“The Starter Pack”: (Tier 1&2) 12 btls

Taster Pack 1

Price: ¥1,037

We have updated & redesigned & doubled the size of this pack into a neat variety of popular styles!

Now a Global Pack; already popular wines are joined by a top selling old world new world corksAussie Sparkler, a couple of interesting everyday wines, including our top selling red wines from both Argentina & France. Perfect pack to begin exploring!

Award winning & commended De Bortoli Sacred Hill Chardonnay is inserted. Castelnoble Rojo Vivo Tempranillo replaces Castillo De Manza Tempranillo, and the much loved Callia Osaado Shiraz replaces the deleted Armand Dartois . We also upgraded the Baroncourt to their lovely Languedoc varietal, as well as kept the fantastic Emblema Sauvignon Blanc (our top selling white) and crowd pleaser DeBortoli Sparkling Brut. Prosecco version available in other mixed cases…

Please click on the wines listed below to extend/retract descriptions.

2x De Bortoli Sacred Hill Sparkling Brut Australia

So Yummy, that our friends regularly argue this is just like champagne. IMHO, it is NOT like Champagne at all. It is less complex. It is ten times cheaper. There is no hype here either. Just a sturdy, refreshing, dry, crisp bubbly with an apples character.

Pale straw in colour. Attractive nose of strawberries and cream with citrus notes in the background. A very refreshing, easy drinking sparkling wine, with fresh fruit flavours. Delicate and creamy mouth-feel, finishing with crisp acidity.

Serving: don’t need to over-chill it; 10°C is fine.

You can afford to drink it all summer (and all summer long you will wonder why other folks dream about those elusive champagnes that cost the earth and are often over dry, over biscuity or plain rubbish). De Bortoli is solid from top to bottom. We love this company!

2x De Bortoli Sacred Hill Chardonnay, Australia, Riverina Multiple Awards '12, '13 & '14

Our joint top selling white wine, amazing quality for the price and a wine which we drink at home every week. A top seller even before they started winning competitions.

Pale straw with green hue. Zesty lemon citrus and stone fruit aromas balanced with buttery oak notes. Fruit-driven wine with crisp acid, great texture and balance on the mid palate. The subtle oak approach has given added structure to the wine without overpowering it, leaving the citrus and stone fruit flavours to dominate.

In short: They got this spot on. It’s a major secret because the retailers are full or poor quality wines at the same price!

The 2010 was a gold medal winner, the 2011 was a bronze. We’ll see which accolades this vintage (2012) walks away with. Now we know: a commendation at Decanter.

“Yum Yum”, says the Wine Man.

Note: We now understand that the De Bortoli Sacred Hill Range IS the Family Selection in a different packaging. So, for example,  the DB Sacred Hill Chardonnay and DB Family Selection Chardonnay are the same wine. The two are inter-changeable.

2x Callia Osaado Shiraz, San Juan Argentina

This wine has a purplish-red colour with bluish tints. Its nose features prunes and the spicy aromas typical of Shiraz. The mouth-feel shows a strong presence of fruits (plums and damsons) and medium structure, and is complex and creamy on the tongue.

All true: but what it does not say is that (despite, for my eyes, a rather irritating design for the bottle’s wine label) the contents inside the bottle are OK. If it is an issue for you, please don’t be put off by the exterior. We so often buy with our eyes and I had to force myself to try this. Of course, the price helps ease the risk, but for this low price it’s a risk well worth taking. It won’t set the world on fire but it won’t disappoint anyone either.

Fruity, spicy and with backbone. From the house of Callia. These guys are going to be like the ‘De Bortoli of Argentina’ for us. Masters of low price point attractive wines. Best part is they keep getting better and better each year.

2x Castelnoble Rojo Vivo Tempranillo, Spain, La Mancha

This Tempranillo is perfect if you’re looking for bold fruitiness without the more traditional oak finish. Definitely a great choice for every day wine; ideal to drink alone or pair with pastas as well as meats.

Tip: Let it breathe a few minutes (or even better, decanter it!) to really bring out a surprising amount of complexity! ESPECIALLY  for a wine in this price range.

Wine Making:  De-stemmed and lightly crushed followed by a short maceration on the skins before devatting. Fermented in stainless steel tanks with no oak aging.

Tasting Notes: Bright ruby color. Wonderful cherry and raspberry flavors  a long lingering finish.

NB** This is NOT the Rojo Vivo bottle, couldn’t seem to find a picture of it but is a similar wine from Castelnoble

2x Heritage De Baroncourt Languedoc Rouge France

A simple fruity glugger with some complexity that suggests we are drinking at a level a little above it’s price-tag. Better than some wines twice its price (but not on our lists of course!).

Supple, well balanced and fruit-driven with lingering final notes of fruit ripeness that enhance its aromas. Spicy aromas and a blend of red berry fruits. There is a whiff of vanilla on the nose. A deep ruby colour.

Destemming, traditional fermentation with pumping over and strict temperature control. Aged in vats. Matching suggestions: Perfect match with many dishes, including barbecue, salads and cheese. Serve at: 17℃-18℃.

2x Bodegas Alina Emblema Sauvignon Blanc Chile

The #1 top selling white at LWwines, it ‘flies off the shelves’. Quality improvements year on year, since inception are astounding.

Expect a strong fresh floral wine with an intriguing mix of exotic fruits (passion fruit, grapefruit). The full body is a silken palate and exquisitely intense, with a supportive acidic structure and a prolonged, strong finish. It’s less aromatic than a NZ, nearer to a French Sancerre. Better for a good chill.

Sept 2012: I just sank a bottle of the 2011 on my own sweet own, well chilled. An instant silent smile from this taster as we are able to uncover yet another quality wine at the entry level from the value-laden continent that is South America. Very moreish. Very fresh and very well priced. This will fly. (and it did!)

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