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  1. Louis Picalmelot Cremant de Bourgogne Brut Les Terroirs
    Louis Picalmelot Cremant de Bourgogne Brut Les Terroirs
    This thing hits it out of the park in terms of delivering quality and value. It doesn’t hold back with packing in the flavour either. The fruit is present and accounted for, with a nice lick of minerality and some back end punch, but what is really striking is the yeasty, brioche, burnt toast mealy characters that immediately greet you as you take your first sniff. It has all the bells and whistles. As a Champagne nerd I love to see that in the wine, as distinctly different to my fetish for Grower Bubbles, give me some of that expressively yeasty goodness. Substantial length here too. This will be one hell of a crowd pleaser. ROSCOE
  2. Louis Picamelot Cremant de Bourgogne Brut  Les Terroirs Rose
    Louis Picamelot Cremant de Bourgogne Brut Les Terroirs Rose
    One of the crew called this “soft and mellow” I can see where that comes from, it certainly has a lovely mouth filling quality and all those billowing soft bubbles provide such a sensual cushioning effect, but the wine lacks nothing for racy energy either. I don't think its soft, I think it's lush!
    Also, I love the fine chalkiness that punctuates the fruit. Like its BdB sibling the lights are flashing and the sirens are cranked up, they don’t shy away from the winemaking and let’s be honest, that’s what makes Champa… sparkling wines like this so exciting. Even with that distinct autolytic creaminess the wines overall impression is one of flirtatious elegance. It is my pick of the two, but only just, and it pips its sibling on refinement if not substance. ROSCOE
  3. Weihenstephaner Dunkel 500ml
    Weihenstephaner Dunkel 500ml

    Our dark wheat beer is impressive with its creamy white foam. A fruity-fresh sweetness and hints of mature bananas harmonise with delicious flavours of roasted malt, sparkling and full-bodied with a light caramel taste on the first sip. An excellent accompaniment from hearty meals and game to chocolate and nut desserts. Brewed according to our centuries-old brewing tradition on the Weihenstephan hill.
    ABV 5.3%
    IBU 14

    Dark Ale, Wheat Beer
  4. Andre Clouet Silver Brut Nature NV
    Andre Clouet Silver Brut Nature NV

    Andre Clouet Silver NV. A beautiful example of a zero dosage Champagne. With 100% Pinot noir this wine has great structure and richness. Fresh cut strawberries, stone fruits and hints of brioche present on the nose.
    On the palate a racey and and fresh acidity is complimented by red berry fruits, pink lady apple and peach with fine creamy bubbles. Brioche and a nutty aftertaste persist long after the wine has left your mouth. A brut natural worth sharing. BILLY PWS

    Jean-Francois Clouet's zero-dosage ideal is realised with magnificent clarity here.  Such is the concentration and richness of his pinot noir that it has absolutely no need for any sweetness.  The bouquet is delightfully fresh, lifted, pure and expressive, with lemon zest, yellow mirabelle plums and red apple fruits.  The palate follows impeccably, showcasing the concentration of Bouzy with exceptional purity and focus.  Its barrel work blends impeccably contributing nuances of nougat, brioche and honey.  Succulent yellow summer fruits pull seamlessly into a crunchy finish of red apple and lemon zest, concluding long and refined, with refreshingly taut acidity and soft, chalky minerality.  Classic Bouzy of the finest order.  TYSON STELZER, The Champagne Guide 2014-2015

  5. Bondar Rose 2021
    Bondar Rose 2021
    "There must be a bit of magic behind Bondar. All of the wines have an ethereal quality" JANE FAULKNER, Halliday Wine Companion

    We couldn't agree more. There does seem to be a little bit of magic going on behind the scenes here. Certainly great vineyards play their part here but a lot has to be said for what Andre Bondar is doing with the wines. Chat with him and he always reveals a beautfiully considered and throughful approach to wine making that shines through.

    Haliday called the 2021 one of Australia's finest rose and we reckon the 2021 is just as good. 100% grenache, this is a bright, delicate and aromatic rose that presents with a pale colour but lacks nothing on flavour or palate impact. Wild strawberry and red current fruit are flecked with Provencal herbs and an light orange rind twist. Its lithe and lifted but with plenty of succulent fruit. This is a wonderful rose that you will not be able to put down.
  6. Gentle Folk Vin de Sofa Red 2021
    Gentle Folk Vin de Sofa Red 2021
    Gareth and Rainto Belton are the faces behind the Gentle Folk label based out of the Basket ranges in the Adelaide Hills. Gareth farms their three vineyards working organically and shying away from additions as much as possible in the winery.

    The Vin de Sofa is a pun on the French wine term Vin de Soif - an easy drinking, don't think too hard and just enjoy the wine term. Each vintage the wine changes depending on season and whims.
    This year is a blend of Adelaide Hills vineyards, with pinot noir bunches in neutral French barriques, pinot gris pressed into stainless steel, and syrah and sangiovese destemmed and left on skins.

    Its open and sweetly perfumed with spicy red fruits and black raspberry wrapped in wild meadow herbs and dry bay. Its soft and juicy in the mouth with succulent fruit. The sangiovese adds a lovely drop of savoury tannin that gently lines the pallet and carries it along giving a mouth-watering and more-ish edge to the wine. You could chill it lightly if you were so inclined but whatever way you have it, it is straight-up delicious.
    Pinot noir
  7. Delamere Sparkling Cuvee NV
    Delamere Sparkling Cuvee NV

    Delamere Vineyards were planted in 1982 in the Pipers River region in northeast Tasmania making it one of the oldest plantings not only in the region but in Tasmania. They have 6.5ha under vine and its age makes it a rare resource in Tasmania. The ironstone rich soils are perfectly suited to the cultivars of pinot noir and chardonnay, and was established in the traditional French design used in Burgundy and Champagne.

    The low yield per vine and the reflective heat from the ground produces wines with superior depth of flavour and ripe well-developed tannins. Vine age and subsequent natural balance are key factors in the consistent production of wines with great structure and harmony.

    Perfumed and pretty on the nose but then racy on the palate. It feels like a low-dosage style. Strawberries, lime blossom, grapefruit and lemon rind. It all sizzles out through the finish, with length to burn. CAMPBELL MATTINSON, the winefront 

    chardonnay, Pinot noir
  8. Chateau Coupe Roses Fremillant Rose 2020
    Chateau Coupe Roses Fremillant Rose 2020

    Situated in La Caunette, a small and beautiful village in Minervois, just close to the Montagne Noire the family of Françoise Le Calvez, his parents, son and daughter have created something incredibly special from this little corner they have carved out in the Mediterranean hinterlands.

    Today the vineyard holdings total 143 acres with an assortment of some 40 plots in total, mostly on the mountain plateau standing high above their village of La Caunette. At 750 – 1350 ft above sea level these are some of the highest sites in the AOC. The warm days and cool nights result in one the longest growing seasons in the region. Regardless the wine remain wonderfully fresh and vibrant.

    A wonderful Provence style rose but with a little extra meat on it bones. The high mourvedre count gives this a beautiful earthy spice element that lingers gently over red and black currant fruit, orange peel and pithy citrus fruit. Still in the medium bodied category this has a little extra heft and comes of feeling firm and full as well as bright and fresh. Juicy fruits and a spicy finish bring it all together nicely.

    Mourvedre, Rose
  9. La Dama Vini Valpolicella Classico 2020
    La Dama Vini Valpolicella Classico 2020
    Established by Gabriele and Miriam Dalcanele in 2006, La Dama represents the new breed of winemakers in the region. Modern, fresh yet compelling wines coaxed from organically farmed vineyards in the fabled commune of Negrar, home to some of the great names including the legendary Giuseppe Quintarelli.

    Their 10 hectare estate has been certified organic since 2015 and works only with the native varieties of Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella and Molinara. Oak influence is kept to a minimum in order to ensure the vineyard speaks for itself in the glass.

    This looks so pretty in the glass with red currant, raspberry, a touch of Sichuan spice with a lovely lifted and fragrant and nose. There is a touch more flesh and richness then the 2019's and some very fine tannins that give this a little more edge to the wild red fruits. A touch of wild herbs at the end also hang out in the background of the nose and give this a little extra bit of complexity. Really nice form on this one. 
    Corvina, Molinara, Rodinella
  10. Damien Pinon Vouvray Brut NV
    Damien Pinon Vouvray Brut NV
    Third generation vignerons, the Pinons have 25 hectares in Vernou-sur-Brenne. 50% of their production is sparkling and 50% still wine with nothing sold off to the négoce.

    This is a classiclly made Method Tradional sparkling which is seriously good value for money. Crisp clean Chenin Blanc on the pallet it goes well with food or a stand alone weekend bubbles. PWS
    Chenin Blanc
  11. Lucky Cat Nouveau Shiraz 2021
    Lucky Cat Nouveau Shiraz 2021

    Winemaker Tim Shand's Lucky Cat Nouveau made with shiraz grapes from the King Valley in Victoria is a breath of fresh air. Tim always aims for up-front easy to enjoy wines, full of flavour with a little twist. He uses very little additions with just a wee dollop of sulphur at bottling to ensure peak freshness.

    The Nouveau shiraz leaps out of the glass with vivid red fruits interlaced with clove and pepper. Plenty of whole bunch goodness here that leads into a slippery palate choc-full of red and black, wild berry fruit that feels buoyant and fresh. It's not overly simple in any way and it's hard not to just gulp this one down. We tried this chilled, and it was delicious! If you chuck this in the fridge for 20 minutes you better make sure you put in two bottles because it aint going to last long.

  12. Colle Corviano Montepulciano d'Abruzzo DOC 2019
    Colle Corviano Montepulciano d'Abruzzo DOC 2019
    Colle Corviano are smart operators producing some pitch-perfect, classic drops from the hills of Abruzzo. They farm sustainably and all facets of wine-making and growing are agonised over bringing a wonderful vitality and balance to their wines. The montepulciano is off select vineyards all sitting above 300 metres and exposed to the gentle breeze of the Adriatic.

    The wine sees a touch of French oak and this subtly frames the mulberry and black berry on the nose while lending a soft spicey edge to the fruit. Juicy and plush the fruit glides along easily with some fine, grainy tannins peppered throughout the slightly broody fruit. This is screaming for a bit of red grilled meat or really anything charred on hot coals would be a dream.
  13. Fighting Gully Road Sangiovese 2021
    Fighting Gully Road Sangiovese 2021
    Mark has been itching to do a great sangiovese here in Australia since a chance meeting with Alberto Antonio in 1997. Until recently though the clonal selection in Australia has been less then stellar driving Mark to compile a combo of various clones of sangiovese. The result is a complex and authentic sangiovese grown in his on vineyards in Beechworth. Needless to say we are very convinced!

    Savoury dried herbs sprinkled over dark glazed cherry pocked with red currant fruit and a lovely lift in that glass that is so inviting with a touch of fresh leather in the background. Starts with a crunch of red and black cherry crushed in together and laid out over zippy and lively palate. The fruit is pure and perfectly pitched against the superfine tannins. This is wonderfully vibrant and full of energy. What a ripper!
  14. Francois Villard Syrah L'Appel des Sereines 2018
    Francois Villard Syrah L'Appel des Sereines 2018
    Francois Villard was not born into wine; he started out his career as a chef. Today, makes wine from 64 hectares, of which he owns 40 hectares, purchasing fruit from the balance. Villard farms sustainably and waiting for organic certification. Villard tends to harvest later than his neighbors, optimizing ripeness and manages to captures an opulence and a freshness so beautifully in the glass.

