EuroVintage – Hearty Australian and American Reds
The EuroVintage wine distribution company has one of the strongest portfolios of wine on offer in New Zealand. The brands carried include some of the most popular and successful as proven by their market presence over the years. However, new labels are continually added to supply niches. Here is a selection of red wines from Australia, and North and South America for the accessible end of the market. www.eurovintage.co.nz The brands are:
Grant Burge is a renowned Barossa Valley producer based at Tanunda, and the ‘5th Generation' label acknowledges five generations of the family as vignerons, dating back to 1855.
Concha y Toro
Chilean in origin, Concha y Toro was established in 1883 by Don Melchor Concha y Toro. The brand is now a global one, bestowed the accolade ‘World's Most Admired Wine Brand' two years running by ‘Drinks International' magazine.
Lost Angel is a California brand under the Foley Family Wines umbrella. Bill Foley has amassed a strong collection of wines in California, and also in New Zealand and an interest in the EuroVintage distribution company.
FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW
Lost Angel California Cabernet Sauvignon 2010Cabernet Sauvignon from USAReview Date : 09-Dec-2012California fruit, 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Syrah, 8% Merlot and 1% Petit Verdot, fermented to 13.5% alc. and 50% aged in new French oak. Very dark, deep and full black-hued ruby-red colour with purple hues. The bouquet is soft and full with mellow, ripe blackcurrant fruit melding harmoniously with cedary oak and meaty, game elements. Medium-full bodied, soft plum and liquorice favours are up-front and mouthfilling. The breadth and softness are enhanced by lowish acidity. Flavours of liquorice, prunes and milk chocolate give way to a core of blackcurrants, revealing a moderately firm core of tannin with rounded edges. The structure carries the flavours to a moderately sustained and dry finish with leaf and spicy oak. This is a textured and ripe Cabernet Sauvignon with a good core and drive, with spicy, cedary oak interest and a funkiness. Match with lamb casseroles and slow-cooked meats over the next 4-5 years. 16.5/20 Dec 2012 RRP $19.99