world’s freshest oysters from bruny island
served freshly shucked natural
three dollars fifty each
peach + nectarine salad
wild rocket, roasted pine nuts + goats chèvre
white wine poached tasmanian mussels
red onion, chilli + fresh tomato
grilled asparagus + crispy pancetta
roasted cashews + shaved pecorino
roasted cherry tomato, buffalo mozzarella
+ fresh islington mint
thirty four dollars
confit chicken maryland
chick pea, green olive, fennel + chorizo
thirty five dollars
filet mignon wrapped in pancetta
herb roasted new potatoes, organic greens + maple jus
thirty six dollars
line caught tasmanian white fish
aubergine puree + broad beans
thirty seven dollars
strawberry ice cream + raspberries
lime panna cotta
gin and mint granita + lemon verbena jelly
selected local artisan cheeses
fresh fruit + islington preserves
30 grams – fourteen dollars each
selection of four to share – forty two dollars
we use seasonal, local and organic ingredients from small producers
or our garden where possible
we donate 5% of all restaurant profits to sprout tasmania
menu subject to change
Australian Sparkling White
1999 Clover Hill Blanc de Blanc Pipers River, TAS 130
Pale straw in colour, this exceptional vintage has a fine, persistent bead and mousse. Cellared for six years, it displays classic sparkling chardonnay characters of lemon and white peach, with honey and brioche complexities. The finish is long and elegant driven by minerality and natural acidity.
2006 Lake Barrington ‘alexandra’ Brut West Kentish, TAS 59
Long and complex with a lovely fine bead and great balance, this blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir has a full,
rich and creamy palate. Nougat, citrus and toasty-nut characters.
2006 Iron Pot Bay ‘kyra’ Tamar Valley, TAS 75
This is a Pinot Noir and Chardonnay sparkling, disgorged in small batches for maximum flavour. It has a lovely fine bead with yeasty toast, honey and apple flavours. Great texture and complexity.
2008 Clover Hill Blanc de Blanc Pipers River, TAS 87
This exceptional vintage has an attractive pale straw colour, with a green hue. The wine is showing a fine bead and persistent mousse. The bouquet displays complex layers of lemon, ripe apples and honey, with toasty, nutty yeast characters derived from time on lees and the aged reserve wine. An elegant wine with superb length.
2008 Frogmore Creek Cuvée ‘evermore’ Coal River Valley, TAS 67
This is a Blanc de Noir sparkling, with the 100% pinot noir base wines blended with an older base wine that was slowly matured in oak barrels. It reveals delicate aromas and flavours of toasted brioche, wild strawberries and cashews.
NV Meadowbank Brut ‘Salvation Devil’s Own’ Coal River Valley, TAS 60
This pale rose was released in aid of the Devils in Danger Foundation for the Tasmanian Devils disease, which as yet cannot be cured or prevented. One dollar from every bottle goes towards funding a breeding program for their salvation. Elegant and crisp, this lively sparkling shows a strong pinot component with great acidity.
NV Clover Hill Cuvée Pipers River, TAS 87
Clover Hill Cuvée, is an elegant wine with superb length. Truly capturing the essence of the cool climate of Tasmania, a highlight of Clover Hill is its structure and finesse. Subtly complex, it reveals rich, creamy layers of chardonnay fruit, which integrate beautifully with the sherbet, pinot characters.
2008 Clover Hill Sparkling Rosé Pipers River, TAS 87
An attractive salmon pink colour, this exquisite sparkling wine has a fine persistent bead and a gentle foaming mousse. Precise and crisp, it reveals layers of lifted redcurrant, ripe strawberry, spice and rose petal characteristics. An elegant sparkling wine with an extraordinary depth of flavour and length.
2000 Pol Roger, Blanc de Blancs Epernay, France 230
Vinified from 100% Chardonnay grapes and selected from only Grand Cru vineyards, the wine is matured for nine years before being released to the market. Pale straw with hints of delicate green, fruit dominates the nose with baskets of ripe fruit, candied lemon and grapefruit. On the palate a warmer aspect, typical of the vintage, appears, fleshy fruit sits alongside notes of vanilla, cinnamon and marshmallow providing a lovely complexity. This Champagne is round and mouthfilling with great balance.
2000 Dom Perignon Epernay, France 490
Made exclusively from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes from ten Grand Cru vineyards, Dom Perignon is produced only in exceptional vintage years. Green tinted gold, this wine is full of life, with a fresh nose of dried flowers, pineapple, coconut, cinnamon and tobacco. Full in the mouth, on the surface it has an earthy, smoky, spicy complexity which leads to a rounded, intense heart of fruity, exotic maturity. A pronounced finish of spice, aniseed and toasty bread notes.
NV Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Reims, France 150
Bright, pale straw in colour, this non vintage Champagne, never fails to impress, with its lively bead. Fresh aromatics of floral, brioche and cream combine with a palate of vanilla, roasted nuts and baked bread, giving the wine power, yet remarkable elegance and finesse.
