Many of you have heard about legendary wines opened years after they were bottled and described as having entered a state beyond description and expressing what can only be called as sublime - a sensory experience of a life-time.
Not all wines become mythical after years of ageing. On more than a few occasions I have had friends open old wine, and instead of being elegant, integrated and balanced - they are tired and bitter. Recently a friend opened a 1998 Rosé - this style of wine is made in a quick method and is at its best in the same year and on occasion a few years later - but not 18 years later. We tasted it, and yes it had gone far beyond the vinegar stage. Keeping a wine too long is one problem, but a more common issue is opening a wine too soon.
Founded in: 1834
Region: Rhône Valley, France
Owner / Head Winemaker: Caroline Frey
Paul Jaboulet Aîné has been synonymous with quality wine in the Rhône Valley for more than 180 years. Today there is a renewed sense of passion which has been growing since 2006, when the Frey family bought the property and began implementing changes to return Jaboulet to its rightful position in the world of wine. This extraordinary turn around, can be seen in their quality wines, driven by Caroline Frey: - please enjoy the short Paul Jaboulet video...
Founded in: 1990
Region: Marlborough, New Zeland
Owner / Director: Allan Scott
Allan Scott is a name synonymous with wine in New Zealand. One of the first independent wineries in Marlborough, established in 1990, Allan Scott Family Winemakers have made a name for themselves in this highly competitive industry. Allan has some 40 years in the wine industry, which makes him one of the most experienced people in Marlborough when it comes to growing, making and marketing wine: - please enjoy the short Allan Scott video...
Growing Region: Marlborough, New Zealand
Chief Winemaker: Ben Glover
Zephyr wines embrace the dynamic spirit of the Glover family and the lively aromatics of their estate vineyards. The Glover family vineyards, were planted in 1985 alongside the meandering 'Opawa River', which has inspired the family’s passion for wine. Their viticultural and winemaking philosophy's embrace the strengths of their vineyards. Their wines showcasing classic cool climate character, along with palate depth and texture.