Wines of Place - Hickinbotham Vineyards and William Downie
The word "terroir" is a French term used to describe the environmental and other factors influencing the unique vineyards and farms of France. The notion is the best wines are made in the vineyard, not the winery and the right site selection and care of the vines means less input from the winemaker. Many wineries have adopted this idea across the world and here in Australia this philosophy is taking hold more and more. Two great examples are Hickinbotham in Clarendon, SA and William Downie across several regions in Victoria.
Friday, 31 July 2015 11:14:15 AM Australia/Sydney
Wines of Place - Hickinbotham Vineyards and William Downie
Friday, 17 July 2015 11:11:00 AM Australia/Sydney
This week’s feature winery in the Tasting Room is the iconic McLaren Vale producer, d'Arenberg. Their wines have been featured in the Tasting Room all week by the glass and in tasting flights and will still be on all weekend, including the new release 2011 Dead Arm Shiraz. You can also drop by tonight from 5-7pm or Saturday from 2-5pm to try a range of their current releases. James Hamilton and Toby Porter will be here to run through the wines, there's also a rumour that Chester himself will be dropping by...
The wines will as always be available to order at special prices, but if you can't make the tastings you can always purchase them from our website: d'Arenberg
As a benchmark producer for Australian Pinot Noir, the new releases from By Farr are highly anticipated every year at EEC. The 2013's don't disappoint. Every year the Sangreal blows us away, a balance of seductive fruit and juicy, mouth-watering acidity. The 2013 Sangreal is an Australian Pinot Noir that should be in every wine lovers cellar. The 2013 Farrside is the most approachable upon release we can remember from the label. Luscious red fruits, with a great balance of savoury touches. This is a bottle of wine that seems to evaporate very quickly in the glass... very moreish.
Both wines are extremely limited this year and we do not expect them to be around for long
Thursday, 19 March 2015 1:05:10 PM Australia/Sydney
Italian Wine Courses with David Ridge
This year, along with our regular tastings, masterclasses and dinners we're hosting regional focused wine courses with special guests from the industry sharing their wealth of knowledge. The first sessions are all about Italy and with help from David Ridge we'll be guiding you through the key wine regions. Discussion will be based around the varieties classifications and terroirs along with a glance at iconic producers and the food the locals enjoy with their wines. Each master class will run for about 2 hours and will be once a month on Tuesday nights for the next 10 months. The dates are as follows;
1. Alto Adige / Trentino / Lombardia – Tuesday, April 21st - $95 - Book online now
2. Friuli / Veneto – Tuesday, May 12th - $95
3. Piedmont / Valle dÁosta – Tuesday, June 9th - $120
4. Barolo Masterclass – Tuesday, July 21st - $180
5. Tuscany / Emilia Romagna / Umbria – Tuesday, August 11th - $120
6. Marche / Abruzzo / Lazio / Campania – Tuesday, September 8th - $95
7. Sardinia / Sicily – Tuesday, October 13th - $95
8. Dinner – Tuesday, November 10th - TBC
This weeks Feature Winery is Ngeringa from Mt Barker in the Adelaide Hills. A leading light in Bio-dynamics, Erinn and Janet Klein are quietly producing some of the best wines in the Adelaide Hills. We have loved watching the Ngeringa label grow over the years, with their work in the vineyard through sustainable farming the wines are getting better each year showing pure class. We are extremely excited to have their wines on offer by the glass and in tasting flights in the Tasting Room all week long, plus Erinn will be in Friday night from 5-7pm and Saturday afternoon 2-5pm to show a range of their current releases.
You can also check out their current range on our website: Ngeringa WinesRead More
Thursday, 5 March 2015 10:29:47 AM Australia/Sydney
Stephen George and his Ashton Hills label have been store favourites from day one at East End Cellars. An iconic Australian producer and a pioneer of Adelaide Hills Pinot Noir. The popularity of Pinot from the Hills has grown exponentially over the past few years with so many great new producers and growers. But Ashton Hills has remained the benchmark. The winery is basic, an earth floor and next to no equipment whatsoever. The Pinot fruit is destemmed with a small, customised, gentle destemmer that keeps as many whole berries as possible. The fruit is then basket pressed and the wine is made without any sulphur additions until bottling. Some whole bunches are included, the percentage varying according to vintage. The Pinots are mostly raised in aged, neutral French hogshead barrels. The Reserve Pinot may see some new oak, but again, the percentage depends entirely on the vintage. These are not wines made to a recipe.
This weeks feature winery is the bidynamic Barossa estate; Kalleske. The Kalleske family consider themselves caretakers of the land and not only want to maintain the environment but improve it for future generations. Quite a noble statement. What we love about the wines from Kalleske is their truthful approach. Wines that speak of the Barossa, rich and robust reds that we know the area is renowned for with thoughtful winemaking. They also don't mind an experiment, like their "Plenarius" Viognier that spends 7 days on skins and 10 months in oak, bottled unfined & unfiltered with a cloudy, orangey-amber colour and no added sulphites. The result is textural, exotic, slightly tannic, different and delicious.
Thursday, 26 February 2015 4:45:42 PM Australia/Sydney
Pushing the Boundaries: New Wave Wine
The term 'natural wine' is often used to describe wines of this nature with minimal intervention, a term we hesitate to use, even though it's essentially the common thread here. Reason being; there's still just too much debate as to what the term actually means. There are no laws to govern what is written on labels in this regard.Read More
Thursday, 19 February 2015 4:43:00 PM Australia/Sydney
East End Wine Down
The biggest laneway festival in Adelaide’s East End: East End Wine Down is back!
Dubbed a pop up, urban laneway taste-fest, this year’s event is on Sunday, March 29th from noon til 5pm in Vardon Avenue. With over 100 of South Australia’s leading wines to sample, as well as delicious street food made by our friends in the East End, DJs and roving entertainment, it's the perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon in the wine hub that is Adelaide’s East End.
Tickets are $30, visit Eventbrite to book. Tickets will be $35 on the day if not sold out beforehand.
More details to come over the next few weeks, inlcuding the wineries and restaurants that will be involved.
Thursday, 12 February 2015 7:26:14 PM Australia/Sydney
The Vault was cleared last week from our sale with perfect timing for new releases to hit the store.
Four new releases from France this week including one of our favourite Rhone Valley prodcuers and three up and coming superstars from Burgundy. As always with these offers numbers are limited, so if they are of interest we suggest you do not delay...
Monday, 19 January 2015 7:20:00 PM Australia/Sydney
Once again we kick off the new year with the brilliant wines from Fraser McKinley with what we are calling his best wines to date! Fresh from winning "Young Gun Winemaker of the Year" Fraser has released two new wines under the Sami Odi Label, his fourth edition of the Sami-Odi Little Wine and the 2013 Sami-Odi ‘DW-OLD' with fruit from only sourced from the oldest vines Fraser has access too. Once again the wines are extremely limited and we do not expect them to be around for long...
Friday, 28 November 2014 3:37:30 PM Australia/Sydney
The Little Book of Wine
Ladies and gentlemen, the Red Book is no longer with us... This year we proudly present our brand new 'Little Book of Wine'!
Inside you'll find loads of great specials, tasting notes on wines we're loving at the moment and some cracking bargains for good measure.
You can look at the book in two different formats:
- PDF version (iPhone/iPad friendly)
- Flash version
Tuesday 9th of December 7:30pm at the Tasting Room - $99
Here's an amazing opportunity to try some of the great wines of Champagne from Ruinart, Dom Perignon and Krug. We'll be running a masterclass setting to try these prestige cuvees, matched with some delicious food.
To book contact East End Cellars by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call 08 8232 5300. This will sell out fast, so if of interest don't delay.Read More
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 3:53:27 PM Australia/Sydney
This weeks Burgundy offer has wines from the famous Comtes de Vogue and Domaine Drouhin-Laroze to the tiny, up and coming Chablis producer Sébastien Dampt.
The Vogue is due to arrive within the next week, whilst the Laroze and Dampt are about three weeks away.
We love our Riesling here at East End Cellars and a rather warm start to Spring has us reaching for a fresh 2014 Riesling already.
Below we've featured four fantastic new releases, each with their own personality, but all pure, vibrant expressions of Riesling. From the new release 2014 Grosset wines, the first release of Riesling legend John Vickery's eponymous wine to a cheeky half bottle of Tom Shobbrooks textural Eden Valley, there is enough here to keep anyone cool...