Here at Sense of Taste, we pride ourselves on our international wine selection … some of the best from Spain, France, Italy and the United States - specifically California, or Wine Country if you prefer.
The great diversity of climates across California contributes to its great wines, supporting the growth of everything from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir to Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel.
The Napa Valley is one of the world’s famous wine regions, and home since 1966 to the esteemed Robert Mondavi Winery.
Robert Mondavi’s Private Selection Bourbon Barrel-Aged Chardonnay is the world’s first chardonnay aged in bourbon barrels.
This wine combines the craftsmanship of Californian wine making with the southern tradition of bourbon whiskey ageing.
Rich, creamy, with balanced acidity, think flavours of grilled pineapple accompanied by notes of caramel, vanilla, baking spices and toasty oak flavours. You’ll find it at our Tarragindi store.
Another of the Robert Mondavi Private Selection worth mentioning is the 2020 Buttery Chardonnay.
Malolactic fermentation enhances this white wine’s body and complexity, imparting a creamy mouthfeel with hints of toasty brioche.
California has also gained international recognition for its Pinot Noir.
Matt at our Tarragindi store reckons The Paring 2017 Pinot Noir and La Crema Monterey 2019 Pinot Noir are both worth a crack.
The Santa Barbara-produced The Paring has been aged in French oak for 11 months. From winemaker Matt Dees’: “A completely seductive wine. Nose of blackberries and rosemary. Succulent and sweet red fruit. Savoury notes and mouth-coating tannins round out this harmonious and complete pinot noir’’.
A red wine from Monterey County, the central coast of California, the La Crema Pinot Noir has the region’s classic minerality and earthy notes. Aromas of red fruit and mocha open to flavours of red cherry blood orange, dark berry fruit and spice.
We have just six of the Penfolds Superblend 802.A Cabernet Shiraz 2018 gift boxes in stock.
Undoubtedly high-end, these would make the perfect corporate gift or collector’s item.
The Superblend 802.A components were aged separately in new American oak hogsheads for 22 months before being blended. The cabernet sauvignon makes its structural presence felt comprising 68% of the blend, while the 32% shiraz contribution adds generosity. Unashamedly bold.
This month’s catalogue features a couple of good deals on St Hallett reds, notably the Faith Shiraz (just $13.49 each in a four-bottle buy) and the Blackwell Shiraz ($40.49 each in a four-bottle buy).
St Hallett has a rich history in the Barossa Valley, established in 1944 by the Lindner family. From the beginning, St Hallett understood the importance of saving old vines and focusing on varieties that thrive in the Barossa region – namely shiraz.
St Hallett has access to some vineyards which were planted more than 100 years ago.
The Blackwell Shiraz was first released in 1994 in honour of Stuart Blackwell, winemaker at St Hallett for more than 30 years.
The fruit is sourced predominantly from the northern Barossa, with the red clay soils creating wines with the hallmark characteristics of black plum, cherry and dark chocolate.
The Faith Shiraz is a contemporary classic and crowd pleaser. An accessible, juicy, fruit-driven wine.