Two iconic wines hand-selected for the Goodman Christmas hamper by our wine guru, Shane McHugh.
2018 Cabernet Sauvignon, Decoy, Napa Valley, USA
Established in 1985 by legendary vintners Dan and Margaret Duckhorn, crafted using grapes from some of the most acclaimed Napa Valley vineyards. Combining mountain and valley floor fruit from the most acclaimed wine regions in Napa Valley, including Rutherford, Yountville, Atlas Peak, Stag’s Leap and St. Helena, this stunning Cabernet Sauvignon is rich, intricate and delicious. On the palate, classic flavours of blackberry, boysenberry, cassis, dark chocolate and violets are framed by silky tannins and a lovely underlying energy that draws the wine to a bright, juicy finish. 2018 offered near picture-perfect growing conditions, with mild spring and summer weather, and no significant heat events.
2017 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Le Vieux Donjon, Southern Rhone, France
Le Vieux Donjon, a husband and wife run operation, make just one red wine and is consistently excellent. Their celebrated single cuvée red Châteauneuf' is made from a core of 75% Grenache Noir along with 10% each of Syrah and Mourvèdre and 5% Cinsault. Low yields of ripe grapes are picked by hand from 80-year-old vines. They then undergo an alcoholic fermentation in cement vats for 18-21 days, followed by 2 months in cement tanks for a malolactic fermentation. The wine is left unfiltered and is bottled 18 months after being harvested. Black cherries and red raspberries combine with dried spices in a complex swirl of fruity and savoury elements, garnished with sprigs of garrigue. Full-bodied, round and rich, this velvety wine should drink well through the holiday season.