Market Bistro is now open in Maroochydore on the Sunshine Coast.

Maroochydore Moves

Maroochydore has welcomed a new venue to the neighbourhood with the opening of Market Bistro. The European-style bistro and in-house wine store is the work of hospitality masters Tony Kelly and Luke Stringer, along with wine superstar Peter Marchant. The venue’s bistro dining and bar menu is by executive chef Harry Lilai – think house-made pasta, wood-fire grilled delights, local seafood, and dry-aged meats and charcuterie aplenty.

Drinks-wise, you know you’re in for a good time with Marchant at the wheel. The Bistro wine list is ever-changing, with a focus on local Australian and New Zealand wines. The venue’s Market Wine Store has options to take away, or you can enjoy your wine in the Bistro dining room.

Visit marketbistro.com.au for more info.
Rose Kentish of Sparkke is making spirits from out-of-date beer.
Daughter in Law's Jessi Singh and Sacha Imrie.

A Bright Sparkke

How do you solve a problem like … almost half a million dollars’ worth of beer going out of date? If you’re Rose Kentish of SA’s Sparkke, you’d turn that beer into spirit – and that’s exactly what she did late last year. The new range of Sparkke Full Circle spirits is the result of a potential disaster brought back to life – hence the name.

“It’s upcycling in the most luxurious sense of the word,” says respected winemaker Kentish, whose distilling career only began in early 2020. There are three spirits in the range: the Honey Malt Liqueur, (A$89), an ‘Aussie Drambuie’ distilled from Sparkke pale ale and ginger beer; Lemon Flower Gin (A$89), aromatised with local botanicals and featuring a ‘dosage’ of distilled Sparkke Hard Lemonade; , and the bitter but deliciously balanced Red Amaro (A$89), distilled from Sparkke apple cider and ginger beer and infused with orange rind, Davidson plum, rosella and hibiscus flowers – think a more nuanced version of Campari with an Australian touch.

See the range at sparkke.com.
Next time you're in Canberra, check out Paranormal Wines.
Daughter in Law's Jessi Singh and Sacha Imrie.

Paranormal Activity

Canberrans, your one-stop-shop for all things wine and produce is here with the opening of Paranormal Wines. Developed by Max Walker (ex-Movida Aqui, LP’s Quality Meats and Bar Rochford), Paranormal Wines has minimal intervention wines from Australia and afar sorted, along with fortifieds, beers and non-alcoholic options. You can buy bottles and magnums for takeaway, or linger on, drink your purchases and enjoy treats from Lulu’s Remedy, Ciao Fabbrica, LP’s Quality Meats and more.

“The inspiration behind the shop was our visits to Paris’ caves à manger and Venice’s bacaro, and the relaxed approach to serving interesting wine accompanied by great snacks in an informal setting,” says Walker. Keep an eye on the store’s Instagram with plenty of exciting additions for 2021.

Paranormal Wines is open Wednesday to Sunday 11am to 8pm. Visit paranormalwines.com
Rebecca Willson and Lucy Willson

A New Look for Bremerton Wines

Next time you're in SA's Langhorne Creek, be sure to have a stop planned at the recently renovated Bremerton Wines cellar door. Owned and run by sisters Rebecca and Lucy Willson, the 1866 barn has been the brand's home for over 26 years, with the renovations still holding all the charm from the original site.

“We chose materials for the new tasting room and extension that were sustainably sourced, recycled, and repurposed to maintain the integrity, character, and charm of the historic barn building, while also modernising the space for the future,” says Rebecca. “We used bricks from the original barn to create the arbour walkway on entrance and limestone from the original walls in the garden beds and external feature walls."

The cellar door has a new tasting space, with new tasting experiences soon to be launched, as well a new outdoor area ready to enjoy locally-sourced produce platters and wines. The cellar door will also continue to feature the David Dridan OAM Barrel Ends art collection, along with an upstairs space dedicated to showcasing local artists.

