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42 Degrees South Premier Cuvee Sparkling NV
Hobart
Available by the dozen
A slightly Chardonnay dominant cuvee with the balance in Pinot Noir, all hand picked off vines grown to a site made famous as one of the first sightings of a tasmanian tiger Thylacinus cynocephalus. Tigers are long gone but the Frogmore Creek property at Campania in Coal River Valley yields some of the finest sparkling wine grapes of the district. 42¬į South is given the full luxury treatment, an extended ageing on lees extracts exceptional richness from sediments, to be followed by disgorgement and doseage in true Methode traditionelle.
$2299each
$273DOZEN
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The Campania property has over a hundred acres are under vine, all are planted to blocks purposely selected for the suitability to each grape variety. There are twenty seven individual blocks, each situated on very different altitudes. All were established with northerly aspects, allowing vines to receive the greatest possible sunlight. Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes are whole bunch pressed to retain delicacy. Fruit is treated to a clean primary ferment prior to racking off lees, followed by stabilisation and clarification. Base wines are assembled and bottle aged for a minimum eighteen months on lees before disgorge and tirage with minimal dosage to retain complexity yet revitalise the palate. Alcohol 12.5%
 
Pale golden hue, delicate effervescence. Aromas of toasty brioche and delicate citrus subtly emerge from the fine beads. Full and crisp flavours of strawberries and apple linger on the refined acid structure. A treat with natural oysters, canapes and fruit desserts.
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Aramis O Aristocratis Sparkling Syrah
McLaren Vale
In their pursuit of excellence, to grow the highest quality grapes and create the finest Sparkling Syrah, Aramis decided to ask the best winemaker to handle their fruit. McLaren Vale born and bred, he knows every acre of soil and every coastal breeze. Most importantly, he develops a kinship with each and every vine. Aramis won't say who this reputable man is, but his brilliance as a winemaker is evident from the moment a bottle of Aramis is opened. That was the arrangement made with the evasive artisan, to allow the Syrah to speak for itself.
$4999each
$597DOZEN
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The spectacular success of Aramis can be traced back to the terroir of a unique site. Vines are all low yielding and planted on their own rootstock, to some of the world's oldest mineral rich soils, under the most temperate of Mediterranean climes. Only the choicest parcels of fruit are considered for vinification under the Aramis label and the most exacting principles are employed throughout the winemaking process. An uncompromising attention to detail amongst the vines during the growing season, thinning and plucking by hand, is followed by fastidious sorting of berries at vintage. A selection of the finest oak barrels are utilized to mellow and integrate the firm McLaren Vale Syrah tannins. Alcohol 14.5%
 
Deep purple with a refined bead. Dark chocolate, anise and vanilla/ cedar bouquet with hints of blackberries and spice. A solid palate with chewy tannins, densely packed with ripe dark cherry fruit flavours, mocha and complex spice. The sweetness of the fruit is balanced by ripe acids which bring the wine to a long and lingering finish.
Arras Brut Elite NV
The House of Arras is built on the exceptional quality of fruit grown to the most superlative cold climate Tasmanian vineyards and an uncompromising standard of vinification techniques mastered over decades. Nothing less than the pinnacle of artisanal Australian sparkling winemaking is permitted to be bottled behind the Arras label. Slowly tiraged for a period of no fewer than five years, Brut Elite shows great complexity from the extended aging while exhibiting a brightness of fruit and structural elegance representative of truly world class sparkling wine.
$2999each
$357DOZEN
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Parcels of Chardonnay grapes with a slightly larger component of Pinot Noir are hand picked from the most prestigious vineyards within the comprehensive Hardy viticultural portfolio in Tasmania. Following a gentle whole bunch press and fining, individual batches are vinified on light grape solids before the completion of malolactic on primary ferment lees. Once clarified, the base wines are judiciously assembled to style and prepared for secondary fermentation in bottle. Extended maturation on yeast lees builds further complexity and depth of character into the wine. A traditional expedition dosage completes the process, adding the last components of complexity and ensuring precise palate balance. Alcohol 12.4%
 
