world’s freshest oysters from bruny island
served freshly shucked natural + lime
three dollars fifty each
roasted quinoa + nashi salad
wild rocket, roasted hazelnuts + ‘tongola’ goats chèvre
cider braised pork belly
islington quince + pickled cabbage
middle eastern fish stew
lemon + pearl couscous
housemade chestnut pasta
huon valley mushrooms +‘grandvewe’ pecorino
thirty four dollars
confit chicken maryland
pancetta, cannellini bean + corn
thirty five dollars
pinot noir poached tasmanian ox fillet
parsnip fondant + organic greens
thirty six dollars
pan seared tasmanian salmon
roasted potato, snow peas + speck
thirty seven dollars
islington rice pudding
autumn fruit compote + candied walnuts
frozen white chocolate + pistachio nougat
glacé cumquats, raspberry + rose syrup
selected local artisan cheeses
fresh fruit + islington preserves
30 grams – fourteen dollars each
selection of four to share – forty two dollars
menu subject to change as we use seasonal, local and organic ingredients from small producers
or our garden where possible
2001 Arras EJ Carr late disgorged Pipers River, TAS 212
A multi-Tasmanian region blend of chardonnay and pinot noir, not released until it has spent at least 10 years on lees. Glowing green-gold, fine mousse; a rich, complex and toasty bouquet; the palate has all of the foregoing, plus mesmerising balance and length.
2004 Arras Grand vintage Pipers River, TAS 106
Pale straw-green; bottle-fermented, with seven years on tirage; a very complex wine with some attractive funky notes on the bouquet, generosity and richness the key notes of the palate with biscuit, brioche, dried fruits and citrus all on display.
2005 Stefano Lubiana Brut Granton, TAS 125
A 60/40% blend of chardonnay and pinot noir. Bright, pale straw-green, excellent mousse; strong toasty/brioche aromas, layers of fruit flavour, with some pinot influence.
2008 Clover Hill Brut 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 Blanc de Blanc 92
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.
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 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.
2002 Pol Roger, Blanc de Blancs Epernay, France 242
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.
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.
A beautiful bouquet of lemon blossom and lemon meringue fruit, the palate is all about pears and summer white fruits finishing with great poise and fine minerality
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.
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 climaterriesling at its best. Plenty of citrusy aroma and flavor, it lingers nicely on the palate and finishes with good acidity. Tight lime and passionfruit; excellent intensity and even better length.
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. Craigow rieslings exhibit the variety’s European hallmarks, with a range of fragrant fruit and floral characters in the bouquet and deilicately crisp; elegantly stuctured palate.
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, 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.
2012 Holm Oak ‘Arneis’ Rowella, TAS 55
A grape variety originating in Piedmont, Italy, this is the only Arneis made in Tasmania.. Citrus zest and pith, allied with white peach, and bound by flinty acidity catches attention in no uncertain fashion.
2012 Bay of Fires Pipers River, TAS 63
Pale straw-green; intense lime blossom and lime zest aromas leads into a superb palate with lime juice flavours a la the Mosel Valley lengthened by perfectly balanced acidity.
2013 Grossest Polish Hill Clare Valley, SA 110
Attractive lemongrass and lime citrus aromas with some minerally notes. The flavours are tight, fine and dry and show bright lime zest flavours. It has the complexity and intensity that you’d expect: precise, detailed and clearly focused. There’s some surprising softness there that is appealing with impeccable balance on its vibrant, zingy, dry finish.
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 German 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 Chartley Estate Pinot Gris Rowella, TAS 55
Pale peach blush in colour; lively, fresh and long; has texture and varietal character, courtesy of pear and citrus fruit; finishes with bright acidity.
2012 Stefano Lubiana Pinot Gris Granton, TAS 65
This is an absolutely delightful dry white with seductive, still quite subtle aromatics and a pleasing palate weight that will match quite rich white-meat dishes.
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.
2013 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.
2013 Josef Chromy Pinot Gris Relbia, TAS 55
Fresh, zesty flavours of ripe apricot, pear and subtle hints of ginger. The palate is generous and full with the rich weight and texture beautifully balanced by a lingering zesty 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 68
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.
2011 Iron Pot Bay ‘Sauvignon Blanc/Sémillon’ Rowella, TAS 75
Lifted lime and vegetal aroma. A nicely textured, tight and refreshing palate with green capsicum and herbal characteristics. Good crisp acidity. An excellent food wine and natural partner to seafood.
