The restaurant/bistro offers a wide variety of cuisine including fresh seafood, aged grain-fed steaks, wood fired pizza, pastas & risotto. We offer a broad Seniors and Childrens menu as well as plenty of daily Chef’s Suggestions and promotional dishes. We also cater to those with gluten and other intolerances.
Welcome to Kirks Bistro
Owner Marcus Johns and Executive Chef Jeremy Hansen have sourced some of the finest ingredients from local, interstate and international growers, farmers and fisheries. Whether your taste be for fresh seafood, crisp salad or aged beef we are confident you’ll find something to your liking here at Kirks.
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Bistro / Restaurant Menu - ENTREE
Hot and Cold Entrees
Herb or Garlic Pizza (LG Available +$1) 6.9 with cheese 7.9
Soup of the Day – See chefs suggestions board (GF ask kitchen) 8.9 Served with crusty bread.
Beetroot and Fetta Bruschetta 19.9 Diced baby beetroot with dill, crumbed fetta & a balsamic reduction served on toasted ciabatta.
Tomato Bruschetta 19.9 Diced tomatoes with red onion, basil, cracked pepper & olive oil served on warm ciabatta.
Trio of Dips 23.9 Three housemade dips (see suggestions board) served with garlic infused pita bread & grissini sticks.
Oysters Natural (LG) half plate(5) 19.9/ full plate (10) 29.9 Pacific oysters served on mesculin with housemade cocktail sauce.
Oysters Kilpatrick (LG) half plate(5) 21.9/ full plate (10) 31.9 Pacific oysters with bacon & worcestershire sauce.
Oysters of the day (LG) Pacific oysters changing daily see suggestions board.
Salt & Pepper or Chilli Calamari 20.9 Tender flash fried calamari, coated in a cracked black pepper and sea salt flour, served with salad greens & a side of thai reduction dipping sauce.
Baby Spinach & Three Cheese Arancini 19.9 Housemade arancini balls served with a red wine & citrus reduction.
Seafood Sampler 35.9 Selection of Australian king prawns, salt & pepper calamari, natural oysters, oysters of the day (see suggestions board), smoked salmon, marinated mussels, salad & dipping sauces.
Kirks Tasting Plate (for two) 31.9 Selection of hot calabrese salami, housemade dip, marinated whole olives, roasted red peppers, trecce (mozzarella) and salt & pepper calamari served with garlic infused Turkish bread and grissini. Our chefs are happy to adapt dishes to suit dietary needs, for example gluten, dairy and fructose intolerances, nut and other allergies or any other specialty requirement where possible. Simply ask our friendly staff when choosing or ordering your meal. If you wish to dine together please order at the one time and quote your table number, thankyou.
Bistro / Restaurant Menu - MAINS
Kirks Style Caesar Salad 19.9 Baby cos lettuce, honey baked bacon, croutons & shaved grana padano, tossed in our housemade dressing, anchovies (Optional) and your choice of poached or boiled egg.
with herb marinated chargrilled chicken 25.9 with smoked salmon 25.9 with grilled tiger prawns 26.9
Kirks Style Greek Salad 19.9 Greek salad mix, tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, capsicum, fetta cheese & marinated Kalamata olives tossed with olive oil & herbs alongside grilled pita & aioli.
with herb marinated chargrilled chicken 26.9 with garlic & rosemary infused lamb fillets 29.9
Warm Thai Beef Salad 27.9 Tender Thai marinated striploin pieces tossed with mesculine, red onion, carrot, roasted red peppers & cucumber, with a sweet Thai reduction dressing.
Pasta, Risotto and Vegetarian
Chorizo & Prawn Risotto (LG) 34.90 Arborio rice with mild Spanish chorizo tossed with king prawns & cherry tomatoes in our house made concasse topped with shaved grana padano.
Chicken & Wild Mushroom Risotto (LG) 31.90
Arborio rice with chicken, shitake, oyster, enoki & swiss brown mushrooms, in a creamy white wine & cracked black pepper reduction topped with grana padano.
Kirks Spaghetti Marinara 35.90 Our marinara delivers a selection of seafood including prawns, mussels, scallops, calamari & flake pieces, tossed in spring onions, spinach, garlic & a fine olive oil. Tomato base available on request.
Fettuccini Carbonara 25.90 Premium bacon pieces, wild mushroom mix & onions, tossed with garlic in a creamy white wine sauce, topped with grana padano with chicken 29.9
Oven Roasted Vegetable Risotto (LG) 27.90 Arborio Rice with garlic, thyme & rosemary slow roasted vegetables, tossed with baby spinach & cherry tomatoes in a vegetable stock topped with crumbled feta (optional).
Roasted Vegetable Gnocchi 27.90 Garlic, thyme & rosemary slow roasted vegetables, tossed in a butter & parsley sauce with potato gnocchi. with chicken 30.90 with chorizo 30.90
Chefs Mess 32.90 Bacon, chorizo, chicken pieces and wild mushrooms tossed in a semi-dried tomato cream sauce with potato gnocchi
Chicken Avocado (LG) 35.90 Pan-seared chicken tenderloins in a cream white wine & chive sauce, topped with fanned avocado & tiger prawns, served on a housemade potato rosti.
Chicken Scallopini (LG) 35.90 Pan fried chicken tenderloins in a creamy white wine sauce with baby spinach & semi-dried tomatoes served on a housemade potato rosti.
Chicken Parmagiana 26.90 Housemade lightly crumbed premium chicken breast topped with virginian ham, napoli sauce & melted cheese served with chips & salad or seasonal vegetables.
Chicken Schnitzel 24.90 Housemade lightly crumbed premium chicken breast served with a side of gravy, lemon wedge, chips & salad or seasonal vegetables.
Double Bacon Beef Burger 29.90 Beef Pattie, double bacon rasher, American cheese, kosher dill pickle, lettuce & tomato served with chips.
Pork Belly 33.90 Slow roasted pork belly served on potato mash, baby carrots, beans & a red wine jus.
From the Grill
YG Beaumont farms Porterhouse 300g (LG) 38.90
YG Beaumont farms Scotch Fillet 300g (LG) 39.90
YG Beaumont farms Rump 500g (LG) 37.90
add reef to your beef, 3 Tiger prawns in a creamy garlic sauce 9.90
Salt & Pepper Calamari or Chilli Calamari 7.90
All steaks are cooked to your liking with a choice of
chips & salad or creamy mashed potato, relish & bacon.
With your choice of sauces:
Red wine & mushroom or Cream & green peppercorn red wine jus or Garlic & parsley butter.
Or your choice of wholegrain, dijon or hot english mustard.
Our chefs are happy to adapt dishes to suit dietary needs, for example gluten, dairy and fructose intolerances, nut and other allergies or any other specialty requirement where possible. Simply ask our friendly staff when choosing or ordering your meal. If you wish to dine together please order at the one time and quote your table number, thankyou.
