Handpicked's Peter Dillon and Jonathon Mattick

Watch this (Urban) Space

Following the success of its operation in Sydney, Handpicked Wines is set to open its second urban cellar door and wine bar at new development 80 Collins St, Melbourne in 2020.
Visitors will be able to enjoy curated wine flights, expert-led wine workshops, barrel tastings and blending classes while nibbling on regional cheeses and charcuterie. With a nod to sustainable living there will be a rotating selection of wines on tap that customers can source using refillable wine bottles. The full range of Handpicked’s wines will also be available for sale.
“We are excited to be opening a cellar door in Victoria, which we consider our home,” says Peter Dillon, Director of Winemaking. “Melbourne’s CBD and 80 Collins is the perfect location for our unique winery experience, which will not only showcase our vineyards in the Yarra Valley, Mornington Peninsula and Heathcote but our wines from across Australia as well as some of our international projects.”

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Negroni, Anyone?

Not that we need an excuse to order a Negroni, but during the week of 24-30 June it’s almost compulsory. Besides being a celebration of this classic cocktail, Negroni Week is also an effort to raise money for charity. Since its inception in 2013, $2 million has been raised.
All you have to do to support the cause is order a Negroni at a participating venue. When mixing your own rendition, look out for Four Pillars Spiced Negroni Gin ($85). The distiller took Four Pillars base botanicals, upped the Tasmanian pepperberry leaf and cinnamon, and added an exotic African spice called Grains of Paradise, along with blood orange and ginger.
To make a classic Negroni mix 30ml Spiced Negroni Gin, 30ml Campari, 30ml sweet red vermouth over ice. Add a squeeze of orange and garnish with an orange segment.

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What will be in your Negroni?
Huntington Estate’s Tim Stevens and Bob Roberts

Hunting for Elegance

50 years of continuous operation is an extraordinary achievement for any winery, let alone one whose labels, wine styles and production methods have hardly changed over the course of five decades. Huntington Estate was founded in 1969 by Bob and Wendy Roberts, who were particularly taken with the promising climate and soils along Ulan Road in Mudgee.
Current custodians of the estate, Tim and Nicky Stevens, have stuck to their guns and remained faithful to Huntington’s history; they continue to craft elegant, age-worthy cabernet, shiraz, semillon and chardonnay. The 50th anniversary coincides with the release of two new wines, the 2018 Barrel Fermented Chardonnay (A$27) and the 2017 Cabernet Shiraz (A$32).
“We make wines that can be tested with time in the cellar; styles that are generated in the vineyard, not through some passing fad,” says Tim. Congratulations, Huntington.

New Look

The Yarra Valley’s Dominique Portet recently unveiled its new look cellar door and accompanying bistro in celebration of its 20th vintage. The family’s Bordeaux heritage remains a focal point with some of their favourite French dishes offered up by chef Jarrod Hudson – think confit duck with Toulouse sausage – and when paired with any of the wines, it’s a no-brainer for your next trip to the Yarra.
For more info visit dominiqueportet.com

Jonah's Turns 90

One of Sydney’s most awarded venues, the iconic Jonah’s Whale Beach turns 90 this year. Established in 1929 on the clifftop overlooking Whale Beach, Jonah’s was originally built as a guesthouse to accommodate weekend visitors, and while that goal hasn’t changed, its luxury rooms, incredible views and hatted restaurant – not to mention the enviable wine list overseen by sommelier Niels Sluiman – prove that Jonah’s has kept up with the times.

Pioneering Practices

Regarded as Champagne’s pioneer of biodynamic practices, Champagne Fleury, located in the Côte des Bar in the Aube appellation, offers exquisite wines with a genuine expression of the calcareous soils on their 15-hectare property. The wines – comprised only of chardonnay and pinot noir – are loaded with chalky, saline minerality and a distinct moreish character.
For more info visit francaboutwine.com

Cabinet Decision

In the Feb/March issue of GT WINE we asked subscribers why they would like to win a Vintec wine cabinet and 12 fine wines from our NZ Winemaker of the Year Award finalists – including our Winemaker of the Year 2019, Helen Masters (Ata Rangi), Dr Andrew Hedley (Framingham), Kevin Judd (Greywacke), Jen Parr (Valli), Peter Cowley (Te Mata) and James Healy (Dog Point).
The winner is Susan Lewis of Summer Hill, NSW who said she’d “like to win the wine cabinet because I realise my sock drawer does not offer optimal cellaring conditions. Although it could explain the funky notes”.
See our subscriptions page for this issue's prize