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Celebrate Australia II America's Cup Victory

Franck Bonville Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs NV

20th Sep 2023 | Tasting & Events

Franck Bonville Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs NV $75 per bottle (RRP $95)
Open for complimentary tasting from Thursday, 21 - Sunday, 24 September 2023.

Franck Bonville Blanc de Blancs NV is a dynamic champagne aged for 18 months, surrounded by a richness and smoothness. The pale yellow robe of this cuvée lets us see the very thin bubbles escaping from the bottom of the flute to create a beautiful cordon. The nose is delicate, elegant and discreet. At the opening, the first white flowers fragrances turn into fresh & citrus fruits. The mouth is fresh, supple and generous with some salty notes. The quality speaks for itself - santé!

In 1950, Mr Steve Ward established a boat building facility in the current Boatshed Market premises. The revolutionary12-metre racing yacht named ‘Australia II’ was built by Mr Ward. On 26 September 1983, the yacht made global history when the America’s Cup, was wrested from the Americans after 132 years. Having been constructed in the space where the Wine Loft now sits, it is only fitting that we celebrate in style with champagne!

Franck Bonville Grand Cru BDB NV special available until 27 September 2023. While stocks last!

Authentic Takoyaki in the Courtyard

Japanese Festival, Saturday 16 September, 10 AM - 2 PM

16th Sep 2023 | Tasting & Events

Our Japanese Fishco chefs will be cooking up authentic Takoyaki this Saturday, 16 September, from 10 AM - 2 PM in the Boatshed Courtyard. Takoyaki is a popular street food originating in Osaka, Japan. Takoyaki is made with a batter and filled with diced octopus meat, pickled ginger, and green onion.

Yuzushu Spritz

Available in the Wine Loft this weekend only!

15th Sep 2023 | Tasting & Events

Yuzushu Spritz, available by the glass in the Cheese & Wine Bar, this weekend only. Saturday, 16 September and Sunday, 17 Septemnber.

This Heiwa Shuzo Tsuru-ume Yuzushu is made with a one-year-old Junmai Sake and Yuzu juice, at a 1:1 ratio. This is higher than most Yuzushu produced elsewhere. The yuzu fruit is grown in Wakayama and is juiced with its peel, giving all the qualities of the fruit, sweet, sour & bitter. It has a marvellous full aroma of fresh yuzu, with a zesty, citrus tart character and a fruit sweet and fresh finish. We have used this delicious Yuzushu to create a limited time only Spritz, for an authentic Japanese experience in the Cheese & Wine Bar this weekend!

Kin Tea Tasting

Complimentary Japanese Festival, Saturday 16 September 10 AM - 2 PM

14th Sep 2023 | Tasting & Events

We will have Iced Matcha and Houjicha from Kin Tea available for complimentary tasting in the Boatshed Courtyard this Saturday, 16 September, 10 AM - 2 PM. This tea is made in Japan by local tea growers in Kagoshima. Houjicha is a roasted tea with a deep, woody aroma and smooth taste. This houjicha has been stone ground into a fine powder for lattes, smoothies and desserts. The matcha tea is the highest grade organic ceremonial matcha made in Japan by tea masters. Finely stone ground for the smoothest hot or iced brew.

La Violetta Wine Tasting

Complimentary Tasting this weekend, Thursday 14 September - Sunday 17 September

13th Sep 2023 | Tasting & Events

La Violetta wines, open to taste this weekend, Thursday 14 September - Sunday 17 September. La Violetta has produced wine in Denmark, of Western Australia’s Great Southern region since 2008. The grapes are sourced from a handful of trusted growers with exceptional vineyards, some being amongst the oldest in the region. These wines are loaded with flavor, texture and are impeccably balanced, perfect for pairing with the umami dishes available at our Japanese Festival this Saturday, 16 September.

Japanese Festival

Complimentary Event, Saturday 16 September 10 AM - 2 PM

12th Sep 2023 | Tasting & Events

Join us in the Courtyard on Saturday, 16 September 2023 for 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 beer & La Violetta wines to complement the food on offer. We are very excited to have Taiko On, a dynamic troupe of traditional Japanese drummers who will be performing throughout our Festival!

Variety in Focus: French Rosé

Complimentary Weekend Tasting: Thursday 7th – Sunday 10th September

6th Sep 2023 | Tasting & Events

To celebrate the beginning of Spring, we’re excited to share three Iconic French producers and their beloved rosés, including rosé Champagne!