Hot Pot 36.90
A selection of seafood in a milk creamy curried béchamel topped with melted cheese served with grilled Turkish bread & side salad.
Kirk’s Seafood Plate 41.90 Salt & Pepper Calamari, battered tiger prawns, grilled flake fillets, chilled oysters, & Australian king prawns with chips, salad & housemade tartare & cocktail sauces.
Fish of the Day Market Price See chefs suggestions board.
Mixed Grilled Seafood 35.90 Skewered prawns & lightly seared scallops alongside a grilled barramundi fillet served with a chips, salad & topped with a semi-dried tomato remolaude.
Barramundi Fillets 34.90 Grilled and served with chips & salad accompanied with housemade tartare sauce & wedges of lemon.
Salt & Pepper Calamari or Chilli Calamari 30.9 Tender flash fried calamari, coated in a cracked black pepper & sea salt flour, served with chips, salad & a side of thai reduction dipping sauce.
Kirks Homemade Wood Fired Pizza Menu
(LG available on request)
Tropical 20.90 Napoli base, cheese, virginian ham & pineapple
Capricciosa 21.90 Napoli base, cheese, ham, olives, mushroom & anchovies
Smoked Salmon, Dill and Sour Cream 24.90 Pesto base, cherry tomatoes, olives, capers and cheese topped with smoked salmon, dill and sour cream
Margherita 19.90 Napoli base, garlic, parmesan cheese, basil, cherry tomatoes with olive oil drizzle
Fungi 22.9 Olive oil base, wild mushrooms, prosciutto & fetta cheese.
Tandoori Chicken 23.90 Napoli base, Tandoori chicken pieces, red onion, roasted red peppers, cheese & sour cream.
Spice Master 23.90 Napoli base, chorizo, salami, red onion, fresh chilli, fetta cheese & mozzarella.
Lamb Souvlaki 24.90 Napoli base with marinated lamb, red onion, cherry tomatoes& mozzarella cheese topped with chiffonade lettuce & aioli.
Roasted Vegetable 22.90 Garlic, rosemary & thyme slow roasted vegetable with fresh chilli & crumbled feta Add salami 24.90
Jimbo 24.90 Napoli base, ham, salami mushrooms, olives, red peppers & mozzarella.
Please note that due to the size of our pizza oven, large tables may cause a delay as we can only cook a limited amount at any one time. Sorry for any inconvenience.
Bowl of chips served with a side of tomato sauce & gravy 8.90
Bowl of wedges with a side of sour cream & sweet chilli sauce 12.90
Side of seasonal salad 5.90
Side of vegetables 7.90 Sidewinders (beer battered curly chips) with sweet chilli & aioli 13.90
Salt & Pepper calamari (to any main meal purchased) 7.90
Add tiger prawns in a creamy garlic sauce (to any main meal purchased) 9.90
Bistro / Restaurant Menu - KIDS MENU
Includes soft drink and icecream – 12 years & under Fish (Flake Fillet) with chips & salad 13.90 Chicken Parmagiana with chips & salad 13.90 Chicken Schnitzel with chips & salad 13.90 Chicken Nuggets with chips & salad 13.90 Mini Roast of the Day with Chips or Vegetables 13.90 Salt & Pepper Calamari with chips & salad 13.90 Spaghetti Napoli 13.90 Frog in the Pond 2.50 Spider (coke, sprite, fanta, raspberry) 8.00
Bistro / Restaurant Menu - SENIORS
Available Monday to Sunday (Saturday & Sunday extra $2) Roast of the Day (LG available upon request) 16.90 See chefs suggestions board. Kirk’s Flake & Chips (LG ask kitchen) 16.90 Grilled or battered and served with chips, salad and housemade tartare sauce. Fettuccini Carbonara 16.90 Tossed with onion, garlic, mushroom & bacon in a creamy sauce. Roasted Vegetable Gnocchi 16.90 Garlic, thyme & rosemary slow roasted vegetables, tossed in a butter & parsley sauce with potato gnocchi. Chicken Schnitzel or Parmagiana 16.90 Served with chips and salad or seasonal vegetables. Salt & Pepper Calamari or Chilli Calamari 16.9 Tender flash fried calamari, coated in a cracked black pepper & sea salt flour, served with chips, salad & a side of Thai reduction dipping sauce Lambs Fry and Bacon 16.90 Lightly floured and grilled served with crispy bacon, potato mash & gravy Warm Thai Beef Salad 16.90 Tender Thai marinated striploin pieces tossed with mesculine, red onion, carrot, roasted red peppers & cucumber, with a sweet Thai reduction dressing Pumpkin Risotto (LG) 16.90 Tossed with fresh herbs, roasted pine nuts and baby spinach with a touch of cream, topped with shaved grana padano. 200gm Porterhouse Steak (LG) 18.90 Cooked to your liking with your choice of sauce, served with chips & salad or seasonal vegetables. Add Soup or Cake & Coffee Available Monday to Friday Only Soup of the Day 2.00 See chefs suggestions board Add Dessert (LG) 2.50 Your choice of any slice of cake (excludes individual cakes) See cake display cabinet Add Tea or Coffee 2.00 Seniors receive 10% discount off the main menu Monday to Friday. Seniors menu and discount not available on public holidays, Mother’s day & Father’s day.
Bistro / Restaurant Menu - BREAKFAST AND DESSERT
Available Saturday and Sunday from 9am until 11.00am Toasted muesli with strawberries and yoghurt 9.50 Eggs Benedict 16.50 2 Eggs served with spinach, ham and hollandaise sauce on an English muffin French Toast 15.50 French toast served with bacon and Canadian mayple syrup Kirk’s Big Brekky 20.50 2 eggs any style served with bacon, baked tomato, chorizo, hash brown, sautéed mushroom served with toast Pancakes 14.00 Fluffy light pancakes served with ice-cream and Canadian mayple syrup 2 eggs any style (poached, fried or scrambled) on toast 9.00 on English muffin 10.00 Add your side of Bacon 3.00 Hash Brown 3.00 Baked tomato 2.50 Spinach 2.50 Sautéed Mushrooms 3.00 Chorizo 3.00 Smoked salmon 3.50 Hollandaise 2.00 Grilled Ham 2.00
Daily Fresh Assorted Cakes (LG Available) 8.50 Selection displayed in our cake fridge. Each served with whipped cream & vanilla ice cream. Crème Brulee 13.00 A smooth rich vanilla custard topped with a layer of toffee caramel served with fresh cream & strawberries. Petit Four Sampler Plate (LG Available) 13.00 A selection of four petit fours displayed in our cake fridge served with strawberries & whipped cream.