Crystal clear with an extremely fine bead and persistent mousse, delicate colour of fresh straw with a bright green/ gold hue. On the nose, the wine has an unmistakably inviting and complex melange of aromas with influences of fresh oyster, sour dough yeast as well as the aromas of exotic spices, vanilla bean and nougat. An elegant, mineral palate structure with flavours evolving in the glass around lychee, truffle, cinnamon and lanolin. Exhibits fantastic persistence of flavour, the natural acidity and subtle quality oak tannins are the backbone of this textural wine. Sealed under the highest quality cork available, sublime upon release, Brut Elite will continue to evolve and develop exceptional complexity.
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Arras EJ Carr Late Disgorged 1999
Pipers Brook/Tamar River
The first of its kind, a salient example demonstrating the values of meticulous winemaking and a commitment to extended tirage maturation. Crafted in what was to eventually become the established Arras housestyle, employing the best vinification and viticultural methods to achieve wine of the highest quality. Following ten years tirage, EJ Carr Late Disgorged presents the original 1998 Arras in a new guise, a cuvee filled with layers of complexity and intensity. EJ Carr displays all the elegance, power and vibrancy of world class sparkling wine.
$16999each
$2037DOZEN
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Arras was founded on the vision and spirit of the highly dedicated Hardy winemaking and viticultural team, who believe Tasmania to be the preeminent sparkling wine region of Australia. To this end, Arras seek to identify and capture each individual personality of every varietal grape and every corner of the vineyard, to craft wines which are unique, alluring and distinctively Tasmanian. Cuvee EJ Carr is a noble cepage, predominantly Chardonnay with a third Pinot Noir. After ten years resting on lees, it is the patience to allow the wine to mature at its own pace and the experience to know when it is at its best which has allowed EJ Carr to achieve new heights in richness, complexity and intensity. Approx 12.5%
 
Crystal clear with a fine and persistent bead, deep straw in colour with a bright yellow gold hue. The nose shows intense mushroom/ butter/ toast characters with lanolin and oyster nuances. On the palate, the wine is rich and flavoursome, whilst very complex and intense. Multi layered flavours of truffle, toast and sea brine combine with a great length of flavour and brightness. A dry style with a refreshing, natural acid finish.
Arras Grand Vintage 2007
Pipers Brook Tamar River
Arras Grand Vintage is a wine of outstanding peerage, fashioned from the fruit of superior sites, enriched by the great complexity of character that follows six years tirage. A tapestry of flavours and aromatics suspended within an elegant mousse, Arras is artisanaly crafted from the noble Chardonnay and Pinot Noir to true Methode traditionelle. After several years resting on lees and an extended bottle maturation, this peerless wine from Tasmania's finest vineyards, carries the distinction of a world class, effervescent Cuvée.
$5999each
$717DOZEN
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The Arras team retain access to an endowment of the finest sparkling wine vineyards in all Australia. Choice parcels of fruit, hand picked off the best blocks within the finest sites, are gently whole bunch pressed, retaining only the first free run juices, to retain freshness and elegance of structure. After a term of cold settling, the individual batches are vinified on light grape solids, followed by a course of malolactic on primary ferment lees. Once clarified, the wines are judiciously assembled to style and prepared for tirage. Six years maturation on yeast lees has built additional complexity and depth. Degorgement and introduction of expedition liqueur completes the Methode traditionelle.
 
Straw gold hue, crystal clear with fine bead and persistent mousse. Bouquets of orange peel and clove, a sea brine influence, complexed by fresh brioche and pastry yeast aroma. Like the bouquet, lively flavours of sea brine, citrus peel and sweet jasmine flower are complemented on the palate with truffle and butter/ mushroom characters. A racy acid and great persistence of flavour ensure an exciting finish.
Balgownie Sparkling Shiraz
Bendigo
Available by the dozen
Bendigo's Maiden Gully has been producing outstanding and memorable Shiraz wines for over forty years. Balgownie have matched parcels of their most predisposed fruit with harvests of correspondingly amicable Shiraz grapes from splendid vineyards in Victoria's central districts and the Yarra Valley. A singularly generous, effervescent Shiraz wine with chewy tannins, full flavoured palate and engagingly spiced aromas. The Sparkling Shiraz of choice to accompany chocolate cherry desserts, game birds, juicy red meats or pork with rich sauces.
$2799each
$333DOZEN
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Making outstanding Shiraz has been somewhat of a specialty at Balgownie ever since vines were established. The winemaking team's commitment to sustainable vineyard management practices, limited irrigation, compost and mulching regimens continue to yield harvest of the healthiest, small but intensely flavoured grapes. Batches of Shiraz are treated to a term of maceration for the extraction of colour, tannins and flavour. A controlled vinfication is followed by twelve months maturation in a combination of new and seasoned French oak barrels before assembling into the final wine, to be initiated for secondary fermentation in bottle in the manner of Methode traditionelle. Alcohol 14.5%
 
