The new-look Devil’s Corner cellar door still showcases the stunning scenery.
The Hazards Tasting Room.

Devil's Corner's New Cellar Door

Tasmania’s Devil’s Corner has unveiled a new look, with the reopening of its cellar door on the Apple Isle’s East Coast.
The design was led by local architects Cumulus, and the expansion focuses on sustainable materials and methods, while updating the estate’s original aesthetic with a modern feel. The estate features a space called The Hazards Tasting Room, named after nearby iconic mountain range The Hazards. There’s also a new underground cellar called The Devil’s Den, home to the winery’s most prized bottles, and where masterclasses and private functions are hosted. Did we also mention the view? The breathtaking views that the Devil’s Corner cellar door is known for are on full display, with large windows and the outdoor space perfect for soaking them in. 
The Devil’s Corner cellar door is located at 1 Shelbourne Road, Apslawn and is open daily. Visit devilscorner.com.au
L-R: Michael Hill Smith MW, Adam Wadewitz, David LeMire MW, Martin Shaw.

Lyre's Latest

Specialists in the non-alcoholic sphere, Lyre’s is back at it again with the launch of four new products: the Classico Grande (A$15); London Pink Spirit (A$45); Agave Blanco (A$45); and Agave Reserva (A$45).

The Classico Grande is the brand’s take on non-alcoholic sparkling wine, with a fruit-forward palate and a refreshing, crisp finish. The London Pink Spirit is Lyre’s version of a pink gin and has been released in partnership with the McGrath Foundation to support breast cancer patients. For tequila fans, the Agave Blanco and Agave Reserva are perfect for making the ultimate margaritas and Paloma cocktails for the summer. 
See the new releases at lyres.com.au
Newtown's Ante.
PJ Charteris.

Off the Charts

New Zealand-born PJ Charteris has spent the past two decades making wine in the Hunter Valley under his Charteris label – not to mention spending 10 of those years also crafting top-notch pinot and riesling in Central Otago. So in response to the recent opening of his and wife Chrissi Pattison’s Hunter Valley tasting room, it’s fair to ask: what’s taken so long? But let’s not digress. The brand new Charteris Wine Room, situated in Pokolbin at Peppers Creek Village, is designed to showcase his premium portfolio of wines in a relaxed setting that reflects the brand’s philosophical approach: “refined and of the highest quality”.

Bookings essential. Visit charteriswines.com
Twenty-six year veteran Teresa Heuzenroeder is now at Tintara.

Oliver's New Home

McLaren Vale favourite Oliver’s Taranga has opened a new cellar door. If you’ve visited the estate before, you’d be familiar with the 1850s-built cottage cellar door. It’s now been tastefully revamped into private tasting rooms and extended to include a stunning recycled red-brick entrance, outdoor deck and modern tasting space. The reno combines old and new, with all the charm of the original cottage replicated throughout the venue, including an eye-catching jarrah timber and stone tasting bench, velvet booths and brass finishes. 
The cellar door is located at 246 Seaview Road, McLaren Vale and open daily for tastings. Visit oliverstaranga.com for more details.
Taylors Wines are raising money for the endangered White's seahorse.

Hickson House is Here

Inner-city Sydney’s The Rocks has a welcome new addition with the much-anticipated opening of Hickson House Distillery & Bar. Housed in the former Saatchi & Saatchi garage, it’s an industrial-meets-chic vibe, with rustic interiors paired with luxe, vintage furniture and a few chandeliers to set the mood. This is a destination where you’ll want to linger, with the venue offering a Tour & Taste Experience, while the bar and kitchen serve up some impressive cocktails featuring the Hickson Rd Gins. Mikey Enright and Julian Train of Barrelhouse Group (Sydney’s The Duke of Clarence and The Barber Shop) are the duo behind the Hickson House magic, alongside head distiller Tim Stones of Manly Spirits and Beefeater fame. 
Hickson House Bar is open Tuesday to Sunday and the Hickson House Distillery is open Thursday to Sunday. Visit hicksonhouse.com.au 
Seville Kitchen Head Chef Soren Thogersen.

Earn Your Vino

Planning a trip to the WA wine regions but want to do something a little more than usual? Margaret River local and regular GT WINE contributor Cassandra Charlick recently launched Earn Your Vino, a multi-dimensional experience designed for guests to immerse themselves in all facets of winery life, including harvest and winemaking. Of course, you will have earned the incredible wine and food.

See earnyourvino.com for details.
PhoeniKamsteeg is the manager at Tamburlaine’s new celdoor.

