Our new book, Broadsheet Melbourne Food, is out now. To celebrate its release, we’re giving away a prize a day for 12 days. Each prize includes a copy of the book and a goods from one of Melbourne’s best producers or suppliers, selected from the book. Enter now for your chance to win.
Blackhearts & Sparrows is a riposte to the idea that chain bottle shops can’t offer good service or interesting stock. Since establishing their first store in 2006, siblings Paul and Jessica Ghaie have opened six more without losing sight of their original aim: to make small, independent wines (and beers and spirits) more easily accessible.
Blackhearts is our first choice for finding bottles from Australia’s great modern winemakers, such as Patrick Sullivan, Ochota Barrels, A. Rodda, Lucy Margaux, William Downie and Gentle Folk. If you’re yet to run across any of these names, the staff will enthusiastically bring you up to speed.
They’re also passionate about international wines both from big winemaking nations such as France, Italy and Spain, and also countries less commonly found in Australian bottle shops, such as Greece, Croatia and Georgia. Ditto for beers, which range from everyday slabs to crafty one-offs, say, an Oskar Blues Hotbox Coffee IPA from Colorado.
This prize shows off Blackhearts’ talent for tracking down the most interesting, exciting products in an extremely crowded market.
It contains one of each of the following:
2017 Hop Nation x Jamsheed “The Sturm” (500 millilitres), which was one of our favourite beers last year. This unique pilsner contains a five per cent concentration of wild-fermented riesling juice from Jamsheed winery, giving it a tart, acidic tang.
Brady's Lookout Premium “MT” Apple Cider (750 millilitres), a méthode traditionnelle cider from Tasmania’s Tamar Valley with a clean, fragrant and off-dry taste.
2016 La Prova Prosecco (750 millilitres), a bright, approachable and food-friendly sparkling from the King Valley. Opens with aromas of citrus blossom before notes of pear, apple and rich stone fruits combined with a refreshing burst of cooling acidity.
2017 Adelina Watervale Riesling (750 millilitres). Here’s everything we like about Watervale Rieslings: floral lift, mouth-watering acidity and beautifully textured weight. Elements of lychee, grapefruit pith and preserved lemon mark the experience.
2015 Luke Lambert Crudo “Lightning Strike” Shiraz (750 millilitres). In March 2014, lighting struck a single row of shiraz in Lambert’s vineyard, shutting down the vines and turning the leaves bright red. After a brief dormant phase, the vines came back to life and fruit was ready to pick by early April. Lambert isolated the affected grapes and soon found that the resulting wine contained extra intensity and concentration. This wine is fittingly energetic, with notes of turned earth, beetroot and savoury spice.
Rondo Aperitivo Liqueur (700 millilitres), an organic, rhubarb aperitivo which sits somewhere between Aperol and Campari both in sweetness and bitterness. It’s fantastic in a spritz or served with lots of ice and a splash of soda water. No artificial colours or flavours.
A Jean Jullien illustrated tea towel, commissioned by Blackhearts & Sparrows.
A copy of Broadsheet Melbourne Food.
The total value is $199.95.