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  1. April Mixed Dozen 2021 - Autumn Drinking: 40 Degrees South
    April Mixed Dozen 2021 - Autumn Drinking: 40 Degrees South
    There are only a select few, perfect locations, to grow great wine on this big blue orb of ours and those are between 30 and 50 degrees north and south latitudes. Those regions need to provide just the right temperature, humidity, heat and climate to grow high quality grapes. We are absolutely spoilt for choice when it comes to the northern reaches with the whole of Europe at our disposal, but travel further south and things are a little different.

    While New Zealand and Tasmania provide us with plenty of choices (and we would be remiss not to include them) the southern reaches sitting on and just below the 40 degrees latitude offer a up a wholy unique drinking experience.

    While grapes like riesling, cabernet and pinot noir are familiar to us, a number of the wines in this months pack aren't seen so regularly on your local wines list or on the shelves of your corner wine store. From Malbec's in Argentina to the infamous Pinotage and the more classic varietals like Chenin in South Africa this is an exploration of all that is good in these great southern lands of ours.

    Where do we start with such an awesome selection of interesting wine? It's hard to decide we might just do a quick run down by country.

    South America is relatively new to the wine scene but has come along in leap and bounds. WE start with a couple of classics with the Finca Los Moras Malbec and the Santa Ana Cabernet. These are text book varietal wines with plenty to love in their up-front fruit and modern styling. For something a little different we through in the Bouchon pais. For those who do not know, Pais is an old variety that is Chile's answer to pinot noir. With a little more bite and a wild flourish this a great introduction to this fascinating wine.

    Closer to home in New Zealand we have few classic drops with the Palliser Estate Pencarrow pinot. A wine you would be hard pressed to find with the structure, concentration and complexity at the same price. Off to Hawkes Bay for some stonking Chardonnay from Bilancia fame and some of the world most underrated syrah from stars Te Mata. What a treat!

    Just in our backyard, Tassie continues to pump out some of the best wine in the country and while we would never miss out on showcasing another great pinot there is some real winners with pinot gris and riesling on the rise. The Moores Hill gris is a freat example of textural and vibrant gris from the Apple Isle with the Riversdale riesling hot on its tale.

    And for something a little different we have got the latest release Willie Smiths Cider. This is an absolute belter, and we couldn't help but included it once we were told it had been released. Perfect timing! We will take that one!

    Last, and something we don't see much in Aus is a cracking selection of wines from South Africa. Long-term customers may recognise some of these wines and as far as we are concerned, they are some of the best modern day Cape wines to make it over. The Bare Bones cinsault is a zippy red full of energy while the Winery of Good Hope pinotage is a juicy and fun take on this classic red variety,

    And what would a selection of wine from South Africa be without a chenin blanc. The Secateurs is clean and crunchy with a plush fruit profile that is cleaned up by chenin's zippy acidity.
    All in al a pretty awesome and exciting collection of stellar wines from the great south!

    $255.00 Regular Price $316.00
  2. The Jade Lily - Bubbles
    The Jade Lily - Bubbles

    What could be better than a glass of bubbles and a great book. This pack pairs our ever popular 2A Bubbles with the best-selling new release from Kirsty Manning - The Jade Lily, an evocative tale set in Shanghai during World War Two. Kirsty is Alex's wife and the writing is full of food, travel and things we love at Prince Wine Store. Full retail value is $45 a perfect little gift solution.

    The Jade Lily - by Kirsty Manning
    This is a rich, sensual, and evocative novel, fragrant with the smell of crushed herbs and flowers, and haunted by the high cost that women must sometimes pay to find both love and their vocation.' Kate Forsyth

    '...compelling, passionate and admirable.' Australian Women's Weekly

    In 2016, fleeing London with a broken heart, Alexandra returns to Australia to be with her grandparents, Romy and Wilhelm, when her grandfather is dying. With only weeks left together, her grandparents begin to reveal the family mysteries they have kept secret for more than half a century.

    In 1939, two young girls meet in Shanghai, the 'Paris of the East': beautiful local Li and Viennese refugee Romy form a fierce friendship. But the deepening shadows of World War Two fall over the women as Li and Romy slip between the city's glamorous French Concession and the desperate Shanghai Ghetto. Eventually, they are forced separate ways as Romy doubts Li's loyalties.

    After Wilhelm dies, Alexandra flies to Shanghai, determined to trace her grandparents' past. As she peels back the layers of their hidden lives, she begins to question everything she knows about her family - and herself.

    A gorgeously told tale of female friendship, the price of love, and the power of hardship and courage to shape us all.

