Connoisseurs Corner

Connoisseurs Corner

The wines of Yarra Yering need no introduction. For decades, wine lovers across the globe have been familiar with the wines of Yarra Valley pioneer Dr Bailey Carrodus. After he died in 2008, Yarra Yering changed hands and in 2014 Sarah Crowe took over the winemaking – her background in the challenging Hunter Valley propelling her onto the ‘most wanted’ list. 

Sarah made some significant winemaking changes shortly after taking the reigns – a new bag press was bought in to lift the quality of the white wines, (“basket press just isn’t as good as bag press to extract the fruit purity I am always looking for”) and has ended up being used a lot with the red wines. There is also much less new oak treatment now (“I want the fruit to take centre stage and with too much new oak, I can’t see the detail there”), yet she has stayed true to the legacy of Yarra Yering wines by crafting the range for cellaring and preservation.

The results of her work were immediately clear. “Sarah Crowe has made red wines of the highest imaginable quality right from her first vintage in 2014.” James Halliday wrote in this year’s Wine Companion, “the 16s are an absolute triumph.”

Awarded Winemaker of the Year in 2017, Sarah was humble in her reaction.

“I simply want to make wines which are true to the integrity of the fruit I have to work with. And the fruit is exceptional. With the advances in the scientific understanding of winemaking we have today, I can only improve on the original vision and legacy created by Dr Carrodus.”
 
Last week our team was extremely fortunate to meet Sarah and taste through five of her wines at our Fine Wine Room at the Bayswater store and today we are thrilled to invite you to come and taste these iconic, limited production wines for yourself.

This Saturday 20th July, we will have Dry Red No 1 ($129.99) 99pts, Dry Red No 2 ($119.99) 97pts, Underhill Shiraz ($115.99) 96pts and Pinot Noir 2016 ($109.99) 97pts all open to taste from 10.30am at Paddington Fine Wines. The Pinot Noir we have is some of the last in NSW so don’t miss your chance to grab one for the cellar.

WHAT THE CRITICS SAY

Dry Red No 1 – This is a superlative, tightly furled Bordeaux blend of pedigree, age-worthiness and a sapid quiver of blackcurrant to herbal notes; crushed, dried and strewn about the palate, all tightly guarded by gravelly tannins and juicy natural acidity. A blend of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot, 13% Malbec and a mere seasoning of Petit Verdot synergise to make an imperious, beautiful wine with a long, long life ahead. 99 points. James Halliday. 

Dry Red No 2 – The most highly aromatic bouquet with perfumed fruits and spices dancing on forest floor, the palate a liquid expression of the bouquet. Alive with juicy, gently savoury tannins beating a beautiful tattoo, the finish drawn out by the peacock’s tail of the multifaceted aftertaste. 97 points. James Halliday.

Underhill 2016 – Bright, deep colour, right from the outset, very different from the other wines in the release with more spring in its step, more stalky/spice flavours behind black fruits, peppery notes inlaid into the broader mosaic of a constantly changing colour. 96 points. James Halliday. 

Pinot Noir 2016 – A Winston Churchill figure in Yarra Valley’s Pinot Noirs, standing higher than all the others. It has layer upon layer of flavours derived from the fruit, unique fermentation, tannins, oak and X-factor from vines nearing 50 years old. It has no need to advertise its quality or style as it glides through the length of the medium bodied palate. 97 points. James Halliday. 

 

 

Spice Up Your July… with our Fine Wine Member Events

Spice Up Your July… with our Fine Wine Member Events

This month we have two exciting events – we will be going on a wine journey to South America and the Barossa with delicious Italian food at a wine dinner in the heart of Paddington! Treat yourself this winter to something special.

Elderton Winter Wine Dinner at Cipri
Wednesday July 31st | 6:30 pm

We are very pleased to announce our next Wine Dinner for our members, customers and their guests. This July we’re partnering with Cipri Italian Restaurant in Paddington and Elderton Wines from the Barossa Valley to present an evening of impeccable Italian food carefully paired with seven delicious wines.

Elderton Wines runs three vineyards across the Barossa Valley that highlight the individual terriors of the region. With vines dating back to 1915, the winemakers maintain the philosophy that great wine begins with the vineyard and aim to make balanced, excellent wines that will withstand time.  Winemaker, Cam Ashmead will be traveling to Sydney to take us through all of the wines we will be enjoying at the dinner.

Cipri Restaurant, run by the Cipri brothers, takes on a contemporary approach to the finest Italian traditions of hospitality and quality food that dates back generations through the Cipri family. They celebrate the old and new flavours of Italy through seasonal approaches to style and flavour.

