Head Sommelier Elly has been rather self-indulgent in putting together our Limited Edition Christmas wine hamper. With wines from around the globe, including two festive sparkling friends, Elly talks us through why she’s chosen these particular bottles to create Christmas wine perfection.
Christmas Wine Perfection
Chalmers Fiano 2012, Heathcote, Australia
I blooming love this wine and was really happy to share this in our hamper. The grape is Fiano which is normally found down in the southern parts of Italy. It loves a little heat so Chalmers have found a perfect grape for the warmer climes of Australia. Chalmers are a fabulous wine producer and specialise in Italian grape varieties but as opposed to emulating Italy they apply their own unique style on their wines. A little oak just gives this wine a push into being a bit richer but it’s actually the grape itself which lends most of the waxy body. This is a smasher and extraordinarily versatile but this is the real turkey deal.
XV, Merlot, Fifteen Cornwall & Chateau Civrac, 2015, Cotes de Bourg, France
Where to start with this lovely French number. I had the absolute pleasure of traveling out to France in early 2016 to initiate a new blend with Mark, owner of Chateau Civrac. We created three different blends and brought them back to the restaurant for the team to choose a winner. This was the product of this decision and it’s rather lovely even if I do say so myself. It is a blend with 85% merlot and is has a distinguishable mineral tone on the finish. With loads of upfront berry fruit this can be a toasty, by-the-fire wine or enjoy with food or on its own. This is an easy-going friend who pats you on the back and sends you on your merry way.
Graham Beck, Brut Rose, 2010, Robertson, South Africa
Two sparkling wines in one hamper I hear you cry, but I couldn’t resist, it is Christmas after all. This is no ordinary sparkler in my humble opinion one of the best value new world sparklers out there. This wine has had a tremendous 36 months on the lees giving it a subtle complexity and mouth feel. It is particularly easy to quoff and will be especially amazing with festive nibbles. This wine is one to have a little moment with or be generous and share the pleasure.
Selvapiana ‘Bucerchiale’, Chianti Rufina Riserva, 2011, Tuscany, Italy
Oousssh, this wine is an absolute beauty. It has everything you could wish for in a red wine: a beautiful body with bright sour cherry acidity and alcohol that is punchy but impeccably balanced. This is a food wine, it tells a story perfectly on its own but put it with food and it sings an entirely different, sublime tune. This is the turkey, beef and cheese all rolled into one and after each course the wine will be cause for conversation, deliberation and joy.
Quinta do Infantado LBV Port, 2011, Douro Valley, Portugal
Who doesn’t love a little bit of this seemingly seasonal ruby goddess? Coming from one of the best port vintages in 20 years, this is a fabulous example of a late bottled Vintage. Although the cheese course is an obvious pairing for this wine, I would take this further as an aperitif. This is sweet, beautiful and hearty.
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