Irish Coffee – Coffee served with Jamieson Whisky and topped with cream. 9.00 Baileys Coffee – Coffee served with Baileys and topped with cream. 9.00 Calypso Coffee – Coffee served with Tia Maria and topped with cream. 9.00 Italian Classico – Coffee served with Amaretto and topped with cream. 9.00 Mexican Coffee – Coffee served with Kahlua and topped with cream. 9.00
Kirks Liqueur Affogato 12.00 – Ice cream served in a martini glass and topped with your choice of Liqueur (Baileys, Tia Maria, Frangelico, Kahlua, Amaretto) served with a side of espresso. Traditional Affogato 8.00 – Ice cream served in a martini glass served with a side of espresso Bombora Blend Coffees We also have our freshly ground Bombora Blend coffee to order
Bistro / Restaurant Wine List
|Bubbles by the Glass|
|NV||Morgans Bay Sparkling Cuvee||Mildura VIC||89/100||$8.00|
|NV||Taylor Ferguson Premimum Brut Cuvee||South East Australia||89/100||$9.00|
|NV||Domaine Chandon Brut||Yarra Valley Vic||93/100||$10.00|
|Whites by the Glass|
|NV||Morgan's Bay Chardonnay||Mildura VIC||92/100||$8.00||$11.00|
|2014||Domaine Chandon Chardonnay||Yarra Valley Vic||94/100||$9.00||$14.00|
|2014||Ironcloud Chardonnay||Geographie WA||96/100||$10.00||$15.00|
|2015||Xanadu Exmoor Chardonnay||Margaret River WA||95/100||$10.00||$15.00|
|NV||Morgan's Bay Semillon Sauvignon Blanc||Mildura VIC||90/100||$8.00||$11.00|
|2014||Mt Riley Sauvignon Blanc||Marlborough NZ||94/100||$9.00||$14.00|
|2014||Upside Down Sauvignon Blanc||Marlborough NZ||96/100||$9.00||$14.00|
|2015||Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc||Marlborough NZ||96/100||$12.00||$18.00|
|2015||Tahbilk Riesling||Nagambie Lakes Vic||90/100||$8.00||$11.00|
|2012||Nine Vines Grenache Shiraz Rose||Renmark SA||92/100||$9.00||$13.00|
|NV||Rosemount Encore Moscato||Barossa Valley SA||88/100||$8.00||$11.00|
|2014||Nine Degrees Pinot Gris||Marlborough NZ||92/100||$9.00||$13.00|
|2016||Tar and Roses Pinot Grigio||Nagambie Vic||92/100||$9.00||$13.00|
|Reds by the Glass|
|NV||Morgans Bay Shiraz Cabernet||Mildura Vic||90/100||$8.00||$11.00|
|2014||Angove Family Crest Shiraz||McLaren Vale SA||94/100||$9.00||$14.00|
|2013||Dragonfly Shiraz||Geographie WA||94/100||$9.00||$14.00|
|2012||Rosemount Little Berry Shiraz||McLaren Vale SA||94/100||$9.00||$14.00|
|2013||Ellis Wines Signature Heathcote Shiraz||Heathcote Vic||95/100||$10.00||$15.00|
|2014||Clarnette & Ludvigsen Heathcote Shiraz||Heathcote Vic||96/100||$10.00||$15.00|
|2013||Mount Langi Hollows Shiraz||Grampians Vic||94/100||$10.00||$15.00|
|2013||Spinefex Bete Noir Shiraz||Barossa Valley SA||97/100||$11.00||$17.00|
|NV||Morgan's Bay Cabernet Merlot||Mildura Vic||90/100||$8.00||$11.00|
|2013||Blue Pyrenees Cabernet Sauvignon||Pyrenees VIC||95/100||$9.00||$14.00|
|2012||Wynns Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon||Coonawarra SA||96/100||$11.00||$17.00|
|2013||Blue Pyrenees Merlo||Pyrenees VIC||91/100||$9.00||$14.00|
|2012||John Luke Pinot Noir||Mornington Peninsula||92/100||$8.00||$12.00|
|2012||Domaine Chandon Yarra Valley Pinot Noir||Yarra Valley Vic||94/100||$10.00||$15.00|
Bubbles by the Bottle
|NV||Morgans Bay Sparkling Cuvee|
This sparkling cuvee is made from a blend of varietals perfect for sparkling wine. A great match to any meal
|NV||Taylor Ferguson Premimum Brut Cuvee|
Lively bouquet, fresh fruity characters on the palate. Crisp and clean with a dry finish.
|South Eastern Aust||89/100||$30.00|
|NV||Salinger Premium Cuvee|
Classic Salinger, contrasting crisp, primary lemon and red apple fruit with a honeyed dosage and creamy bead. Fruit integrity and persistence
take the lead in this youthful and primary blend of pinot noir, chardonnay and meunier
|Great Western Vic||91/100||$40.00|
|2011||Salinger Henty Vintage Cuvee|
Light to medium straw colour with a brassy tinge. The bouquet is quite complex and shows some tirage age. It's nutty, lightly toasty and savoury,
with meringue and rich smoky pinot aromas, to which a touch of strawberry is added when the wine is in the mouth. It's a little confectionery-like
also. The acidity is well-balanced and the finish is nicely weighted, with low phenolics. It's clean and refreshing.
|Great Western Vic||93/100||$45.00|
|NV||Bleasdale Sparkling Shiraz|
Deep red colour with the last vestiges of purple tint. Ripe plummy bouquet, clean and fresh, and not shrill or simplistic. A tinge of spice, earth and faint chocolate. The palate is full, and round, soft and smooth, balanced and clean on the finish with a touch of cleansing tannin. There's plenty of sweetness mid-palate, then a clean, drying finish.
|Langhorne Creek SA||91/100||$45.00|
|NV||Domaine Chandon Brut|
Bright green-straw, tangy chardonnay prevailing over the softer pinot, some brioche/nougat notes, long, clean finish. Like all domaine sparkling wines, is a methode traditionelle.
|Yarra Valley Vic||93/100||$50.00|
|2004||Yellowglen Exceptional Vintage Piccadilly|
Pale straw-green, the mousse good; remarkably fresh, fine and focused, given its seven years on yeast lees; apple, citrus and yeasty brioche aromas are followed by a supple, long and balanced palate, bringing together all the elements of the bouquet. Traditional method used for this 66/34% blend of pinot noir and chardonnay.
|South East Victoria||93/100||$60.00|
|2011||Domaine Chandon Vintage Brut|
Has an elegance and lightness of touch that stems from its faultless balance and seamless flow along the palate, with stone fruit and citrus perfectly counterpoised to more nutty/yeasty nuances.
|Yarra Valley Vic||95/100||$60.00|
|2009||Domaine Chandon Vintage Tasmanian Cuvee|
Very light to pale yellow colour, good cordon of bubbles. Lovely honeyed overtones to the bready, yeast-developed bouquet, with some toast elements and a creamy, lemon citrus tang on the finish. Clean, dry, tart and appetising.
