martino still work the winery every day. Their Amphora wines from the Viejas Tinajas range are super rare and ultra-delicious and landed just in time.

2016 De Martino Viejas Tinajas Muscat

2016 De Martino Viejas Tinajas Cinsault

2011 De Martino Old Vines Limavida Malbec


Aurum Wines:

A family run estate based in the Lowburn sub region of Central Otago. The vineyard and winery are managed using certified organic practices and thrive to produce wines that speak truthfully of their origins. Organics is the defining philosophy of the vineyard management and part of an overall goal to achieve continuous improvements in vineyard sustainability and to make better wines. Keep an eye out for Aurum running their own stand at the Budburst festival.

2017 Aurum Amber Wine Pinot Gris

2017 Aurum Chardonnay

2017 Aurum Libera Pinot Noir

This is going to be a fantastic event. Can't wait to see you there.
- Brandon