New Sparkling Site

The Adelaide Hills’ Terre à Terre has opened its DAOSA Tasting Room at the winery’s Tapanappa cellar door. The space plays home to a tasting experience featuring the DAOSA sparkling wine range from the Piccadilly Valley, alongside the Terre à Terre portfolio. Time your visit right and you might also find impressive imports to taste from owners Xavier and Lucy Bizot’s wholesale distribution business Terroir Selection.
The DOASA Tasting Room is located at 15 Spring Gully Road, Piccadilly, and is open daily. Visit terreaterre.com.au
Newtown's Ante.
SIP'ER founders Bree Nicholls and Jenny Cheng.

Sister Sip'ers

Say hello to SIP’ER, the new go-to website for all your favourite female-led alcohol brands. Expect to see wine, beer and spirit brands like Applewood Distillery, Sparkke, Brave New Wine, Little Frances, Allevare and more across the site. But it’s not just an online store; SIP’ER also delves a little deeper with their ‘Her Story’ pages featuring producer profiles so you can learn a little bit more about the women behind the drinks. 

Discover the range at sip-er.com.au 
Seville Kitchen Head Chef Soren Thogersen.

Full Circle Spirits

If you’ve ever been curious on how a whisky ages over time, this is the experience for you. Full Circle Spirits’ Maiden Whisky Program invites you on a journey of whisky ageing led by co-founder Rose Kentish. The three-part experience follows the ageing of the Full Circle Maiden New Make whisky across three years, presenting the product in its different stages of ageing for a unique insight into the influence of oak and time. Each stage will see you join Kentish for a guided tasting, before the final stage sees you owner to the final New Make whisky in all its aged glory, along with an invitation to an in-person event to celebrate the release.
The Full Circle Spirits Maiden Whisky Program is $1,500 and available via fullcirclespirits.com.au  
Phoenix Kamsteeg is the manager at Tamburlaine’s new cellar door.

Whisky-time in Tassie

Calling all whisky fans, there’s a new destination to add to your bucket list with the opening of Lark Distillery’s The Still in Hobart. The space is a celebration of the exquisite whisky coming out of the Apple Isle, with an impressive 150 local Tassie whiskies on offer. The Still includes an elegant tasting and retail space, and an intimate whisky lounge set with cosy couches for a tipple or two. Expect some unique cocktails featuring the local whiskies, along with bookable tasting experiences to dive deep into the world of this spirit.
The Still is located at 30 Argyle Street, Hobart and is open daily. Visit larkdistillery.com
Bistrot’s team (from left): Michael Clift, Daniel Pepperell and
Andy Tyson.

Luminous Goose

Fancify cocktail hour with the new limited edition Grey Goose Night Vision Vodka ($90/1L), complete with an illuminated bottle that really makes a statement Distilled from French wheat, it’s best served straight from the freezer – ideally into a chilled Martini glass, with a splash of vermouth and a couple of olives. 

Visit greygoose.com for more information.
Charlotte Hardy, of Charlotte Dalton Wines.

Sipping SoHi

Hailing from New South Wales’ Southern Highlands region, SoHi is the newest kid on the spirits block. The two drinks come from Alex Doughty, who was motivated by his move to the Southern Highlands with his family just before the events of 2020. Doughty has taken inspiration from his surroundings to craft spirits that are expressive of the stunning NSW region. The SoHi portfolio includes the Garden Envy Gin (A$79), a floral and herbaceous style, along with the Potato Crisp Vodka (A$70), which is a textural, crisp vodka crafted from local Southern Highland potatoes. 

See the range at sohi.com.au 
Bistrot’s team (from left): Michael Clift, Daniel Pepperell and
Andy Tyson.

Brookie’s Launches Pre-Mix Negroni 

If you’re looking to shake up your usual summertime drinking, Cape Byron Distillery’s Brookie’s Gin will have you sorted with the release of the Byron Negroni (A$59). All the hard work is done, as the Brookie’s team has masterfully crafted the mix – all you need to do is add ice, an orange slice and enjoy. The Byron Negroni features the Brookie’s Byron Dry Gin, Adelaide Hills Bitter Orange and Maidenii Sweet Vermouth. 

The Brookie’s Byron Negroni is A$59 and available via capebyrondistillery.com 
Charlotte Hardy, of Charlotte Dalton Wines.

Subscriptions Prize

In the October/November issue of GT WINE, we asked subscribers to tell us why they would like to win a collection of wines from our seven 2021 Winemaker of the Year finalists and winner Sarah Crowe of Yarra Yering.

We think Michael Butcher of South Yarra nailed it:

“With this amount of viticultural talent in Australia there’s much to revere, Which is lucky because during lockdown my wine fridge had plenty to fear!”