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The Winexpert™ LE17 collection is a welcome showcase of popular varietals and unique blends. From a rich New Zealand Merlot, to a bright and refreshing Spanish blend, Milagro Blanco, this vintage collection offers something to appeal to every wine lover. Fruit driven, spicy, floral, or herbaceous; whatever your preference, these wines will awaken our palate.

R.S.V.P. with your order by December 1 to avoid missing out on these fantastic wines.

Available January 2018

In the Lower Murray oasis of south Australia you will find the Riverland. Spanning across Victoria and New South Wales, and basking in the continental climate, bountiful vineyards ripen during the sunny dry days of the season, while the Murray River winds through this unofficial “super zone” providing much needed irrigation.

A true gem, Petit Ruby Cabernet is a blend of Petit Verdot and Ruby Cabernet. The Ruby Cabernet takes the best qualities of its parents, Cabernet Sauvignon and Carignan, creating a structured, robust wine with soft tannins, while the Petit Verdot brings intriguing flavours of dark berries and vanilla. Elegant fruit flavours of currant, juicy plum and dark berries complemented by notes of spicy ground black pepper with hints of herb and vanilla, make this medium-full bodied wine a delight to enjoy with grilled meats. Try it with succulent rib eye steak for a wonderful weekend treat, or barbecue burgers for an equally delicious pairing. Having an Italian night and want to switch up the wine? Petit Ruby Cabernet is delicious with classics like meat lover’s pizza and spaghetti Bolognese.

Sweetness: Dry    Body: Medium-Full    Oak: Medium    Alcohol: 13.5%

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Available January 2018

Permeating the white wine world, Chardonnay is refreshing to layer with lesser known varietals like Chenin Blanc, South Africa’s signature white. Grapes from the Rawsonville region, a small picturesque wine growing and farming community on the eastern flanks of the Du Toitskloof Mountains in the Western Cape province, make up this blend. The Mediterranean climate brings cool rainy winters and warm dry summers to the vineyards creating a fruit driven white wine with a high but pleasant natural acidity. The thin-skinned grapes soak in rays of sunshine to ripen and are picked at just the right time to leave a crisp and bright juice.

Carrying distinct cultivar characteristics, tropical fruit aromas marry with baked apple citrus zest and juicy peach. On the palate, the buttery complexity of Chardonnay is complemented by Chenin Blanc’s tart acidity to make a beautifully balanced wine. Delicious to sip on its own or to enjoy with food, this is a crowd-pleasing and unique addition to any cellar. Enjoy with a variety of seafood dishes like grilled shellfish or salmon fish cakes. If feeling decadent, try chicken poached in a butter sauce, as the wine’s bright acidity and fruity character will complement the richness of the sauce wonderfully.

Sweetness: Dry    Body: Light-Medium    Oak: Light-Medium    Alcohol: 13%

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Available February 2018

Hawke’s Bay is the oldest wine producing region in New Zealand. The diverse volcanic earth varies between gravel, sand and clay offering an ideal environment for the vineyards flooding the hillsides and banks along the five rivers winding through the landscape. Hawke’s Bay’s beautiful climate offers lots of sunshine and pleasant conditions year-round. The result is a region that produces some of the finest wines in the country and Merlot contributes to this well-earned reputation. This popular and enduring varietal produces a soft yet rich and fruity juice that is pleasing to the palate. The Merlot grapes thrive is a long growing season, with flavours concentrating as the fruit develops.

Ripe fruit with spice and soft tannins take precedence in this Merlot. The lingering finish brings dark oaky spice, as well as mocha and licorice. Treat yourself and enjoy with slow-cooked beef and lamb dishes or a gorgeous Ossobuco. Roasted, slightly caramelized tomatoes on crostini drizzled with balsamic reduction is a simple starter that is impeccable with this wine. Looking for a cheese to pair? Try Gouda or smoked cheddar.

