Bubbles

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$55.00

A very fun, characterful and positively challenging pet-nat with tremendous character and playfulness. Most likely this kind of wine isn't everyone's cup of tea, but is truly a raw expression of nature. Not funky or "natty" in any way, but rather very clean, precise and finely crafted. It is definitely ready to drink now, but it will be interesting to see how this will develop over the next couple of years.

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$42.00

Dark rose color, almost red, in the glass. Super aromatic with notes of violets, lychee, ripe strawberry, honey. Sweet, but has a pretty injection of acidity to balance it out. Fizz goes strong even on the second pour. Simple, but delivers.

$52.00

A sparkling wine from New England made using Champagne method (Pinot Noir + Chardonnay with secondary fermentation occurring in bottle). Not many affordable sparklers like this are found on the AUS market. Marked with a beautifully rounded structure, elegant bubbles and a fresh breath of acidity. With the richness that it offers, it definitely needs to be paired with some lighter tapas or seafood.

$65.00

A blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, aged on lees for more than 14 years! Still so fresh, with plenty of intensity and complexity. It offers a mix of lemon and apple on the nose, with subtle hints of mushroom, all overlaid with plenty of bakery aromas - croissant, baked bread, caramel.

$55.00

Here, Chenin Blanc sees wild ferment in barrels and then has a bucket of Shiraz fired into it to kick off the in-bottle bubbles. The Shiraz gives just enough fuel to make sure the pressure is perfect and the flavors are bang on. Delicious stuff.

$50.00

Light, fresh & dry. Apple, lemon zest, papaya & toast on the nose. Good effervescence, with a well-balanced & clean finish. Lots of complexity beyond just "an ordinary sparkling wine".

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$75.00

A very eccentric, atypical and slightly oxidative, yet very drinkable, complex and enjoyable Sauvignon Blanc coming from Simha. There is very little typical varietal character here and the style is more in the 'natty' white wine camp, with somewhat dominant phenolic notes, some terracotta tones of amphorae and oxidative complexity. However, if you don't mind that, this is a lovely little drop - the relatively light body of the wine and incisive acidity make it a great food wine.

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$59.00

A very lovely, balanced and structured Clare Valley Riesling that combines ripe, just barely off-dry fruit with bracing, precise acidity. Still feels surprisingly tightly-wound and most likely could benefit from a few years in a cellar. Punches above its weight and presents great value at this price.

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$68.00

This Riesling is ripe and fresh with a fleshy body and bright flavors of freshly picked red apples, some cantaloupe, a little bit of tart lemony citrus fruits, light sweeter notes of ripe citrus fruits and a hint of honeyed sweetness. Quite high acidity that lends nice sense of balance and poise to the wine. Mouth-watering finish. Definitely one for the books.

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Travis Tausend Hey Pup 2020

$68.00

Gosh this is good! A strong reminder in the glass of how good these SA field blends can get. It’s that powdery texture mixed with glass shards of acidity. The strong scents of fresh squeezed lemon, perfect Tommy’s Margaritas, green apple freshness. Intensity and crystalline texture yet so much drinkability and refreshment. Faint savouriness? That too. And a quartz-like minerally finish matched to light almond with citrus spiked over the lot. Wow.

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$44.00

Pronounced perfume shows green herb, lemon and passionfruit. The palate is riotous and with great texture, piercing, cool and refreshing. More of the passionfruit and yet lime to taste, some light chalkiness and a faint suggestion of cashew. Really delicious, moreish thing with some quiet complexity in tow.

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$51.00

Beautifully formed and frisky Pinot Gris that speaks fluently of refreshment factor and quiet complexity. Piercing acidity, fine, powdery texture, grapefruit and passionfruit tang at large! Complex style, compelling drinking, pretty straight up, but no hair out of place. Big like.

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$45.00

A most proper varietal expression on this Riesling. Aromas of petrol, peach, apricot, lemonade and meadow flowers. Clean, crisp and refreshing on entry. Finishes off with a long, tangerine finish. The alcohol and acidity levels are medium, which is not the best contribution for long-term cellaring, but nevertheless, this is still a ridiculously quaffable wine we'd like to bathe in. Straight fire from Clare Valley.

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$52.00

A balanced and promising Riesling. There seems to be quite a bit of ripeness and sense of concentration with a good acid structure, suggesting some unrealized potential. Lots of freshness coming in the form of green apple, melon, citrus fruit. A mineral touch on the finish. Ready to be drunk now, but could also age a few more years easily.

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$72.00

Lovely feel, delicious drinking. Supple texture, ripe citrus flavours, some salted cashew going on, a lick of green herbs and a hint of smokiness overlaid. Flavours and scents match nicely, similar things to say. The general feel is of a complex, medium weight wine with good freshness on its side. It feels interesting and good drinking at once. Nicely done.

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$79.00

An incredible step-up compared to 2019 (which was their first Grüner vintage btw). This has managed to escape the winemaking characteristics easily and give much more varietal expression - white pepper, lemongrass, lemon juice, celery. Burst of acidity on the palate with a nice, long finish (just a touch of lees on it). Wonderful to see such a progression!

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$40.00

A nice, refreshing and fruity Pinot Gris that lies somewhere between the refreshing yet simple (and often tasteless) Italian Pinot Grigio and the more fruitier and rounder style of German Grauburgunder. This wine is a bit lighter and somewhat higher in acidity than your average Pinot Gris, but it also has much more fruit and depth than your run-of-the-mill Pinot Grigio. Overall this is quite reliable and tasty effort, making it a good everyday wine for a wide variety of food. Perhaps best served with white meats, grilled fish or heavier salads.