    $39.00 Regular Price $45.00
  3. The Jade Lily - Luxe
    The Jade Lily - Luxe

    What could be better than a glass of bubbles and a great book. This pack pairs our  favoirte Pinot Noir based Chamange Andre Clouet Grand Reserve NV with the best-selling new release from Kirsty Manning - The Jade Lily, an evocative tale set in Shanghai during World War Two. Kirsty is Alex's wife and the writing is full of food, travel and things we love at Prince Wine Store. Full retail value is $105 a perfect little gift solution.

    The Jade Lily - by Kirsty Manning
    This is a rich, sensual, and evocative novel, fragrant with the smell of crushed herbs and flowers, and haunted by the high cost that women must sometimes pay to find both love and their vocation.' Kate Forsyth

    '...compelling, passionate and admirable.' Australian Women's Weekly

    In 2016, fleeing London with a broken heart, Alexandra returns to Australia to be with her grandparents, Romy and Wilhelm, when her grandfather is dying. With only weeks left together, her grandparents begin to reveal the family mysteries they have kept secret for more than half a century.

    In 1939, two young girls meet in Shanghai, the 'Paris of the East': beautiful local Li and Viennese refugee Romy form a fierce friendship. But the deepening shadows of World War Two fall over the women as Li and Romy slip between the city's glamorous French Concession and the desperate Shanghai Ghetto. Eventually, they are forced separate ways as Romy doubts Li's loyalties.

    After Wilhelm dies, Alexandra flies to Shanghai, determined to trace her grandparents' past. As she peels back the layers of their hidden lives, she begins to question everything she knows about her family - and herself.

    A gorgeously told tale of female friendship, the price of love, and the power of hardship and courage to shape us all.

     

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    $95.00 Regular Price $105.00
  4. December Party Pack 2023 - Spirits of Christmas Pack
    December Party Pack 2023 - Spirits of Christmas Pack

    This is a little bonus pack this year and what not!? It's been another tough one and we want to make sure you make the most of the end of year's shenanigans. The weather is warming up, we're getting together to celebrate with friends and family and a little time off is coming our way.

    So, to get in the mood we have put together a little emergency party pack to get you in the spirit - pun intended. 

    First, we have included the ingredients to make the perfect summer spritz with a bottle of Canonita Mallorca Orange Apertivo and a bottle of Alpino prosecco. We don't care what ratio you are pouring these in but plenty of ice, a dash of soda and this will have you ready to rock-n-roll

    The pack also includes one of the finest gins on the market from Copper Rivert Distillery. This perfectly poised gin goes great with soda or tonic or try it with a dash Doline Dry vermouth for spot-on dry Martini.

    Alpino Prosecco NV

    Who is Alpino? Who cares! Because this is cracking!

    It's a juicy, fresh Prosecco from the cold upper reaches of the alps of the King Valley, Victoria and it delivers everything you could want in a super smart package. A touch of spearmint on the nose, crisp green apple and a hint of fresh sliced tree fruits. The palate opens with a hit of sherbet flavours that are driven through by a bright, creamy and crackling fizz. This is going go down as easy on its own as it would in a spritz. A real crowd pleaser here.
     


    Canonita - Aperitivo de Mallorca

    Canonita! What is it? Think Aperol but better. Ok. Bold statement but this stuff is absolutely delicious. It's made from the best organic Canoneta oranges from Mallorca's Sóller Valley.

    The Valley is located on Mallorca's northwest coast and sheltered by the Tramuntana mountains is a magic place. Thanks to its unique terroir it is the centre of citrus cultivation in Mallorca for over  a  1000 years and the valley is theoriginal home of the highly aromatic Canoneta orange, considered the "queen of oranges".

    Carefully crafted by Antonio Nadal, Mallorca's oldest and most renown distillery, the Canoneta essence is blended with white wine and refined with a secret selection of herbs from our beautiful island.

    Its beautifully fragrant with fresh crushed orange, citrus peel, delicate sweet floral notes and a gentle bitterness of fresh cut herbs. This is perfect as a spritz or even with tonic but honestly we would happily drink it with ice and a dash soda as an apertif all summer long.

    Copper Rivet Dockyard Gin 500ml 41.2% alc

    Distilled using locally grown barley and Kentish water, this is as fresh and bright as a sunny spring day in the countryside. Elegant and refined gin, with a lovely, half floral, half herbal lift. I tasted it before learning what botanicals had been used in its production, and suspect its fragrant quality comes from the local elderflowers. MAX ALLEN

    Ingredients: Italian Juniper berries, locally sourced elderflower, Bulgarian Coriander seeds, Spanish orange peel, Italian lemon peel, Guatemala green cardamom, grains of paradise from Africa, European Angelica root and Orris root, our own neutral grain spirit and Kentish chalk filtered water.

