Tasting & Events
Murdoch Hill Winemaker, Michael Downer, joins us this Friday from 4.30pm, all the way from the Adelaide Hills.
After studying Oenology , Michael worked vintages at Shaw + Smith, Cape Mentelle and Barolo before becoming head winemaker at his families winery, Murdoch Hill. Success came shortly afterwards. He was a finalist in the Young Guns of Wine award in 2014, ’15, ’16, the winemakers’ choice in ’15 and ’16, and the outright winner in 2017. In the same year he won Gourmet Traveller’s Young Winemaker of the Year award.
Michael brings with him the brilliant new releases from Murdoch Hill; artisan wines made in small batches from unique vineyard sites throughout the Adelaide Hills.
OPEN TO TASTE:
Murdoch Hill Sulky Blanc 2018
Murdoch Hill Artisan Tilbury Chardonnay 2018
Murdoch Hill Surrey Pinot Meunier 2019
Murdoch hill Vis-aVis Cabernet Franc 2018
Murdoch Hill Phaeton Pinot Noir 2017
Murdoch Hill Falcon Syrah/ Pinot Noir 2018
Wednesday, 16 October 2019 from 6 pm – 7.30 pm
Price $40, $30 redeemable with purchase on the evening.
Tickets available here.
The Escarpment Vineyard, Martinborough, New Zealand promises some of the very best of tomorrow’s definitive New World Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay. With respected winemaker Larry McKenna applying his distinctive skill to what he does best – making premium wine – the result is some of New Zealand’s most layered, flavoursome and complex wines. Sommelier Kris Ambrozkiewicz joins us to take us through current releases.
OPEN TO TASTE:
2016 Escarpment Pinot Gris
2015 Escarpment Chardonnay
2016 Escarpment Pinot Noir
2016 Kiwa Pinot Noir
2016 Te Rehua Pinot Noir
2012 Te Rehua Pinot Noir
$40, $30 redeemable
with purchase on the evening.
For tickets click here.
Franco D’Anna flies under the radar in spite of the fact that he is currently president of the Yarra Valley Wine Growers Association; quickly sells out of his 30 000 case production without having any staff on the road; makes some of the best pinot noir and chardonnay in the country; and was nominated for Gourmet Travellers 2018 Winemaker of Year.
A regular visitor to Europe, Franco has worked vintages in Barolo, Burgundy and Sicily. His focus and understanding of chardonnay and pinot noir has been the key to Hoddle’s Creek success, producing exceptional wines with these grapes at four different tiers. To celebrate the release of new vintage 1er Chardonnay and 1er Pinot, Franco joins us for an intimate look these beautiful grapes through different vintages (back vintages to be confirmed).
2018 1er Chardonnay
2017 1er Chardonnay
2016 Roadblock Chardonnay
2018 1er Pinot Noir
2017 1er Pinot Noir
2017 PSB Pinot Noir
Plus back vintages to be confirmed.
Bruce Dukes spent nearly three decades crafting the wines of esteemed Margaret River producers before launching his own label, Domaine Naturaliste. Celebrated by the likes of Decanter Magazine, James Halliday, Huon Hooke, Ray Jordan and James Suckling, Bruce is a master of the classic Margaret River varietals. Domaine Naturaliste wines are balanced, complex and delicious.
Taste from 4.30pm:
2015 Sauvage Sauvignon Blanc Semillon
2017 Floris Chardonnay
2014 Purus Chardonnay
2016 Rebus Cabernet Sauvignon
Join us in the Loft for our complimentary cheese & wine tasting this Saturday, 14 September 2019 from 12 pm - 2 pm. We will be showcasing some of the best, premium cheese that Italy has to offer alongside a selection of our favourite Italian wine!
Borgoluce Prosecco DOCG Brut, Veneto
Contesa Pecorino 2018, Abruzzo
Alois Lageder Pinot Grigio 2018, Alto Adige
Antonio Pinot Grigio 2018, Friuli
Ronco dei Tassi 2017 Clic Bianco, Friuli
Feudo Montoni Cataratto 2018, Sicily
Negretti 2018 ‘Ella’ Rosato, Piedmont
Feudo Montoni Nero d’Avola 2017, Sicily
Graci Etna Rosso DOC 2018, Sicily
Fattoria Banolo Chianti Colli Florentini 2016, Tuscany
Poggio Brigante 2017 Morellino di Scansano DOCG, Tuscany
Corsini ‘Le Corti’ Chianti Classico 2015, Tuscany
Scagliola 2017 Dolcetto, Piedmont
Brezza Langhe Nebbiolo 2018, Piedmont
Trediberri IGT (Nebbiolo blend) 2018, Piedmont
Grana Padano - we will be cracking a wheel and tasting out cheese!
West Australian Truffle Burrata - a classic fresh cheese style from Puglia region, paired with sticky balsamic.
Dolce Gorgonzola for scooping, pairing with local honey.
