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Plastic Fantastic

Before you ask, yes that’s a wine bottle! Clare Valley’s Taylors are continuing their mission of lowering their carbon footprint with new bottles made from recycled PET plastic. The rectangular bottle takes its look from the high-shouldered design of Bordeaux bottles, but has a thinner shape to help in transporting more wine per case. It’s roughly 83% lighter than the glass equivalent and uses less energy to produce. Want more? The bottle is also recyclable once you’re finished. Taylors One Small Step Eco-bottle Chardonnay and Shiraz is A$16 and available at most major liquor outlets.
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2011 Pirie Late Disgorged .

Time Is Ripe For Tamar Ridge’s Latest Release

After 10 years in the making, Tasmania’s Tamar Ridge has released the 2011 Pirie Late Disgorged sparkling wine. Crafted from ths renowned Tasmanian vintage, the wine has spent the past decade on lees and is the first 10-year late disgorge from that year. Made in the méthode traditionnelle style from select chardonnay and pinot noir parcels, the wine is savoury and complex with good structure, notes of citrus and cashew topped off with a refreshing, acidic finish. Perfect for drinking now or will develop nicely over the next three years.
The 2011 Pirie Late Disgorged is A$145 and is presented in a smart gift box. Visit 
Newtown's Ante.
SIP'ER founders Bree Nicholls and Jenny Cheng.

Hello to Hubert Estate 

Sydney’s Queen Victoria Building has a new resident in the form of ESQ Bar & Dining. Once inside (if you can find the secret entrance, that is) prepare to be transported to the Roaring Twenties – picture velvet curtains, vintage leather, all topped off with the sounds of smooth jazz. The feeling carries through the food offering, with classic dishes and creative cocktails nodding to the prohibition era. Renowned Sydney sommelier Louella Mathews, venue manager Gabriel Chilas and beverage manager Michael Jones have designed a stellar wine list. Expect comforting classics by the glass, like Penfolds Bin 95 Grange, along with a strong focus on the big Bs of the wine worled: Bordeaux, Burgundy, Brunello, Barolo and closer to home, the Barossa. There’s also ESQ’s 6 O’Clock Swill, where you can get your hands on A$15 negronis, martinis and gimlets, and select wines by the glass.

ESQ Bar & Dining is located at Sydney’s QVB and open for dinner Tuesday nights, then from 12pm until late Wednesday to Saturday. Visit

Charlie’s Back

Iconic Champagne producers Charles Heidsieck have released their much-anticipated Champagne Charlie on Australian shores. Paying homage to the bicentennial of founder Charles-Camille Heidsieck, it is only the sixth release of Champagne Charlie and the first in 37 years. It is crafted from nearly 80% reserve wines, and is a blend of 52% chardonnay, and 48% pinot noir with 20% of that from the 2016 vintage.
Champagne Charlie is available at fine wine outlets for around A$900 per bottle, visit
St Leonards Vineyard.

Meet Marsie

Rutherglen’s St Leonards Vineyard has released the first wine from its Pilot Project, showcasing the hero varieties of the region. The 2022 Marsie (A$32) combines 75% marsanne and 25% muscat to produce a dry, skin-contact blend, perfect for spring. Expect a level of vibrancy to this wine, with floral and fruit notes paired with a textural palate from time spent in barrel.

Grant Burge Makes A Mark 

The Barossa’s Grant Burge has teamed up with Australian of the Year Dylan Alcott AO to launch the Leave Your Mark campaign. The venture encourages Australians to take the time to acknowledge the little things, celebrate their ambitions and think about how they’ll leave their individual mark on society. Alcott, a former Paralympian and role model for so many, will be sharing his story along with his future aspirations to leave his mark through his work promoting equality across all abilities. “Everyone has an opportunity in their own way to leave their mark and I think that is something special we should all embrace,” says Alcott. “I’m pumped to join the Grant Burge family and be part of Leave Your Mark, a campaign that shares my own desire to motivate people to be the best version of themselves and make a difference.” Grant Burge is also an official partner of the Dylan Alcott Foundation, and will be donating A$2 from select wine bottle sales to support young adults living with a disability. ‍
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Tune into locals like Prue Henschke on the Barossa: It’s Just Us podcast.

