What We’re Drinking in March

Welcome. 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 Patrick Sullivan Releases
Last year we spoke to Pat Sullivan about his home region, the Baw Baw Shire near Gippsland, and its unheralded ability to produce world class wines. He’d begun to produce wines solely from this area and since then, we’ve anticipated the release. Well this is it, and it’s looking – just as we thought it would – excellent.

2017 Patrick Sullivan ‘Baw Baw Field’ White Blend,  $58
2017 Patrick Sullivan ‘Rain’ Red/White Blend, $58
2017 Patrick Sullivan ‘Milstream’ Chardonnay, $70

The Hermit Ram Wines
From the Limestone Cliffs of Waipara comes The Hermit Ram – an innovative project from winemaker Theo Coles. These are minimal-intervention wines that are carefully handcrafted to show purity and finesse. We’re super excited to be stocking these and even more excited to be hosting the winemaker for an in-store tasting. Here’s the current range:

2017 The Hermit Ram ‘Skin Fermented’ Sauvignon Blanc, $32
2017 The Hermit Ram ‘Skin Fermented’ Müller-Thurgau, $42
2017 The Hermit Ram ‘Skin Fermented’ Field Blend, $42

New Sami Odi Releases
A Barossa winery with a difference. Though big, these wines show a level of detail and complexity that the region isn’t associated with today; they’re compelling examples of Syrah and ones which are worth pondering. Notes from the winemaker:

NV Sami Oli Little Wine #7
“An unvintaged ‘assemblage’ composed of casks from 2017 (43%), 2016 (38%), 2015 (15%) & 2012 (4%). Exclusively sourced from our treasured plots within the Hoffmann’s ‘Dallwitz’ vineyard from vines planted in 1996, 1995, 1960 & the oldest vines planted prior to 1912.” $56

2016 Sami Odi Hoffmann Dallwitz Syrah
“Our prime cask selection procured from nine rows of the Hoffmann families oldest vines and our original four rows from the adjacent plantings. The oldest plants were sown between 1888 & 1912, with cuttings then propagated alongside in 1995.” $99

2017 Sea Chicken Aglianico
The latest hit from our very own Giuseppe di Tocco. It’s a lightly-extracted Aglianico with bright red fruits, licquorice and earthy spice. A perfect pizza match. $26

New Four Pillars Barrel Aged Gins
Is there a gin these clever cats can’t create? This time around they’ve released the following:

Four Pillars Sherry Cask Gin 500ml, $85
Four Pillars Chardonnay Barrel Gin 500ml, $85

Molly Rose ‘Mathilde’ Farmhouse Ale
This is a primo example of the style, à la Cuvée de Ranke. Zesty and barnyard-y on the nose, with light stone fruits, citrus and cereal characters. A very smart provision-styled beer. $22

Balter IIPA 500ml
We haven’t tasted this beer yet. In fact, no one but the brewers have. Here’s what they have to say:

“A noble beer for a noble thirst, this Imperial IPA is like a tangy fruit salad with extra punch.Clean, hefty hop notes provide substantial palate weight with hints of pineapple, pine and citrus, while the higher alcohol content delivers a delightfully dry, spicy finish. In a tall tin so you can share it with amate celebrating a royal achievement, or simply soaking up the last shadows of a classic day.” $10