What We’re Drinking in November
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.
Yangarra Estate Premium Releases
Yangarra Estate, based in McLaren Vale, has gained recent acclaim for crafting some of Australia’s most amazingly-fragrant and textured wine. From old vines which are biodynamic, we’ve secured the following:
2014 ’High Sands’ Grenache,
2015 ’Ovitelli’ Grenache (120+ days on skins in a ceramic egg)
2014 ’Ironheart’ Shiraz
2015 ’Old Vine’ Grenache (Magnum)
We’re pretty excited about Never Never Distilling Co. and Hernö Gin which are new to our shelves this month. The former, from Adelaide, has created a ‘Triple Juniper’ gin which is piney, tangy and curiously refreshing (perhaps one for IPA drinkers); while the latter, a critically-acclaimed distillery from Sweden, is known to produce gins of depth, texture and complexity. We’re stocking both the regular bottling and the ‘Old Tom’.
Gift time is nigh! With this in mind, we’ll be stocking a minimalist decanter from Riedel and, for those with primo vibes in mind, a decanter from Zalto.
Winemaker Marc Lunt, who has completed vintages at Domaine Armand Rousseau and Domaine de la Romanee-Conti, has established a new Victorian winery in Terrason Wine Co. His inaugural release of wines include a King Valley Gamay alongside Pinot Noir and Cab Franc from the Yarra. There’s also an Aligoté to come later in the year.
2017 Ochota Barrels Spring Release.
As always, we’re thrilled to see new wines from Taras and Amber Ochota. This time around, there’s a new take on the ’Slint’ Chardonnay (more weight and texture than before); a new rosé: ‘Hello Morning’, which hails from the Fugazi Vineyard; and the latest ‘Home’ Pinot Noir which is solely farmed and made by Amber. This could be one of the best wines we’ve seen from the duo.
Soon, we’ll be launching Grafted Editions: “an evolving range of wines made in collaboration with our favourite producers”. Put simply, this will be our most premium collection of in-house wines that we’ve excitingly produced alongside some of our favourite winemakers. Stay tuned for further information.
2017 Airlie Bank x Blackhearts ‘Grafted Editions #1’ Gris on Skins
2017 Arfion x Blackhearts ‘Grafted Editions #2’ Malbec
2017 Ravensworth x Blackhearts ‘Grafted Editions #3’ Nebbiolo Rosé
2017 Latta Vino x Blackhearts ‘Grafted Editions #4’ Nebbiolo
Yetti and the Kokonut
Four new wines from Dave Geyer and Koen Janssens who source fruit from various vineyards in the Adelaide Hills, McLaren Vale and the Barossa. This thought-provoking release features a couple skin contact (amber) whites, a Jura-esque Savagnin and a delicious rosé.
2016 Thomas Pico ‘Vin de France’ Chardonnay
Thomas Pico, the Chablis-based vigneron, quite possibly made the best Limoux Chardonnay to ever come from the region when he lost most of his fruit in 2016. In an effort to balance his books, he turned to Limoux – based in the Languedoc – and saw some incredible results. This is balanced, textured, saline and filled with a brilliant citrus fruit spectrum.
La Sirène Urban Pale Ale
A fresh batch of what became our favourite pale ale last summer is coming soon. We’re getting thirsty thinking about it.
Special Collaboration Beers
Incoming boundary-pushing collaborations from the likes of Omnipollo, Buxton Brewery, Brouwerij Emelisse, Magic Rock and Brouwerij de Molen will take you to flavour country.
Please email us or consult your neighbourhood store for further information.