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For more than 30 years we have built a reputation for our discerning and eclectic range as well as our ability to deliver wine to our customers worldwide.
Conveniently located in the heart of Sydney at Circular Quay, we stock wines from the most innovative and quality driven producers in the country as well as maintaining a deep inventory of old and rare vintages.
Wine of the month may 2024


Piccadilly Valley Chardonnay 2022

Chardonnay is the most widely planted white grape in Australia. It is no stretch to claim that chardonnay is also our most successful variety. It has always been the star Australian white variety with wine lovers both here and abroad. A huge part of Chardonnay’s popularity is versatility. It is a wine that can take on many styles from racy and tightly wound through to luscious & rich. Location has much to do with the resulting style with cooler sites giving higher acid and subtlety whereas warmer climates produce richer, fuller bodied expressions.  Chardonnay can also be taken in a multitude of directions in the hands of a winemaker. Clonal selection, site selection, harvest timing, fermentation methods, malo or no malo, battonage or no, new oak, old oak, no oak, do more, do nothing. Chardonnay is an ever expanding universe. There is so much to explore but where to start??
You could go straight to the serious end with Australia’s most sought after Chardonnays now fetching hundreds of dollars, Giaconda, Leeuwin Art Series, Penfolds Yattarna for example.  But the good news is that Chardonnay is probably the best quality to value wine in OZ at any price point.  Lay down between 25 to 35 dollars and you are in a great zone for solid Aussie Chardonnay that delivers outstanding value.
BUT, if you climb the price ladder a little higher, $50 -$70 then you have hit a sweet spot that, in our opinion, contains a Cornucopia of wines that punch well above their weight.  Right in this price point is our wine of the month for February – Petaluma Piccadilly Valley Chardonnay 2022, Adelaide Hills SA.  This is a Chardonnay that for us ticks all the boxes.  It is very much a product of where it comes from. At an elevation of 550m the Piccadilly Valley is South Australia’s coolest region. Near 30 year old, steep North and East facing vineyards reap the benefit of warm morning sunshine for flavour development. Mild afternoons and cooler evenings bring acid retention to support luscious chardonnay fruit. There is wonderful purity to the fruit profile and careful use of Oak.  This is a full flavoured Chardonnay that exhibits plenty of character.  It sits nicely in the middle of the Australian Chardonnay scale.  It’s not the broad old school style circa 80s 90s, nor is it ultra modern lean and racy.  The Petaluma Chardonnay sits confidently in its own space and we are pleased to have it here as wine of the month for May 2024.   We can’t wait to share it with you!
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