What We’re Drinking in February

Feb fast? No way. 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 rare beers, these are all things which we think you ought to know about.

2016 Weingut Willi Schaefer Rieslings
Butterfly-light, buoyant and brilliantly off-dry; Willi Schaefer’s Mosel Valley Rieslings are such fitting options in the warmer weather. The latest vintage, 2016, is a particularly graceful release and truly representative of what the region’s singular terroir can offer.

2016 Willi Schaefer Graacher feinherb, $42
2016 Willi Schaefer Graacher Domprobst Kabinett, $58
2016 Willi Schaefer Graacher Domprobst Spatlese #5, $98

2016 Daniel Bouland Gamays
2016s ahoy! After the hot and ripe 2015 vintage, we’re thrilled to see the latest releases from one of our favourite appellations. These Gamays, from the ultra-talented Daniel Bouland, are energetic and complex all at once.

2016 Daniel Bouland Chiroubles Chantenay Beaujolais, $48
2016 Daniel Bouland Cote de Brouilly ‘Cuvée Melanie’ Beaujolais, $48
2016 Daniel Bouland Morgon Corcelette Beaujolais, $48
2016 Daniel Bouland Morgon Delys VV Beaujolais, $48

Derwent Valley’s Meadowbank farm and vineyard, run by the Ellis family since 1976, has recently revitalised its production with the arrival of heartthrob winemaker, Peter Dredge. And what this means is that some of Tasmania’s best fruit will now, inevitably, be turned into some of Tasmania’s most compelling wine. Look out for the 2017 Riesling ($38) and the 2016 Pinot Noir ($60).

Stomping Ground ‘Gipps St.’ Pale Ale
This, an American-styled pale ale from Collingwood’s Stomping Ground,` is a triumph; it’s filled with distinctive hops (Simcoe, Cascade, Mosaic) yet remains so sessionable and balanced from start to finish. Green melon, ripe stone fruits and bitter citrus mark the experience.
$5 each or $24 for six

Founders Brewing Co. CBS
Yes, it’s summer, but when something reads this delicious, how can you resist?

Bar Americano Negronis
We’ve loved these pre-mixed cocktails since the day we got them. They’re just so damn tasty, balanced and convenient.

2015 Domaine Trapet Père et Fils Pinot Noirs
The legendary Jean-Louis Trapet is a biodynamic disciple, holding both the Demeter and a ‘Biodyvin’ biodynamic certification. With most wines made using a high percentage of whole bunch, the riper 2015 vintage has resulted in wines of serious charm. We have the following two cuvées to offer:

Domaine Trapet Père et Fils 2015 Bourgogne Rouge, $66
Domaine Trapet Père et Fils 2015 Gevrey-Chambertin ‘Ostrea’, $205

Momento Mori “Give up the Ghost” Greco 2017
A top-notch expression of the Italian varietal. Notes from Dane, the winemaker:

“The nose is very refined and complex with a dominating feel of an alpine forest with notes of pine resin, nettle, fresh cut herbs, uplifting florals and a lemon citrus that note that holds it all together. The palate is much of the same and is delicate and fine whilst having great structure and a harmonious balance with nothing out of place.
It has great acidity, freshness and salinity with super-fine chalky tannins to round it out. There were only 513 bottles of this wine made.” $50