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Menu & Wine List

summer

 

world’s freshest oysters from bruny island

freshly shucked +  mignonette

three dollars fifty each

 

 entrée

 

tasmanian seafood chowder

sweetcorn + islington garden herbs

twenty two dollars

 

islington caesar salad

quail eggs, crispy bacon + white anchovy dressing

twenty dollars

 

quail ballantine

prosciutto, mustard fruits, water cress + pumpkin puree

twenty four dollars

 

main

 

line caught market fish

nectarine + asparagus salad, crushed potatoes

thirty nine dollars

 

crispy skinned duck breast

sweet potato rosti, caramelised onion, green beans + raspberry

thirty eight dollars

 

longford eye fillet

roasted baby beetroot, goats chèvre, rainbow chard + maple jus

thirty eight dollars

 

risotto ‘caprese’

cherry tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella + fresh basil

thirty five dollars

 

dessert

 

‘islington mess’

bridestowe lavender meringue, summer berries + lemon verbena yoghurt

fifteen dollars

 

wellington honey crémes

cocoa + whisky syrup, walnut + almond crumble

fifteen dollars

 

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

 

Wine List

 

Sparkling

 

2001       Arras EJ Carr late disgorged                                                          Pipers River, TAS                                212

A multi-Tasmanian regional 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 LubianaBrut                                                                         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                                                              Pipers River, TAS                                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 flavors 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.

 

Sparkling Rosé

 

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.

 

Champagne

 

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          Billecart-Salmon                375mL                                                                   Mareuil-sur-Ay, France                     88

A beautiful bouquet of lemon blossom and lemon meringue fruit, the palate is all about pears and summer white fruitsfinishing with great poise and fine minerality

 

NV          Louis Roederer                                                                                   Remis, France                                     148

The freshness, finesse, and brightness of Brut Premier make it the perfect wine for festive occasions. Its structured texture, richness, and length are distinctly winey. It is a full, complex wine that is both rich and powerful, whilst remaining a great classic.

 

White Wine

Riesling

 

2004       Mitchell  ‘Watervale’                                                                       Clare Valley, SA                                 84

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. Tight lime and passionfruit; excellent intensity and even better length.

 

2008       Morilla  Praxis                                                                                      Tamar Valley, TAS                              63

This wine shows upfront fruit aromas with floral and mineral notes in the background. Intense tropical fruit and floral flavours are deftly balanced by citrus and minerals. Crisp Tasmanian acidity gives the wine a fresh finish whilst the flavours linger long after.

 

2008       Moorilla Muse                                                                                     Tamar Valley, TAS                              68                          

Bright quartz; a substantial wine with texture and structure outside the Tasmanian norm; ripe citrus headed to tropical.

 

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.Exhibit the variety’s European hallmarks, with a range of fragrant fruit and floral characters in the bouquet and delicately crisp; elegantly structured palate.

 

2011       Pressing Matters‘R9’                                                                         Coal River Valley, TAS                      61

Inspired by the Mosel styles, this riesling is dry with intense fruit flavors 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, with a typical floral nose including intense lime and orange blossom characters. The palate shows vibrant natural acidity and savory 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.

 

2012       Moorilla ‘50th Anniversary’                                                             Tamar Valley, TAS                            97

Pale green/gold. Spicy intensity with tropical fruits and lime. Big flavours and outstanding fruit on the palate, set within a minerally structure. There’s more than a hint of aniseed and ginger, almost mouth-numbing Szechuan pepper, which add more layers to the wine’s drive, and complexity. The flavours are incredibly persistent.

 

2013       Moores Hill Riesling                                                                           Tamar Valley, TAS                              66          

Light, bright straw-green; herb and wild honey aromas lead into a well-balanced and long palate; shows the good vintage to advantage.

 

2013       D’Arenberg, ‘The Dry Dam’                                                            McLaren Vale, SA                             57

Is a somewhat unlikely part of the new wave of rieslings with deliberate residual sugar and low alcohol: unlikely because of the region and because the wine is as good as it is. Drink while fresh.

 

2013       Grossest  Polish Hill                                                                            Clare Valley, SA                                 110

Attractive lemongrass and lime citrus aromas with some minerally notes. The flavors are tight, fine and dry and show bright lime zest flavors. 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.

