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Swinney Riesling 2021 - 21st in Top 25 Wines of WA

Friday, 22 October - Sunday, 24 October

21st Oct 2021 | Tasting & Events

Open for Complimentary Tasting this weekend in the Loft!
Friday, 22 October - Sunday, 24 October
$35 per bottle

A racy, skeletal Riesling that’s right in the zone as a summer thirst-crusher with purity and length. Understated, albeit very, very frisky with its acidity. Zooms along at pace, stuffs florals and more citrus under your nose, finishes bone dry. Great drinking.

Fourth Generation Swinneys, siblings Matt and Janelle, grew up working alongside their parents and grandparents on the family farm at Franklands, gaining a deep respect for family, farming and the region. Growing and making is a way of life for the Swinney family, so it’s no surprise that even when they ventured further afield to other parts of the world for their respective careers, this special place was always going to draw them back. Today, Matt and Janelle have assembled a uniquely skilled team and are focussed on producing wines that reflect their home and which, ultimately, redefine what is possible from the Frankland River region. Rob Mann, chief winemaker is descended from an Australian winemaking family stretching back six generations. Honing his skills both here and abroad, he has lent his hand to some of the world’s most distinguished labels. After senior roles at Hardy's Tintara, Cape Mentelle and most recently at the Newton Vineyard in Napa Valley, Rob joined the Swinney team in 2018, inspired by an exceptional fruit source and a shared vision to make distinguished regional wines, comparable to the country’s greatest. Rob underplays his role as a winemaker—his guiding philosophy is that “great wine is made in the vineyard”. He attributes the success of winemaking to great teamwork , emphasising that everyone must be on the same page, otherwise the tension will be evident in the wine. Ultimately, from a winery perspective, Rob’s goal is simply to let the vineyard shine, and his approach to winemaking results in wines that clearly convey the personality of both region and site.

Swinney Syrah - Awarded 4th in Top 25 Wines of WA!

Friday, 22 October to Sunday, 24 October 2021

20th Oct 2021 | Tasting & Events

Join us in the Loft this weekend for complimentary tasting!
Friday, 22 October to Sunday, 24 October 2021
$45 per bottle

Swinney’s deft touch with syrah brings delight and pleasure. This exceptional medium-weight red is fragrant, spicy and rich, but still fresh with scents of raspberry and rosy florals, and a pure, silky feel. Game meat and sweet spice notes bring complexity. A wine of ease and significant beauty, and a high-water mark for premium red in WA.

Fourth Generation Swinneys, siblings Matt and Janelle, grew up working alongside their parents and grandparents on the family farm at Franklands, gaining a deep respect for family, farming and the region. Growing and making is a way of life for the Swinney family, so it’s no surprise that even when they ventured further afield to other parts of the world for their respective careers, this special place was always going to draw them back. Today, Matt and Janelle have assembled a uniquely skilled team and are focussed on producing wines that reflect their home and which, ultimately, redefine what is possible from the Frankland River region. Rob Mann, chief winemaker is descended from an Australian winemaking family stretching back six generations. Honing his skills both here and abroad, he has lent his hand to some of the world’s most distinguished labels. After senior roles at Hardy's Tintara, Cape Mentelle and most recently at the Newton Vineyard in Napa Valley, Rob joined the Swinney team in 2018, inspired by an exceptional fruit source and a shared vision to make distinguished regional wines, comparable to the country’s greatest. Rob underplays his role as a winemaker—his guiding philosophy is that “great wine is made in the vineyard”. He attributes the success of winemaking to great teamwork , emphasising that everyone must be on the same page, otherwise the tension will be evident in the wine. Ultimately, from a winery perspective, Rob’s goal is simply to let the vineyard shine, and his approach to winemaking results in wines that clearly convey the personality of both region and site.

Yume Ambrosia & WA Terroir Driven Honey Masterclass

Wednesday, 27 October 2021

17th Oct 2021 | Tasting & Events

Wednesday, 27 October 2021
6 pm - 7.30 pm
$69 per ticket, only 12 tickets available - click here to purchase

Join us for this intimate, one-night only collaborative experience as we take a journey through the sweet flavours of West Australian terroir-driven honey. This evening we are joined by two very special guests; Lou Chalmer of Yume Wine and Mikey Cernotta, migratory bee keeper and owner of Pemberton Honey Company.

