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Introducing Australia's best drinks by style! Here, you will find the best of all 31 styles of drinks that were judged blindly over three days in October, 2019. All drinks under each style are ranked in order of placing. Congratulations to all producers that made it into the most epic drinks list Australia has ever seen.


Drink styles include:


1. Wine:

Pet-Nat

Light & Refreshing White Wines

Medium Bodied & Textural White Wines

Full Flavoured White Wines

Rosé

Skin Contact & Orange Wines

Sparkling White & Red Wines

Light & Refreshing Red Wines

Medium Bodied & Textural Red Wines

Full Flavoured Red Wines

Vermouth, Aromatised & Fortified


2. Beer:

Crispy Ale

Crispy Lager

Dark and/or Malt Driven

Fruit & Hybrid

Hop Driven

Sour, Farmhouse & Wild Ferment


3. Other Fermented Alcoholic Drinks


4. Cider

New World Ciders

Traditional/Wild Fermented Apple Ciders

Speciality Apple Ciders


5. Spirits

Gin

Vodka

Whisky

Rum

Brandy

Liqueur

Alternate & Experimental Spirits


5. Non-Alcoholic

Kombucha & Fermented

Soft Drinks, Mixers, Shrubs & Cordials

Non-Alcoholics 'Alcoholics'


*To view each drink's tasting note, please click on the drink*

Australia's best Wines by style

Pet Nat

  1. Brave New Wine — 2019 Nat Daddy State: WA  Category: Sparkling-wine / Pet-nat

    Attractive red fruits on the nose, good tension on the palate. A refreshing and well-crafted expression that delivers bright fruit, savouriness, zesty acidity and joyous bubbles. This is fun but also kind of serious, showing some real skill in getting so much interest and personality into this wild-edged drink. Bravo.

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  2. Gilbert — 2019 gilbert Pet Nat Riesling State: NSW  Category: Sparkling-wine / Pet-nat

    Light straw in colour with brisk bead. Really zesty citrus notes, clean with light lees, more persistent bubbles than expected with lovely texture. A light very refreshing version of the style.

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  3. Blind Corner — 2018 Petillant / Chenin Blanc 99.5% + Shiraz 0.5% State: WA  Category: Sparkling-wine / Pet-nat

    A complex nose with golden fruit, honey and spiced apples. A pleasing viscosity is found in the palate, balanced with minerality, frisky bubbles and a zing of crunchy acidity. Has quality enough to stand alone or with food, feels like a well-crafted pet nat.

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  4. Express Winemakers — 2019 Foamo State: WA  Category: Sparkling-wine / Pet-nat

    An earthier, dry expression. Savoury notes, toast and nuts, dried apple, bruised apple, saline hints. Lots going on here, wild. Would work well with cheese or as a late night pet nat. Likeable for its eccentricity and well-made.

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  5. Quealy Winemakers — 2018 Secco Splendido Metodo Ancestrale State: VIC  Category: Sparkling-wine / Pet-nat

    This is a sheer delight. Feels like a posh pet nat. Clean, pure very lifted florals, super aromatic, and great moussy mouthfeel. Flavours are fruity, feel elegant and refreshing. Very nicely done.

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  6. Small Island Wines — 2019 Pet Nat / 50% Pinot Noir 50% Chard State: TAS  Category: Sparkling-wine / Pet-nat

    Light rose petal notes then yeasty characters in the bouquet. The palate is more tangy strawberry with faint nuttiness, generally feeling super lively and delicate, yet a nice bite and crunch. Ticks lots of boxes.

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  7. Dormilona — 2019 Clayface Pet Nat State: WA  Category: Sparkling-wine / Pet-nat

    Bright, youthful and energetic glass of wine with fantastic rainbow of citrus characters and high-toned floral notes. There's some sweet citrus and green mango going on; bright, tight bubbles and a starburst of grapefruity tang to close. A perfect pre-midday drink.

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  8. Voyager Estate — 2019 Project Pet Nat Rouge State: WA  Category: Sparkling-wine / Pet-nat

    Something feels very posh about this pet nat - very primped and preened. White peach and pink grapefruit on the nose. A nice journey of textures with great apperitif quaities: bitter, sweet and refreshing to taste. Persistent bubbles are a feature. Classy gear.

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  9. Delinquente Wine Co — 2019 "Weeping Juan" Pink Pet Nat State: SA  Category: Sparkling-wine / Pet-nat

    This is a good drink, simply done well, bright and friendly. Offers light pink peachy-strawberry skin contact fruit and savouriness. There's sweet floral and interesting aromatics. The mousse and bubbles pop well in the palate and the wine finishes tart and firm-refreshing.

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  10. NGERINGA — 2019 Uncultured Pet Nat State: SA  Category: Sparkling-wine / Pet-nat

    Good drinking, easy drinking. This is a tart-meets-savoury number that shows citrus and bruised apple with walnut and cashew notes, creamy bubble, tangy-tart finish. The wine has a wild streak but tames up well in its finish. An excellent rendition of the pet nat vibe.

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Light & Refreshing White Wines

  1. Mewstone — 2018 Riesling State: TAS  Category: White-wine / Light-refreshing-whites

    Pretty perfume, there's nice acidity holding it together with the palate tight and racy. As a drinker, you're sort of waiting for something to happen; a really exciting, slow-burner of a wine, delicate in style, finely detailed, and has super attractive fruit character. Lots of detail, lots of interest, texture and general excitement in understatement. Superb white wine.

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  2. Meadowbank — 2019 Meadowbank Riesling State: TAS  Category: White-wine / Light-refreshing-whites

    An absolutely brilliant, scintillating white of fragrance, precision and racy nature. Opens with talcum and floral aromas, mouthwatering apple-y palate, and presents as a more textural riesling. There's plenty going on in the fruit, minerality, texture and velocity departments here. Ultra tasty, is the assement.

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  3. Eden Road Wines — 2018 Eden Road Canberra Riesling State: ACT  Category: White-wine / Light-refreshing-whites

    Delicate perfume of grapefruit, citrus blossom and apple. A squeaky-textured wine of intensity, high tensile freshness, tight finish and some textural detail. A brilliant light white of summery vitality.

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  4. Harkham Wineries — 2018 Aziza's Semillon State: NSW  Category: White-wine / Light-refreshing-whites

    A beautiful wine, distinct and original, opens with rich lemon and lemon curd scents, faint savoury nuttiness and some almond croissant character. The palate is opulent but fresh, loose-knit in a way but covers the palate beautifully. Light but savoury and yet refreshing.

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  5. Mac Forbes Wines — 2019 EB47 Concrete Riesling State: VIC  Category: White-wine / Light-refreshing-whites

    A scintillating white of high velocity, and though it feels austere and lean, delivers minerally-slate character, good concentration in its sleek frame and a juicy, bright finish. Feels limey to taste too. Very good, restrained style.

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  6. Hill-Smith Family Vineyards — 2019 Pewsey Vale Vineyard Prima Riesling State: SA  Category: White-wine / Light-refreshing-whites

    Attractive wine of jasmine blossoms and white lily scents with whiffs of pomelo and Calippo ice block. Nicely handled feel of fruit sweetness, giving an extra dimension to the palate. Great drinking to be had here.

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  7. Pewsey Vale Vineyard — 2018 Pewsey Vale Vineyard 1961 Block Riesling State: SA  Category: White-wine / Light-refreshing-whites

    Classic lines. Bright perfume of red apple skin, citrus and citrus blossom with a faint steely element. Palate is bone dry, offers some grip and delivers appealing, lean apple flavour. Tightly wound, laser-like style. Great for cellaring, one could assume

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  8. LA VIOLETTA — 2018 YÉ-YÉ BLANC State: WA  Category: White-wine / Light-refreshing-whites

    Distinctly fun, expressive white wine that shows good-time sour-sweet stone-fruit aromas, a touch of grassiness and green herbs. Persistent flavours with bright, tangy finish. Very summery kind of style with detail.

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  9. Golding Wines — 2018 Market Series - The Spruiker Pinot Gris State: SA  Category: White-wine / Light-refreshing-whites

    Tropical fruit scents meet light herb and citrus. Really soft and silky palate but some structure holds it together. Almost tonic water kind of vibe to taste with fruit, freshness and botanical detail in the mix. Feels like a good quality wine from an unfamiliar grape variety in the best possible sense.

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  10. d'Arenberg — 2019 The Broken Fishplate Sauvignon Blanc State: SA  Category: White-wine / Light-refreshing-whites

    Simple wine done well. This shows with good concentration and neat grip and acidity. That sense of a wine with everything nicely balanced emerges with bright fruit, fresh acidity and some depth to texture. A very complete wine that seems weighted to both sipping and food.

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Medium Bodied & Textural White Wines

  1. Sigurd Wines — 2018 Hoyde Chardonnay State: SA  Category: White-wine / Medium-bodied-textural-whites

    An exciting expression here. Opens with orchard fruits, freshness, ripeness and softness in the mix. Good balance on the palate, with freshness and primary stone fruit character coupled to saline mineral notes and a fine creamy finish. There's plenty of energy and vivacity here. It's a complex yet compelling wine.

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  2. Worlds Apart Wines — 2018 Oakbank Sauvignon Blanc State: SA  Category: White-wine / Medium-bodied-textural-whites

    Hits the curiosity button. Shows perfume of dried, preserved and fresh stone fruit and citrus character. The palate is flavourful and grippy/chewy, with apple and citrus to the fore. There's structure, detail and interest through and through. Lots to explore in this wine. And it is delicious, straight up.

