Limited Release Wines

 Passport Series 2021 & LE20

3 Post White
per batch
South Africa
Available January 2021
A post gives support for the vine to grow and anchors the vineyard to a specific place. 3 Post White is a blend of Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc and Riesling from three distinct vineyards, spanning from the lush hills of Rawsonville, South Africa to the sun-kissed valleys of Clare Valley, Australia. Together they show aromas of green apple, pear and tropical fruit with undertones of citrus and stone fruits. The palate shows balance and freshness with flavours of tangerine, guava and wildflower honey. Lively acidity and a juicy core make this wine come alive. THE REGION: Rawsonville is a small wine growing and farming community in the Western Cape Province of South Africa. The Mediterranean climate brings cool rainy winters and warm dry summers creating excellent fruit driven wines. The Clare Valley in Australia lies in the mid north of South Australia just north of Adelaide. The climate is continental with cool to cold nights and warm to hot summer days. The higher altitude of the region ensures the nights are still cool even during the hottest summer months allowing the fruit to ripen slowly and evenly. Each region imparts unique varietal characters that compliment each other seamlessly. THE FOOD: • Grilled halibut with lemon basil vinaigrette • Potato pizza with caramelized onions and rosemary • Triple crème brie ALC. VOL: 12.5% BODY: MEDIUM SWEETNESS: DRY
BENCHMARK (Chenin Blanc & Roussanne BCL sku # 219475)
per batch
Piedmont, Italy
Available March 2021
This 100% Barbera shows classic regional character. Aromas of ripe cherry, raspberry and strawberry are followed by hints of pepper and savoury spice. Flavours of blackberry and sour cherry lead to subtle notes of almond and caramel. A juicy mouthfeel is complimented by soft, rich tannins, giving this wine balance and poise. THE REGION: Piedmont is in North Western Italy at the foothills of the Alps, sharing borders with France and Switzerland. There are two key factors that impact the climate in Piedmont: the cool Alps and the balmy Mediterranean. These two factors create extreme day and night temperature differences known as diurnal range. Cold nights, foggy mornings and sun-kissed days make for excellent grape growing conditions. The Barbera vines are often planted on the warmer south facing slopes to help ensure optimal ripeness. THE FOOD: • Braised lamb ragu over creamy Parmesan polenta • Wild mushroom and truffle agnolotti • Grana Padano or Parmesan Reggiano ALC. VOL: 14% BODY: FULL SWEETNESS: DRY
BENCHMARK (Fontanafredda Barbera BCL sku # 898718
per batch
New Zealand
Available February 2021
This Merlot is sourced from the renowned Hawkes Bay wine growing aroma, flavour and balance that Merlot is known for. THE REGION: The oldest and second largest wine region in New Zealand is Hawkes Bay which is located on the east coast of the North Island. The area is blessed with a kaleidoscope of fertile soils ranging from gravel to sandy loam. The region is sunny with a warm temperate climate that offers a long growing season which promotes mature tannins and ripe fruit flavours. THE FOOD: • Pork tenderloin with a blueberry reduction over Moroccan couscous • Roasted root vegetables & braised greens • Goat brie region of New Zealand. Bright aromas of blueberry and baking spice are followed by notes of plum, fig and tobacco. A soft mouthfeel leads to well textured tannins. ALC. VOL: 13% BODY: MEDIUM SWEETNESS: DRY
BENCHMARK (Oyster Bay Merlot 2017 BCL sku # 111310
Grenache Mourvdre
per batch
Languadoc, France
Available December 2020
A classic pairing of varietal reds from the southern vineyards of Languedoc France, this blend of Grenache and Mourvèdre shows ripe notes of strawberry and blackberry. The palate is vibrant with soft tannins and a rich mouthfeel. Dark berry fruits are layered with hints of pepper and baking spice. A balanced wine with lots of intrigue. THE REGION: The Languedoc is one of the largest wine regions in the world. It is in the sunny South of France situated along the French Mediterranean coast. The vineyards benefit from the Mediterranean climate with many hours of warm sunshine and cool nights from the sea breezes. They are known for their plentiful land with soil ranging from rocky sand to thick clay, making it an ideal place to grow grapes. THE FOOD: • Duck breast and white bean cassoulet • Roasted vegetable lasagna • Piave cheese ALC. VOL: 13% BODY: MEDIUMFULL SWEETNESS: DRY
BENCHMARK ( Gerard Bertrand Grenache/Syrah/Mourvedre 2016 BCL sku # 261008