Sweetness: Dry    Body: Medium    Oak: Medium    Alcohol: 13%

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Available March 2018

Muscat, Verdejo, and Sauvignon Blanc are wonderful on their own but sing when blended together. Muscat is fruity and crisp, Verdejo has mineral and citrus notes, and Sauvignon Blanc is herbaceous with pleasing acidity. When married, their unique elements create and off-dry, soft, refreshing, fruit forward wine with a bright bouquet and a complex finish. Milagro Blanco carries notes of passion fruit and white flower on the nose, and is supported by juicy melon, peach, fresh lime and grass with a hint of honey on the palate.

La Mancha is steeped in history and is believed to have been producing wine since the Roman empire. A challenging place to grow grapes, the region is found in hot central Spain, south east of Madrid where rivers provide much needed water. Hard working vines planted in water-absorbing limestone and chalk sub-soil produce grapes that boast concentrated flavours that burst on the palate. The fruity and floral character of this wine pairs exquistely with moderately spiced Szechuan, Thai and Vietnamese dishes. Lighter meats like chicken and white fish with green salad dressed in light vinaigrette are natural matches for a fresh, tantalizing meal.

Sweetness: Off-Dry    Body: Medium    Oak: None    Alcohol: 13%

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Available April 2018

Bellissimo Italia…delightful wine, delicious food and stunning sun-soaked landscapes. Apulia (or Puglia in native Italian) exemplifies all of these things and more. Explore Apulia, the heel of Italy’s boot and follow one of the longest coastlines of any wine region in the country. The Mediterranean Sea graces the region’s vineyards with cooling winds maintaining ideal temperatures for growing. Sunny, warm and dry with some of the most fertile soil in Italy, the area offers the perfect environment for ripening grapes as well as olive trees and wheat fields that coexist with vineyards in this agricultural centre.

Negroamaro is richly jewel-hued, full bodied and a classical varietal in Apulia. Mild hints of wood and spice on the nose play with fruity notes for a complex aroma. On the palate, ripe berry is complemented by ground baking spice and silky tannins with a long finish. Negroamaro is hearty, versatile and evokes feelings of beauty of its home. This wine couples well with many cuisines, but Italian, of course, is a flawless pairing. Choose an antipasto with spicy elements like salami or pepper marinated vegetables like eggplant. A simple but delicious peperonata can be enjoyed with crusty bread or as a side to roasted and grilled meat.

Sweetness: Dry    Body: Full    Oak: Medium-Heavy    Alcohol: 14.5%

2018 Passport Series Wines

This is your ticket to a new world of wine. Tour different terroir, explore the exotic, and uncover the unique.

Every year Passport Series™ takes us to new countries – from highly touted up-and-coming regions to age-old vineyards with long histories of excellence – it is an adventure through some of the most prominent and well respected wine growing regions around the world.

Available for just a short time and by reservation only, the exclusive Passport SeriesTM takes you on a new, exhilarating journey every year, making this collection a highly sought-after one of a kind wine experience.

Where will your Passport take you? Check out this year’s Collection below.

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Passport 2018

4 WEEKS WINES

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That’s why there’s Cheeky MonkeyTM , a fun wine with serious attitude.
This country of origin wine kit line makes its own rules, creating great wine that’s anything but traditional. Your friends and family will go ape over these fun styles and blends from around the world. So go adead… Get Cheeky!

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cheeky_monkey_positano_wine_brantford1sCheeky MonkeyTM shakes off the uptight attitude and rules around wine because we know good wine isn’t determined by the price tag, brand name, or some expert’s opinion.

Good wine is whatever you want it to be, and it pairs with whatever you want to drink it with. Maybe that’s a steak. Maybe it’s a bag of chips. Maybe it’s just another glass of wine.
WE’LL CHEERS TO THAT.

Contains 10L of grape juice and makes about 30 x 750 mL bottles.
Includes bottle labels.

5 WEEKS WINES

Awaken the winemaker in you! Your guests will appreciate your choice and admire your taste in wines.

