Adelaide's latest wine bar offering Bar Lune.

Love for Lune

Adelaide’s east has welcomed a new go-to destination with the opening of Bar Lune. Developed by local chef Sam Worrall-Thompson (Fine & Fettle & Community), Bar Lune boasts all those inviting, cosy neighbourhood wine bar vibes with a killer wine list and small bites menu.

Wine wise, you’ll catch an impressive display of SA winemaking talent – think names like Koerner, Harrison Wine, Ox Hardy and Murdoch Hill just to name a few. While to pair, take your pick from some enticing small plate options or let Sam and the team look after you with a Feed Me option.  

Bar Lune is open Wednesday to Sunday, find out more at instagram.com/barlune_adl
Morgan and Jayden Ong.
City Winery is at it again with their new venue Eagle Street Pier.
Daughter in Law's Jessi Singh and Sacha Imrie.

City Winery's New Digs

The crew at City Winery are determined to live up to their mission of bringing top-notch food and wine to the people of Brisbane. First there was Carl’s restaurant, quickly followed by their micro-winery at Wandoo Street, then the Edward Street cellar door opened last year. Now there’s a new string to the bow: Eagle Street Pier, a 65-seat cellar door and bistro on the Brisbane River.

“Eagle Street has undergone a resurgence since Covid-19,” says City Winery co-founder Adam Penberthy. “The strip is pumping once again and has a new lease of life. Our site is nestled amongst most of our corporate partners who have supported us from inception, so to have a dedicated cellar door and bistro right here is a no brainer.”

Penberthy says the layout has been designed to deliver the same inviting atmosphere the CBD venue is known for: namely momentarily transporting patrons away from the bustle of the city to a more relaxed environment. Expect a décor furbished with plenty of light and dark timber, and an 18-seat private cellar for private functions.  

“The venue plays host to a myriad of experiences,” says Penberthy. “People can partake in wine blending workshops, a food-and-wine pairing experience, or a wine tasting session led by our knowledgeable staff.”  

The wine list includes all of the Gerler wines made by the City Winery crew, as well as drops from around the world that influence their winemaking.

City Winery’s Executive Chef Travis Crane says the team are delighted to be bringing the City Winery ethos to the new venue - sourcing sustainably farmed, fresh local produce and treating it with the respect it deserves. “This menu has been designed with sharing in mind,” he says. “Come in for a few tasting plates, or make a main meal out of it, and of course, every dish can be paired with the perfect Gerler wine.”  

Visit citywinery.com.au/eagle-street-pier

JOSH MARTIN
Seville Kitcgersen.

Morris Branches Out

Morris is a name typically associated with world-class Rutherglen fortifieds, but now they’re also joining the distilling game with the launch of the Morris Whisky range. The Morris Australian Single Malt Signature Whisky (A$95) and Australian Single Malt Muscat Barrel Whisky (A$140) are crafted from local barley and water, and finished in the famed Morris fortified barrels.

Master distiller John McDougall, head distiller Darren Peck and Morris chief winemaker David Morris are leading the team crafting the products at the brand’s Rutherglen distillery.

“We are creating a unique Morris Whisky style that speaks to our home in Rutherglen,” says Peck. “Morris Whisky reflects not only the world-class fortified barrels but also its regional Victorian provenance.”

To find out more, see morriswhisky.com
Taylors Wines are raising money for

Covid Collaboration

When the Covid-19 chaos hit Australia, Anim winemaker Max Marriott endeavoured to bring together his Hobart community to make something special amidst the doom – and he most certainly did that. The 2020 Hobart 27 Pinot Noir (A$270) is the result of 27 Hobart locals coming together to help Mariott craft a wine using a technique used by respected Burgundy vigneron Lalou Bize-Leroy. The technique included snipping individual berries off each bunch of pinot noir fruit, with just the small pedicel (green jack) protruding. The project to create the one-off wine was developed to honour the sense of community found in times of crisis.  

The wine’s label, designed by local Lara Grün, features the Tasmanian Waratah, a flower which sits on sloped of Mount Wellington overlooking Hobart – a true nod to place. But the shape of the Waratah also maps out the addresses of the 27 people who snipped away to craft the exquisite wine.

Find out more at animwine.com
The Masterstroke Collection celebrates South Australia.

Taylors’ Perfect Stroke

The Clare Valley’s Taylors Wines has unveiled the winery’s Masterstroke Collection celebrating the diversity found across South Australia’s premium wine regions. The collection features a 2019 McLaren Vale Shiraz, 2019 Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon and 2016 Clare Valley Cabernet Shiraz (all priced at A$60 each). The Masterstroke Collection is also a celebration of the Taylor family’s love for the arts and their passion for the artistry found in winemaking.

