The January Limited Editions are here! If you placed a pre-order for one or both of the Washington Meritage or South African Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon, please drop into Just Fine Wine to start your wine. In just 8 weeks time you will have a dazzling Limited Edition wine to add to your collection at home.
For anyone who missed the pre-order dealine or for those who are interested in topping up their orders for the February, March and April Limited Editions, we have until the 15th of each month prior to release to add to the order.
January: Washington Meritage
The Region: The Red Mountain AVA is Washington's Smallest, at approximately 3.600 acres. Grape growing conditions are almost textbook perfect: slope, exposure, weather conditions, good air drainage, large day/night temperature swings, gravelly soil with high calcium carbonate content and high pH and the nearby Yakima River to moderate temperature extremes - there could hardly be more positive flavour influences to grapes grown here.
The Wine: A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petite Verdot, this wine feature great extract, deep colour and intense aromatics of dark berry fruit, cassis, peppery spice, cedar and smoke. The seductive nose of this wine foreshadows magnificent texture and flavour, including dark berries, liquorice, vanilla and warm brown spices that glide across the palate. The texture and mouthfeel of this wine offers up silky tannins and a velvety smooth structure.
The Food: Marinated & Grilled Flank Steak with Blue Cafe De Paris Butter.
Ageing: The complexity and structure of this wine will require three to six months to unwind and it will continue improving for several years. Due to the ripe tannins it will also benefit from decanting before serving.
Sweetness Code: 0 (dry)
LE 2011 - January Red from Maverick Video Group on Vimeo.
January: South African Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon
The Region: Known as 'Valley of Wine and Roses', South Africa's Robertson Valley has a very hot climate with minimal rainfall - less than a foot per year. Luckily the calcareous red clay loam and clay Karoo soils have excellent water holding capacity, and the gentle slopes and varied microclimates allow for precision planting to maximize grape quality.
The Wine: Sauvignon Blanc has wild, herbaceous flavours and tart, grapefruit-like character, which shows strongly in the young wine, while Semillon has flavours of honeydew melon and sweet honey that take a bit longer to come out. together the two grapes make a lush, balanced wine with great up-front fruit and a satisfying, rich finish.
The Food: Pan Roasted Digby Bay Scallop, Yam Puree, White Truffle Oil & Salsa Verde.
Ageing: The citrus notes of the Sauvignon Blanc make this wine tempting to drink right away and after three months the Semillon will rise up to give a mellower white wine. It will improve for at least a year, giving deeper flavours of melon and honey as it goes.
Sweetness Code: 0 (dry)
LE 2011 - January White from Maverick Video Group on Vimeo.