The Bremerton Wines cellar door is open every day from 10am to 5pm. Find out more at bremerton.com.au
Seville Kitchen Head Chef Soren T
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Hello, Coonawarra

Natalie Cleghorn is the new senior winemaker at Coonawarra’s Katnook Estate. Cleghorn has previously worked on Coonawarra wines at Yalumba.

“I have a great passion for the wines of Coonawarra and the region as a whole,” says Cleghorn. “I am looking forward to being able to fully immerse myself in the region, wines and winery and I’m excited by the prospect of working with the experienced team to guide this historic brand into the future.”

Katnook Estate was recently acquired by Accolade Wines and is the company’s first acquisition under the Carlyle Group ownership.
Taylors Wines are raising money for the endangered White's seahorse.

Saving Our Seahorses

The Clare Valley’s Taylors Wines have teamed up with the Sydney Institute of Marine Science to launch The SeaBnB fundraiser. The campaign is for the endangered White’s seahorse, which is facing extinction due to the deterioration of their Posidonia Australis seagrass habitat.

People can donate by “booking” a stay for the seahorses at the SeaBnbs across Sydney harbour, allowing the institute to access to their habitat. Taylors have donated $10,000 with the aim of raising $150,000 across the project.

“Seahorses, much like grapevines, are an indicator species that raise the alarm to serious climate-related issues,” says Mitchell Taylor third-generation winemaker and managing director of Taylors. It’s very important we do what we can to reverse their population decline before it’s too late,”

Visit seabnb.com.au
Seville Kitchen Head Chef Soren Thogersen.

Cru Collaboration

The collaboration between viticulturist Steve Smith MW and entrepreneur Brian Sheth – New Zealand’s Smith & Sheth CRU has achieved notable success across the Tasman and in the US since its inception. The wines, sourced from top vineyards across New Zealand, are now available through select Dan Murphy’s stores. The first vintages on offer here are the 2019 Wairau Sauvignon Blanc, from Marlborough, and the 2018 Heretaunga Chardonnay from Hawke’s Bay – which will be poured at our Premium Chardonnay Dinner in Melbourne on 17 March.

Visit smithandsheth.com
Phoenix Kamsteeg is the manager at Tamburlaine’s new cellar door.

Give Shirl a Whirl

Brookie’s Gin has launched their Shirl The Pearl (A$80). The cumquat gin, produced by the award-winning Cape Byron Distillery, is inspired by a Brook family recipe and an ode to co-founder Eddie Brook’s grandma Shirl. The gin is a refreshing citrus-driven tipple, with a kick of marmalade and orange topped off with a zesty zing – perfect for autumn.

Visit capebyrondistillery.com
The new wine store also offers a small eats menu.

Au Naturel in Adelaide

Next time you're in the Adelaide CBD, pop into the newly opened LOC Bottle Bar in Hindmarsh Square. Developed by Olivia Moore, LOC stands for ‘left of centre’, boasting an array of natural and minimal-intervention wines from across Australia and Europe. The opening comes off the success of the LOC Bottle Shop, an online wine store also developed by Moore.Along with an impressive selection of bottles for takeaway, LOC Bottle Bar can also be a destination for the night with a small eats menu by chef Maria Delengas on offer.

“It’s a place that encourages people to have a chat and a laugh over some great wine in a friendly and welcoming space,” says Moore. “I love working with like-minded people to create something that is all about good people, good food and good wine.”

LOC Bottle Bar is open Tuesday to Friday, from 3pm and on weekends from 12pm, with bookings essential. Visit locbottleshop.com
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Canned Cocktails

Lyre’s, the Sydney-based company crafting non-alcoholic ‘spirits’ that quite convincingly mimic the classic bar staples of the world, has launched a new range of aperitivo-style cocktails in 250ml cans. Before you roll your eyes: these are seriously well-made and are the perfect option for those occasions where you really just don’t feel like drinking alcohol. The new range is comprised of the Amalfi Spritz, best poured over ice with a few Sicilian olives; the G&T – a pretty convincing gin-less London Dry and tonic; and the Classico – a textural and near-believable prosecco-style sparkling.