|Yarra Valley Vic||94/100||$60.00|
|2009||Domaine Chandon Vintage Blanc de Blanc|
Light to medium bright yellow colour. Lightly bready bouquet, elements of beeswax and honey. Fresh and clean, creamy yeasty. Soft in the mouth with a creamy texture, gentle and fruity, dry and soft and savoury, not grapy. Very good style, ultra-dry and food friendly.
|Yarra Valley Vic||94/100||$60.00|
|NV||Moet Chandon Imperial|
A complete, generous and dynamic champagne made of chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot meunier.
|Epernay Champagne France||94/100||$75.00|
|2001||Freycinet Radenti Chardonnay Pinot Noir|
Bright green-straw a 60/40% blend, fermented in the bottle and spent over eight years on yeast lees. Despite the resultant multilayered complexity and richness, also has elegance
|East Coast Tas||97/100||$90.00|
|NV||Pol Roger Brut|
Light, bright straw-green in colour, it has good mousse, and a clean and vibrant bouquet; the flavours run in a green apple, pear and citrus spectrum, with a long, lingering finish.
|Epernay Champagne France||93/100||$110.00|
|2002||Bollinger La Grande Annee|
The palate is concentrated, dense and structured with very fresh citrus fruit dominating at the moment. Still primary, with grapefruit pith freshness. Really pure and with plenty of potential for further development.
|Reims Champagne France||97/100||$220.00|
A highly concentrated vintage only wine. Paradoxically concentrated, yet creamy. A magnetic, still elusive wine that fully reals the dual nature that it is famous for.
|Epernay Champagne France||97/100||$250.00|
|NV||Rosemount Encore Moscato|
Green apple and tropicals on the nose lead into a sweet but not too sweet tropical fruit palate, clean and refreshing.
|2007||Amberley Noblese (375ml)|
Brilliant, deep golden colour. A complex nose of brandied raisins, citrus rind and warm spices with a rich viscous palate of stone fruit, golden delicious aples and baked quince.
|Margaret River WA||93/100||$40.00|
|2011||Elderton Botrytis Semillon (375ml)|
Glowing green-gold masses of juicy cumquat and mandarin flavours.
|Barossa Valley SA||93/100||$45.00|
|NV||Morgan's Bay Chardonnay|
Lightly oaked chardonnay delivers white peach and green melon fruit with a cleansing citrus kick on the finish
Light colour; smoky sulfide/reduction, attractive wine, very savoury, quite crisp, dry and leanish in profile.
Clean finish. It's a touch hollow. Needs time for the bottling sulfur to dissipate.
|2014||Domaine Chandon Chardonnay|
Medium yellow colour, with a toasty, oaky bouquet. Lively and fresh, clean and vital, with toasted cashew and stone fruits adding up to an attractive nose. It shows slight forward-development. It's rich and medium to full-bodied, smooth and intense with appealing balance. palate, subtle oak totally integrated.
|Yarra Valley Vic||94/100||$45.00|
Bright medium-full yellow; nicely harmonised bouquet of mealy, nutty, butterscotch and background stone-fruit aromas. Medium-bodied and soft, but very intense in the mouth: smooth and rich in an understated way; mellow and drinking very well now. Superb intensity and concentration of grapefruit flavour - but also refinement and impeccable harmony.
|2013||Xanadu DJL Chardonnay|
Bright, light yellow hue, and a subdued but pleasant aroma of lightly toasted cashew nut and pear. It's fine and focused in the mouth, with good
intensity and drive, the acidity powering it along and the finish and aftertaste pleasingly dry.
|Margaret River Vic||95/100||$45.00|
|2015||Xanadu Exmoor ChardonnayFresh herbal aromas with a citrusy edge. Fruit-driven, clean and bright. It's likewise on the palate: fresh and bright, firm and bracing, with focus and rapier-like thrust. Sensitively wooded and very fine||Margaret River Vic||94/100||$45.00|
Light bright yellow colour, with a complex hazelnut and honey aroma, lovely fresh oak and cashewnut and some yeast lees - very clean and bright,
fresh and complex. The palate is likewise: lots of honey and stone-fruit flavours, plus nougat. It's rich and intense with many layers of character.
|2012||Bream Creek Chardonnay|
Light to medium yellow colour. Lovely nutty toast and smoky bouquet with some nougat hints, the palate rich and fleshy, smooth and soft, with
lots of flavour and supple sexy texture, as well as great depth of flavour.
Bright, light yellow colour and a subtle, fresh and very clean aroma showing some nut and marzipan nuances. The wine is very intense and refined on the palate: bright and pristine, concentrated and crystalline with purity and length. Gorgeous wine. Very tight, refined and compact, with marvellous persistence.
|Margaret River Vic||96/100||$55.00|
|2013||Goaty Hill Chardonnay|
Light yellow colour; the bouquet fresh and youthful with a tight, restrained palate and a very clean, dry finish. A superb wine in a more subtle, restrained, latent style. Very long, powerful palate.
|2013||Seppelts Drumborg Vineyard Chardonnay|
Light, youthful, bright yellow colour. The bouquet is restrained and fine, with straw and hay like notes, restrained and promising. Grapefruit, a trace of honey. The faintest hint of complexing sulfide. Very fine, reserved, long and distinguished in the mouth.
|Great Western Vic||97/100||$60.00|
Light, bright yellow-green colour. The bouquet shows some oak, with confectionery and vanilla notes, plus toasted nuts. The palate is very frisky and alive with excellent acidity and nerve. Grapefruit flavours, penetrating and lively: a superb wine of great energy
|2011||Curly Flat Chardonnay|
Bright light yellow colour. Very subtle restrained aromas, fresh and citrusy, clean and bright, oak is almost invisible. The palate is precise and fine, long and refreshing.
|Macedon Ranges Vic||97/100||$65.00|
This is pure Tasmania, acidity woven through the wine from go to whoa, oak and extended lees contact have provided a gloss of creamy/nutty nuances, to a wine of extreme purity, drive and length.
|Coal River Tas||96/100||$65.00|
|2014||Shaw & Smith M3 Chardonnay|
Light to medium yellow colour with a toasted nut, almost rubbery, barrel ferment bouquet, plus lemon essence notes. The palate is soft and smooth, balanced and savoury with some toasty barrel and lees-derived flavours.
|Adelaide Hills SA||96/100||$65.00|
|2010||Seville Estate Reserve Chardonnay|
Vibrant green hue, this is rich, ripe, opulent and oaky at this early stage. Powerful wine.
|Yarra Valley Vic||96/100||$70.00|
|2010||Galli Estate Pamela Chardonnay|
Fermented with wild yeast in a dedicated cool room in a mix of French oak. Great complexity and drive. One out of the box.