OPEN TO TASTE:
Yaaraan ambrosia, 2020
Yandee ambrosia, Hamelin Pool, 2020
Wandoo ambrosia, Quindanning, 2020 (N/A to public)
Pudjak ambrosia, Wilbinga, 2018 (N/A to public)
Cabernet Franc, Mount Barker, 2021 (N/A to public)
Marri ambrosia, Karragullen, 2020

Price includes: Expert knowledge and guidance led by Mikey Cernotta and Lou Chalmer, individual grazing boards featuring West Australian cheese, seasonal produce and fresh locally baked bread, 6 Terroir Driven Honeys to taste and sample, special prices on honey and ambrosias for guests on the night.

Akkem Manchego

Saturday, 16 October 2021 from 10 am - 1 pm

16th Oct 2021 | Tasting & Events

Akkem Manchego - aged for 3 months! Join us for our in-store tasting today, Saturday 16 October 2021 from 11 am to 1 pm. This classic Spanish cheese is only made in the La Mancha region, and only from Manchega ewe's milk. Easily identified by its distinctive l basket-weave patterned rind, you will immediately notice the uniquely grassy, nutty flavour profile. Aging the wheel for 3 months means the cheese is still supple and balanced nicely between sweetness and tang. It is traditionally eaten with sweet quince paste and will pair beautifully with Sainte-Marie Rosé!

Domaine des Grandes Espérances Rouge 2019

Friday, 8 October - Sunday, 10 October 2021

7th Oct 2021 | Tasting & Events

Friday, 8 October - Sunday, 10 October 2021
Complimentary Tasting

The Domaine des Grandes Espérances is committed to an organic wine-growing approach, now certified by Ecocert. But even if the Domaine holds environmental concerns dear to its heart, drinking enjoyment comes a close second. Its wines are generous, full of fun, charm, and promise… that’s right, it is all about “grandes espérances” (great expectations). With a pretty ruby colour, La Java red from Grandes Espérances develops very fruity aromas of very ripe red fruit (strawberry, raspberry, etc) that, on the palate, blend with slightly spicy. A very delicious, smooth and well structured wine with nice smooth tannin.

Gentlefolk Rainbow Juice 2021

Friday, 8 October - Sunday, 10 October 2021

6th Oct 2021 | Tasting & Events

Open for Complimentary Tasting
Friday, 8 October - Sunday, 10 October 2021

A bit of a switch up for Rainbow Juice in 2021 with the wine being predominantly Pinot gris co-fermented on skins for 6 days with Gewürztraminer. The result is a super aromatic textural delight that holds true to the Rainbow Juice mantra of a skin contact rose!

Château les Crotes 2020 Rosé

Open to taste in the Loft!

5th Oct 2021 | Tasting & Events

Open to taste in the Loft!
Friday, 1 October 2021 - Sunday, 3 October 2021

Hidden in the hills of Provence, the Château les Crotes is a vineyard rewarded for is wines of pristine quality. This beautiful château dating from the 17th century is situated in a dense forest of pines and oaks, and is surrounded by generously spaced vines on the hills and valley descending towards the city of Lorgues. Left to waste, a passionate investor in 1986 purchased the property and planted 55 hectares of vines on the 270 hectare property. The vineyard and cellars were progressively built up and the château renovated but with other projects in mind, he sold the property to Baron Felix de Luxembourg who continued development to what is now something quite special. This is a very pale rosé with brilliant pale pink reflects and an enticing bouquet of raspberries and citrus fruits. A very fresh, delicate and elegant rosé with a lively attack.

La Violetta - Loft Bar take over with AJ Hoadley

Friday, 1 October 2021 from 4 pm - 7 pm

29th Sep 2021 | Tasting & Events

Friday 1 October from 4 pm - 7 pm

A winemaker with a playful approach to serious wines, Andrew (“AJ”) Hoadley, needs no introduction. On Friday the 1st of October AJ will be taking over the Loft with 6 carefully chosen drops to ring in Spring! Enjoy these delicious wines by the glass or in a flight while the enchanting winemaker captivates your taste buds.

AJ has been producing wines in the Great Southern under his own label, “La Violetta”, since 2008. Each of his bottles, linguistically diverse and colourful as the next, invokes curiosity in both the wine and the maker. With vintages in Beaujolais, Puligny Montrachet, Abruzzo and Piedmont under his belt, he has a bounty of European experience, all of which has influenced his elegant and approachable wines.