1998 Scarpantoni Block One McLaren Vale, SA 144
This wine has a distinctive and unusual confectionary aroma of floral and spice notes. However, on the palate, lime flavours dominate with hints of Jonathon apple. Good depth with crisp acidity and a citrus aftertaste. A slightly off-dry wine that has lost most of the upfront sugar with age , giving way to impressive structure on the palate.
2000 Kinvarra Estate Plenty, TAS 97
Originally a fruit driven, flinty variety with impressive acidity this wine has had extended time in bottle and is now showing pleasant toasty overtones and considerable length.
2001 Pewsey Vale Eden Valley, SA 53
A classic Eden Valley Riesling with an aroma dominated by intense limes and lemon zest. The palate shows great length and depth with lime and grapefruit flavours, finishing with a refreshing and balancing lemon acidity.
2004 Mitchell ‘Watervale’ Clare Valley, SA 67
Intense aromatic Riesling fruit flavours are the hallmarks of this wine. It has a fine, dry palate with a crisp acidity and a long, lingering fruit finish. The fresh fruit flavours transform into the rich, toasty characters for which aged Riesling from this area is renowned and this wine is consistently one of the Clare Valley’s best.
2005 572 Richmond Road Coal River Valley, TAS 60
Cool climate Riesling at its best. Plenty of citrusy aroma and flavor. It lingers nicely on the palate and finishes with good acidity. Starting to display undertones of kerosene and warm tbread.
2006 42° South Coal River Valley, TAS 74
Fragrant lime and lemon blossom continue to fresh citrus flavours. Zippy mineral cool-climate acid enhances the length and aging potential.
2008 Craigow Coal River Valley, TAS 58
Gloriously green in colour, this bright Riesling has a bouquet of limes and apple blossoms. The finish is crisp with hints of minerality.
2009 Bream Creek Bream Creek, TAS 67
With the deeper colours typical of this vintage, aromas or wild yellow plums and tangerine precede a very ‘grown up’ palate. Soft and textured, ripe plan characters are overlaid with a touch of cumin spice leading to a firm, dry finish.
2011 Pressing Matters ‘R9’ Coal River Valley, TAS 61
Inspired by the Mosel styles, this Riesling is dry with intense fruit flavours and balanced with natural acidity.
The label – R9 – refers to the approximate levels of residual sugar in the wine. Bright glowing yellow-green; still as fresh as a daisy; sweet citrus flavours; long finish ex acidity; beeswax, honey.
2011 Craigie Knowe ‘the family secret stash’ Cranbrook, TAS 61
A classic cool climate dry Riesling. Beautifully balanced and with a typical floral nose including intense lime and orange blossom characters. The palate shows vibrant natural acidity and savoury textures with high alcohol to ensure a balanced mouth feel.
2007 Pipers Brook Gewürztraminer Tamar Valley, TAS 63
This is a punchy, unmistakable gewürztraminer with a spicy perfume of lychees and rose oil. It is long and smooth, with plenty of warmth, punctuated by delicious savoury undertones.
2008 Dowie Doole Chenin Blanc McLaren Vale, SA 60
The Dowie and Doole family vineyards are home to some of the earliest vineyard sites in McLaren Vale. This wine is from their Tintookie vineyard, where parcels of fruit from the seventy year old vines were hand selected, barrel fermented and then left on lees. This adds a great savoury complexity to the natural, vibrant fruit flavours of the Chenin Blanc fruit.
2009 Bream Creek Schönberger Bream Creek, TAS 57
This unusual grape variety is very fruit driven with some residual sugar. Off dry and with prominent acidity, it conveys a lusty nutty flavour with very fruity flavours.
2010 Yangarra Estate Roussanne McLaren Vale, SA 57
This grape variety is a rare find in Australia. Just four acres of Rousanne is grown on two sites situated along east facing sand, ironstone ridges, on this single vineyard estate in McClaren Vale. The vines higher elevation, creates a climate cooled by air flowing down from the northeastern ranges to produce a perfect balance of richness and finesse.
2011 Konrad Gruner Veltliner Marlborough, NZ 56
Taken from grapes grown in their Waihopai Valley vineyard, this Gruner Veltliner was planted after finding great similiarities between Marlborough and the Kremstal region of Austria, where it has its native home. Cold winters, followed by long, dry summers and most importantly cool, clear autumn conditions, in which to slowly ripen this most food friendly of white wine varieties. The fruit was hand picked, whole bunch pressed and fermented with wild yeast to produce a soft, spicy, dry white wine.
2011 Escarpment, Pinot Gris Martinbourogh, NZ 64
An unusual and distinctive New Zealand Pinot Gris which is dry and full flavoured. This is a complex wine with a mixture of ripe stone fruit, Nashi pear, anis and an undertone of spicy oak.
2012 Yaxley Estate organically grown Pinot Gris Copping, TAS 72
Bright and youthful, pale and coppery-gold in colour, this wine has varietal aromas of freshly cut pears and touches of spice.
The palate is nicely textured with a lifted, almost gewürztraminer-like floral spiciness backed by savoury, earthy characters.