Find out more at lyres.com.au
A sandstone church is now the home of the Berg Herring cellar door.

All Hail Berg Herring

McLaren Vale favourites Berg Herring have swung open the doors to their new cellar door, located at the Vale’s Sellicks Beach. Owners Chloe Fitzgerald and Sam Dunlevy purchased a sandstone church back in 2015, and have been putting in the hours outside their usual day-to-day wine industry jobs to restore the building for their branded space. At the cellar door, you can enjoy a tasting of the Berg Herring range, which showcases some exciting alternative varieties in McLaren Vale – think touriga nacional, saperavi, barbera and more.

Berg Herring is open on weekends from 12pm to 6pm. Visit bergherringwines.com.au
Owner Alejandro Saravia wants to share his love of Gippsland.

Gippsland Meets Melbourne

Get a taste of Victoria’s Gippsland region without leaving the Melbourne CBD, with the opening of Farmer’s Daughter. The three-story establishment in the 80 Collins precinct features the Farmer’s Daughter Deli, Restaurant and Rooftop all serving up dishes and drinks inspired by the Victorian region. The Deli and Restaurant both feature menus showcasing Gippsland’s seasonal produce, while the wine list also carries the theme, offering drops from Patrick Sullivan, Bass Philip and William Downie. Farmer’s Daughter is the project of Alejandro Saravia. Born in Peru, he discovered Gippsland in 2014; he felt a real connection to the region that he wanted to share with others.

Visit farmersdaughter.com.au
Seville Kitchen Head Chef Soren Thogersen.

Perrier-Jouët’s Frerson Makes History

Champagne house Perrier-Jouët has announced their first ever female Cellar Master with the appointment of Séverine Frerson. Frerson is the eighth Cellar Master at Perrier-Jouët in the house’s 200 years history, taking over from Hervé Deschamps. As per tradition at Perrier-Jouët, Frerson was inducted and given the keys to the cellar EDEN, via a ceremony at the brand’s historic home, Maison Belle Époque.
Phoenix Kamsteeg is the manager at Tamburlaine’s new cellar door.

A New Face in Margs

Margaret River’s Howard Park has welcomed Nic Bowen as chief winemaker. He comes from a senior role at Tintara Winery, and previously at House of Arras, Yarraburn, Hardys and more. Bowen grew up in nearby Great Southern and he says he’s excited about the new role.

“I’ve always had a soft spot for West Australian wines,” says Bowen. “Returning to the region is an amazing opportunity to immerse myself once again, and I am thrilled to be working alongside a valued and experienced team.”

Former chief winemaker Janice McDonald (2018 GT WINE Winemaker of the Year) will be staying on at Howard Park as director of winemaking.
Cassegrain Wines will lead a study into the effects of smoke taint.

Saint & Scholar Discover SA

After suffering smoke taint to their 2020 vintage, Adelaide Hills winery Saint & Scholar have taken to the road to support SA tourism through their film series Hidden Gems Road Trip.

Coming from a hidden gem of the Hills, the town of Gumeracha, winemaking duo Stephen Dew (the Saint) and Reid Bosward (the Scholar) were inspired to take to the road to showcase other lesser-known areas who were also effected by the events of 2020.

Dew and Bosward travelled across the state for two weeks, visiting areas like Coffin Bay, Melrose, Kangaroo and more.

Episodes of the Hidden Gems Road Trip are being released each Thursday at noon up until March 25th, with a wrap party in the works for the final episode. You can catch the episodes and info regarding the wrap party via the Saint & Scholar website.

Seville Kitchen Head Chef Soren Thogersen.

