January’s LE17 Wines Available Now!

2018 is out of the blocks and so far is going by as quickly as last year did. With the turn of the calendar also comes the release of the first two LE17 vintages: Petit Ruby Cabernet from Riverland, Australia and Chardonnay Chenin Blanc from Rawsonville, South Africa. These wines are in-stock and ready to start (or pick up for all of you home winemakers) at Just Fine Wine. If you placed a pre-order for one or both of these wines, please drop into the shop (if you have not done so already) and we can get yours underway. Then it’s just a short 8 week wait until you will be enjoying these fantastic Limited Editions, and that time will go by faster than any of us think!

For anyone who missed the pre-order deadline or for those who are interested in topping up their orders, we have an extremely limited number of “overstock” kits available for purchase. Act fast, these extras are available on a first come, first served basis and never linger on the shelves.


LE17 Petit Ruby Cabernet – Riverland, Australia

LE17 Petit Ruby Cabernet

REGION: RIVERLAND, AUSTRALIA – In the Lower Murray oasis of south Australia you will find the Riverland. Spanning across Victoria and New South Wales, and basking in the continental climate, bountiful vineyards ripen during the sunny dry days of the season, while the Murray River winds through this unofficial “super zone” providing much needed irrigation.

WINE: A true gem, PETIT RUBY CABERNET is a blend of Petit Verdot and Ruby Cabernet. The Ruby Cabernet takes the best qualities of its parents, Cabernet Sauvignon and Carignan, creating a structured, robust wine with soft tannins, while the Petit Verdot brings intriguing flavours of dark berries and vanilla. Elegant fruit flavours of currant, juicy plum and dark berries complemented by notes of spicy ground black pepper with hints of herb and vanilla, make this medium-full bodied wine a delight to enjoy with grilled meats.Try it with succulent rib eye steak for a wonderful weekend treat, or barbecue burgers for an equally delicious pairing. Having an Italian night and want to switch up the wine? PETIT RUBY CABERNET is delicious with classics like meat lover’s pizza and spaghetti Bolognese.

LE17 PAIRING: Ruby Rigatoni Bolognese.  CLICK HERE for Recipe.

SWEETNESS: Dry   BODY: Medium-Full   OAK: Medium   ALCOHOL: 13.5%*

PRICE: $189.00 On-Premise | $134.00 Kit-Only

*Alcohol level based on following Winexpert winemaking instructions.


LE17 Chardonnay Chenin Blanc – Rawsonville, South Africa



LE17 Chardonnay Chenin BlancREGION: RAWSONVILLE, SOUTH AFRICA – Permeating the white wine world, CHARDONNAY is refreshing to layer with lesser known varietals like CHENIN BLANC, South Africa’s signature white. Grapes from the Rawsonville region, a small picturesque wine growing and farming community on the eastern flanks of the Du Toitskloof Mountains in the Western Cape province, make up this blend. The Mediterranean climate brings cool rainy winters and warm dry summers to the vineyards creating a fruit driven white wine with a high but pleasant natural acidity. The thin-skinned grapes soak in rays of sunshine to ripen and are carefully picked at just the right time to leave a crisp and bright juice.

WINE: Carrying distinct cultivar characteristics, tropical fruit aromas marry with baked apple citrus zest and juicy peach. On the palate, the buttery complexity of CHARDONNAY is complemented by CHENIN BLANC’S tart acidity to make a beautifully balanced wine. Delicious to sip on its own or to enjoy with food, this is a crowd-pleasing and unique addition to any cellar. Enjoy with a variety of seafood dishes like grilled shellfish or salmon fish cakes. If feeling decadent, try chicken poached in a butter sauce, as the wine’s bright acidity and fruity character will complement the richness of the sauce wonderfully.

LE17 PAIRING: Artichoke & Spinach Chicken Pot Pie. CLICK HERE for Recipe.

SWEETNESS: Dry   BODY: Light-Medium   OAK: Light-Medium   ALCOHOL: 13%*

PRICE: $189.00 On-Premise | $134.00 Kit-Only

*Alcohol level based on following Winexpert winemaking instructions.