$40.00

Pale yellow-green color. Quite rich and moderately characterful, slightly lifted nose with aromas of cantaloupe, some exotic spice, light floral notes of aromatic herbs, a little bit of arrack and a touch of vanilla custard. The wine is ripe yet dry and moderately full-bodied on the palate with firm flavors. Fresh finish, long and quite tangy.

$81.00

We could drink this out of a faucet! Pale lemon-green in the glass. Wonderful aromas of green apple juice, chamomile, peach and some wet stones. Body is light, but bursting with acid and fruit. When drinking this, all worries go away and you're transported onto a sun-bathed meadow where the grass smells fresh, the animals roam around freely and everything is ok.

$70.00

Sauvignon Blanc is one of the dominant grape varieties in Tasmania, giving amazingly energetic wines. The nose on this is all exotic, complemented by some dill and sea salt. Lightning strikes on the palate! You can taste the vitality, but it's so well blended with the fruit that you forget it's there. Until you come to your next sip (or bottle).

$39.00

Origin: Eden Valley Region: South Australia Grape(s): Riesling Style: Light-bodied, crisp white wine made using tank method Drinkability: Guzzle Alcohol: 10%

$50.00

Rich, rich nose with an abudance of fruit and florals. Same on the palate where nothing is too textural or overdone. Bit of sweetness coming from the lees contact, but this is so well-integrated with the acidity that it makes us shed tears of joy. Top-notch quality from the LP crew.

$52.00

Pale lemon green in the glass. Superbly aromatic, almost like a lychee was smashed into the glass. Some note of lemongrass, white pepper and papaya. Rich and lean at the same time, lots of body, lots of alcohol, but also a good string of acidity to complement. Nice Gewurz, nothing like Alsace or other Aussies that we've tried. Props.

$32.00

Strong scents of nashi pear and cashew. Juicy and rich-ish texture, more nashi and nuts, good length, vitality and freshness here. All of it fits together well and feels good. Textural white of good character.

$44.00

Light yellow in the glass. Nicely fragrant with notes of citrus and pear on the first whiff. Opens up to notes of banana, pineapple and honeysuckle. Medium-bodied, well-balanced with a touch of salinity on the aftertaste. Good stuff.

$27.00

The heavy red soils in this vineyard contribute to the fruit generosity seen in this wine. The Polish Hill River portion in the wine provides an acid profile and drive. The wine is made in a generous and refreshing fruit driven style with a soft, velvety palate of exceptional length. It has classic flavors of ripe lemon and lime and some tropical fruit notes. It drinks well young, but will also reward with cellaring.

$37.00

Studebaker Bianco is one conclusion in a series of experiments in texture and tannin in white wine, a post-punk, post-natural, tangy, minerally, crunchy gargle. The overt green-melon ?fruitiness? of this wine is a pleasant surprise. Texturally it?s a joy. Leaving the wine unfiltered retains viscosity as well as almond blossom aromatics. The ?phenolic?, skinsy crunch (which comes from the fermentation on skins) acts as a kind of picture frame around the wine defining the honeydew and pear flavours complemented by ginger spice confined within these borders.

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LAS Vino CBDB 2018

$75.00

Strong scents of nashi pear and cashew. Juicy and rich-ish texture, more nashi and nuts, good length, vitality and freshness here. All of it fits together well and feels good. Textural white of good character.

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CRFT Gruner Veltliner 2020

$55.00

Fascinating Gr?ner Veltliner (a grape originally from the valleys of Wachau, Austria). Lovely weight and texture. Honey, fennel, melon and wax-like flavours. It?s juicy and vigorous but it has body to it as well. Get this in your belly.

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Between Five Bells 2018

$63.00

A solid QPR for this Geelong white blend. Don't expect out-worldly terroir depth, but rather superb varietal expression and structural balance. Marked with peach-yoghurt and lemon-rind aromas, leading to a smooth, creamy and textural palate that has plenty of body and an aromatic, polished finish.

Queen Chardonnay

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Queen Chardonnay

Bellwether Chardonnay 2016

$80.00

This vintage displayed a totally different universe compared to 2015. Pronounced and attractive nose with slightly sweet and nuanced aromas of yellow fruit, some marzipan and crème à la vanille, a little bit of apple jam and a touch of crème brûlée. This is a wine you'd eat for breakfast, just from the smell of it. Bone-dry, yet so rich, offering spectacular mouth-watering acidity. Superb balance. A beast for the price.

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$105.00

Pours lemon yellow in the glass. Quite subtle on the nose, but shows some layers to it - lemon, lime, green apple, lemongrass and brioche. The palate is balanced, with medium depth. A nice, refreshing Chardonnay that is judiciously dosed with oak.

$82.00

In terrific shape right now, even though young. Vibrant, youthful fruit dominates the nose - green apple, bursts of citrus, some nuttiness as well. A Chardonnay that's clean and very enjoyable for the style and grape variety. An impressive effort that is drinking wonderfully right now and will probably continue to develop for a handful of years more.

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$85.00

A ripe and juicy yet still wonderfully firm, structured and acid-driven Chardonnay with beautiful purity of fruit and a great combination of ripe fruit and freshness. There's no denying that the wine shows quite a bit of ripeness, but it nevertheless retains a wonderful sense of balance and freshness at the same time, never once coming across as soft, heavy or blowzy. It is drinking wonderfully right now but will continue to develop for some years more. Priced according to its quality.