Local Legend

Millthorpe in New South Wale’s Orange region was saddened by the passing of local community star Sam Yeates in August last year. In his honour, Tamburlaine Organic Wines has established Sam’s Bar in their main street venue. Yeates had been working with the winery.

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

Restaurant at Eleven

Wine bar Eleven will soon add a restaurant to its premises in Adelaide. Eleven is the brainchild of culinary duo Themis Chryssidis, known for Sprout Cooking School and Masterchef favourite Callum Hann. The Eleven Bar opened late 2020, with the highly anticipated restaurant set to open in March. Expect a sophisticated yet humble offering of modern Australian-French cuisine.

Find out more at elevenadl.com.au
Phoenix Kamsteeg is the manager at Tamburlaine’s new cellar door.

New Zealand Sparkles

Well-known Champagne house GH Mumm has added two wines to its Mumm Marlborough label. The Mumm Marlborough Brut (A$35) and 2015 Mumm Marlborough Rosé (A$40) are produced using the méthode traditionelle technique used in Maison Mumm Champagnes. The grapes are sourced from vineyards in Wairau Valley and Southern Valleys and created by chief winemaker Jamie Marfell.

The range is available in bottle shops throughout Australia and New Zealand.
Cassegrain Wines will lead a study into the effects of smoke taint.

Ahoy There!

Beer and BBQ, they go hand in hand don’t they? Well, if that’s stirred a hunger in you for some chargrilled treats, we suggest a visit to Pirate Life Brewing. The SA brewery has just announced they’re joining forces with local chef Jake Kellie to offer a stack of new dishes at the Port Adelaide local. Kellie will join head chef Rocky Oliveira behind the grill.

“I’m super stoked to be here, it’s going to be a lot of fun,” says Kellie. “It’ll be a lot of whole cuts, whole strip loin, whole pork, big lamb ribs. We’re doing a vegetarian option and we’ll bring in some seafood. It’s going to be epic.”

You can catch Kellie’s new dishes at the Pirate Life Brewing beer garden every day from 11am. Visit piratelife.com.au
Seville Kitchen Head Chef Soren Thogersen.

A Rare Find

Tasmania’s Lark Distillery who have been recently named as Australian Distiller of the Year in Whisky Magazine's Icons of Whisky Australia 2021, have released their first product of their Rare Cask Series. The PARA50 is a Tasmanian Single Malt bottled at 51% abv in a 700ml bottle. It’s complete with a handcrafted copper medallion from a defunct Lark copper pot still and for collectors who don’t want to open their whisky, it also comes with a small 100ml tasting bottle.
This first Rare Cask release uses barrels from the South Australian winery Seppeltsfield, that previously held Parra Vintage Tawny for 50 years. It’s an elegant, spicy-sweet complex whisky that deserves to be drunk, not collected. by Franz Scheurer

A Rosy Win

We want to thank everyone who took the time to complete our 2020 GT WINE Reader Survey, we appreciate your time and feedback to help us curate the content you want to see in the future.

When filling out the survey, we also asked for readers to tell us about their perfect drinking experience, to go in the draw to win a $300 voucher to our newly launched GT WINE Store.

Jennifer Chalmer’s response on her rosé drinking in 2019 vs 2020 was a favourite among the team:“2019 Summer, south of France, French rosé. 2020 Summer, backyard pool, Aussie rosé. Both safe and healthy. Both perfect. Same same ... just different.”

Congratulations Jennifer!






Perfect Prose

In the October/November issue of Gourmet Traveller WINE we invited subscribers to tell us in 25 words of less why they would like to win our Winemaker of the Year 2020 Collection of wines.

The judging panel voted for the most creative entry which was provided by Paul Manthey of Casuarina, NSW: “Farr out! I can’t get my Head around this great selection of wines, want them! GT certainly didn’t Dredge these up! Stella lineup!”

See this edition's subscription prize here.