“We consider winemaking to be a true artform - the decisions of our vineyard and winemaking team are like the strokes of an artist’s brush on canvas,” says Winemaker and Managing Director Mitchell Taylor. “Our intention with the Masterstroke is to capture the region in its truest form.”

The back of the labels feature stunning, eye-catching images of the wine regions, shot by South Australian photographer Benjamin Goode.

Visit taylorswines.com.au/masterstroke
Twenty-six year veteran Teresa Heuzenroeder is now at Tintara.

Savour Seppeltsfield’s Latest

This year, the annual Seppeltsfield Luxury Collection includes a special addition to celebrate the historic Barossa icon’s 170th anniversary. The 2020 Great Terraced Vineyard Barossa Grenache (A$75) is an absolute cracker made from bush vines from a vineyard originally planted in 1855 and then replanted from 1958, giving us the spectacular, contoured vineyard we see today. Be quick, as it is a limited release.

Also in the range are two approachable Bench Blends: the 2020 No.EC403 GSM (A$50), a contemporary play on traditional varieties; and the 2020 No EC3 (A$50), a vibrant co-ferment of equal parts tinta cao and tinta amarela from 30-year-old vineyards – with 20% touriga bringing a touch of violet for good measure.

Don’t miss the follow-up releases of the Grounds range, created to celebrate the variations in Barossa terroir, including: the red-fruited 2019 Easting Barossa Shiraz (A$75), with its refreshing acidity, from the Garden of Eden Vineyard, Eden Valley; The 2019 Westing ($75), with riper, dark fruit sourced from the Western Barossa Grounds; and the first release of 2019 Northing (A$75), a bold drop with grippy tannins, hailing from a single block in Marananga Parish. This one will reward a little time in the cellar.

Buy the wines at the Seppeltsfield Cellar Door or via seppeltsfield.com.au

JUDY SARRIS
Taylors Wines are raising money for the endangered White's seahorse.

Joans of Marc

West Gippsland’s Allevare Wines (formerly Vino Idda Wines) has launched a wine pack with a difference – say hello to Joans of Marc. The project sells wine packs curated by women and other underrepresented groups within the industry, featuring wines from a diverse range of producers from across the globe.

Alysha Moscatt, of Allevare, says the idea came from the desire to bring more awareness to women’s representation on restaurant wine lists, in wine packs and at wine events.

“On a podcast they were talking about women’s representation on festival line ups, this made me feel inspired to start bringing more awareness towards women’s representation on restaurant wine lists, wine packs and wine events.” says Moscatt.

“The wine industry has been through some great positive changes, but we just wanted to create a bit of a ‘hub’ and network for other women and minority groups wanting to get into the industry; and also to have a place where people could search for a diverse range of people in wine.”  

The next pack curated by Vinomofo’s Beth Bicknell comes out in September, with proceeds donated to charity.

Visit instagram.com/joansofmarc
Seville Kitchen Head Chef Soren Thogersen.

Spring to Beechworth

For the first time in 2021, the Beechworth Vigneron’s Spring Tasting Event will include a Gala Dinner, which will act as a showcase of the region’s hero variety, chardonnay.  

“Many of the featured chardonnays are scarce, so are normally not available for tasting and have never been offered at this type of event before,” says Tracey Richards of Beechworth Vignerons. “Wine enthusiasts will not only get this rare treat, but will also be able to meet many of the winemakers on the night.”

Along with the local chardonnays, the night will also feature some of the region’s emerging alternative varieties like nebbiolo, sangiovese and tempranillo. The Gala Dinner will be hosted by Aussie comedian and wine man Merrick Watts – so you know you’ll be in for a night full of great laughs, food and wine.

The dinner is on Friday 8 October, with tickets A$79pp. Book your spot at beechworthwineregion.com.au
Phoenix Kamsteeg is the manager at Tamburlaine’s new cellar door.

All Go for Golden Vines

The world’s biggest brands are joining forces to support diversity and inclusivity in wine education for the Golden Vines Awards Ceremony and Dinner. Held on 7 October at Annabel’s Private Members Club in London, the not-for-profit event, run by fine wine research company Liquid Icons, will raise money for the Gerard Basset Wine Education Charitable Foundation. The foundation is dedicated to legendary wine figure Gerard Basset OBE MW MS, and works to support the next generation of wine professionals, and promote inclusivity, diversity and equality in the industry.

