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SELECTION with GRAPE SKINS

ARGENTINE MALBEC     $144

Selection International Argentine Malbec with grape skins is a medium/full-bodied, dry red wine with firm acidity, rich tannins and generous alcohol levels. Dark, inky purple colour and ripe fruit flavours of plums, black cherry and blackberry give an almost jammy character on the palate. Smoke, earth, leather, wild game, tobacco and white/black pepper along with intriguingly spicy notes make for an interesting medley of aromas and flavours, adding to layers of complexity. Definitely a wine for red meat, it is adaptable enough to stand up to spicy cuisines, such as Mexican, Cajun, Indian, Thai or Italian, working especially well with barbecue and other hard to pair meat-based dishes.

Sweetness: 0 | Body: Medium-Full | Oak Intensity: Medium

AUSTRALIAN PETITE VERDOT     $144

Best described as a ‘Super Cabernet’, this is a dark, rich wine, with wonderfully concentrated flavours of juicy blackberry and blackcurrant, with smooth, gripping tannins and an elegant structure leading to a magnificent, boldly oaked finish.  With intense fruit-forward character, this wine drinks well immediately and it will fully round out in only three months, delivering intense fruit and richness.  Serve with grilled steak, roasted lamb, or try it with bittersweet chocolate!

Sweetness: 0 | Body: Medium-Full | Oak Intensity: Med-Heavy

ITALIAN AMARONE STYLE     $144

Italy’s most powerful wine, Amarone is renowned as a fruity, full bodied, with rich intensity from the dried grape skins included in the fermentation.  Selection International Italian Amarone with Grape Skins is an intense, complex wine, with a wide array of flavours and aromas.  Deep, nearly opaque red, this heavyweight exudes aromas of sour cherries, dark chocolate, stewed plums, dried fruits, anise, raisins, bitter almond, tobacco, leather and molasses, and has a spicy-earthy bittersweet finish that goes on and on, from the huge volume of tannins.  Pair with grilled beef, strong dry cheeses (Parmigiano Reggiano or Asiago), pasta with meat-based tomato sauces, antipasto, veal or roast pork.  The gripping tannin in this wine also makes it a natural fro other red meats and game, and the fruit lifts up well herbed or spiced dishes.  While excellent with food, Amarone is often enjoyed by itself, sipped outside of mealtimes with good conversation and good friends.

Sweetness: 0 | Body: Medium-Full | Oak Intensity:  2 – Medium | Body:  4 – Medium-Full

ITALIAN BRUNELLO STYLE     $144

A dark-cherry colour with highlights of gorgeous ruby-garnet.  Bold, yet supple, the big, smoky-earthy nose of ultra-ripe cherry and currant-like fruit gives way to a hint of tar and cracked black pepper, cedar, whiffs of liquorice, leather, and also plums and black cherries, followed by a richly tannic, long, long finish.  The super concentrated flavours are generous even in youth, but this wine is sensational after six months to a year.  Good acidity makes this a very food friendly wine: like many Italian reds, Brunello shines in the company of assertively flavoured foods.  Osso buco and veal piccata are splendid accompaniments, as are hard cheese such as asiago and Pecorino Romano.  Its firm backbone of acids and tannins make it work well with rich and spicy foods like Italian sausages or lasagna.

Sweetness: 0 | Body: 4-Medium-Full | Oak Intensity: 3-Heavy | Body:  4 – Medium-Full

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