2012 Pooley Pinot Grigio Richmond, TAS 59
Full of ripe nectarine, floral spice, apple, smoky and nutty complexity. This Pinot Grigio is punchy, yet rich and succulent with depth, intensity and a long,dry, clean, true Italian style finish.
2008 Domaine A ‘lady a’ Campania, TAS 111
Bright straw-green; a potent and powerful wine taking its cue directly from Bordeaux; ripe and intense fruit has absorbed the French oak in which it was fermented and matured; the impact of the oak is on the texture and structure of the wine, which has incredible intensity and length.
2011 Domaine A ‘stoney vineyard’ Campania, TAS 62
A full bodied and voluptuous palate of ripe pear and melon characters with good acidity. A small amount of residual sugars adds a little sweetness with passionfruit and lychee aromas.
2011 Frogmore Creek Fumé Blanc Cambridge, TAS 55
This Sauvignon Blanc is made in an oaked or ‘Fumé Blanc’ style. It has lifted herbaceous aromas and notes of candied lemon. A textural palate with nutty and light tropical flavours is drawn out by cool climate acidity.
2012 Spring Vale Freycinet Coast, TAS 55
A blend of two different styles of Sauvignon Blanc, one fermented in warm oak, the other fermented cool in a tank.
This results in passionfruit aromas with herbaceous asparagus and pea elements as well as good acidity and length.
2005 Frogmore Creek – Reserve Cambridge, TAS 123
After spending nine months on oak, aromas of dried pears and figs, mixed with toasty oak notes dominate the nose with this chardonnay, yet fresh citrus and ripe apple flavours fill the mouth. Firm and refreshing acidity elongate the palate.
2007 Babich ‘iron gate’ Hawkes Bay, NZ 77
This is a complex wine displaying a sweet peach perfumed nose, layered with biscuity notes. The palate is finely focused with a pleasing minerality, yet generous, rich layer of stone fruit which lingers gracefully.
2008 Leeuwin Estate ‘art series’ Margaret River, WA 170
A brilliant straw green hue with an incredibly complex bouquet of ripe golden pear, white nectarine and savoury toasted almonds. This impressive wine shows multiple layers of fruit and subtle class driven French oak. The palate displays a full bodied vibrant wine, with an intense purity of stone fruit flavours, followed by a subtle sweet spice and nuttiness.
A seamlessly long and wonderful natural acid finish.
2008 Apsley Gorge Bicheno, TAS 77
A big and rich style of Chardonnay, with plenty of texture and mealiness. Cool climate apple and pear fruit are in abundance with a freshness and nicely balanced oak.
2011 Spring Vale ‘Reserve’ Freycinet Coast, TAS 66
If you like your chardonnay luxurious, this is the wine for you. It is mouth-filling, creamy and savoury, with a complex nose of fresh bread, orange blossom, marzipan and toast.
2010 Yering Station ‘Reserve’ Yarra Valley, VIC 135
Light, bright straw in colour, with tints of green, this is an extremely impressive Chardonnay. Classic white peach and pear dominate the nose with citrus undertones and delicate cinnamon complimenting the toasty barrel fermentation creaminess. The palate is pristine and complex. A fruit centre expresses purity and focus, whilst grapefruit minerality and toasty oak spices combine for a very long, elegant finish.
2011 Frogmore Creek Cambridge, TAS 60
A superb cool-climate Chardonnay that shows stonefruit and citrus varietal aromas, which are enhanced by quality oak. The palate is beautifully structured with tight natural acidity. A very complex, yet subtle style.
2005 ‘Rosacker’, Alsace Grand Cru Mader 102
The Mader domaine Rieslings are some of the few in Alsace produced in a classic fine, dry style. This ripe and very flattering vintage has great depth, finesse and shape, with rich, intense citrus fruits combining with notes of minerality and outstanding length.
2007 André Perret Condrieu 157
This small family domaine in the northern Rhone is producing top quality Condrieu with as little intervention as possible, however it does spend some time on oak. Pale yellow in colour, it is extremely aromatic and fresh, featuring peach and apricot flavours combined with a long finish. An excellent aperitif.
2011 San Silvestro Gavi di Gavi ‘Fosilli’ Piemonte 63
High in the hills of Piemonte, lies the town of Gavi. Sansilvestro have been long honing the Cortese grape to make a classic example of Gavi di Gavi. Clear and pale, with a very distinctive nose of apples, pears and elderflower, this is a very food friendly wine. Delicate and rounded, the palate is light and fresh with some spice and pleasant mineral tones. The finish is long with good, mid range acidity and structure. Soft, elegant fruit, combined with the level of acidity, make this a very easy wine to drink.
1994 Domaine A Campania, TAS 194
With only 530 bottles of this stunning drop produced, you will definitely not find it on many wine lists today. Full bodied and savoury, this Pinot Noir is very rich in flavour, with superb fruit structure, great intensity and depth. Dark cherry and raspberry flavours dominate with spicy aromats, whispers of lavender and mint, with a svelte, round tannin structure.