Queen Chardonnay

By Farr Chardonnay 2014

$98.00

Deep golden in the glass. Wonderful nose of ripe tropical fruit (pineapple, mango, papaya), biscuit, butter, fresh brioche. Full-bodied, but light at the same time. Probably due to the high, crisp acidity levels that shine without issue through the judicious oak dosage and lees creaminess. Layered, serious Chardonnay that has perfect balance, solid length and proper aging potential. Top-notch, bravo!

$101.00

Hand-picked fruit from 40-year-old vines, whole bunch pressing, 12 months on lees. Super-lean, displaying powerful green, unripe forms of fruit - apple, kiwi, lime. A bit of textural richness comes from the lees, but this definitely needs 1-2 years time to rest in the bottle. Balanced, persistent, mineral finish.

$60.00

You want to introduce natural wine to your friends and get their eternal affection afterwards? This is your animal. A blend that changes each year, depending on what the vineyard provides. For this vintage, Nav has mixed Chardonnay, Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc. It's all about texture here, bumped up by stunning minerality. The acidity has you in tears with every sip but is perfectly integrated with the 12% abv and juicy fruit concentration. Buy it, drink it, cellar it - everything goes.

$45.00

Honest wine, fresh, juicy & vibrant with immediate charm. Ridiculously moreish wine made without any additions, minimal manipulation and bottled with minimal preservatives. This is an entry pass to Topper's terroir.

$34.00

Fleshy textured, soft and supple, juiciness is en pointe. Lighter, refreshing style albeit with some extra width and an almost diffuse softness. Great for tapas and lighter seafood.

$30.00

Richness, intensity, and drive. Spice, stone fruit and grapefruit. Some creaminess, plenty of grip, and drive though the finish, which has a kind of seaside brine and tang to it.

$195.00

This is insane quality right here. Wow. Deep golden in the glass. The nose is intoxicating - melon, pineapple, brioche, vanilla, caramel. Abundant. Then you swirl and sip. Just a blast of goodness all the way from start to finish - acid is there, concentration is there, balance is on point. Young, needs some time to integrate, but what a complete wine this is. Stunning, stunning stuff. Can't beat Victoria in the Australian Chardonnay game.

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Stargazer Chardonnay 2018

$96.00

What a fantastic drop this is, easily one of the top 3 white wines we've tried this year. It?s a Chardonnay that has everything you?re looking for in this grape - elegance, richness, acidity and excitement. The 2018 is catching up to the quality of the '17, but it needs more time in the bottle. Give it a few more months and it will be ready to rock & roll. Top value.

$99.00

This is a wine of subtle complexity; refined, elegant and balanced. Aromas of Granny Smith apples, melon and hints of nuts dominate the nose. The soft creamy palate ably balances the crisp acidity. The wine has predominate orchard fruit flavours on its clean minerally finish. One of the best editions of Chardonnay from Nic Peterkin so far.

$79.00

A two barrel combo of Clone 95 and Mendoza Chardonnay ? one full of florals and prettiness, the other bass notes of rich, ripe stone fruits. Fermenting and aging in 50% new oak. Just all around awesome.

Rosé Wines

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$70.00

Light, fresh aromatic reddish wine. Sour scents and flavours, soupy, slick texture with floral notes and bubblegummy flavour and texture to finish. It’s got some nice, perky fruit character, a good deal of lift & texture through front and mid palate. Nice drop, drink chilled!

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$48.00

Quiet and textural style here. Pear, redcurrant, spice, strawberry and a little fennel and earthiness. Chalk dust, saline and strewn with dried herbs and orange peel, a blood orange tang, and a savoury finish of good length. Excellent.

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$70.00

The Commune rosé came from the difficulties of 2020 outside of the vineyard. This Nebbiolo was picked in the first week of April and crushed as whole bunches underfoot and left on-skins for two days. The wine was fermented in threes puncheons and aged on full lees for eleven months. A bright intense wine with an explosion of red fruits of cherries, cranberries, and raspberry. Its strength is in its varietal complexity of acidity and tannin.

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$98.00

A rosé made from multiple different clones of Pinot Noir. Hazy in the glass due to no filtration or fining. Funky nose, but very clean on the palate - raspberries, roses, hibiscus, black pepper, violets. Very lively wine, far from mainstream, textbook wines. If you love 'em wild, this is your animal.

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$51.00

Fruits and florals play around on the nose, very aromatic and enjoyable stuff. Dry with a beautifully integrated acidity, just enough to highlight the bright fruit. Long finish. A great rosé that has definitely shot up into our top 3. Don't expect humongous complexity, but expect that you could smash two bottles of this easily on a Sunday morning.

$45.00

Rosés are usually not that exhilarating as whites and reds, but there is something in this one that just makes you smile. It smells a bit like a Syrah-based Rhone rose with notes of blueberry, raspberry and Mediterranean spice. Light, fresh and mineral on the palate. Refreshing crispiness. Medium aftertaste.

$39.00

Light salmon pink in the glass. Pleasant, sort of sweet aromatics - cranberry, candied cherry, raspberry. Very fruit-driven on the palate as well. Simple, refreshing, light. Alcohol is much lighter compared to the 2019 vintage, giving way to a lot more acidity. Great wine, works well at the price.

$51.00

On the palate, this is a wild card. Fresh and tangym filled with raspberry, blood orange and slight hints of watermelon. Just a brush of bitterness on the finish. Drink with lightly prepared seafood or just on the patio on an off-day.

$44.00

Translucent cherry color. Fragrant and very expressive nose with aromas of sweet red cherries, sour cranberries, burnt herbs, ripe blackcurrant and a lift of VA that won't bother anybody. Sleek, medium body with a brush of tannins and crisp acid. Strong savoury core.

Orange Wines

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$53.00

A remarkably well-made, pure and nuanced orange wine that is very savory and simply dead-serious in style. Definitely a crowd-pleaser note to the nose, but offers so much precision on the palate. Chardonnay seems to lend this wine a kind of richness and body while Riesling comes in with the zippiness. The quality here is obviously top-notch and while there's certain rustic roughness around the edges, the wine is wonderfully pure and precise from the beginning to the end, not showing any excessive funk or such.

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$73.00

Electric white, saline tang, minerally. Quinine and grapefruit juice, salty mineral water, green apple juice, incredibly long and rolling, mouth-watering finish. Understated in a way, but there’s plenty going on here. Super refreshing. Very special wine.

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$63.00

A very elementary version of a skin-contact white. Deep golden yellow in the glass. Some oxidized apple on the nose complemented by pleasant florals. Palate is rich and textural, wtih tons of herbaceousness hitting at first, but the tropical fruit from the Semillon rounds this out nicely. A pretty wine, something to start your orange wine journey with.

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$68.00

A very elementary version of a skin-contact white. Deep golden yellow in the glass. Some oxidized apple on the nose complemented by pleasant florals. Palate is rich and textural, wtih tons of herbaceousness hitting at first, but the tropical fruit from the Semillon rounds this out nicely. A pretty wine, something to start your orange wine journey with.

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$68.00

Truly unique and not expected AT ALL from Viognier. A definite step up in the orange wine game. Cloudy in the glass. Has a rich nose of funky apricot; definitely feels very "natural". Ginger, lemongrass, some kumquat. Zippy palate with a blast of hops. Really rich texture and serious body. Mind-blowingly unique wine that will impress at every dinner table.

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$60.00

Pale orange hazy in the glass. Nose of Haribo melon, jasmine, mango skin and green fruit. Slight oxidation that certainty contributes to the experience by pushing a bit more brightness in there. Tasty madness in a glass.

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$98.00

This particular wine is a blend of Vermentino and Moscato Giallo (which serves as complementary grape). The wine spends three months on skins in tank on its skin to acquire aromatics, colour and strength. Dane works with small batch co-ferments, wild yeasts and ambient ferments. This is a natural wine, bottled without filtration, fining or added sulphur. It is delicate yet complex, with hints of musk, orange blossom, orange peel, ginger spice and a savoury grip.

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Orange Wines

Koerner Pigato 2020

$65.00

A very lovely, bright and crystalline orange wine, that drinks more like a white wine - i.e. the wine is quite light, bright and shows very little, if any, tannic grip - but tastes like a textbook orange wine. Wonderful depth and complexity paired to tremendous drinkability here, this is a wine that evaporates from the glass at an alarming rate, be it served as a food wine or on its own. Highly recommended.

Pinot(esque) Noir

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$72.00

Medium ruby in the glass. Some reduction on the nose first, but blows off pretty fast. This a wine that you can start liking from the very first taste. The acidity is bright, there are a lot of crunchy berry fruit flavors backed up by some bubblegummy sweetness. Low in alcohol, too easy to guzzle.

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Pinot(esque) Noir

BK Wines Ripasso NV

$73.00

Brooding, dark berried wine, rich flavours, lots of stewed and dried fruits, the finish a bit drying-dried out, but the rest of the wine seems to find some mojo and complexity. Meaty, dried fruit characters, rich panforte notes too. Lots to chew on. Big red wine. Lovers line up, this is done pretty well.

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Pinot(esque) Noir

Blind Corner Rouge 2018

$55.00

Wow, the nose on this! Red & green peppers, some jalapeno juice, blackcurrant, paprika, ripe ripe plum. Bellissimo! Very simple though, easy-drinking is the name of the game here. The palate is marked with smooth tannins, moderate acidity, goes down like a charm. Glou glou.

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$64.00

A very ripe and bold Montepulciano that is so very like one could expect from the style. Quite a powerhouse, but mainly in a good way. The wine is remarkably fresh, bright and balanced. The overall style is quite straightforward and fruit-driven, lacking some complexity, but we can imagine the wine could gain some additional depth with aging. Very enjoyable - especially for the vintage - and offers lots of pleasure.

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$80.00

True Syrah territory, going on fresher berry fruit, black pepper, game meat and mixed herbs. Good start. Fleshy texture ripples with ripe fruit, exotic spice, pepper, a bit of roast capsicum, finishes meaty and a bit like red vermouth. Nicely done. Fuller flavoured style feeling pure and generous and easy.

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$95.00

Australia's most famous Pinot producer has changed hands and the winery is now helmed by Burgundian vigneron Jean-Marie Fourrier of Domaine Fourrier. The wine is marked with beautiful hints of red berry fruit, liquorice, mushrooms, graphite and fine minerality. No shortage of complexity, concentration and finesse. The finish has slightly sweet cherry notes, with zippy acidity and fine tannins.

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$72.00

As the grapes are grown on slightly cooler sites compared to your classic Shiraz from South Australia, this lovely drop is marked by high acidity, fresh fruit flavours and a deep savoury core. Aromas that you may detect on the nose include sour cherry, black olives, blackcurrant and green peppercorn. Elegant on the palate with fine tannins and a smooth finish.

