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Cru Select

Cru SelectFrom the full-bodied and robust, to the soft and refined, Cru Select™ wines are a delightful dinner companion and a real treasure for wine enthusiasts looking to complete their personal cellar.

Our 12-litre Cru Select Specialty wine kits contain and produce 12 litres of product and are made to the same exacting standards of all of our wine kits. No addition of water is required, allowing for a simplified winemaking process. You will find that these rich and complex specialty wine kits will allow you to create some truly unique and distinctive wines.

Our 16-litre Cru Select wine kits make 23 litres and are made to exacting standards – with pure varietal grape juice in addition to European and Australian grape concentrates (no sugar is added or required)! Many of our wine kits include toasted oak chips to impart rich, succulent shades of oak and smokey vanilla. The result is superb wine you will be delighted to share with friends and family. We offer a diverse collection of white and red premium varieties from around the world – from the noble Chardonnay to the alluring Amarone – you’ll discover all Cru Select wines have just the right body, flavour, clarity and bouquet to satisfy even the most discerning palate.

Six weeks takes you from the box to bottling where you’ll find Cru Select wonderfully delectable. We do, however, recommend your patience, because the gift of time will reward you with a wine of elegance, finesse and character. With Cru Select, the best is yet to come.

Watch for the launch of our Cru Select RQ program every fall. This program showcases four exciting wines sourced from some of the most premium wine growing regions around the globe. From January to April, one of these innovative wines is launched each month on a limited release basis. Preorder your favourites so you don’t miss out!

Cru Select Red Wine Kits
Australian Cabernet Sauvignon Australian Cabernet Shiraz Merlot Australian Shiraz California Pinot Noir Chilean Malbec French Merlot Italian Amarone Italian Nebbiolo Italian Sangiovese Italian Valpolicella Ripassa with Genuwine Winery Grape Skins Chilean Cabernet Malbec Carmenére
Cru Select Specialty Wine Kits Apple Tatin White Port Port Style Red Ice Wine Style Sherry Style White Ice Wine Style

Cru Select White Wine Kits Australian Chardonnay German Gewurztraminer German Reisling Traminer Italian Pinot Grigio New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc Argentinean Trio - Viognier, Riesling, Chardonnay Australian Viognier Pinot Gris California Muscat New


Red Wine Kits

Australian Cabernet Sauvignon

Australian Cabernets are typically softer and fruitier. This wine shows complex varietal fruit flavours including cherry and blackberry. 2006 WineMaker International Award Winner.

Tasting Notes | Oak: 3 Body: 4 Sweetness: 0


Australian Cabernet Shiraz Merlot

A classic New World blend made popular by the recent trend of success of Australia’s leading wineries. A well-balanced aroma of leather and black pepper gives way to intense jammy flavours of blackberries. The length of spicy flavour from the Cabernet, sweet berry fruit of the Shiraz and softening effects of the Merlot results in a tightly structured, well-balanced wine. Ruby red in colour, this hearty wine has an elegant and long finish. 2007 WineMaker International Award Winner.

Tasting Notes | Oak: 5 Body: 5 Sweetness: 0


Australian Shiraz

The wine is deep and dark in colour with a rich bouquet of fruit and a hint of cassis. It ages gracefully into a velvety wine of pure elegance. 2007 WineMaker International Award Winner.

Tasting Notes | Oak: 2 Body: 4/5 Sweetness: 0


California Pinot Noir

Recognized as a premier grape growing region, California is known for intensely flavourful Pinot Noirs. Medium to full-bodied, this wine presents a bouquet of rich tobacco, ripe blackberries and spices. The palate is treated to a heady experience of dark cherries, a hint of oak and velvety tannins. 2007 WineMaker International Award Winner.

Tasting Notes | Oak: 3 Body: 3 Sweetness: 0


Chilean Malbec

Sleek and focussed with layers of juicy fruit and earthy flavours, this full-bodied wine sets the stage for a dramatic experience. Seductively deep red in colour, aromas of crushed blackberries and vanilla follow through to a densely packed palate richly blessed with streaks of chocolate interwoven with abundant oak tones. Fermented on Heavy toasted Hungarian oak shavings, the finish is dramatic and long.