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 passion fruit aromas with herbaceous asparagus and pea elements as well as good acidity and length.
2013 Bay of Fires Pipers River, TAS 62
From the Derwent River and Coal River Valleys, clever oak handling enhances the texture and mouthfeel making this style a little more complex. Positive varietal aromas and flavours, passionfruit, citrus, kiwi fruit and grainy acidity are all seamlessly expressed on the bouquet and long 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 Grey Sands ‘Chardonnay-Viognier’ Tamar Valley, TAS 65
Deep straw in colour. This wine has complex scents of apricot, nectarine and gardenia floral. The flavor is at the same time fresh and full with clean acid balancing the creamy texture and finishes with a dry aromatic persistence.
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 fermination 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 Apsley Gorge Bicheno, TAS 77
Complex nose and tight linear structure as seen in a good chablis, but with the richness and length of a barrel fermented chardonnay. The wine is bottled without fining or filtration.
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.
2012 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.
2012 Josef Chromy Relbia, TAS 60
The bouquet offers an intense introduction into struck match and charry complexity, with ripe lemon and hazelnut also on display; the palate is full-bodied and whilst the acidity is fine and linear the overall impression is of a full flavoured wine with lots of grip.
2012 Bay of Fires Pipers River, TAS 65
Bright, light green-gold; good length, the fragrant bouquet is driven by citrus and white peach, as is the vibrant and lively palate, a touch of toasty oak and Tasmanian acidity adding complexity. . Gold Tasmanian and Sydney Wine Shows ’10.
2011 Nocton Park Coal River Valley, TAS 58
Red fruit and bramble bouquet, with a distinct herbal note; the palate is soft, fleshy and showing some development.
2011 Ese vineyard Richmond, TAS 55
Brilliant translucent damask pink colour with mauve hue. Aroma of ripe strawberry with just a hint of spice. On the palate there is a hint of residual sweetness and sour cherry. Slightly broad back palate. Delicate strawberry aftertaste.
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
Sansilvestro have long been 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.
2010 Rias Balxas miudino Galicia 62
This elegant wine is made exclusively from albariño grapes specially selected. It shows an elegant straw colour, with floral aromas and ripe fruit hints on the nose, round and complex on the palate.
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.
2005 Native Point Tamar Valley, TAS 63
Bright crimson in colour, this pinot noir has a fragrant bouquet of black morello 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.
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 long and satisfying length.
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.
2009 Apsley Gorge Bicheno, TAS 96
After 12 months on new French oak, this pinot results with good concentration and a Burgundian elegance. Spicy and charred oak are initially evident and then sweet fruit insists its way to the front. Layers of rich, dark cherry and damson plums peel away to reveal more floral and fruit fragrances. Mouthwatering aromas and good fruit tannins.
2010 Pooley ‘butcher’s hill’ Richmond, TAS 82
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 this magnificent food wine
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, a solid core of ripe fruit, finished with ultra fine tannins.
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.
2011 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.
2011 Home Hill Huon Valley, TAS 96
This wine exhibits all the hallmarks of its cool climate origin – clear varietal expression, balance and long concentrated flavours. The nose is generous and pure with lashings of cherry, pure pinot fruit and an explosive, perfumed lift. A long back palate finish with fine balance.
2011 Glenayr Coal River Valley 65
A clear and bright crimson. The aromas are very warm and inviting – ripe cherry, floral (violet) and very seductive baking bread. Anise, richer licorice, malt and cardamom are there too adding to the appeal. It is very mouth-filling and lingering with sweet cherry, more anise, chocolate and even a hint of caramelised orange. Lots of pinot interest here for a fantastic price.
2011 Ese vineyard Richmond, TAS 67
Estate grown and hand picked, and intense rich flavour. Matured in French Oak Deeply coloured, but brightly fruited; dark cherries and intriguing spices all come to the fore; great concentration and a really smooth palate, and very long and fine on the finish.
2012 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, savouriness and light herb.