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  3. Vinteloper — 2018 Urban Winery Project #5 Pinot Gris/ Gewurztraminer / Riesling State: SA  Category: White-wine / Medium-bodied-textural-whites

    A wine imbued with high drinkability and ease of drinking mainlining apple-y fruitiness, some floral character and a touch of honey-toast detail. Washy texture, bright finish. Fun wine, for sunny days and general ease of consumption.

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  4. Jordy Kay — 2018 Chèvre Henty Field Blend State: VIC  Category: White-wine / Medium-bodied-textural-whites

    Straight up cracker. Shows with cider apple-y scents; pretty and savoury at once. Some ripeness and a distinct fino sherry lift. Chewy, grippy palate offers more of the apple and saline character, feels tightly wound and yet gently floral. High praise here - upgrade your picnic wine at once.

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  5. Gilbert — 2017 gilbert Chardonnay State: NSW  Category: White-wine / Medium-bodied-textural-whites

    A wine of freshness and simplicity. Pleasing style of dry tropical fruity scents, brisk acidity, general crispness and lolling textural lilt. A sense of funk and friskiness in spades. Guzzle with impunity.

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  6. Unico Zelo — 2018 'Jade + Jasper' Fiano State: SA  Category: White-wine / Medium-bodied-textural-whites

    Feels like a wine born of freshness and simplicity. Pleasing all comers style of dry tropical fruity scents, brisk acidity, general crispness and lolling textural lilt. A sense of funk and friskiness in spades. Guzzle with impunity.

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  7. S.C.Pannell — 2019 S.C.Pannell Pinot Gris State: SA  Category: White-wine / Medium-bodied-textural-whites

    Totally smashable white wine style built for pouring liberally at BBQs and other assorted feasts. Kicks off with vibrant jasmine and lifted grapefruit scents. Fine in the palate with brisk, citrusy freshness coupled to sweet spice, soft fennel notes and a wrap of fine, minerally-chalky tannins. Brilliant wine in general with early complexity to the fore.

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  8. Rose Kentish Wines — 2019 Pinot Gris State: SA  Category: White-wine / Medium-bodied-textural-whites

    Fresh, fruity, refreshing. A brisk and brilliant white wine that marries a strong stone fruit vibe with a general sense of prettiness and power. Bright acid, mouth-watering tang, vivacity in spades. Delivers a lot here.

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  9. Golding Wines — 2014 Single Vineyard Series La Francesa Savagnin State: SA  Category: White-wine / Medium-bodied-textural-whites

    traight up delicious, An absolute treat. Really well balanced acidity, body, and intensity of flavour. Moreish fruitiness and succulence in texture. Light minerally charm in the mix too. Total sundowner/summery smasher. Sheer enjoyment.

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  10. Murdoch Hill — 2018 Chardonnay State: SA  Category: White-wine / Medium-bodied-textural-whites

    Classy wine this. Things start with fine, toasty oak characters married to fresh citrus and green apple. There's more of that savoury depth to taste but the overwhelming rush of frisky, Granny Smith apple acidity and just-ripe nectarine fruitiness does a trick. Very well made and premium with everything beautifully balanced. Would be well received by all.

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Full Flavoured White Wines

  1. Crittenden Estate — 2015 Cri de Coeur Savagnin State: VIC  Category: White-wine / Full-flavoured-whites

    What an incredible wine this is. So much detail, character and yet full thrust of charm. Saline, nutty, sherry-like in aromas with salty nutty character to taste across an epic length of flavour. It's Australia via Jura, a very special wine that nails the brief of freshness, power and concentration of fruit flavour, the saline personality of flor with general intrigue. Superb wine in any book.

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  2. Silverstream Wines — 2016 Chardonnay State: WA  Category: White-wine / Full-flavoured-whites

    A powerful white of structure and depth, showing tangy acidity under a slice of generous apple, citrus and stone-fruit characters. Perfume is full, enticing, moreish. Wonderful drinking.

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  3. Voyager Estate — 2017 Chardonnay State: WA  Category: White-wine / Full-flavoured-whites

    An inwardly concentrated white that shows with juiciness of fruit but tightly kept with chalky pucker and a sheath of sweet spice. Strong perfume of glazed nuts, ripe apple and sea spray too. A powerful, potent style with superb balance.

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  4. Kangarilla Road — 2015 The Veil Savagnin State: SA  Category: White-wine / Full-flavoured-whites

    A flor-influenced wine reminscent of fino sherry but with more body and nuttiness. Lemon balm scents with cashew and sea spray, the palate is similar, very long in flavour, finishing freshy and saline tangy. An intriguing style done very well.

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  5. Chain of Ponds — 2018 Corkscrew Rd Chardonnay State: SA  Category: White-wine / Full-flavoured-whites

    Bold, bright, flavoursome white of fresh grapefruit-like scents and flavours with high-tone herbal notes, chiseled edges in texture, joyous vibrant fruit character and a general ease of drinking and ready charm. Doesn't reinvent the wheel but does what it does well - lots of pleasure.

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Rosé

  1. Mallaluka — 2019 Sangiovese Rose State: VIC  Category: Rose-wine

    Hugely charismatic rosé here. Sour strawberries, watermelon, blood orange and faint nuttiness going 'round. The palate is slippery, textural and ends in a sour pucker and crunch. It's a wild-edged wine but gives drinkers of all ilks refreshment factor, fruitiness and pleasing dryness. Complex, complete, compelling.

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  2. Brothers Koerner — 2019 Rosé State: SA  Category: Rose-wine

    This opens with a high-tone fruit spectrum - watermelon and cranberry, green herbs and Campari-like things. The palate offers crunchy freshness, brightness, pleasing bitter elements and surprising persistence and length. It's wholly excellent stuff, though it's far from a 'classic rosé'. Strap in for the refreshment factor.

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  3. La Prova — 2018 Aglianico Rosato State: SA  Category: Rose-wine

    Delicate and lifted, strawberry and sour cherry, rose water and gentle spice. Good perfume. The perfume matches the palate - you'll find fine structure and good freshness, length and succulence. Perhaps the rosé could do with a little more complexity but the overwhelming drinkability makes this soar through the pack.

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  4. Express Winemakers — 2018 Rose State: WA  Category: Rose-wine

    One of the more interesting rosés with a blend of soft red fruits, savoury hints, chompy tannins, sour-refreshing acidity, Aperol-like characters, herbs and general crunch and bite. Better structure than found in so many other rosés, and better vivacity and general vibe. Cool wine.

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  5. Hither & Yon — 2019 Rosé State: SA  Category: Rose-wine

    Well-structured dry rosé with scents of fresh strawberries, raspberries, red currants and cherries, a mix of redness wedded to rose petal and some light vermouth-botanical notes. Texture and finish is dry, though there is a light juiciness somewhere in there too. Lovely stuff.

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  6. El Desperado — 2018 Rose State: SA  Category: Rose-wine

    So very pleasing, easy to like and get into. Texture is quite crunchy and brisk, some prettiness of red berry fruits between bouquet and palate, an inherent delicacy to the fruit spectrum. Not bad at all.

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  7. Bone Dry Drinks — 2018 Rosé State: NSW  Category: Rose-wine

    Juicy then swerves to dry. Red cherries married to blood orange tang. Scents of rose water and watermelon. Ticks lots of boxes. While relatively simple, the pleasure factor is through the roof. Summery stuff.

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  8. Bondar — 2019 Rosé State: SA  Category: Rose-wine

    Richer style of dry rosé with some concentrated red cherry characteristics, Amaro notes, sweet spice and fresh redcurrant finish. It feels like quality fruit is the motif and it's exciting to see it on full display. Great style here.

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  9. Silent Noise — 2019 Nero Rose State: SA  Category: Rose-wine

    Fun-lovin' rosé style with rose water, cranberry and pomegranate shooting through the bouquet and palate. Seems to be slightly riper in style, not sweet per se, but with good concentration. There's a suggestion of red wine grip and, hence, ends up feeling like a more serious style.

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  10. Sherrah Wine Co. — 2019 Grenache Rose State: SA  Category: Rose-wine

    This is a more confected rosé with slippery texture and juiciness but the finish is so very dry, chalky and bright that you get the picture this is a good alternative style that pushes red grape flavour to the fore. Pretty feel all up, and built for summery consumption.

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Skin Contact & Orange Wines

  1. Oakridge Wines — 2019 Garden Gris - Pinot Gris State: VIC  Category: Skin-contact-orange-wine

    This is such an outstanding skin contact wine. Impressive in colour, detail in scent and flavour, wonderful and serious in texture. It offers drinkers the full flex of the variety with length, persistence and deliciousness on its side. It kicks off with cranberry, rhubarb and Campari scents while the palate drives long and deep with chalky texture bitter orange and cranberry flavours, licks of sour cherry fruit and a weave of puckering, Italianate tannins. Superb stuff.

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  2. smallfry wines — 2019 Tangerine Dream State: SA  Category: Skin-contact-orange-wine

    A floral, fruit-driven orange wine of just-ripe stone fruit scents, floral notes, vermouth-like lift. The palate is juicy then firmly puckering and dry. Shows tang of acidity for freshness and compelling trim of chalky-mineral charm. Great drinking here.