$45 per person
20 tickets only - click here
Wednesday, 18 September 2019 from 6 pm - 7.30 pm
Here in Australia we are spoilt for choice, with both quality, locally-produced cheese and wine right on our door step! We will have some incredible wines from around the country open to taste including new release chardonnay from Geelong giants, By Farr, and the world-class Polish Hill Riesling from Grosset! Join us and learn how to pair these exceptional wines with the right cheese!
Grosset Polish Hill Riesling 2018, Clare Valley, SA
By Farr Chardonnay 2018, Geelong, VIC
Brash Higgins Nero D’avola 2016, McLaren Vale, SA
Alcorso Pinot Noir 2012, TAS
John Kosovich Autumn Harvest Semillon Verdelho, Swan Valley, WA
Woodside Monet, SA
Coal River Ash Triple Cream, TAS
Pyengana Cloth Bound Cheddar, TAS
Suzette Washed Rind, WA
Tarago Shadows of Blue, VIC
Lethbridge was founded by scientists Ray Nadeson, Maree Collis and Adrian Thomas. In Ray’s words, ‘Our belief is that the best wines express the unique character of special places.’ As well as understanding the importance of terroir, the partners have built a unique straw-bale winery, designed to recreate the controlled environment of cellars and caves in Europe.
The fruit used to produce the range of Lethbridge Wines comes from two historical vineyards. The Estate Vineyard in Lethbridge was originally planted in 1874 by Swiss immigrants (replanted by the current owners in 1996) whilst the vineyard site in Mt Duneed was first planted in 1858, and was the first vineyard to be replanted in Geelong as the region re-emerged in the 1970’s. Their innovative winery, commitment to biodynamic farming, environmental sustainability and many years of producing outstanding fine wines has made them one of the best wineries in Geelong.
Lethbridge Pinot Gris
Ooh La La Chardonnay
Join us in the Loft for an exclusive tasting of some of the world’s finest Pinot Noir wines this Father's Day weekend! We will have over 20 wines open to taste from Australia, New Zealand and Europe, including wines from Germany and Italy! This year features an all new lineup – find your new favourites or select the perfect Father’s Day gift!
OPEN TO TASTE:
Pinot Nero, Adelaide Hills, SA
Ashton Hills Picadilly Valley, Adelaide Hills, SA
Escarpment Kiwa, Martinborough, NZ
Craggy Range, Martinborough, NZ
Merricks, Mornington Peninsular, VIC
Arfion, Yarra Valley, VIC
Save Our Souls, Mornington Peninsular, VIC
Giant Steps, Yarra Valley, VIC
Savaterre ‘Frere Cadet’, Beechworth, VIC
Sparkling Rose, Tasmania
Hughes & Hughes 15% Wholebunch, Tasmania
Bream Creek Reserve, East Coast, Tasmania
Lorel Bank, Derwent Valley, Tasmania
Sinapius The Enclave, Pipers Brook, Tasmania
Claus Schneider, Baden, Germany
Weingut Claus Schneider Weiler Schlipf, Baden, Germany
Benedikt Baltes Bundstandstein, Ahr Valley, Germany
Benedikt Baltes Grossheubach Alte Reben, Ahr Valley, Germany
David Moreau Bourgogne Rouge, Bourgogne, France
Alois Lageder, Alto Adige, Italy
Hailing from Cape Province, South Africa, Remi Guise came to Margaret River in 2007 to visit and never left! In 2013 he launched his label tripe.Iscariot with the notion that everything from the berry to the stalk should be utilised in the winemaking process. Built on texture and structure, his wines seek to challenge the status quo. Fresh from his Young Gun of Wine ‘Winemakers Choice’ award, Remi joins us to taste through his delicious small batch wines, this Friday August 22nd from 5pm.
Wednesday, 28 August 2019
From 6 pm - 7.30 pm
For tickets click here
Tickets $40, $20 redeemable
Since 2004, McHenry Honen have been crafting exceptional single vineyard wines from the Margaret River region with a wealth of success. Founders David Hohnen and Murray McHenry are Western Australian wine royalty and their lives are an article by themselves.
Organically and biodymanically farmed, these are wines of purity that speak of time and place, and have been long time favourites of ours. Winemaker Japo brings creativity and precision to a well-established label, loved by so many. Born in Soave, Italy, Japo has grown up surrounded by vineyards and wineries. He has completed vintages in Italy, Boardeaux, Barossa Valley, New Zealand and Margaret River.
OPEN TO TASTE:
2018 Burnside Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc
2017 Hazel’s Vineyard Chardonnay
2017 Calgardup Brook Chardonnay
2017 Burnside Chardonnay
2018 Hazel’s GSM
Thursday, 22 August 2019 from 6 pm in the Wine Loft -
PLEASE NOTE this session will run as an informal masterclass so please arrive for a 6 pm start.Complimentary Tasting
Join us for the exclusive Perth launch of Kyoto Distillery Ki No Bi gin – the worlds first, truly 100% Japanese gin. It has taken us over a year to get this incredible gin onto our shelves and now that it has finally arrived we would like to offer you the opportunity to taste the wonder for yourselves.