A brilliant deep ruby red with creamy purple/ pink mousse. Attractive rich raspberry and spice aromas. The palate offers delicious flavours of red and black berries, currants, cherries and plum supported by French cocoa vanilla oak, lively tannins and elegant spice. The rich beautiful dark fruit characters are balanced by excellent acidity which keeps the palate fresh, it finishes pleasingly long and dry. Outstanding as an aperitif, alongside tapas or the classic festive lunch of turkey and roast ham.
Bay of Fires Pinot Chardonnay NV
Pipers Tamar Coal Derwent
One of Tasmania's most praiseworthy efforts, Bay of Fires expresses fully the exceptional quality of fruit grown to superior vineyards, nurtured exclusively for the production of world class sparkling wines which exhibit classically structured palates and the most splendid texture. A top shelf effort made to true Methode Traditionelle, Bay of Fires is reverently crafted by the stars of the Hardy winemaking team, rested for years on lees sediment, to develop a luxurious mouthfeel and infuse the wine with elegance, rich fruit character and layers of complexity.
$2499each
$297DOZEN
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The Bay of Fires vineyards normally experience a growing season quite similar to Reims, Burgundy and Alsace. Roughly equal proportions of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, with a smaller component of Pinot Meunier, are hand picked and whole bunch pressed, to ensure freshness and elegance of structure. After fining, the individual batches are vinified on light grape solids and treated to malolactic on primary ferment lees. Once clarified, the wines are assembled to style and prepared for tirage. Extended maturation on yeast lees builds additional complexity and depth of character, while the expedition liqueur and inclusion of aged reserve wines contributes to the overall depth and dimension of palate.
 
Crystal clear, persistent bead, light straw gold hue. A very complex wine exhibiting toast, lanolin and sea brine characters, honeycomb, yoghurt and oyster. The palate is finely structured, long, powerful and complex. Multiple layers of oyster shell, truffle and apricot brandy build in this intriguing wine. A great depth of character from extended ageing, retaining freshness and vibrancy. A solid, natural acid backbone, biscuit and citrus follow the palate all the way to a crisp, dry finish.
Bellussi Prosecco Sparkling Bianco
Italian Spumante
The Bellussi Spumante sparkling wine obtained from the Prosecco grape, which comes exclusively from the restricted DOC Area of Conegliano - Valdobbiadene. The hilly, clay ridden limestone of the region, together with a cool Mediterranean microclimate and unique exposure to the sun gives this wine a rare structural elegance and a remarkably refined bouquet, further enhanced by a careful sparkling process using the Charmat method. A grand aperitif, table or dessert wine that is also greatly enjoyed at any festive occasion.
$2499each
$297DOZEN
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A sparkling white wine obtained from the Prosecco grape using the Charmat method in autoclave. This spumante is the epitome of Prosecco, where the harmony of its elegant body is accompanied by a delicate bouquet. The freshness and fragrance of this wine, together with a fine and persistent perlage, make it ideal for any occasion. Harvest is from 20th September to 10th October according to the vintage. The wine is fermented before a light pressing yielding a 70% maximum output. Best enjoyed within one year of production and up to two years. Acidity 6g/L Alcohol 11.5% Sugar 15g/l.
 
Straw yellow with greenish hints and limey gold robes. Nose of apple and green tea mint, papaya and tropical stonefruits. Lemon citrus honey nuances prepare the palate for a slightly sweetened introduction, awash with characteristic Mediterranean mousse. Effervescence is plentiful but not overwhelming and the natural fruit sweetness is uncloying and perfectly offset by it's charmingly old world acidity. There is a late arrival of dark forest berries and soily Blackforest woody characters that surprise the palate with a charming and unexpected complexity. A vivacious wine, and perfectly suited to both light or rich cuisines.
Bests Great Western Sparkling Shiraz 2012
Great Western
Available by the dozen
Sparkling Shiraz has been re-introduced to the Best's line up after almost forty years. Great Western is renowned for effervescent Shiraz, long known as Sparkling Burgundy since the early 1900s. Today's market is rediscovering the virtues of creamy red wines which can demonstrate the virtues of universal drinking appeal, good structure and fine texture. Australia can lay claim to this style as its own, completely unique, it has become Great Western's most profound contribution to the world of wine.
$2999each
$357DOZEN
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Sparkling Shiraz is synonymous with Great Western, and contemporary tastes have presented a great opportunity for Great Western to refine the style. The winemaking team discovered that certain blocks yielded fruit which would lend themselves exceptionally well to sparkling Shiraz, forming a wine that spoke of place and was characteristic of Great Western. Grapes are picked early, inoculated and vinified in traditional fermenting vats, without receiving any oak treatment whatsoeverl, achieving a wine with medium body which retains freshness and intensity even as it ages. The goal is to ensure that the finished wine defines Great Western, retains good balance, elegance and refinement.
 
