Summer Wines with Blackhearts & Sparrows

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It's time to top up your wine collection - summer is around the corner and the warm weather is coming with it.

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 during the summer heat.

2018 BK Wines Rosé, Adelaide Hills

Pale, musky, floral and savoury; this BK Wines rosé is bursting with sip-without-thinking pleasure. Though if you’re after something that can handle food, don’t hesitate – there’s enough character within to satisfy all scenarios. $28

2018 William Downie ‘Cathedral’ Pinot Noir, Upper Goulburn

Early-drinking Pinot Noir from one of Gippsland’s best producers of the variety; it’s brisk, lively and sustained by just enough complexity to have alongside food. And just like the previous wine, a slight chill will lift all the berried-fruit flavours within. $30

2016 Domaine du Pas Saint Martin ‘La Pierre Frite’ Saumur Blanc, Loire Valley

Organic Chenin Blanc for lovers of zesty, chalky and textured wines. Which, really, are ideal as winter transitions into spring. Great with freshly-shucked oysters, though the inherent honeysuckle and blossom flavours will accompany soft cheeses equally well. $36

2018 Bubble Trouble ