What We’re Drinking in September
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 Joshua Cooper Release
Exciting wines from one of Australia’s most exciting young winemakers; Joshua Cooper’s latest release, made from fruit sourced throughout Victoria, displays incredible purity and expression of site – traits that we’re always seeking out and get giddy about when we find. Available now:
2017 Joshua Cooper ‘Captain’s Creek Vineyard’ Chardonnay, Blampied (Ballarat) $54 (750ml) / $108 (Magnum)
2017 Joshua Cooper ‘The Old Port Righ Vineyard’ Chardonnay, Macedon $66 (750ml) / $132 (Magnum)
2017 Joshua Cooper ‘Doug’s Vineyard’ Pinot Noir Rosé, Macedon $54 (750ml)
2017 Joshua Cooper ‘Doug’s Vineyard’ Pinot Noir, Macedon
$66 (750ml) / $132 (Magnum)
2017 Joshua Cooper ‘Ray-Monde Vineyard’ Pinot Noir, Gisborne South $54 (750ml) / $108 (Magnum)
2013 Davide Carlone Boca, Alto Piemonte
Boca, once a flourishing appellation in Alto Piemonte, is in the midst of change: a passionate handful of local producers are slowly reinstating the area’s pedigree for producing excellent wines. And this blend of Nebbiolo (85%) and Vespolina (15%) is indicative of the quality we can come to expect. It’s filled with scents of new leather, dried violets, smoke and aromatic spice; and tastes of dark cherry, bitter orange and amaro. $66
2017 Six Acres ‘Spectrum’ Field Blend, Yarra Valley
A blend of Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot that’s just so joyous to drink! It slips between fruit-driven and savoury elements seamlessly, with notes of cassis, bramble, tobacco and autumnal leafiness (in this context, great for spring) marking the experience. $22
2018 BK Wines Rosé, Adelaide Hills
Pale, musky, floral and pink; BK Wines’ deliciously savoury Pinot Noir rosé is perfect for sipping on this spring. Magnums and half magnums are, respectively, available for $66 and $28 each.
2017 Dr Edge Pinot Noirs
We’re loving each wine from the latest Dr Edge Pinot Noir release, but the blue (south)- and green (blended)-faced cuvées are our picks of the bunch. Clever winemaking – whole bunch, positive reduction and moderate extraction – has resulted in immense complexity and drinkability. Good one Peter.
2015 Montevertine Release
Perhaps the finest examples of Sangiovese in Tuscany. These cuvées are available throughout the stores now:
2016 Montevertine ‘Pian del Ciampolo’ Rosso, $60
2015 Montevertine Rosso, $132
2015 Montevertine Le Pergole Torte, $252
Edge Brewing Project ‘Jungle Gelato’ Mango Citrus Sour
A tropical sour packed with fresh Australian mango and fermented to dry. Finished off with finger limes to add a little tartness. The perfect fresh-and-fruity sour for springtime sipping. $5.50 each or $18 for four
Brouwerij Verhaeghe ‘Duchesse de Bourgogne’
Named for Duchess Mary of Burgundy – who was unceremoniously dispatched by a fall from her horse in her 25th year – this is a Flanders red ale of utmost complexity and refinement. A blend of eight- and 18-month-old beers aged in large oak foeders, it’s a sour beer that keeps from overwhelming acidity by a balancing malt presence. $9
Tintenbar Distillery Flinders Island Gin
Flinders Island Gin is a limited edition gin, crafted with a herbaceous blend of native botanicals found on Flinders Island, Tasmania. The gin is pot distilled in small batches with these organic botanicals, which include mountain pepperberry, coastal daisybush & native juniper.
While countless Australian distilleries now champion local botanicals in their gin production (which is so great to see!), few are achieving balance and clarity like Tintenbar Distillery. Keep your eyes peeled for this release! $74
Please email us or contact your neighbourhood store for availabilities.