Tasting Notes | Oak: 4 Body: 4 Sweetness: 0


French Merlot

This Merlot is a full-bodied red wine with impressive aromas of farm fresh strawberries, violets and vanilla framed with soft silky tannins. On the palate, it presents powerful notes of ripe raspberries, cradled by notes of cherries and dark fruit to complete the graceful tasting experience. 2006 & 2007 WineMaker International Award Winner.

Tasting Notes | Oak: 3 Body: 3/4 Sweetness: 0


Italian Amarone

Unique to the Valpolicella region of Italy, our Amarone is packed with rich raspberry, blackberry and cassis flavours. Deep, dark and inviting, the finish is long, lingering and full of ripe tannins.2006 & 2007 WineMaker International Award Winner.

Tasting Notes | Oak: 5 Body: 5 Sweetness: 0


Italian Nebbiolo

Deep red in colour and aggressive in structure, this full bodied dry wine has many fans. Intense flavours of violets, cherries and cocoa are set firmly against a backdrop of silky, yet firm tannins. Undertones of toasted oak dominate the long finish along with dark fruit and firm acidity. This traditional bold wine compliments fettuccine Bolognese, roast pork with garlic and rosemary, brie and camembert.

Tasting Notes | Oak: 2 Body: 4 Sweetness: 0


Italian Sangiovese

Richer and fuller than traditional Italian Chianti, this robust red wine will be a proud addition to any winemaker’s cellar. Chianti is made with a base of the Sangiovese grape, which is best grown in a hot, dry climate such as Tuscany. The result is a dry, fruity red with medium to full body. This is a complex wine with spicy black and red cherry aroma and notes of chocolate. A fine young wine but time lends grace and subtlety to this masterpiece.

Tasting Notes | Oak: 4 Body: 3 Sweetness: 0


Italian Valpolicella Ripassa with Genuwine Winery Grape Skins

The first wine to feature Genuwine Winery Grape Skins. Italian winemakers have been using dried grapes to enhance their wine for centuries. The Valpolicella varietal is one of the most famous wines enhanced with fermentation on dried skins. You will discover that fermentation with the proprietary Genuwine Winery Grape Skins brings out the wine`s firm tannins, supported by dark fruit tones any smokey undertones. The result is an Italian classic with all the makings of a powerful full bodied red wine. The aroma in the glass is reminiscent of farm fresh cherries backed by streaks of dark chocolate and toasted oak, which ages well into a wine of award winning potential. Compliments rich foods such as char grilled pepper steak, well aged cheeses and slow braised baby back ribs. 2007 WineMaker International Award Winner.

Tasting Notes | Oak: 4 Body: 4 Sweetness: 0


Chilean Cabernet Malbec Carmenére

Strong notes of green pepper, dark fruit and leather define this rich dark wine. Smooth tannins grace the palate followed by blackberries and spice.

Tasting Notes | Oak: 3 Body: 3 Sweetness: 0


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Cru Select Specialty Wine Kits

Apple Tatin White Port New

This decadent white port will have you reminiscing of freshly baked warm apple pie. Its bouquet is filled with warm flavours of tart apples perfectly balanced with rich, sweet toffee. Hints of cinnamon and brown sugar complete the experience in this soon to become holiday tradition. This port is extraordinary on its own but will make the perfect addition to your favourite apple martini recipe.

Tasting Notes | Oak: 0 Body: 5 Sweetness: 5++



Port Style

Steeped in tradition, Port is one of the most comforting drinks in the world. This classic wine is complex, structured with deep plum, raisin and chocolate flavours. 2005 & 2006 WineMaker International Award Winner.

Tasting Notes | Oak: 2 Body: 4 Sweetness: 5+



Red Ice Wine Style

With forward berry character, serve with your favourite dessert, especially chocolate. 2005 & 2006 WineMaker International Award Winner.

