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|June, 2013 | July, 2013
Every month or so we advertise a range of specials in the newspaper. For those of you who don’t receive our 'local rag' we have included a link in this newsletter to the specials. We have featured here just three of the great deals, Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc from the boys who used to help make Cloudy Bay, $8 off the normal price of a 2005 Sparkling Shiraz and Tanqueray Gin for just $36.99. Read on…
The story of Dog Point begins at Cloudy Bay where Chief Viticulurist Ivan and Winemaker James worked together. Finding they shared the same aspirations they decided to return to a more ‘hands-on’ approach to winemaking. Using fruit from the 80 hectare Dog Point Vineyard the pair launched the Dog Point label together with wives Wendy and Margaret.
Tempting aromas of tropical fruits, ripe citrus, lemongrass and guava combined with its fine texture, juicy acidity and a lingering crisp finish make this wine a perfect match with seafood, poultry, vegetable dishes and aromatic white cheeses.Given the small harvest we had earlier this year, the 2012 Sauvignon Blanc will be in limited supply! - Dog Point Vineyards
'An excellent example of the straight-down-the-line Marlborough style, yet has added interest. There is lively primary fruit (passion fruit, blackcurrant) with citrus freshness and an element of cleansing minerality. Makes an excellent aperitif, but has the structure to partner food. 'PETER MCCOMBIE MW, TOP THREE, DECANTER, JUNE 2013
These guys have been involved in Marlborough wineamaking from the beginning, they also make a pretty good Pinot Noir and their Section94 Sauvignon Blanc was voted Best NZ Sauvignon Blanc By Australia's Nick Stock in the latest Penguin Wine Guide.
I am picturing a plate of dark chocolate, cheese and muscatels, a crackling fire, good company and a voluptuous, texturally soft generous Sparkling Burg. Australian Sparkling Shiraz is wonderfully versatile suiting summer barbecues, Christmas lunch or even chocolate desserts. It is equally at home at the beach or by the fireplace.
The most complex wines are normally the dearest. Oak barrels, time on yeast lees time aging in bottle… it all costs money which is why this 8 year old stunner is a bargain at $23.99.
Padthaway Estate are specialists in making Sparkling wine as you will see when you taste this wine. The grapes were hand picked crushed and fermented in open vats then pressed in the Champagne press before blending and maturation in old oak barrels before going on tirage. We follow a combination of traditional French and Australian methods to give the finest quality and make this unique house style. Raspberries and cinnamon spice aromas dominate the with cherry kirsch and underlying black cracked pepper while the palate exhibits dark plum, raspberries and licorice. The mouth feel is creamy and persistent. Some cherry kirsch adds complexity and contributes to a long flavoursome finish.
There are Bombay drinkers and there are Tanqueray drinkers. While Bombay Saphire offers the almost perfume-like aromas of a typical London Dry Gin it is the drier Juniper and citrus quality of ‘Tanq’ that keeps me coming back for more.
So you thought all Gin was the same?
Not so, while many talk about how many botanicals or flavourings they have added to their Gin Tanqueray has only four, Juniper Coriander, Angelica and Licorice. It is then distilled 4 times for a bit of added smoothness.
Here at the Ed we like our Gin and bargains like Tanqueray, but if you are looking to launch into something a bit more special we have a full range of premium Gin. Have you ever tried 'Blue Ribbon' London Dry Gin from France flavoured with Jamaican Pepper; the intriguing Saffron Gin from Boudier or Australian Gin from WA's West Winds or even our very own Kangaroo Island Spirit Company KIS Wild Gin? Come on in and talk Gin with people who love it as much as you do..
As this is the Edinburgh Cellars we should quote the famous Scottish poet Robbie Burns to describe last week’s Enomatic offering. ‘The best laid plans of mice and men….often go awry’. Yes, we had a gas leak and had to close down the Eno over the weekend. We apologise to those of you who made the effort to come in and find the wines unavailable. The problem now seems to be repaired and all systems are normal for this amazing line-up of wines.
It is time to wet your Shiraz whistle with this top array of wines. Some of the best Australian Shiraz available to taste as a flight of 8 or just try your favourites.
Why not have a taste-off between the latest 100 point release 2008 Grange and 2008 Hill of Grace?
Try a bracket of deep dark brooding 2010 Shiraz including Amon Ra, Meshach, Wild Duck Creek, Rockford Basket Press, and more. What an excellent warm-up for the GREAT Edinburgh Shiraz Challenge 2013!
2010 Rockford Basket Press $75 $3.50
2010 Mollydooker Velvet Glove Shiraz $188 $6.00
2010 Penfolds RWT Shiraz $180 $6.00
2010 Glaetzer Amon Ra Shiraz $97 $3.50
2010 Wild Duck Creek Reserve Shiraz $100 $3.50
2008 Grant Burge Meshach $120 $5.50
2008 Henschke Hill of Grace Shiraz $757 $26
2008 Penfolds Grange $785 $33
$2280 worth of wine by the bottle.
Taste all of these icons for $87 or just sample a few!