2012 Pooley Richmond, TAS 59
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 this magnificent food wine
2012 Stefano Lubiana Primavera Granton, TAS 90
Medium density black cherry/crimson, with fuchsia purple highlights. Attractive melange of red and black cherry aromas, redolent of summer fruit pudding. Hints of rose petal. Rich concentrated palate, deeply flavoured with cherry characters supported by nutty/hazelnut overtones derived from oak maturation. Ripe rather than overripe fruit. Medium/firm tannins and vibrant natural acidity. The palate is flooded with flavour, giving the wine great persistence and majesty.
2012 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.
2013 Glaetzer Dixon Nouveau Pinot Noir Tamar Valley, TAS 70
A brand new release from the talented hand of Nick Glaetzer, this is effectively a joven style Tassie pinot noir built for immediate consumption. Very aromatic with warm bready/brioche aromas over spicy ripe cherries, it practically leaps out the glass with new-season pinot joy!
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 Coonawarra, SA 150
A complex interaction of blackberry fruit and French oak; rich but supple fruit and ripe tannins; complete, well balanced.
2005 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.
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 Grey Sands ‘Romanesque’ Tamar Valley, TAS 65
Deep red with purple hue, this wine has a sweet aroma of ripe mulberry fruit, dried citrus peel and some toffee oak. The palate has more savoury fruit, lightly spiced with some black pepper and star anise notes. There is good length of fruit with some drying tannins to finish.
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 Granton, 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.
2010 Nocton Park Coal River Valley, TAS 60
Bright colour for its age; inevitably, savoury rather than fruity, with marks of herbal flavours pointing to less than fully ripe fruit; however, has some line and balance.
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
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.
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 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 Mount Langi Ghiran, Cliff Edge Grampians, VIC 139
Outstanding vivid crimson-purple; the perfumed bouquet is exquisite, with red and black fruits in a swathe of violets and rose petals, then a supremely elegant and intense palate, the finish exceptionally long
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 Jasper Hill ‘georgia’s paddock’ Heathcote VIC 158
A fabulous intense magenta hue, this Shiraz has a depth of flavor to match. The nose displays aromas of dark cherry, plum, red berries and spice, whilst the medium bodied palate delivers the same plus a lot more clove and spice. Rich tannins and a balanced natural acidity make this a classic to drink now.
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.
2011 Hewitson Truffle Row Barossa valley, SA 72
Light, bright crimson-purple; the blend has worked well in the face of the vintage; inevitably more about length than depth, savoury spices more than black fruits or truffles
2010 Clarence House tempranillo Richmond, TAS 67
Not easy to place this wine in the context of some full-bodied warm-grown tempranillos from the mainland; while light-bodied, it does have the red cherry and lemon drop finish this grape is known for, and there are some beautiful tannins.
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 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, fresh, 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.
2010 Domaine de La Renjarde Cotes Du Rhone Rhone 61
This predominantly grenache shiraz blend is super value and shows aromas of raspberries, cherries and soft spice, with just a touch of savouriness on the nose. The palate is fuller-bodied and rich with lots of dark cherry flavours, licks of toastiness, fine tannins, and a dry, slightly herbaceous finish. It’s screaming out for a juicy lamb shank.
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.
1971 Penfolds Grange Bin 95 Barossa Valley 1900
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.
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!
2009 Chateau Roumieu 750ml Sauternes, FRA 112
Floral aromas and fruit have melded to create a bouquet of remarkable complexity and balance. The palate showcases flavours of honey, orange marmalade, dried apricots and acacia flowers with a perfect combination of tropical fruits (mango and pineapple) bringing refreshing acidity. Long finish with notes of beeswax, roasted almond and hazelnut. The finish goes on and on.
2009 Pressing Matters Dessert Riesling R139 Richmond, TAS 56
Lots of peachy fruit, citrus and toasty aged complexity decorate the nose of this sweetie of a riesling from Tassie. The palate has quite a sweet entry together with lemons, limes and honey, and finishes with fresh, zippy acidity. It’s sweet, delicate and delicious.
2010 Nocton Park Dessert Semillon Coal River Valley, TAS 45
While herbaceous notes dominate, the balancing sweetness and acidity provides freshness and detail; an interesting style.
2011 Springvale, ‘louisa’ Sticky Gewurztraminer 375ml Freycinet Coast, TAS 47
Obvious Botrytis characters on the nose – dried apricots and raisin Christmas pudding. A viscous, rich and sweet palate hang off a delicate, acid backbone, coming together to create a special dessert wine.