2001 Wellington Coal River Valley, TAS 131
Light to medium red-purple; the bouquet offers an unusual array of rosemary and mint overtones to the primary fruit; the light to medium-bodied palate has more conventional plum and cherry fruit flavours, although the rosemary still makes its mark.
2000 Domaine A Campania, TAS 168
Less than one hundred cases of this exceptional vintage were made. A healthy red-purple in colour, it has beautifully rich plum, black cherry, spice and bramble aromas. The palate is super-rich but generously proportioned, challenging many preconceptions about Tasmanian Pinot Noir.
2000 Domaine A ‘Reserve de Patron’ Campania, TAS 305
This is a very unusual, but very well balanced Pinot. It has a very savoury, meaty nose, with a slightly green, menthol note, whilst the palate is rounded and much more harmonious. Soft, yielding berry fruit adds a bit of structure, along with liquorice and black cherry. The acidity is plumy with hints of chocolate in the finish which fills it out beautifully.
2000 Pipers Brook ‘The Lyre’ Tamar Valley, TAS 210
This is quite a big, solid Pinot with predominantly raspberry flavours, but also some dark cherry. It has quite a good concentration and mouthfeel for a Tasmanian Pinot and surprisingly, the primary fruit is still very lively on the palate. The outstanding feature of this wine, however, is its texture. A wonderful balance between fruit and oak, very smooth and silky tannins and as the wine opens up on the back palate, a very long finish – fantastic
2000 Panorama Vineyard Huon Valley, TAS 122
The colour of this Pinot is deep and youthful, considering its age. The aromas are of vanilla, chocolate, ripe cherry and spice. It’s lovely and rounded in the mouth, a big generous mouthful of flavour but soft and voluptuous at the same time.
2000 Yaxley Estate organically grown Copping, TAS 205
This very ripe, fruit driven Pinot Noir has a fragrant bouquet of plum and touches of prune. The palate is rich and full on with deep, ripe plum fruit.Good tannins and acidity extends to a long and very satisfying finish.
2002 Robin and Anne Holyman ‘The Mews’ organic Kings Meadows, TAS 175
Robin and Anne Holyman have an established plot of Pinot Noir just outside of Launceston. Veteran winemaker Graham Wiltshire acts as winemaker and produced this stunning vintage – the first organic Pinot Noir produced in the state.
2003 Panorama Vineyard ‘Reserve’ Huon Valley, TAS 288
This limited edition ‘Reserve’ Pinot is sourced from the estates oldest and best 30 year old vines. The wine is produced from exceptionally low fruit yields which adds a fantastic richness, complexity and longevity to the wine.
2005 Frogmore Creek organically grown ‘Reserve’ Coal River Valley, TAS 162
This organically grown Pinot Noir is a forceful wine with masses of aroma and flavour but also taut, savoury control. It tastes of the earth and stewed rhubarb, undergrowth, cranberries and sour cherries. It has a hint of spiciness with hallmark length. A complex, yet structured wine.
2005 Springvale ‘Cellar Release’ Freycinet Coast, TAS 105
Big, rich and full bodied in style, this was the year for Springvale’s Pinot Noir. Highly structured with attractive bright red fruits and a little smooth chocolate, blackcurrant liqueur, plum, saffron and exotic North African spices. The palate’s nicely balanced with good complexity and depth. Power meets elegance, a superb vintage.
2005 Native Point Tamar Valley, TAS 63
Bright crimson in colour, this Pinot Noir has a fragrant bouquet of black Morella cherry, raspberry and red plums, laden with savoury spice. The palate is soft and supple with lingering fruit sweetness and a hint of violets. Complex and balanced with fine integrated tannins.
2005 d’Meure Birchs Bay, TAS 142
A gorgeously elegant Pinot Noir with seamless silk, cherries and florals. Classic red cherry on the nose, violets, lavender and leafy with some obvious chocolate, oaky notes. A sweet fruit heart with big acidity on the palate as well as some peppery notes.
2007 Frogmore Creek ‘Evermore’ Coal River Valley, TAS 92
The grapes for this limited production of Evermore wines for Frogmore Creek, were treated to eight unconventional winemaking techniques, including wild ferment, carbonic maceration, whole-bunch ferment and co-fermentation with a small amount of pinot gris. The result is delicious aromas of dark cherries, lifted with savoury notes. The palate is very much multi-layered with ripe plums, silken tannins and immense length.
2007 Coal Valley Vineyard Coal River Valley, TAS 57
This Pinot Noir has the hallmark of Coal Valley characters. Ripe and vibrant sweet cherry aromas with hints of mint and a well structured palate with attractive depth of fruit. Raspberry fruit flavours combine with some chocolate, nice tannins and a more than adequate length.
2007 Domaine A Campania, TAS 112
A full bodied Pinot Noir with concentrated aromas of dark cherry fruit, rose petals and fresh plum. On the palate are blueberry fruits and rich cherry, with rounded tannins and elegant, soft oak. A long finish, with hints of menthol, spice and sage.