Full menu here

Bookings

Bookings are essential | $129 pp | Bookings confirmed with payment chrissy@rickshawenterprises.com.au | or book in store at Paddington, Darlinghurst or Bayswater Fine Wines

South American Wine Tasting
Wednesday July 24th | 6:30 pm | Fine Wine Room | Bayswater Fine Wines

If you’re a lover of South American Wines this tasting is the perfect fit for you! Join Australian winemaker and educator Tom Egan from Jed wines as he guides you through eight remarkable South American wines from Argentina to Chile and beyond. Tom is an engaging facilitator with many years of experience and a passion for wine, and we are very fortunate to have him lead this special event for you.

Some of the wines we will be featuring include:

Bodega Cruzat “Premier” Nature NV
Region: Mendoza | Country: Argentina

Colome Amalaya Torrontes Riesling
Region: Cafayate Valley, Salta | Country: Argentina

A Los Vinateros Bravos Pais
Region: Itata | Country: Chile

Jed “La Criatura” Malbec/Syrah
Region: Lujan de Cuyo, Mendoza| Country: Argentina

Bodega Colome “Estate” Malbec
Region: Salta | Country: Argentina

We only have a few spots left for this event, so make sure to book now to ensure you nab one of the remaining spots at the table for an exciting night of beautiful wines and exquisitely paired gourmet cheeses within a relaxed, educational and enjoyable environment.

Bookings
$49 pp for Members | $89 for Non-Members | Bookings confirmed with payment in store or email chrissy@rickshawenterprises.com.au

O’LEARY WALKER WINES EXCLUSIVE MEMBERS WINE TASTING EVENT

O’LEARY WALKER WINES EXCLUSIVE MEMBERS WINE TASTING EVENT

Your Fine Wine Team are proud to offer Members this exclusive wine tasting event at our Tasting Table in the Bayswater store on Wednesday July 3rd. Winemaker, David O’Leary will be hosting this special event with only 14 places at the table, so book early to avoid disappointment.

The Winery
O’Leary Walker Wines was established in 2000 by long term friends and winemakers David O’Leary & Nick Walker. Their respected reputations and over twenty-five years’ experience making premium wines has gone into creating small batches of wine from some of the best vineyard sites in South Australia. With fruit sourced from premium grape growing districts ranging from Adelaide Hills, the Barossa Valley, Coonawarra & McLaren Vale, as well as their own vineyards in Leasingham in the Clare Valley, these wines have built an established reputation for producing award winning regional wines at affordable prices.

Your Host
David O’Leary has a distinguished background with over twenty years of experience winemaking across Australia, France and California. Over the years he has achieved considerable milestones such as a Jimmy Watson Trophy (1988) and International Winemaker of the Year in 1992 & 1994 among other trophies and gold medals, however his goal has remains unchanged; he simply wants to make great wine.

The Tasting
David has put together a truly special tasting consisting of 6 Brackets of 14 different wines to be tasted & explored across the evening.

The wines are as follows:

Bracket 1
2013 Hurtle Sparkling Pinot Chardonnay
2012 Sparkling Shiraz The Great Eastern

Bracket 2
2004 Watervale Riesling
2010 Watervale Riesling
2018 Watervale Riesling

Bracket 3
2004 Polish Hill River Riesling
2010 Polish Hill River
2018 Polish Hill River

Bracket 4
2006 Clare Valley Shiraz
2016 Clare Valley Shiraz

Bracket 5
2008 Cabernet Sauvignon
2016 Cabernet Sauvignon

Bracket 6
2015 Vintage Fortified Shiraz
2014 Cordon Cut Riesling

A selection of gourmet cheeses will also be provided as you are taken on a journey of vintages dating back to 2004. Event participants will be given first choice and priority before the limited stock of wines are released for general sale throughout our stores.

This is an event not to be missed!

Details
Wednesday July 3rd | 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Members $69 | Non-members $110
Bookings confirmed with payment | In-store or email chrissy@rickshawenterprises.com.au
Tasting Room | Bayswater Fine Wines | 77 Bayswater Rd Rushcutters Bay

 

Big Bold Reds Wine Tasting

Big Bold Reds Wine Tasting

You’ve felt that shift in the weather, right?

What that unarguably says to us is that its time to get the winter reds out!

Tomorrow night from 6:30-8:30pm, industry expert Ben Hughes will be running a wine tasting on 100% big, bold, warming winter reds in our beautiful Fine Wine Room at Bayswater Fine Wines. With a dreamy line up of gorgeous wines and a selection of stunning gourmet cheeses from Penny’s Cheese Shop, you’ll want to snag a seat at the table.