 

Aromatics

 

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.

 

Sauvignon Blanc

 

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       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       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.

 

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.

 

Chardonnay

 

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       Mount Mary                                                                                         Yarra Valley, VIC                               145

Gleaming yellow-green; a skilfully made wine from mature vines on a great vineyard site; white peach, melon and a touch of fig coalesce with subtle barrel ferment oak on the long and harmonious palate. The wine offers plenty of colour and varietal aroma. Those same ripe, plummy/redcurranty characters follow onto the palate, which is both savoury and medium-bodied. With less new oak input than was the case with our 2009 Merlot, the finish is polished and refined. In structure, its lingering fresh acidity gives the wine something of an Italianate feel right now.

 

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       Tolpuddle                                                                                             Coal River Valley, TAS                      126

This chardonnay reflects the cool maritime climate of Tasmania’s Coal River Valley, and the site itself is gently sloping, north-east facing, with light silica over sandstone. The result is fine and precise chardonnay with a backbone of firm acidity, and a combination of lightness of texture, and intensity of flavour

 

Rose

 

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.

 

2011       Bream Creek                                                                                      Bream Creek, TAS                              67

There’s nicely captured fresh wild strawberries and raspberries on the nose here; this wine has a bright and lively appeal. The palate follows suit, with juicy strawberry fruit flavours and a neat balance

 

 French White

 

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.

 

Italian White

 

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 anelegant straw colour, with floral aromas and ripe fruit hints on the nose, round and complex on the palate.

 

Red Wine

Pinot Noir

 

2000       Domaine A ‘Reserve de Patron’                                                    Campania, TAS                                   482

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.

 

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.

 

2007       Moorilla Muse                                                                                     Tamar Valley, TAS                              96  

Healthy purple-red, bright and deep; complex bouquet and palate driven by ripe/dark plum; round fruit; fine tannins; some charry oak. Has prospered in bottle. Gold Tas Wine Show ’11.

 

2008       Domaine A                                                                                          Campania, TAS                                     136

Deep, verging on dense, purple with a scarlet rim; right in the centre of the Domaine A style, more powerful and concentrated than any other Tasmanian pinot, or from parts further north for that matter. This gravitas has been achieved without limiting pinot varietal character, albeit different to all others.

 

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       Sinapius                                                                                                Piper Brook, TAS                                 87      

Vibrant mid-cherry red; lifted red fruits, clove and cinnamon provide the bouquet; the palate is light-bodied and precise, with taut acidity and fine-grained tannins; the finish offers a toasty note that is harmonious with the fruit on offer.

 

2009       Sugarloaf Ridge                                                                                 Carlton River,TAS                               61               

Good colour; has a fragrant bouquet with some spicy notes starting to develop; the palate is rich, supple and smooth; very good plum varietal character; overall, velvety mouthfeel.

 

2009       Winstead Lot 16                                                                                  Bagdad,TAS                                         67          

Bright colour; fragrant spicy cherry/plum fruit on bouquet; fresh and lively wine with good balance and length.

 

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.

 

2009       Frogmore Creek                                                                                                Cambridge, TAS                                 74    

Bright, light colour; a wine of exceptional precision and purity, with vibrant red cherry accented fruit; while the palate is not weighty, it has admirable length.

 

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.

 

2010       Laurel Bank                                                                                          Granton,TAS                                        66             

The aromas are inviting, warm and rich – ripe cherries and blackcurrant with aromatic florals, sweet spices and wet earth. Exceptionally soft and full in the mouth with delicious juiciness. It’s an enveloping kind of wine, revealing more and more with each sniff and sip. Everything is perfectly integrated, and ready to be enjoyed.

 

2011       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.

 

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       Tolpuddle                                                                                            Coal River Valley, TAS                      143

reflects the cool maritime climate of Tasmania’s Coal River Valley, and the site itself is gently sloping, north-east facing, with light silica over sandstone. The result is a beautifully aromatic and textured pinot, with intensity, power, purity and complexity. 