FEATURED WINES
Spunk Nat 2021
YéYé Blanc 2019
YéYé Grisé 2019
Loosie Skinsy White 2021
Penury Pinot 2018
Bilingue GMS 2017

Bizzarro Spritz

Open to taste this weekend in the Loft!

23rd Sep 2021 | Tasting & Events

$24 per 4 pack
Open to taste this weekend in the Loft
Friday, 24 September 2021 - Sunday, 26 September 202

Here we have the Original Bizzarro Spritz – an artfully formulated combination of Bizzarro Bitter Aperitivo, natural white wine and bubbles, heedfully compressed into 250ml cans of liquid allurement. A subtle, complex and delicious canned cocktail; our spritz is dry, moreish and invigorating. Made from artisan ingredients, the Bizzarro Spritz is pure refreshment, ready for drinking anytime, anywhere.

Pharmfarm - Black Barley Tasting

Saturday, 25 September 2021

20th Sep 2021 | Tasting & Events

Meet farmer Roger Duggan in-store this Saturday, 25 September 2021 from 11 am to 1 pm for a complimentary tasting!

Black Barley Australia was founded by Roger Duggan when he sourced 160 grams of ancient grain from University seed banks. In 2016 Roger collaborated with the then Department of Agriculture to expand the volume of seed under quality assurance standards at their research station in Western Australia. Roger Duggan now grow the grain on his family property in New Norcia. Black Barley is a delicious ancient grain that is low GI and contains high amount of protein, fibre, vitamin B6 and phosphorus. It offers a nutty taste and unique texture. The beauty of this grain is that it is hull-less and is the only cereal grain that does not require further post-harvest processing, you just soak and eat or cook from paddock to plate. This is how it maintains its wholegrain health potential, coupled with the environmental benefit of less energy required for growing and processing the final product.

Japanese Festival

Saturday, 18 September 2021

13th Sep 2021 | Tasting & Events

Complimentary Tasting Event
Saturday, 18 September 2021
11 am - 2 pm in the Courtyard

Join us in the Courtyard on Saturday, 18 September 2021 for a an authentic Japanese street food experience! Yakimono is a popular Japanese way of cooking food that is enjoyed at traditional festivals and events. Our Japanese chefs will be cooking vegetables, pork, beef and more on open hibachi barbeques in the courtyard. Our Wine Loft team will be featuring popular Japanese Fruit Liqueurs & Shochus alongside Japanese beer. We are very excited to have Taiko On, a dynamic troupe of traditional Japanese drummers who will be performing throughout our Festival!

Chouette Revival Grenache 2021

Open to taste in the Loft!

11th Sep 2021 | Tasting & Events

Open to taste all weekend in the Loft!
Friday, 10 September - Sunday 12 September
$29 per bottle

Love the weight of a Pinot, but the flavour of a Grenache? Look no further! This juicy Grenache underwent whole-berry carbonic maceration before spending some downtime in a mixture of French oak barrels (both old and new) and stainless steel to maintain fruit purity. Candied red fruits, juicy red apple, tart plum, and a touch of garden herbs with gentle, sandy tannins adding depth and intrigue. Delicious and versatile!

Archie Rose Negroni Masterclass

Wednesday, 15 September 2021 from 6 pm

6th Sep 2021 | Tasting & Events

Wednesday, 15 September 2021 from 6 pm
$65 per person - only 10 tickets available!
Tickets are available to purchase here.

Join us on September the 15th for an evening of making and drinking Negroni cocktails with Archie Rose's new releases! From the classic to the creative, you'll sip your way through 3 versions of this popular cocktail as you learn how to make your own. Individual grazing plates will compliment the flavours in your glass, giving you the ultimate aperitivo experience.

For this special masterclass we’ve teamed up with Archie Rose's spirit specialist Mitch Gurrin, (Drinks World Top 100 bartenders in 2018 and 2019), to celebrate Negroni Week. Mitch, with over a decade working in the industry and for some of the most awarded Australian distilleries, will be our host for the evening. His expert guidance will ensure you leave as a connoisseur!

This class will feature two brand new Archie Rose products, and you'll be among the first to try and play with them: Archie Rose Bone Dry Gin and Blasphemy Coffee Whisky.

