Tasting & Events
The holiday season comes early for French wine - lovers when the Beaujolais region releases its new vintage on the third Thursday of November each year. We will be having our own celebration… a celebration of Gamay! We will have several Gamays from France and Australia open to taste. Rare and beautiful wines from producers such as Georges Descombes, Jean Foillard, Domaine Lefarge-Vial and be will be available for discounted prices for this day only.
OPEN TO TASTE:
Domaine Dominique Piron Beaujolais-Villages
Ravensworth Gamay Noir
Paul Nelson Gamay
We are joined by Tom McHugh (formerly of Melbourne’s Gin Palace!) to taste through the spirits of Archie Rose Distillery, including the very limited Summer Gin ‘Bush’ - of which we have managed to secure just 6 bottles! When Archie Rose Distilling Co opened in early 2015, it was the first independent distillery to open in Sydney since the 1850s. The copper pot stills were hand hammered on site and are now responsible for producing internationally award-winning gins, vodkas and whiskies.
OPEN TO TASTE:
Archie Rose Signature Dry Gin
Archie Rose Limited Release Summer Gin Project ‘Bush’
Archie Rose White Rye
Archie Rose Original Vodka
Join us in the Loft this Saturday as we taste through a selection of wines from Holly's Garden! In the cool-climate Whitlands high plateau region of Victoria, Holly's Garden is home to voluptuous Pinot Gris and artisan sparkling wines. Grown at 750 metres in the deep volcanic soils of the Whitlands high plateau, their little amphitheatre is the warmest site in the very cool region. The continental location gives cool evenings, which allows the vines to ‘rest’ at night and delays the accumulation of sugar whilst retaining acidity and building flavour. This prolonged ‘hang time’ due to delayed ripening is vital to the production of great wine, and helps create the featured structure and length of Holly’s Garden wines.
OPEN TO TASTE:
2016 Holly's Garden Pinot Gris
NV Holly's Garden Sparkling Rosé
NV Holly's Garden Uberbrut
Join us in the courtyard on Monday 4 November from 4 pm, we will have Billecart-Salmon Brut Reserve and Daosa Reserve Sparkling open to taste! Neil Forbes will be shucking fresh Australian oysters - the perfect Melbourne Cup pairing.
Join us in the Loft this weekend to try this unique gin! Iron Balls Gin is meticulously crafted at A.R. Sutton & Co. Engineers micro-distillery in the heart of Bangkok by master distiller and Fremantle local Ash Sutton. This gin is handmade from fermentation to distillation using freshly cracked coconuts and pineapple with hints of juniper, hillside ginger and lemongrass. Due to the small size of the distillery, production is extremely limited. Pop up to the Wine Loft this weekend to have a taste of this perfect summer gin!
Guy Lyons head winemaker at Forest Hill winery and owner operator of Low Boi will be pouring new spring releases, including the highly anticipated 2018 Low Boi Riesling. After sold out success in 2017 we are very excited to have this exceptional Porongurup Riesling back in-store. Be the first to taste on Thursday November 1 in the Wine Loft! Along side this delicious wine, we will be tasting:
Block 1 Riesling
Lonely Shore Pinot
Forest Hill Vineyard Shiraz
This is a complimentary tasting - registration is essential.
Join us in the Wine Loft for an afternoon of Rosé! Taste your way through some truly wonderful examples of Australian and International Rosé in a fun, casual setting. We will have our suppliers opening Rosé to taste from Spain, France, Austria and our very own Australia! Pick your favourite’s and take them away at discounted prices.
OPEN TO TASTE:
Domenica Nebbiolo Rose, Mornington Peninsular VIC
Koerner ‘Tiver’ Sangiovese/Siaccerrelo Rose, Clare Valley SA
AIX Grenache/ Syrah/ Cinsault Rose, Provence FRA
Cobaw Ridge ‘Il Pinko’ Syrah Rose, Macedon Ranges VIC
By Farr ‘Saignee’ Pinot Noir Rose, Geelong VIC
Unico Zelo ‘Magnifique’ Fiano/Nero/Sauvignon Blanc Rose, Adelaide Hills SA
Anton Bauer Zweigelt/Syrah/Merlot Rose, AUSTRIA
Muga Tempranillo Rose, Rioja ESP
Sally Rainbows ‘Mervyn’ Pinot Noir, Orange NSW
Le Fraghe ‘Chiaretto’ Corvina/Rondinella Rosato, ITALY
Domaine OTT ‘By OTT Cote de Provence’ 2017 Grenach/CinsaultSyrah/Mouvedre, FRA
Triennes Rose Grenache/Cinsault Rose 2017, FRA
$30 per person
To purchase go here.
We are joined by James Young from Barossa Valley Winery Torbreck. Over the years Robert Parker has awarded perfect scores (100 points) to multiple Torbreck wines and has also listed Torbreck as one of the Worlds Top 100 Wine Estates. The majority of Torbreck’s vines are dry grown, 100 to 165 years of age, and are tended to and harvested by hand. The wines show an extraordinary combination of power, intensity, complexity and finesse. Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity for an intimate tasting of the wines of Torbreck.