2008 d’Meure ‘Special Reserve’ Birchs Bay, TAS 132
Bottled in December 2009, after maturing in old French oak for two winters, this Pinot was from an exceptional year. The impact of biodynamic treatment is clear in the purity and expression of fruit. Due to the low yield of tightly bunched fruit, it is showing excellent ripeness and acidity. The mid palate is intense, with a silky mouth feel and a lovely, lingering finish.
2008 Apsley Gorge ‘Saingée’ Bicheno, TAS 106
This new release is made from the free run juice taken from the Pinot fermenters to concentrate the skin to juice ratio. This is a French technique known as Saingee. The juice is then fermented in two year old French barriques and bottled without filtering or fining.The resulting wine has a Burgundian nose, before a light, wonderfully pure and most delicious palate.
A wonderfully fresh and juicy expression of Pinot Noir, making it the perfect summer drop.
2008 Pooley ‘butcher’s hill’ Richmond, TAS 71
A classic old world Pinot Noir. Red fruit and forest floor aromas appear on the nose, as well as on the savoury palate. French oak brings spice, cedar and chocolate notes, whilst dusty tannins and a beautifully balanced fine acid backbone complete thismagnificent food wine
2010 d’Meure Birchs Bay, TAS 102
Complex and satisfying, this is a Pinot Noir that deserves intense exploration. Matured in French oak, the bouquet has heightened aromatics of orange and florals, with dark berries underneath. There’s also more than a hint of malt, licorice and fresh rosemary. The palate is voluminous and sensual with delicious cinnamon and bay leaf, porcini mushroom and dark fruit.
2010 Kelvedon Swansea, TAS 58
As befits a Pinot Noir from Tasmania’s East Coast, this vintage displays an abundance of spice and sweet dark berry fruits on the nose. On the palate, the intense blueberry and blackberry elements dominate deliciously. This is a very smooth wine with no hard edges, despite its youth. It has a solid core of ripe fruit, finished with ultra fine tannins.
2010 Freycinet Vineyard Bicheno, TAS 76
This magnificent wine reflects the unique terroir of Freycinet’s location. Alluring aromas of spicy black cherries, ripe raspberries and plum fruits combine with a hint of game, truffle and cedar. The vibrant palate is smooth with plenty of ripe berry and plum flavours, mixed with sweet oak and savoury tannins, making for a velvety mouthfeel.
2010 Yaxley Estate organically grown Copping, TAS 77
Bright purple and crimson in hue, this Pinot Noir has some unusual, but attractive, nuances on the bouquet. Fern, briar and cherries form a well textured and structured palate.
2010 Nanny Goat Central Otago, NZ 58
This dense, deep ruby red Pinot Noir has a fruity cherry, blackberry and spice nose, with notes of wild thyme and dark chocolate, layered with hints of earth and leather. The rich and velvety front palate is filled with dark berry fruits and juicy acidity. Earthy, savoury characters and finely structured tannins fill out the mid palate and lead to a long, lingering finish of cherry, spice and subtle oak.
2011 Ata Rangi Martinbourogh, NZ 159
Aromas of bright, lifted red fruit combine with dark cherry and hints of spice in this exotic Pinot Noir. Floral notes of old-fashioned violets and a touch of rose add to its silky, feminine feel. Vibrant on the palate, a supple, savoury tannin spine spreads into a long finish.
2010 Craigie Knowe ‘cranbrook cricket pitch’ Cranbrook, TAS 81
A classic cool climate dry Pinot Noir. Moderate oak and a superb fruit harvest produced a wonderfully balanced Pinot with long lingering finish and soft full-mouth feel. Worth laying down for 5-7 years.
2011 Springvale ‘Melrose’ Freycinet Coast, TAS 61
Red to purple in colour this delicately structured, light to medium bodied Pinot Noir has a plump, juicy palate with a soft, lingering finish. Aromas of strawberry and raspberry jam dominate with a background of oak and earthy complexity. Moderate tannins and light oak support cherry features, savouryness and light herb.
2011 Glaetzer-Dixon ‘Avancé’ Tamar Valley, TAS 80
This Pinot Noir is made in a lighter style, paying homage to Nick Glaetzer’s time working in the Minervois region of France. It’s light and lithe, with the vibrancy of bright strawberry and cherry aromas and a full flavoured palate of raspberries and subtle toasty, smokey notes. Soft, silken tannins and taut well-balanced acid lengthens the delicious finish.
2011 Felton Rd Cornish Point Central Otago, NZ 115
Ripe plums, dark florals and complex spice abound on the nose of this Bannockburn beauty. Flavours of rich fruit compote, laced with spices coat the palate. Whilst, the tight core of fruit is encased by chalky and beautifully fine tannins. A deep and brooding Pinot Noir, typically muscular and hedonistic of Cornish Point
Cabernet Sauvignon & Blends
1998 Domaine A 1500ml Campania, TAS 450
Deep crimson in colour, this outstanding wine has classic Cabernet aromatic characters of intense ripe cassis and red berry fruits with hints of dark chocolate and roasted coffee. The palate is rich and concentrated with dark berry fruits, hints of spice and blackcurrant leaf flavours. Fine elegant tannins and balanced acidity make for a long and persistent finish.