Price includes:

- Americano on arrival

- Archie Rose Classic Negroni (make and drink)

- Archie Rose Coffee Whisky Negroni (make and drink)

- Individual Grazing Board

- Expert Guidance from Archie Rose's Mitch Gurrin

Pinot Noir Festival

Saturday, 4 September 2020 from 11 am - 2 pm

30th Aug 2021 | Tasting & Events

COMPLIMENTARY TASTING

Take a journey at Pinot Noir Festival through all of our favourite regions and expressions. From the prestigious and notorious Pinot Noirs of Burgundy, France to the rise of exceptional Pinots Noirs from Germany. With over 20 wines open to drink and enjoy from around the globe, come celebrate Father’s Day and find your favourite!

OPEN TO TASTE:

AUSTRALIA
2019 Koerner Leko Willsmore Valley, Adeliade Hills
2020 Mac Forbes Yarra Junction, Yarra Valley
2019 Quealy KK01, Mornington Peninsula
2019 Onannon Mornington Peninsula, Mornington Peninsula
2019 Denton Pinot Noir, Yarra Valley
2020 Chatto Lutruwita, Huon Valley
2021 Save our Soul Pinot Noir, Mornington Peninsula
2019 Holm Oak Estate Tamar Valley
2018 Holm Oak Wizard' Tamar Valley

GERMANY & AUSTRIA
2017 Weingut Claus Schneider Vom Kalkstein, Baden
2017 Salwey Kaiserstuhl, Baden
2018 Pittnauer Pinot Noir, Burgenland

FRANCE
2018 Domaine Matrot Bourgogne Rouge, Burgundy
2019 François Labet VDP Île de Beauté, Corsica
2017 Frédéric Puffeney Arbois' Pinot Noir, Jura
2017 Cellier Saint Benoit Pupillin' Pinot Noir, Jura
2017 Jean-Christophe Perraud Bourgogne Pinot Noir, Mâcon
2018 Louis Jadot Bourgogne Cote d'Or, Cote d'Or
2017 Jeannin-Naltet Mercurey 1er ‘Cru Clos des Grands Voyens’, Mercurey

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
2016 Au Bon Climat La Bauge Au-Dessus', Santa Maria Valley
2018 Au Bon Climat Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

NEW ZEALAND
2018 Mount Edwards Pinot Noir, Central Otago
2016 Sato North Burn, Central Otago
2020 Sound of White Pinot Noir, Marlborough
2019 Pyramid Valley Central Otago Pinot Noir, North Canterbury
2019 Pyramid Valley North Canterbury Pinot Noir, North Canterbury

Glenarty Road Karridale Chardonnay 2020

Open to tasting in the Loft!

28th Aug 2021 | Tasting & Events

$15 per GLS / $39 RRP
Open Friday, 27 August 2021 - Sunday, 29 Sunday 2021

Ben and Sasha McDonald along with our three kids Archer, Scarlet and the newest little farmer Maxwell. Plus, our two dogs – Bob and Pepper, a few thousand grass-fed sheep and a hand-full of cattle, chooks, ducks and everything in between! Sasha handles the vines and wines from pruning through to bottling. She completed her Viticulture and Oenology degree in 2013 at Curtin University and learnt hands on skills doing vintages at Xanadu, Cullen and Chapel Down in the UK. It was the 2013 vintage at Cullen wines, which instilled her love for minimal intervention, sustainable grape growing and wine making. This Chardonnay is handpicked and wild barrel fermented 100% gin gin clone Chardonnay. With a generous weight and a savoury twist you get notes of melted butter, nashi pear, macadamia, white peach and a gorgeous grapefruit acidity to balance the wine.

Albino Rocca Langhe Nebbiolo Rosso di Rocca 2019 - Weekend Tasting!

Friday, 20 August 2021 - Sunday, 22 August 2021

21st Aug 2021 | Tasting & Events

Open to taste all weekend in the Loft!
Friday, 20 August 2021 - Sunday, 22 August 2021
$35 per bottle

98% Nebbiolo and 2% Cabernet Franc, with the Nebbiolo hailing from a vineyard at Magliano Alfieri--in the foothills of the Roero region--purchased in 2016 (the vines were planted in 1967 and 1998). The Cabernet Franc comes from 20-year-old Estate vines in Barbaresco. Roero's sandy soils gift a lighter, brighter, early-drinking wine compared with the Rocca's Nebbiolo d'Alba. The wine's upbringing (solely in tank) and early bottling (under Stelvin) helps keep to this theme. The 2018 is a wonderfully fresh, vibrant, and delicate expression of Nebbiolo. It's packed with juicy redcurrant, rose petal and cranberry-scented fruit, and offers a class and tension that is terrific for the price. It's lovely to drink now--totally ready and totally delicious!