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An International Selection from Procure

18 May,2018

Procure Liquor is one of those very effective distributors that has a tight selection of both domestic and imported wines. The imported wines are the most difficult to tailor to the market, as they must be of good quality and attractive style, be different from the norm to be interesting and desirable, and they must deliver value. To date from what I have seen in the Procure Liquor imported wines, the owners have selected very carefully and cleverly. Many of the wines are now regular imports, with new vintages awaited with anticipation; some of these are top award winners in wine competitions, this creating a demand. The regularity that new vintages are being brought in are in indication of their success. Here I review five imported wines from the Procure portfolio that are proven performers.


Kendall-Jackson ‘Vintner’s Reserve’ California Chardonnay 2016

Chardonnay from USA


Bright, light golden-yellow colour with some depth, a little paler edged. The nose is softly fresh with deep and well-packed aromas of ripe tropical fruit, complexing mealy notes with nutty and toasty oak with creamy barrel-ferment and buttery elements. Medium-full bodied, the palate has fill, open and accessible flavours of ripe tropical and citrus fruits entwined with a layer of creamy barrel-ferment, nutty and toasty oak, and buttery elements. The flavours show depth with underlying power, and the wine flows smoothly along a fine-textured line with light acidity lending crispness and energy. The flavours carry to a rich, soft finish. This is a rich and fulsome Chardonnay with accessible flavours of ripe citrus and tropical fruit together with creamy and toasty oak and mealy, buttery detail. Match with roast pork over the next 4 years. Fruit from 47% Monterey, 30% Santa Barbara, 22% Mendocino and 1% Sonoma Counties, WBP and barrel-fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 5 months in 11% new French and American oak, undergoing batonnage. 18.5/20 May 2018 RRP $35.00

Les Courtilles Cotes du Rhone 2015

Blended Red from France – Rhone

Very dark, moderately deep ruby-red colour with black hues and a little garnet on the rim. The nose is elegant and evenly presented with fine aromatic notes of savoury dark-red berry fruits harmoniously entwined with dark herbs and notes of earth and game. This has good depth and gentle intensity. Medium-full bodied, the palate has a sweetly rich and gently concentrated heart of dark raspberry fruit with savoury red berry fruits and subtle notes of dried herbs with earth and game nuances. The fruit richness is underlined by light, grainy tannin structure and the wine flows with good acid energy, leading to an elegant, lightly nuanced, lingering finish. This is a gently rich and sweet Cotes du Rhone with dark-red berry fruits and notes of herbs and earth on a light, structured palate. Match with barbecued and roasted red meats over the next 4+ years. A blend of 60% Grenache, 30% Shiraz and 10% Carignan. 80% of the wine blended with 20% oak matured Cotes du Rhone Villages from the Plan de Dieu. This is 14.5% alc. Winemaker: Bernard Schurr. 17.5/20 Jun 2017 RRP $27.99

Henry’s Drive ‘Pillar Box Red’ Padthaway Shiraz/Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Blended Red from Australia – South Australia


Very dark, deep, near impenetrable black-hued ruby-red colour with some purple, youthful in appearance. The nose is elegantly concentrated with a shy core, unfolding aromas of black berried fruits along with notes of spice, a little blackberry and cassis, unfolding dark herbs and mint. The aromatics are soft in expression. Full-bodied, the palate has restrained flavours of ripe blackberry fruit with black pepper and nuances of cedar and eucalypt. The flavours show harmony and integration with a soft, but positive tannin background, and soft acidity enhancing the roundness. The flavours form a rounded core and the wine carries to a soft and gentle finish. This is a soft and shy integrated Shiraz/Cabernet with flavours of blackberries, black pepper and some cedar and eucalypt. Serve with barbecued fare over the next 4 years. A blend of 70% Shiraz and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon from Padthaway fermented to 14.5% alc., a small portion aged with French oak. 16.5+/20 May 2018 RRP $20.00

Quarisa ‘Enchanted Tree’ South Australia Shiraz 2015

Syrah from Australia – South Australia


Very dark, deep, saturated black-hued purple-red colour with a deep heart, a little lighter on the edge. The nose is fresh and elegant with tightly bound, fragrant aromas of ripe blackberry fruits along with notes of dark raspberries, black pepper and savoury spices. The nose is a little restrained and appears elegant in expression, but grows in interest in the glass. Full-bodied, the palate is elegant in proportion with intensely concentrated and deep, penetrating flavours of ripe blackberries and dark raspberries. The fruit is sweet, luscious and juicy, and reveals notes of black pepper and spice. The mouthfeel is fresh and lively with the vibrant supported by light, grainy tannin structure and balanced acidity. This has good linearity and carries to a long, black-fruited, spicy finish. This is an elegant, intense and vibrant-fruited Shiraz with blackberry and raspberry fruit , black pepper and spice notes on a light-structured palate. Match with lamb, beef and venison over the next 6+ years. Shiraz fruit from Padthaway and Coonawarra, fermented to 14.5% alc., the wine given oak contact. 18.0-/20 May 2018 RRP $20.00

Quarisa ‘Treasures’ Coonawarra Cabernet/Merlot 2012

Blended Red from Australia – South Australia


Very full, deep, black-hued ruby-red colour. The bouquet is softly full and densely packed with aromas of ripe blackberries, mulberries and blackcurrant fruit along with a complex amalgam of savoury, secondary earthy notes and dark plums with liquorice elements. This is soft and integrated, and the aromatics blossom in the glass. Medium-full bodied, the palate has rich and full, sweet and plush flavours of ripe dark plums with blackberries and mulberries, entwined with subtle notes of savoury dark herbs and integrated earthy elements. The fruit flavours are mouthfilling and supported by soft, fine-grained tannin structure and integrated acidity. The flavours of savoury and spicy plums blossom and carry to a strong, rich and luscious finish. This is a soft and deeply concentrated Cabernet/Merlot with savoury dark red berry, plum and mulberry flavours with complexing secondary detail on a fine-grained palate. Serve with casseroles and slow-cooked game meat over the next 6+ years. A blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Merlot from Coonawarra, fermented to 14.5% alc., the wine aged 16 months in new and seasoned French and American oak barrels. 18.5/20 May 2018 RRP $25.00

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