What We’re Drinking in July
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.
2016 Clos Cibonne ‘Cuvée Tradition’ Rouge, Côtes de Provence, France
A rarely made blend of Tibouren (90 per cent) and Syrah (10 per cent) that’s densely red-fruited, herbaceous, sappy and marked by a salty-charcuterie edge. Proves that Provence has much more to offer than summery rosés. $48
2017 tripe.Iscariot ‘Absolution’ danse Macabre, Margaret River
Featuring Chenin Blanc, Semillon, Chardonnay and Muscat of Alexandria, this, in all of its unconventional glory, is a joy to taste. It’s playful, interesting and packed with lime pith, lemon curd and lots of moreish textural grip – all seafood-friendly accompaniments. $25
2017 Billy Button ‘The Clandestine’ Schioppettino, Alpine Valleys
Opens with a nose full of dried herbs, Sichuan pepper and forest berries. On the palate: crunchy red fruits, savoury spice, pink pepper corn and brambly earth and the grape’s signature structure. Light on its feet and very addictive. $34
2017 Francesco Cirelli Trebbiano, Rosato & Montepulciano, Abruzzo
Francesco Cirelli’s organic wines, crafted near the comune of Atri in Abruzzo, offer a few of our favourite things: approachability, interest, and, especially under this bang for buck banner, serious value. So forget everything you might know about Trebbiano and Montepulciano’s notorious monotony – these compelling expressions are so lively to taste. And they contain minimal sulphur. Read our tasting notes here. $24 each
2017 Momento Mori Bianco, Heathcote
Exotic aromas. Opens as a spicy, earthy and zesty offering. A wine that’s more on the structured and savoury side, with ensuing orange pith, meal and black tea leaf notes to taste. Initially destined for winemaker Dane Johns’ ‘Staring at the Sun’ blend, but the fruit was so good, it warranted a new, one-off cuvée. $42
A Rare Japanese Whisky Offer
Two Japanese whiskies, both extremely rare, available to you right now. But they’re super limited. So if you’re keen on a couple of the most complex, warming drops we have to offer, get in touch quick. Read more here.
Julien Fremont ‘Réserve’ Calvados, Normandy, France
An incredibly elegant Calvados. Four years, as opposed to the usual ‘Réserve’-attaining three, of ageing in barrel has imparted complex spice and pepper tones. It’s so comforting, and, considering the price, rewarding to consume. $112
Holgate Brewhouse ‘Empress’ Imperial Mocha Porter, Woodend
Remember the Temptress? Holgate’s original success that’s become a prototype for local chocolate dark ales. Well this is the Imperial Mocha version. It’s rich, sweet, smooth and velvety. And at 10 per cent ABV, made for sipping by an open fire. $17
Valhalla ‘Old Skool’ Chocolate Ginger Porter, Torquay
Definitely contains ginger. And while not overly complex, it’s just so easy, and enjoyable, to drink for something you’d expect to be strong and, perhaps, overwhelming. $8.50
Please email us or contact your neighbourhood store for availabilities.