The event includes the Golden Vines Fine Wine, Rare Spirit & Experience Global Online Auction, which will go live in September and feature money-can’t-buy wines and experiences. The night will also recognise the fine wine industry, with awards including the World’s Best Fine Wine Producer, Best Rising Star and the Golden Vines Hall of Fame Award. Some of the top sponsors for the awards include Gucci, Rolls-Royce, Riedel, S. Pellegrino, Ruinart, Dom Pérignon and more.

Visit liquidicons.com/work/golden-vines-awards
Bistrot’s team (from left): Michael Clift, Daniel Pepperell and
Andy Tyson.

Orchards Meet Vines

Co Wines is the brainchild of Yarra Valley Winemaker Ben Haines and New York Chef Doug Lilburne, who one day had the thought: What might be possible if grapes were co-fermented with orchard fruits? Fast forward to 2021 and those thoughts have been brought to life with the birth of a range of Orchard Wines under the label Co Wines.

Taking premium Victorian orchard fruits such as white peach, sour plum, fig and blood plum, Haines and Lilburne co-ferment the fruit with local Yarra Valley hand-harvested grapes. The result? A range of refreshing and textural wines, with zero additives, no sulphites and are ready to drink now with a slight chill – perfect spring drinking.  

he range features the 2021 CO Late Summer Viognier and White Peach ($36); 2021 CO Late Summer Pinot and Sour Plum ($36); 2021 Early Autumn Cabernet with Blood Plum and Fig ($36); 2021 Late Summer Coldstream White ($32) and 2021 Early Autumn Steels Creek Red ($32).  

Find out more at coferments.com  
Charlotte Hardy, of Charlotte Dalton Wines.

Stepping Inside the Box

Sustainability is a big focus for wineries when it comes to packaging, and the team at Hey Tomorrow are leading the way with the launch of their premium box wine. Now, this isn’t your usual cask wine scenario from your teen years. Hey Tomorrow features wines from respected wineries like Geelong’s Lethbridge Wines, Yarra Valley’s Valentine Wines, Yea Valley’s Philip Lobley and Heathcote’s Syrahmi Wines. The 2L boxes produce less carbon than bottles, and also keep the wine fresher for longer for around 28 days – so no more pouring oxidised bottles down the drain.

The team at Hey Tomorrow are also donating half of their profits to Sunshot Zero Carbon Futures, a company supporting businesses achieve zero emissions energy.

The Hey Tomorrow range features the 2020 Lethbridge Nouveau White; 2020 Lethbridge Pinot Noir; 2020 Valentine Rosé; 2020 Philip Lobley Noveau Red and 2019 Syrahmi Syrah.  

Find out more at heytomorrow.com.au
Seville Kitchen Head Chef Soren Thogersen.

Pivot to Preserve

Wine preservation tool specialists Coravin has added a new product to its range with the launch of Pivot (A$184.95) and Pivot + (A$229.95). The new tool sits at a lower price point compared with previous products, and is designed for the casual wine enthusiast with its compact size and easy-to-use method. The Pivot Stopper replaces the cork or screwcap; the device is inserted through the stopper and then activated once the button is pressed. The product seals the wine and keeps it fresh for up to four weeks. The Pivot + also contains a Pivot Aerator, for bringing out the full aroma of your wine.

Visit coravin.com.au
PhoeniKamsteeg is the manager at Tamburlaine’s new celdoor.

High Spirits

The Alpine Valley’s Billy Button Wines have joined forces once again with Bright-based distillery Reed & Co for the 2021 release of their Spirit Lab Gin & Juice ($70) and Spirit Lab Mistelle ($50). The 2021 products follow the success from last year’s releases, which featured spirits made from smoke tainted grapes in North East Victoria. The Spirit Lab Gin and Juice features Japanese botanicals such as yuzu and green tea paired with juice from Billy Button’s King Valley gewurtztraminer grapes. The Spirit Lab Mistelle takes inspiration from the aperitif-style drink using wild-fermented tempranillo and friulano grapes boasting Japanese plum and citrus notes.

Available via reedandcodistillery.com
City Winery is at it again with their new venue Eagle Street Pier.

All the Feels

Feels Botanical is bringing a fresh vibe to the alcohol scene, with their range of Australian botanical Eau De Vie grape spirits. The Eau de Vie spirits are distilled from fermented South Australian grapes, along with unique blends of sustainably-sourced botanicals like hemp, horny goat weed, Kakadu plum, Illawarra plum, quandong and more.

