Croser, nv Adelaide Hills South Australia 42.0
Pinot noir and chardonnay blend, crisp apple with hints of cinnamon, toasted almonds and buttered croissant.
Dominique Piron, nv Burgundy France 70.0
Chivalric and luxurious – it is unsurpassed in its intensity and finesse. It might not be from ‘Champagne’, but this Bourgogne Cremant delivers just as much pleasure and joy.
Xanadu Sauvignon/Semillon, 13Margaret River Western Australia 46.0
Herbaceous, crisp and complex. This a nice wine. Passionfruit, orange peel and violets are just some of the flavours bouncing through this wine.
McKellar Ridge ‘Cherie d’Amour’ 13Canberra District New South Wales 42.0
Like a tropical fruit bowl, with touches of fresh cut grass . With lovely acidity and a touch of sweetness this is the perfect summer wine.
Spinning Top, 12Marlborough New Zealand 39.0
The is the wine drinkers’ sauvignon blanc. With honeydew melon, peaches and nectarines. It offers unmatched complexity, acid and flavour. A Thirst favourite.
Miritu Bay, 12Marlborough New Zealand 44.0
Passionfruit flecks, and fruit salad bursts make this a delicate savvy with loads of flavour and panache! A lovely fresh wine that will keep you asking for more!
Bare Hands, Sauvignon/Semillon, 11Margaret River Western Australia 39.0
With a little lift from a touch of semillon, this wine has great length of flavour, with concentrated gooseberries, lychees and melon. Beautiful, easy, gliding down the throat.
Airlie Bank ‘Punt Road, 10Yarra Valley Victoria 42.0
This wine has some style and substance. With barrel fermentation it’s not as fruit sweet as some sauvignon blancs can be. And it’s filled out with nectarines, pineapple and paw paw bursts.
Tinel-Blondelet, 10 Sancerre France 70.0
This is one of the prettiest wines we’ve tasted. Fresh gooseberries seize upon the palate with dizzying intensity, then some warm spices of cinnamon and nutmeg ensue and it is all washed down with the freshest acidity.
Rockford ‘Alicante Bouchet’, 13Barossa Valley South Australia 50.0
Brandied kirsch cherries, immersed in delicate spices and rose petals. Need we say more….?!
Surveyor’s Hill Cabernet Franc, 11Canberra District New South Wales 37.0
This local rosé is lovely. Beautiful upfront summer fruits, fresh berries and strawberry daiquiri swirls are some of the highlights. With a savoury finish that lingers this is the perfect wine for Thai food.
Castle Rock Estate,13Great Southern Western Australia 46.0
This wine is the perfect riesling. Bone dry but with so much happening in the palate, you just don’t have time to eat! Heightened lime and lemon and floral flavours, searing acidity. Nice.
Thirst, 12Canberra District New South Wales 37.0
This riesling was made in close consultation with one of the district’s young winemakers. The fruit is bright and precise; the acid tight and lean. It is a wine designed for Thai flavours.
Sinapius, 12Pipers Brook Tasmania 52.0
All those delicate citrus tastes you look for in a fine riesling, with some gentle whiffs of mandarin peel to give it that touch of sweetness. Reminiscent of a Mosel, elegant, and with so much in each mouthful.
Nick O’Leary ‘White Rocks’, 12 Canberra District New South Wales 65.0
It captures the fresh lemon and lime characters of great Italian gelato, while delivering the piercing acidity that only the best German winemakers can conjure. Pure elegance, this is how a riesling should taste all the time.
Gunderloch Fritz, 11 Rheinhessen Germany 44.0
This German Riesling has intense green apple and lime outbursts on the palate. With hints of steely minerals giving it complexity and a touch of sweetness to liven it up. Brilliant with spice.
Dr Loosen Wehlener Sonnenuhr, 11 Mosel Germany 68.0
This wine comes from the ‘terraces of slate’, a landscape that tells a story of continental shift and human endeavours. The result is mesmerizing: untouched purity is captured alongside endless complexity.
Other Styles – Aromatic and wooded
Rockford ‘White Frontignac’, 13 Barossa Valley Victoria 48.0
Lemon blossoms and lychees, spicy apple and a touch of perfumed sweetness to finish. Great with Thai food.
Vela Blanca Albarino, 12 Rias Baixas Spain 46.0
If you were in Spain you would drink this instead of Sauvignon Blanc. Notes of lifted tropical fruits, apples and melon give this wine a similar favour to the kiwi stuff, but it offers further depth of spice and freshness.
Valhalla Viognier 12 Rutherglen Victoria 48.0
A straight viogneir that has loads of texture and flavour with every mouthful. Intergrated spice and ripe pear and Japanese nashi are all hidden gems within this wine.
Mandoletta Pinot Grigio, 12 North East Italy 43.0
Rich and perfumed with spicy pear and almonds. A full mouth feel and a dry finish. The perfect drop.
Apple Tree Flat ‘Logan’ Chardonnay, 11 Mudgee New South Wales 39.0
Lifted notes of grapefruit, nectarines and stewed corella pear, topped with a sprinkling of almonds.
Brundlmayer Gruner Veltliner, 11 Kremstal Austria 62.0
Aromatic, fresh, energetic: this wine is perfect for those willing to explore the allure of aromatic whites. It is a stand out for us and is sheer drinking pleasure with our food.
Louis Michel, 11 Chablis France 68.0
With a floral nose of jasmine and camomile , lively acidity and a wonderfully fresh chalky finish. This chablis is full flavoured, without being influenced by oak; lovely minerality instead, dominates this wine.
