What We’re Drinking in October

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 Olek Bondonio Pelaverga, Piedmont
It’s arrived: the first wine we’ve ever offered En Primeur (!), poured by Olek Bondonio himself for the keen punters who made it to our in-store tasting in August. To taste, there’s the usual white pepper and smoky charcuterie complexity typical of the Pelaverga variety, followed by plenty of crisp raspberry and strawberry fruit. Drink it with anything and everything – it’s that versatile and crowd-pleasing. $65

2018 Swinging Bridge #003 ‘Amber’, Orange, New South Wales
Though exotic in nature – you’d expect as much from an aromatic blend of Pinot Gris, Riesling and Gewürtztraminer ­– there’s brilliant poise within. It’s filled with yellow peach, tangerine and musk, and held together with a line of cooling acidity. $28 

2016 Domaine Laurent Tribut Chablis
Laurent Tribut, like his father-in-law René Dauvissat, produces superb Chardonnays defined by precision and concentration; offering immediate richness yet further complexity over time. 2016, sadly a frost- and hail-affected year in Chablis, has imparted riper edges to this village offering, alongside notes of lemon zest, green apple and typical seashell minerality. $90

2016 Dominique Piron ‘Les Cadoles de la Chanaise’ Beaujolais
Juicy, fresh-fruited and bright; Gamay, when made just like this, is such a joy to taste. There’s lush cherry and cleansing acidity within and, due to the 40-year-old, low-yielding vines this wine comes from, a splash of savoury, spicy concentration. A Blackhearts & Sparrows exclusive straight from the cave of leading Morgon producer, Dominique Piron! $24

Birra Moretti, Udine, Italy
Alas, we’ve run dry of Peroni Red cans. But in the interim we’ve sourced some Moretti cans to keep you hydrated. They’re just as crisp but taste a little more malty. $16 for six

Kaiju! Beer Metamorphosis IPA, Melbourne
A West Coast American IPA with a slight English twist and refreshing bitterness. To taste: “it’s Its citrus and floral, hefty yet balanced”. $6 each or $20 for four.

2018 To Øl 08 Fruit, Denmark
Featuring eight different types of undisclosed fruit, this session ale is, appropriately, fruity and tart and so refreshing. Very layered. Super interesting. $11

Stone Pine Distillery ‘Decade’ Dry Gin, Gorman’s Hill, New South Wales
Distilled in commemoration of Stone Pine Distillery’s tenth anniversary. It’s certainly a juniper-forward, London Dry style with some clever sweet florals and perfumed botanicals layered in –  lemon myrtle and finger lime, two local ingredients, sit comfortably with the angelica and liquorice. $86

Please email us or contact your neighbourhood store for availabilities.