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$79.00

Medium ruby in the glass. A cleaner style of Pinot compared to the standard range. This has some squeaky clean red fruit on the nose and is followed by just a touch of whole-bunch. Great glou-glou addition to CoB's range.

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$82.00

Medium ruby in the glass. Some Brett on the nose, but blows off pretty fast, giving way to aromas of cranberry, raspberry and some overripe strawberry. Palate is a bit sharp, but we see this settling down in the next 2-3 months. You get the natty feels, but this actually drinks very clean. The structure is more Gamay-like. Nonetheless, highly enjoyable drop.

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$58.00

Ripe cherry and red forest berry scents, whiffs of animale, fennel and clove. Fruit-forward up front, taken over by a convoy of dusty tannins and puckery acidity. Succulent in texture, marked with rose hip tea flavors and a slate-like minerality. Pure, such good flavour and detail, exceptional drinking quality and generally just a damn impressive red wine.

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$75.00

Medium ruby in the glass. New oak right off the bat on the nose - pencil shavings, vanilla, Christmas spices, charred wood. Clean, ripe red fruit dominates in the mouth - strawberry, cherry, cranberry. A complex and beautifully layered Pinot, but doesn't go extremely deep into the philosophical realm. Elegant, fine and easy drinking. Tasted blind, you could be leaning slightly to Burgundy, but this still has that dominant NW touch. Good stuff.

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$75.00

Pale ruby in the glass. Huge flint on the nose, but smells more like a soil component than chemical reduction. Lots of bright red berry fruit to complement. A completely fruit-driven Pinot that offers so much enjoyment. Mellow tannins, soft, but present acidity, medium alcohol. Pure juice, superb.

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$61.00

The bistro style Gamay with levels added to it. This is some serious gear right here. Deep violet in the glass, pretty foggy from the lack of filtration. Strong barnyard funk at first, but leave it a bit in the decanter and you shall be rewarded. Aromas of blackberry, dark cherry, overripe raspberry. A strong savory core detected on the palate. Slightly grippy tannins, high acid and a long finish. Can definitely go strong for a few more years.

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$101.00

Pale and cloudy in the glass. Superb aromatics - at first some strong flint dominates, but as the wine breathes, it gives way to sweet-ish red fruit and herbal sensations. Very light on the palate. Crisp acid that needs some time in the bottle to mellow down. Fruit hits the senses first, but the more you drink this, the more you realize it's a very savoury style of Pinot. Give it 2-3 more years in the bottle to calm down and it will be such a smooth operator.

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$71.00

Pale violet in the glass, showing slight haze. The whole-bunch character comes right out on the nose - some stems, some unripe berry fruit. Hints of VA. The body is super light, acidity is juicy, the finish is strong. Great representation of Pinot Noir, but made in an alternative, hip version.

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$78.00

Wonderful value and the most Burgundy-like Pinot Noir in the Simha collection. Pale ruby in the glass. The nose is a bit subtle at first but opens up after some time. Notes of red forest fruit (strawberries, raspberries), cloves, vanilla and some charred wood. The palate is elegant & smooth, with nothing jumping out. High, refreshing acidity blended in well with the moderate alcohol and fruit concentration. Needs a bit more time in the bottle, but even now it’s just gorgeous to drink.

$78.00

Moderate ruby in the glass. Quite ripe aromas of strawberry, raspberry, cherry, some sweet oak spices. Very subtle compared to the majority of NW Pinots. The same goes for the body. Really restrained, not giving out much but moderate complexity. Richer texture, smoother tannins, but not crazy complex. Great Pinot if you don't mind the restraint and subtlety.

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Pinot(esque) Noir

Brash Higgins MCC 2019

$52.00

Pale ruby in the glass. Aromatic with notes cranberry, redcurrant, blueberry, rosemary and thyme. Simple and refreshing with a light-ish abv. Lots of sweet fruit on the finish. Drink chilled on a rooftop sunset session.

$54.00

Medium garnet in the glass. Good, solid intensity on the nose. For such a young vintage, this is already settled and ready to go. Notes of cherry, raspberry, blueberry, coconut and cinnamon. A very good 101 representative of these Portuguese grapes. Well-balanced, concentrated and complex. Could trick you into thinking it's Mediterranean, a stunning effort.

$57.00

Interesting take on Sangiovese from the magician Owen Latta. Huge savoury core with the black and red fruit playing around in the front. Moderate depth, a lick of tannins and beautifully refreshing acidity. Winner.

$50.00

Deep ruby in the glass. Blasting aromas of oriental/Indian spice mixed with red and dark berry fruit. You've probably never smelled a wine like this, so hats off for the uniqueness Tomfoolery. The body is medium, has a good balance of all its elements and tastes super bright in the mouth. Tannins just right, offering more grip to the whole structure. Medium (+) finish.

$40.00

Inspired by the new wave 'Vino Joven' wines of the old world, Young Blood Shiraz is released as a cheeky youngster with just a brief barrel maturation to showcase structure and varietal character, while retaining freshness and finesse. The fruit is open fermented utilising native yeasts, with 30% whole bunch in the mix. After 7 days maceration post-ferment, the wine is gently basket pressed and racked to stainless vats (50%) and old French oak hogsheads (50%) for 6 months maturation. Young Blood Shiraz is pure, uncomplicated enjoyment.

$40.00

If you're a fan of Rioja and thier early 'joven' releases, you?re in for a real treat. Inspired by Ben Chipman's travels across Europe, where fellow backpackers drank solely out of carafes, this Grenache breathes life into a category known mostly for heavy duty wines. Fresh, fragrant, uncomplicated.