1999 Longleat ‘campbells bend’ Goulburn Valley, VIC 95
Medium to full red-purple; the solid bouquet with savoury/earthy blackberry fruit aromas, then a palate with lots of weight and power, the flavours tracking the bouquet; ripe tannins and subtle oak complete the picture.
2001 Wynns ‘Harold’ Coonawarra, SA 150
Plenty of earthy dark berry/dark chocolate fruit; typical Coonawarra profile, particularly with fine tannins; integrated oak. Planted 1971; dry-grown. High quality cork
2001 Wynns ‘Black Label’ Coonawarra, SA 150
A complex interaction of blackberry fruit and French oak; rich but supple fruit and ripe tannins; complete, well balanced.
2006 Domaine A Campania, TAS 166
A blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot, cabernet franc and petit verdot that spent 33 months in French barriques. Domain A is the only winery in Tasmania able to produce a wine of this quality from this Bordeaux blend, the secret being closely spaced, dry-grown old vines Drinking perfectly now.
2007 Domaine A ‘stoney vineyard’ Campania, TAS 77
Stoney Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is crafted in small batches employing traditional techniques including open vat fermentation, regular racking and hand plunging. It is matured in seasoned French oak barriques.
2008 Plantagenet Mount Barker, WA 68
Black fruit, liquorice, olives, mint and twigs with fine oak in support. Full bodied and of ample proportions with equally generous levels of flavour – a bit cassis richness coming through with time. Like the tannins – fine grained, shapely and grippy giving the wine a good framework on which to hang its fruit. Sustained savoury olive tinged finish.
2008 Yalumba ‘signature’, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz Barossa Valley, SA 93
A very deep, dark red, this blend has an excellent depth of flavour, richness and complexity. Generous, sweet dark chocolate, warm fig, blackcurrant and cedary spices appear on the nose, whilst the palate is broad shouldered, intense and concentrated with lingering red and black currant notes.
2009 Craigie Knowe ‘thanks to john’ Cranbrook, TAS 180
This is the last vintage of John Austwick’s distinct winemaking style, paying homage to the seasonal intrigue and French
traditions of annual variety and craftsmanship. A traditional Bordeaux blend of Cabernet Sauvignon with his personal preference for subtle fruits, quiet oak and evolving characters. An elegant wine with very good balance and soft tannins
2010 Frogmore Creek Coal River Valley, TAS 57
This sustainably grown Cabernet has been allowed to slowly ripen on the vine, developing pure fruit flavour with fresh, natural acidity. Pressed and aged in French oak for fourteen months, it has a beautifully deep red colour. Aromas are concentrated blackberry fruits and dark chocolate with an elegant tannin structure.
2010 Coombend ‘the mail run’ Bicheno, TAS 67
This blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc is a big wine. The colour of deep, fleshy plums, the nose is of sweet plum jam with spicy oak and hints of smokiness. The palate has sweet, spicy fruit that is dominated by rich tannins and has a solid, acid structure finish.
2005 Domaine A Campania, TAS 140
Deep ruby red in colour, this rich Merlot has aromas of ripe dark cherry, mint, spice and hints of crushed ivy leaves.
On the palate the full, dark, concentrated cherry flavour dominates with a long finish of savoury earthiness.
2010 Stefano Lubiana Campania, TAS 59
This neat, well focused dry Merlot bears witness to the warm summer that created it. In the glass, the wine offers plenty of colour and varietal aroma. These same ripe, plum and redcurrant characters follow onto the palate, which is both savoury and medium bodied. The finish is polished and refined with good natural acidity.
1999 Penfolds bin 128 Coonawarra, SA 145
Vibrant mauve. Meaty and savoury notes leap from the glass, followed by white pepper and spicy aromas that unfold on contact with air. hints of liquorice and a cinnamon lift prevail. Sweet berry, damson plum and stewed rhubarb fruits embrace a tight structural core, which is reinforced by integrated French oak.
2002 Penfolds St Henri Barossa valley SA 190
Excellent colour; a medium-bodied wine which lives up to the expectations of a great vintage; intense black fruits run through a long, perfectly balanced palate, finishing with fine tannins, oak largely unseen.
2002 Penfolds Bin 28 Barossa valley, SA 145
Fragrant black fruits, earth, spice and vanilla; medium-bodied; very good structure, flow and mouthfeel; at the elegant end of the ’02 spectrum
2004 Penfolds RWT Barossa valley, SA 208
While the toasty, charry oak is evident; the wine comes together on the medium- to full-bodied palate which has outstanding line and length.
