Sonoma & Napa Valley
Nearly three-quarters the size of France, California accounts for nearly 90 percent of American wine production and, California in wine production is one third larger than that of Australia. If California were a separate country, it would be the world's fourth-largest wine producer.
The state's viticultural history dates back to the 18th century when Spanish missionaries planted the first vineyards to produce wine for Mass.
Today there are more than 1,200 wineries in the state, ranging from small boutique wineries to large corporations. Dominus and RNappa Nook are two of the very best producers with their wines exported around the world. We are proud to offer their quality wines:
In the late 1960s, while attending the University of California at Davis, Christian Moueix fell in love with the Napa Valley and its wines. Son of Jean-Pierre Moueix, the famed wine merchant and producer FROM Libourne, France, Moueix returned home in 1970 to manage the family vineyards, including chateaux Petrus, La Fleur-Petrus, Trotanoy in Pomerol and Magdelaine in Saint Emilion.
His love of Napa Valley lingered and, in 1981, he discovered the historic Napanook vineyard, a 124-acre site west of Yountville that had been the source of fruit for some of the finest Napa Valley wines of the 1940s and 1950s. In 1982, Moueix entered into a partnership to develop the vineyard and, in 1995, became its sole owner. He chose the name 'Dominus' or' Lord of the Estate' in Latin to underscore his longstanding commitment to stewardship of the land
Dominus Estate wines are meticulously made with an objective of purity, balance and complexity. Minimal intervention and restraint throughout the process of grape berry selection, fermentation and aging preserve the character of the fruit. The resulting wines convey the very personality of the Napanook vineyard.
Dominus produces two wines - Dominus, and a second label, Napanook. They are both meticulously made and are similarly blended with around 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and then smaller parts of Petite Verdot, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Napanook is made solely from grapes grown at the historic Napanook Vineyard in Yountville, Napa Valley. The wine is blended from blocks in the vineyard that were carefully selected for their lively fruit, soft tannins and early maturing characteristics.
Port is a brilliant, unique, fortified wine style that derives its flavour, strength and sweetness from the process of adding spirit to still-sweet part-fermented grape must - it's in a class of its own, hailing from the spectacular terraced vineyards of Portugal’s Douro Valley, and it has inspired imitations from many of the world’s wine regions, but much as with Champagne, none of the competitors can match a top vintage Port from a good producers such as Quinta do Vesuvio, Taylor's and Fonseca
Vines have been grown in the Douro since as far back as Roman times, but this was a poor region, and grapes were grown as part of a polyculture: the horizontal areas of the terraces were reserved for food crops, while vines were planted in the gaps of the terrace walls.
Port itself didn’t exist until the late 17th century and its existence was mainly due to Britain. The English and Portuguese developed a special trading relationship that flourished off and on for a number of centuries. The Douro’s big break came when war broke out between France and England in 1689, which forced the English to tap new, non-French sources of wine. This led to an increased demand for the newly discovered Port wine. In those days doctoring wine was commonplace, and it was found that the addition of brandy had a twofold benefit: it made the wine more stable, helping it survive the voyage to England without harm, and because the brandy was added before fermentation was completed, it made the wine sweeter. The English developed quite a taste for it.
Quinta do Vesuvio
Quinta do Vesuvio only produces Vintage Port. It makes Port in declared years and quite often in non-declared years when they consider the quality will produce a Port of a very high quality. This is only possible because of the quality of fruit the estate produces. The grapes are trodden by foot in stone lagares - the time-honoured method that the best producers use for making the best wines. Despite being produced in most years quantities are small anddemand often exceeds availability. The Port is very impressive with an ability to be very long-lived. On the score of finesse the Quinta do Vesuvio ports rate with the very best.
The history of Vesuvio goes all the way back to the 19th century. António Bernardo Ferreira purchased the Quinta in 1823 and built it up to a size and level of quality never before seen in the Douro.
Over many years the Quinta built hundreds of terraced plantings and a new winery that deservedly created its reputation as the Douro's finest property and producer.
Wines of the Alsace
There are some 2,000 growers that produce, bottle and sell wine in Alsace although 80% of total production is in the hands of just 175 growers. Most are still family owned, even the larger producers.
Some growers vinify up to 30 seperate cuvees from the eight major varieties which are Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Pinot Blanc, Muscat, Chasselas and Sylvaner. Riesling accounts for 20% of the total production - oak is seldom used except in the large, traditional 100-year-old vats, and most wine is stored in large inert containers.
Alsace grand cru was created in 1983 and it signifies selected single vineyard wines from one of only four grape varieties - Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris and Muscat.
Domaine Muré was founded in 1935. The Muré family, who currently manages and makes wine at the estate, represents the 12th generation of vine growers in the family. They also own Clos St. Landelin, a south facing lieu-dit located in the Grand Cru Vorbourg, which is in the vicinity of Rouffach in southern Alsace.
Domaine Weinbach is widely acknowledged as being one of top three producers in Alsace. It is a former monastery built in 1612 by capucines monks but during the French Revolution the monastery was seized and sold as a national property. In 1898 the Faller brothers purchased it and eventually appointed one of their sons, Théo, to take over. He devoted his whole life to Domaine Weinbach which he vastly improved and expanded. Following his death in 1979, his wife Colette Faller and their two daughters Catherine and the late Laurence who all carried on Théo's passion for the great wines of Alsace and his unrelenting commitment to delivering excellence.
PMFW has the exclusive NZ agency for Domaine Weinbach which has vineyard holdings of some 27 hectares. Today the vines are farmed biodynamically Weinbach practices careful vineyard management with grape picking scheduled on optimal maturity, rigorous selection, gentle and gradual pressings, a long fermentation in ancient oak barrels under the action of the indigenous yeast for authenticity and complexity.
The wines are simply stunning.The Rieslings are very fine, delicate and racy while the Pinot Gris has beautiful texture and concentration. Across the board the wines are very terroir expressive; they are seamless, rich and very long.
Riesling Schlossberg Cuvee St Catherine
Riesling Schlossberg Cuvee St Catherine L'inedit
Gewurztraminer Altenbourg Cuvee Laurence
Gewurztraminer Cuvee Laurence
Gewurztraminer Altenbourg Cuvee Theo
Pinot Gris Altenbourg Vendange Tardives
Pinot Gris Reserve Particuliere
Pinot Gris Cuvee Laurence
Pinot Gris Cuvee St Catherine
Pinot Gris Altenbourg