Guest host Adam Sharpe has over a decade of experience representing some of the world’s most successful wine producers. Adam will be in store hosting this exclusive tasting in the Wine loft on Friday the 8th of September between 4.30pm – 7pm. This is a rare opportunity to see these sought after French domaines side-by-side.

OPEN TO TASTE:
· Maison Saint Aix Rosé 2021
· Domaine Ott ‘By Ott’ Rosé 2022
· Taittinger Prestige Rosé Champagne NV

Annual Father's Day Pinot Festival

Saturday, 2 September 2022 from 11 am - 2 pm

29th Aug 2023 | Tasting & Events

SATURDAY, 2 SEPTEMBER 2022
11 am - 2 pm
COMPLIMENTARY EVENT

Join us in the Courtyard this Saturday, 3 September 2023 from 11 am - 2 pm for our annual complimentary Pinot Noir tasting! Take a journey through all of our favourite regions and expressions - from the prestigious and notorious Pinot Noirs of Burgundy and Napa to the rise of exceptional Pinot Noirs from South Africa, Germany & Australia. With over 25 wines open to drink and enjoy from around the globe, come celebrate the Father’s Day weekend and find your favourite!

WINES OPEN TO TASTE

Australia:
Picardy Pinot Noir 2020 – Pemberton
Picardy Pinot Noir 2021 – Pemberton
Picardy Tete du Cuvee 2020 – Pemberton
Anim Tinderbox 2022 - Tasmania
Bubb & Pooley Pinot Noir 2022 - Tasmania
Clarence House Reserve Pinot Noir 2022 - Tasmania
Commune of Buttons Gloria 2019 – South Australia
Gentle Folk Scary Gully 2022 – South Australia
Mac Forbes Gladysdale 2022 – Yarra Valley
McPherson La Vue Pinot Noir 2021 – Victoria
Polperro Estate Pinot 2021 – Mornington Peninsula

New Zealand:
Pyramid Valley Central Otago Pinot Noir 2019
Pyramid Valley North Canterbury Pinot Noir 2019
Wild Earth Central Otago 2020

France:
2019 Cotes Auxerre Rouge ‘Louis Bersan’ - Burgundy
Domaine Goisot Cote D’Auxerre Rouge 2020 - Burgundy
Domaine De L’Aste Santenay Premier Cru
‘Beaurepaire’ 2020 - Burgundy
Excuse My French 2020 - Languedoc
Domaine Fontain Gagnard Bourgogne
Rouge 2020 - Burgundy
Sipp Mack Vielles Vignes 2019 – Alsace

USA:
Failla Sonoma Coast 2021 – Napa
Failla Russian River Olivet Ranch 2020 - Napa

Germany:
Stefan Winter Spatburgunder 2018 - Rheinhessen
Friedrich Becker Spatburgunder 2018 - Pfalz

South Africa:
Crystallum Cuvee Cinéma 2021 – Walker Bay
Shannon Rockview Ridge Pinot 2020 – Elgin

Antonella Corda

COMPLIMENTARY TASTING THURSDAY, 24 - SUNDAY, 27 AUGUST

23rd Aug 2023 | Tasting & Events

Antonella Corda is one of Sardinia’s most exciting producers! A selection of her wines will be open for complimentary tasting from Thursday, 24 - Sunday, 27 August 2023 in the Loft. Special guest Andrew Moody will be joining us on the Friday, 25 from 4.30pm to 7 pm to guide us through this insightful tasting. We will have the 2021 Vermentino di Sardegna, 2021 Nuragus Cagliari DOC, 2021 Cannonau (Grenache) di Sardegna and 2019 Cannonau (Grenache) Riserva di Sardegna open.

Bizzarro Strawberry & Yuzu Spritz Launch

Saturday, 12 August in the Wine Loft!

10th Aug 2023 | Tasting & Events

This Saturday, we’re joined by Michael, a producer at Bizarro, to celebrate and launch their newest concoction. Bizzarro's new Strawberry and Yuzu spritz is the result of a collab with one of Sydney’s finest cocktail institutions, PS40. House-made strawberry shrub, fresh Riverland yuzu, SA verjuice and of course Bizzarro, combine for an easy drinking, and very fancy, spritz. These limited release cans are lush and sweet, with that characteristic yuzu twang, and we will be offering complimentary tastings all weekend, along with Bizarro's much-loved Mischief Brew and Australiano.Open to Taste:• Bizzarro Yuzu & Strawberry Spritz• Bizzarro Mischief Brew• Bizzarro AustralianoFor those who feel like more than a taste, all spritzes are available to enjoy in our bar, with Mischief Brew on tap. All spritzes will be served with complimentary antipasto treats, including French cheese Puffs & Jamón Crostinis.