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RED WINES

International GSM (Grenache, Syrah,Mourvédre) (with crushed grape pack)
Oak 3 / Body 5 / Sweetness 0
We picked a classic mix of Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvédre grapes in Gard, France, on the west side of the Rhône river, for the foundation of this example of Southern Rhône-style wine. The French juices were augmented with Syrah concentrate from California to add body and depth of flavour. Fermentation on the French virgin crushed grapes produces a dark, toasty, and racy wine typical of the Rhône. Bright fruit and violet aromas define the nose. Blackberry,black cherry, fig, cocoa, and licorice flavours intermingle on the palate. The finish lingers with more fruit, herbs, and a suggestion of spice. The wine shows best with 6 to 12 months of age. Pairs well with chicken, pork, and roasted vegetable dishes.With age, stands up well to grilled or roasted beef.

Global Cuvée Amarone style (with crushed grape pack including sun-dried red wine grapes)
Oak 2 / Body 5 / Sweetness 0
Uses an Italian Valpolicella blend made with Corvina, Rondinella, and Molinara grapes. Fermented on a 1.5 litre virgin crushed grape pack made from equal portions of California CABERNET and BARBERA grapes and sun-dried red wine grapes. A robust wine with an earthy aroma backed by notes of spice and vanilla. When young, concentrated flavours of black cherry and figs compete with un-mellowed oak, firm tannins, and an alcohol level above 14%. Six months in the bottle will bring harmony to the flavours and softer tannins for a rich,well-rounded mouth feel and lingering finish. Another year or two of aging will create a truly special wine. This wine can be enjoyed sipped like port or can take on your most robust foods like game, sticky ribs, rich pasta, or blue cheese.

California Reserve Cabernet (with crushed grape pack)
Oak 3 / Body 5 / Sweetness 0
This California Cabernet, fermented on a 1.5 litre virgin crushed California CABERNET SAUVIGNON grape pack, delivers a characteristically firm-tannin wine with loads of black fruit character made more interesting by the vanilla notes from the oak. The aromatics suggest blackberry and black currant. Flavour is centered around red and black currants which remain evident through the nice finish. Six months of ageing should reveal a harmonized wine with somewhat softened tannins, but the wine will improve for a year or two. This is a wine to serve with beef and lamb.

California ReserveMerlot (with crushed grape pack)
Oak 1 / Body 4 / Sweetness 0
California Merlot with 1.5 litres virgin crushed California MERLOT grape pack. The wine releases aromas of raspberry and cherry and a subtle toasted note, followed by flavours of raspberry and strawberry. Gentle tannins and well-integrated oak contribute structure to the fruit-driven profile without being too aggressive. Should show its true character in about 6 months, but will continue to develop for at least a year. This soft red pairs with red meats and will work well with roast chicken.

Argentine Malbec Syrah
Oak 2 / Body 3 / Sweetness 0
Malbec and Syrah are blended to create a wine with aromas of toast while fermentation on Shiraz GenuWine Winery Dried Grape Skins adds hints of cherry and dark fruit to the palate.

Australian Cabernet Sauvignon
Oak 3 / Body 4 / Sweetness 0
The warm southern sun produces a bold Cabernet Sauvignon with the varietal’s signature nose: blackcurrants, dark chocolate and subtle toasty notes. Fermentation on Cabernet Genuwine Winery Dried Grape Skins and toasted American oak produces a full-bodied wine with hints of coffee and vanilla notes.

Chilean Malbec
Oak 4 / Body 4 / Sweetness 0
With cool temperatures and plenty of sunshine, Chile has ideal growing conditions for this fullbodied wine. Complimented by warm spice notes, Malbec boasts aromas and flavours of ripe blackberry and blackcurrant. The addition of our Merlot Genuwine Winery Dried Grape Skins creates a chewy, deep, rustic red wine with intense cherry flavours and blended oak undertones.

WHITE WINES

Californian Chardonay
Oak 3 / Body 4 / Sweetness 0
Hailing from sunny California, captivating flavours of green apple and tropical fruit enhance an upfront floral bouquet in this full-bodied golden wine. It will develop to reveal layers of ripe fruit and integrated oak.

