Cellar wines

Pinot Noir    

Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 2014                                   
Martinborough, New Zealand.
Arguably one of the top wine producers from Martinborough, Ata Rangi Pinot Noir has a long string of accolades and great reviews. Clive Paton purchased the land in 1980. More than three decades later, Ata Rangi is well established in 25 international markets and has an enviable reputation as one of the New World's most respected Pinot Noir producers.

Amisfield Rocky Knoll Pinot Noir 2015                   
Central Otago, New Zealand.                       

The Rocky Knoll is a small block at Amisfield Vineyard whose soil differs greatly from the areas around it. It consists mainly of glacial deposits left by the retreat of the giant Wanaka glacier some tens of thousands of years ago. Planted with 100% Dijon clones, from the first vintage in 2003 they realised that this parcel of fruit was something unique.

Burn Cottage Pinot Noir 2015                                        
Central Otago, New Zealand.                       
Burn Cottage Vineyard Property is a twenty four hectare estate in the foothills of the Pisa range near Cromwell. The vineyard is owned by the Sauvage family which also owns the celebrated Koehler Ruprecht estate in the Pfalz region of Germany, as well as several fine wine importing and wholesaling companies in the United States. The property was purchased in 2002. Previously it had been grazed by sheep. The winemaking is done by Ted Lemon (owner and winemaker of Littorai Wines in Sebastopol) and Claire Mulholland (ex Martinborough Vineyards).

Dry River Pinot Noir 2015                                   
Martinborough, New Zealand.
The name Dry River carries an historical significance as the name of one of the earliest Wairarapa sheep stations (ca. 1877). In 1979 Neil and Dawn McCallum planted their vineyard in a very dry, gravelly and free-draining area now called the 'Martinborough Terrace' and they took the name Dry River for the vineyard and wines in what was to become another chapter of Martinborough's farming history. Their dream was to produce individual, high quality regional wines which faithfully reflect the 'terroir', vintage and are suitable for cellaring.

Felton Road Pinot Noir 2015                                            
Central Otago, New Zealand.                       
Considerable research by Stuart Elms (hence the Elm tree logo) in 1991 identified the north facing slopes at the end of Felton Road, Bannockburn as being one of the warmest and most ideal sites in Central Otago for the growing and production of premium wine. Winemaker Blair Walter has been the winemaker here since Felton Road’s first vintage in 1997. Current owner Nigel Greening purchased Felton Road in 2002.

Rippon Tinker’s Field Pinot Noir 2015                   
Central Otago, New Zealand.                       

A unique parcel within Rippon, Tinker’s Field is a gentle, north facing slope formed by an ancient ejection cone of coarse schist gravels. Tinker’s Field is home to the oldest vines on the property and is named after Rippon’s visionary founder, Rolfe Mills (Tink to his friends), and the land that he had dreamed of farming since childhood.
Two Paddocks First Paddock Pinot Noir 2015                    Central Otago, New Zealand.                       Established in 1993 by itinerant actor Sam Neill, initially the sole aim was to share ethereal Pinot Noir moments with loved ones. Sam is now the only producer to own land in the three main valleys of Central Otago – Gibbston, Cromwell (Bannockburn) and Alexandra – all are under the Bio Grow Certification Process.

Other Red Wines  

Te Mata Coleraine 2015                                   
Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand.
Established in 1896, Te Mata Estate remains family owned, producing internationally recognized wines exclusively from its Hawke’s Bay vineyards. Coleraine derives its name from the Coleraine vineyard, home of John and Wendy Buck of Te Mata Estate. John’s late grandfather was born in Coleraine in Northern Ireland and the name has been maintained through the family home to the wine. Originally a single vineyard wine, from 1989 Coleraine has been an assemblage of the finest wines produced from distinct plots within Te Mata Estate’s oldest vineyards on the Havelock Hills. The final blend is 56% cabernet sauvignon, 36% merlot and 10% cabernet franc.

Chateau Musar Hochar 2011                                   
Beret, Lebanon.
Founded by Gaston Hochar in 1930, Chateau Musar lies in a 17th century Mzar castle in Ghazir, just North of Beirut overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. One of the great wines of the world, Chateau Musar has been run by Gaston’s sons, Serge (who studied winemaking under the great Emile Peynaud at the University of Bordeaux) and Ronald since 1959.
The grand vin is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault, Carignan, Grenache and Mourvedre.  With glowing reviews from international wine critics, Chateau Musar produces an earthy complex range of wines that age beautifully and Serge Hochar was awarded the first Decanter magazine “Man of the Year” in 1984.

Ebenezer Shiraz                                           
Barossa Valley, Australia
Ebenezer is a district in Australia’s Barossa Valley. This hot and dry area the northern stretch of the valley is home to some of the world’s most intense, full-bodied and fruit-forward reds. Bursting with jammy, succulent blackberry and plum, it’s painted on a savoury canvas of leather, liquorice and black pepper. Barossa Valley Estate is owned by Delegat - a large New Zealand producer.

Rockford Basket Press Shiraz 2010                               
Barossa Valley, Australia
Established in 1971, the vintage shed is equipped with plant equipment that is from 50 to 100 years old. Firmly entrenched as a cult wine icon of the Barossa Valley, Rocky O'Callaghan's masterpiece Shiraz evokes thoughts of all things brilliant about Australian wine, and in particular, Australian Shiraz. Painstaking bunch and parcel selection takes place to produce a small quantity of Barossa liquid gold. Now reaching cult status, the Rockford Basket Press is a classic Super-Premium Barossa Valley Shiraz.

Yalumba Menzies Cabernet Sauvignon 2013                       
Coonawarra, Australia
Five generations and 168 years later Yalumba is Australia's oldest family owned winery. First produced in 1987, the Menzies takes its name from Sir Robert Menzies, former Australian Prime Minister and red wine enthusiast. Sourced from a vineyard planted in 1975 the wine was matured in a combination of new (49%) and older French, American and Hungarian oak for 18 months. The palate is rich and powerful; red fruits and dark chocolate on a robust tannin framework. The finish is long, complex and well worth contemplating.

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