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-11-VC Spring RecommendationsFinally available! A rare 100-year old vine MalbecRRP¥3,500Origin: OregonVarietal: Pinot Noir. Alc. 13.5%2017 was a challenging year with large-scale wildres in many parts of the west coast of the U. S. A to Z, which uses fruit from over 50 vineyards across all wine regions in Oregon, keeps close contact with growers and picked the fruit before smoke damage to the vines became a concern. The resulting Pinot is a less full-bodied than usual, shows oral, stone fruit and berry aromas, and beautifully balanced tannins, acid and fruit in the mouth. It’s a great example of how blending skills and experience shine in challenging years. Wine Enthusiast 90 points.A to ZPinot Noir 2017 (screw cap)Blending technique that shines in challenging yearsCODE11464RRP¥5,000Origin: Van Duzer Corridor, Willamette Valley, OregonVarietal: Pinot Noir. Alc. 13.5%The Johan Estate Pinot Noir is a showcase of the entire farm and vintage, a blend of small parcels of fruit from every variable in clone, rootstock, vine age and soil on the estate. It has a light, slightly dusty hue, with soft fruit aromas that exude a natural umami and belie its strength. Added complexity is imparted by stems that give an edge to the tannins, a characteristic of whole-bunch fermentation. Earthy minerals reminiscent of humus melt into the pure plum fruit, further contributing to the overall elegance.Johan VineyardsEstate Pinot Noir 2017An authentic expression of the winemaker and vintageCODE11467Read the interview with Johan Vineyards winemak-er Morgan Beck “Unique varietal expressions from the Van Duzer Corridor” (this catalogue pp.4-5).RRP ¥9,500Origin: Upper Calchaqui Valley, Salta Province, ArgentinaVariety: Malbec 100%. Alc. 15.6%This Malbec is made from vines over 100 years old that were transplanted from France pre-phylloxera by Bodega Colome*, the oldest continually operating winery in Argentina. Grown at 2,300m altitude, the condensed fruits growing in this demanding natural environment produce a fruity, concentrated and balanced wine, elegant and complex with ripe black fruit, oral and spicy notes.Bodega Colome1831 Malbec 2017CODE11521     ‘Pink’ with a gorgeous ‘mandala motif’ labelRRP ¥2,500Origin: Marlborough, New Zealand Variety:Pinot Noir75%/Pinot Gris10%/Sauvignon Blanc8%/Riesling7%. Alc. 12.9%Fruit from Lawson’s Chaytors Rd vineyard where the gravel soils and strong coastal inuence produce Pinot Noir with light, bright, fruity charac-ters ideal for Rosé. The fruit is picked specically for Rose at low Brix with bright acidity. A small portion of Pinot Gris further enhances aromatics, avour and texture. NZ Int’l Wine Show Gold.Lawson's Dry Hills Pink Pinot 2020 (screw cap)CODE11579A great match for various dishesRRP ¥3,000Origin: Martinborough & Hawke’s Bay, New ZealandVarietals: Cabernet Sauvignon 36%, Merlot 28%, Pinot Noir 16%, Syrah 16%, Cabernet Franc 4%. Alc. 13.4%A luxurious blend Rose of 5 red varietals, the colour and avour were carefully extracted using the Saignée method, with barrel fermentation, time on lees and indigenous yeasts all adding to the texture and breadth of avours. The dry aftertaste is highly versa-tile, pairing beautifully with meat, ethnic and Japanese dishes. When you’re having diculty with a food-wine match, try this Rose rst! Bob Campbell MW 94 pointsAta RangiRose 2019 (screw cap)CODE11261NEWJust 36 bottles available* Click here for an interview with Bodega Colome winemaker Thibaut Delmotte “Creating special wines from remote, high-al-titude vineyards.” (Village Cellars Wine Catalogue, Winter 2020)

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