The ultimate sporting collection to share with the ones your love over the festive period…
1. Elizabeth Chardonnay 2017 – Drew Bledsoe – NFL – USA
A long, warm summer meant 2017 was a stunning vintage for Chardonnay in Washington and this wine is a testament to it! Upon pouring you’ll be hit with intense aromas of pear and tropical fruits which translates into a rich, buttery flavour high in natural acidity on the palate. Aged for 8 months on its lees and only very delicately oaked, less than 800 cases were produced of this exclusive wine so grab it while you can! We challenge anyone who’s into their fine burgundy not to be impressed.
2. Sumaridge Chardonnay 2014 – Sumaridge Estate Wines – Rugby/Cricket – South Africa
The go to white Turkey wine. A common mistake at the Christmas Dinner table is Chablis or Chablis style Chardonnay. With a middling acidity and a mineral character it is easily lost among the full flavours on your Christmas or boxing day plate! This however has a Meursault-like richness and exoticism. Brimming with resinous sap, spice and an underlying core of smoky, peachy, spicy apple and citrus pastille fruits; this won’t smother your delicate turkey meat and will hold its own against your rich cranberry sauce and pigs in blankets!
3. Meerkat Chenin Blanc – Schalk Burger & Sons – Rugby – South Africa
We wish you a merry meerkat, good tidings it brings; a delightful fusion of white fruits, lychee, apple and quince, with a rich tropical aroma. A gold medal-winning Chenin with a fresh and fruity palate and a long finish. Don’t go until you’ve got some!
4. Vergecosse Pouilly-Fussie 2016 – Bob Reeves – Rugby – France
A wine that needs little introduction, this particular bottle is from the edge of the village of Vergisson. A wonderful balance of rich, buttery notes and minerality; if it’s GOT to be burgundy in your house this Christmas then look no further!
5. Louis57 Sauvignon Blanc – Louis Oosthuizen – Golf – South Africa
“New Zealand Sauvignon surely!?”, “NO, NO, NO it must be French, so much more refined!” the divide in the world of sauvignon rears its ugly ahead particularly at special occasions. Save yourself the head ache and drink South African this Christmas, offering the best of both! Brimming with big bold fruit flavours with passion fruit and gooseberries typical of New Zealand sauvignon, while tempered by grassy and herbaceous notes, signature of French sauvignon. Keep them quiet this year!
6. L10 Torrentes – Lionel Messi – Football – Argentina
With so many friends and family around during the festive period choosing a wine to please everyone is tricky. One of our best sellers, this little-known grape variety is a real crowd pleaser. Sauvignon slaves, Chardonnay chattels and Pinot peons alike have all been won over by this charming variety. With apricot aromas, followed by citrus and white peach on the palate and a moderate acidity great with food or on its own.
7. Moulin d’issan 2016 – Jacky Lorenzetti – Rugby – France
After a strong 2015 vintage it is almost unheard of for the following year reach similar heights. Yet 2016 has proved to be one of the best vintages in Bordeaux in recent decades, with some of the most consistently high ratings across the board, particularly from the left bank wines. Located in the centre of the Margaux appellation, this Third growth wine is from the old vines in the Chateaux d’Issan enclosure. A wine of outstanding balance, this is a Christmas must-have!
8. Chateau Lilian Ladouys St-Estephe 2014 – Jacky Lorenzetti – Rugby – France
The miracle year, saved by an Indian summer, producing some excellent wines for aging. Thanks to a slightly higher concentration of merlot in this vintage it’s drinking beautifully now but will also benefit from cellaring up to 2029. The ultimate Christmas cheeseboard companion, full bodied and grippy with intense fruit flavours of dark cherry, plum with nuances of cedar, tobacco and toasty vanilla.
9. Sumaridge Pinot Noir 2011 – Sumaridge Estate Wines – Rugby/Cricket – South Africa
The go to red Turkey wine; this is a serious and elegant Pinot Noir. With rich flavours of black cherry and bramble fruits, this wine has evolved beautifully, with a matured flavours of earth, smoke and spice. Reminiscent of top end burgundy, it’s robust flavours are still well balanced and not over powering. This makes it the perfect accompaniment to Christmas Dinner, that will compliment and stand up to the variety of flavours typically found on your xmas plate!
10. Cricket Pitch – Schalk Burger & Sons – Rugby – South Africa
This full-bodied, ruby-red wine is brimming with juicy black fruits infused with seasonal fire side aromas of spice, dark chocolate and a balancing minerality. The chewy but ripe tannins offer a well-rounded finish and allow the wine to benefit from cellaring. Certainly another sure-fire accompaniment to a cheese board.
11. BMW Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 – Sir Ian Botham & Bob Willis – Cricket – Australia
A real Christmas treat. Cellared for 8 years already, this wine will be drinking beautifully this Christmas and could even be left to cellar for up to another 5 years. This Cabernet Sauvignon has a deep, red hue with youthful purple tones. The nose shows intense characters of black fruit, olive and capsicum leading to a full-bodied, robust palate crammed with fruit, spice and all things nice. The tannins are so beautifully integrated and smooth that this can be enjoyed on its own… but some hard cheese won’t hurt it either!
12. L10 Malbec – Lionel Messi – Football – Argentina
Bursting with raspberry and plums this Malbec is bold and smooth. Very gently oaked, with hints of vanilla. This wine also has a firm acidity which makes it a great pairing for those “lighter” Christmas evening buffets of left overs, pickles, meats and cheeses.