The New Artisans of Barossa space in the Barossa Valley.
Artisans of Barossa.
Brothers At War’s Angus and Sam Wardlaw.

New Kids On The Block in the Barossa

There’s two new spots to visit next time you’re in the charming town of Tanunda in the Barossa Valley. Local favourites Artisans of the Barossa ( artisansofbarossa.com) has opened a space that hosts several tasting rooms along with Essen Restaurant and Delikatessen.

The Wine Room and Artisans Room offer a range of tastings and masterclasses featuring the winemakers from the eight Barossa wineries that make up the Artisans of the Barossa group: John Duval Wines; Spinifex Wines; Purple Hands Wines; Lienert Vineyards; The Chaffey Bros. Wine Co.; Schwarz Wine Co.; Hobbs of Barossa Ranges; and Sons of Eden.

On Tanunda’s main street, you’ll find the Brothers At War ( brothersatwar.com.au) cellar door. During the day, there’s a range of tasting options, which give you the chance to explore winemaker siblings Angus and Sam Wardlaw’s impressive wines, accompanied by locally sourced produce platters. From 4pm on weekends, the cellar door transforms into a wine bar pouring all the usual wines, along with a selection of the brothers’ favourite Champagnes and spirits.
L-R: Aaron Mercer, Ned Goodwin MW and Andrew Jamieson.

Maker, Master, Merchant

What do you get when a winemaker, a Master of Wine and a wholesaler/importer join forces? Maker Master Merchant is the new label formed by Hunter Valley-based Aaron Mercer, and Ned Goodwin MW and Andrew Jamieson from Sydney. Their aim is to provide people with well-made, sustainably grown NSW-centric wines championing the state as a whole – with a strong focus on organics. “There’s so much greenwashing around the clichéd term of ‘sustainability’,” explains Goodwin: they didn’t just want to talk the talk. “Which was one strong motivator for us. The other was [Jamieson’s] inclination to do something a bit more dynamic across retail after facing the challenges of Covid.”

The 2021 range is comprised of a crunchy sangiovese-shiraz rosé, easy-drinking chardonnay, aromatic pinot gris and a juicy, nouveau-style shiraz, all blended from multiple NSW regions including the Central Ranges and Hunter Valley. “We want to intentionally be multi-region,” says Mercer. “The attribute we’re selling is our [combined] qualification, as well as the notions of organic, local and home-grown.”

For more info, head to makermastermerchant.com.au
L-R: Michael Hill Smith MW, Adam Wadewitz, David LeMire MW, Martin Shaw.

New Site For Shaw + Smith

Shaw + Smith have added another site to their portfolio, buying into Blewitt Springs vineyards in McLaren Vale. The vineyard will produce the new MMAD Vineyard Label, named after Shaw + Smith founders Martin Shaw and Michael Hill Smith MW, along with joint CEOs Adam Wadewitz and David LeMire MW. The 18ha site is planted to grenache, shiraz and chenin blanc.

“We have been looking around the area since 2014 and thinking about that unique little part of the Vale, higher but influenced by the sea with beautiful old vines, sand and ironstone,” says Wadewitz, who is also chief winemaker. “We were drawn to the grenache and chenin being both old vine, but the shiraz has been a real surprise, too.”

The 2021 MMAD Vineyard wines are due for release in 2022.

Visit shawandsmith.com
Newtown's Ante.
Giorgio De Maria, Paski, Enrico Tomelleri and Mattia Dicati.

Sydney’s Round-up

In Newtown, sake fans are in for a treat with the opening of ANTE ( ante.bar). Developed by Black Market Sake’s Matt Young and Pinbone’s Jemma Whiteman, ANTE will feature an impressive line-up of the Japanese beverage. Food-wise, expect small and large dishes that pair well with the sake to elevate both the dish and drink. All senses will be covered too, with Matt’s collection of vinyls to soundtrack your night.