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  3. Edenflo — 2019 Eden Valley Gewürtztraminer Riesling Pinot State: SA  Category: Skin-contact-orange-wine

    A superb skin-fermented white wine that will impress for its fruitiness but almost impressive structure. A serious orange wine but has a wild streak and general drinkability in tow. Smells like peach tea and floral-ginger spice. There's really nice chalky grip in the palate, good length, great dart-like shape and a brilliant, fresh but chewy finish. Fantastic.

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  4. Fall from Grace — La Madrina 2018 Arneis State: SA  Category: Skin-contact-orange-wine

    Compelling and eccentric orange wine but feels quite 'authentic' to many of the world's great, more extreme examples, running with full, tropical fruit character, bitter orange, apple juice, but also a nutty, oxidative edge. There are saline notes in the mix too. So much going on, so much to sink into and enjoy.

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  5. Koerner Wine — 2019 'Pigato' Vermentino State: SA  Category: Skin-contact-orange-wine

    A stellar example of skin contact white wine: tangy, taut, brilliantly minerally and chalky, zesty in citrus and dry nashi pear flavours. Similar in bouquet with sea spray chiming in. Races across the palate and finishes in a tight pucker. Such good drinking.

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  6. Handpicked Wines — 2019 Handpicked Trial Batch Skin-Contact Riesling State: VIC  Category: Skin-contact-orange-wine

    This has some exotic character but is readily enjoyable. Opens with wet tea leaf, dried apricot, green apple scents, following through to the palate with jucy acid and bitter but grippy tannins. Flavours are more apple and citrusy with brisk acidity and a light, talc-like mineral thing going on. Nicely done.

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  7. Unico Zelo — 2018 'Esoterico' Spiced Blend State: SA  Category: Skin-contact-orange-wine

    Pretty wine of rounded texture, ripe citrus fruit, bright acidity and long flavours of fresh peach tea and amaro with a slightly bitter finish. All up, this is a charming skin fermented white wine: joyous and frisky, fun and lively. Get stuck in.

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  8. Sigurd Wines — 2018 White Blend Riesling/Sauv Blanc/Semillon/Vermentino/Gewurtz State: SA  Category: Skin-contact-orange-wine

    Lots going on in this wine. Starts savoury, slight herbal, faint saline notes appear, then to taste, a little waxy and textured - it feels like a great food wine. Flavours and scents of dry, green apple, a lick of bitter, white vermouth-like tang, some citrus going on. Charisma plus.

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  9. Mallaluka — 2019 Fiano/Viognier State: ACT  Category: Skin-contact-orange-wine

    Hey hey! Caramelised pear, dried pear fruit flan, cucumber-in-tonic scents - an unusual but intriguing combo. Palate rolls on moderate acid and stretches to good length. There's some fruit lusciousness and yet freshness here, slip and chomp, general satisfaction. Great gear.

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  10. Brave New Wine — 2018 Klusterphunk - Chardonnay State: WA  Category: Skin-contact-orange-wine

    Lots going on, a kind of oddball wine but in the best possible sense. Starts with whiffs of pickled ginger, sour plum, umeboshi, mustard fruits. The palate is similarly exotic with tangy citrus, green apple, some yuzu and a herbal note. There's brisk acidity and a pucker of tannin in the mix. It's unfettered and intriguing stuff.

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Sparkling White & Red Wines

  1. Jansz Tasmania — Jansz Tasmania Premium Cuvée State: TAS  Category: Sparkling-wine / Charmat-transfer-method-traditional

    Light and floral, honey suckle, baked apple nose; delicious, juicy and moreish on the palate. Well-balanced pastry, bread, creaminess. A detailed and vivacious sparkling wine of freshness, bright bead and general interest. Ultra high drinkability.

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  2. Piccadilly Circus — 2016 Blanc de Blancs Sparkling State: SA  Category: Sparkling-wine / Charmat-transfer-method-traditional

    Quite a broad and fleshy sparkling wine; good richness with honeycomb, butter, pastry and freshly-baked apple characters. Feels well-balanced but bold with a core of crisp, tight acidity amongst more of the ripe apple, apricot, bricohe, danish pastry things going on. An appealing, lingering finish and good, creamy mousse.

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  3. Jansz Tasmania — 2014 Jansz Tasmania Vintage Cuvée State: TAS  Category: Sparkling-wine / Charmat-transfer-method-traditional

    This is a fancy-feeling sparkling wine. It's rich on the nose offering toasted brioche, honey hints, ripe apple and spice. There's proper clean acidty, licks of vanilla, more toasted brioche, baked apple flavours and a sense that the balance of freshness and richness is keenly met. Bubbles are bright, the finish sparkles. Super stuff.

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  4. Nocton Vineyard — Nocton Vineyard Non Vintage Sparkling State: TAS  Category: Sparkling-wine / Charmat-transfer-method-traditional

    This feels classy and rich. Despite that statement there's some restraint from mid palate to the finish, with zesty, green apple acidity and brisk bubbles a feature. Some lovely creaminess to texture upfront, we get baked apple, vanilla, buttery notes with hints of peach and apricot. Top flight sparkling.

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  5. Jansz Tasmania — Jansz Tasmania Premium Rosé State: TAS  Category: Sparkling-wine / Charmat-transfer-method-traditional

    A pretty rosé-style sparkling offering obvious strawberries and cream on the nose, though the palate is dry, restrained and feels light and fresh. Very well composed, delicious and vibrant to drink. Fruit-driven but enough savoury, nutty complexity to bring more interest. Cracker.

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  6. Blok Coonawarra — Blok Sparkling Pinot Chardonnay State: SA  Category: Sparkling-wine / Charmat-transfer-method-traditional

    Big, bold style, easy drinking in its nature. Huge bouquet of rich, fresh honeycomb, lemon curd, lemon zest and baked apple. The palate runs with similar flavours, easy drinking sweet-softness and a dry, crackling, citrusy finish. Not overly complex but generally just very good to drink.

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Light & Refreshing Red Wines

  1. NGERINGA — 2018 Uncultured Pinot Noir State: SA  Category: Red-wine / Light-refreshing-reds

    A beautiful wine from hello, offering a subtle exchange between the floral, cherry-fruited and savoury nose. Fine, refreshing acidity and building tannins are a feature. It drives with energy and freshness. It's a stunning wine.

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  2. Murdoch Hill — 2018 Ridley Pinot x Three State: SA  Category: Red-wine / Light-refreshing-reds

    Stemmy, savoury, violet floral and geranium notes are woven through complex, savoury-leaning fruit characters. A racy red but one with tannin, shape and fine structure. Beautifully balanced acid keeps the wine perky and lean. Fantastic drinking.

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  3. The Lane Vineyard — 2018 Pinot Meunier State: SA  Category: Red-wine / Light-refreshing-reds

    Fragile, on the edge of ripeness and perky with acidity, this is a racy, lighter red with cranberry crush characters and general brightness a feature. Pleasingly refreshing style.

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  4. Punt Road — 2018 Airlie Bank Franc State: VIC  Category: Red-wine / Light-refreshing-reds

    A gum forest of purple flowers spiced with pine needles - an unusual but compelling start. Bold aromatics, followed by a very refined and elegant palate, with green herbal detail a feature in the sour-sweet cherry fruitiness. Lovely, fine wine.

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  5. Giant Steps — 2018 Applejack Vineyard Pinot Noir State: VIC  Category: Red-wine / Light-refreshing-reds

    Starts with some good red berry-cherry fruit on the nose, with come-hither savoury notes, clove and cinnamon, some undergrowth too. Similar in the palate, but svelte, flowing beautifully and finishing with a flourish of fruit and spice.

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  6. Voyager Estate — 2017 Girt By Sea Cabernet Merlot State: WA  Category: Red-wine / Light-refreshing-reds

    Seems classic cabernet has found a lighter expression, this wine showing with blueberry fruitiness, cassis scents and strong capsicum/herbal notes. The palate is light in weight but full in flavour, with ripe tannin and a pretty, slightly sour cherry finish. Yum.

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  7. Koerner Wine — 2019 'La Korse' State: SA  Category: Red-wine / Light-refreshing-reds

    Rich and ripe plums, red and black cherries, elegant and crisp acidity. Red currants coming through on the palate, a really enjoyable wine that's worth spending a bit of time thinking about. It's restrained and elegant so it could be easy to miss the complexity and lingering length of this wine.

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  8. Murdoch Hill — 2018 Pinot Noir State: SA  Category: Red-wine / Light-refreshing-reds

    A vibrant expression definitively in light red territory; opens with violets, florals berries and vanilla sweet spice. Then there's the nicely shaped palate with fine but puckering tannins and freshness of fruit that is well balanced. Well-made and great drinking wine.

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  9. Murdoch Hill — 2019 Vis-a-Vis State: SA  Category: Red-wine / Light-refreshing-reds

    A unique feel here. Lifts from the glass with crushed leaves, bramble notes, late-ripe berries, some violet and a spearmint-y waft. Lots going on. The palate is shaped by fine tannins, frisky in feel, crunch and pucker to texture with very vibrant and detailed fruit, herb, peppery character. A delight!

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  10. Blind Corner — 2019 Nouveau / Shiraz State: WA  Category: Red-wine / Light-refreshing-reds

    This is fun to drink. Charming wine of savoury-sweet fruitiness, sweaty herbs, strawberry and spice. Freshness is the motif. Crisp texture, bite to acidity, gorgeous fruitiness in the mix. Drink chilled with impunity.