Brick red to dark red with crimson hues. Great cool climate perfume, spicy fruit and lifted floral aromas. Red fruits and spice on the palate, a well integrated medium bodied Shiraz, balance and texture are the endearing qualities of this essential Aussie style. Ready to drink now, with consomme or rich meats, desserts and cheese.
Bird In Hand Sparkling Pinot Noir 2015
Adelaide Hills
Available by the dozen
Andrew Nugent grew up next door to the ancient Penfold winery at Magill in Adelaide Hills. Enthused by a consuming desire to make great wine, he honed his craft as viticulturalist and winemaker amongst the vines of McLaren Vale before returning to the Adelaide Hills, where he established his very own wineworks at Woodside. Hand crafted from fruit grown to mineral rich soils above the historic Bird in Hand gold mine, a pure Pinot Noir with superb effervescence, dominated by red berry characters, adorned by a lift of stonefruits and floral.
$2199each
$261DOZEN
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Andrew Nugent established vineyards and olive groves on his property along Bird in Hand Road at Woodside in the Adelaide Hills. The road itself was named after the eponymous gold mine which operated during the 1850s. Four hundred metres above sea level, the vineyards face north and boast deep, well drained red earth, formed from metamorphic rock. Pinot Noir is harvested throughout the chill of early morning to capture and retain vibrant fruit character. Each parcel of grapes is separately vinified to maintain the distinctive, lively qualities of Adelaide Hills Pinot Noir. Parcels are assembled before completion of their secondary fermentation and treatment to liqueur dosage. Alcohol 12.0%
 
Delicate blush colour, attractive sparkle, refined pink mousse. Strawberry, guava and cherry aromas are accompanied by a floral lift. Clean, vibrant strawberry flavours are enhanced by the very fine, persistent bead. Creamy textures, showing a finesse of style and good depth of flavour, the fruit sweetness is balanced by crisp acid and long, clean finish. To be enjoyed whilst young and gently chilled, the perfect aperitif or celebratory drink.
Blue Pyrenees Midnight Cuvee 2012
Pyrenees
The production of Methode traditionelle has been an essential part of the winemaking at Blue Pyrenees for many years, the original raison d'être. Established 1963 by the Champagne houses of Charles Heidsieck and Krug, an adherence to the transcendent French influence of the founders is central. In 1992, the Blue Pyrenees team decided to experiment with hand picking their fruit, under floodlights, in the middle of the night. The results were amazing, a most memorable vintage of outstanding quality, Midnight Cuvée was born.
$2999each
$357DOZEN
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Although hand picked fruit is often most desirable for the production of premium quality juices, day time temperatures in Australia can mean that the grapes will often be quite warm when received into the press after a day's picking. Nowadays the Blue Pyrenees team select the best fruit parcels, whilst still on the vine, to be separated out from the rest and picked at night by hand to generate the juices which will become Midnight Cuvee. Although very laborious and time consuming, the rewards are evident in the glass. Midnight Cuvée is made entirely from estate grown fruit, predominantly Chardonnay for elegance and refinement, with a touch of Pinot Noir. Alcohol 12.5%
 
Brilliant pale straw hues, a fine gentle bead. The aroma is delicate and complex, yeast autolysis characters of freshly baked bread complimented by citrus fruits and hazelnut. The bright, green apple flavoured palate exhibits a fine acid backbone which enhances the fresh doughy yeast notes and fine refreshing effervescence. A wine of great elegance, balance and finesse, a long and clean, lingering finish.
Blue Pyrenees Vintage Brut 2012
Pyrenees
Available by the dozen
The essential Victorian Methode traditionelle, from vines surrounded by the blue hued Pyrenees, so named for their beauty and similarity to the dividing ranges bordering France and Spain. French eccentricity was the genesis behind Blue Pyrenees Estate, it remains central to the winemaking philosophy. Entrepreneur Francois Henri was so inspired by the picturesque blue hills that he commissioned a painting which has since become the famous label. A cépage of the holy trinity, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, a healthy tranche of Meunier.
$2599each
$309DOZEN
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Brilliant straw yellow, a fine persistent bead. Complex aromas of baker's dough, freshly baked biscuits and nougat after an extended ageing on yeast lees. Subtle hints of lemon and confection give an overall impression of freshness and vitality. Concentrated yeast autolysis characters and grapefruit flavours, Pinot Meunier adds complexity, the lively palate is driven by a fresh acidity, which lingers harmoniously on the attractive, creamy finish.
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