    What an opening! Sweet and dark with blackberry, pastille and liquorice mixed in with hints of scorched earth, dried meats, leather and pepper. Its slick and slippery on the palate with a core of dark fruits that flows over your tongue while wild herbs and dark spice back it up. There is a slick polish to the fruit that slips and slides around while meaty, smoked goodness slowly creeps in. Classic looking northern styling with its peppery savouriness and lilac fruit. Fresh and cut with fine tannins and a burst of crunchy acidity. So nice!
  15. Gunderloch Fritz Riesling 2020
    Gunderloch Fritz Riesling 2020

    How do they do it? This has been a PWS favourite for some time now and it never fails to deliver. Made by Rheinhessen legends Gunderloch with vineyards  close to the Rhines south-east steep slopes. The combination of the red slate soil, the proximity to the river, the exposure to the sun and the steepness of the vineyards - are perfect for producing wonderful ripeness. If you are a German riesling fan it would be hard to beat this for the sheer quality and insane value it represents.

    The wine shows lovely stone fruit, peach and pithy characters as it opens in the glass. There is a salty mineral hit to that is really lovely. The fresh natural acidity zip through the ripe and spice flecked palate while a little aromatic lift gives this some real interest. Dry, fresh and full of character. PWS

  16. Head Red Montepulciano 2020
    Head Red Montepulciano 2020
    A perfect BBQ reds built for easy drinking. Alex Head has had a meteoric rise through the ranks of Barosssa winemakers and with no formal training as a winemaker that's an incredible effort. He is all about elegance and freshness and was an integral part of 'new wave' Barossa producers pushing that line.

    This has all the lusciousness you expect of Barossa with its ripe, spicy characters to the fore. There is a little charry something in the background there and that hit of garigue gives it a nice savoury edge. Plush and forward but with plenty of energy and verve. A guzzler!
  17. Hither & Yon Tempranillo 2021
    Hither & Yon Tempranillo 2021

    An everyday quaff, suggesting that handling of this early ripening variety is getting better. Bing cherry, iodine, lilac and lavender. The tension is serviced by reduction as much as a verdant lilt and vanillin streak of gentle tannins. NED GOODWIN, James Halliday

    A mid-weight red that has good purtity of blueberry and cherry fruit with a faint floral and white-pepper edge. Holds a sleek and succelent stance in the mouth and delivers a vividly fresh squeeze of tannin through the finish. Drink over the next 3 years. Screw cap. NICK STOCK, James Suckling

    Richard and Malcolm Leask started what they call their "bottle project" in 2011 and which now has grown into a stonking, not-so-little wine brand out of the Mclaren Vale. They make a compliment of classic Mcclaren fair along with some brilliant "alt" varietals from Spain, Portugal and Italy. Pure and full of vitality there whole range is fantastic but the temp was one of our favourites.

  18. Le Cinciole Cinciorosso 2019
    Le Cinciole Cinciorosso 2019

    60% Sangiovese, 20% Merlot, 20% Syrah. Notionally the entry level wine and historically the vehicle for the younger vine material although Orsini concedes that now the vines are actually not young anymore! Slightly higher yield. Fermented and elevaged in concrete and amphora. 

    Dark core of cherry (pip and fruit), nicely wafting florals and tobacco chiming in to add a savoury note here. The palate is nicely middle weight with the same brooding dark cherry fruit being complexed-up by some hung meat syrah elements. Finely etched tannins vibrancy, and a suave mouthfeel as well as some saline minerality and sanguine character (what I come to see as a feature of the site) Lovely near-term drinking and way too good for the pricing.  MICHAEL MCNAMARA

  19. Petilia Fiano d'Avellino 2019
    Petilia Fiano d'Avellino 2019

    Siblings Roberto and Teresa Bruno property is 20 hectares of vineyards planted to a range of classic regional varietals. The vineyards sit at elevations of 400 - 650 meters and are scattered amongst the towns of Arpaise, Lapio, Candida, Chianche and Altavilla Irpinia. Roberto has been the driving force behind the estate and has been in charge of the winemaking since its inception.