2005 Schild Estate ‘Ben Schild Reserve’ Barossa Valley, SA 145
Very deep crimson brick red colour with brick red hue. Perfumed nose – top note of violets, followed by blackberry and spice over ripe black cherries and ripe plum. The palate flavours are mouthfilling with explosive black pepper and ripe plum flavours over a background of spice and liquorice. Fine grained tannins. Aftertaste of liquorice, black pepper, plum and spice
2006 The Standish Barossa Valley, SA 202
Opaque black/dark red in colour, the nose leaps out of the glass with this wine. An intense perfume of ripe blackberry, dark plum and liquorice dominates with spicy after notes. Whilst densely packed, the palate is perfectly balanced with super concentrated flavours of blackberry, liquorice and black pepper. Velvety smooth, perfectly integrated tannins make for an exceptionally long spicy and fruit driven aftertaste.
2007 Mount Langi Ghiran, Cliff Edge Grampians, VIC 143
From the home of cool climate Shiraz, this is a blend of fruit from Mount Langi’s finest vineyards. Showing dark plum, boysenberry and spice characters, the wine is framed by bold, tannic structure and a long complex finish.
2007 Standish Wine Company, ‘the relic’ Shiraz , Viognier Barossa Valley, SA 202
Good colour; a luscious, slurpy testament to the marriage of shiraz and viognier; crammed with sweet fruit, the tannins and oak under tight control.
2008 Rockford Basket Press Barossa Valley, SA 190
Strong red-purple; right in the mainstream of the Rockford Basket Press style, with blackberry, plum and a hint of mocha driving the bouquet, and the smooth, supple palate; you absolutely know the wine is idling along, unused power under the bonnet; perfect balance and structure
2008 Plantagenet Mount Barker, WA 73
This elegant, cool climate Shiraz has luscious cherry and blackberry aromas on the nose, wrapped with chocolate and vanilla. Underlying spicy, peppery and tobacco notes abound that distinguish a classic Shiraz. The sumptuous, textural palate has layers of complexity and long berry flavours, finishing with lingering spicy cherry.
2008 Elderton ‘command’ Single Vineyard Barossa Valley, SA 170
A classic and renowned Shiraz from the Barossa, this is the twenty third very limited release of ‘Command’. Made in the Elderton tradition of thirty two months in American and French oak and more than a year bottle maturation, the wine is complex with immense depth and flavour.
2009 Te Mata ‘bullnose syrah’ Hawkes Bay, NZ 79
An impressive deep magenta colour, with aromas and flavours of raspberry and cherry syrup, baking spices and lavender. The rich palate displays velvety tannins underpinning plum and cream notes, leading to a long, elegant finish.
2009 Skillogalee ‘basket press’ Clare Valley, SA 69
The fruit for this full bodied Shiraz was handpicked, basket pressed and matured in oak for two years. It is beautifully dark and rich with intense aromas and flavours of black fruit and a deep earthiness. The oak adds complexity, balance and an excellent finish.
2010 Elderton ‘eden valley’ Barossa, SA 60
Tasty, fresh and delicious, this deep purple to black Shiraz is easy drinking with blackberry, plums and red fruits on both the nose and palate. Finished with velvety tannins and American oak, it is smooth with great depth and length.
2010 Naked On Rollerskates McLaren Vale, SA 55
This 85% Shiraz, 15% Mataro from Some Young Punks is young and vibrant. On the nose, bright red berry fruits combine with lots of spice, pepper and a hint of oak. The palate is big and savoury with black fruits, liquorice, mint, pepper spice and a touch of oak.
2010 Moorilla ‘Muse’, Syrah Berriedale, TAS 98
This special release rare Syrah is from Moorilla’s 30 year old vines on the single St.Matthias vineyard, only 6 barrels were produced. Concentrated, yet delicate, it displays the tension of cool climate finesse and richness and a balance of fruit and spice. The dark and deep fruit is in contrast to the spice and floral perfume, which are all integrated with the oak.
2004 Hardy’s TinTara Grenache McLaren Vale, SA 97
This richly textured wine was handcrafted using traditional open fermenters and the time hounoured basket press, to gently extract the best colour and flavour with soft, fine tannins. Aged in four to five year old barriques for twelve months allows the subtle integration of oak, whilst preserving the true varietal characters. An elluring wine with elegant aromas of plum and mulberry and undertones of white pepper and spice. Up front cherries and raspberries are seamlessly integrated into a full palate, balanced by savoury, long tannins and a clean, bright finish.
2010 Lust Collides Mataro McLaren Vale, SA 56
This seductive Mataro is another wine from Some Young Punks. Aromatics of fruitcake and crushed violet leaves appear first with a hint of meaty bacon in the background, then bright red fruits become more evident. The palate has the voluminous character of just ripe raspberries and blackberries, with soft, yet brooding tannins providing weighty appeal across the palate.
1996 Chateau Tronquoy Laland, Cru Bourgeois St Estephe 110
Saint Estephe wines are characterized by their sturdy, robust qualities. Distinguished by a subsoil very high in clay, the wine attains a distinctive individuality, very rich in tannic structure, a fine deep red colour and an exceptional backbone with aromas of great finesse. A Bordeaux blend of Cabernet, Merlot and Petit Verdot this wine has flavours of blackberry, mineral and spice.
