Union Red – France
passport series 2017
Dos Grenache – Spain – Australia
Dos Grenache is a unique full body blend of Grenache from Spain and Australia. In Spain they call the grape Garnacha and it brings jammy aromas and flavours of strawberry, blackberry and dark cherry. The Australian Grenache has very similar characteristics but adds extra richness with notes of candied juicy ripe fruit. Dos Grenache is lush with intense berry flavours, along with hints of vanilla, cinnamon, dried herbs and spice.
Chiva is located in Valencia which is the centre of Spain’s sunny east coast. The Riverland region in southern Australia is the largest wine growing region that is located east of the Barossa Valley and extends along the Murrary River. Chiva experiences very hot days that are relieved with a sea breeze from the Mediterranean. Riverland with a continental climate sees hot dry and sunny days and relies on the Murray River to irrigate the vines ensuring fully ripe and flavourful grapes .
A great wine to match with any grilled, stewed or braised meats especially rosemary rack of lamb. The spice in Grenache also pairs well with hearty dishes that are herb-heavy and savoury such as herb roasted vegetables or ratatouille . For cheese try Manchego or mild blue.
- Sweetness: Dry
- Alcohol: 13%
- Body: Full
Union White – France
The classic French blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon create the crisp and medium body Union White. Expect aromas and flavours of citrus, gooseberry, and pear with faint herbaceous and mineral notes. Union White has bright acidity , bold aromatics and flavours with a clean finish.
Provence is the oldest wine producing region in France with over 2600 years of grape growing experience. The region borders Italy and the Mediterranean Sea and is known for its diverse landscapes from the Southern Alps to the rolling vineyards and olive groves. Wild rosemary, juniper, thyme and lavender grow all over the region which creates character in the wines. The region is graced with a Mediterranean climate of warm days and cool nights and a diverse mix of terroir.
Sip this wine alongside shellfish such as oysters and mussels, or white fish like cod or halibut(with butter, caper and lemon sauces). A fresh arugula salad with lemon parmesan dressing, goat cheese appetizers, tabbouleh, or asparagus risotto would also pair well. Key food flavours that enhance this wine are basil, parsley and citrus.
- Sweetness: Dry
- Alcohol: 12%
- Body: Medium