    These are wonderfully classic expressions of the region that embrace a modern approach to winemaking which at its heart respects the long traditions and history of Campania.

    A touch of spicyness over a tropical citrushit complemented by sweet florals. Apple and tree fruit in a silky and lush frame gives way to some peach and minerals salt, quartzy thing going on. Love the sweet fruit and salty tang this comes at you with and some nice zip of crisp acidity keeps it fresh and vibrant.

  20. Schwarz Grower Shiraz 2020
    Schwarz Grower Shiraz 2020
    Schwarz Wine Co has for some time been at the forefront of contemporary Barossa winemaking, crafting site and vintage transparent wines of perfume, structure, and finely etched detail. The family vineyards provide the backbone of the label, though Jason Schwarz's relationships with talented growers are paramount to an enviable cache of old vine fruit sources. Touch the fruit lightly, don't pick too late, keep oak use in check - the house style here is pure, vibrant and we love it!

    A fresh and perfumed nose, violets the leading impression over musk and blue fruit.  The palate is rounded with great shape and feel in the mouth, and while the acid profile adds freshness and a precision to the flavours, the wine is by no means austere or lacking generosity.  Flavour-wise it's pretty classic Barossa Shiraz, full of black fruits, dried herbs and earth.  Works as a young drinker or will certainly reward a few years down.
  21. Unico Zelo Jade & Jasper Fiano 2021
    Unico Zelo Jade & Jasper Fiano 2021
    Brendan and Laura are both winemakers and their Unico Zelo label is a stalwart in the stores here. With a particular focus on Italian varietals they have been showcasing what a little care, alot of love and a good dash of fun can do with wines from the Riverland region. Great labels, cracking wines and good people. How can you can go wrong!?

    Elegant whiffs of jasmine and white peach blossoms, racy and crackling acidity with distinct Fiano texture. This has plenty of pithy zip and a little grip on the palate along with a lovely fresh snap that is often missing from fiano. Nice, crunchy fruits drive through the mouth to a bursting finish that leaves you wanting more. Delicious stuff!
  22. De Bortoli Botrytis Semillon Florence Broadhurst 2016 375mL
    De Bortoli Botrytis Semillon Florence Broadhurst 2016 375mL
    Our manager Effie Ross has chosen this for her staff pick for 2021, here's why:

    This delightful sticky is intended as an approachable, every-day drinking cousin of the treasured national classic, De Bortoli Noble 1. It represents incredible bang for buck and comes ready to drink in a striking 375ml bottle that showcases a design by the late Australian artist Florence Broadhurst. Alluring aromatics of rich ripe oranges, yellow peaches, earl-grey tea, toffee apples, cut hay, and spiced apricot leap out of the glass. It’s pleasantly full-bodied and sugar sweet which is cut nicely with fresh lemon-lime acidity. The flavour carries long on the palate and develops in the glass. This is a complex and well-structured sweet wine, and an excellent example of Riverina botrytis-Semillon. Serve this with cheese, pavlova, or Christmas cake and custard. Recommended reading material includes the history of Australia’s Riverina wine region, or the fascinating and tragic life and work of Florence Broadhurst. EFFIE ROSS, PWS
  23. Rendez-Vous Malbec 2017
    Rendez-Vous Malbec 2017
    This is a brilliant joint venture between Dennis Roman, importer and sommelier and friend, third generation Bordelais winemaker Julien Mingo. Their aim to make a kick-ass Malbec that was awesome value and delicious - nailed it!

