－8－VC’s Recommendations This AutumnCODE10962A captivating blend of 5 reds from ChileRRP￥1,580Cinco 2016CODE10630Sonoma maker loved by the director of “Mondovino”RRP￥6,000Porter Creek Chardonnay 2015Origin: Central Valley, ChileOrigin: Russian River Valley, Sonoma, California NEWThe complex delights of a rened ChardonnayOrigin: Waipara Valley, North Canterbury, New ZealandCODE11065RRP ￥7,300Pegasus Bay Chardonnay 2017(S)CODE10657Pegasus Bay Virtuoso Chardonnay 2015(S)RRP ￥5,800CODE11079RRP ￥2,500New to Village Cellars, Brachetto is a black grape used in the making of Brachetto d’Acqui, a ne foamed sweet dessert wine, from Asti in Piedmont, Italy. The Brachetto grapes were gently pressed to get the juice o the skins, and fermented until it reached 6.8% alcohol, to retain strong aromatics and sweetness, and then bottled under pressure to maintain a nice level of zz. Blush coloured, the nose is beautifully aromatic, showing rose water, musk, dried rose petals, and raspberry lemonade. The Prosecco explodes from the glass with sweet sherbet, lemon, lime and jasmine aromas. Yeasty and earthy characters add complexity, together with brioche notes. The palate is creamy and refreshingly zingy with lemon, lime acidity. Pegasus Bay has a reputation for Riesling and Pinot Noir, but its roots are in Chardonnays which have been rened and evolved over 25 years into brilliant complex wines with rich avours. Fermented with native yeast in French oak barrels (30% new), naturally nished with malolactic fermentation, then aged in 500L barrels for 12 months. Citrus, melon, peach and nectarine aromas with a hint of minerality, with struck match and toasty brioche notes. The Virtuoso, a selection of the nest cuvees released only in outstanding vintages, has a strong mineral spine with a long focused nish.Both wines - Varietal: Chardonnay Alc.13.0%Varietal: ChardonnayAlc. 13.2%When Jonathan Nossiter, director of the wine movie Mondovino came to Japan before the movie’s release, he was surprise to nd Porter Creek wines on wine lists in Tokyo. Though he had a dislike for Californian wines, he praised Porter Creek saying, “It’s not the normal powerful Californian wine.” If you want to understand what Nossiter was really saying, tasting this outstanding Chardonnay is a must. Crisp, with a nose of apple and spice, the precise palate provides a clean, pure and well-balanced Chardonnay.［11079］Varietal: Brachetto 100% Alc. 6.0%. Residual sugar 138g/L［10992］Varietal: Grela 100% Alc.11.5%Pizzini Brachetto 2018 (Crown cap)CODE10992Pizzini Prosecco 2018 (Crown cap)RRP ￥2,500Origin: King Valley, VictoriaTwo softly sparkling wines from Pizzini - the Italian specialistsVarietals: Syrah 35%, Carmenère 30%, Cabernet Sauvignon 20%, Merlot 10%, Carignan 5% Alc. 14.0%“Cinco” (meaning “5” in Spanish), is a delicious blend of ve varietals, with the ratios changing every year, but the balance and quality always excellent. All 5 varietals are harvested and fermented separately before blending, and then aged in second and third use oak for 12 months. Intense red ruby colour, with aromas of cherry, blueberries and toasted notes. In the mouth it is round and expressive, with soft and mature tannins and a long, persistent nish. Oering superb value, it makes a great house wine.