Vineyard in Focus: Picardy Wines

Complimentary Tasting, Saturday, August 5 from 11 AM - 1 PM

3rd Aug 2023 | Tasting & Events

This Saturday, Picardy Ambassador Harry Reiffer will be joining us in the loft to share some of our favourite Picardy drops in a complimentary tasting!

Open to taste:

• 2021 Boise SBS

• 2021 Pinot Noir

• 2019 Merlot Cabernet

Based in the Pemberton region of Western Australia, Bill and Sandra Pannell are winemaking royalty, having established the historic Mosswood Wines in 1969. Picardy’s journey has been inspired by Burgundy and its winemaking; the wines are from low yields, nuanced and age-worthy, yet just as appealing when enjoyed in their youth.

Umami Papi Chilli Oil

Smoke, Fire & Hot Sauce Festival, Saturday, 29 July 2023 from 10 AM - 2 PM

28th Jul 2023 | Tasting & Events

Umami Papi Chilli Oil, a modern take on chilli oil with complete versatility, packed with a perfect balance of aroma, crunch, flavour and spice. These delicious oils are made in Melbourne, and will be available to taste this Saturday, 29 July as part of our Smoke, Fire & Hot Sauce Festival, from 10 AM - 2 PM.

Fancy Hanks Sauces

Smoke, Fire & Hot Sauce Festival, Saturday, 29 July 2023 from 10 AM - 2 PM

27th Jul 2023 | Tasting & Events

As part of our Smoke, Fire & Hot Sauce Festival on Saturday, 29 July 2023 from 10 AM - 2 PM, we will be celebrating some of our favourite artisan sauce suppliers, including Fancy Hank's. These BBQ and hot sauces come direct from their restaurant kitchen in Melbourne and are made with 100% Australian-grown fruits and vegetables.

Meet the Makers from Felix Caspar Wines

Complimentary tasting all weekend, with special guests from Felix Caspar on Saturday, 29 July, 11 AM - 2 PM.

26th Jul 2023 | Tasting & Events

This Saturday we’re joined in the Wine Loft by bespoke winemakers and brothers, Ruben and Phil James of Felix Caspar Wines. Their small batch Margaret River wines have garnered a following across Australia and are loved for their drinkability, more-ish nature and their traditional and hands on approach to wine making. Working with the highest quality fruit from farmers who respect the land, their wines are bursting with character and a playful pairing to match our offerings at our Smoke, Fire & Hot Sauce Festival!
Open to Taste:

- 2022 "Bobbles" Pet Nat Sparkling

- 2021 "Morris" Malbec

- 2021 "Murray" Cabernet Sauvignon

Smoke, Fire & Hot Sauce Festival

Complimentary Event in the Courtyard, Saturday 29 July, 10 AM - 2 PM

25th Jul 2023 | Tasting & Events

Join us in the courtyard for a celebration of smoke, fire and a whole lot of hot sauce! Nothing beats meat cooked over coals – especially when flavours of hickory, bourbon & maple are involved. Our chefs will be serving up hearty plates of smoked beef brisket, sticky ribs, bbq chicken and a whole lot more! Don’t forget your favourite hot sauce, a side of pickles, corn bread and slaw alongside a refreshing Dingo lager. We have a significant range of BBQ sauce, hot sauce & pickles as well as locally made hibachi bbq’s and Japanese charcoal available to purchase on the day.

Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir

Complimentary Weekend Tasting: Thursday 20 July - Sunday 23 July

20th Jul 2023 | Tasting & Events

This weekend in the Wine Loft, we are turning our focus to the Mornington Peninsula, one of Australia’s premier Pinot Noir regions. It’s unique maritime climate, diverse combination of soil (including fertile volcanic soil) and high concentration of talented wine makers has all contributed to the region gaining both national and international recognition. Mornington Pinots are known for their purity, concentration of fruit and their silky, soft tannins. We're excited to open 3 expressions of these wines for complimentary tasting all weekend!

Open to taste:

• Mooroduc Estate Pinot Noir 2019

• Handpicked Collection Mornington Peninsula 2021

• Paringa Estate Pinot Noir 2022