What We’re Drinking in May

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 Blackhearts & Sparrows ‘Regional Series’ Grenache, McLaren Vale
Made for us by Yangarra Estate, one of Australia’s greatest Grenache producers, this is (if we may say so) incredibly delicious. It’s 100 per cent organic and perfumed, with a lovely, sandy-grained tannin dragging out its sweet core of fruit. $20

Back Vintage Jo Landron ‘Le Fief du Breil’ Muscadet, Loire Valley
We’re pretty chuffed to have received these wines – with some bottle age – direct from the domaine. They each contain all the lovely, and inte​n​se, varietal notes that we love so much about Melon from this seaside location: preserved (just ripe) stone fruit and citrus fruit laden with smoke​ and​ iodine-rich characters. Available vintages: ​2013, ​2006, 2001, 1995; please contact your nearest store for pricing and availability.

2012 Charles Joguet ‘Silenes’ Cabernet Franc, Chinon, France
From Charles Joguet, the legendary Loire Valley domaine, comes a brightly-poised Cabernet Franc that’s showing some bottle-age intrigue. So, in addition to the crunchy, brambly fruit flavours still present within, you can expect some interesting (earthy) complexity. Sunday roast anyone? $38

2016 Clos de la Barthassade Cuvée H, Languedoc, France
A rare gem from Coteaux du Languedoc made by Hélène and Guillaume Baron. With previous experience working at Domaine de la Pousse d’Or, Dominique Derain, and Domaine de Trévallon, they’ve set up shop in Southern France to create wines of real depth and poise. This cuvée, a blend of Syrah, Mourvèdre and Grenache, shows brilliant concentration with notes of rosemary, lavender, black fruits, red plum, spice and slate-like minerality. $52

2017 Jackson Brooke Pinot Noir, Henty
Jackson Brooke’s Pinot Noir, from the truly cooler climate of Henty, is a delightfully aromatic wine. It’s eminently attractive to taste, with a mix of bright bramble, wild strawberry, earthy sous bois and juicy texture marking the experience. $26

2015 Mamete Prevostini ‘Botonero’ ​Nebbiolo, Valtellina, Italy
Since the mid-1940s, the Prevostini family have been producing wine on the terraced slopes of Valtellina – an Alto Piemonte appellation where Nebbiolo is locally known as ‘Chiavennasca’. This, a blend of each cru vineyard within their holdings, spends only a short time in large cask; it’s a lovely introduction to the mountainous region, with ripe ​flourishing ​fruit and lots of sweeter brown spice. $35

2018 Mountain Goat ‘Barrel Breed’ Barley Wine, Richmond
Hurrah! Mountain Goat’s once-a-year barley wine release has arrived! And, if that’s not enough, this time it’s been aged in Tennessee whisky casks. Read more here. $50

Founders Brewing Co. Porter, Michigan
Some cooler weather calls for one of our all-time favourite dark beers: Founders Brewing Co. Porter. It’s generous, warming and satisfying in the best way possible; notes of dark chocolate, caramel and roasted oats for the win. $6

2016 Willie Smith’s Sullivans Cove Whisky Aged Cider, Huon Valley
This cider spent six months in large-format, ex-Sullivans Cove American Whisky casks, making for a dry, surprisingly crisp, cider. Considering its 10.1% ABV, it’s pretty easy drinking, showing lots of oak-imparted creaminess and sweetness. $56

Please email us or contact your neighbourhood store for availabilities.