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Monthly Offers

Each month we curate a mixed and themed 12 bottles of wine and offer them at a hyper-discounted rate! Always ending on the magic number of $250 per dozen. Unlike so many other mixed dozens in the market, our dozens are not a collection of unknown labels and bin end products, rather they are carefully selected from the world's best producers and always represent a benchmark for their variety of regional style.

There will be a new mixed dozen every month and you may wish to choose to have them delivered to your door once a month or quarterly.

Please note that the following packs contains one bottle of each wine and that they can all be purchased individually (less 15% in mixed or straight dozens).

Coppabella And Moppity From Tumbarumba And Hilltops

Coppabella and Moppity from Tumbarumba and Hilltops

Craft Gin - Manly VS Brunswick

This week we take a break from wine and taste gin from two of the up and coming craft gin distilleries in Australia. One from Manly and the other, just across the freeway in Brunswick.

Manly Spirits Co, hailing from a distillery right next door to the 4 Pines Brewery in Manly, have 3 gins based on coastal botanicals. You can smell the beach when you put your nose in one of their gins!

Fiona from Manly Spirits will be along to showcase their range, which also includes a fantastic limoncello.

Cedar Fox is the home grown product with a very spicy number and a barrel aged. Craig Westwood, distiller and co-founder will be with us to talk you through his amazing gins.

Italian Summer Whites

Yes, Summer is finally here and they are talking 30 degrees for Saturday! So what better way to ring in the summer than to taste some cracking Italian whites.

As I have discussed with many of you in store, Italian whites tend to be more of a lunchtime wine, because that’s when Italians drink most of their white. And its often hot at lunchtime, so their whites are perfect for our summer.

Italian whites, for all of those reasons, and because their white varietals are made in this style are usually dry, crunchy and mineral. They work brilliantly with seafood and are sensational lunch wines. Think outdoors, sunshine, beautiful Tuscan light and a Pinot Grigio or a Soave, and you have summer in a glass!

There will be 10% off if you buy 3 or more wines on the day and 15% off for 6 or more. And for those of you who have other first day of summer commitments, we will deliver these 6 wines for $125 freight free.

Voyager Estate Tasting

Voyager Estate is an iconic, family-owned winery from the idyllic Margaret River in Western Australia, with a long history of producing some of Australia’s finest Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon, among other regional varieties. The Voyager vineyards are planted on a belt of gravel soils just south of Margaret River township. Sustainable farming and viticulture has always been the focus at Voyager, highlighted in recent years in their conversion to certified organic viticulture. The winemaking reflects this organic approach, with the intent to produce pure, elegant and honest wines of world class standard. In recent years Voyager Estate has been producing small batches of ‘Project’ wines, that allow trial and experimentation at the winery to further challenge their knowledge of the vineyards and winemaking process. 2018 saw the first trial and release of the Project Pet Nat Merlot. This is a natural, lightly sparkling wine from Merlot grapes that are from the Estate’s original vineyard planted in 1978. Pet Nat is a bright, fresh, early drinking sparkling wine, and the old vine merlot delivers fresh red berry and cherry fruits, with a nice, savoury, textural mouthfeel. Only 60 cases were made and 10 available in Victoria.

ASTROLABE Marlborough NZ

The rumoured decline in quality of NZ wine, particularly Sauvignon Blanc, will be addressed in this week’s Saturday tasting. We will be showing you those rumours are hugely unfair on quality NZ producers such as Astrolabe from Marlborough. We acknowledge that the glut of cheaper sauvignon blanc has tarred the reputation of NZ, and Marlborough in particular. We want to show you in this week’s tasting that when done well, this fantastic winemaking region with its perfect climate for making sauvignon blanc, chardonnay and pinot noir, still can and does produce lovely wines. We will also show you that NZ Sauvignon Blanc of this quality can age beautifully to turn into a stunning, mineral flavoursome wine. Astrolabe is a family winery, owned and run by Simon Waghorn, the winemaker, and his wife Jane. The Astrolabe Farm Vineyard, which first produced wine in 1997, is in the lower Wairau Valley near Grovetown. Simon and Jane source additional grapes from dedicated growers in unique Marlborough sites to add layers of complexity to their wines. Astrolabe also produce amazing single vineyard wines which are a serious step up in quality and power.

Bellarine VS Ballarat Tasting

The Southern Rhone comes to McLaren Vale is the mantra at Yangarra Estate. Their philosophy centres around producing wines solely from their single vineyard estate, where bush vine Grenache is the keystone variety.

It is said by locals that McLaren Vale has “the best Mediterranean climate on Earth”. Yangarra Estate has embraced that terroir by devoting itself solely to producing wines from the best grape varieties of the southern Rhone, which lies on the north-west Mediterranean coast.

Yangarra’s combination of rare geologies, moderate altitude, abundant sunshine and cool evening breezes make it perfect for growing varieties that thrive in a moderate maritime environment. We are talking grenache, shiraz, and Chateau Neuf du Pape varieties such as rousanne and viognier.

A sister winery, Hickinbotham Clarendon Vineyard is nearby in Clarendon and has less exposure to maritime influences. Its champions are Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot from 40 year old vines. They are lovely wines.
So, we will be tasting with Hugh from these wineries, the following: 
 
  Yangarra Estate
2018 Blanc – a blend of mainly Grenache Blanc, Clairette and Roussanne $26
2018 Roussanne – a Chateau Neuf varietal $36
2018 Rose – Grenache from the bush vines $22
2016 Grenache – old vines $26
2016 GSM – Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre $26
2016 Shiraz $26

Hickinbotham Clarendon Vineyard
2016 The Revivalist Merlot $49
2016 Trueman Cabernet Sauvignon $52
 

ITALY: NORTH TO SOUTH

It’s about time we headed back to Italy for a Saturday tasting. Iona from Trembath & Taylor, one of the original Italian wine importers into Australia, is coming in to show us some wines which have not been in store before.
There will be some classics like Nebbiolo, Barbera and Chianti Classico, with some different styles such as Pigato and a blend of Nero d’Avola and Nerello Mascalese. So you will get to experience a great range of Italian specialities with their trademark savoury flavours.