The Upgraded Friday Wine Tasting, Eclectic and Informative
5-7:30 pm Friday, 8 December
with Kyle Boatright of the Country Vintner
Domaine Tournon, Mathilda White (2014): Reg $14.99/Sale $11.96
“Michel Chapoutier, owner and winemaker of M. Chapoutier, one of the Rhone Valley’s most esteemed estates, founded Domain Tournon in 2007. The 123 acre estate is located in the Victorian Pyrenees and Heathcote region of Australia. The Shays Flat Vineyard, situated on an east facing ridge in the southern Pyrenees foothills, is planted on red soils of schist and quartz soils and Lady’s Lane is planted on gentle slopes of well draining deep red-brown gravely earth over basalt bedrock.
The estate vineyards are farmed using biodynamics and the Shiraz is hand-picked and destemmed prior to fermentation. The cool weather allows Michel to craft distinctive red and white wines. Michel named Tournon after the town in the Rhone Valley. As in France and now in Australia, Michel is producing wines of elegance and balance.”
Limestone Hill Chardonnay 2016: Reg $15.99/Sale $13.48
De Wetshof The name De Wetshof has been synonymous with the production of fine wines in South Africa since the 1970’s. As the first registered wine estate in the Robertson Wine Valley, De Wetshof has become known internationally as South Africa’s eminent Chardonnay House due to the pioneering role it played in introducing this noble grape to the South Africa.
The De Wet family’s winemaking heritage can be traced back to 1694 when the first De Wets arrived at the Cape and immediately made a mark on the South African wine industry. Today, De Wetshof is one of the few third generation wine estates in South Africa. Here Danie de Wet, proprietor and cellarmaster, is assisted by sons Johann (viticulture and marketing) and Peter (winemaker).
De Wetshof’s wines express the uniqueness of the soils of the Estate and meticulous attention to detail, while state-of-the-art technology ensures that the work in the cellar complements the gifts of natures vineyards.
La Gerla, Toscana Sangiovese Poggio gli Angeli (2015) Reg $17.99/Sale $15.29
“The La Gerla property is situated at 320 metres above sea level, on the gentle slopes below Montalcino. This small wine estate has established itself as one of the great crùs in this territory in the heart of Tuscany, delineated by the Orcia and Ombrone valleys.
The owner, Sergio Rossi, was formerly involved in advertising. He was the director of three European offices of a famous agency and was used to travelling for work and to losing sleep over lay-outs and jingles. These days he is almost an “ilcinese,” and he loves his vineyards as if they were children.
Today the estate has 11,5 hectares (28,41 acres) under vine and large modern cellars complete with the latest technology. Sergio Rossi is flanked by a united team of people that have helped him to achieve his goal; the winemaker, Vittorio Fiore, who has been with the estate from the start and is both a friend and a trusted professional, Alberto Passeri, agronomist and director of the estate, Marisa the cellar boss, Luca the vineyard overseer and Sonia who deals with the estate administration.”
Stolpman Vineyards, Ballard Canyon Syrah Estate (2015) Reg $32.99/ Sale $26.96
“Over 20 years ago, Thomas Stolpman founded Stolpman Vineyards on a 220-acre property in Santa Barbara County. The winery is committed to preserving their natural environment for the vines through natural farming, dry farming, & sustainable employment. Winemaker Sashi Moorman ‘the grand theorist behind Stolpman Vineyards’ prefers native fermentation & minimal manipulation.”
Plus our two Wines of the Week