What We’re Drinking in June

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 Cobaw Ridge ‘Il Pinko’ Rosé, Macedon Ranges
A savoury, spiced and decidedly grown-up rosé that we loved last vintage. We first tasted this wine, the latest release, at our Cobaw Ridge tasting last month and think it’s perfectly structured for cool weather drinking. $40

2016 Pierre Gonon Saint Joseph Rouge, Northern Rhône
One of our all-time favourite producers from Syrah’s spiritual home in the Northern Rhône. As always, these are special wines, but the 2016 – especially following the rich, hot 2015 vintage – sees a return to this wine’s brilliantly classic style. $132

2017 Irrewarra (By Farr) Chardonnay, Colac
The Irrawarra vineyard in Colac has emerged as an excellent site for Chardonnnay – and in the hands of winemaker Nick Farr, this is one of the best Australian examples of the variety we’ve seen of late. It’s compact, driving and so excellently textured. $66

2017 Adelina Field Blend, Clare Valley
In 2015, Adelina owners Col McBryde and Jen Gardner grafted over their Cabernet vines with a rich assortment of Shiraz, Grenache, Mataro, Ugni Blanc, Roussanne and Carignan. It proved to be an absolute brainwave. This, the resulting wine (a true field blend), contains slippery and slurpy drinkability in spades. $30

2017 Trutta Shiraz, Harcourt North
Excellent Shiraz from granitic soils, managed organically for over 20 years. To taste: baking spices, red and black fruits, and a calming wash of refreshing acidity. You’ll wish there was more where this came from. $32

2016 Domaine de la Roche Paradis ‘Les Vessettes’ Saint Joseph Blanc, Northern Rhône

We’re loving the savoury, textured whites from this new-to-Australia producer. And this wine, a very delicious blend of Marsanne and Roussane, certainly displays a deft hand at winemaking: richness has been embraced, while freshness is still excellently retained. $60

2017 La Violetta Épicé, Great Southern
An orange/amber wine that’s grapey, spicy and muscat-y all at once. It’s held together and dragged out by a pull of skin-fermented tannin, and so intriguing considering the thoroughly engaging blend: Vermentino, Black Frontignac, Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Savagnin Rose Aromatique and Pinot Gris. $34

2017 Blackhearts x BK Wines ‘Grafted Editions #5’ Savagnin, Adelaide Hills
Coming soon! $28

2017 Blackhearts x Michael Hall ‘Grafted Editions #6’ Shiraz, Barossa Valley
Also coming soon! $28

A Back Vintage Jean-François Ganevat Offer
Really. Read more about it here.

Bright Brewery Dubbel, Bright
This beer has craft and complexity; raisins, currants, stewed fruits, cloves and some sweet caramel-like notes mark the experience. It’s been a while since we’ve seen a local Trappist-style beer of such quality. $7

Moon Dog ‘Big Truffle in Little Porter’ Salted Truffle Porter, Abbotsford
Yep. A rich porter that’s “infused with Tasmanian black truffles, vanilla and a touch of salt”. $17

Please email us or contact your neighbourhood store for availabilities.