Tasting & Events
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
$30 per person
Limited tickets available
For tickets, head here.
The Art Series represents Leeuwin’s most opulent and age-worthy wines from each vintage. They are identified with paintings commissioned from leading contemporary Australian artists. Leeuwin Estate winemaker Phil Hutchison will be joining us for a guided tasting of some of Margaret River’s most coveted wines, including the most recent release of Art Series Chardonnay, recently awarded 99 points by Ray Jordon.
OPEN TO TASTE:
Leewin Estate Art Series Riesling 2017
Leewin Estate Art Series Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Leewin Estate Art Series Chardonnay 2015
Leewin Estate Art Series Shiraz 2015
Leewin Estate Art Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
Join us for live jazz and a wine tasting with Paul Nelson. Paul Nelson Wines is a small wine producer based in Denmark, Western Australia. Previously working for big wineries like Houghtons, in 2009 Paul turned his attention to creating his own, highly boutique wines from the oldest vineyard and cellar door in Denmark. His first year as a go-it-alone winemaker saw his winery listed as a James Halliday Top 10 winery.
OPEN TO TASTE:
2017 Fume Blanc
2016 Karriview Pinot
$30 per person - includes tastings of 4 different varietals, cheese pairings and presentation by guest sommelier Tika!
For tickets head here.
Sake, a drink that appears on many menus but still remains a mystery. A drink that is refined and complex and deserves to be understood! Join us in the Wine Loft as sake sommelier Tika Maya Vujovic as she introduces us to the world of premium Japanese sake. Tika has expertly paired the following sakes with a selection of premium international cheeses. Guests will also enjoy a Japanese rice lager from Echigo Koshihikari (Japan’s first craft brewery) on arrival.
OPEN TO TASTE:
Gozenshu Junmai Mimasaka
Kounotsukasa Sasayurinosato Junmai Ginjo
Hourai Hatsugumi Junmai Ginjo
Gassan Junmai Daiginjo Red
$30 per person
Tickets can be purchased here.
Owen Latta's winemaking experience started in 1999 at the age of 15 when he took over the hands on winemaking at his family's winery, Eastern Peake, in Ballarat (officially taking over in 2008). Since then, Owen has set the Australian wine industry on fire with a two-pronged attack. First, a classic range of premium Pinot Noirs, Chardonnays and Syrahs under the Eastern Peake label. And second, his wilder stylings pushing the boundaries of the Australian winemaking avant-garde under Latta Vino.
Owen Latta is one of the most inspired young winemakers in the country. His wines are outrageously delicious, compelling, textural and detailed. Join us on Wednesday 5th for an exclusive tasting of Owen's latest releases which are receiving outstanding reviews from all corners of the Australian wine scene.
Wines we will be
Latta Tranquil Nebbiolo Rosé 2017
Latta Tarrington Pinot Gris (zero addition) 2017
Latta Rattlesnake 2017
Latta Reflections Dexterous Bunch 2016
Latta Coghill’s Creek Pinot Noir (zero SO2) 2016
Eastern Peak Intrinsic Pinot Noir 2016
$50 per person
20 spots available!
For tickets click here.
Vasse Felix is Margaret River’s founding wine estate and was established in 1967 by regional pioneer Dr Tom Cullity. All wines are estate-grown in Vasse Felix’s four Margaret River vineyards then estate-made and bottled within its state-of-the-art winemaking facility. Join Evan Gill, Vasse Felix Estate Sommelier for a special tasting of some of the wineries most celebrated wines.
OPEN TO TASTE
2016 Blanc de Blancs
2016 Filius Cabernet Sauvignon
2015 Vasse Felix Cabernet Sauvignon
2014 Tom Cullity
2016 KAG1 Black Market Chardonnay
2016 VYA3 Black Market Chardonnay
2017 Vasse Felix (Premier tier) Chardonnay
2016 Heytesbury Chardonnay
With over 30 premium local and international Pinots open to taste, our inaugural Pinot Festival is not to be missed. Join us for an exclusive tasting of some of the world’s finest
Pinot Noir wines! We will have wines open to taste from Australia, New
Zealand, France and more! Favourite’s such as Ata Rangi, Dry River and By Farr will be open along side some of Australia's brightest stars Garagiste and Mac Forbes. There will also be a strong focus on up and comers
such as CRFT and Gentle Folk. Our passion and focus is small batch, artisanal
wines, and those made with minimal intervention and a strong focus on
terroir. Pinot Noir is regarded by many to be one of the world's most elegant
grapes, producing wines of finesse, complexity and beauty.
This event does not have a cover charge however, registration for this event is essential. Register here.
Valerie Henbest has been quietly revolutionising the
cheese drawers of Australia, as well as the way people think about their food,
for years. Born in France, Valerie migrated to Australia in the early 1990’s.
She has always been interested in cheese, having grown up in Normandie – the
home of Camembert.
Valerie’s knowledge, appreciation and enormous passion for cheese has taken her around the world. Settled in Adelaide, Valerie has developed The Smelly Cheese Shop’s successful series of Cheese Master Classes which are now presented nationally.
We are incredibly excited to announce that Valerie will be joining us Thursday 23rd for an intimate cheese and wine masterclass. Join us for this rare and exciting opportunity with one of Australia’s most highly regarded cheese experts as she takes us through some of her favourites all paired with premium wines from around the world.
To purchase tickets go here.
Brash Higgins is the label of winemaking American-turned-honorary-Aussie, Brad Hickey. In his former life, Hickey was one of America’s top sommeliers, working for many years crafting some of New York’s finest wine lists. He came to Australia and fell in love with McLaren Vale and local vigneron Nicole Thorpe, with whom he now produces highly characterful, minimalist wines. The wines are extremely expressive; trailblazers of their genre!
OPEN TO TASTE:
CHN 2017 Chenin paired with Crottin Affine Goat’s Cheese
ZBO 2017 Zibbibo paired with Feta stuffed and marinated Olives
MCC 2017 Mataro, Cinsault, Carignan paired with Jamon Iberico
FRNC 2017 Cabernet Franc paired with Salumi Classico
MATO 2016 Mataro paired with Pyengana Aged Cheddar
OMENSETTER 2012 Shiraz, Cabernet paired with Wagyu Biltong
Picardy is one of Australia's leading premium boutique wine producers, established in 1993 in the Pemberton region of Western Australia. Picardy is owned and operated by Bill, Sandra, and Dan Pannell. Bill and Sandra were pioneers of the Margaret River region, establishing Moss Wood vineyard and winery in 1969. Dan Pannell joins us this Friday for a special tasting which will include his premium Pinot ‘Tete de Cuvee’.
OPEN TO TASTE:
2016 Picardy Chardonnay
2016 Picardy Pinot Noir
2013 Picardy Tete de Cuvee – Pinot Noir
2014 Picardy Shiraz