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Medium Bodied & Textural Red Wines

  1. Koerner Wine — 2018 'Niellucccio' - Sangiovese State: SA  Category: Red-wine / Medium-bodied-textural-reds

    Bright, almost zesty, nose, with great acid and structure, a tightly-wound wine of intensity and vibrancy, good amount of grip holds the deep red fruit all the way through. This is quite a statement wine, brilliant and detailed, savoury and fruit-driven at once. A modern Australian wine of its own voice.

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  2. Harkham Wineries — 2018 Aziza's Shiraz State: NSW  Category: Red-wine / Medium-bodied-textural-reds

    Saline oyster shell nose, salty, some berry fruits, earthy and smokey too. Sits perfectly at medium weight, almost a little sloshy in texture though a smudge of dusty tannins chimes in. Moreish, soft and juicy, bright too. Just so delicious.

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  3. Cape Jaffa — 2018 CJ Shiraz State: SA  Category: Red-wine / Medium-bodied-textural-reds

    A very impressive wine that sits right in the medium-bodied zone yet shows deep brooding, dark berries and a slice of game meat with herbal characters. There's a salty note too, sea spray, the wine feels maritime, dark fruited, slick and firm with a shot of good tannin. This is elegant but personality-filled. A coup.

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  4. Penley Estate — 2018 McLaren Vale Project Shiraz State: SA  Category: Red-wine / Medium-bodied-textural-reds

    A juicy, jovial red of high deliciousness and general vibrancy. Opens with black jelly bean, aniseed and vanilla though there's plummy goodness lurking in that bouquet too. Palate is good, round and nicely wrapped in high-quality fine tannin.

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  5. Mac Forbes Wines — 2017 EB40 Nebbiolo State: VIC  Category: Red-wine / Medium-bodied-textural-reds

    A coursing, medium-weight red of dark cherry, leather and earth, showing rustic tannins holding burnt orange peel acidity in a shapely flow of dark fruit and ashy savouriness. Superb tannins and a fantastic feel overall. Something special here.

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  6. Dalrymple Vineyards — 2015 Dalrymple Single Site Coal River Valley Pinot Noir State: TAS  Category: Red-wine / Medium-bodied-textural-reds

    Pleasantly reductive perfume, perhaps slightly volcanic and earthy in scent, shows some autumn leaves and raisinated cherry character in the bouquet. The wine slides effortlessly through the palate, faint game meat in the mix, with medium tannins and acid, lifted herbal detail and effortlessly long in flow.

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  7. CRE Wines — 2019 Pinot Noir State: VIC  Category: Red-wine / Medium-bodied-textural-reds

    An exciting wine for its character and personality, slightly left of centre, red cherry and raspberry, generous feel in the mouth but fresh, too, spiked with vermouth-like botanicals and herbs, zesty through the finish. Lots to like.

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  8. Guthrie — 2018 The Snare Syrah State: SA  Category: Red-wine / Medium-bodied-textural-reds

    Dusty, cedar, jubey red berry fruit, dry velvety tannins slender in the palate but offering good concentration. Drives well, light juiciness to close, a dusting of spice for interest. This is elegant stuff and drinks a treat - get the big glasses.

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  9. Bleasdale — 2018 The Wild Fig State: SA  Category: Red-wine / Medium-bodied-textural-reds

    Fresh strawberry with a bit of liquorice in the bouquet - a super pretty and attractive start. Strawberry on palate with concentration in mid palate and reasonable structure with sheets of fine tannin laid down on that fruity vibe. There's a grapey purity here, gentle sweetness and freshness. A simple wine but oh so pleasing.

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  10. DCB Wine — 2018 Yarra Valley Pinot Noir State: VIC  Category: Red-wine / Medium-bodied-textural-reds

    This feels like a pedigree - dark cherry, sweet spice and a whiff of clove. The palate offers waves of succulent minerality and crunchy bright fruit. It's a wine that layers in detail and interest but feels inherently easy to drink solo, but charm will come with gently spiced dishes.

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Full Flavoured Red Wines

  1. Bondar — 2018 Violet Hour Shiraz State: SA  Category: Red-wine / Full-flavoured-reds

    This wine offers waves of red and black fruit with liquorice (the black and red kinds) with vibrant ripe fruit a motif. There's sweet earthiness, some light choc-cherry notes, the tannins smooth, even and long. So much goodness. A stellar example of a powerful, potent wine.

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  2. Silent Noise — 2017 Montepulciano State: SA  Category: Red-wine / Full-flavoured-reds

    Really juicy blueberries, blackberries, black cherries and hints of vanilla and smoke. Great start. Well-structured tannin and acidity, perky and bright through the finish. Has an almost Italianate feel to it in lift and spice. Great drinking for now and short-term ageing.

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  3. Berton Vineyards — 2017 Limited Reserve State: NSW  Category: Red-wine / Full-flavoured-reds

    Moody, brooding dark, potent red wine, shows with cassis, bell pepper and strong clove-cedar character. Tannins weave through plush fruit, chunky, spicy tannins. It's a bold red, inky and robust, with all its elements turned up in volume but balanced.

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  4. Blind Corner — 2017 Bernard / Cabernet State: WA  Category: Red-wine / Full-flavoured-reds

    A beautiful, bigger wine, with softness, suppleness and flow in its favour. Opens with gentle black fruits in a eucalypt forest, the palate echoes the bouquet and there's spice-laden, suede textured tannins shaping the wine well. It's such a lovely red.

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  5. Jericho — 2016 Jericho Adelaide Hills Syrah State: SA  Category: Red-wine / Full-flavoured-reds

    Fresh but stewed raspberry/strawberry with whiffs of Christmas cake, mulled wine spice and grilled meat. The palate is quite intense, dense, slick and round with soft tannin, good flavour intensity and a satisfying, long, fleshy-sweet finish. Satisfying stuff.

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  6. HEAD RED — 2018 Grenache Shiraz Mataro State: SA  Category: Red-wine / Full-flavoured-reds

    Despite some heft the wine retains a relatively youthful, medium depth. Dark berries jostle with sweet spice, there's an unnamed funk and savoury, sour cherry edge. Lots going on in this wine, a riper style with panache and balance.

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  7. Samuel's Gorge — 2017 Mosaic of Dreams - Grenache, Mourvedre, Syrah State: SA  Category: Red-wine / Full-flavoured-reds

    Perfumed, fuller flavoured but fresh red, shows with perfume of sweet turned earth, brambles and blackberries, liquorice and choc-cherry. The palate lands some rose water on forest berry characters, softness with a saltbush and gummy tannin finish. It's a pearler in the fuller style.

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  8. Express Winemakers — 2018 Syrah State: WA  Category: Red-wine / Full-flavoured-reds

    Everything in its right place. Plush, plummy fruit and violet floral character glow on the nose. The palate has some nice tang to acidity, great balance and fine structural tannins, loads the mouth with mulberry, herbal notes, tangy acidity and peppery spice. Geez, this has some charisma.

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Vermouth, Aromatised & Fortified

  1. Maidenii — 2018 Maidenii Kina Quinquina State: VIC  Category: Vermouth-aromatised-wine

    Muscat flowers, neroli, curry leaf - really heady aroma. Well-defined wormwood - brilliant carry across the palate with exquisite balance between the acidity, sweetness and bitterness - on a very clean wine base. Utterly impressive.

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  2. Maidenii — 2018 Classic Vermouth State: VIC  Category: Vermouth-aromatised-wine

    Fresh wormwood, amaro bitter herb characters on a fresh rosé base. Amazing execution of this particular style paying great homage to it's traditional home! Lovely balance, and restraint shown in bitter characteristics. Kudos!

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  3. Crittenden Estate — Macvin State: VIC  Category: Fortified-wine

    Super nutty although very directed, with a pristine clarity - utterly delicious! Evident restraint shown, postively handled aperitif style. Jamon BEAST!

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  4. Adelaide Hills Distillery — Rose Vermouth State: SA  Category: Vermouth-aromatised-wine

    Beautiful Arabic and Cajun spice dominate the aroma in a very, very pleasing way - intriguing! Rocking! Utterly perfect balance between sweetness/bitterness. Gorgeous palate weight, Delicate, aromatic, length, flavour and personality.

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  5. Adelaide Hills Distillery — Rosso Vermouth State: SA  Category: Vermouth-aromatised-wine

    Bright muscat-type nose, full of dried mandarin and citrus. Ultimate refreshment. Brilliant balance of sweetness with crunchy, crisp acidity. Amazing rancio - very exciting wine.

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  6. Seppeltsfield Wines — Elixir III -Charmingly Caramel State: VIC  Category: Fortified-wine

    Hearty rancio and developed characters, very clean example of the style. Caramel for days. The complexity isn't weighed down, instead shows with a spritely acidity and it's a really great drinking variant of the style.

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  7. All Saints Estate — Rutherglen Muscat State: VIC  Category: Fortified-wine

    Muscat aromas on high! Bright and fresh! Immense complexity and super-well balanced sweetness, showing remarkable restraint. Lifted and driven acidity. Incredible execution. Complex and compelling. Well done!

