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2018 Cellar Select Chardonnay – RRP $30 This wine was sourced from the Moppity Vineyard located near Tumbarumba, with the coolest Spring followed by the hottest Summer on record during the growing season. The wine was held at cooler temperatures where components were selected, blended and clarified prior to bottling. This delivered a crisp and refreshing wine.

TASTING A lighter style Chardonnay showing integrated tannin and a fresh crisp finish. Very Chabis (French cheese) like in a flavour profile, this Chardonnay has a distinct cool climate aromatics consisting of nettle and gooseberry notes.

FOOD MATCH Try serving with a traditional roast chicken or a rich seafood dish.

CELLARING Drink now.


Tempus Two 2019 Copper Shiraz Rosé – RRP $30 This wine was produced using a combination of Hunter Valley Shiraz (90%) and Tempranillo (10%). Each varietal was lightly pressed and clarified before being inoculated with an isolated yeast strain. The result is a delightfully crisp and fruit-forward Rosé.

TASTING Dry and textural, showcasing flavours of strawberries, rhubarb and toffee apple.

FOOD MATCH This refreshing Rosé would be the perfect accompaniment to salt baked pork belly, savoy cabbage, apple and ginger sauce.

CELLARING Drink now.


Kelman Vineyard 2015 Blanc de Blanc – $36 The second disgorgement of Kelman's highly awarded 2015 Sparkling Chardonnay. Made in the méthode traditionnelle style, spending about 57 months on lees. The low dosage of 3 grams has resulted in a wine focused on wonderful early season selected fruit.

TASTING Upfront citrus fruits (lemon and lime), and a developing mid palate of grilled nuts, brioche and a wonderful fine bead. This wine will continue to develop additional complexity over time.

FOOD MATCH Oysters, and frankly for any occasion, it's just awesome!

CELLARING 5+ years.


Emma's Cottage Vineyard 2017 Sparkles - RRP $35 A lively combination of Chardonnay, Semillon and Pinot Noir. Crisp citrus and stone fruit notes with lovely delicate yeasty notes. Drink this sparkles with anything!


Pokolbin Estate 2019 Belebula Nebbiolo - Rosé RRP $25 A traditional dry European style Rosé. Kissed with wild strawberries and a twist of Campari on the palate. Finishing with savoury fresh acidity, lingering and dry.


Lucy's Run Wines 2019 Thelma's Verdelho – $22 ($18 members) In 2019 Lucy's Run had some fun and named their two Verdelhos after their very fat mother and daughter bovines – Thelma and Louise! The styles are quite different: Thelma (mum cow) is elegant and discerning, while Louise (baby cow) is a little more playful, with a touch of sweetness.

TASTING Thelma has sophisticated flavours of citrus, preserved lemon peel and hints of white pepper, while Louise delights with notes of blood orange and pink grapefruit.

FOOD MATCH Thelma's a huge hit with seafood, around the bbq or just relaxing with a pizza, while Louise really complements spicy Thai or hot curry dishes.

CELLARING Thelma (and Louise) will happily cellar for another few years, but they are SO good right now, why wait!