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The Sparkling Dozen

Lambloch Estate 2018 Sauvignon Blanc Frizzante | $29 At Lambloch we wanted to create the perfect sparkling wine to enjoy on a warm sunny day. It had to be light, tropical, refreshing and different to other wines on the market and that is what the Sauvignon Blanc Frizzante is all about. The ultimate wine for fun in the sun. TASTING Lively fruit flavours of passionfruit and fresh citrus coupled with refreshing bubbles, providing a crisp clean fruity finish. FOOD MATCH Seafood and salads, or some cheese and nibbles. CELLARING Best enjoyed young and fresh.


McGuigan Wines

2018 Personal Reserve Hunter Ridge Chardonnay | $50 Single Vineyard Chardonnay from the esteemed Hunter Ridge vineyard. TASTING A true Chardonnay lovers wine. Lots of ripe peach perfume with lovely cashew flavour for a rich mouth feel. FOOD MATCH Gnocchi with truffle served with toasty sour dough and Hunter Valley olive oil. CELLARING 5–10 years.


Peterson House

Prosecco Rosé | $33 The Prosecco Rosé launched in October 2019 to huge success. It is tank fermented to retain the fruity notes that is 97.5% Prosecco, 2.5% Shiraz Viognier, with an aroma of subtle berries and tropical fruits. TASTING Generous fruity berry notes hit the front palate, but still with the Prosecco spritzy, fresh pear and melon notes. The crisp acid zing cleanses the palate and leaves you ready for another sip. FOOD MATCH The perfect accompaniment to Restaurant Cuvee’s moisture infused pork cutlet on a salad of kipfler potatoes, pink lady apple, cucumber, almonds and mint with a yoghurt dressing. CELLARING Why wait? Enjoy it this festive season!


Lucy's Run Wines

2018 Bella Bubbles | $20 ($99 for 6) From our award-winning single vineyard Merlot grapes, this wine is a gently sparkling rosé with subtle hints of honey and luscious red berries. TASTING A light wine with twinkling bubbles bringing the slightest hint of Merlot sweetness to the palate, and finishing crisp, clean and bright. FOOD MATCH Terrific by itself for any glittering occasion; but also makes a great match around the barbecue, with seafood, pasta or your Christmas lunch and pudding. CELLARING Don't wait for a special occasion – enjoy right now!


Tempus Two

2012 Peter Sparkling Pinot Chardonnay | $50 60% Pinot, 40% Chardonnay produced in the ‘methode champenoise’, minimum of 30 months on yeast lees.

TASTING Complex and creamy with biscuity characters and with fine beading creating a distinctive finish. FOOD MATCH Fresh seafood grazing platter. CELLARING 4 -6 years under good conditions.


Three Ponds

2019 Three Ponds Neptune (Available from The Garden Cellars) | $30 A classic Hunter blend of its two most esteemed white grapes, Semillon and Chardonnay. Three Ponds wines are made to showcase Hunter Valley fruit and winemaking at its best. Owned by the Lannuzzi and Tsironis families, Three Ponds combines European and modern Australian traditions of winemaking and viticulture. TASTING Lemon zest and granny smith apples notes. It is medium bodied with a delightful fresh crisp finish. FOOD MATCH The perfect accompaniment to fine seafood and oysters. CELLARING Drink now.


Tatler Wines

Frizzante Semillon | $27 Often referred to as ‘the taste of summer’ this Hunter Semillon has a gentle fizz with bubbles that dance away on your tongue. For the slightly sweeter palate, drink this thirst quenching wine straight or over ice. TASTING Classic Hunter Semillon given a “Carmen Miranda” sparkle. Serve ice cold. Many of our customers spruce up this summer favourite with ice and a wedge of lemon. Perfect after a hard tango! FOOD MATCH Serve over ice as an aperitif. CELLARING Drink in the next 12 months for ultimate freshness.


Hanging Tree Wines

Sparkling Moscato | $30 Delicately perfumed with red toffee apple, pink fairy floss and plump, ripe red strawberries. The palate displays an array of floral and fruit complexities. An alluring and well-constructed refreshing wine. Light and elegant to enjoy on any occasions. TASTING The palate displays an array of floral and fruit complexities, with flavours of fruit tingle lollies and musk. FOOD MATCH Enjoy this wine with a cheese platter or at a Champagne brunch with bacon on the menu. CELLARING Up to 5 years.


Margan Wines

NV Blanc de Blancs | $40 Made in a method traditional to the France sparkling wine region. The Chardonnay used in the base wine is sourced from 40yr old vines in Margans's Saxonvale vineyards, located on the red volcanic clays of the Fordwich Sill. TASTING Intensely aromatic and fresh, made from 100% Chardonnay and blended from the harvest of various years to ensure consistent quality. A crisp, fresh style exploding with white stone fruits, nutty complexity and green apple acidity. FOOD MATCH Oysters, sashimi and parfait. CELLARING 5 to 10 years.


Saddlers Creek Wines

Bluegrass Sparkling Cabernet Sauvignon | $42 This wine displays all the hallmarks of true Bluegrass with an elegant twist. Crafted from premium Cabernet Sauvignon and matured in French and American barriques prior to blending and secondary fermentation. TASTING Exhibits intense blackcurrant and cranberry flavours, with a full bodied and rich pallet. It is the perfect sparkling for lovers of red wine. FOOD MATCH Matching with rich meat allows the wine’s fruit notes to offset any gaminess like duck or venison. Subtle hints of sweetness calm a spicy sauce. Enjoy with sticky Korean ribs or duck pancakes. CELLARING Up to 5 years - best served chilled straight from the fridge.


Tamburlaine Organic Wines

Wine Lovers Scarlett Bubbles | $22 Celebrate with our Wine Lovers wines this festive season. Scarlett Bubbles is only $114/dozen in a straight case! TASTING Fresh strawberry, raspberry and a fine bead. One of a kind, this wine is a little wild and great fun. FOOD MATCH This sweeter style aromatic Rosé is perfect for any social occasion. CELLARING Enjoy young.


Hungerford Hill Wines NV Cardinal Sparkling Shiraz | $36 Hungerford Hill has a proud reputation for producing distinguished wines packed with character and interest, with a focus on New South Wales wine regions. Sparkling red wines are a uniquely Australian style. Originally called Sparkling Burgundy, it was pioneered in the late 19th century by Australian winemakers. The inclusion of a sparkling Shiraz with Christmas festivities is a long-standing tradition. TASTING Medium deep red in colour with a fine bead. The aroma abounds with savoury leather, spice and plum and hints of forest floor while the palate is soft, round, luscious and creamy. FOOD MATCH Delicious with Christmas turkey and all the trimmings. CELLARING Best drinking now or over the festive season.

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