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TOP DROPS FROM THE TASTING TABLE

AS we turn our thoughts to cooler nights    

  1. Charles Oates Pommeau de Tasmanie 18.2%
    Charles Oates Pommeau de Tasmanie 18.2%

    Aged in small apple brandy casks for over 12 months, this rich and generous liqueur is a result of blending pressed French and British heirloom apple varieties with our apple spirit.

    Complex and well-structured with baked apple and spice, balanced with firm tannins and cask influence.

    Our take on the traditional aperitif from North-West France – enjoy as such or serve with blue cheese or dessert. WILLIE SMITH

    NV
    Calvados
    France
  1. Charles Oates Tasmanian Apple Brandy 42.1% 700ml
    Charles Oates Tasmanian Apple Brandy 42.1% 700ml

    Inspired by the tradition of calvados in North-West France, our Apple Brandy shows complexity and character. 

    After patient aging in ex-fortified wine barrels, casks are carefully selected and blended to produce an elegant and outstanding spirit that shows layers of baked apple, sweet caramel and fruit cake aromatics. WILLIE SMITH

    We were really floored by the quality of this product. The Willie Smith crew did a stellar job and that should really be no surprise considering the quality across the board of their ciders. Its all made from local Tassie apples in Australia’s first alembic Charentais copper still.

    Calvados
    Australia
    490
  1. Bannockburn Pinot Noir 2021
    Bannockburn Pinot Noir 2021

    This is a beauty. Fragrant and attractive from the outset but then expansive on the palate as well. Earth, twigs, root vegetables and cherries with woodsy spice notes rippling throughout. Tension and flow, texture and tannin. There's a smoky meatiness to the aftertaste, mixed in with decaying red roses, and it's most attractive way for the wine to sail out. Drink it now, drink it later; it will deliver. CAMPBELL MATTINSON, winefront.com


    A wine of real gravitas and presence, the '21 reflects a most impressive year. Abundant, enticing aromas in pristine red fruits, maritime herbs, humus and dusty beets. The palate fairly bristles in fruit freshness and energy, the tannins pricking the tastebuds and laying the foundation for a long life. Oak? Yes, it's evident in the texture and the binding but totally integrated. JENI PORT, winecompanion.com

    2020
    Pinot noir
    Australia
    395
    Special Price $61.00 Regular Price $73.00 As low as $57.00
  1. Tenuta Aglaea Vermouth Dry
    Tenuta Aglaea Vermouth Dry
    Made from a field blend of white grapes; carricante, cataratto, inzolia, greganico and minella at high altitude, this has been infused with local organic spices and herbs, the main herb ingredient is Artemisia absinthium.This finishes drier than the Bianco with 40gm residual sugar. Pour this over ice with soda and a olive to garnish for a lovely aperitif. GABRIELLE POY, PWS
    2017
    Vermouth
    Italy
    482
    Special Price $41.00 Regular Price $48.00
  1. Allies Assemblage Pinot Noir 2021
    Allies Assemblage Pinot Noir 2021

    This is both the most enjoyable and the most “serious” little assemblage to date. Why can’t more people make Pinot this good at this price? No, I don’t need an actual answer to that.

    The extra enjoyability comes from the added power and weight, the slightly darker fruit and the sappy tannins that draw the wine out and give it some extra grunt. I believe there is some stems this year to rail in some of the fruit from warmer sites? Whatever it is this is one hell of a little wine for the money. Stuffed full of warming spice, plummy fruit, some autumnal, foresty characters and it all culminates with a fairly substantial and reasonably expansive finish. Great wine, great price. ROSCOE, PWS

    2021
    Pinot noir
    Australia
    441
    Special Price $37.00 Regular Price $38.00 As low as $35.00
  1. Le Cinciole Chianti Classico 2018
    Le Cinciole Chianti Classico 2018
    The 2018 Chianti Classico is a wine of magnificent purity and class. Lavender, sage, tobacco and cedar open first, leading to a core of dark red/purplish fruit. Savory and earthy, with terrific persistence, the 2018 has so much going on. Readers will find a deep, layered Chianti Classico full of character. The 2018 will benefit from a few years in bottle, as it is a bit tight at this stage. ANTONIO GALLONI
    2018
    sangiovese
    Italy
    495

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Maybe its easiest to start with who and what we are not! We are not a supermarket, discount chain, lowest-common-denominator liquor outlet.  In some ways we are not even a retailer who could be selling anything; tyres, widgets or beanie boos! We can only sell one thing…WINE!

What we are is an independently owned wine merchant, driven by our collective passion to source and share some of the greatest wines in the world with a similarly passionate group of punters…many of which are now friends and part of the PWS family.

There are two owners: Michael McNamara and Alex Wilcox (and their long-suffering wives) and together with 42 other committed (or perhaps should be committed) staff they run three wine retail outlets in South Melbourne and Sydney as well as a wine bar/restaurant Bellota and a wine cellarage business called Liquid Assets. In addition to this educate and have, for some years, now run the benchmark WSET qualification in Victoria and NSW and a suite of more informal courses written by the ourselves and our staff.

We import from a strong portfolio of producers from France, Italy, New Zealand and California that reflect our love of wines that are made by people who share our passion for great wine and wines that reflect their place.

So without getting too carried away and to put it succinctly, we love drinking, selling, talking about and being in and around wine.

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