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Menu & Wine List

world’s freshest oysters from bruny island

served freshly shucked natural + lime

three dollars fifty each

 

entrée

 

roasted quinoa + nashi salad

wild rocket, roasted hazelnuts + ‘tongola’ goats chèvre

eighteen  dollars

 

cider braised pork belly

islington quince + pickled cabbage

nineteen  dollars

 

middle eastern fish stew

lemon + pearl couscous

twenty dollars

 

main

 

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

 

dessert

 

islington rice pudding

autumn fruit compote + candied walnuts

nineteen dollars

 

frozen white chocolate + pistachio nougat

glacé cumquats, raspberry + rose syrup

eighteen dollars

 

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

 

 

Wine List

 

 

Sparkling

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.

 

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.

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.

 

White Wine

Riesling

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       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. 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.

 

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       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.

 

Chardonnay

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.

 

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.

 

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.

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.

 

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 an elegant 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.

 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       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.

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       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       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.

 2010       Laurel Bank                                                                                                          Granton,TAS                        66             

Exceptional colour, deep and strong; another full-bodied pinot flooded with black fruits, but also some juicy, slippery notes. Silver medal Tas Wine Show

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!

 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       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       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       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.

 

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.

 

Shiraz

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

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.

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.

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

Traditional blend?! 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

 

Varietals

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.

 

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 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, 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.

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% 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!

 

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.

 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.