Meanwhile in Darlinghurst, Italian wine merchants Giorgio de Maria and Mattia Dicati are opening Paski Vineria Popolare ( paski.com.au). Named after de Maria’s dog Paski and the Cantina Giardino wine, the restaurant and wine retail space will house a 400-bottle range of small-scale Italian wine imported by the duo. Chef Enrico Tomelleri, of Ragazzi and 10 William Street fame, will be creating charcuterie and small plates downstairs and a larger, à la carte offering upstairs at Paski Sopra.


Woolloomooloo's Finger Wharf has also welcomed a new addition with the opening of Il Pontile (ilpontile.com.au). Led by Naples native Mario Percuoco, the menu is a showcase of Italy with Percuoco serving up his takes on traditional dishes from areas like Tuscany and Italy. Wine wise, there's plenty to get excited about with an impressive offering of Italian wines, along with other classic and new wave drops from across Australia and the globe.
Twenty-six year veteran Teresa Heuzenroeder is now at Tintara.

The Hidden Sea Christmas Pack

Looking to do some good with your wine purchases this festive season? The Hidden Sea is known for its globally conscious ethos, and with each sale of a bottle of wine, they remove and recycle 10 plastics bottles from the ocean. For the festive season the team are offering up something special with a Christmas Pack (A$150) that features their popular releases along with the 2018 Friends of Friends Shiraz Cabernet. Usually only reserved for family and friends, the Friends of Friends Shiraz Cabernet is sourced from the Limestone Coast, and is a premium expression of South Australian red. On top of that, a purchase of a Christmas Pack puts you in the running to win a 6L bottle of the 2012 Friends of Friends wine, one of only 20 left.

Find out more at thehiddensea.com.au
Taylors Wines are raising money for the endangered White's seahorse.

Modus Operandi Opens Second Brewery

Beer lovers are in for a treat with the opening of Modus Operandi Brewery in Newcastle’s beach-side suburb of Merewether. The venue is home to Modus’ fully operational brewery, along with a dining space and function rooms, all built from a bunch of recycled materials with sustainability in mind.

You’ll find the whole Modus range on pour, alongside their popular non-alcoholic beer label NORT, plus some other tipples on offer if beer isn’t your drink. Food-wise, the menu is bursting with options, from your favourite Aussie classics, to smaller sharing plates and exceptional vegan offerings.

See mobrewing.com.au
Seville Kitchen Head Chef Soren Thogersen.

Sparkling Gadget

Just in time for those festive season bubbles, wine preservation tool experts Coravin have launched Coravin Sparkling (A$700). It’s the brand’s first tool for sparkling wine, which is designed to keep opened bubbly fresh for around two weeks. The Coravin Sparkling features a specially designed Wine Stopper, which is charged up using the Coravin Sparkling Charger filled with Sparkling Co2 Capsules.

Find out more at coravin.com.au
PhoeniKamsteeg is the manager at Tamburlaine’s new celdoor.

Go Fly with Riedel

You’ll be the envy of all your fellow picnic pals when you rock up with Riedel’s latest O to Go and Wings to Fly tumbler sets. The O to Go tumblers are fresh takes on the much loved Riedel O Wine Tumbler series, and are in both white and red glass styles. The Wings to Fly products are inspired by Riedel’s iconic Winewings collection, featuring the striking and iconic curvature design. The tumblers are also packed in a travel size tube, so no need to worry about them breaking in your picnic basket.

The Riedel O to Go and Wings to Fly are priced at A$40 per unit. Visit riedel.com

New Summer Cocktails

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I’m often asked whether Japanese beverages can be used in cocktails. They absolutely can – and will add an entirely new dimension to happy hour. Rather than using a Western vodka or gin in your G&T or Negroni, why not replace it with a Japanese spirit like gin and shochu, or try sake for a different flavour profile? There are many sake styles available – ranging from dry to aromatic to earthy.

