Grape Varietal: 100% Shiraz
Growing Region: McLaren Vale, South of Australia
Chief Winemaker: Michael Fragos

If you ever get the chance to explore South Australia, make sure you have on your places to visit Chapel Hill. Not only are the wines outstanding, the setting with the old Chapel/ cellar door and the retreat/cooking school will make it hard to leave. The grapes for this wine were sourced from vines aged between 16 and 35 years. The individual vineyard parcels were harvested and fermented separately to retain the unique character of each site.

 

Grape Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir
Growing Region: Les Brouillards, Volnay, Burgundy, France
Owner: Sir David Murray

Domaine Jessiaume is a gem that was known by a select group of aficionados, only a few years ago. After several years of new ownership by Sir David Murray and the creative freedoms that came for the winemaker and viticulturist who have stayed on - are creating wines that have put all of Burgundy on notice. Following on the traditions of the previous 5 generations, combined with modern techniques and a new focus.

 

Grape Varietal: 100% Syrah
Growing Region: Hermitage, Rhône Valley, France
Owner / Head Winemaker: Caroline Frey

July 2010, I caught-up with the team at Jaboulet and stood on top of the Hermitage hill, next to 'La Chapelle' overlooking the vines from which this wine is sourced.
Contrary to popular belief 'La Chapelle' is not sourced from a single parcel of Hermitage. Rather it is a masterful blend of; Les Bessards, Les Greffeux, Le Meal and Les Rocoules. The varied richness of these diverse parcels that range from 40 to 60 years of age, join together to create a wine of incredible complexity and longevity.

 

Grape Varietals: 37% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Malbec, 16% Merlot, 16% Petit Verdot & 2% Cabernet Franc
Growing Region: Waiheke Island, New Zealand
Owner / Chief Winemaker: Stephen White

No one has turned the lights off - this wine is very deeply coloured. This wine has an expressive bouquet of intense fruit explosions from the five Bordeaux varieties that make up this complex wine. Intensely perfumed, showing notes of cassis, dark plum and dark berries, freshly ground cloves, earthy notes, with a thread of sweet after-eights chocolate mint, cedar and soft fine spices fill the nose.