$101.00

Solita is a joint venture with Journalist Nick Stock with Nebbiolo sourced from the Longview vineyard, near Macclesfield, in the Adelaide Hills. Established by Duncan MacGillivray in the early 90?s, Longview is owned by the Saturno family. Solita is matured in oak for between 36-48 months with further maturation in bottle for up to 7 years prior to release. Aromatic, juicy, complex. Superb expression of a New World Nebbiolo.

$52.00

Pale ruby in the glass. Lots of VA at first, but fades away with 30 minutes of decanting. Mellow, the fruit comes out in forms of oxidised strawberry, cherry and blackcurrant. Some spice and a strong savoury character. Medium body, tart acid. An out-of-the-box Pinot Noir.

$128.00

Deep ruby in the glass, showing a bit of haze. Beautifully aromatic with notes of gun flint hitting the nose right off the bat, but with air, this opens up to more fruit-savory character. Tones of ripe strawberry, freshly picked cranberry, juniper and some exotic spice. Good depth, but seems too young at the moment. Seeing how the 2009 developed gracefully, I wouldn't be surprised if this is better on it's 10-year mark. Give it time.

Cabernet & Co

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$95.00

Medium ruby in the glass. A fruit-forward nose that gives a lot of that New World Cab character. More of a red fruit-black fruit tango - raspberry, black cherry, blueberry, blackcurrant. Not overly rich, more of a refreshing Cab with a slight lick of oak to soften the already high acidity and soft tannins. Medium finish.

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$265.00

Medium bodied/weight, blackcurrants, some dried herbs, spice, a touch of menthol. Good level of acidity and grippy tannins on the finish. Superb structure and balance, with a long lingering finish. Lovely wine. Note to self, keep this for at least 10 years.

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$315.00

Lively palate, persistent, well-rigged with fine yet chewy tannin, tobacco traces, more red than black fruit. An elegant Wendouree palate, more of the same flavours, with leather and liquorice, acid yes but balanced. Beautiful. This is more about Cabernet than the Clare Valley or Wendouree (although the latter capitialises on the possibilities with the variety in the region).

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$255.00

Cedar and spruce with just a whiff of sweet fruit and and spice. After an initial sweetness, the wine quickly turns savoury. Tannins are finely woven, long and drying. Very satisfying drinking now, but no hurry.

New
$95.00

Deep purple color and opaque. Tons of floral, herb, and fruity notes on the nose. Violet, rose petals, mixed fruits. Full-bodied, fresh, powerful, yet really refined. Mouthful of flavors ranging from ripe blackberry to almonds & chestnuts. Long finish. One of the great Aussies for sure!

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$52.00

The long-awaited 'FRNC' is finally here! And yes, it deliveries. Stunning varietal expression - aromatic, soft, but plush at the same time. Medium-bodied. Refreshing, crunchy character. Not much depth, but that's not really the point here.

$140.00

Stylish, lifted nose settling into itself after a few years in bottle. A medium-bodied ?classic? Bordeaux style featuring a fleshy, fruit-layered palate integrated with earthy complexity. In true Yarra Yering tradition, it combines power with poise, concentration with finesse. This is a wine for the long haul that will reward patience with abundance.

$56.00

Consistent with the previous vintage. Very good quality delivered from Two Hands again. This vintage may be a tad riper, but it still balances out the two key elements needed for Cab to be in check - acid is high, fruit concentration is on point. Some chocolatey notes play around on the palate. Tannins exist, but don't intrude. Good stuff and really good value.

Heavy Hitters

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$68.00

Durif is such a show-stopper at tastings. You can't put your finger on it, but it tastes damn good. Every. Single. Time. In the States it's known as Petite Sirah, the word "Petite" indicating the size of the berries that make this grape so distinct. But how did it end up in Australia? Durif was first planted in Australia in the Rutherglen region by pioneering Victorian viticulturalist Francois de Castella in 1908. It suits warmer and drier climates, so is a natural fit for a number of regions, including Kalleske's Barossa Valley.

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$81.00

Deep, slightly translucent black color in the glass. Brooding, sweet-toned nose with aromas of overripe dark fruits, some stemmy greenness, a little bit of boysenberry jam, light earthy spicy tones and a hint of meatiness. You'd expect a fruit bomb on the palate, but this wine kinda does the opposite - it's firm and seriously grippy, while not exceeding any ripeness boundaries (if such exist). Not much depth or complexity on this, nonetheless, it's a superb representation of what Barossa is capable of and what kind of styles lay ahead.

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$69.00

Deep violet in the glass. Highly pronounced aromas of ripe, almost jammy black & red fruit, sweet spices and Mediterranean herbs. Bit of carbonic notes of ripe banana and bubble gum. Full-bodied with sweet ripe tannins that are not overly pronounced and are very well-balanced with the concentration of flavors. The alcohol is high with an acidity that seems to naturally complement the wine.

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$110.00

Ruby red in the glass, showing medium intensity. Very aromatic, reminds us more of McLaren Vale Shiraz than Barossa - tons of floral elements, sweet blueberries, raspberries and cherries. Big & broad, high alcohol and piercing acidity. Just a brush of bitterness on the aftertaste. Definitely needs more time in the bottle, but this will have a long shelf life.

