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New wines from a new winery: introducing Gestalt


Gestalt was born in 2012, created by Anthony Pearce and Craig Turnbull, both graduates of the Adelaide University Viticulture and Oenology program. Anthony first learnt the art of winemaking working for the Spinifex label in the Barossa Valley, and Deviation Road in the Adelaide Hills. Craig developed his winemaking practice while he was working in McLaren Vale for Kangarilla Road and Gemtree.

Their winemaking philosophy is based on how to most lightly handle premium fruit to realize the greatest balance and complexity in the finished drink. To do this, all their grapes are hand-harvested from carefully selected, small-scale vineyards using organic practices to maintain healthy vines and soils. To retain the freshness, intensity, and structure which rewards this approach, they use natural ferments with no added yeast or LAB’s (lactic acid bacteria). 

2015 The Fugue ($29.95 each minus 10% for members)

This aromatic wine interweaves the best aspects of three of our favourite varieties.  The delicate floral aromas of Savagnin are supported by the breadth and texture of the closely related Gewürztraminer, while Petit Manseng provides a lovely savoury counterpoint.  A little bit complex, definitely harmonious, and dangerously drinkable.

2015 Lenswood Gewürztraminer ($34.95 each minus 10% for members)

An elegant, floral wine that is very versatile and matches extremely well with spicy Asian food.  The palate has a beautiful acid line to compliment delicate flavours of almond blossom, Turkish delight, and white peach. The smooth, mouth filling texture resolves to a focused finish.  From a stunning vineyard in the Adelaide Hills, this wine showcases the best of region and variety.

2015 Woodside Pinot Noir ($39.95 each minus 10% for members)

Our unpretentious Pinot Noir starts with aromas of Feijoa, strawberries and rhubarb.  These characters are then joined on the palate by cherry cola and sage, together with some secondary spice and savoury elements.  The flavours are fresh, and the texture is light and mouth-watering.  An essential wine for civil living.

 2015 Serotina Grenache Shiraz ($28.95 each minus 10% for members)

An early release red, this wine captures the best flavours of young, vibrant Grenache.  Bright and punchy, it has an intoxicating mix of red fruits, pot pourri, and muskiness, with the Shiraz lending some pepper.  With its delicious, slurpy palate, this perky wine is made to drink young, and can even be served lightly chilled if the weather suits.

 2014 Rule of Thirds – Barossa Valley GSM ($34.95 each minus 10% for members)

This wine has a captivating mix of light and dark elements.  Bright raspberry, plum, tobacco leaf and chocolate on the nose, followed by a complex palate of Satsuma plum, blackcurrant, cedar, tar, and leather that finishes with pepper and anise.

Wine Appreciation Ticket Giveaway!

We have two double passes to our upcoming wine appreciation evening on Thursday March 31. To enter, simply email Paul (our wine buyer extraordinaire) on and tell us: what is your favourite wine, and why? We love a good story, so the more creative the better! You have until COB on Monday March 7.

Please note: this is open to members and non members, but you must be over 18 years of age to attend. Winners will be contacted by return email by COB Friday March 11.

Paul Hervy