Light yellow hue, the bouquet showing very fresh, refined, cashew nut and creamy yeast lees aromas, tight and reserved. The palate backs this up with very tight, fine, high-acid presence, which is positively Chablis-esque.
|Coal River Tas||97/100||$75.00|
|2010||Xanadu Reserve Chardonnay|
Great intensity and utterly exceptional length. There is a seamless union between the pink grapefruit and white peach fruit, quality French oak and citrussy/minerally acidity; it is that acidity that draws out the extreme length of the palate.
|Margaret River WA||97/100||$85.00|
|NV||Morgan's Bay Semillon Sauvignon Blanc|
Savoury cut grass aromas with hints of citrus, up-front tropical notes with elements of kiwi and passionfruit
|2014||Upside Down Sauvignon Blanc|
Light gooseberry and kaffir lime nose with herbal notes. Clean refreshing palate, hints of passionfruit, lemon and lime and a crunchy apple finish.
|2014||Mt Riley Sauvignon Blanc|
Palish yellow colour. Very fragrant fresh lime juice and passionfruit aromas, clean and vibrant and inviting. Very fresh, clean and alive on the palate. Light and crisp, refreshing and balanced with good acidity not overdone, and a clean finish without obvious sweetness
|2014||Dragonfly Sauvignon Blanc Semillon|
It has intense, piercing flavours reaching out to citrus/grass on one hand, tropical on the other, but also given an extra measure of texture and structure by a portion of barrel fermentation
|2013||Howard Park Sauvignon Blanc|
Light yellow colour. The bouquet is subdued and faintly muffled, but savoury and more than just simple varietal fruit - although it has that too. Some barrel involvement, but it's not obvious. The palate is clean and intense, smooth and full of interesting flavours.
|Great Southern WA||96/100||$45.00|
|2014||Dog Point Sauvignon Blanc|
Very nettley, spicy, dried herb and peppery aromas, oddly reminiscent of gruner veltliner. The palate is delicate and fresh, crisp and clean, with a lean racy profile and a crisp, properly dry finish. Intense and lingering.
|2011||Bleasdale Sauvignon Blanc A remarkably fragrant and beguiling sauvignon blanc. It's fresh and clean, crisp and lively, and only faintly yeasty at this tender age. It's fine |
and delicate, and long on the palate.
|2014||Emprica Sauvignon Blanc Medium to full yellow colour and a very attractive oak-fermented, strongly-worked bouquet, in which toasty, buttery, nutty barrel-derived characters stand in for varietal fruit. There's a hint of sulfide a la chardonnay, but the varietal sauvignon fruit is apparent in the mouth.||Pemberton WA||96/100||$50.00|
|2014||Shaw and Smith Sauvignon Blanc|
Pale straw-green, the bouquet offers passionfruit, kiwi fruit and citrus aromas that set the scene for the palate.
|Adelaide Hills SA||96/100||$50.00|
|2013||Bannockburn Sauvignon BlancBright, medium to light yellow colour with a deeper, more developed hue than most wines of its age. The bouquet confirms this as a barrel-fermented style, and very attractive too. There's a nuttiness that sits neatly with the properly ripe fruit aromas. But the oak is very discreet. The palate is intense and ripe, rounded and fresh, with a lingering aftertaste.||Geelong Vic||97/100||$55.00|
|2014||Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc|
Very light yellow colour; pungent bouquet of passionfruit, citrus aromas, clean and vibrant. Tight, delicate, intense and yet restrained on the palate, dry-finishing, crisp and beautifully balanced. An outstanding example of young Marlborough savvy.
Clean and vibrant, showing lemon zest and nice texture on the finish;
|Nagambie Lakes Vic||90/100||$35.00|
|2014||Howard Park Mt Baker Riesling|
A pristine wine, pale hued and superbly fresh, the aromas bright, floral and primary, the palate flavours very fruity, rich and soft, with a tickle of sweetness which adds to its charm.
|Great Southern WA||97/100||$45.00|
|2014||Bream Creek RieslingMedium-depth yellow colour, with a peach fuzz aroma, soft and round on the palate, with very gentle acidity. A more accessible style of Tassie |
riesling, which has developed excellent lime and lemon aromas and flavours. A wine of concentration and length
|Coal River Tas||96/100||$50.00|
|2013||Clos Clair Riesling|
Bright, light yellow colour. Fresh and vibrant floral and salad greens to sniff. It's light and lively in the mouth, quite intense but delicate and
restrained, fresh and lively, with a superb, effortless natural balance. The acidity is fine and seamlessly woven into the wine. It's not bone-dry,
but has impeccable balance and a clean and lovely finish.
|Clair Valley SA||96/100||$50.00|
|2014||Andrew Thomas Braemore Semillon|
Palish green/yellow colour. The aroma is fresh and vibrant, with a creamy yeasty note. It's tangy, fresh, lively and its profile has a scintillating
line and refined texture. Very delicate yet very intense, the finish clean, dry and gossamer-fine. A masterpiece of finesse.
|Hunter Valley NSW||97/100||$55.00|
|2014||Nine Degrees Pinot Gris|
Made in a medium style this wine has attactuive nectarine and ripe pear aromas leading to full fruit flavours
|2015||Tar and Roses Pinot Grigio|
Full copper-pink colour like a rose. Spicy and strawberry aromas. The palate is full and generous, dry and savoury, with plenty of flavour
|2014||Punt Road Napoleone Vineyard Pinot Gris|
Excellent mouth feel and complexity. Subtle spice delivers a long and beatifully textured palate
|Mornington Penninsula Vic||93/100||$45.00|
|2014||Pike & Joyce Prinot Gris|
Pale straw colour. Fine and fragrant aroma, clean and ethereal. The palate is again very fine as well as intense, deep and lovely. A trace of yeastiness. The palate is deliciously fruity and enhanced by a trace of sweetness.
|Adelaide Hills SA||93/100||$45.00|
|2014|| Riposte "The Stiletto" Pinot GrisMedium rose-gold colour; the bouquet rich, ripe and spicy, with some complexities from barrel and lees. Traces of honey and apricot. |
The palate is full and rounded, soft and flavorsome, with ample character and length. Resonant finish; very satisfying.
|Adelaide Hills SA||39/100||$45.00|
|2014||Nine Vines Grenache Shiraz Rose|
Bright, medium to full purple/pink hue. The aroma is very shy and reticent.
|2014||Domaine Chandon Rose|
Bright, light pink, the bouquet has strawberry and spice, the palate is long, crisp and fresh, with a juicy but dry finish.
|Yarra Valley Vic||92/100||$45.00|
Shiraz and Blends
|NV||Morgans Bay Shiraz Cabernet|
Notes of spice and plum, hints of cassis with lingering soft tannins providing excellent structure
|2012||Rosemount Little Berry Shiraz|
Deep colour, plumy and Juicy blackberry characters and hints of spicy choclate.
