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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 SMITHNVCalvadosFrance$60.00 As low as $54.00
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.CalvadosAustralia490$95.00 As low as $85.50
Richard Rottiers Moulin a Vent 2020The 2020 Moulin-à-Vent bursts with aromas of raspberries, spices and rose petals. Medium to full-bodied, concentrated and vibrant, with lively acids, powdery tannins and a sapid finish, this has turned out brilliantly. It's a benchmark cuvée for the appellation. WILLIAM KELLEY, wineadvocate.com2020GamayFrance352Special Price $54.00 Regular Price $59.00 As low as $50.00
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.com2020Pinot noirAustralia395Special Price $61.00 Regular Price $73.00 As low as $57.00
Patrick Sullivan Ada Chardonnay 2021
More product information will be added here soon! In the meantime, if you do have any questions at all about this product or others in our store, you can contact us by phone or email. Our friendly and experienced team are always happy to assist - we love drinking, selling, talking about and being in and around wine!2019chardonnayAustralia396$80.00 As low as $72.00
Tenuta Aglaea Vermouth BiancoMade from a mix of local white grapes grown at high altitude, this has been infused with local organic spices and herbs, the main herb ingredient is Artemisia absinthium. With 125gm residual sugar, this rounds out a Vesper nicely! GABRIELLE POY, PWS2017VermouthItaly482Special Price $41.00 Regular Price $48.00
Tenuta Aglaea Vermouth DryMade 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, PWS2017VermouthItaly482Special Price $41.00 Regular Price $48.00
Tenuta Aglaea Vermouth RossoMade from a mix of local white and local red grapes (85% white, 15% nerello mascalese), this has been infused with local organic spices and herbs, the main herb ingredient is Artemisia absinthium. The nerello component adds colour and robustness, try it in a Manhattan, Negroni or Rob Roy. GABRIELLE POY, PWS2017VermouthItaly482Special Price $41.00 Regular Price $48.00
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, PWS2021Pinot noirAustralia441Special Price $37.00 Regular Price $38.00 As low as $35.00
Le Cinciole Chianti Classico 2018The 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 GALLONI2018sangioveseItaly495$51.00 As low as $45.90
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