Opimian Wine Concierge

 

Like a hotel concierge, Opimian’s Wine Concierge is in charge of the special services that will take your membership experience to the next level. This is true for every member, from the newly joined to the long-time members

 

A concierge is traditionally the go-to person for travellers and hotel guests who want to know more, see more and do more in the area. Opimian’s Wine Concierge plays this role for our members, and so much more. Their job is to ensure you are getting the most out of your membership by taking advantage of every benefit, learning about every wine and exploring new regions, all without having to leave the comfort of your own home (unless you love to travel, in which case, our Wine Concierge will help you with that too!)

Opimian loves that our Wine Concierge is available to help our members. This personal touch is what sets our customer service apart – you will be able to speak to an actual person when you call! One that is knowledgeable in all things wine.

If you reach out to our Wine Concierge today, here are just a few of the things that he would love do for you:

 

Meet your Opimian Wine Concierge, Carl Bird

Carl has been a fixture at Opimian for over 15 years. He started out as a member, then took over the Northwest Territories (well, Opimian’s chapter there) as Area Representative. In 2015, he moved to Montreal - his hometown - and joined the team at the head office as Area Representative Liaison and Opimian Wine Concierge.

 

To contact our Wine Concierge

Opimian loves that our Wine Concierge is available to help our members. This personal touch is what sets our customer service apart – you will be able to speak to an actual person when you call! One that is knowledgeable in all things wine:

 

 

Bird's Eye View on Cellar Offering 253

                     BERTON VINEYARD WINEMAKER'S RESERVE VERMENTINO, RIVERINA, 2017       

Berton Vineyard Winemaker's Reserve Vermentino, South Eastern Australia, 2016 (Lot 8812)

The wine produced by Berton Vineyards definitely was more aromatic than one would normally expect from this varietal.

  • Clear lemon-green wine with medium colour intensity
  • The wine had medium intensity aromas of apple, citrus, melon, white blossom and nuts
  • On the palate this wine is bone dry. It has medium(+) acidity, medium(-) alcohol and medium body
  • The flavours are medium(+) intensity featuring green apple, grapefruit, limes, honeydew melon and flint (maybe wet stone). It has a wonderful acidic and "steely" mouthfeel and the finish is medium(+) in length. 

This wine is very approachable right now. I think that given the level of acidity in the wine and the intensity of the fruit aromas and flavours at this time, Berton's Winemaker's Reserve Vermentino, 2016, has the potential to last a few more years in the bottle. As the acidity softens a bit, the flavours will become even more harmonious.

Don't be fooled by the Screw Cap closure. This is a very good wine The intensity of flavours, the concentration of the aromas and the crisp acidity and finish truly represent what this varietal can achieve in the warmer dry climate of the Riverina. Open a bottle and enjoy a glass to sip on or pair it with pork or fish seasoned with sweet spices, bean salad or salty cheese (parmesan, feta).
   
TAKA PINOT NOIR, MARLBOROUGH, 2016

Takā Pinot Noir, Marlborough, 2015 (Lot 8852)

  •  Pale Ruby with substantial tears in the glass
  • The aromas are of medium(+) intensity and feature, red cherry, lavender and raspberry
  • On the palate it is dry with medium(+) acidity, medium tannins, medium(+) alcohol and medium body
  • The flavours are medium(+) intensity featuring red currants, red cherry, raspberry, cranberries and sweet spice white pepper and nutmeg
  • The wine feels soft and juicy in the mouth with a backdrop of acidity featured in a medium(+) finish

I have no problem suggesting that this wine is drinkable right now. But I do think that a few years of bottle ageing would do this wine no harm. After a few yeas the tannins and acidity will soften and the experience will still be excellent. So drink now, or over the next three years. 

This is a very good wine, which represents that varietal as it is grown in New Zealand very well. It has Excellent balance between acidity, fruit and alcohol creating a refreshing wine that can be enjoyed on its own, or paired with Holiday turkey or ham, minced tarts or grilled salmon. 

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