The Line Up for tomorrow evening includes: 

  1. Chalk Hill Barbera 2018
    McLaren Vale | South Australia | Winemaker: Renee Hirsch
  2. Capolino Perlingieri 2017 ‘Brizio’ Aglianico
    Campagnia | Italy | Winemaker: Capolino Perlingieri
  3. No Bull Cabernet Sauvignon
    California | USA | Winemaker: Mare Magnum team winemakers
  4. Kaesler Uvaggio 2016 Grenache/Shiraz/Sangiovese
    Barossa Valley | South Australia | Winemaker: Reid Bosward
  5. Corbera Nero D’avola
    Sicily | Italy | Winemaker: various (pic on website)
  6. Colome Malbec 2016
    Salta | Argentina | Winemaker: Thibaut Delmotte
  7. Conde Mar – Reserve Rioja 2011 Tempranillo
    Rioja | Spain | Winemaker: Jesus Bujanda
  8. Ricasoli Chianti Classico 2015 Sangiovese
    Tuscany | Italy | Winemaker: Carlo Ferrini

    Sangiovese 90%, 5% Merlot, 5% Canaiolo

There’s only a couple of tickets left, so email Chrissy: chrissy@rickshawenterprises.com.au or call or drop into any of our stores to book a place! Our special members price is $49, while non-members pay $89.

Bayswater Fine Wines
77 Bayswater Rd, Rushcutters Bay
(02) 9361 5063

Paddington Fine Wines
365 Oxford St, Paddington

(02) 8283 0534

Darlinghurst Fine Wines
407 Bourke St, Darlinghurst
(02) 9331 7700

BESTOW & CO POP-UP BOUTIQUE & WINE TASTING EVENT | SATURDAY MAY 11TH 1PM – 3PM

BESTOW & CO POP-UP BOUTIQUE & WINE TASTING EVENT | SATURDAY MAY 11TH 1PM – 3PM

Beautiful designer and vintage clothing. Wine & gourmet cheese. One afternoon. All for a good cause.

The Fine Wine Group are delighted to be partnering with the amazing women from Bestow & Co and Kerry one of our fab wine suppliers to bring you a special pop-up boutique & wine tasting event that will assist in raising funds for Lou’s Place, an organisation supporting women & their children.

Don’t miss this opportunity to meet the inspiring women behind Bestow & Co, Kylie & Lara, at a pop-up boutique where you will be able to buy direct off the rack the designer & vintage clothing & accessories the pair have lovingly curated. As you peruse the racks, enjoy a wine tasting run by Kerry and delicious gourmet cheese selected from Penny’s Cheese Shop.

What makes this event so special is that all profits will be going to a grassroots organisation supporting disadvantaged women & their children. We’re also encouraging all members and their guests to make donations of their own preloved designer & vintage clothing, shoes and accessories to Bestow & Co.  Simply drop off your donations during our event, or if you’re unable to make it, drop them off to any of our three Fine Wine stores any day of the week.  Our team will ensure your goodies get to Kylie & Lara so they can be repurposed in support of a very important cause.

We hope you can join us for this incredible afternoon run by women in support of women; an afternoon of shopping, wine & cheese and helping those less fortunate than us in our Tasting Room at Bayswater Fine Wines located at 77 Bayswater Road Rushcutters Bay.

If you have any queries, please direct them to chrissy@rickshawenterprises.com.au

Natural Wine | What is it?  Why is it such a fast growing movement in the wine world?

Natural Wine | What is it? Why is it such a fast growing movement in the wine world?

Natural Wine is fast growing in popularity within the global wine community and we want to demystify all things natural wine and answer your questions about this alternative to traditional wine. Love it or hate it, it’s on the rise and worth knowing about so you can increase your wine knowledge and understand what it’s all about the next time you spot one on the wine list.
This April, the Fine Wine Group have a Members Special Wine Class event offering you the opportunity to explore, taste and delve into the world of natural wine during a relaxed night with paired cheese at our tasting table with fellow wine lovers.
Natural wine is typically made from handpicked grapes grown by smaller, independent producers using organic or biodynamic techniques to grow the fruit to allow for the purest fruitful flavour possible. The wine is fermented with no added yeast, and there are no additives or sulphites added, so the wine is made with little to no chemical and technological intervention. These natural processes are done to respect the environment and vine by avoiding harmful chemicals and practices, resulting in a unique fresh flavour.
On Wednesday April 10th join Australian winemaker and educator Tom Egan from Jed Wines as he guides you through 8 natural wines. Tom is an engaging facilitator with many years of experience and passion for wine, and we are very fortunate to have him lead this special event for you.

Wine Club members tickets $49/Non-Members $89*
includes a selection of delicious cheeses from Penny’s Cheese Shop in Potts Point
Book your place today in store or email chrissy@rickshawenterprises.com.au
14 places maximum
*not a member? Sign up…it’s free & gives you a whole bundle of specials & member benefits!
Fine Wine Room at Bayswater Fine Wines
77 Bayswater Road Rushcutters Bay
Wednesday 10th April
6.30 – 8.30pm
See you there!