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  8. Maidenii — 2017 Unfiltered Dry Vermouth State: VIC  Category: Vermouth-aromatised-wine

    Beautiful use of fresh wormwood, with an intensity setting it out on the table. Clean, and fresh nose, really pleasing palate weight, broad, perhaps needing a little more acidity, although very impressed with the clarity of botanical use and cleanliness of the base wine. Good drinking.

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  9. Seppeltsfield Wines — Para Grand Tawny State: SA  Category: Fortified-wine

    Full, powerful, rich spice and heady sweetness in the bouquet. Warm spirit is a thing here, there's generosity and slickness in the palate too with a dry, bony finish. Fruit is opulent, attractive in the mix, with mature characters in the mix. Quite compelling.

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  10. Seppeltsfield Wines — Para Rare Tawny State: SA  Category: Fortified-wine

    Loaded with exotic spice, burnt orange, lovely dried fruit, rancio character with well-judged sweetness. There's a power here, breathiness and direct line to the clean spirit. Spice finishes the wine intensely. Serious stuff here.

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Australia's best Beers by style

Crispy Ales

  1. Brick Lane Brewing — One Love Pale Ale State: VIC  Category: Beer / Crispy-ale

    Tropical fruit aroma - heavy pineapple and light passionfruit. Refreshing, light and dances around the palate. Very moreish as the bitterness cuts through the fruitiness. A brilliant example of the style.

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  2. The Sparkke Change Beverage Company — Pale Ale State: SA  Category: Beer / Crispy-ale

    Bursting with a tropical fruit aroma that's followed by piney and earthy characters on the nose. Straw in colour with a light haze. On the palate, it's a compact yet robust hit to the tastebuds with a clean finish and a pleasing bitterness that is well-balanced with the rest of the beer. This is an excellent example of the style and wildly sessionable.

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  3. Moo Brew — Mid Strength State: TAS  Category: Beer / Crispy-ale

    Lovely hue. Dank, piney aroma (in a good way). This beer would suit all palates, whether crafty or basic. Carbonation really lifts this beer. Simply very well done.

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  4. Modus Operandi Brewing — Wippa Snippa Session Pale State: NSW  Category: Beer / Crispy-ale

    Nice golden haze. Pleasant aromas of mango and spruce needle. Brightly carbonated and flavoured with a creeping bitterness. Hits the spot.

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  5. Burleigh Brewing Co. — Burleigh 28 State: QLD  Category: Beer / Crispy-ale

    A really interesting aroma that gives more every time you go back for more. Notes of eucalyptus, rosewater and a background toasted note. Medium body, great balanced bitterness and a dry crisp finish. Strong recommendation!

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Crispy Lagers

  1. Uraidla Brewery — Uraidla Brewery Helles Lager State: SA  Category: Beer / Crispy-lager

    Very floral - like a bouquet of jasmine. The hop flavour, malt flavour, yeast and bitterness all really well integrated. Great mouthfeel and carbonation. The kind of beer you could drink all afternoon. Excellent.

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  2. Brick Lane Brewing — Base Lager State: VIC  Category: Beer / Crispy-lager

    Well carbonated and refreshing. Some residual sweetness and a substantial body but mostly it's a lean, clean, lovely lager that does just what the label says. A very good example here.

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  3. Moo Brew — Moo Brew Pilsner State: TAS  Category: Beer / Crispy-lager

    Full bodied but still crisp and refreshing.. Very true to a well-made Australian draught lager style. Balance between light hop notes, malt sweetness and yeast. The bitterness is quite big but that doesn't take away from its enjoyability.

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  4. Alby — Draught (can) State: WA  Category: Beer / Crispy-lager

    It's the exact type of lager you'd enjoy in the European sun. The nose showcases the malt profile, yeast characteristics and noble hops. It's clean and it's balanced with a wonderful bitter finish.

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  5. Detour Beer Co. — Black Spur Draught State: VIC  Category: Beer / Crispy-lager

    Nice floral aroma. Might rely too heavily on early addition hops so other elements can't shine, but in the end you get a pleasingly (but quite) bitter beer of good refreshment factor and general zestiness.

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  6. Felons Brewing Co — Crisp Lager State: QLD  Category: Beer / Crispy-lager

    A really enticing nose with a delicate lemon verbena note along with a tasty water cracker malt character. The taste carries the same lemon zestiness. Crisp and dry with a light back-end bitterness. A classic done well.

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  7. Alby — Crisp (bottle) State: WA  Category: Beer / Crispy-lager

    A great example of a crispy lager. Great clean yeast character and a delicate bready malt profile. All is in check and well-rounded. It's an elegant beer that is not heavy-handed but hits all the points you want from it.

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Dark and/or Malt Driven

  1. Burnley Brewing — Coffee Brown Ale with These Days Coffee Roasting State: VIC  Category: Beer / Dark-malt-driven

    Beautiful, deep red colour with a really great malt-driven aroma. Very rich, toffee and caramel flavour and despite being a very full-figured beer, the flavours aren't overly intense. There's a hint of spice or earthiness from the hops. An incredibly balanced and sexy looking beer. Would drink happily.

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  2. Rocky Ridge Brewing — DB State: WA  Category: Beer / Dark-malt-driven

    Big and delicious coffee aromas with an underlying chocolate milk sweetness. The flavour aligns perfectly with those aromas, it's rich (very rich), smooth, with roasted coffee flavours and takes me back to a childhood of milkshakes and strawberry yogos. Brilliant.

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  3. Moo Brew — Dark Ale State: TAS  Category: Beer / Dark-malt-driven

    Dark brown with a slight red hue. Notes of dark fruit and Christmas cake spices along with dried fruits. A nice toasty malt character is lifted with a well balanced hop profile that helps lift the beer without stealing the limelight from the malt character, which is at the forefront of this beer. The hops bitterness also pairs well with the roasty malt character, this means a solid finish to the beer that has a light roasty lingering end. A lot going on, a lot to enjoy.

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  4. Sailors Grave Brewing — Law of the tongue - Oyster stout State: VIC  Category: Beer / Dark-malt-driven

    Has viscosity and intensity; straight up delicious beer. Incredibly smoky aroma with a bacon bone element, too. It has a lovely balance, with acidity from the roast, a meatiness (in the best possible way) that's cut through by a malty sweetness at the end. Beautifully balanced.

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  5. Frenchies Bistro and Brewery — Laperouse (golden biere de garde) State: NSW  Category: Beer / Dark-malt-driven

    Good head retention. Spiced fruit yeast-driven aroma that's pleasantly restrained. Despite its light appearance, it's full bodied, rich and reasonably sessionable for a beer that is very full of flavour. Nicely done.

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  6. Brick Lane Brewing — Red Hoppy Ale State: VIC  Category: Beer / Dark-malt-driven

    Light amber colour deceives how complex this beer is. The aroma has a nice spicy hop note that pairs really well with sweet caramel malt characters. A great balance between malts and hops that brings a bright freshness to the beer that makes this super drinkable. A great malt-forward beer.

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Fruit & Hybrid

  1. Wildflower — St Phoebe 2019 State: NSW  Category: Beer / Fruit-hybrid

    Pink hue in colour. Stewed rhubarb, faint red berries, touch of hops/malt and a yeasty tang on the nose. Crisp and brisk, fresh acidity, with structure that makes you keep going back for more. There is so much detail here, texture too, an almost vinous expression of extreme complexity but deliciousness. Straight up visceral pleasure but married to drinkability and general appeal. What. A. Beer.

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  2. Wildflower — St Florence 2019: Semillon State: NSW  Category: Beer / Fruit-hybrid

    A big nose of mixed fermentation and nice barrel/wood characters. Lovely zippy citrus body that gives a nice pleasant lift to the beer with a dry finish that makes you come back for more. A detailed beer of high charisma and interest, yet high drinkability in tow.

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  3. Matso's Brewery — Matso's Ginger Beer State: WA  Category: Beer / Fruit-hybrid

    Great and ultra-refreshing ginger beer. Good balance of sweetness without being over the top and a neat hit of gingery spice through it all. A nice building ginger heat making for an attractive finish.

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  4. Van Dieman Brewing — Claude State: TAS  Category: Beer / Fruit-hybrid

    Big notes of blue cheese and a grainy malt sweetness with a touch of spicy hop notes. Acidity gives a zip to the beer followed by a long bitterness. Plenty of yeasty funk and detail here, also palate-cleasing tang. Feels very 'of the grain and yeast' spectrum with balance despite the zing.

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Hop Driven

  1. The Suburban Brew — No. 2 Pale Ale State: SA  Category: Beer / Hop-driven

    Pleasant stone-fruit aroma, looks good too with a nice even haze and good foam retention. Well-rounded mouthfeel, definitely more on the bitter side of life. Lots of details yet lots of drinkability. Pitch-perfect play at hop-driven beer styles. Righteous stuff.

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  2. Uraidla Brewery — Uraidla Brewery Third Eye Pale Ale State: SA  Category: Beer / Hop-driven

    Light gold in colour with a very slight haze. Great aroma of hop-driven tropical fruits. Well balanced bitterness that is long and persistent without overpowering the fruity hop flavours. Lots to like here.

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  3. Felons Brewing Co — IPA State: QLD  Category: Beer / Hop-driven

    A strong, robust hop-driven style throwing out a boozy funk yet still curiously delicate - all this without blowing you head off. Soft and full-bodied with a nice citrus character, a touch of passionfruit and greenery, and, importantly, with a bitterness that is in check. Good-good.