    Special Price $125.00 Regular Price $155.00
  5. February Premium Pack 2024 - Petit Blanc Pack
    February Premium Pack 2024 - Petit Blanc Pack


     

    Trimbach Reserve Riesling 2020 375ml

     

    Super-ripe lemon, fresh pineapple and herb aromas pour from the glass of this medium-bodied, concentrated and sophisticated dry riesling. Completely dry, with excellent balance at the long, very clean finish. 100% estate fruit from Ribeauvillé and Bergheim. Drink or hold. 94 points, STUART PIGGOTT, James Suckling

    Jonathan Didier Pabiot Pouilly Fume Leon 2020 375ml

    The 2020 Léon is surprisingly tangy and bright for this warm vintage with just 13% alcohol. It's light in body and focused while 12-18 months on lees has provided a sense of roundness and texture to the mid palate as well as a touch of autolysis-derived pastry character to the apple and citrus fruit and lightly floral aromas. Vibrant, fresh and youthful. Best enjoyed in the first three to six years of its life for its energy. REBECCA GIBB, Vinous.com

    The former Florilège comes with a new name this year. Predominantly from limestone soils but also silex, the 2020 Pouilly Fumé Léon offers a clear, deep, fresh and spicy, quite complex and iodine bouquet with great precision and mineral intensity. Aged in stainless steel, concrete and 20% oak barrels (228 and 500 liter), this is a rich and round, very elegant and aromatic Pouilly-Fumé with good mineral and fruity freshness and a long, intense and tensioned finish that reveals fine tannins and crisp grip. This is a substantial wine with excellent aging potential. STEPHAN RHEINHARDT, Wine Advocate


    Domaine Vacheron Sancerre Blanc 2022 375ml

    The domain of Jean-Laurent and Jean-Dominique Vacheron, certified biodynamic since 2005 and farming 34 hectares of Sauvignon Blanc and 11 hectares of Pinot Noir in the Sancerre AOP, is producing world class white and also red wines predominantly yet not exclusively on silex soils. STEPHAN REINHARDT, The Wine Advocate

    Huet Vouvray Le Haut Lieu Sec 2022 375ml

    The 2022 Le Haut-Lieu Sec is a lithe, reductive style with floral character and talcum powder. Full of phenolic, lip-smacking texture woven through its core, lending a sense of satisfying grunt to this dry yet balanced style. Clarity, precision and harmony are keywords in this wine's execution. A little more fleeting on the finish than ideal. (5.5g/L) REBECCA GIBB MW, Vinous

    Domaine Huet reigns supreme in Vouvray. They make some of the world's most pure dry wines and piquant sweet styles from the racy and multifaceted Chenin Blanc. But you'll need patience, these powerhouses need around a decade to start revealing their inherent complexities.

    Le Haut Lieu is the original vineyard,  purchased by founder Gaston Huet in 1928. It's based on heavy clay and chalk in the topsoil means these wines tend to be the most approachable in youth, though they age beautifully.

     

    Cuilleron St Joseph Lyséras Marsanne Roussanne 2022 375ml

    "Yves Cuilleron is a superstar of the Northern Rhône" THE WINE DOCTOR
    "Yves Cuilleron has become one of the bright shining stars of the northern Rhone" ROBERT PARKER

    There is no doubt to the pedigree of the wines coming from Yves Cuilleron. He makes an incredibly diverse range of wines both red and white but it's the latter that he is most famous for and his range of northern Rhone blanc impress for both their depth and breadth of selection.
    Lovely orchard fruits with a squeeze of fresh citrus and some gentle white florals. Its at once racy and lush with some tightly coiled acidity keeping the lush fruits in check and providing some lovely bounce to the palate. Wonderful purity and light mineral streak sets it apart. A great example of the style and worth seeking out.


     

    Jean Defaix Chablis Vaillons 2022 1er 375ml

    An exuberantly fresh and bright nose speaks mostly of white pepper, quinine and plenty of citrus influences, especially Meyer lemon. I very much like the texture to the succulent and fleshy medium weight flavors that terminate in a moderately and sneaky long finale that would benefit from developing further depth. Note that this could be enjoyed young. BURGHOUND

    Special Price $255.00 Regular Price $300.00
  6. February Premium Pack 2024 - Mini Premium Pinot Pack
    February Premium Pack 2024 - Mini Premium Pinot Pack

    Yabby Lake Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2021 375ml

    2021 was a vintage of exceptional quality.  A wet winter, mild spring and temperate summer produced wines that will live long in the memory and in the cellar.  The wines are fine, focused, beautifully balanced and above all, utterly delicious. This Single Vineyard Pinot Noir is intense and complex, super fine and silky. 

