Decant, specialising in the wines of Europe, many of which we import exclusively, as well as a carefully selected range of Australasian wines, offers both the experienced and novice wine lover a chance to broaden their palate. With our help, we are confident this discovery need not be one fraught with disappointment and unpleasant experiences.
The secret to this is the combination of our experience (a combined total of over 50 years in the trade), knowledge and passion that enables us to provide you with the very best wines from around the world.
From everyday enjoyment through to the rare and revered, we offer the best value and best quality for your money.
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Cheese of the week
Delice de Bourgogne
Created in the 18th century by the famous gourmet, Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, Delice de Bourgogne is a gorgeous bloomy-rinded triple cream cheese. The combination of full-fat cow's milk with fresh cream gives an incredibly vibrant and full-flavoured soft cheese, with a melt-in-the-mouth texture and a refined taste, that sets the Delice de Bourgogne apart from any other cheese.
The weekly quiz – a teaser on all things alcohol related. The questions (and answers), of which there will be only one a week, have been set by one of the great masters of comic prose and best loved British writers of the twentieth century. I cannot elaborate more as I trust no one as far as Google goes, and it is for this very reason that there actually is no prize other than the self satisfaction you will find in knowing or discovering the answer.
By the way, no correspondence will be entered into.
Answers will follow the week after...
This week's question:
What was the original meaning of the term “stout” as applied to beer? What gives it its distinctive dark colour?
Last week's QUESTION & ANSWER:
Q. What is or was porter as applied to beer?
A. A type of dark beer apparently first brewed for, or popular with, London porters. Recently revived after long abeyance.
Also see todays question.
Weekly Specials : 12 JUNE 2014
Hello from Decant,
There seems to be an “International Day of...” just about everything and anything these days, but finally there is one that is actually worthwhile!
Saturday 14th June is... “ International Gin Day” - hoorah!
And with that, a new gin to our shelves…
Made in New Zealand, superbly packaged, this joins our range of gins quite comfortably.
ROGUE SOCIETY Premium Dry Gin @ $89.00
Tasting notes ex their web site: roguesocietygin.com
TASTE: To be enjoyed, to be savored. A palate pleasing shock to the system. Your taste’s savior.
VISUAL: Bright. Crystalline.
AROMA (NOSE): Classic juniper, in an instant. Subtle floral hints of lavender & orange blossom follow close by. Deeper earthy tones of cinnamon bark & nutmeg arrive next, but be prepared for a fresh burst of multiple citrus to linger longer.
TASTE (PALATE): Full frontal assault to the palate, a juniper & orange zest mixture. Closely followed by sweet lemon, taking over your entire palate. Minimum heat, minimum burn. Frontal palate flavours dominate, with small floral notes on the back palate. Jasmine and lavender, quite delicious.
FINISH: A warming numbness with continued juniper. Surprisingly long finish, coming back with waves of orange & mixed floral notes. Dry Gin, at its prime
Felton Road New Releases
Always eagerly awaited, limited stocks of the 2013 newly released Feltons are in store now.
Tasting notes ex Felton Road.
2013 Pinot Noir Bannockburn @ $53. (rrp $59.)
The nose leads with cinnamon, vanilla and more red fruits than the typical dark cherry from this warmer 2013 vintage. A soft and comforting mouthfeel that is broad and expansive. Being a blend of our three Bannockburn vineyards, this contributes various layers of generous ripe fruits and creamy textural elements. The wine has a pleasant rusticity to the structure adding complexity and depth. Hints of liquorice on the long enveloping finish.
2013 Pinot Noir Cornish Point @ $63. (rrp. $70.)
The aromas are bursting with exuberant ripe plum and black cherry backed up with wafts of fine chocolates and a whole cupboard of complex spices. The mouthfeel is velvety soft and voluptuous, with fleshy fruit over dark chocolate and freshly roasted coffee. A plush, harmonious and expressive wine. Charming and textbook Cornish Point.
2013 Chardonnay Elms @ $29.50 (rrp $33.)
Fresh apple, pear and citrus blossom on the nose: very pure. Wonderfully rich in texture but at the same time still completely mineral. Salty stones predominate, with lemon zest and crunchy pear hiding in the background. Long, very pure mineral finish. This wine enjoys elevage in seasoned oak resulting in no hint of any wood; just the extra dimension and complexity from long ageing in neutral barrels.
2013 Chardonnay Bannockburn @ $36. (rrp $40.)
White peach, elderflower and wet stones abound on the nose. The delicate subtlety and remarkable harmony of the wine is instantly appealing with no one feature urging for attention. The integration of fruit and complexing winemaking characters like freshly baked bread and mineral provides intrigue and great persistence. A delicious celebration of our Chardonnay vineyards in a glass.
Surveyor Thomson 2010 Pinot Noir Central Otago @ $41.
“Medium deep ruby-purple in colour, the 2010 Pinot Noir from Surveyor Thomson reveals fragrant aromas of black cherries and black raspberries with hints of violets, earth and underbrush.
Medium bodied, crisp and elegantly fruited, it has a medium level of silky tannins and a long, nicely balanced finish.” Drink now to 2017+
90/100 Lisa Perrotti-Brown (the Wine Advocate)