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  4. The Grifter Brewing Co — Big Sur West Coast IPA State: NSW  Category: Beer / Hop-driven

    Great aroma of malt and hops. Pronounced bitterness lending to a full experience thanks to its full flavour. Big citrus flavour. Big! Great West Coast ale kind of vibe but doesn't miss drinkability and easy appeal. Step in, the water is fine.

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  5. One Drop Brewing Co — XPA State: NSW  Category: Beer / Hop-driven

    Piney, sprucey and resinous nose. Lifted mouthfeel. Visually appealing. A very good beer for hop heads who love their classic West Coast styles.

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  6. Bodriggy Brewing Company — Cosmic Microwave NEIPA State: VIC  Category: Beer / Hop-driven

    Big hazy beer with notes of tropical breakfast juice and Frosty Fruits ice blocks. Nice big, thick mouthfeel with a subtle spicy warmth on the back-end - very smashable with lots of flavour and aroma.

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  7. Tinnies — Tropical XPA State: VIC  Category: Beer / Hop-driven

    A fruity hoppy aroma and a conversely bright and lively mouthfeel. Smooth ride and a well-rounded finish. Overall, a good beer, nicely done, good wild-green edge, good fruitiness. Good. Good. Good.

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  8. Yulli's Brews — Amanda Mandarin IPA State: NSW  Category: Beer / Hop-driven

    Big passionfruit aroma with some green mango and orange-y citrus there too. Mid- to high-carbonation, which perfectly suits the fuller figured, juicy-citrusy style. The pronounced bitterness is backed by its malt profile. We're happy with this beer.

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  9. Buckaroo Brew Co — The Winemakers Cleansing Ale State: NSW  Category: Beer / Hop-driven

    Visually displays a nice haze. Because of its subtle aroma, the big floral, perfumey hop flavour pleasantly surprises. All the juiciness is backed up by a fitting bitterness in its finish. Pretty darn good.

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  10. Bodriggy Brewing Company — Highbinder Pale Ale State: VIC  Category: Beer / Hop-driven

    A big summer fruit salad nose with a little citrus squeezed on top. Full AF mouthfeel. Finishes with a sharp bitterness that cuts through the flavour. Would enjoy smashing with a big block of quality cheddar. Good beer, well done.

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Sour, Farmhouse & Wild Ferment

  1. Rocky Ridge Brewing — Blueberry Sour State: WA  Category: Beer / Sour-farmhouse-wild-ferment

    Peachy, hazy hue. Meaty aroma (in a good way). Covers the palate really nicely. Heaps of depth, lots of sour tang and yeasty lift. Brilliant example of the style: balanced, long, flavoursome and fresh. Such joy.

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  2. Yulli's Brews — Dolly Aldrin Honeydew Melon Berliner Weisse State: NSW  Category: Beer / Sour-farmhouse-wild-ferment

    Heaps of watermelon/rockmelon/green melon. Refreshing, crisp, tart, clean and bright; mouth-watering finish leaves you wanting more. Would drink the hell out of this. A striking, distinct and wonderful expression here.

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  3. Wildflower — Good as Gold State: NSW  Category: Beer / Sour-farmhouse-wild-ferment

    Everything you'd want in a barrel-aged and blended sour and very delicately displayed. Very easy drinking. You'd start your afternoon with it, crack that baby and share it round. Righteous stuff.

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  4. Wildflower — Solera State: NSW  Category: Beer / Sour-farmhouse-wild-ferment

    Bright, fresh, multi-layered acidity, meaty, cloy-y. Spice, earth, savoury detail, wood spice, yeasty lift, so much going on. Strikingly good beer of complexity and deliciousness.

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  5. Wildflower — Gold State: NSW  Category: Beer / Sour-farmhouse-wild-ferment

    Top-notch, barrel-aged and blended sour - tang, bloody notes, ferrous detail. Very easy drinking though plenty of yeasty, light malt and hops complexity. You'd start your afternoon (or morning) with it. Oh yeah, that citrusy-yeasty refreshing tang to close. Top notch.

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  6. Wildflower — Amber State: NSW  Category: Beer / Sour-farmhouse-wild-ferment

    I smell malt! Yay! Colour is gorgeous. The rich sweetness and acidity complement each other nicely. It presented slightly chalky in texture, some tannins perhaps, so you could go either way on that. So much charisma here and so much good drinking.

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Other Fermented Alcoholic Drinks

  1. The Sparkke Change Beverage Company — Hard Lemonade State: SA  Category: Other-fermented-alcoholic-drinks

    Scents of real lemonade or pub squash. What fun! Great balance of sugar and acidity, very true and appealing 'real lemon' character through this brew. What a cracking drink this is - so well crafted in the 'smart adult soft drink' vibe.

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  2. Sunlight Liquor — Gums & Roses Sparkling Mead / South Australian multi-flora honey (Wirrabara) with Strawberry Gum leaves and Rosella flowers State: SA  Category: Other-fermented-alcoholic-drinks

    Visually beautiful mead. Delicate honey flavour, with elderflower, musk stick, Turkish delight and an overal elegant perfume character. It's light and subtle but still flavourful. It is so very pleasing to drink. It's mead for the masses with personality. Done so well.

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  3. DIRTY BUCHA — BOTANICAL GIN + LEMON MYRTLE KOMBUCHA State: NSW  Category: Other-fermented-alcoholic-drinks

    Lemon sherbert with a nice, tight grip to the body without being too sweet. Good, strong, pleasing, bitter herb and lemon tea elements. Pleasant, dry finish too. Interesting and exotic. Like it.

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Australia's best Ciders by style

New World Ciders

  1. Young Henrys — Cloudy Cider State: NSW  Category: Cider / New-world-cider

    Cloudy, apple crumble aromas, vibrant green apple, notes of nashi pear and cinnamon. Has lively mouthfeel, pleasing soft-sourness coming through with a nice balance of relatively overt but pleasing sweetness. There's a nice tartness/acid balance and good interest here. A 'please all-comers' style with medium sweetness and easy drinking writ large.

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  2. Napoleone — Napoleone Apple Cider State: VIC  Category: Cider / New-world-cider

    Clear, bright and clean, offering fresh apple, cooking spices, bright aromas and flavours. Nice! Shows good balance of sweetness with nice, tart finish. A straight-forward cider but done oh so very, very well.

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  3. The Hills Cider Company — Pear State: SA  Category: Perry / New-world-perry

    Easy drinking personified but enough to catch attention in the details too. Shows golden and toasty characters with sweet-spiced apple crumble notes, Pear Drops' lolly character and bright acidity, general vibrancy, mellow feel and flavoursome, charismatic proper fruit character.

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Traditional/Wild Fermented Apple Ciders

  1. Willie Smith's Cider Makers — 2018 Kingston Black State: TAS  Category: Cider / Traditional-wild-fermentedp-cider

    Lifted apple aroma, great carbonation and acid structure, light but fine tannin profile, excellent length of flavour and inherent dry apple, light farmhouse-y characters. Complex yet with high drinkability. Very good traditional cider.

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  2. Buckaroo Brew Co — The Vignerons Quenching Cider State: NSW  Category: Cider / Traditional-wild-fermentedp-cider

    Great balance, offering clean but ripe red apple characters, brisk fizz of carbonation, good tang to acidity, delicate tannin kiss. Highly drinkable but also one for the cider nerds.

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Speciality Apple Ciders

  1. The Hills Cider Company — Cloudy Apple State: SA  Category: Cider / Speciality-apple-cider

    Good apple aroma. Very well balanced. Starts off sweet but then the tartness lovingly washes over your tongue. Very effervescent, which gives it a nice light flavour profile. Incredibly well balanced, lovely and enjoyable cider. Kudos!

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  2. Adams Evening Cider — Extra Special Midnight Tonic 2018 State: VIC  Category: Cider / Speciality-apple-cider

    Wild funky aroma with red apple skin and pleasing brett. It's acidic and tart, borderline sour but it's held in check by the full fruit flavour. The brett character is really prominent and balances beautifully with the tartness of fruit. This is a brilliant and character-filled cider. More please.

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Australia's best Spirits by style

Gin

  1. Never Never — Triple Juniper Gin State: SA  Category: Gin

    This gin is mature, thoughtful and incredibly well executed. It's accessible, nothing about this gin is trying too hard, and why should it? It's already arrived. The all-rounder.

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  2. The Farmer's Wife Distillery — The Farmer's Wife Autumn Dry Gin State: NSW  Category: Gin

    Wild thyme with a smoky, dank intensity and pleasant, bright finger lime, juniper and cassia aromats. The density of the oils is beautiful, smooth and lingering all the way to the finish. Great execution of a difficult style with an amazing level of intrigue. Yummy.

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  3. Craft & Co — Navy Strength State: VIC  Category: Gin

    A fascinating drink. A beautiful fermented rice aromat on the nose. Cardamom and Keen's curry powder on the palate. A truly original gin, incredibly interesting to sip.

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  4. 36 Short — Barrel Aged Gin State: SA  Category: Gin / Un-aged-gin

    Butterscotch, vanilla and creme caramel, this is a well-balanced and pleasant spirit. It would be much too easy drink a bunch, but it doesn't behave like a gin. Drink it dumped over ice!

