Grape Varietals: 60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay
Growing Region: Epernay, France
Chef de Cave: Dominique Petit

1908 - 2008 ‘celebrating the centenary of Sir Winston Churchill's first champagne order’. Due to Champagne’s weather having a balanced fragility - since the foundation of Pol Roger in 1849 they have observed a tradition of not releasing a vintage-dated champagne unless the climatic conditions facilitated the production of grapes with outstanding ripeness. A vintage champagne must above all else, be balanced.

 

Grape Varietal: 100% Syrah
Growing Region: Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand
Owner / Winemaker: Peter Robertson

You hear people say - that when it comes to potentially opening a particular bottle of wine, they will wait for a special occasion. Well, when it comes to the ‘Hillside’ Syrah from Brookfields - opening this wine is the occasion. To say this wine is special is like saying winning the lottery is nice. It has been a while since I last reviewed the celebrated Brookfields ‘Hillside’ Syrah. Even though I am reviewing a 2015 vintage wine.

 

Grape Varietal: 100% Shiraz
Growing Region: Barossa Valley, South Australia
Chief Winemaker: Stuart Blackwell

St Hallett was established by the Lindner family back in 1944 - and along with other established Barossa winery families, they understood early on the importance of saving the old vines and focusing on the key varietals for the Barossa region - and in particular Shiraz. Strong long-term relationships with dedicated grape growers give St Hallett access to some of the Barossa’s most prized vineyards, with some dating back over 100 years.

 

Grape Varietal: 100% Grenache
Growing Region: McLaren Vale, Australia
Chief Winemaker: Michael Fragos

The Chapel Hill winery is built on the hill-top site of the historic Seaview Chapel. The original Chapel was built in 1865 and is now their charming tasting room. The estates first vines were planted in 1972, with the first vintage in 1975. The winery and character filled wines are now under the guidance of winemakers Michael Fragos and Bryn Richards. Where they produce hand-crafted wines with varietal purity, a sense of place and elegant balance.