An Italian Adventure 

Leading vine importers in Australia, the Chalmers family, are back at it again with the release of their 2021 Chalmers Bush Vine Inzolia (A$53) and 2020 Chalmers Bush Vine Negroamaro (A$53). The vines were imported in 2015 and planted at the Merbein site in Victoria’s Murray Darling. The team manages the bush vines organically and have tested dry-growing techniques, with the vine shape providing shade. The Sicilian inzolia produces a complex, fresh white, drinking well now with potential to age. Meanwhile negroamaro, from Puglia, presents a vibrant red wine, with pure fruit notes and hints of savoury through wattle seed and Murray Pine. 
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Melbourne Mash-Up:
Pinot Noir Vermouth

It’s a Brunswick collab for the ages, with distillery The Gospel and their neighbours Noisy Ritual teaming up to unveil a Pinot Noir Vermouth (A$39). The latest addition to the Gospel’s experimental range The Dispensary, the vermouth was crafted by distiller and sommelier Ellie Ash, and winemakers Cam Nicol and Alex Byrne. The pinot was sourced from Geelong and combined with savoury botanicals before being placed in rye whiskey barrels to develop complexity and savouriness. 

Wine Time Online

If you’re looking to take a deep-dive into the world of wine, it’s time to visit newly launched SRG Wine. Developed by the Sydney Restaurant Group, SRG Wine is an online platform covering all things wine, with a wine academy, wine club, shop and events. The academy offers WSET Courses across Sydney at a range of levels, no matter your experience. The wine club gives you access to sommelier-curated packs filled with the hottest wines usually only reserved for lists, plus a number of other benefits across the site. The shop has an array of premium wines from throughout Australia. Keep your eyes peeled for the upcoming events hosted at stunning venues around Sydney. 
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Capital Dips A Toe In
Alcohol-Free Market

Looking for a fresh no-alcohol pale ale? Canberra’s Capital Brewing have you covered with their Alc-Less Tropical Pacific Ale ($45 per case). Being the country’s first certified carbon neutral brewery, this also means the Alc-Less is the first carbon-neutral, no-alcohol beer – very cool. Expect a refreshing tipple with all the qualities of beer you love with a crisp yet smooth finish. 
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Box It Up

Champagne house Perrier-Jouët has unveiled a new gift box that teams elegance with green credentials. Designed and crafted in France, the box is made from 100% natural fibres sourced from responsibly managed forests, 30% lighter in weight than previous designs and doesn’t use any ink or glue.
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Left to right: Josh Pointon, Jessica Wood and Maciej Zimny. 

MMAD World

The first vintage of MMAD Vineyard is here with the release of the 2021 MMAD Vineyard Chenin Blanc (A$48), 2021 MMAD Vineyard Grenache (A$75), 2021 MMAD Vineyard Shiraz (A$75). The MMAD team – winemakers Martin Shaw and Adam Wadewitz, and Masters of Wine Michael Hill Smith and David LeMire – purchased the iconic Blewitt Springs vineyard last year. “To finally get our hands on these old vines from this special site and the stunning 21 vintage is beyond exciting,” says Wadewitz. “I can’t wait to finally let people in on what we’ve been up to.”
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Subscriptions Prize

In Vol 22 No 2 of GT WINE we asked readers to give us a creative response to why they’d like to win a year’s supply of boutique wine from the Yarra Valley Smaller Wineries Association, along with two tickets to the Association’s annual Shedfest and Shortest Lunch events, as well as a 10% discount on any further wine bought. 

Our favourite entry came from Stefanie Russin, Narellan, NSW who said: “Call me a modern day Jesus….watch me turn 25 words or less into wine.” Well done Stef, you just did. Miracles never cease.