    The Rendez-Vous Malbec is full of up-front fruit and boysenberry goodness. It's soft and supple with a core of sweet blackberry and plum fruit with a spray of fine, powdery tannins. There is a touch of savoury herb and a wonderful sweet-spice finish that lingers. It's all put together nicely and a little bottle age gives it a little extra dimension that you do not often see at this price.

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Louis Picalmelot Cremant de Bourgogne Brut Les Terroirs $45.00 $45.00
Louis Picamelot Cremant de Bourgogne Brut Les Terroirs Rose $45.00 $45.00
Balter Captain Sensible Can 375ml $5.00 $5.00
Balter Captain Sensible Can 375ml Four Pack $20.00 $18.00
Weihenstephaner Dunkel 500ml $7.00 $7.00
Weihenstephaner Dunkel 500ml Four Pack $22.00 $22.00
Co-Conspirators The Mechanic Hazy Pale 355ml Can $5.50 $5.50
Andre Clouet Silver Brut Nature NV $85.00 $85.00
Brunswick Aces Hearts Sapiir 700ml $50.00 $50.00
Brunswick Aces Spades Sapiir 700ml $50.00 $50.00
Banks Botanical Non Alcoholic Gin 700ml $51.00 $51.00
Bondar Rose 2021 $26.00 $26.00
Gentle Folk Vin de Sofa Red 2021 $37.00 $37.00
Delamere Sparkling Cuvee NV $40.00 $40.00
Cyril Zangs Ciderman 2017 $18.00 $18.00
The Hills Cloudy Apple Cider 375ml Can $4.50 $4.50
Royal Jamaican Ginger Beer 355ml $7.00 $7.00
Chateau Coupe Roses Fremillant Rose 2020 $22.00 $22.00
La Dama Vini Valpolicella Classico 2020 $30.00 $30.00
Damien Pinon Vouvray Brut NV $37.00 $37.00
Suze 700ml $58.00 $58.00
Jean-Luc & Eric Burguet Bourgogne Rouge Les Pince Vin 2019 $89.00 $89.00
Martingale Estate Chardonnay 2020 $22.00 $22.00
Lucky Cat Nouveau Shiraz 2021 $25.00 $25.00
Marionette Bitter Curacao Liquer 700ml $62.00 $62.00
Marionette Dry Cassis Liquer 700ml $54.00 $54.00
Marionette Orange Curacao Liquer 700ml $62.00 $62.00
Colle Corviano Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOC 2019 $23.00 $23.00
Fighting Gully Road Sangiovese 2021 $31.00 $31.00
Francois Villard Syrah L’Appel des Sereines 2018 $34.00 $34.00
Gunderloch Fritz Riesling 2020 $22.00 $22.00
Head Red Montepulciano 2020 $27.00 $27.00
Hither & Yon Tempranillo 2021 $29.00 $29.00
Le Cinciole Cinciorosso 2019 $35.00 $35.00
Petilia Fiano d’Avellino 2019 $33.00 $33.00
Schwarz Grower Shiraz 2020 $29.00 $29.00
Sons of Eden ‘Freya’ Eden Valley Riesling 2021 $24.00 $24.00
Unico Zelo Jade & Jasper Fiano 2021 $30.00 $30.00
De Bortoli Botrytis Semillon Florence Broadhurst 2016 375mL $18.00 $18.00
Clonakilla Hilltops Shiraz 2021 $34.00 $34.00
Mt Langi Ghiran Cliff Edge Shiraz 2020 $34.00 $34.00
Idee Fixe Blanc de Blancs Premier Brut 2019 $48.00 $48.00
Idee Fixe Brut Rose 2020 $44.00 $44.00
Dormilona Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon 2021 $44.00 $44.00
A.Rodda Cuvee de Chaise Beechworth Cabernet Blend 2019 $39.00 $39.00
Rendez-Vous Malbec 2017 $27.00 $27.00
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