The brand was born from a desire to craft an alcohol brand which sees consumption differently, while giving a nod to Australia and expressing the creative talents of founders Blake Vanderfield-Kramer and Steve Pillemer.  

“We both felt it was time for a change, and to leave our desk jobs in entertainment and big alcohol respectively,” says Vanderfield-Kramer. “We agreed to dive headlong into creating a spirit that pays respect to Australia’s natural bounty and rich history. That’s our mission: to bring Australian drinkers a spirit that distills our combination of sustainably-sourced botanicals down to four distinct moods.”

The Feels Botanical Range features the Bask (A$75; 500ml), Vivify (A$75, 500ml), Rouse (A$70, 500ml) and Revel (A$70, 500ml).

Find them all at feelsbotanical.com.au
Cassegrain Wines will lead a study into the effects
of smoke taint.

Nort Your Usual Beer

There’s some new non-alcoholic beers to get your hands on with the new releases from NORT Beer. Developed by Jaz Wearing of Sydney’s Modus Operandi Brewery during the infamous 2020 lockdown, NORT’s ethos is to make non-alcoholic beers that still carry the same rich, quality taste of its alcoholic counterparts.

The new NORT Beer releases include the Pacific Ale (24x330ml; $47.99), Refreshing Ale (24x330ml; $49), All Day IPA (24x375ml; $52.99) and Tropical XPA (24x375ml; $52.99).

NORT Beer is available at Woolworths, BWS and Dan Murphys as well as at nort.beer  
Merrymaker is now the highest rooftop bar in Adelaide.

England Sparkles

Vranken-Pommery has continued to look to the UK with its latest release of the NV Louis Pommery Brut England (A$99). Vranken-Pommery was the first Champagne House to produce an English sparkling wine, with this release crafted by winemaker Clément Pierlot using the méthode traditionelle technique. It uses chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot meunier from vineyards in Hampshire planted in 2014. Expect notes of citrus and green apple with a saline finish.

Louis Pommery is available via Qantas Wine, Vintage Cellars and Dan Murphys. Visit louis-pommery.com/wine/england
Cassegrain Wines will lead a study into the effects of smoke taint.

Heartbreakingly Good

The Mornington Peninsula’s Bass & Flinders Distillery has launched a new product combining their love of gin with the region’s most prized grape variety pinot noir. The Heartbreak Gin ($88) is crafted from parcels of Mornington Peninsula pinot noir, boasting all the much-loved varietal characters like cherry and plum fruits and spice combined with striking juniper from the gin. The name ‘Heartbreak’ is a nod to the challenges that come with growing pinot noir, its fickle nature one that breaks many a winemaker’s heart.

Available at Dan Murphys and via bassandflindersdistillery.com  
Seville Kitchen Head Chef Soren Thogersen.

Meet Mr Nobody

Fortified fans, it’s time to head to the Clare Valley to visit the newly opened Mr Nobody. Developed by local Shut the Gate Wines owners Rasa Fabian and Richard Woods, Mr Nobody specialises exclusively in strong wines and liqueurs at their dedicated fortified Cellar ‘Doorway’ in Auburn.

You can catch an array of wines, liquors and fortifieds from the local Clare Valley area, as well as from further abroad to enjoy inside the historic 19th-century stone building with its own secret lounge. Mr Nobody aims to bring to light the now rare Australian fortified wine styles that were once the everyday drinking go to for many.

Visit instagram.com/mr_nobody_wines
Hickson House is heading to The Rocks in S.

Shake Up Your Cocktail Game

Your next cocktail night is sorted, with the launch of the Twisted Shaker Cocktail range. If you don't fancy yourself a mixologist, this is the option for you with the products all just needing a chill and garnish before serving up. The range features some much-loved favourites, along with some new mixes which are sure to be your new go-to tipples. There's the Cucumber Gimlet, Old Fashioned, Maragrita, Raspberry Hibiscus Cosmopolitan and Espresso Martini (all available in 200ml/A$20 and 700ml/A$55).

The Twisted Shaker range is available via bevmart.com.au/brands/twisted-shaker
Hkson House is heading to The Rocks in Sydney.

Organic Solution

In the April/May issue of Gourmet Traveller WINE, we asked subscribers to tell us why they would like to win a collection of wines from the producers taking part in the inaugural Australian Organic Wine Awards.

The judges’ favourite was from Craig Goodman of Cromer, NSW, who lamented. “How did my organic wine die? Natural causes, actually I drank it all and I need some more.”

Don’t worry Craig, the beautifully curated collection will be delivered to your door. See here for this edition's subscription prize.