 

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       Moores hill                                                                                           Tamar Valley, TAS                              62    

Bright, but light, colour; the bouquet is flowery and fragrant, but it is the precision, focus and length of the palate, with its pure play of red fruits (cherry, strawberry and raspberry).

 

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 thismagnificent 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.

 

2013       Domaine A ‘Stoney Vineyard’                                                       Campania, TAS                                   63

Strong, clear crimson-purple; combines power and elegance, depth and length – all this in Domaine A’s second label; plum, black cherry and some foresty nuances play throughout the long palate. A long life ahead.

 

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.

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       Domaine A ‘petit a’                                                                           Campania, TAS                                   88

Deep ruby colour. A mouth filling and harmonious expression of terroir suffused with captivating florals, Asiatic spice and whispers of mint. A dark berry core layered with cassis is supported by fine, velvet tannin and structure and the pure natural acidity of Tasmania

 

2009       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.

 

2011       Passing Clouds                                                                                   Musk, VIC                                             77

The purple-red colour makes light of the vintage, the red and black fruits of the palate likewise, with cherry, plum, blackberry and blackcurrant all in play; the tannins are soft, the oak integrated

 

2012       Leconfield                                                                                           Coonawarra, SA                                71

An attractive medium-bodied cabernet; Coonawarra and McLaren Vale stood out in SA in this vintage, exemplified here by its obviously juicy cassis fruits, in no way obscured by any green or earthy characters. While it will live, there is a strong case for early hedonistic consumption.

 

 Merlot

 

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       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.

 

2011       Stefano Lubiana                                                                                 Granton, TAS                                       78

Offers plenty of colour and varietal aroma. Those same ripe, plummy/redcurranty characters follow onto the palate, which is both savoury and medium-bodied. With restrained new oak input, the finish is polished and refined. In structure, its lingering fresh acidity gives the wine something of an Italianate feel.

 

Shiraz

 

2004       Zema Estate, Family Selection                                                      Coonawarra, SA                                                99

An elegant, classy wine; a fine mix of blackcurrant and cherries; silky mouthfeel and length; fine tannin and oak handling; a return to top form.

 

2006       Woodstock stocks 375ml                                                                                McLaren Vale,  SA                            52

A dark bouquet of confit blackberry, prune and chocolate; the palate shows a slight undergrowth complexity, which lifts the fruit and provides texture to balance out the lavish oak treatment; bright and squeaky acid on the finish.

 

2007       Rockford Basket Press                                                                      Barossa Valley, SA                             210

This black shiraz is uniquely Australian. Headed with rich, ripe fruit flavor and very fine tannins, this is one big old fashioned red. Rich, briary characters are still at the fore, softening by the day – a true classic.

 

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.

 

2009       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

 

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.

 

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

 

2012       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.

 

2012       GlenAyr                                                                                                                Coal River Valley, TAS                     65

Selection of fruit from mature vines and the subtle use of french oak have enabled this Coal River Valley winery to produce this wonderful cool climate shiraz. Black currants and liquorice on the nose is followed by a dark cherry palate and a lovely savoury finish.

 

Varietals

 

2010       Clarence House Tempranillo                                                         Richmond, TAS                                    67  

The small planting of tempranillo at Clarence House allows the selection of premium fruit, delivering what is a unique grape variety in Tasmania. 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.

 

2012       Tar & Roses Tempranillo                                                                                 Heathcote, VIC                                  62

A light and fragrant example of the variety, no doubt due to the conditions of the vintage; in this case the result is a drink early, fresh, vibrant and downright delicious wine to be enjoyed in the full flush of youth.

 

2013       Match Box Malbec                                                                           Clare Valley, SA                                78

Handpicked, wild fermented in seasoned french oak puncheons with the heads knocked out, basket pressed violet scent, exuberant spice and plush blueberry palate. Wildly enticing, supple and salacious.

 

French Red

 

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 pinotnNoir 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 Medo                                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       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.

 

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.

 

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.    

 

Italian Red

 

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.

 

Penfolds Grange

 

1971       Penfolds Grange               Bin 95                                                     Barossa Valley                                    1900

One of the best ‘A’ grade Grange’s, this blend of 87% shiraz, 13% cabernetsSauvignon 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!

 

 

Dessert Wines

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.