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Great festive wine pack
Make this festive season one to remember with family, friends and our expertly hand-picked wines
Club Sommelier Christian Maier says the festive season offers plenty of occasions for sharing great wine with friends and family.
“Words like celebration, festivity and getting together come to mind, and what better medium than wine to do this,” he says.
Christian has hand-selected a stellar mix of high-quality sparkling, white and red wines to create a “festive pack” for Club Members. The wines cater for every whim, be it a sparkling for brunch, an all-round chardonnay for lunch or a big shiraz for dinner. The wines can also be paired with a broad range of foods, especially on Christmas Day.
“Christmas is where wine plays a big role,” Christian says. “It is a time when you bring out your best wines and really savour them. Wine is the glue that brings people together.
Club Members can buy the festive pack at an exclusive price, with free delivery, through RACV Wine Club.
“These are six wines that can be easily laid out on a dinner table, given away as presents, or cellared,” Christian says.
Here is an overview of what’s included in the pack.
Festive wine pack available to Club Members through RACV Wine Club
2013 Yarrabank Sparkling Cuvee, Yarra Valley
This is a great, elegant sparkling wine. "On a blind tasting this wine comes close to the level of many champagnes and even exceeds some. It is an older vintage, and reflects the reward when patience finally pays off," Christian says. Nothing beats sparkling when it comes to celebration and festive settings.
2013 Tahbilk Museum Marsanne, Upper Goulburn
Marsanne is a rare grape variety. It originated from France’s Rhone Valley, but it’s here in Victoria, at Tahbilk, that you will find the largest and oldest single planting of this variety in the world. “Marsanne ages incredibly well, and it’s versatile,” Christian says. "It pairs particularly well with richer seafood and salmon, as it takes on complexity and richness with age."
2019 Xanadu Chardonnay, Margaret River WA
“Chardonnay is the language everyone speaks when they speak white,” Christian says. “At the moment, it is your top-of-the-charts wine.” There are two main styles in chardonnay. The Yarra Valley makes a leaner and elegant style, while Margaret Valley tends to produce a slightly broader and more textual style. Xanadu Chardonnay from Margaret River is a benchmark producer. “Stylistically this wine has more power and complexity,” Christian says. “You can have it with turkey or fish. Structured and textured, it delivers quality and pleasure.”
2016 Nocton Vineyard Willow series Pinot Noir
“You can’t get away without a pinot in a festive pack,” Christian says. Both Victoria and Tasmania, produce fine pinots, but Coal River Valley in Tasmania is a unique cool climate wine region. “This region has a rain shadow and a lot of heat summation, which gives it this ripening ability while keeping the freshness. Nocton has more structure than you might think, and it can handle light meat dishes such as duck, game sausages or even turkey.”
2019 Sanguine ‘Inception” Shiraz, Heathcote
“You can’t have a family table without big wines like shiraz,” Christian says. “Heathcote is your epicentre for shiraz in Victoria, and Sanguine is a classic example of great Heathcote shiraz. Sanguine is among the top three producers in my book. We've even had Club Members blending their own Sanguine at a Club event, which was a lot of fun." Inception is premium level and has core fruit characteristics and a high level of spice that comes from the cooler nights in Heathcote. It is great for a barbecue and with beef.
2015 Tahbilk Museum Cabernet Sauvignon, Upper Goulburn
“The last one comes straight from the cellar of Tahbilk, a winery that uses an old-fashioned winemaking style, in that their wines have structure, fine tannins and mid-level fruits. This is a perfect ageing wine. The 2015 vintage was a great year and with another six years this wine has come up beautifully, with notes of blackcurrent liquorice and cigar box. It’s best with cheese, any red meat or rich protein."
Christian says the festive pack takes the guess work out of choosing high-quality wines for your next special occasion. “You can’t find these wines in the bottle shop,” he says. “They also make a great gift.”
Exclusively for Club Members, the festive pack will be available to buy online via the RACV Wine Club from November 5. For details, click here.