Japan has a long history (over 100 years) of distilling superb whisky, and Mars Whisky is one of the brands I regularly enjoy. They have two distilleries (Shinshu Distillery and Tsunuki Distillery), both of which benefit from beautiful local spring water which is used throughout the distillation process. Yuzushu and Umeshu are also wonderful to use in cocktails. Yuzushu (made from yuzu fruit) has a flavour somewhere between lemon and lime. In my opinion, it is like limoncello but has a much softer texture, and is finer and more aromatic. On the other hand, Umeshu is similar in consistency to Cointreau but has a clean acidity and an alcohol content of only 10-15%.

If you’re after a cocktail that is quick and refreshing on a hot Saturday afternoon, try a Yuzu Spritz simply made with yuzu such as Yoshinogawa Yuzushu with tonic and a slice of lemon. For something involving a little more work, here are a couple of my favourite cocktails to enjoy this summer.

YUKINO OCHIAI
Golden Delicious Sake
For lovers of Negroni

1½ oz Dewazakura Dewa Sansan Junmai ginjo
1 oz Aperol
½ oz Liqueur de Pomme Verte
1 bar spoon Yellow Chartreuse
Two dashes Bittermens Burlesque Bitters

1. Add ingredients, stir, strain, pour and add a twist of orange.
2. Garnish with orange rind. Serve in a short whisky glass.
Fire in the Hole
A Japanese whisky cocktail that brings the heat!

2 oz Mars IWAI Blended Whisky
½ oz Cynar
1 bar spoon Demerara Simple Syrup
Two dashes Bittermens Hellfire Bitters

1. Add ingredients, stir, strain, pour over rocks.
2. Serve in a short whisky glass, and garnish with chilli.
Seville Kitchen Head Chef Soren Thogersen.

Tea is for Tina

T.I.N.A. (short for This is Not Alcohol) is a new non-alc drinks concept by cousins Christina Trabucco and Imogen Hayes. A refreshing blend of calamansi lime, pear, organic botanicals and high mountain oolong, T.I.N.A. (A$7/330ml) reflects each of its creators’ passion for fine beverages. Trabucco is a Melbourne-based tea importer specialising in tea provenance, while Sydney-based Hayes is an experienced wine marketer who approached the project through a wine lens. The result? A deliciously floral and surprisingly complex drink with great structure and mouthfeel.

Available via tinadrinks.com and drnks.com
Phoenix Kamsteeg is the manager at Tamburlaine’s new cellar door.

Summer of Pils

The Yarra Valley’s Public Brewing Co, the brewery behind the wonderful Maku Hemp Session Ale released in early 2021, has gone mainstream for their next trick: a crisp, classic Pilsner (A$19/four-pack). Brewed using authentic German yeast and premium Czech Saaz hops, it’s a pretty authentic take on the classic Czech style.

“There’s nowhere to hide, so any small errors during the process will be highlighted,” explains head brewer Gab Porto. “We worked very closely with our suppliers to find the best malt, yeast and hops in this beer: this is one we really wanted to nail.”

Head to maku.com.au
Bistrot’s team (from left): Michael Clift, Daniel Pepperell and
Andy Tyson.

New Flame

Inspired by the romance and excellence of Australian heritage winemaking, Vivien Feng has created a lifestyle and skincare range under the Vivien Rose label. Her limited release Sensori +
candles (A$109) are made from natural, plant-derived ingredients and contain ChlorosPURE, a green technology that is said to improve air quality and eliminate malodours. Feng’s products can be bought through her website for the time being, but she is looking to open her flagship store in the historic Ben Ean Winery in the Hunter Valley. JUDY SARRIS

Visit
vivienrose.com.au          
Charlotte Hardy, of Charlotte Dalton Wines.

Subscriptions Prize

In the August/September issue of Gourmet Traveller WINE we invited subscribers to try their hand at winning a premium collection of Houghton wines including the 2019 Jack Mann Cabernet Sauvignon, 2019 Gladstones Cabernet Sauvignon and the 2019 C.W Ferguson Cabernet Malbec.

Our witty winner is Stephen Gregory from Hawthorn in Victoria who came up with this ditty:

There once was an old man from Vic
Had the jab, to avoid getting sick
Two hundred days he’s been locked
Overdue to restock, Three Houghtons will do nicely, the trick.