|McLaren Vale SA||94/100||$40.00|
Bright crimson-purple; the bouquet is immediately appealing, totally seductive array of juicy blood plum, blackberry and licorice flavours,
then a garland of finely balanced and integrated French oak
|2014||Angoves Family Crest ShirazDeepish red/purple hue. The bouquet is spicy and meaty, appealingly scented, with a balanced and fleshy, nicely flavoured and shaped palate |
that really appeals. Rich and plush, with the right amount of fruit sweetness.
|McLaren Vale SA||94/100||$40.00|
|2013||Mount Langi Hollows Shiraz|
Deep red colour with a purple rim. Black pepper aromas, discreet and subtle, and the palate elegant, medium to full-bodied and firmly structured, with quite upright tannins and a long carry.
|2014||Tulloch Private Bin Pokolbin Dry Red ShirazRich, ripe, seriously attractive black fruit aromas, clean and fresh and lively. Fresh, minty and spicy, with lots of different aromas and flavours. |
The palate is full-bodied, firm and tight, with concentration and compactness, power, drive and length.
|2012||Clarnette & Ludvigsen Heathcote ShirazVery deep red/purple hue, young and bright. The bouquet is powerful, with concentrated blackberry and ironstone, smoke and plum aromas. The palate is also very full-bodied and high-impact, with massive power and persistence.||Heathcote Vic||956/100||$45.00|
|2013||St Johns Road Blood & Courage ShirazDeep red colour with a purple trim. The bouquet offers dry spices and nuts, dried herbs as well, and the palate is elegant at the same time as it's |
medium to full-bodied, with a leaner profile than usual in the Barossa with focus, intensity, length and drive.
|Barossa Valley SA||95/100||$45.00|
|2014||Halls Gap Estate Fallen Giants ShirazDeep red/purple colour and a perfumed, scented, fragrant aroma, with toasty and charcuterie overtones. The wine is full-bodied and a little |
chewy in texture, deep and concentrated, with grunt and aging ability but also drinkability. The tannins really coat the mouth. This is a big,
generous-hearted wine with lots going on.
|2014||West Cape Howe Two Steps ShirazDeep, youthful purple/red colour; concentrated plum essence aromas, laced with tarry oak overtones. The palate is luxuriously deep and velvety, fleshy and powerful, full-bodied and dense. The black plum and blackberry flavours are drop-dead gorgeous, and the tannnins are well matched.||Mt Barker WA||95/100||$50.00|
|2012||S.C Pannell Adelaide HillsSyrah|
Hand-picked grapes were fermented with 25% whole bunches, the wine matured for 12 months in large French oak vats and puncheons. Vivid
purple-crimson colour; the exceptionally fragrant bouquet leads into a palate with great texture from fine tannins, and black cherry fruit
from the vineyard and vintage.
|2013||Mitolo Angela ShirazDeep, dark red/purple colour. Intense plummy and chaffy aromas, the palate is rich and succulent, smooth and fruit-sweet, with excellent |
refined texture. It has real depth and persistence.
|McLaren Vale SA||95/100||$50.00|
|2012||Bleasdale Generation ShirazSuperb ripeness and balance, married to marvellous softness, are the hallmarks of the new generation of Bleasdale reds, and this is a top |
example. Rich, fleshy and supple in texture; ripe and yet bright, fresh fruit. Dense, full-bodied, rich and plush.
|Langhorne Creek SA||96/100||$50.00|
|2013||Parker Coonawarra Estate Shiraz|
Deep, dense purple/red colour; deep, dense, very ripe essency aromas with a lacing of pepper, but generally very ripe lush, almost decadent
aromas and flavours. It's fleshy, rich and full-bodied, but the balance and superb texture are the key features.
|2011||DogRock Single Vineyard Shiraz|
Deep red/purple colour. Intense spice aromas with pepper leading the way. profound palate flavour, lively and tight, compact and penetrating.
Refreshing, frisky wine, clean and invigorating with intense red fruit and spice flavours, and fine-grained tanninins. Very elegant.
|2013||Spinefex Bete Noir Shiraz|
Very deep purple/red colour; concentrated, rich, ripe, black fruit aromas; the palate full-bodied and dense, concentrated and powerful, with
tremendous length and drive. Lashings of good, ripe, supple tannins.
|Barossa Valley SA||97/100||$55.00|
|2012||Ellis Wines Premium Heathcote Shiraz|
Deep red/purple colour. The bouquet is fresh and fruit-driven, with mint and raspberry aromas, fresh and lifted and aromatic. In the mouth it's
medium to full-bodied and again the fruit does the talking. It has fresh, clean acidity and measured tannin on the finish. A pristine wine.
|2012||Hewitson Ned & Henry's Shiraz Mourvedre|
The wine was matured in used French oak. The vivid colour of the wine attests to its moderate alcohol, as does the joyful display of red and black
fruits; the tannins are supple, the oak subtle but evident.
|Barossa Valley SA||96/100||$55.00|
|2011||Lindeman's Hunter Valley Shiraz|
Bin 1103. Light to medium crimson-purple; estate-grown on the historic Ben Ean Vineyard; a fresh and fruit-driven wine reflecting part maturation
in stainless steel and part in used French oak for 12 months
|Hunter Valley NSW||95/100||$55.00|
|2012||Yangarra Estate Whole Bunch Shiraz|
So polished, so poised, so well fruited. The flavours come in waves, the acid keeps them moving, the tannin gives them traction. Various
dark-berried fruits, coffee grounds, spicy oak and sweet, perfumed herbs. Precision is its middle name.
|McLaren Vale SA||97/100||$60.00|
|2013||Clonakilla O'Riada Shiraz |
Medium to full red colour with a purple tint. The bouquet is peppery, spicy and perfumed, with great charm and fruit complexity. The floral note raises the question of viognier. The palate is elegantly proportioned and finely textured, soft and easygoing, with superb balance and length. There is a core of fruit sweetness and then a wash of powdery tannins.
|Canberra Districts ACT||96/100||$60.00|
|2012||Heartland Directors Cut Shiraz|
Deep, dense crimson-purple; this really is built for the long haul; cedary/spicy French oak is the first aroma encountered on the bouquet and is never far away, but there are waves of blackberry, plum and dark chocolate fruits, then round tannins to conclude.
|Langhorne Creek SA||96/100||$60.00|
|2010||Audrey Wilkinson The Lake Shiraz|
Vibrant deep magenta, fine French oak, multi-layered and generous wine, the freshness of acidity is the perfect foil for
this deeply fruited, finely textured and extraordinarily long shiraz.
|Hunter Valley NSW||96/100||$60.00|
|2010||Angoves Warboys McLaren Vale Shiraz|
Deep purple-crimson, bouquet of black fruits, spice and dark chocolate, the palate has exceptional mouthfeel, soft tannins
and a lingering finish.
|McLaren Vale SA||96/100||$60.00|
|2011||Best Great Western Bin No1 Shiraz|
(Jimmy Watson Trophy Winner 2012)
|2009||Howards Park Scotsdale Shiraz|
Deep purple-crimson aromatic bouquet the palate is intense and focused, the flavours reaching every corner of the mouth.