    A bright and dense crimson colour. The aromas are intense and complex for a young wine - red fruits, raspberry, red currant with dark cherries, coupled with a floral and spicy note. The palate is super fine and silky with layers of flavour and texture leading to a long and bold finish. Cellar for at least five years, and preferably more than 10. TOM CARSON, Winemaker, Yabby Lake
     

    Paradigm Hill Pinot Noir L'Ami Sage 2020 375ml

    George is winding back his production at Paradigm Hill and that is a real shame but with no new generation to take the lead he will keep at it all-be-it with a reduced output. His 2020's are some of the best in recent years and the Lamis Sage is always the more structured and tightly wound of the two single vineyards so being a half bottle and with a few years under its belt this one is a ripper!

     Intense, enticing darker red fruit aromas followed by the expected savoury, toasty, fleshy and earthy character of this wine For L’ami sage, there is also a generosity together with a long complex and balanced fresh finish. Super fine tannins melt away easily into the gossamer fruit. Lovely drop! 

    Clarence House Reserve Pinot Noir 2021 375ml

    "From a selection from the oldest blocks, planted 1998; 115, 2051 and MV6 clones; 20% whole bunches; matured 12 months in 10% new French oak puncheons. There is a lively, energetic jubilance to this cool season, which sits neatly in the spicy black fruit depth of well-established vines. Whole bunches come to the party with their signature, spicy, floral overtones. Chiselled and linear, it's confidently built for the cellar." 93 points (on the 2021 vintage). HALLIDAY WINE COMPANION

    Domaine Philippe Collotte Marsannay Les Grasses Tetes 2021 375ml

    From two parcels of old vines; one based on Crinoidal limestone (known in France as Calcaire à Entroques), the other Comblanchien.

    This wine is perfumed and pure with real depth, lovely minerality in an elegant and focused style particularly for 2021. These wines from Collotte are getting better and better each year the cooler classic 21's at the estate have hit the mark. Fine velvety tannins mesh nicely with the small foresty-fruit mix carrying it to a long and satisfying finish. Seamless and classy this is all you could want from a wine like this and more.

    Cristom Mount Jefferson Pinot Noir 2021 - 375ml

    I’m incredibly impressed with the 2021s coming from the Cristom Estate, and this one is a perfect example of the phenomenal wines from the vintage. The Mt. Jefferson Estate Pinot Noir was just recently released, but it feels ready to drink now with impeccable balance, structure, and length. Notes of wild huckleberry, toasted anise, perfumed flowers, spiced red plum, and a hint of tangerine zest combine beautifully on the tongue. Delivering perfect balance, mouthwatering acidity, and rounded tannins, this will be a fun wine to watch over the next ten years to see how it evolves with age. Highly recommended (97) INTERNATION WINE REPORT


    Pavelot Savigny les Beaune 2021 375ml

     

    If you want to see what Savigny can do...you know where to look. Here. NEAL MARTIN, The Wine Advocate

    The Pavelot domaine is right at the top of the price/quality curve. The Burgundy Report

    Lovely definition here on the 2021 and leaning into the more classic vintage in all the best ways. Still a lovely openness to the layered mix of red and black fruits and some mid-palate weight that pushes everything along. Fine supple tannins weave their way throughout and a little spicy note on the finish add a lovely little flourish to the wine. Easy drinking Burgundy but with all the bells and whistles.


    Special Price $230.00 Regular Price $277.00
  7. Poli Negroni pack
    Poli Negroni pack
    Poli are best known for there fine range of premium Grappa, liquers and distillates from North east Italy. Established in 1898 this quality producer has over a 100 years' experience with distilling. Recently they have produced a unique Gin - MARCONI 46. Artisanaly distilled and obtained from a unique infusion of juniper berries, muscat grape, mountain pine, cembra pine, mint, cardamom and coriander reminding of the Asiago plateau in the north of the Veneto region, where the Poli family comes from. This is a heady and perfumed gin that is at once powerful and refined. A truly unique product that speaks of its home in the hills and of the philosophy of this family run operation.

    In addition to this month's Italian Mixed dozen we thought we would like to offer a Negroni pack featuring this incredible product. We have matched it with our very own Vermouths and Bitters from its western counterpart Turin Vermouth. Their philosophy is to maintain tradition through the production while sourcing aromats and herbs from all over the world and based on the local wines of the Piemonte's hills. Together this forms once of the world great classic cocktail- the Negroni.

    This classic was first created for Count Camillo Negroni in 1919 at Florence's Café Casoni.  A century later and millions of Negroinis, and this has sealed itself as one of the world's greatest classics. Below is the deceptively simple and delicious cocktail. We have included 2 bottles each of the Turin Bitters and the Drapo Rosso Vermouth so once you have gone through your first bottle of Marconi 46 all you have to do is grab another bottle or choose any one of your favourite local or international gins.

    Ingredients

    1 oz. Italian Bitters
    1 oz. Gin
    1 oz. Sweet vermouth

    Instructions

    Stir Tuve Bitters, gin, and vermouth in an ice-filled tumbler; garnish with orange slice.
    $195.00 Regular Price $259.00
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