1999 Vosne-Romanee Aux Reignots, Grand Cru Vosne-Romanee 430
Aux Reignots is a Premier Cru classified climate, in the Cote de Nuit district of Burgundy. Wines produced from Pinot Noir grapes must conform to the highest standards of the appellation to bear the Grand Cru label. 1999 was an exceptional year for Burgundy reds, producing a very elegant wine.
2000 Chateau Fonplegade, Grand Cru St Emillion 160
This elegant Bordeaux blend, dark red in colour, has an attractive bouquet with some complexity, cassis, liquorice, leather, pepper and red fruit. The palate is quite balanced, with firm and sweet tannins in harmony with generous fruit, pleasant oak and good acidity. Ready now!
2000 Chateau Chasse Spleen, Cru Bourgeois Moulis en Medoc 250
Dark purple, this elegant Bordeaux blend is blackberry and cherry fruits on the nose with some minty aromas. On the palate more blackberry with some spiciness, vanilla, tobacco and oak tones. Medium to heavy bodied with substantial tannin structure, benefits from decanting for at least three hours if possible. A really lovely wine, with good length, strength and just entering its peak drinking window.
2000 Chateau Belgrave, Grand Cru St Julien 240
A mature hue, this rich Bordeaux blend, is very ripe blackcurrant fruit on the nose, with hints of tea leaves. On the palate, resh, supple fruit, meaty with some peppery mid palate tannins and smoky oakiness. A wine with good substance and a freshness behind it too.
2009 Domaine Collette, Gevrey Chambertin Cote d’Or 122
A Pinot Noir from Burgundy with a simple nose and elegant berry palate. Tannins are nicely rounded and short in length.
However, as a fantastic food wine, length is extended and complexity becomes much greater.
2009 Agly Brothers, Côtes du Roussillon Latour 85
A twelve year old collaboration between Victorian Jasper Hill owner-vintner Ron Laughton and Michel Chapoutier, this fascinating blend of 60% Carignan, 20% Syrah and 20% Grenache is grown in the upper Agly and Latour regions. Developed after recognising similarities between their wine growing philosophy and the expression of terroir in their wines, the result is a powerful wine with concentrated mild tannins. Aromas of ripe black fruits, leather, wood and spices with a silky finish.
2008 Zeni Rosso Veronese ‘Cruino’ Corvina Grossa Valpolicella 112
This full bodied Corvina Grossa, which only grows in Italy, runs a deep ruby red, with a garnet red tinge. Aged in French oak for twelve months, aromas of hay, almonds and sweet dried fruit fill the bouquet. Whilst, the palate has hints of minerality and balsamic.
2008 Zeni Amarone Valpolicella Valpolicella 112
Amarone is a unique wine due to its origin, ancient grape varieties and production method. The grapes are semi-dried for 3-4 months on bamboo racks.The Zeni family’s philosophy is big fruit and elegance. Here, the aroma is fruity and intense with herbaceous and peppery hints and the palate is supple and pulpy with elegant tannins.
1971 Penfolds Grange Bin 95 Barossa Valley 1500
One of the best ‘A’ grade Grange’s, this blend of 87% Shiraz, 13% Cabernet Sauvignon topped the Paris wine Olympiad in 1979, beating some of the best Rhone wines and creating a sensation. A tawny red hue, this vintage has the classic smoky, earthy, heady and leathery Grange bouquet, suggestive of seared meats and bonfires, combined with complex and perfumed aromas of intense dark cherries and cassis. With a silken, opulent palate, it is uncompromisingly rich and sumptuous, balanced by fine, sweet tannins, finishing long, nutty and savoury.
1985 Penfolds Grange Bin 95 Barossa Valley 800
This elegantly structured vintage of Grange is almost all Shiraz, with 1% Cabernet Sauvignon. A deep rich, brick red, it is sweetly scented with coconut, cherry and ripe plum/berry fruit aromas with a hint of mint. Spicy plum, blackberry and cherry like flavours combine with pronounced, firm, savoury tannins making the finish pure, clean and velvety.
1996 Penfolds Grange Bin 95 Barossa Valley 975
Deep plum, red in colour, this 100% Shiraz has a brooding nose of praline, plum and blueberry, with wafts of black pepper, bay leaf and exotic spice. Earthy, plum fruit flavours layered with chocolate and rich, chunky tannins make for a succulent and stylish full oak palate. The finish is everlasting spice with hints of smoky meaty notes. A big wine!
2002 Wellington, Iced Riesling Coal Valley, TAS 80
This bottle is a rare find these days and is perfect for drinking now! Brilliant green-yellow in colour, aromas of intense lime juice and lime blossom lead into a very pure palate with identical fruit characters and balanced acidity.
2010 Chartley Estate, Botrytis Riesling Tamar Valley, TAS 69
A natural Botrytis Riesling, this wine shows great balanced acidity, along with delicate apricot, orange peel flavours and honey characters.
2011 Springvale, ‘louisa’ Sticky Gewurztraminer Freycinet Coast, TAS 47
Obvious Botrytis characters on the nose – dried apricots and raisiny Christmas pudding. A viscous, rich and sweet palate hang off a delicate, acid backbone, coming together to create a special dessert wine.