|Great Southern WA||96/100||$60.00|
|2010||Shaw & Smith M3 Shiraz|
Vivid crimson hue, red and black fruits, spice and ironstone complexity, the medium to full bodied palate is fleshy, silky, rich
long, languid and beautifully detailed from start to finish.
|Adelaide Hills SA||96/100||$60.00|
|2012||St Hallet Blackwell Shiraz|
Deep, vivid crimson-purple; has taken full advantage of everything the '12 vintage had to offer; gloriously full, but supple and velvety/juicy red and
black fruits, the tannins and oak joining with the fruit on the full-bodied, perfectly balanced, palate.
|Barossa Valley SA||97/100||$65.00|
|2012||Shottesbrooke Single Vineyard Blewitt Springs Shiraz|
Vivid crimson-purple; the expressive bouquet tells of the concentrated blackberry fruit of the medium to full-bodied palate, with layered foresty
black fruits, bitter chocolate and quality oak; has prodigious length and aftertaste.
|McLaren Vale SA||97/100||$65.00|
|2012||Turkey Flat Shiraz|
Deep, bright, red/purple colour; very good, and the bouquet is superbly fresh and clean, bright and youthful, with plum and raspberry, dark cherry and spice notes, very much a fruit-driven and primary style, but not strident or simplistically raw-fruity. Same in the mouth: a very intense, bright, full-bodied wine of real purity, poise and harmony.
|Barossa Valley SA||97/100||$65.00|
|2008||Gemtree Vineyard Obsidian Shiraz|
Three years in new French oak. The hue is remarkable, still crimson-purple, and the wine is crammed full of flavour, blackberry
fruit with its McLaren Vale signature of dark chocolate.
|McLaren Vale SA||96/100||$65.00|
|2010||Mount Pleasant OP&OH Hunter Valley Shiraz|
Medium to deep purple/red; very good colour. Very smoky, char-oak and Hunter regional character its red fruits are cradled by fine tannins
and just a hint of new oak
|Hunter Valley NSW||97/100||$70.00|
|2012||Jamsheed Great Western Garden Valley Shiraz|
Deep red/purple colour, with a dry spice and brazilnut aroma, Great Western? Lots of graphite, ironstone and charcoal characters; plenty of
mystery here. Very full-bodied: it's massively framed, firmly tannic and gripping, with impressive attack and tremendous length. Serious wine.
Great power, amplitude and length, augmented by frisky acidity and ample alcohol.
|Great Western Vic||97/100||$70.00|
|2010||Thorne-Clarke William Randell Shiraz|
Inky purple-crimson, saturated with every manner of black fruits and bitter chocolate; despite this, it has an open-weave texture keeping
it light on its feet, and allowing a farewell of juicy fruit finding its way through the high quality oak and fine tannins. An exceptional shiraz
|Barossa Valley SA||97/100||$75.00|
|2010||Peppertree Random Acts of Winemaking ShirazBrainchild of Jim Chatto and Dan Buckle at Mount Langi Ghiran a blend of two estate vineyards, the Hunter providing the depth |
and savoury elements, the Grampians the very obvious spice and floral lift. A high class, long-lived wine.
|Hunter Valley NSW||97/100||$85.00|
|2009||Tyrrell's Vat 9 Hunter Shiraz|
Clear, inviting crimson with an amazing purity of fruit flavour coming from ancient vines on red soils.
|Hunter Valley NSW||97/100||$95.00|
|2010||McWilliams Mt Pleasant O'Shea Shiraz|
Clear red-crimson great balance struck between oak, tannins, fruit and acidity. Generously textured with dark berry and spicy
chocolate notes supported by it beautiful French oak. Its a stand out vintage.
|Hunter Valley NSW||97/100||$105.00|
|2010||Seville Estate Dr McMahon Shiraz|
A full throttle wine to celebrate an icon of the Yarra Valley, Dr Peter McMahon. The colour is as vibrant as the spicy, whole
bunch and new oak bouquet as the palate is scintillating in its precision and depth.
|Yarra Valley Vic||97/100||$110.00|
|2010||Clonakilla Murrumbateman Syrah|
Bright, clear colour, the bouquet is silky with exceptionally intense and energetic flavours of spice, red berries, blackberry and black pepper
the texture is outstanding, fruit, oak and tannins all harmoniously contributing.
|Canberra Districts ACT||97/100||$130.00|
|2009||Wynns Michael Shiraz|
Good purple-crimson, the excellent bouquet is a classy opening, but this wine is all about structure, mouthfeel and length.
The blackberry, plum, spice and mulberry flavours are folded in quality French oak. Will be a classic.
Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends
|NV||Morgan's Bay Cabernet Merlot|
Up-front dark berry flavour and cassis. Fleshy merlot fills the mid-palate, subtle oak influence to finish
|2013||Blue Pyrenees Cabernet Sauvignon|
Deep red/purple colour, bright and youthful. The bouquet is very attractive, showing violets and both red and blue berries, the palate intense and focused, concentrated but not overly big-boned, with a beautifully elegant, lingering palate of model line. The tannins are fine and subtly firm, doing their job by gentle persuasion rather than brute force. The structure is well controlled and impeccably balanced.
|2012||Lake Breeze Cabernet Sauvignon|
The grapes come from 40-year-old estate vines, which have provided a wine with clear-cut varietal character; bright and lively cassis fruit runs
as a pure stream of flavour through the length of the medium-bodied palate; oak and gently savoury tannins tie the parcel up to perfection
|Langhorne Creek SA||95/100||$45.00|
|2011||West Cape Howe Book Ends Cabernet Sauvignon|
Deep, dark red with a tinge of purple; very good colour. Subdued bouquet with a dusty note at first, evidence of lots of oak, and nicely ripe black
fruits predominating. The wine has richness and flesh, density and grip, the tannins ripe and smooth as well as abundant.
|Mt Barker WA||96/100||$45.00|
|2012||Vasse Felix Filius Cabernet SauvignonDeep red/purple colour and a rich, properly ripe, clean and attractive cassis cabernet aroma. The wine is elegantly crafted and tautly structured|
with firm, fine tannins and very good length.
|Margaret River WA||94/100||$50.00|
|2010||Hay Shed Hill Cabernet SauvignonDeep red colour, slight purple rim. Toasty oak-saturated bouquet with black fruits and smoky black olive notes. Rich, fleshy, dense and smoothly |
balanced. Full-bodied and compact with smooth, ripe, rounded, ample tannins. This has density as well as elegance.
