This wine is a blend of Viognier, Pinot Gris and Gewürztraminer which all bring something to the glass. The wine is pale straw in colour with medium-light intensity. The nose is fruit forward with aromas of tree fruit, stone fruit wet stones and a hint of spice. Good balance and the hint of residual sugar gives it body. The flavours echo the nose followed by a medium finish.
This is a blend of 58% Syrah, 13% Viognier, 11% Malbec, 9% Grenache and 9% Mouvedre. The name means ‘inner peace, liberation or release’. The wine is garnet red in colour with medium-deep intensity. It has a well-integrated nose of red and black fruit, sweet spice, earth and a hint of chocolate. Well balanced with smooth ripe tannins. Pleasing fruit flavours that follow the nose. A medium finish. This wine paired well with balsamic and garlic pork tenderloin.
2013 Red Mountain (red blend)
Garnet red with medium-deep intensity. The nose shows aromas of cherries, plums, currants, spice and smoke. Good balance with medium body. Bright red fruit and earthy notes on the palate followed by a medium finish. A blend of 40% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc and 30% Malbec. Pair with pulled pork of BBQ’d ribs.
2012 Syrah (Reserva)
Valle de Elqui, Chile
Garnet red with deep intensity. Ripe plum, black pepper, dark fruit and chocolate on the nose. Good balance with good body. The flavours echo the nose. Followed by a medium-plus finish with lingering fruit.
2014 Pinot Noir
Marlborough, New Zealand
Garnet red in colour with medium-minus intensity. Cherry and floral with earthy undertones. Good body and structure with medium body. Bright red fruit on the palate with a raspberry note that adds to the nose. A medium-plus finish. Serve with Roast herbed chicken, salmon or duck.
(All photos, except as noted – Sam Hauck)