OPEN TO TASTE:
RVM (Rousanne/Viognier/Marianne) Woodcutters white , 2017
Woodcutters Mataro Rose, 2018
Cuvée Juveniles (Grenache/Mataro/Shiraz), 2016
Harris Grenache, 2016
Woodcutters Shiraz, 2017
Join us in the Loft this Friday, 19 October for live jazz and wine tasting! We are joined by winemaker Ryan O'Meara from Express Winemakers who will be taking us through a tasting of his delicious wines! From kicking off in 2011, Ryan has assembled a group of top-tier vineyards from around the Great Southern that supply him with top quality fruit to make his fun and creative range of wines. The Express Winemakers wines range from funky skinsy whites to spicy cool-climate red's and are all great value for money. Express Winemakers is a terrific example of the ever-rising tidal wave of young and adventurous WA producers reinventing the west!
Join us in the Wine Loft for our weekly tasting! This Friday we are joined by one of our favourite Sommelier's - Andrew Moody! Andrew will be taking us through a variety of delicious Australian wines and educating us on some of the wine making processes and varieties that are unique to Austria! We will be tasting:
Birgit Braunstein 2017 Pinot Blanc
Birgit Braunstein 2016 Pinot Noir vom Berg
Anton Bauer 2017 Gruner Veltliner Ried Stiegl
Anton Bauer 2017 Rose
Anton Bauer 2015 Zweigelt
Join us in the Loft for complimentary tasting. The Australian craft gin scene has exploded in recent years but Four Pillars are still leading the way, producing some of the most exciting gins on the market. Their gins are fantastic and this rare opportunity for such an intimate tasting is not to be missed. Gin & tonic on arrival.
OPEN TO TASTE
Rare Dry Gin
Navy Strength Gin
Spiced Negroni Gin
Bloody Shiraz Gin
Barrel Aged Gins
Dry Island Gin (Hernö & Four Pillars)
Tuesday, 9 October 2018
6 pm to 7.30 pm
$30 per person - only 20 spots available! Tickets available here.
Established in 1975, the wines of Jasper Hill have long been synonymous with premium wines in the upper level of Australian winemaking. Well established and highly respected, Jasper Hill is a producer that set’s a benchmark for the region of Heathcote. Join winemaker Emily Laughton for an intimate tasting of the wine of Jasper Hill, one of Australia’s premier wineries for quality boutique wines.
OPEN TO TASTE:
2018 Jasper Hill ‘Georgia’s Paddock’ Riesling
2017 Jasper Hill ‘Georgia’s Paddock’ Shiraz
2017 Jasper Hill ‘Emily’s Paddock’ Shiraz
2017 Lo Stesso Fiano
2017 Occams Razor Shiraz
Cathy and Neil Howard have been making wine for most of their lives. They are incredibly passionate about nurturing their vineyards in order to handcraft the highest quality wines. Cathy joins us this Friday to taste through the range.
James Halliday review: Whicher Ridge Wines may be a recent arrival on the wine scene, but it is hard to imagine a husband and wife team with such an ideal blend of viticultural and winemaking experience accumulated over a collective 40+ years”
Join us this Tuesday for a tasting with Punt Road and Airlie Bank winemaker Tim Shand. Tim heads a dynamic, progressive young winemaking team at this James Halliday five star-rated winery. Punt Road is a standard-bearer for wines of character, drinkability and a clear, proud Yarra Valley stamp. All of his wines are incredibly easy drinking and great value for money.
$50 per person includes tastings of 5 varietals, cheese platters and presentation by guest Tracy Mann
For tickets go here.
We are joined by special guest Tracy Mann for an in depth look at Rosé Champagne. Learn about methods of elaboration and how to assess Rosé Champagne, discover the versatility and gastronomic qualities of this beautiful champagne style, and review some of the differences between the Grand Maison and small domain grower styles of Rosé.
Tracy is one of Australia's most experienced Champagne educators and consultants, endorsed by the Champagne Bureau Australia. In 2016 she achieved Honours in the Champagne Master-Level Exam held by The Wine Scholar Guild. In 1996 she was the winner of the Vin de Champagne Award and in 2003 was inducted into the Ordre des Coteaux de Champagne. Tracy is a recognised ambassador for the region of Champagne.
We will be tasting:
Egly Ouriet Rosé
Gosset Grande Rosé
Laherte Freres Rosé
Thienot Brut Rosé
Step into Spring with Riesling! Winemaker John Hughes of Rieslingfreak was born on an old Riesling vineyard in his home of the Clare Valley. He has made it his winemaking mission to produce some of South Australia’s most articulate expressions of Riesling. Join us this weekend to taste through four of these elegant wines. A must for any Riesling fan!
OPEN TO TASTE ALL WEEKEND:
Rieslingfreak No. 9 Sparkling Riesling 2018
Rieslingfreak No. 4 Eden Valley Riesling 2018
Rieslingfreak No. 10 Zenit Riesling 2018
Rieslingfreak No. 8 Polish Hill 2018