Yering Station Chardonnay, 10 Yarra Valley Victoria 45.0
With a bit of age, this chardy is drinking beautifully. Rich roasted hazelnuts, orange peel and a floral bouquet.
Cool Woods, 12 Barossa Valley South Australia 40.0
With luscious berries, dark chocolate, soft pepper and spicy plums. This is a wonderful drink that has flavour and loads of shirazesque characteristics.
Domaine Plateau des Chênes ‘Lirac’, 11Rhône Valley France 72.0
Across the river from Chateauneuf du Pape, this beautiful wine has 60% syrah and 40% grenache. A dense nose of freshly ground pepper and spice. With lovely earthy undertones, olives, licorice and wild flowers. This wine just leaps out of the glass!
McKellar Ridge Shiraz Viognier, 10Canberra District New South Wales 44.0
Canberra District really does SV well. As seen in this wine: bold with hints of apricot and vanilla bean. It has soft aniseed and cardamon spices that keep it lingering in your mouth long after the bottle is gone.
Mount Langi Ghiran ‘Billi Billi’ Grampians Victoria 45.0
Victorian shiraz is so good. The spice they can get into their wine is amazing. Just so in this one, lovely white pepper, some all spice and cardoman, backed by rich blackberry fruit. Devine.
Chateau du Donjon, 10Minervois France 46.0
This shiraz dominant blend offers an elegant mix of juicy plums and black cherries. With dabs of mushroom, spice and pepper. It has high levels of acidity and minerality that makes it perfectly balanced.
Cabernet Sauvignon , Merlot & Cabernet blends
Next of Kin Cabernet Sauvignon, 08Margaret River Western Australia 41.0
Dense, rich and brooding – this Cabernet Sauvignon has sublime depth and complexity. Cassis and black cherry notes work alongside that characteristic Margaret River leafiness. It is a wine for late night conversation.
Lamothe Vincent Merlot, 11Bordeaux France 44.0
This Merlot has beautiful fruit – soft, lush and full of spiced plums and brandied prunes. It is a wine that sits against Thai spices with surprising panache.
Domaine de la Chevalerie-Galichets, 10Loire Valley France 68.0
A light bodied and classic style, from Bourgueil in the Loire. Carried by ripe red currant and blueberry fruits, with a hint of spice and pepper. A bright and vibrant cabernet franc. This wine almost carries you there.
Di Giorgio ‘Lucinda’ Merlot, 09 Limestone Coast South Australia 45.0
Ok now there is merlot and then there is merlot! This one is worth its weight in gold. Like a luscious, warm blackberry clafoutis, served with stewed plums and brandy custard. Yum!
Long Rail Gully Merlot, 08Canberra District New South Wales 47.0
With some great age for developing in the bottle, this wonderful Canberra District merlot is a real gem. Some big black cherries intertwine with savoury undertones and vanilla oak.
Hirsch Hill Estate, 12Yarra ValleyVictoria 44.0
With lovely bursts of aniseed, violets and raspberry brambles, this Victorian pinot has a velvety, lengthy palate, with bunches of sweet fruit. A real beauty.
Yering Station, ‘Mr.Frog’, 12Yarra ValleyVictoria 44.0
This Yarra Valley pinot is a little richer than the Hirsch Hill. An elegant palate of spiced cherries, and a wonderful nose of violets and cinnamon.
Roux Pére& Fils Bourgogne, 11Burgundy France 62.0
Fresh strawberry and cherry combines beautifully with hints of clove and cinnamon. With intense tannins that drive this wine, you can even smell and taste Burgundy’s own Morvan Forrest in each and every mouthful.
Akarua, 11Central Otago New Zealand 70.0
This wine is amazing, complex and charismatic – a delicate mix of blackcurrants and blackberries, cinnamon and all spice. With whiffs of violets and lavender, a wine that you wish would never end.
Rene Lequin-Colin La Comme 1er Cru, 03Santenay France 75.0
Tough, robust and sauvage – the wines of Santenay need time. Now, with nine years hidden in the bottle, this pinot noir is opening like a little gem.
blends – european and australian
Lark Hill Sangiovese ‘Dark Horse Vineyard’, 12Canberra District New South Wales 45.0
Sangiovese is such a great food wine. Unlike other reds it does not overpower the food, but with its soft tannins it enhances it. This wine has lovely savoury undertones with dashes of mulled cinnamon and cherry ripe bites.
La Senda Tempranillo,’des los elefante’ 10Castilla de Mancha Spain 47.0
This tempranillo gets its depth of palate from rich berries, smoky spice and forest floor undergrowth. There are specks of roasted nuts and balck cherries that give this wine lovely richness and length. A real winter warmer!
S.C.Pannell Tinto, 10McLaren Vale South Australia 49.0
A four way blend of grenache, shiraz, mourvedre and one of Portugal’s finest grape varieties touriga nacional. Upfront plum, cherry and boysenberry fruit, pulled together with spice and supple tannins.
Pierre Amadieu ‘Roule Pierre’, 10Rhone France 54.0
This Grenache and shiraz blend has lovely summer berry fruits combined with a smooth earthy finish. The French can really make this blend work from the head to the toes!
San Vincenti Chianti Classico, 98 Tuscany Italy 75.0
This wine surprised us, offering an elegant mix of juicy red fruits, spice and pepper. It has high levels of natural acidity and minerality that leave it perfectly balance. You’ll be drinking heaps of Italian wine after trying this.
Chateau Bichon Cassignols Reserve, 01Graves France 90.0
In a cabernet style, with a elegant display of berry fruit backed by gravelly tannins and a dry, astringent finish. With at least 10 years in the bottle, this Graves is a absolute joy to drink. Rich, intense and moreish.