|Margaret River WA||95/100||$50.00|
|2013||Wynns Black Label Cabernet SauvignonIntense blackcurrant and black cherry aromas, with tapenade, cedar and bitter chocolate notes, delicious balance, long flavour, seamless feel superfine tannins.||Coonawarra SA||97/100||$50.00|
|2012||Bests Great Western Cabernet Sauvignon|
Good hue; a near-perfect expression of cabernet sauvignon, the region, the vintage and the winemaking all contributing to the finely structured
and textured blackcurrant fruit, itself given shape by the fine-grained tannins on the long, medium-bodied palate
|2012||A Rodda Cuvee De ChezCabernet Sauvignon|
Deep, vibrant, red/purple colour and a clean, bright aroma of black fruits and a hint of briar, with excellent blackberry and cedar cabernet
aromas of quality and perfect ripeness. The palate is medium to full-bodied and smoothly texture, with good tannins in abundance; balanced,
vibrant and long.
|2009||Wynns V&A Lane Cabernet SauvignonDeep red/purple colour; the bouquet spicy and berry fruited, clean and fresh and vibrant. Lively and bright. A wonderfully tight, elegant, refined |
wine of tremendous length and precision.
|2013||Yering Station Cabernet SauvignonDeep red/purple colour. The bouquet is cedary, black-fruited, showing spot-on ripeness and a well-judged backing of oak. The palate is elegant, |
dry and savoury, with delicious berry fruit married to elegant, medium to full-bodied structure. Fine tannins and great length.
|Yarra Valley Vic||96/100||$60.00|
|2012||Flametree S.R.S Wilyabrup Cabernet Sauvignon|
The immediate and striking strength of the wine is its extreme length and purity, a siren allure that may lead many to drink it long before it
reaches its plateau of ultimate perfection; high quality grapes have been handled with admirable sensitivity by winemaker Cliff Royle.
|Margaret River WA||97/100||$65.00|
|2009||Voyager Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot|
Deepish red colour with a purple tint. Crisp, crushed mulberry and dusty cedary aromas. This is more black fruits and richly ripe flavour than the
Voyager Project cabernet. Full-bodied, weighty, and deep, with amplitude, length and generosity.
|Margaret River WA||96/100||$70.00|
|2011||Lueewin Estate Art Series Cabernet Sauvignon|
Deep red/purple hue. Marvellous smoky, toasty barrel and blackberry fruit aromas neatly entwined, a trace of charcoal, and briar, while the palate is singularly impressive, with great power and length and superbly lavish, supple tannins.
|Margaret River WA||97/100||$80.00|
|2012||Xanadu Cabernet Sauvignon|
Deep red/purple colour; bright and youthful. Dusty young bouquet with subdued but slowly emerging blackberry and blackcurrant fruit. It's powerful and very strongly structured on palate; the fruit is classic dark berries and violets, backed by firm high-quality tannins. It all lingers with great persistence.
|Margaret River WA||97/100||$85.00|
|2009||Vasse Felix Heytesbury Cabernet Sauvignon|
Deep purple/red colour. Dense, rich black fruit aromas and flavours; sublime, seamless fruit and tannin integration, tremendous structure
and length. Very young and promising, but also remarkably approachable now. A top vintage.
|Margaret River WA||97/100||$90.00|
|2010||Houghton Gladstones Cabernet Sauvignon|
Bright, clear crimson; as befits its name, a very distinguished and expressive wine from the first whiff of its bouquet through to the finish with
ultra-classic cassis and redcurrant fruit that easily carries the fine-grained tannins and high quality oak
|Margaret River WA||97/100||$100.00|
|2010||Cullen Diana Madeline Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot|
Vanya Cullen has taken a gentle approach with all aspects of the wine. It is medium-bodied, but is perfectly balanced and its array of
blackcurrant, redcurrant, earth and spice fruit flavours, its medium-bodied elegance setting it in a league of its own.
|Margaret River WA||96/100||$125.00|
|2009||Wynns John Riddoch Cabernet Sauvignon|
Strong colour, a very potent, deeply layered, full-bodied wine in which all of the expected Coonawarra cabernet characters
of blackcurrant, blackberry, mulberry, earth and mint, very classy oak and fine, ripe tannins.
Pinot Noir and Other
|2012||John Luke Pinot Noir|
Wild fermented in French oak, a bouquet of cherry and dried herbs. A silky palate and fine tannins complement the finish.
|Mornington Penninsula Vic||92/100||$35.00|
|2013||Domaine Chandon Yarra Valley Pinot Noir|
An elegant wine distinguished by a rich structure of firm, silky tanins
|Yarra Valley Vic||94/100||$50.00|
|2012|| Bream Creek Pinot Noir|
Deep colour with a tinge of purple; the bouquet is charry, smoky and smacks of smoked charcuterie. Sweet dark cherry fragrance later.
Some sappiness. The palate is big, bold and solid, with ample tannin, and is very attractive. Deep fruit, good concentration
|2013||Helen's Hill Long Walk Yarra Valley Pinot Noir|
The colour is even deeper than that of its Ingram Rd sibling; it is packed with luxurious dark cherry and plum fruit running in an unbroken stream
through the bouquet, palate, finish and aftertaste.
|Yarra Valley Vic||97/100||$60.00|
|2012||Scorpo Single Vineyard Pinot Noir|
This wine has considerable elegance, finesse and length; the vivid red and black fruits are given shape by some foresty/savoury tannins.
|Mornington Penninsula Vic||96/100||$60.00|
|2012||Dog Point Pinot Noir|
Very deep red/purple hue. The bouquet is impressive and loaded with rich, ripe, black cherry fruit, the palate likewise rich and concentrated,
full-bodied and sweetly-fruited, but it's all balanced by good tannins and excellent structure. A glorious wine, very Burgundy-like.
|2014||Giant Steps Applejack Vinyard Pinot Noir|
Deepish red colour with purple tints, and a meaty, charcuterie bouquet of considerable complexity. Rich and fleshy in the mouth, it's deep and
layered with excellent texture and lots of extract. A lovely full-bodied, profound pinot with a fruit-sweet core and very good structure for keeping.
|Yarra Valley Vic||96/100||$70.00|
|2012||Freycinet Pinot Noir|
Excellent vibrant colour. Very good fresh and vibrant aromas of dark cherry and spices, rich and full. Tannins are assertive and ripe, the harmony
is good and it's very long.
|2013||Farrside by Farr Pinot Noir|
Full red colour with a tinge of purple; the bouquet sweetly ripe red fruits without excessive stalky herbal notes. Very perfumed, alluring, complex. The wine is very rich and fruit-sweet on the tongue, full-bodied and intense, powerful and very long in its aftertaste. A superb, delicious wine; brandied cherries; good soft and fleshy tannins and a tremendously long, satisfying finish.
|2013||Blue Pyrenees Merlot|
Matured for 16 months in French and American barriques. A robust, full-flavoured, full-bodied red
|2012||Turkey Flat Butchers Block GSM|
This is one of the best Barossa Valley blends of this ilk, shiraz providing both structure and depth to the seductive array of red and black fruits on
the bouquet and medium-bodied palate.
|Barossa Valley SA||97/100||$40.00|