Grape Varietals: 90% Syrah, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon & 3% Viognier
Growing Region: Colchagua Valley, Chile
Owner / Chief Winemaker: Aurelio Montes

The vineyards which produce the selected fruit for this Montes ‘Alpha’ Syrah are in two very representative areas in the Colchagua Valley - Apalta and Marchigüe. With both sites highly influenced by the Tinguiririca River and from historical flood deposits and material from high above in the mountains. The soils tend to be deep on the plains and thinner in the foothills and upper vineyards slopes.

 

Grape Varietals: Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca, Tinta Barroca
Growing Region: Douro Valley, Portugal
Chief Winemaker: Carlos Alves

Established in 1913, Barros Port is one of the most respected wineries producing and exporting quality Port wines. Like most, they have vineyards and primary processing facilities in the Douro Valley and their ageing cellars are located in Vila Nova de Gaia. A great deal of their success comes from Old Tawnies - high quality wines matured in oak cask and vats. In June 2006, the ‘Sogevinus Group’ acquired the house of Barros Almeida.

 

Grape Varietals: 90% Sangiovese & 10% other red varietals
Growing Region: Castellina, Chianti Classico, Italy
Owner / Chief Winemaker: Andrea Cecchi

This coming July I will again have the great pleasure to spend some quality time, working with the passionate and talented family and team at Cecchi in the heart of Tuscany. So, to prepare and refocus my taste buds, what better way to understand their unique terroir than to open a bottle of 2013 'Riserva di Famiglia' (Family Reserve) - one of Cecchi’s most terroir expressive wines, showcasing all that is special about Sangiovese and Tuscany.

 

Grape Varietal: 100% Shiraz
Growing Region: McLaren Vale, Australia
Winemaking Team: Geoff Merrill & Scott Heidrich

If you were ever looking for a true icon of the Australia wine industry - the Geoff Merrill ‘Henley’ Shiraz is not a myth, but a genuine benchmark wine which you can find. Crafted from a strict selection of only the best vintages of McLaren Vale Shiraz. Named in honour of Geoff’s Grandfather, who passed away at the ripe old age of 102. The ‘best of the best’ - crafted from only 10 barrels of this vintage, set aside to become the ‘Henley’ Shiraz.