Winter Wines with Blackhearts & Sparrows

We're settling into the cooler months and dreaming of sitting by a warm fireplace with a platter of nibbles and a great bottle of red...and staying there. 

With that in mind we caught up with Paul and Jessica Ghaie, the siblings behind the Blackhearts & Sparrows independent wine stores, for their wines to enjoy this winter.

2017 Hochkirch Blanc, Henty
Initially there’s a clean, precise feel to this Semillon-Sauvignon Blanc blend that belies the ensuing complexity to follow. Look out for the brilliantly floral aspect, which, with additional time to settle in your glass, will meld effortlessly with the wine’s perky line of citrusy acidity. $28

2017 Momento Mori Bianco, Heathcote
Exotic aromas. Opens as a spicy, earthy and zesty offering. A wine that’s more on the structured and savoury side, with ensuing orange pith, meal and black tea leaf notes to taste. Initially destined for winemaker Dane Johns’ ‘Staring at the Sun’ blend, but the fruit was so good, it warranted a new, one-off cuvée. $42

2017 BK Wines x Blackhearts ‘Grafted Editions #5’ Savagnin
Floral, textural and citrusy; this slightly hazy Savagnin comes from a single, wild-fermented barrel that wasn’t topped up in its ageing process. As a result, it’s decidedly oxidative (read: saline and nutty) and reminiscent of its counterparts from France’s Jura region. Perfect as an aperitif alongside antipasti or oysters. $32

2017 Billy Button ‘The Clandestine’ Schioppettino, Alpine Valleys
Opens with a nose full of dried herbs, Sichuan pepper and forest berries. On the palate: crunchy red fruits, savoury spice, pink pepper corn and brambly earth and the grape’s signature structure. Light on its feet and very addictive. $34

2017 Francesco Cirelli Rosso, Abruzzo, Italy
Montepulciano, mostly recognised as a fuss-free table wine, can show fascinating complexity when made by esteemed producers. Case in point: this organic number that’s brimming with wild herbs, vibrant strawberries and dense red cherries. A little carbon dioxide spritz will dissipate with air – so decanting is recommended. $24

2016 Clos Cibonne ‘Cuvée Tradition’ Rouge, Côtes de Provence, France
A rarely-made blend of Tibouren (90 per cent) and Syrah (10 per cent) that’s densely red-fruited, herbaceous, sappy and marked by a salty-charcuterie edge. Proves that Provence has much more to offer than summery rosés. $48

All available in subscription packs via awineservice.com.au.

Blackhearts & Sparrows stocks a wide range of hand-picked products from across the globe, with everything tasted by the team before it touches the shelves. You can find them at blackheartsandsparrows.com.au, or follow them on Instagram @blackheartswine.