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  5. Imperial Measures Distilling — Ounce Gin Bold State: SA  Category: Gin

    Umami-driven salinity plays with the juniper - a brilliant spicy, savoury expression! Brilliant citrus and cassia sweetness flows across the palate. Unassuming, but very well executed! What a beautiful example of what gin can be.

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  6. Karu Distillery — Affinity Gin State: NSW  Category: Gin / Un-aged-gin

    A strong, bold, confident and dashing drop. This is a gin that is proud to be gin. It's smooth and deeply enjoyable and has drinkability for days. Use it for everything.

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  7. Happenstance Distillery — Fireside Gin State: SA  Category: Gin / Un-aged-gin

    So well-defined - there's a clarity of juniper and coriander seed here. The bold, heavy-handed use of juniper bleeds a resinous quality across the palate - an amazing example of a super classical style, incredibly well executed!

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  8. Archie Rose — Archie Rose Distiller's Strength Gin State: NSW  Category: Gin

    Pine fresh! A good, solid, well-made and -executed gin in a classic style. A strong all-rounder.

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  9. 5Nines Distilling — Sticks & Stones State: SA  Category: Gin

    Crisp, crunchy celery, loads of beautiful bright green vegetables. Super smooth and steady, this is the right kind of gin for a really nice martini.

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  10. Needle & Pin Spirits — "Sevilli" Bathtub Style State: SA  Category: Gin / Un-aged-gin

    Super intense aromatics of elderflower, jasmine, incense and wild fennel. Old Tom Gin-style palate driven taught and lean with a well-defined texture brought about through a crazy bitter almond kernal back palate. Thrilling drinking - feels like a modern quinquina!

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Vodka

  1. Heres Looking At You KId — Triple Distilled Vodka State: VIC  Category: Vodka

    Verdant, fresh, mountain air. Very clean, lightly-toasted grain and herbal nose. A good neutral palate; a high quality spirit. A success.

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  2. Otter Craft Distilling — COCOA VODKA State: NSW  Category: Vodka

    Beautifully strong aromas of unsweetened baking chocolate and raw cacao. Intense but balanced by a little vanilla. Spirit and flavour are very well integrated. This cacao vodka has absolutely nailed the brief.

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  3. Archie Rose — Archie Rose Original Vodka State: NSW  Category: Vodka

    A bit of lemon rind, bright, fresh and clean. Clean palate, not a huge amount of texture. A good example of a perfect, everyday vodka with no faults.

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  4. Old Young's — Pavlova Vodka State: WA  Category: Vodka

    Fruity, super sweet, strawberries and cream. Despite the sweetness, the flavours are fresh and natural. All in all makes for a fun, fruity and slightly frivolous drinking experience. This is a vodka in a pink party dress. Well done!

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  5. Manly Spirits — Marine Botanical Vodka State: NSW  Category: Vodka

    Oystery, oceany, briney. Not too crisp; the texture is interesting. A little bit of maritme fun.

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Whisky

  1. Hobart Whisky — 19-002 - Ex-Bourbon Matured / French Oak Pinot Noir Finish State: TAS  Category: Whisky / Aged-2-years-whiskey

    Grown-up butterscotch candies. Though it begins a little austere and tightly wound, this whisky opens up beautifully. Classic. Aussie. Whisky. Excellent.

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  2. Archie Rose — Archie Rose Rye Malt Whisky State: NSW  Category: Whisky

    At once both sweet and savoury, serious and gregarious. Willy Wonka's factory has been firebombed, and all the kids are dancing in the embers. Fun!

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  3. Timboon Railway Shed Distillery — Christie's Cut Single Malt State: VIC  Category: Whisky / Aged-2-years-whiskey

    Big and boozy, packs a punch. It's so intriguing, strong all the way to the finish, with flavours of chestnuts, toffee apple, candied fruit, creamed butter and creaming soda. Balanced with a silky mouthfeel. Nice one!

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  4. Belgrove Distillery — Rye Whisky State: TAS  Category: Whisky / Aged-2-years-whiskey

    Smooth as. Strong, ripe, verdant rye characteristics. Plenty to like.

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  5. Riverbourne Enigma - Edition 1 — Whisky Peated - Matured in a 60L Port Cask State: NSW  Category: Whisky / Aged-2-years-whiskey

    There's a delicious umami here, soy and fish sauce. Damp embers from a distant campfire, burnt toffee, but balanced by a maritime salinity. Opens up in the glass rapidly - this whisky is complex and off beat. A real contender.

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  6. Craft Works Distillery — NMS New Make Spirit Cellar Door Release No1 State: NSW  Category: Whisky / Un-aged-whiskey

    Powerful! That Milo chocolate and malt delicious feel. This is a great product, ready for the barrel.

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  7. Timboon Railway Shed Distillery — Port Expression Single Malt State: VIC  Category: Whisky / Aged-2-years-whiskey

    Delicate and spritely, with a nice light, easy character. This is a good session whisky. Delicious flavours of custard, creme brulee, and fresh apple blossom dusted with lashings of vanilla and Hubba Bubba gum. Super well-balanced. Party starter right here!

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  8. Belgrove Distillery — Rye Whisky Cask Strength State: TAS  Category: Whisky / Aged-2-years-whiskey

    The heat on the palate is exciting, a lick of something dangerous and delicious. This is good, strong drinking.

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  9. Backwoods Distilling Co — Wild Rye State: VIC  Category: Whisky / Un-aged-whiskey

    What an exemplary new-make malt. Whiffs of Vegemite and a pervasive mustiness that smells comforting and deeply intriguing - it makes this whisky very satisfying to sip.

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  10. Noosa Heads Distillery — 'Fortune' White Malt State: QLD  Category: Whiskey

    Mineral characteristics give way to ample fruitiness. Could almost be an unaged stone fruit brandy, super enjoyable and has so much breadth of flavour.

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Rum

  1. JimmyRum — Oaked State: VIC  Category: Rum / Un-aged-rum

    So much going on here, it's hard to identify specific flavours but this isn't a bad thing! This is big, loud and boozy in the best way.

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  2. JimmyRum — Silver State: VIC  Category: Rum / Un-aged-rum

    Salty hard-liquorice nose. Sexy! This is pirate rum - the rum you swig from the bottle on deck. Big on the molasses. Big on the good times.

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  3. Hoochery Distillery — Premium Ord River Rum State: WA  Category: Rum

    The warmth of the spirit here is the take away. It's bold and firm.

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  4. New Norfolk Distillery — Misty Valley Silver Spirit State: TAS  Category: Rum / Un-aged-rum

    Green, fresh, melon; great for a daiquiri. Drink this on a deserted island, in a linen suit.

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Brandy

  1. Sullivans Cove XO Tasmanian Brandy — Double Cask Batch DCB01 State: TAS  Category: Brandy

    Amazingly bold and exciting drink. It's a great standalone product that completely transcends the category. Is it even a brandy?

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  2. Needle & Pin Spirits — Grappa Tradizionale State: SA  Category: Brandy

    Classic grappa profile. No-nonsense and super direct, it's cruchy and punchy and fiery without being harsh. Lots of personality, as you would expect. World-class.

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  3. Sullivans Cove XO Tasmanian Brandy — Single Cask TDB0018 State: TAS  Category: Brandy

    Creme caramel and hard toffees, warm and creamy on the palate. It unfolds calmy and elegantly along the palate and remains consistent throughout the drinking experience. DELICIOUS.

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  4. Charles Oates Distilling — Fine Apple Brandy - Tokay State: TAS  Category: Brandy

    Crisp fresh Fuji apples, the herbal flavours of tobacco and dry hay in the sunshine. A vibrant, sunny afternoon delight. This has all the makings of a real crowd pleaser.

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  5. ADELAIDE Hills Distillery — Apple Brandy State: SA  Category: Brandy

    The perfect balance of light and heavy, this is lovely and restrained. A contender!

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  6. Bass & Flinders Distillery — Ochre Fine Aged Brandy State: VIC  Category: Brandy

    Light and delicate. A really strong product that has a lot of promise. Delicious drinkability.

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  7. Pietro Gallo Estate — Grappa di Prosecco State: VIC  Category: Brandy

    Mellow, sweet, inviting. Highly drinkable. This is a breakfast grappa if there ever was one - fresh, grape sweetness balanced out by the soft intensity of the heat from the booze.

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Liqueur

  1. Marionette — Dry Cassis State: VIC  Category: Liqueur

    Rich and elegant delivery of the delicious, sweet berry flavours. There's balance here too with bold savoury notes. A stunning colour, a stunning drink.

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  2. White Possum — Naked Amaretto State: VIC  Category: Liqueur

    If this was my bonbonniere I'd be delighted. Great marzipan taste and a textural weight on the tongue that's stunning.

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  3. Applewood Distillery — Økar Amaro State: SA  Category: Liqueur

    Strawberry gum, used to perfection, there's a strong punchy menthol flavour here, this is a taste that's not shy. Nouveau Australian stylings here, take note.

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  4. Charles Oates Distilling — Pommeau State: TAS  Category: Liqueur

    Easy drinking, approachable apple brandy. There's nothing to add and nothing to take away, delicious, slurpable. Mmmmhmmm.

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Alternate & Experimental Spirits

  1. Pinche — Agave Tequilana State: NSW  Category: Alternate-experimental-spirits

    Bright nose of hops and peat (is this mezcal?!) on a super-clean base, remarkable distillate and elevated botanicals of celery seed and cucumber. Beautiful smoky phenolic grip balanced by a persistent, but restrained sweet spice.

