Established in 2003, Adria Vini is a winemaking venture jointly owned by Boutinot and Araldica Castelvero, the leading co-operative in the Monferrato hills of Piemonte. Their aim is to produce authentic, well-priced still and sparkling wines from local grape varieties. All aspects of production, from grape selection through to vinification, maturation, blending and bottling are meticulously overseen by Araldica's winemaking team of Claudio Manera and Lella Burdese - assisted by Boutinot's Tony Brown MW. They source from a range of private growers and cooperatives, with whom they have long term relationships, principally in Veneto, Friuli, Lombardy, Sicily, Puglia, Abruzzo and Sardinia.
Produced from selected Pinot Grigio grapes grown in the Veneto. The grapes were hand harvested during the first 2 weeks of September. The grapes were crushed and gently pressed and the juice allowed to settle and clarify before cool fermentation at 16 to 18C in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks. The wine was bottled young after a period of 3 to 6 months ageing on fine lees in stainless steel tanks.
A fresh dry white with gentle floral and citrus aromas. Crisp and delicate on the palate with orchard fruit and lightly honeyed notes, balanced by lemony acidity and a fresh, dry finish. A highly versatile dry white, ideal as an aperitif or to accompany foods such as seafood, grilled fish, salads and cold white meats.
The Chardonnay was carefully sourced from vines grown in the long-established vineyards of north-west Victoria. The predominant soils are sandy loams deriving directly from granite and gneissic bedrocks. They are typically brown to grey brown in colour. Fertility is moderate as are typical yields, grapes tend to be high in concentrated flavours. This Chardonnay clone has a distinctive tangerine peel character. Grapes were picked earlier than usual for this area to ensure balance and freshness in the final wine. Fermentation in temperature controlled stainless steel retains the fresh fruit character of this unoaked wine.
This always shows prominent tangerine notes on the nose, and this vintage also shows intense grapefruit, lime and hints of spice. Refreshingly unoaked, citrus and white peach flavours combine with a zesty fresh acidity and a clean, bright and linear mineral finish.
This bright and approachable style of Chardonnay is a great partner to a wide range of dishes, try with tempura fried vegetables, aromatic chicken salads or crispy Chinese pork.
Hacienda López de Haro Blanco is a white wine from La Rioja produced by Bodega Classica. This wine is a varietal Viura.
The grapes come from old vines planted in poor soils on a hillside near San Vicente de la Sonsierra, in the region of La Rioja.
Harvesting is done after selecting the grapes from the vineyards with optimum quality. Hacienda López de Haro Blanco undergoes a controlled maceration with its skins for about 4 or six hours. It then fermented in French oak barrels for three months.
Bodega Classica is strategically designed. Situated atop a hill, the air conditioning is natural and most of the cellar is underground.
Deposits have big mouths to mimic traditional production in open lakes. Bodega Classica uses 5,000 barrels, mostly French oak
Fruity, light, crisp and nice and refreshing. Zesty citrus and white-stone fruit on the palate with a lingering refreshing finish, this is a delightfully expressive Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.
Luscious strawberry ice cream on the nose supported by a bright, berry fruited palate and an off-dry finish.
Boutinot has been working with growers in California for over 10 years, constantly sourcing the best value from vintage to vintage, increasingly with specific estates sourcing old vine material that represents the best possible value for money. The current pair of wines are sourced from the warm region of Lodi in Central California.
Selected from old vine vineyards in the Lodi region of central California.
100% zinfandel grapes, lightly crushed to create a pretty pink wine. Vinified in stainless steel tanks.
Deep Cherry red in colour, black and red fruit dominate the nose with spiced notes and a hint of smoke. The wine delivers a medium bodied, fruity palate consisting of a pleasing texture with soft, rounded tannins and an enjoyable finish.
Hacienda López de Haro Tempranillo is a red wine from DO La Rioja produced by Bodega Classica.
This is a varietal Tempranillo, the typical variety of the area, which has excellent value. The grapes used are selected from vineyards located in the town of San Vicente de la Sonsierra. The harvest, which is done manually, takes place between the second and third week of October and is moved to the winery in small trailers and boxes.
Fermentation takes place naturally. Steeping is as static as possible in order to prevent breakage of the skins.
Hacienda López de Haro Tempranillo is aged for about three or four months in new oak barrels. Subsequently, the wine from different barrels is assembled by placing it in a tank with a capacity for 180 thousand litres in order to homogenise. Once complete, the wine spends a period of six months in bottle.
Bodega Classica is designed strategically. It is actually located on top of a mound, which allows a natural air conditioning. The tanks on the other hand, have large mouths as is the traditional method.
Kaiken Reserva Malbec Reserva grapes come from vineyards in the Agrelo zone, 60 km from the city of Mendoza and at an altitude of 950 meters above sea level. This terroir features soils composed of silt, clay, and sand with a presence of stones at a depth of two meters and derived from erosion from the Andes Mountains. The region’s climate is warmer than that of the Uco Valley, which allows us to obtain grapes with more fresh fruit aromas and flavors as well as very soft tannins.
Kaiken Reserva Malbec is deep purple in colour. Dried fruit aromas of strawberries and cherries are nicely complemented with spicy notes and menthol aromas. On the palate this wine displays extraordinary balance, freshness and soft tannins.
Classic Barossa Shiraz with intense savoury flavours of thick blackberry compote, black pepper and typical iron-rich beefy flavours. Not a hint of jam here, no sweetness, this is serious shiraz for grown-ups with balanced acidity, fine velvety tannins and tremendous length.
Germans were the first free immigrants into Australia in the 1850s onwards. They planted Shiraz in Barossa. Germans also invented letter-press in the 1500s.The suspicion around the “magick” of a printing press at the coupled with the inky hands of the printers meant that the art became known as the Black Craft. The wine is an homage to both the German influence of the oldest wine making in Australia, as well as the letterpress.
Magpie Estate is a joint venture, which began in 1993, between famous Barossa winemaker Rolf Binder and English wine merchant Noel Young. Both Rolf and Noel have a passion for Rhone varietals. The fruit comes from 15 long-favoured sites in the premium Northern drawing on Rolf’s deep understanding of the Barossa. Noel then sneaks out into the night in a rubber catsuit and steals all the best fruit from these growers. The labels celebrate a superstitious theme, saluting the magpie, and we count ourselves lucky indeed to have them aboard.
This Shiraz is sourced from the finest available vineyard sites across the premium Northern Barossa Valley including for the most part Greenock, Western Ridge and Ebenezer.
Aged 11 months in a variety of oaks, all American and French, new and old, around 35% new. It has 5% Petite Sirah in the blend too which gives the wine structure and added spice. All oaks were AP John, Barossa coopered. As usual with Magpie it was fermented in open fermenters, we don’t set the blades too close together during crushing so a fair bit of whole berry in the ferment which gives the wine generous fruit and soft tannins.
As the name implies, black is the key - anything chargrilled would be superb here so think griddle pans and barbecues!