Italian Pinot Grigio
Oak 0 / Body 3 / Sweetness 0
An enticing deep apple and grapefruit bouquet with apple and citrus notes that follow through to the palate.

Ontario Sauvignon Blanc
Oak 0 / Body 3 / Sweetness 0
From Canada’s largest wine growing regions, this medium-bodied and expressive wine presents bold herbal tones and fresh citrus flavours. Straw in colour with a refreshing grassy nose, it delights with a long and fruity finish.

South African Chenin Blanc
Oak 0 / Body 2 / Sweetness 0
This graceful wine is light-bodied with a pale straw colour. The fruity scented nose has hints of green apple and lemon with a subtle floral bouquet. On the palate, the wine is delightfully refreshing.

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Cellar Craft’s unique 12 litre wine kits produce wines with more pronounced character, more body, and more flavour.
The reds even contain a unique, varietal-specific Virgin Crushed Grape Pack for true fermented on the skins flavour and aromas.

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Grand Cru International  will produce exquisite, easy-to-drink wines that are expressively bold in their youth, yet graceful with a few months of aging. 12L of country specific select grape juice and concentrates will create an exquisite wine ready in as little as 5 weeks.

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Cru Specialty Wines

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Cru Specialty brings you truly unique and distinctive wines to stock your cellar and are perfect for all your holiday entertaining and gift giving. Cru Specialty has a wine to please every palate! These wines are available exclusively for the holiday season while quantities last.

Because Every Day Is Special…

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NEW!  Coffee Port Style

Energize your senses with this comforting flavor experience! Dating back to the 15th century, coffee has been enjoyed worldwide as an invigorating elixir. Typical of medium roast coffee, aromas of toffee, burnt marshmallow and chocolate will entice you and follow through to a palate which finishes with lingering notes of vanilla. Our Coffee Port Style is a wonderful end to any meal paired with dessert or enjoyed on its own.

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Orange Chocolate Port Style

This rich specialty wine is an intricate melange of lively flavours that tempt the nose and reward the palate. Rich aromas of dark chocolate are set gracefully against a frame of refreshing citrus and vanilla notes. The palate is endowed with a full-bodied and balanced combination of delicious chocolate, hints of orange peel and a medium-sweet finish. Reveal your fine taste by sharing your Orange Chocolate Port Style with friends and family this holiday season.

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Cabernet Franc Ice Wine Style

Its glistening ruby red colour will catch your eye while its nose promises a mouth watering experience. Your palate will be overcome with flavours of sweet and tart red berries and apricots. A lingering honey finish will have you craving more. The rich berry flavours will pair per fectly with chocolate covered strawberries or your favourite dark chocolate dessert.

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Apple Tatin White Port Style

This decadent white port will have you reminiscing of freshly baked warm apple pie. Its bouquet is filled with warm flavors of tart apples perfectly balanced with rich, sweet toffee. Hints of cinnamon and brown sugar complete the experience in this soon to become holiday tradition. This port is extraordinary on its own but will make the perfect addition to your favorite apple martini recipe.

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White Chocolate White Port Style

A rare treat, this sweet and creamy port is a must for every wine or dessert lover. The senses are awakened by this thick, honey coloured wine and its rich, fruity nose. Hints of toasted hazelnut and vanilla are balanced perfectly by velvety smooth white chocolate. Irresistibly sweet on its own, serve chilled as an after dinner indulgence or try it half and half with tonic water and a slice of lemon over ice as a refreshing cocktail. Especially delicious paired with dark chocolate, hazelnuts or salted cashews.

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Riesling Ice Wine Style

A must for every wine cellar, Ice Wine is the perfect end to any meal and a great addition to your favourite cocktails. Riesling’s acidity adds the perfect balance to the intense sweetness. Sinfully delicious with intense apricots, apples and pears on the nose, following through to tempting flavours of honey and lychee that linger on the palate. The perfect finish to any meal, pair this nectar with strong cheeses, custard desserts or foie gras.

