Meet Lesley and Troy
At Cellarmasters, we're fortunate to get to meet our customers and find out more about their wine journeys. Cellar Director Christine Ricketts sat down with Lesley and Troy, Cellarmasters customers since 1998 and Red Wine of the Year Reservation members since 2013. They discussed The Finalists in the Red Wine of the Year, their favourites and a prediction for The Winner.
Christine Ricketts meets long-term Cellarmasters customers Lesley and Troy to discuss The Finalists and past highlights of the Red Wine of the Year. Watch the video now >>
Food and Wine
We asked a classic question about food. What would Cellarmasters customers Lesley and Troy pick to eat on a Friday and what wine would they choose to pair with it.
Troy said, "If we're doing a roast lamb, almost certainly an aged Cabernet."
And Lesley added, "If he's being particularly pleasing he'll pick a Coonawarra."
Another food pairing recommended by Lesley and Troy is the classic Australian combination of barbecue and Shiraz. The grippy tannins grab hold of the char, while the vibrant, powerful fruit will stand up to sizzling steak. In The Finalists case you'll find two stunning Shiraz wines. The first is the Reynella Limited Release Shiraz 2016; a classic McLaren Vale Shiraz and the second is the Dovetail Heathcote Shiraz 2015; a rich, dark and luxurious example of this classic Australian wine.
Lesley and Troy's picks for The Winner
Lesley picked the fruit-driven Cat Amongst the Pigeons Alley Cat Barossa Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 - so often underrated the Barossa Cabernet. This was a popular wine with Cellarmasters staff owing to the one-two on the nose and palate.
Troy chose the Reynella Limited Release Shiraz 2016 from McLaren Vale citing the quality of the fruit and the clear hand of the winemaker making this an exemplary wine of great craft.
It was great to meet Lesley and Troy, share their passion for wine and find out about their experience with Cellarmasters. They enjoyed the quality and craft in The Finalists case and you can join our Members in the Red Wine of the Year Reservation. There's still time to get The Finalists at the Reservation price - you won't find a lower price anywhere at any time - so hurry not to miss out.
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