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  2. Reed & Co — Spirit Lab Gin & Juice (Mistelle) State: VIC  Category: Alternate-experimental-spirits

    Amazing citrus, floral and ginger spice aroma - immediately hinting at sweetness, resolved on the palate with a pristine clarity and pleasantly-lifted acidity and lingering bitterness. Great summertime aperitivo.

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  3. MOUNTAIN Distilling — MOUNTAIN Gin & Tonic State: VIC  Category: Alternate-experimental-spirits

    Fresh lime, tonic, pure and clean, and very enticing - this is immediately delicious, and perfectly well-executed. Loving the elevated level of bitterness bringing drive to the sweetness. Really well done!

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Australia's best Non-Alcoholics by style

Kombucha & Fermented

  1. Two Boys Brew Kombucha — Silk Road State: VIC  Category: Kombucha-fermented

    This is great! The sweetness of caramel vs bold acidity maintains its clean balance, with a hint of funk that stops it from being too much of any one flavour. What a contender.

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  2. rok Kombucha — Berry Beats State: WA  Category: Kombucha-fermented

    This little number is ready to be paired. Duck pancakes? Yes. Tex Mex ? Yes. Caribbean? Yes, yes, yes. It’s got the beautiful redness of rosehip hibiscus tea, and strong summer vibes. Ice it and drink a lot of it.

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  3. rok Kombucha — Classic Booch State: WA  Category: Kombucha-fermented

    A vibrant little drink, with summer florals leading into jammy, ripe, stone fruit. The apricot-y-ness is especially appealing. This is a lovely easy drinker, balanced and fresh.

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  4. Flora Kombucha — Strawberry & Mint Kombucha State: TAS  Category: Kombucha-fermented

    Oh oh oh, Golden Valley peaches, the taste of childhood. Just needs some vanilla ice cream! Peachy clean/keen in both the aroma and the mouthfeel, but it’s drier on the palate than you’d expect.

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  5. Mailer McGuire Kombucha — Midnight Chai Kombucha State: NSW  Category: Kombucha-fermented

    What a stunningly elegant drink, sweet and strong and persistent lingering chai spices - would be a perfect way to start or finish a day.

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  6. WILD KOMBUCHA BY BALLSY — NAUGHTY NETTLE - nettle & rosella Wild Kombucha on-tap refillable range State: NSW  Category: Kombucha-fermented

    Something very grown-up happening here, Australian botanics plus ripe stone fruit, with a strong, dry finish and drinkability for days. A fabulous replacement for something boozy.

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  7. Mailer McGuire Kombucha — Wild Hops Kombucha State: NSW  Category: Kombucha-fermented

    Highly drinkable, well-balanced 'booch, with sweetness and fruitiness tying for first place, this is one you could sip on all day.

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  8. Remedy Drinks — Remedy Switchel Finger Lime State: VIC  Category: Kombucha-fermented

    A clean ride; ginger is the predominant flavour here. There’s complexity in the structure and something buttery and rich about it, perhaps from a wine-based vinegar, which makes this a drink of high interest.

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  9. Kombu Kombucha — Ginger & Lemon Myrtle State: NSW  Category: Kombucha-fermented

    Delicious - this has acidity, structure and oomph in perfect balance. Gentle residual sugars buoy the gingery flavour to the end of the palate without overwhelming the overall delightful lightness of this drink. Sublime.

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  10. Kombu Kombucha — Neat & Natural State: NSW  Category: Kombucha-fermented

    A bright, tart, vivacious number, this ‘booch is balanced as hell - fruity without being overly sweet, its freshness is truly thirst quenching.

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Soft Drinks, Mixers, Shrubs & Cordials

  1. sin-ko-nah tonic syrup — original State: VIC  Category: Soft-drinks-mixers-shrubs-cordials

    A remarkable tonic. Complex and fresh, judiciously bitter and wildly appealing, works with still and sparkling water, but lock it in with a G&T and it's happy days. The quality is through the roof here - everything in the right place. A landmark product.

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  2. Juice Culture — Circus State: VIC  Category: Soft-drinks-mixers-shrubs-cordials

    Like a rhubarb and strawberry compote, the perfect combo of sweet and tart. Not at all saccharine, the flavours are super natural tasting. So pretty! The taste of a sunny winter afternoon.

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  3. CAPI — Flamin' Ginger Beer State: VIC  Category: Soft-drinks-mixers-shrubs-cordials

    Wouldn't change a thing. Raw ginger taste, fresh light mouthfeel, perfectly balanced acidity and drive, this would make for the perfect palate cleanser - this drink leaves you better than it finds you.

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  4. StrangeLove — Holy Grapefruit/ 300ml Lo-Cal Soda State: VIC  Category: Soft-drinks-mixers-shrubs-cordials

    Holy Moly! The fizz here is great, spritz-y and super-clean. There’s a great bitterness that’s super true to fresh grapefruit, but enough sweetness to carry it through to the end. Yum!

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  5. SECO SPARKLING — GREEN APPLE & ELDERFLOWER State: VIC  Category: Soft-drinks-mixers-shrubs-cordials

    A curious and lovely thing here, though leaning into the apple fruit flavours also shows cherry and fresh stone fruit. It’s super light with a touch of marzipan, lush texture, fresh and juicy with a floral-kind of flavour going on. A really excellent product.

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  6. TasPop — Mandarin Lime & Bitters State: TAS  Category: Soft-drinks-mixers-shrubs-cordials

    This has a lovely subtle bitter flavour, so lovely in fact that even more would lift this product into the next level of excellence - it lacks a little texture, but overall it does what it needs to.

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  7. Patio Beverages — Bloody Mary Mix State: NSW  Category: Soft-drinks-mixers-shrubs-cordials

    Fresh, crisp savoury vegetable juice. The tomato element is juicy and plush, the spices are harmonious. This is the perfect hangover cure (with or without your alcohol of choice).

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  8. CAPI — Dry Tonic State: VIC  Category: Soft-drinks-mixers-shrubs-cordials

    So fresh and so clean - this has a gentle sparkle, and it’s super refreshing. Great tonic water, so good you could drink it on it’s own for sure.

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  9. Heal Thy Soda — Ginger Beer State: VIC  Category: Soft-drinks-mixers-shrubs-cordials

    Ginger tang, ginger whiffs, a tight and tart palate with good freshness factor and generally super high refreshment. This is a clever use of the primary ingredient of ginger, with zing and zest to the fore. Feels like it would do you good too.

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  10. SECO SPARKLING — SPICED PINEAPPLE State: VIC  Category: Soft-drinks-mixers-shrubs-cordials

    Clean and crisp with loads of tropical fruits - ripe pineapple, fresh melon. It’s dry on the palate with high refreshment factor! Yum. We have a serious contender here!

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Non-Alcoholics 'Alcoholics"

  1. Lyre's — Italian Orange State: NSW  Category: Non-alcoholic-alcoholics

    Super enjoyable with something light and fizzy for bitter orange soda vibes, the perfect Italian summer in a glass, sans the booze.

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  2. Lyre's — Vermouth Rosso State: NSW  Category: Non-alcoholic-alcoholics

    Amaro vibes here, would definitely work well as a spritz. Lovely acidity, balanced bitterness and citrus rind rounds this out to perfection.

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  3. Somersault — Lemon Squash & Matcha State: VIC  Category: Non-alcoholic-alcoholics

    What an impressive alcohol alternative! Really strong depth of character with a satisfyingly textual mouthfeel, backed up with a bold profile of citrus and acid. It would be very interesting to see what you could do with more applied technique - oak, perhaps, to increase floral notes and more specific varietal characteristics.

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  4. NON — Roasted Beetroot & Sansho State: VIC  Category: Non-alcoholic-alcoholics

    A really interesting, non alcoholic drink - the saltiness here lends huge potential as food-match beverage and the fructose yielded from the vegetable element balances well - little after spice is a very pleasant way to round this out.

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  5. NON — Salted Raspberry & Chamomile State: VIC  Category: Non-alcoholic-alcoholics

    Comforting rooibos tea nose combined with generous use of spices and botanicals are rounded out with good raspberry acids. A summer slosher!

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  6. Lyre's — Coffee Liqueur State: NSW  Category: Non-alcoholic-alcoholics

    This nails the Kahlua-esque, creamy espresso, freshly ground coffee aromas. Super fun with a silky texture - the addition of milk could add creaminess and viscosity - who doesn't want a virgin white Russian?

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  7. Lyre's — Amaretto State: NSW  Category: Non-alcoholic-alcoholics

    Very strong almond essence vibes, biscotti - should shake very well into a non-alcoholic amaretto sour. Delish!

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  8. Kefie — Hopped Water Kefir State: TAS  Category: Non-alcoholic-alcoholics

    Delicately floral/elderflower aromats from thoughtful use of hops, a slight bitterness couldbe balanced with more mouthfeel to neutralise the tannins from the hops, but in the end this is such a brilliant drink with so much character that quibbles like that whipped away quick. It’s a beautiful, nourishing kind of vibe here – ready for action.

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  9. Somersault — Pink Grapefruit & Ginger State: VIC  Category: Non-alcoholic-alcoholics

    A gentle easy drinker with a nice fruit profile that would be lifted with the addition of vanilla or sweet aromatics. Very drinkable.

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