Enjoy a palate cleansing green tea from Kyoto on arrival, before sampling your way through three unique expressions of Japanese craft gin. Our in-house Japanese sushi chef will also be preparing some authentic Japanese platters.
Distilled, blended and bottled in Kyoto, these gin’s are made from a sake rice base, sourced from the famous sake district of Fushimi. Mainly local botanicals are used including yuzu, hinoki chips, bamboo leaf, gyokuro tea, ginger, red shiso and green sansho peppers. Bottled in hand-blown glass bottles crafted in Osaka, the label was designed by Kyoto’s oldest maker of karakami (woodblock prints). Truly unique, Japanese gin’s!
SATURDAY, 17 AUGUST 2019 FROM 11 AM - 2 PM
Join us as we take you on a journey of culinary discovery through the vibrant, mouth-watering world of Spain! We will have cooked paella available and a variety of tastings from some of our best producers! Paella comes alive with the right mix of spices. Paprika adds a sweet, smoky flavour to the paella whilst saffron contributes both colour and taste. These two spices are essential for the perfect Spanish paella! Our wine expert has selected wines from different wine regions of Spain to pair with the delicious paellas being cooked - all open to taste!
$50 per person, $30 redeemable with wine purchased on the evening.
20 tickets only
Tickets available here.
While his range includes many famous terroirs, Leroux is determined only to work with vineyards that have been well managed and produce outstanding fruit, regardless of whether or not they have famous names. He has never been in charge of a finer roster of vineyards, and, consequently, there have been few finer releases from a grower that is now at the very top of his game.
Leroux describes 2017 as a vintage he would happily take every year—an assessment borne out in an absolutely stunning range of wines. The whites have great mineral tension and pulpy succulence, while the reds are bright, aromatic and pretty with the body and depth to encourage ageing. Both sets of wines show great class and intensity and are, importantly, a joy to drink.
Although Benjamin Leroux can't be with us this year, he’ll be sharing his thoughtful insights on the vintage and more via a short film recently recorded in Burgundy.
OPEN TO TASTE:
Benjamin Leroux Bourgogne Blanc 2017
Benjamin Leroux Meursault 2017
Benjamin Leroux Bourgogne Rouge 2017
Benjamin Leroux Savigny-lès-Beaune 2017
Benjamin Leroux Volnay 2017
Benjamin Leroux Gevrey-Chambertin 2017
$50 PER PERSON - $30 REDEEMABLE WITH PURCHASE ON THE EVENING
20 SPOTS ONLY
FOR TICKETS GO HERE
Jackson Family Wines is a family owned wine company based in Santa Rosa, California. From humble beginnings making wine in Northern California, the company has expanded it’s portfolio to become a global power house. Acquiring close to 50 wineries, they now own vineyards in Sonoma, Mendocino, Napa, Oregan, Tuscany, Chile, Bordeaux, South Africa and Australia.
Highly awarded for both it’s wines and it’s leadership in sustainability, the history and portfolio of this incredible company would be difficult to capture in a single masterclass. Australian/NZ company representative Alex Tulikova joins us for a snap-shot look at home favourites Yangarra and Hickinbotham with a couple of Californian chardonnay’s from La Crema thrown in for good measure!
OPEN TO TASTE:
La Crema Monterey Chardonnay 2017
La Crema Sonoma Chardonnay 2017
Yangarra preservative free Shiraz 2018
Yangarra Shiraz 2016
Yangarra GSM 2017
Hickinbotham Brook’s Road Shiraz 2016
Hickinbotham Trueman Cabernet Sauvignon NV
Nick James-Merritt joins us once again to taste through his small batch Margaret River wines. Nick works with left-of-field varieties and minimal intervention to craft wines of texture and character that have received some great reviews.
"Quality wine in anyone's books, (2017 Vermentino) shows intensity of fruit character, steely-minerally acidity, faint savoury complexity, freshness of inherent pear/green apple/cucumber fruit characters." 93 points - Mike Bennie, The Wine Front.
It is always a pleasure hosting Nick who is a ready provider of great conversation and great wines!
OPEN TO TASTE:
2019 Karridale Sauvignon Blanc
2017 Yallingup Vermentino
2017 Wilyabrup Chenin
2017 Rosa Brook Cabernet Franc
Complimentary Tasting - Boatshed Wine Loft
Discounts apply to products for the duration of the tasting only.
This session will be run as an informal masterclass, please arrive at 6 pm.
Renowned for innovation and the clever use of Australian native ingredients, Applewood is a craft spirit brand at the top of its game. We are thrilled to announce that Applewood creator, ‘Chief Thinker’ and distiller Brendan Carter will be joining us this Wednesday for an in-depth look at his unique Australian spirits. Passionate about both sustainability and creativity, Brendan is one of the most in-demand producers in the country. Brendan’s commitment to excellence, research and imagination set the Applewood brand apart - important in a growing sea of craft spirits. A session sure to be full of passionate discussion and fun!
OPEN TO TASTE:
Southern Lights Gin
Northern Lights Gin
Carters Original Coffee