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Four Of The Best Drops To Buy Loved Ones For Christmas

Brought to you by Vintage Cellars

Australia's Fine Wine Specialist.

With silly season officially in full swing and your Christmas plans now close to cemented, the countdown to find the perfect gifts for your nearest and dearest is on.

But with a long list of people to buy for and the options at stores and online endless, finding those thoughtful presents can be tricky to say the least.

Fortunately, we found a gift category that takes away much of that stress. It’s premium drinks. Readily available and in a wide range of prices, a bottle of a quality drop will tick nearly every one of your requirement boxes.

So help you navigate the selection, we’ve handpicked four of the best. And, to make it even easier, they’re all available at a one stop shop: Vintage Cellars. Plus, with every store purchase, for an extra $4, you’ll receive a beautiful Tulip Gift Box.

Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label NV Pencil Tin

Let’s start with a celebration classic, shall we? A bottle of bubbles. Specifically, a bottle of the world’s finest bubbles: Champagne.

Around the world, no one is better known for their Champagne than Veuve Clicquot. And the Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label NV Pencil Tin (750mL, $74.99) is a twist on their most iconic bottle, coming inside a pencil-shaped case that keeps it cool for up to two hours.

The drink itself is an elegant style, reflecting the superb vineyards owned by the House. A generous freshness from the Pinot Noir lends body to create a lively wine.

Hakushu Distillers Reserve Whisky

Everyone is guaranteed to have a whisky lover in their life and that whisky lover is sure to love this drink: Hakushu Distillers Reserve Whisky.

Stemming from the recent movement toward non age statement whiskies, this Japanese whisky from the whisky experts at Suntory blends young, lightly peated with older, heavily peated. The result is a moderately intense drink with mildly fruity and malty vanilla flavours, as well as gently buzzing spice notes that carry well into the aftertaste.

Mix and match this bottle with other selected whiskies and gins during the Christmas period and receive 20 per cent off, making this bottle just $112.99 (700mL).

Piper Heidsieck La Glace Non-vintage gift set 

Then there’s another bottle of quality bubbles: the Piper Heidsieck La Glace Non-vintage. Sold in a gift set (750mL, $74.99) and exclusive to Vintage Cellars, it’s ideal for a gift for Christmas.

Another great, internationally-known Champagne house, Piper-Heidsieck consistently over-delivers on quality, thanks to a winemaker with no less than eight International Wine Challenge Sparkling Winemaker of the Year awards under his belt.

Gentle toasty notes provide a base for a framework of fresh flowers and juicy apple and citrus. The finish is squeaky clean.

Abbey Vale Rosé Magnum

And finally, the last bottle on this list, but by no means a less delicious, the award-winning Abbey Vale Magnum (1500mL, $49.99), also exclusive to Vintage Cellars, should be on your Christmas gift list. Because as we all can agree, most everyone can appreciate a chilled glass of rosé in summer.

Voted best rosé at both at the Margaret River Wine Show and the Royal Melbourne Show, this pale pink drink has hints of wild strawberry and bouquet garni herbs; super fine tannins with delicious wild forest fruit; and an underlying savoury nuance – all in a delicate structure. The result? Mouth-watering and moreish, but still approachable.

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This Christmas at Vintage Cellars we believe the gift is just the beginning. Vintage Cellars Christmas Cellar Press is in-store and online now, featuring the Christmas Gift Guide, with many more gifting ideas.

(All images: Vintage Cellars) 

Published 20 November, 2019