Passport Series™ 2017

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Wine Kitz Ottawa Iris is pleased to offer the 2017 Passport Series™, a selective collection focusing solely on exclusive and unique, high quality limited release wines. 

Our Passport Series™ celebrates ultra premium wines from some of the most prominent and respected wine growing regions, and each year features a unique and exciting new selection of world class offerings.

Passport also is excited to introduce a rosé to this year’s line up.  The popularity of rosé has steadily increased over the last ten years, and it’s become a must-have on wine lists year round. Their surging popularity and the proliferation of unique varietals and blends make rosé a natural – and exciting – addition to this elite collection.

Available for just a short time, the exclusive Passport Series™ is a highly sought-after one-of-a-kind wine experience.

Every year an adventure; every bottle an expedition.

SYRAH

Languedoc, France

 

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Signature peppery bouquet, with raspberry and earthy notes; this classic varietal from Southern France is complex and harmonious with soft tannins.  Flavours of blackberry and black cherry are accented with spicy black pepper and oak, hints of mint, herbs, mocha, and faint licorice on the finish.

The Region

The Languedoc region hugs the Mediterranean coastline of France and has been planted with vineyards since the 5th century BC. Vineyards here are generally planted in the coastal plains of the Mediterranean, known to be some of the hottest, most arid regions of France. With an average of 300 days of sunshine per year, low rainfall, and temperatures regularly above 30C, the weather provides excellent growing conditions.

The Food

Serve thick homemade burgers with aged cheddar, slow cooked lamb, or other grilled or roasted red meats. Try with hearty casseroles and pepper steaks. Hard, matured cheeses and 70% dark chocolate also pair well.

$170.00

18L Ultra Premium Wine Kit
Release Date: December 2016

For a commercial wine similar in structure and flavour profile,
try Fat Bastard Syrah Pays d’Oc

 

RIESLING

Clare Valley, Australia

 

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Citrus aromas with underlying floral notes make for a fresh and vibrant aroma. Juicy lemon-lime flavours fill the palate, accented by orange blossom and apple notes, mineral tones, and a backbone of crisp,  energetic acidity. The subtle sweetness of this off-dry wine really makes the citrus sing in this succulent & refreshing white.

The Region

Located in the Mount Lofty Ranges, most of the region’s vineyards are planted at elevations between 400-500m. The climate is moderate-continental with long, warm summer days and cool to cold nights. The higher altitude of the region ensures these colder nights, slowing the ripening of the grapes and allowing the fruit to ripen more evenly, retaining crisp acidity. Clare Valley is known for its Rieslings, and wines grown here are heralded for their hallmark Riesling flavours – citrus, lime, apple, with mineral notes and crisp natural acidity.

The Food

This Riesling’s sweetness and acidity make it an easy pairing for a variety of dishes. Try with lightly to moderately spiced Asian inspired dishes, pad thai, or Tex-Mex dishes with cilantro & avocado. A fantastic pick for cheese fondue and creamy cheeses.

$160.00

18L Ultra Premium Wine Kit
Release Date: January 2017

For a commercial wine similar in structure and flavour profile,
try Trius Riesling

 

NERO D’AVOLA

Sicily, Italy

 

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A lesser known Italian red wine grape, Nero D’Avola has long been a prized varietal in its native Sicily, and in the last decade has been gaining favour in the rest of the world as a serious red, joining the ranks of big Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz. Nero D’Avola offers aromas of ripe black fruit with notes of vanilla and smoke, and abundant flavours of ripe black cherry & plum with spicy accents, velvety tannins, and a long finish.

The Region

Situated just off the ‘toe’ of Italy’s boot, Sicily is home to a number of active volcanoes, which create rich, fertile soils ideal for agriculture. The largest of the Mediterranean islands, Sicily enjoys a typical Mediterranean climate with mild, wet winters, and hot, dry summers with consistent sunshine. This combination of mineral-rich soil and reliable weather create near perfect conditions for growing wine grapes.

The Food

A great wine to match with rich meats. Try with beef stews, game meats, or barbecued angus burgers topped with bacon. Black bean or shitake mushroom based dishes also make for excellent matches.

$170.00

18L Ultra Premium Wine Kit 
Release Date: January 2017

For a commercial wine similar in structure and flavour profile,
try Cusumano Nero D’Avola Terre Sicilane IGT

  

CABERNET SAUVIGNON ROSÉ

Sacramento County, California

 

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Fresh strawberry on the nose, with watermelon and cranberry accents. This crisp, fragrant dry rosé carries juicy strawberry flavours and tart red fruit notes on the palate. Balanced and refreshing, with crisp acidity and a subtle minerality.

The Region

Sacramento County lies in the middle of the Central Valley, California’s prime agricultural region. It extends from the low delta lands between the Sacramento & San Joaquin rivers to just north of the state capitol of Sacramento, continuing east to the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains. Sacramento County is graced with a hot Mediterranean climate, and receives an average of just 350mm of precipitation per year. The moderately rocky nutrient-rich clay loam soil retains moisture while allowing excess water to drain away, creating fertile grounds for the vines to thrive in the hot California sunshine.

The Food

Turkey burgers, meat pies, tourtiere, and cured sausage platters are great matches, as are light summer salads, greek salads, tapas, and feta cheese. Enjoy with practically anything off the grill or serve on its own lightly chilled.

$165.00

18L Ultra Premium Wine Kit
Release Date: February 2017

For a commercial wine similar in structure and flavour profile, Peninsula Ridge Beal Vineyard Cabernet Rose 2015 is a good match. Unfortunately, LCBO Vintages has sold out of this wine, but it is available online through the Peninsula Ridge Winery.

 

KOOKABURRA RED   (SOLD OUT)

Riverland, Australia

 

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A bold, charismatic blend of Grenache, Shiraz, and Mataro loaded with raspberry, blackberry, spice, and a supple finish. Grenache brings ripe, jammy fruit flavours and hints of cinnamon spice. Shiraz provides a punch of blackberry, and plum flavours with elements of black pepper spice, while Mataro brings savoury, earthy notes, spicy elements and texture.

The Region

South Australia’s picturesque Riverland region boasts over 300kms of the Murray River running through it, and wildlife is plentiful in the area. Kookaburras, native to Australia, are abundant here and their ‘laughing’ call is a common chorus along vineyards and riverbanks. With the hot, dry continental climate and minimal rainfall, the river provides much-needed water to the area’s vineyards. Riverland’s flat terrain and long hours of sunshine mean the vines here receive consistent, quality sunlight, greatly reducing their chance of disease and ensuring fully ripe, flavourful grapes.

The Food

Drink alongside braised meats, grilled lamb with rosemary, meaty pasta dishes, and mushroom stews. Try with earthy dishes like spicy, hearty stews with red meat and root vegetables, mushroom risotto, or eggplant lasagna

$195.00

18L Ultra Premium Wine Kit (with added grape skins)
Release Date: March 2017

For a commercial wine similar in structure and flavour profile,
try Rolling Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre or Kellermeister The Funk Wagon GSM


Call or email us today to reserve yours


Each batch makes 30 – 750ml bottles of wine.  A winery fee of $50.00 per batch applies to all wines made in store.  Fee includes wine preparation, testing, processing, filtering, corks, shrink tops, and labels.

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