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Torrontes Muscat
per batch
Mendoza, Argentina
RELEASE DATE: JANUARY 2021 MENDOZA, ARGENTINA At the foot of the Andes and an average of 900m above sea level, Mendoza boasts some of the highest vineyards in the world and Torrontes grows particularly well at this elevation. The hot, semi-arid climate is tempered by cool mountain nights, helping the varietal to retain acidity. Dry, rocky soils mean the vines have to work harder for nutrients thereby producing smaller, more concentrated grapes. TORRONTES MUSCAT Torrontes and Muscat, two aromatic whites, share many similarities making them ideal blending partners. Expect floral aromas, fresh peach and citrus flavours and bright acidity. Torrontes, Argentina’s signature white wine grape, lends notes of rose petal, geranium and peach, complemented by Muscat’s honeysuckle, mandarin orange and stone fruit flavours.
BENCHMARK ( Zolo Mendoza 2019 BCL sku #100464)
Release date January 2021
per batch
Lodi, California
LODI, CALIFORNIA Located in the middle of California’s Central Valley, Lodi has a classic Mediterranean climate of warm days and cool nights, and benefits from cool breezes blowing inland from the San Francisco Bay area - a climate that helps lend grapes a refreshing natural acidity. The mineral rich, sandy soils and dry growing season allow growers to precisely manage vine growth through irrigation, producing more concentrated flavours. SYNERGY Chardonnay, Riesling and Pinot Grigio come together in perfect synergy in this lively off-dry white with tropical and stone fruit flavours, bright acidity and a crisp balanced finish. Chardonnay provides texture, notes of green apple, pineapple and citrus. Riesling offers lively acidity and floral aromas. Pinot Grigio rounds out the blend with juicy peach, apricot and pear flavours.
BENCHMARK ( Apothic White BCL sku #202549
Release date March 2021
Double Noir
per batch
Marlborough, New Zealand, California
MARLBOROUGH, NEW ZEALAND • LODI, CALIFORNIA Marlborough garners much acclaim for its cool climate Pinot Noirs. The region enjoys plenty of sunshine and the moderate temperatures see a strong swing between day and night, fostering strong varietal expression. Lodi also sees big temperature changes from day to night, which helps Gamay retain its characteristic acidity. DOUBLE NOIR Gamay Noir and Pinot Noir are the perfect pair - both varietals feature high natural acidity and low tannins, making this an extremely food-friendly wine. Cherry and cranberry on the nose with a subtle floral note. Strawberry and cherry flavours are accented by an undertone of savoury spice. Vibrant and versatile with freshness and finesse. Try chilling Double Noir for one hour before serving.
BENCHMARK (Oyster Bay Marlborough BCL sku #111302)
Release date December 2020
per batch
Sicily Italy
Sun-kissed Sicily has been growing grapes for more than 3,000 years; the hot temperatures, consistent sunshine and moderate rainfall make it a wine haven. The slopes around Mount Etna on the island’s east coast are a sweet spot for Nerello, where the higher elevation brings cooler nighttime temperatures which help maintain the grape’s desirable acidity. The volcanic soils impart mineral notes on the grape, and with Etna’s frequent eruptions, soil composition is constantly transforming. NERELLO Grown on the slopes of an active volcano, Nerello is a wine that knows how to get your attention and keep it. Appealing aromas of cherry, strawberry and rose unfold into juicy red berry and crushed strawberry flavours with hints of cinnamon and herbs. Sleek and savoury with earthy and mineral nuances, fresh acidity and smooth, polished tannins.
BENCHMARK ( Conundrum 2015 – BCLB sku # 390831)
Release date February 2021
Grenache Tannat Shiraz
per batch
Riverland, Australia. Lodi, California
RIVERLAND, AUSTRALIA • LODI, CALIFORNIA The Riverland region wraps around the Murray Darling river, basking in the hot South Australia sun. The Mediterranean climate and long sunny days make for vibrant fully ripened grapes. The winding river provides relief from the sometimes-intense heat, vital access to water for irrigation, and contributes to the region’s fertile soils. GRENACHE TANNAT SHIRAZ WITH GRAPE SKINS Australian Grenache and Shiraz combine with California Tannat to make this plush, charismatic blend. Grenache provides notes of raspberry and spice. Tannat brings gripping tannins and a whisper of licorice, while Shiraz imparts black plum and peppercorn. This wine layers delicious dark fruit and red berry with complex notes of vanilla, peppery spice, and subtle smoke completed by racy acidity, big tannins and a lengthy finish. GRENACHE TANNAT SHIRAZ
BENCHMARK (Yalumba Barossa BCL sku #173702)
Release date April 2021