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!
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.
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.
Spunk Nat 2021
YéYé Blanc 2019
YéYé Grisé 2019
Loosie Skinsy White 2021
Penury Pinot 2018
Bilingue GMS 2017
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.
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!
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.
- 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
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:
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
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
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
$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.
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!
$65 per person- only 12 tickets available!
This is one event that Mezcal lovers and aficionados do not want to miss! Mezcal from Durango, is making its grand entrance onto the international stage, showcasing serious quality as well as new and exciting agave varieties. We are excited to be joined by Gianni Monti of Mextrade, who will be guiding you through a special tasting of these exquisite Mezcals, produced by some of Durango’s smaller, most sought-after Vinateros.
The setting of many classic western movies, Durango feels familiar. With dusty roads and endless mountain scapes, the terrain is rough, scattered with giant nopales, yuccas and volcanic rock. The state is known for its wild and abundant Agave Durangensis, known locally as Cenizo (“ash”). Part of this agave’s allure is its ability to create Mezcals that are never exact replicas of one another. You will taste some of the rarest Mezcals from the wild Durango agaves, some of which there are only a couple of bottles that made it to Australia!
OPEN TO TASTE
Cenizo Colonial Hacienda Dolores
Cenizo Colonial Temoaya.
Lágrimas de Dolores Joven
Lágrimas de Dolores Anejo
Friday, 13 Augusut 2021 - Sunday, 15 August 2021
Bogle family has been farming in the Clarksburg region, California for six generations. The vines range in age from 60 - 80 years old which produce low yields of small, concentrated fruit clusters resulting in intense and flavourful wine. Bold and vibrant notes of summer raspberry intoxicate the senses, enticing you to take a sip of this lively Red Zinfandel.
Complimentary Tasting in the Loft
Friday, 6 August 2021 - Sunday, 8 August 2021
$25 per bottle
Located high on the slopes of the Ferguson Valley, this delicious Tempranillo has been planted in near perfect conditions. The vineyard is managed with a minimal intervention ethos, all grapes are handpicked and basket pressed, with all wines made on the property ferments. The nose of this wine vibrant with good complexity and lift. Purple violets, plum, hints of tobacco and vanilla. Generous and inviting fruit forward palate. Smooth with soft, integrated fine tannins. Mulberry, beetroot, violets and white pepper.
On Saturday, July 31st we'll be sharing the flavours and sounds of Spain during our annual Paella showcase. Join us between 11am and 2pm to taste your way through our curated Spanish wine selection and house-made paella! We will also be joined by a lively Flamenco guitarist duo, who will provide the beautiful accoustic backdrop of Flamenco music.
Wines open to taste:
- Las Cepas de Curro 2018. Moscatel & Palomino
- Mytilus 2018. Albarino
- Las Cepas de Paco 'La Sombra' 2018. Palomino
- El Castro de Valtuille Joven 2018. Mencia
- Proyecto Salvaje Moncayo 2017. Grenache
- Terroir Sense Fronteres 2019. Grenache
- Bodegas Exopto Rioja 2019. Grenache Blend
- Telmo Rodriguez 2019. Tempranillo
- Parajes del Valle 2019. Monastrell
Friday, 16 July - Sunday, 18 July 2021 in the Loft
As the name suggests, the blend is an atypical 60% Malbec and 40% Cabernet Franc--meaning the wine has to carry the Vin de France designation. But who cares, it’s a stunning example of Côtes de Blaye, so blending regulations be damned! This is superb--an intense, ripe, dark cherry and anise spice-noted wine with super-fine tannins. There is excellent depth and intensity and mouth-watering freshness to close. This has fabulous purity of fruit and is incredibly easy to drink.
Friday, 16 July - Sunday, 18 July 2021 in the Loft
This is a great value young-vine Beaujolais from one of the leading small organic producers in the region. The winemaking here has remained unchanged for decades, the aim is to produce a light-bodied, cherry-fruited red with a ‘reach-for-another-glass charm’. From one of the region’s great addresses, this is a punchy and buoyant red that goes down dangerously easily!
Wednesday, 28 July 2021 from 6 pm
12 tickets - $95 per person, for tickets click here
6 wines and 1 sherry, sardine toast with tomato mayonnaise and fennel, piquillo peppers & boquerones toast, chargrilled octopus with chorizo and baby potatoes, vanilla ice cream served alongside pedro ximenez sherry, expert guidance led by bibendum wine company’s state manager roger duncan , a souvenir tote-bag picturing a spanish wine-map with every bottle of wine purchasedSpanish wines can be as exciting as the land where their grape vines grow, from steep slate river-banks, to hot and humid coasts, from mountainous plateaus, to rocky barren hillsides where forgotten ancient vineyards and regional styles are being re-invigorated by the next generation of Spanish winemakers. On July the 28th the Wine Loft is excited to host a unique evening showcasing some of the best new wave Spanish wines. Each wine has been thoughtfully paired to a mouth-watering Spanish and Mediterranean inspired menu.
Wine Company’s state manager Roger Duncan will be our guest host for
the evening taking guests on a journey through Spain and will bring the
producers to you through custom-made pre-recorded videos curated for the
night where you will hear directly from the winemaker while you
experience the flavours of Spain in the intimate surrounds of the Wine
hope you can join us for what is to be a very insightful and delicious
evening, of good wine, good food, and good conversation. Every wine
purchased on the night will also include a souvenir tote-bag picturing a
WINES OPEN TO TASTE
- Valdesil Montenovo Blanco 2019
- Navazos Niepoort 2015
- Bodegas Exopto Rioja Bozeto De Exopto 2019
- Terroir Sense Fronteres Montsant Negre 2019
- Valenciso Rioja Laderas De Cabama 2014
- Valenciso Rioja Reserva 2012
- Equipo Navazos Pedro Ximenez Gran Solera 25+ Yo