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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

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!

Durango Mezcal masterclass with Gianni Monti

Wednesday, 25 August 2021 from 6 pm

17th Aug 2021 | Tasting & Events

$65 per person- only 12 tickets available!
Purchase here.

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

Bogle Zinfandel 2017

Friday, 13 Augusut 2021 - Sunday, 15 August 2021

14th Aug 2021 | Tasting & Events

Complimentary Tasting
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.

Dingo Hot Sauce Tasting

Saturday, 14 August 2021 from 11 am - 2 pm

13th Aug 2021 | Tasting & Events

SMOKE, FIRE & HOT SAUCE FESTIVAL
Complimentary event in the Courtyard
Saturday, 14 August 2021 from 11 am - 2 pm

The range of Dingo Hot Sauce will be open to taste at our festival this weekend in the Courtyard! Award winning, all natural, small batch, flavour forward hot sauces hand-crafted by Chef Leigh Nash in Perth, Western Australia.

Fancy Hanks Hot Sauce

Saturday, 14 August 2021 from 11 am - 2 pm

12th Aug 2021 | Tasting & Events

SMOKE, FIRE & HOT SAUCE FESTIVAL
Complimentary event in the Courtyard
Saturday, 14 August 2021 from 11 am - 2 pm

Fancy Hanks will be joining us with there range of Hot Sauce & BBQ Sauce open to taste!

Fancy Hanks is Melbourne's finest barbecue! It is traditional American style, using free range meats from Gippsland that are cooked in their two-tonne custom-built smoker. They have become world famous for their award wining sauces! We now have stock of: Original BBQ Sauce, Coffee & Molasses BBQ Sauce, Cayenne & Watermelon Hot Sauce, Jalapeno & Peach Hot Sauce, Habanero & Carrot Hot Sauce. Be sure to grab one of each - they are so delicious! The flavour combinations are so unique - they can be used across Meats & Seafood!

Old Bones Chilli Co.

All about the flavour, not just the heat!

11th Aug 2021 | Tasting & Events

SMOKE, FIRE & HOT SAUCE FESTIVAL
Complimentary event in the Courtyard
Saturday, 14 August 2021 from 11 am - 2 pm

Old Bones Chilli Co will be joining us with there range of Hot Sauce & BBQ Sauce open to taste!

Old Bones Chilli Co is a family owned and operated Chilli Sauce & Condiments producer based in Sydney, Australia. With products handmade and bottled at their production kitchen in Sydney, Old Bones are all about the flavour, not just the heat. Sauce should enhance a meal, not mask it. To create our unique flavours, the team invented their own methods of production, including developing their own innovative chilli-smoking method (a trade secret) to deliver a unique and distinctive Old Bones
taste signature, lovingly crafted by Head Chef & Chilli Wizard, Joshua Ngaire, who has over 14 years of fine dining experience. We now have stock of Buffalo Sauce, Jalapeño & Garlic Pepper Sauce, Somked Chilli Churri, Smoked Garlic Chilli Sauce.