Grape Varietals: Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Amarela, Tinta Barroca & Tinto Cão
Growing Region: DOC Porto, Douro Valley - Portugal
Chairman: George Sandeman - (7th Generation) 

Chief winemaker Luís Sottomayor and his dedicated team have used traditional Port Wine methods and techniques to craft this unique Port. Over 20 years ago the hand-picked grapes underwent stalk-removal and crushing before fermentation was initiated, which was under controlled temperatures, with gentle and prolonged skin maceration, to extract the best colour, aromas, fruit flavours and structure for ageing.

 

Grape Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir
Growing Region: Nelson, New Zealand
Owner / Winemaker: Patrick Stowe

I had the pleasure to catch-up and spend some quality time with Patrick in the winery-cellar just a few weeks ago before harvest. When Patrick set up his vineyards, he literally broke ground in Nelson, pulling out an old orchard and planting a new vineyard back in 1995, which he called Rimu Grove on the peninsula above the scenic Waimea Estuary just a short distance west of Nelson. Patrick's wines are an expression of their terroir.

 

Grape Varietal: 100% Chardonnay
Growing Region: Marlborough, New Zealand
Owner / Winemaker: Ben Glover

Zephyr wines will be new to many of you - but these varietal and very approachable wines express both the spirit of the Glover family and the estate vineyards from which there are sourced. The Glover family vineyards, were first planted in 1985 alongside the meandering 'Opawa River', which has a positive influence on their vibrant wines. Their viticultural and winemaking philosophy's embrace the strengths of their natural resources.

 

Grape Varietals: 48% Grenache, 18% Shiraz, 15% Mourvèdre, 10% Carignan, 9% Cinsault.
Growing Region: Barossa Valley, Australia
Owner / Winemaker: Dean Hewitson

Dean Hewitson has been at the top of his game for more than a decade. And this 2014 'Barossa Valley' Rhône blend - crafted from five traditional grape varietals is an every so approachable and engaging red wine that will impress and please any taste buds open to honest ripe fruit flavours, and a wine with a cheeky character. The wines of Hewitson are recognised for their genuine flavour, balance and effortless complexity.