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Vintages Release: July 12, 2017

• Conveniently released for Thronies, just before the new, penultimate season begins on July 17, the following Game of Thrones chardonnay has a 10% splash of Riesling—serve at Small Council meetings.

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Game of Thrones Chardonnay 2016
Central Coast, California $29.95 (515676) 13.5% alcohol
Baked apple, nutmeg and poached pear aromas introduce a medium-full bodied river of lemony tang, blood orange, ripe pear and wisps of peach skin coating the palate persisting through the balanced finish and aftertaste. This is lightly oaked with good highlights and a long finish that layers on notions of baking spice and nutty notes. (Vic Harradine)

• Conveniently released for Thronies, just before the new, penultimate season begins on July 17, the following Game of Thrones Red Blend is made up of syrah, tempranillo and petite sirah, aka durif. (petite sirah having no familial connection to Syrah, aka Shiraz), Serve at raucous feasts alongside wild-bird pie.

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Game of Thrones Red Blend 2015
Paso Robles, California $29.95 (515684) 14.7% alcohol
Aromas of dark cherry, dark berry fruit and pipe tobacco waft from this full-bodied, generously textured red blend. It envelops the palate with rich, luscious flavours of black currant, sweet ripe mulberry and crunchy red cherry framed with spice, underpinned by firm tannin structure. Replays reverberate on the long, dry, balanced and beautiful finish and aftertaste. (Vic Harradine)