Our resident Sommelier and wine expert, is more than happy to have a chat and help you pick out the perfect bottle to cellar or consume. Alternatively, you can pull up a chair and sample the latest offerings from the enomatic dispenser, where sample wine tastings are offered in a variety of global styles and in a range of serving sizes.
We can also source any ‘special items’ you might desire and even assist you with a complementary ‘cellar appraisal’, designed to give a ‘spring clean’ to your prized collection whether you have 10 bottles or 10,000.
THIS MONTH'S FEATURE WINES
Michael Hartley's Top Pick
2013 Hattingley Valley Classic Cuvee. Hampshire, England
I had to pick this little beauty for my pick this month, it’s a wonderful cuvee from Hampshire in the UK, and was enjoyed as an aperitif on Rottnest a week or two ago.
The 2013 Classic Cuvée is pale gold in colour. It has a well-developed nose showing a hint of autolysis with some subtle oak character. The balanced palate has crisp acidity and fine mousse. It has delicate toasty characteristics from the ageing on lees, while the gentle oak adds complexity.
RRP $80 / Special $70
NV Marchand & Burch Crémant de Bourgogne Brut. Burgundy, France
This sparkling wine from the Burgundy region is comprised of60% Chardonnay, 20% Gamay, 10% Pinot Noir and, complemented by 10% Aligoté.
‘Golden yellow in colour with delicate bubbles highlighting the finesse of its effervescence. It’s fruity in flavour with citrus notes expressing a great harmony that will enhance each moment of conviviality. It presents all its elegance during aperitifs or when served with poultry’ M&B
RRP $32 / Special $25
NV Jo Landron ‘Atmosphères’ Extra Brut. Loire Valley, France.
“A méthode traditionelle cuvée, made using 80% Folle Blanche and 20% Pinot Noir in this vintage. The first fermentation is in cement (Jo prefers cement or wood for this cuvée, as he believes steel gives a metallic taste to the wine).
The nose is fresh, very pure, floral with perfumed white stone. The palate shows a little vanilla lactone, with honeyed fruit, but t remains very fresh, pure and bright. It has a white stone backdrop and very firm acidity running throughout.” Chris Kissack, thewinedoctor.com
RRP $42 / Special $34
White Wine Specials
2017 Pikes Riesling ‘Traditional’. Clare Valley, Australia.
Brilliant pale green colour, pristine aromas of lime, lemon and grapefruit dominate initially, with some gentle floral notes kicking in behind these. Maybe just a suggestion of wet slate/stones too.
Fresh, crisp and dry as it always is upon release. Finishes clean and dry with just a hint of textural grip.
RRP $28 / Special $22
2015 A. J. Vidal ‘Reserve’ Chardonnay. Hawkes Bay, New Zealand.
The nose glitters with Chablis-like gunflint minerality with a lime precision and ripe apple beneath. The palate has a surprising squirt of tropical, mango-like fruit ripeness, very juicy grapefruit too, then the mineral acidity starts to kick in, and a little creamy component, to give this texture and mouth-feel, the finish long and tapering in a most elegant way.
RRP $28 / Special $22
2016 McHenry Hohnen ‘Amigos’ Marsanne Roussanne. Margaret River, Australia.
Nuances of preserved Meyer lemons and camomile tea dominate the nose together with ripe yellow peaches. Aromas of apricot and potpourri, typical of Marsanne leap from the glass with Roussanne adding delicate mineral notes.
On the palate the lovely texture of the Marsanne is complemented by the leaner character of the Roussanne providing a refreshing, saline acidity. Finishing nutty and long, this wine is a take on a Rhone Valley classic.
RRP $ 28 / Special $22
Red Wine Specials
2014 McHenry Hohnen ‘Tiger Country’ Tempranillo. Margaret River, Australia.
Sourced from an old planting in the Yallingup Hills. Nose is a complex array of violets, lavender and rose petal, underlined by blood orange. The palate shows concentrated citrus and mulberry
shortcake. The gravely, rambling tannins provide the perfect savoury note to the sweetness of fruit.
RRP $50 / Special $35
2013 Faber Vineyard ‘Reserve’ Shiraz. Swan Valley, Australia.
Deep burgundy red. Lifted Perfume of dark black fruits with notes of anise, liquorice and tar. The palate is super soft and full of dense fruit richness. It’s powerfully structured, has great length and a strong tannin backbone. Whilst clearly very youthful, the wine is remarkably approachable. It is full of potential and its wonderful aromas and flavours will blossom and develop over many years.
RRP $60 / Special $49
From the Cellar
2000 Petaluma Merlot. Coonawarra, Australia.
An Aussie icon..
Meaty, slightly stewed aromas of dark plums, cassis, tobacco and mint are closed and brooding, rather shrouded by cedar/chocolate new oak. Firm, fleshy and well structured, the palate is more lively, with bright, if rather simple black and red berry flavours, plums, chocolate and vanilla, with hints of liquorice and currants.
RRP $100 / Special $70
*Prices listed are for takeaway