DeMorgenzon DMZ Cabernet Rosé 2013


A substantial Rosé with a perfect balance of sweet fruit and a dry, crisp finish. Such a fantastic value, it has become my ‘go to’ Rosé of the Spring.

Estate: DeMorgenzon translates to “the morning sun’” and refers to the fact that due to its high altitude it is the first part of the Stellenboschkloof valley to see the sunrise. The first vines were planted in the early 1700’s, in 2003 Wendy and Hylton Appelbaum purchased the estate and have considerably revived the land. They are a committed member of the Biodiversity & Wine Initiative (BWI), a pioneering partnership between the South African wine industry and the conservation sector.

Philosophy: “We are committed to sustainable and appropriate agriculture and are sensitive to the environment” in addition to “focusing on wines which express our unique terroir and fruit within a classic structure”.

Winemaking: The estate operates on the principle that “wine inevitably expresses the earth in which it grows”, and focuses on sustainable agriculture and protecting the distinctive biodiversity of the area. They have carried out extensive research on the effects of sound waves and music on plant growth, and pipe Baroque music through the vineyards believing the effects of sound energy have a positive effect on the ripening processes.

Tasting Notes: Deep coral-pink in colour with redolent, summery aromas of strawberry, cherry and white flowers. Sweet raspberry and strawberry flavours were balanced by a clean minerality and a delightful bracingly dry finish.

100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Western Cape
South Africa
Produced and Bottled by Demorgonzon
13% Alcohol
Enjoy now thru 2015

Château Moulin de la Roquille ‘Cuvee l’Espérance Spéciale’ Cotes de Bordeaux 2011


Convenient, budget friendly, packed with fresh fruity flavours, and dangerously easy drinking [especially since it’s the equivalent of 4 bottles on tap!]

Eric Dubourg, who comes from a winemaking family in Bordeaux, founded Wineberry in 2001. A boutique importer and distributer, they source their wines from leading estates and artisanal producers. By developing sustainable, innovative packaging, they are able to reduce the carbon footprint and provide high quality wines at affordable prices.

Philosophy: “Fine wines don’t have to be overpriced, nor industrial. We believe in traditional wine growers, dedicated to their appellation and origin.”

Estate: A small family estate belonging to the Audouin family since 1964, today the estate consists of 38 hectares of vineyards across the appellations of Bordeaux Supérieur and Côtes de Bordeaux.

Winemaking: Sustainable farming is practiced, this cuvee was vinified in concrete vats and aged in oak barrels for one year.

Tasting Notes: Red-violet in colour with aromas of blackberry, cigar box spice and floral hints. Fresh black currant, blackberry, cherry and herbaceous traces were complemented by a dry, spicy finish of licorice, smoky vanilla, and toasted oak.

70% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc
Côtes de Bordeaux
Conditionné à la Propriété
13.5% Alcohol
$39 [1 box = 4 bottles]
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Dashwood Pinot Noir Marlborough 2012


Well balanced and easy drinking, a friendly companion at the table or fantastic for sipping on its own.

Winery: The Dashwood brand was created by Vavasour Wines in 1989 in order to produce wines using a blend of grapes from Marlborough’s Wairau and Awatere Valleys.

Philosophy: “Offering great value for money Marlborough wines that are packed full of flavour”.

Winemaking: Crafted by winemaker Glenn Thomas at Vavasour, grapes were sourced from sustainably farmed vineyards in their Awatere vineyard along with grapes from Wairau.

Tasting Notes: Fruity and silky smooth with aromas of dried flowers and earth that harmonize with flavours of cherry, tart red currant and flinty earth, finishing with hints of baking chocolate and savoury herbs.

100% Pinot Noir
New Zealand
Produced and Bottled by Vavasour Wines LTD
13.5% Alcohol
Enjoy now thru 2015

Banfi Fumaio Sauvignon Blanc & Chardonnay 2012


Although a bit too sharp for my personal taste, this is a simple, refreshing blend good with light dishes.

Estate: Castello Banfi is a family-owned estate in the Brunello region of Tuscany, founded in 1978 by Italian-American brothers, John and Harry Mariani. With their dedication to innovation and excellence, they have been recognized around the world for their achievements in winemaking. Perhaps their most commendable award is “First Winery in the World Recognized for Exceptional Environmental, Social & Ethical Responsibility and Leadership in Customer Satisfaction”. They pioneered research on Sangiovese clones and registered the results in order to share the research with neighboring vineyards.

Winemaking: Throughout the 7100 acre estate [including their sister estates in Piedmont], a natural, traditional approach is taken from the vineyard to all processes in the winery. They practice water conservation, erosion control, maintain biodiversity, utilize nitrogen bottling to eliminate the addition of sulfites, and developed hybrid stainless steel and oak fermentation tanks to balance flavours and allow the terrior to shine through.

Philosophy: “Respect for the potential of this territory and the desire to exalt its character”.

Tasting Notes: Green tinted straw yellow in colour with aromas of cut grass, wet slate and the uninviting yet acceptable cat pee. Apple and pineapple layers dashed atop a bright acidity, whilst lemon notes comprised the zesty finish.

50% Sauvignon Blanc, 50% Chardonnay
Toscana IGT
Bottled by Banfi
11.5% Alcohol
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La Maialina Chianti 2011


A phenomenal value sourced from some of the most prestigious estates in Tuscany, this is a friendly, easy going Chianti that pairs with a wide variety of dishes.

Winemaking: La Maialina is the brainchild of noted oenologist Attilio Pagli. Named after an “heirloom breed” of pig indigenous to Tuscany, Pagli purchases surplus juice from some of the best estates in Tuscany to craft La Maialina.

Philosophy: “To preserve the flavor of Tuscany”

Tasting Notes: Garnet in colour with aromas of tart cherry, earth and dried leaves. Fruity with cherry and tart wild berries backed by hints of minerals, finishing with spicy white peppercorn, woodsy elements and hints of chocolate.

Sangiovese [I could not verify varietal percentage]
Bottled for La Maialina by 15632/FI Cerreto Guidi
12.5% Alcohol
Enjoy now thru 2016