Tasting Notes | Oak: 0 Body: 4 Sweetness: 5++


Sherry Style

From the rich golden hue to the enchangting bouquet of burnt orance and caramel, this wine will produce a classic wine that pairs well wtih most foods.

Tasting Notes | Oak: 1 Body: 4 Sweetness: 5+


White Ice Wine Style

This rich wine is loaded with flavours of apricot, peaches and honey. Serve well chilled with your finest dessrts, or as the dessert itself! 2005 & 2006 WineMaker International Award Winner.

Tasting Notes | Oak: 0 Body: 4 Sweetness: 5++


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Cru Select White Wine Kits

Australian Chardonnay

Clean, crisp and rich in varietal character, fruit flavours abound. It’s golden-hued and slightly tart while flavours of vanilla, cloves and butterscotch tantalize the palate. 2007 WineMaker International Award Winner.

Tasting Notes | Oak: 3 Body: 4 Sweetness: 0


German Gewurztraminer
with Suss Reserve Pack

This wine delivers delicious aromas of roses, lychees and tropical fruits, as well as the infamous spicy notes characteristic of Gewurztraminer. Our proprietary Süss-Reserve Pack™, along with added elderflowers, brings out intense fruity characteristics and inviting spicy tones which complete the experience. Delicately bitter, this medium-bodied wine is elegantly light and refreshing on the palate. 2005 WineMaker International Award Winner.

Tasting Notes | Oak: 0 Body: 4 Sweetness: 1


German Reisling Traminer

Two famous German wines blended into one kit! The fresh, crisp Riesling combined with the exotic spiciness of Gewürztraminer makes a round and well-balanced wine. Riesling-Traminer is a dry, full wine with aromas of peach, apricot and nutmeg.

Tasting Notes | Oak: 0 Body: 4 Sweetness: 0


Italian Pinot Grigio

Exquisite balance of citrus fruit and acidity is the foundation for this ever popular Italian white wine. The bouquet reveals bright citrus and green apple aromas with honeydew tones. The balanced acidity gives it a great refreshing and crisp quality, with a touch of light spice. Medium to full bodied, it makes a great pre-dinner sipper or a refreshing wine on a hot afternoon. A perfect wine to enjoy with cedar plank grilled salmon, steamed mussels or chicken florentine.

Tasting Notes | Oak: 0 Body: 2 Sweetness: 0


Italian Trebbiano di Soave

Traditionally made from teh garganega and trebbiano grapes, this Italian white displays a crisp, flinty and persistently fruity nose. Delicately bitter, this medium-bodied wine is elegantly light and refreshing on the palate. 2007 WineMaker International Award Winner.

Tasting Notes | Oak: 2 Body: 2 Sweetness: 0


New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc

Crisp, light, with intense flavours of grapefruit peel and freshly cut grass and an accent of light oak on the finish. The wine presents soft hues, with a slight tinge of green. 2006 & 2007 WineMaker International Award Winner.

Tasting Notes | Oak: 1 Body: 3 Sweetness: 0


Argentinean Trio - Viognier, Riesling, Chardonnay

A delightful blend that highlights the apricot and floral notes of Viognier, the minerality of Riesling with the tropical aromas of Chardonnay. Fresh and balanced fruitiness complimented by hints of vanilla, this brilliant golden yellow wine has a lingering finish.

Tasting Notes | Oak: 2 Body: 4 Sweetness: 0


Australian Viognier Pinot Gris

This extremely aromatic white wine opens up with apricots and pear notes. Dry and medium-bodied, it finishes on a refreshing fruit forward note.

Tasting Notes | Oak: 0 Body: 3 Sweetness: 0


California Muscat

This fresh and vibrant white wine is a true crowd pleaser. Light-bodied with aromas of passion fruit, pineapple, elderflowers, and lychee, a sip of this wine will treat your palate to an impressive lineup of tropical and stone fruit.

Tasting Notes | Oak: 0 Body: 2 Sweetness: 1


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