NEW
$54.00

As a whole this is an enjoyable, heavy-set all-rounder with decent balance and supple, straightforward fruit. Concentrated, quite opaque black-red color with a thinner, slightly purple rim. Plummy dark fruit and a surprisingly sophisticated streak game meat. The tannins are quite soft and mellow, giving the wine quite chewy texture and round, easily approachable character. The finish is supple and long with ripe and sweet flavors of cherry, dark fruit and quite pronounced vanilla.

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$54.00

A very typical entry-level Montepulciano. The wine is bright, balanced and crunchy with good freshness. With its high acidity and low tannins, the wine can remind some of Barbera - the flavors are slightly different, but the style is quite the same. Not really worth cellaring, but drinks very nicely with a wide variety of everyday dishes. A perfect little weekday wine.

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$80.00

Textural glory, sumptuous detail. Notes of blackberries, spice, earth, sweetness, savouriness and sense of young and old material. Slightly ferrous tannin shaping the wine and extending it incredibly. The bouquet is so enticing; pot pourri strong in dried rose petal, faint game meat, old leather and spice cupboard, wild forest berries on briar – true perfume. Beautiful!

New
$230.00

Travis Earth is one of the superstars of the Australian Shiraz starting 11. Deep ink-black in the glass. The nose is filled with an abundance of fruit, the sweetness of oak and just a whiff (a strong one) of herbs. Rich and mouth-filling with layers and layers of mind-numbing, banana-peel tannins cloaking the fruit.

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$188.00

Rich nose offering tons of black fruit, some Mediterranean spices and hints of freshly lit tobacco. Plump on the palate, doesn't hold back. High alcohol, medium acidity makes this a definite food wine.

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$185.00

One of the best Barossa Shiraz on the scene. So incredibly dense and rich. It's like super-concentrated berry juice put in a bottle. Think everything in terms of flavour - brown spices, rich jam, high acid. Big wine. Needs years before it is accessible, but this will reward big time. Enjoy!

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$185.00

Deep opaque black purple. Blackberry cloaked in savoury herbs, creamy and salty. Viognier shows here as more like dark and lifted spice. It’s full, full bodied, deep thick and savoury. The big volume of muscular flavour picks up velocity quickly and doesn't let up. Powerful, intense and complex. A wine that will make you smile from ear to ear.

NEW
$67.00

Medium ruby in the glass, showing wonderful purple hues. The nose on this is just drop-dead gorgeous. OH! Reminds us of one of those French vin de soif wines from Beaujolais or the Rhone. Crunchy berry fruit, some sage, cracked pepper and roasted nuts. Pleasant balance in the mouth with a very persistent concentration of fruit in the front line and some green tones on the finish. Simple, but showing superb drinkability.

$55.00

Touriga Nacional, Tinto Cao and Tinta Roriz (aka Tempranillo) - blending these varieties is a centuries-old tradition in the most famous Portugal wine region - the Douro Valley. Grapes were destemmed and put into an open fermenter to undergo spontaneous fermentation followed by 16 months of ageing in old oak barrels.

$49.00

Nutty, red fruits, a little floral perfume. Medium-bodied, hazelnut, a bit of classic Tempranillo earthiness, gentle gummy tannin, some spice in with boysenberry and a lick of tannin and saline flavour on a solid finish. So smashable. Lovely wine. You can taste the New World style for sure, but the grape variety has an unmistakable accent here.

$95.00

"Deep ruby in the glass. Sweet aromatics. Fruit is complemented by moderate oak. Full-bodied with soft tannins and medium acidity. Quite complex from start to finish - cassis, raspberry, cherry, baking spices, wet earth. Long, dry aftertaste. Good stuff! "

$69.00

Deep ruby in the glass with violet hues. Pronounced aromatics leaning towards candied blueberry, blackcurrant, paprika, cardamom, mint. High acid, piercingly high, but well-balanced with the alcohol and expressed tannins.

$48.00

Incredibly fragrant and perfumed nose with intense, expressive aromas of freshly picked forest fruit, crunchy blackcurrants and boysenberries, a vibrant floral streak of violets, a little bit of olive and a hint of dried shrubs. Very pure and incredibly captivating taste. Pretty structured, tightly-knit, refreshing and joyful. A vibrant Syrah that shows superb depth and breadth of flavor.

Sweet Spot

$51.00

Tinta Roriz aka Tempranillo originates from Rioja, but it is also widely spread in Portuguese wine regions in Douro River Valley where it makes one of the five main blending components of famous fortified Port wines. Topper's vintage Tinta Roriz is fresh and sweet on the nose with dominating aromas of strawberry jam, blueberries, roasted walnuts, roasted almonds and hint of coffee. The wine spent 9 years in old barrel to develop complex aromatic profile and sensationaly silky texture.

$39.00

Stunning nose of green apple, passionfruit and ripe lemon. High, razor-sharp acid highlights the fruit gorgeously and is backed up by just the right amount of residual sugar. Mind you, the sweetness is not here to overwork the wine. Its role is just to make it juicier and more concentrated. Even though it's highly approachable now, this will just keep on giving and developing. Great job by John Hughes, putting a seal on our favorite Riesling outside of Europe.

Vintage Classics

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$106.00

Very dark purple ruby, with a vivid pink rim. The aromas seem to leap from the glass, offering up a fragrant spray of sweet berry fruit - noticeably grapey in character, but there is also some ripe blueberry, too. Quite elegant and smooth on the palate, and showing no signs of the alcohol level. Fine structure, with very good acidity, and a massive dose of deep berry fruit. No need to decant, just drink it straight from the bottle.

