Grape Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir
Growing Region: Waihopai Valley, Marlborough, New Zealand
Head Winemaker: Matt Patterson-Green

Matt Patterson-Green has been leading the winemaking team at Jackson Estate Winery for more than a decade now, looking to express the true character of their vineyards, crafting interesting and enjoyable wines. Jackson Estate has calmly and gradually received acclaim for their Pinot Noir wine, crafted by respecting their cool climate vineyards that produce early drinking fruit driven styles.

 

Grape Varietals: 60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay
Growing Region: Epernay, France
Chef de Cave: Dominique Petit

1908 - 2008 ‘celebrating the centenary of Sir Winston Churchill's first champagne order’. Due to Champagne’s weather having a balanced fragility - since the foundation of Pol Roger in 1849 they have observed a tradition of not releasing a vintage-dated champagne unless the climatic conditions facilitated the production of grapes with outstanding ripeness. A vintage champagne must above all else, be balanced.

 

Grape Varietal: 100% Syrah
Growing Region: Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand
Owner / Winemaker: Peter Robertson

You hear people say - that when it comes to potentially opening a particular bottle of wine, they will wait for a special occasion. Well, when it comes to the ‘Hillside’ Syrah from Brookfields - opening this wine is the occasion. To say this wine is special is like saying winning the lottery is nice. It has been a while since I last reviewed the celebrated Brookfields ‘Hillside’ Syrah. Even though I am reviewing a 2015 vintage wine.

 

Grape Varietal: 100% Shiraz
Growing Region: Barossa Valley, South Australia
Chief Winemaker: Stuart Blackwell

St Hallett was established by the Lindner family back in 1944 - and along with other established Barossa winery families, they understood early on the importance of saving the old vines and focusing on the key varietals for the Barossa region - and in particular Shiraz. Strong long-term relationships with dedicated grape growers give St Hallett access to some of the Barossa’s most prized vineyards, with some dating back over 100 years.