All wines are 750ml unless otherwise specied. Prices do not include Consumption Tax.“S”before the vintage signies Screw Cap. RRP= Recommended Retail Price.-9-VC's Recommendations This SummerSurprising warmth in late winter and spring resulted in early bud-break and fast even growth. Westerly winds and cooler nights in summer slowed growth to a gentler pace, and unstable weath-er during owering reduced bunch sizes and overall yield. A cool January contributed to the retention of acid and high quality fruit. Harvest was completed within a week.Pinot Noir harvest: March 29 - April 4The nose leads to a bright and lifted combina-tion of red and dark fruits with considerable orals. The palate displays transparency, power and tension. The silky entry of spice and savoury notes expand to pure, deep fruits, braced with acidity, but is luscious through-out. Alc. 13.5%2017El Nino conditions provided wester-lies and early warmth, which com-bined with high soil-moisture, pushed early bud-burst and vibrant growth. After reaching 30°C in early January, high temperatures continued until the end of the month, produc-ing early veraison. The earliest start to harvest in recent years, with early picking contributing to the delicacy of the wine. Pinot Noir harvest: March 23 - April 9An immediate potpourri of owers on the nose is gracefully entwined with subtle miner-ality. The palate begins precise and playful, showing sandalwood and ne spice notes. Balanced and complete, possessing lovely charm, harmony and a persistent nale. Alc. 13.5%2016Cool spring conditions resulted in bud burst a little later than usual and slow early season growth. The weather nally stabilised in time for owering in mid- December. Temperatures were relatively moderate through February. Yields were approximately 20% lower than normal due to frost, with Pinot Noir harvest starting on April 3, with 8 consecutive days of fast picking with ne weather throughout.Pinot Noir harvest: April 3 - 11A ne expression of Bannockburn terroir. Dark cherry, rosehip and wafts of perfumed leather lead into notes of omega plum, cinnamon spice, nutmeg and dried thyme on the palate. Seamless tannins are immediately embracing with a rich engaging fruitiness coating the nish. Alc. 14.0%2015An unusually wet and signicantly warmer winter than usual, gave rise to early bud burst followed by even and rapid early season growth. Veraison also started early but cooler weather in February meant it progressed slowly. Harvest began early on March 20 with stable, mild weather through-out and normal crop levels. Picking of Pinot Noir was completed by April 8. Pinot Noir harvest: March 20 - April 8An intense perfume of rose and violets, with a potpourri of spice. The palate shows power and weight, yet dances light on its feet. Vibrant raspberry, hints of crushed herbs, silky, with a continuous seam of polished sinew that keeps it aloft. After 5 years of aging, you can taste the mellowing of the alcohol.Alc. 14.0%2014・・・・・・・・・・・・CODE1086010450100469712Vintage2017(S)2016(S)2015(S)2014(S)RRP¥7,200¥7,200¥7,500¥7,600Region:Central Otago, New ZealandVarietal:Pinot NoirFelton Road Bannockburn Pinot Noir 2014-2017Felton Road in Central Otago, the southern-most wine region in New Zealand, has enjoyed successive cool and mild growing seasons over the last several years. In addition to this stable weather, the region’s continental climate, strong UV and large temperature dierence between day and night, and the steady advance of global warming, has challenged them to evolve their approach to winemaking. With the grapes maturing earlier, picking is starting earlier. In the winery, wine-maker Blair has reduced cap punch downs from 3 to 2 times a day, and reduced extraction to create more delicate wines that are expressive of the vineyard and vintage. You can taste the results in the successive vintages of their Bannockburn Pinot Noir.RRP 各¥7,800The last “Varner” vintage 2014Varner Three Blocks Pinot Noir ’14CODE10924Limited to 60 bottles of each wineVarner Picnic Block Pinot Noir ’14Lower than Upper Picnic, it is a 2-acre block of 17-year-old Dijon 777 clones growing on an east facing slope. Bold and powerful, with aromas of dark fruits and smoke, with succulent red cherry and plum on the silky palate. Alc. 14.0%CODE10922Varner Hidden Block Pinot Noir ’14CODE10921Varner Upper Picnic Pinot Noir ’14CODE10923A 2-acre block of 34-year-old Dijon 777 clones growing on an east facing slope. Fragrant aromas of cherries and cassis, it is supple, satiny and elegantly balanced. The Upper Picnic Block is the last of the 3 blocks to be harvested. Alc. 14.1%A 3-acre block of 17-year-old Dijon 115 clones growing on a northeast facing slope. The fruitiest of the three wines, the acid and tannins soften the fruity inuence leading into a long and rounded nish. Alc. 14.5%A cuvee blended from the 3 Blocks - Hidden 49%, Upper Picnic 49% and Picnic 2%. Aromas of blackberries, plums and sweet forest oor, complemented by subtle hints of spice and potpourri. Alc. 14.3%Origin: Santa Cruz Mountains, CaliforniaVarietal: Pinot NoirThe twin winemaking brothers Bob and Jim Varner set up their Spring Ridge Vineyard in the Santa Cruz Mountains in 1980. They divided up the vineyard consisting of thin topsoil on porous, young, fractured sedimentary rock into 3 blocks to reect the topography, and make an excellent Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from each of the blocks. Sadly, in 2014, their lease agreement with landowners Kirk & Holly Neely was cancelled, so these wines are from the last vintage to be released with the Varner name. Don't miss these 2014 wines which have been highly rated by several wine writers. HIDDEN BLOCKUPPER PICNICPICNIC BLOCKBEEBLOCKAMPHITHEATERBLOCKHOME BLOCKWinery Spirng Ridge Vineyard

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