What We’re Drinking in August

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 Goon Tycoons Teroldego, Margaret River
Expressive, earthy Teroldego; unusually from Margaret River, as opposed to its indigenous home of north-east Italy. But, foregoing identity crises, this drinks wonderfully – there’s blood plum, cassis, turned earth and cherry pip in the mix, which all call out for meatballs or lasagne. $28

2018 Combes Wines ‘Deano’s Pinot’ Pinot Noir, Yarra Valley
Never judge a wine by its colour, because this lightly-hued drop packs a veritable punch of complex favour. It’s earthy, cooling and vital, presenting black tea tones and charry spice over a core of bright, brambly fruit. $30

2017 Six Parralels South ‘Aller Trop Loin’ Cabernet Franc, Yarra Valley
There’s oomph and vitality to this Cabernet Franc, and, due to its carbonic maceration style, a wealth of high-toned raspberry, blackberry leaf and sappy whole bunch elements. Easy anytime drinking, yet great with food. $34

2017 Gentle Folk Wines Release
We’re loving Gareth Belton’s new wines, including a Riesling, Chardonnay, Merlot and two Pinot Noirs. They’re each expressive and nuanced in their own way but, across the board, there’s a level of precision here that we haven’t seen before from the winemaker. A killer release.

A 2017 Serrat Offer
2017, an excellent vintage in the Yarra Valley, has yielded pristine wines that show detailed site and varietal expression – the best we’ve seen yet under this label. Read more here.

Crooked Stave
Look out for the newly-arrived beers from cult Colorado brewery, Crooked Stave. They champion mixed fermentation, are mainly aged in barrel and are here in limited quantities. Very much Wildflower in style.

A Mixed-Case Cantillon Offer
Hurrah! We’ve secured a small allotment of beer from Brasserie Cantillon, century-old producers of Belgium’s finest lambics. Read more here.

2018 Boatrocker Sternweisse 

A double-barrel-aged Berliner Weisse. In its first cycle: six months of ageing in French oak with a dose of Brettanomyces bruxellensis. And in its second: three additional months of ageing in emptied Starward whisky casks. The result: an intriguing whisky sour-like experience. $24

Four Pillars x Hernö Dry Island Gin

The latest release from Four Pillars’ Distiller Series made in collaboration with Sweden’s Hernö Gin. It’s lifted, pure and London Dry in style; combining the best of both distiller’s styles. Come try it at our upcoming tasting. $94

Please email us or contact your neighbourhood store for availabilities.