The highly anticipated Passport Series takes us on a new adventure to the most prominent well-respected wine regions – from highly touted up-and-coming regions to age old vineyards with long histories. A range of classic varietals to charismatic blends, this limited release wine series celebrates creativity and insists on excellence.
- Barbera, Piedmont Italy with skins – $195
MARCH 2021 RELEASE
This 100% Barbera shows classic regional character. Aromas of ripe cherry, raspberry and strawberry are followed by hints of pepper and savoury spice. Flavours of blackberry and sour cherry lead to subtle notes of almond and caramel. A juicy mouthfeel is complimented by soft rich tannins, giving this wine balance and poise.
Piedmont is in North Western Italy at the foothills of the Alps sharing borders with France and Switzerland. There are two key factors that impact the climate in Piedmont, the cool Alps and the balmy Mediterranean. These two factors create extreme day and night temperature differences known as diurnal range. Cold nights, foggy mornings and sun kissed days make for excellent grape growing conditions. The Barbera vines are often planted on the warmer south facing slopes to help ensure optimal ripeness.
Heavy Oak, Full Body, Dry
- Grenache Mourvèdre – $185
DECEMBER 2020 RELEASE
A classic pairing of varietal reds from the southern vineyards of Languedoc France. This blend of Grenache and Mourvèdre shows ripe notes of strawberry and blackberry. The palate is vibrant, with soft tannins and a rich mouthfeel. Dark berry fruits are layered with hints of pepper and baking spice. A balanced wine with lots of intrigue.
The Languedoc is one of the largest wine regions in the world. It is in the sunny South of France situated along the French Mediterranean coast. The vineyards benefit from the Mediterranean climate with several hours of warm sunshine and cool nights from the sea breezes. They are known for their plentiful land with soil ranging from rocky sand to thick clay making it an ideal place to grow grapes.
Heavy Oak, Medium-Full Body, Dry
- Merlot, Hawkes Bay New Zealand – $185
FEBRUARY 2021 RELEASE
This Merlot is sourced from the renowned Hawkes Bay wine growing region of New Zealand. Bright aromas of blueberry and baking spice are followed by notes of plum, fig and tobacco. A soft mouthfeel leads to well textured tannins. This wine combines the elements of aroma, flavour and balance that Merlot is known for.
The oldest and second largest wine region in New Zealand is Hawkes Bay which is located on the east coast of the North Island. The region is blessed with a kaleidoscope of fertile soils ranging from gravel to sandy loam. The region is sunny with a warm temperate climate that offers a long growing season which promotes matures tannins and ripe fruit flavours.
Medium Oak, Medium Body, Dry
- 3 Post White, Rawsonville South Africa | Clare Valley Australia – $185
JANUARY 2021 RELEASE
A post gives support for the vine to grow and anchors the vineyard to a specific place. 3 Post White is a blend of Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc and Riesling from three distinct vineyards, spanning from the lush hills of Rawsonville South Africa to the sun kissed valleys of Clare Valley Australia. Together they show aromas of green apple, pear and tropical fruit with undertones of citrus and stone fruits. The palate shows balance and freshness with flavours of tangerine, guava and wildflower honey. Lively acidity and a juicy core make this wine come alive.
Rawsonville is a small wine growing and farming community in the Western Cape Province of South Africa. The Mediterranean climate brings cool rainy winters and warm dry summers creating excellent fruit driven wines. The Clare Valley in Australia lies in the mid north of South Australia just north of Adelaide. The climate is continental with cool to cold nights and warm to hot summer days. The higher altitude of the region ensures the nights are still cool even during the hottest summer months allowing the fruit to ripen slowly and evenly. Each region imparts unique varietal characters that compliment each other seamlessly.
No Oak, Medium Body, Dry