What We’re Drinking in October

Here’s a little insight into what we’re currently psyched about at Blackhearts & Sparrows. Be it an exciting new producer, wines from an excellent vintage or super rare beers, these are all things which we think you ought to know about.

2017 Mada Wines Release
Hamish Young, owner and winemaker of Mada Wines, works closely with local Canberran growers to produce nuanced wines that show fantastic regionality. His 2017 release was made with differing techniques, such as whole bunch pressing, extended skin contact and ageing in both stainless steel and ceramic vessels. We’re currently stocking the Riesling, Pinot Gris and ‘Blanc’, which are all wonderfully aromatic and textured.

2016 Azienda Agricola Crivelli Ruché
A benchmark example of Piedmont’s native Ruché varietal. Here winemaker, Marco Crivelli, has crafted an elegant interpretation that plays on the wine’s natural litheness and its gorgeous berry-fruit flavours. Although he probably wouldn’t call himself a “natural winemaker”, for all intents and purposes he is – he doesn’t use pesticides or herbicides in the vineyards and he attempts to transform his pristine fruit into wine using as little intervention as possible. The resulting wine is stunning.

2016 Cotier by Garagiste Release from Barny Flanders
Last year we were thrilled with Barnaby Flander’s ‘Cotier’ wines. Considering the usually conservative approach to winemaking on the Mornington Peninsula, these wines – made with skin-contact and carbonic-maceration – presented plenty of class and swagger. We can’t wait to see how the new release will taste when it arrives later in the month.

2017 Jamsheed Sagrantino
This is our go-to wine for BBQ season this year. It’s packed with bright red fruit notes and is just so easy – in a good way – to drink. Thanks Gary!

2017 Ravensworth Gamay Noir
Last month, Bryan Martin told us that this vintage of Gamay Noir left him feeling pretty confident with his approach to carbonic maceration winemaking. As a result, the wine contains less-extracted whole bunch flavours and is highly approachable. Buy in six packs to save yourself the tears when its all gone.

2016 Verdier-Logel Côtes du Forez
Verdier-Logel is a recently discovered Gamay producer from the Loire Valley’s ‘Cote du Forez’ – just a stone’s throw away from Lyon. With prices soaring for ‘Cru Bojo’, our eyes turned elsewhere searching for value and this was a very happy find. It’s a complex and deeply-pitched wine that offers serious fruit depth and is sturdy enough to repay some cellar time if that’s your thing. A joy to drink with anything off the grill.

2016 Domaine de la Pepière Muscadet ‘Sèvre et Maine’
Student Chablis. Briny & tangy fruit. Acid drive and freshness. DELICIOUS. After the weight and sun tan of the northern hemisphere 2015s, these 2016s are a joy and make us smile.

2017 Schmolzer & Brown Prêt-à-Blanc
Here’s a pitch perfect blending of Riesling, Pinot Gris and Gewürtztraminer. It’s like spring in a glass with brilliant citrus blossom perfume, bright acidity and crunchy fruit notes.

Two Metre Tall
We’re so excited about this latest release of beers that we created a pack for it.

Please email us or consult your neighbourhood store for further information.