NEW
$230.00

Pale lemon in the glass. Powerful nose right off the bat - loads of melon, tropical fruit, baked apple and brioche. Medium, almost going to full body, lots of texture and concentration. Approachable now, but this definitely has some nice life ahead of it.

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$230.00

Pale lemon green in glass. Showing beautiful youth on the nose with aromas of grass, elderflower, lime, unripe pear and a bit of crushed gravel. Super juicy in the mouth, with the limey character prevailing throughout and the reasonably high acidity really highlighting the fruit notes. Great depth of flavors and a flawless balance. Finish goes to the herbaceous tone and lasts for a few minutes. Potential? This could easily go strong for 6-7 more years, maybe ten.

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$230.00

Chablis-esque. Lemon gold in the glass. Rich complexity immediately detected on the nose - aromas of lime juice, lemon pie, rock melon, toast and whiffs of reduction (gunpowder) that blow off quickly. A bloody brilliant old-school Aussie white. Rich with fruit, but super lean and unbelievably fresh for its age. This is why you need to age Vat 1: it can be so low-key, restrained, austere and even underwhelming in its youth, but after more than 10 years in a cellar it starts to open up, becoming more expressive and complex, and softening up - yet retaining its firm acidic backbone. An outstanding display.

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Vintage Classics

Cullen Diana Madeline 2010

$270.00

Deep ruby in the glass. Still quite shy on the nose showing notes of black fruit, capsicum and cedar. Just starting to bloom in the mouth with all its elements amplified and ready to carry this wine into decades to come. Titanic structure, complexity, depth. Pure class.

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Vintage Classics

Cullen Diana Madeline 2008

$270.00

Deep ruby red in the glass with slight garnet hues. Aromatics are so subtle, yet there is so much depth here - primary notes of black cherry, blackcurrant, blackberry followed by secondary tones of cedar, vanilla, tobacco and just a splash of bottle aging in the form of dried herbs. Powerful structure here, but doesn't jump out or try to knock you out. No, this is Godfather elegance all the way. Tannins are ripe, but only just. Acidity is creating a perfect backbone for all the concentration to be carried to the long finish line.

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$94.00

Surprising concentration where distinctly perfumed overtone together with red precise berries, coarser earthy fruit peel, hints of stall and leather create desire. Good full-bodied wine with a slightly blurry roughness in the middle with tougher fruit skins, redder berries, perfume, stable and herbal spicy tones that together create a great wine. Not enough concentration for a too long life, here & there approximately three more left. Nice acidity and excellent tannin structure.

NEW
$87.00

Very tasty and enjoyable with no decant. Nice classic warm vintage profile, juicy dark plummy black currant profile. Enjoyable, not challenging, and good to go already - the benefit of the vintage. Will of course change over the next few years but it’s so accessible now with soft ripe tannins and juicy fruit, so why wait?

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$85.00

Boom, Old World, rustic Cab right off the nose. Fragrant and seductive, reminiscent of crushed peppercorns, blackberries, toasted oak and forest roots. Full-bodied, extremely dry with firm tannins and a mellow acidity. Savoury core. Big complexity coming from the 15-year bottle aging. Tremendous value for money here. You don’t see a lot of aged Cabs out there that are still holding up this well AND are reasonably priced. A dream combo.

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$125.00

A simply stunning Chardonnay influenced by white Burgundy. Textbook example of how good Geelong Chardonnay ages. There are no signs of decline whatsoever, but instead the wine has reached its apogee of stunning richness, complexity and opulence. It feels relatively big and quite round, yet it doesn't come across as heavy nor flabby because of its balanced acidity and bright, almost trebly minerality, balancing the weight and richness wonderfully. So very lovely. Tremendous value at this price.

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$133.00

A simply stunning Chardonnay influenced by white Burgundy. Textbook example of how good Geelong Chardonnay ages. There are no signs of decline whatsoever, but instead the wine has reached its apogee of stunning richness, complexity and opulence. It feels relatively big and quite round, yet it doesn't come across as heavy nor flabby because of its balanced acidity and bright, almost trebly minerality, balancing the weight and richness wonderfully. So very lovely. Tremendous value at this price.

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$510.00

Deep garnet-black in color, the 2007 Hoffman Vineyard Shiraz has a seductive nose of prunes, dried mulberries, chocolate box and licorice with hints of sandalwood, incense, and cinnamon stick. The palate is bold and buxom, with a generously endowed full body and high alcohol, with robust flavors to match and velvety tannins, finishing just a little warm.

$150.00

Deep purple colour, hint of garnet at edge. Elegant bouquet with hints of tar + violets. Very unctuous on the palate. Beautifully smooth and deep. Jammy with blackcurrant and black cherry. Hint of tannin that will make this last for another 10 years. Beautiful.

$144.00

Allegra is Lethbridge's ?reserve? Chardonnay; not unrelated to the regular release, but here there is greater richness to the nose and palate. There is a touch of butter over the figs, nuts and minerals; this sees 100% malolactic but the effects are subtle and finely judged. There?s still a real acid spine holding all this together and a powdery richness from the oak. An all-wild yeast ferment has given this a wonderfully supple texture; there?s nothing feral about it. Medium-full bodied by Chardonnay standards, with great evenness along the tongue; this is where the quality really shows. Medium-long dry minerally finish. This should age beautifully for 2-3 more years. Exquisite Chardonnay.

$75.00

Juicy and flavoursome, peaches and preserved lemon, some cinnamon oak and oats. It?s light and spicy, crisp acidity, solid finish showing some lime and lime rind. Good wine. Easy to like.