Eloquesta Blush Black Muscat Viognier 2017
A light and refreshing Rose made from the criminally underrated Black Muscat grape. The nose is super aromatic with raspberry and candy apple, while the palate is delicate and dry in style. This year's expression is more restrained than the previous vintage, but it's picking up accolades around the world (most recently through Conde Nast Traveler). See Eloquesta's Rosalia 2015 for a fantastically plush, unfiltered version.
Black Muscat goes by a variety of cool sounding names like "Golden Hamburg" and is mostly grown in the United States.$29.95
North Star Glenturret Peated 8-Year-Old Single Cask Whisky
A rare single cask expression of peated Glenturret, released by North Star.
The majority of Glenturret distilled goes into the Famous Grouse blend, but the distillery does produce a limited amount of heavily peated stock for use in Black Grouse.
The peated stock is dubbed Ruadh Mohr (“Big Red”) and has only been produced since 2009. This single cask is from the very early production of that, having been distilled in March 2009.
Matured in a refill ex-bourbon hogshead ,it was bottled September 2017 as an eight-year-old.
North Star is a Glasgow-based independent bottler run by Iain Croucher, and this comes from their third series of releases. All their whiskies are natural colour and un-chill filtered.
Founded in 1775, Glenturret has a claim to being Scotland’s oldest working whisky distillery. It is one of just nine built in the 18th century in Scotland still producing.
Official tasting notes:
Nose: Highland peat smoke and ginger snaps.
Palate: Salty citrus and toasted creamy cashews.
Finish: Wonderful medicinal peat-reek.$159.00
Ephemera Vermentino 2017
Sourced from the Chalmers vineyard planted on Mt Camel near Colbinabbin in the northern end of the Heathcote GI, planted in 2009.
The vineyard is on an east-facing slope, with rows running east-west for even exposure and frost minimization, at an elevation of around 160m. The soil is red Cambrian clay, dating back some 53 million years. Organic viticulture.
In the cellar the fruit was fermented on its skins for 6 days, with around 20% as whole bunches in stainless steel, with no plunging or pumping over.
After 6 days maceration the ferment was pressed and the wine allowed to finish its natural ferment in 10-16 year old 225L French barriques.
The wine went through a natural malolactic fermentation and was aged on full lees for 3 months.
In preparation for bottling the wine was racked twice, and 45ppm of Sulphur Dioxide was added, this being the only addition made. No fining or filtration is used.$34.95
Naka Asahi Wakamatsu O+N 2015 Sake
One of the 2015 vintages of Naka Shuzo’s Asahi Wakamatsu range, a rare and exception series of sakes.
The Naka Shuzo brewery is in the town of Naka and the foot of the mountainous national parkland region is the south-east of Tokushima. Akigiro Matsuura is continuing the family business as the 11th generation with help from his wife and daughter.
They are one of the smallest producers in Japan, filing only three-to-four tanks per season - a miniscule amount.
The Asahi Wakamatsu range is produced from two different rice varieties and then aged until the family deem it ready for consumption. As such, it is some of the most sought after sake by keen drinkers in Japan, let alone Australia.
This 2015 vintage is brewed with a blend of sake-grade Omachi rice grown by Matsuura-san himself and Nihonbare table rice.
The result is a very complex sake, herbal, dry with a long finish. Beautiful fragrance and texture to match.
It is a junmai muroka nama genshu, with no charcoal filtration and both unpasteurised and undiluted.$105.00
Lestignac Va Te De Boire 2016
A fantastic, creative blend from a progressive winemaking pair in Bergerac, near Bordeaux. Biodynamic farming of this fruit adds fantastic freshness and mouthfeel. Different to traditional Bordeaux, youthful and vibrant.
With fantastic structure lending itself to the Malbec, this wine fantastic body. Touches of juicy dark fruits with a light herbaceous touch. The semillon creates brightness with lovely white floral aromas, peaches and excellent citrus plushness.$44.95
Moon Dog Thunder Lips 6.3%
Thunder lips is here in the flesh, baby. A beer who calls itself the ultimate object of desire. The punch of zesty yuzu. The thwack of citrusy hops. The one, the only, thunder lips.
Hops: Warrior, Summit, Amarillo, Citra & Chinook.
Malt: Pala, Caraaroma, melanoidin, carafa 1.
Other stuff: Yuzu$6.50
New England Gresham Gose 4%
This is what happens when the Gresham in Brisbane's CBD (two time Australian bat of the year) got the keys to the brewery. Zesty grapefruit aroma, a light and tarty body with a tangy finish.$5.95
Santis Sigel Beer Cask Swiss Single Malt Whisky
The small-cask matured single malt from Santis Malt, a whisky producer from the northern Switzerland alps.
Creamy with a little more vanilla than the rest of the range – thanks to the oak contact – this has been matured exclusively in ex-beer casks. Some of the casks have been in use for 120 years by the sister brewery.
It’s malt forward, with hints of the beer influence here and there and at 43% probably the purest representation of the distillery’s style.
Santis Malt is produced by Bauerei Locher, in the north-eastern Swiss town of Appenzell. The picturesque town is by the Alpstein mountains and is known for its cableways that connect the foothills to the summit, including the famous Santis peak – where the whiskies get their name. The Locher family have been brewing beer in Appenzell since 1886, but only in 1999 did they start to experiment with whisky and only since 2005 have they been distilling any amounts of consequence.
Given their history and provenance, it is both fitting and sensible that their whiskies have been matured in their own ex-beer casks.$149.00