Niagara Mist Fruit Wine

A UNIQUELY REFRESHING WINE BEVERAGE WITH A BOLD SPLASH OF RIPE FRUIT.

The Niagara name has become synonymous with incredible wines and wonderfully tasty fruits. Niagara Mist™ combines famous wine varietals with sassy fruit flavours. Delightfully light and refreshing, exciting combinations such as Peach Chardonnay, Green Apple Sauvignon Blanc or Cranberry Shiraz are the perfect beverage choice for any occasion.

4-WEEK, 7.5L. KIT

White Fruit Wine

Green Apple – This refreshing fruit wine has an exquisite bouquet of tangy, crisp green apples.
Includes Sweet Reserve Pack, Sugar code (5) .

Mango Strawberry – This fruit wine has the wonderful fragrance of silky, sun ripened fruit.
Includes Sweet Reserve Pack, Sugar code (5) .

Orchard Crisp – This wine has the wonderful combined flavours of peach, apple and pear.
Includes Sweet Reserve Pack, Sugar code (5) .

Peach – This fruit wine has the delicious flavour of ripe buttery sweet peach.
Includes Sweet Reserve Pack, Sugar code (5) .

Tropical Fruit – This fruit wine has the delicious bouquet of pineapple, Mango and Kiwi.
Includes Sweet Reserve Pack, Sugar code (5) .

White Pear – This fruit wine has the wonderful fragrance of sweet pears with lemony and floral notes.
Includes Sweet Reserve Pack, Sugar code (5) .

Blush Fruit Wine

Strawberry – This refreshing fruit wine has an exquisite bouquet of fresh picked strawberries. This refreshing wine perfectly compliments a grilled chicken sandwich and a strawberry spinach salad.
Includes Sweet Reserve Pack, Sugar code (5) .

Raspberry Dragon Fruit – This wine is sweet and tangy with the taste of dragon fruit.
Includes Sweet Reserve Pack, Sugar code(5)

Wildberry –Your senses will run wild after being exposed to this ensemble of luscious berry fruits which includes blueberries, blackberries and raspberries. This irresistible blush wine combines the sweet and easy drinking White Zinfandel with a rush of candy-flavoured forest berries that will have you begging for more. An ideal drink anytime that pairs nicely with a plain yogurt or desserts such as cheese cake and vanilla ice cream.
Includes Sweet Reserve Pack, Sugar code(5)

BluePom – This hot, exotic new blush style combines the aromatics and flavours of red berry fruits found in White Merlot with that of the tangy Blueberry and tart Pomegranate. The resulting wine is an eruption of sweet and juicy flavours that will leave you speechless. Excellent on its own or with yogurt. Includes Sweet Reserve Pack, Sugar code (5)

Stone Fruit – This sweet and easy drinking summertime wine punch is a medley of seasonal fruits that can now be enjoyed year round. Your nose will be enlightened be scents of peach, apricot and plum that will marry with cherries on your tongue to create a sensational sipper! A great brunch beverage!
Includes Sweet Reserve Pack, Sugar code (5)

Red Fruit Wine

Black Cherry – You’ll enjoy the super enhanced characteristics of fresh red berries and luscious black cherries. Pair this fruit forward wine with a salmon topped salad for a culinary delight.
Includes Sweet Reserve Pack, Sugar code (6)

Raspberry –This smooth wine has invigorating fruit flavours of plump sun-ripened berries. A perfect sweet and velvety beverage for summer sipping with a grilled burger on the side.
Includes Sweet Reserve Pack, Sugar code (5)

Blackberry – The intense fruit flavours and the refreshing notes of blackberry dance on the palate. This slightly bold fruity wine will harmonize with the spicy flavours of beef empanadas and spicy meat pies. Sweet Reserve Pack, Sugar code (5).

Melon Berry – The intense flavours of blueberry, honeyberry and cool watermelon. Sweet Reserve Pack, Sugar code (5).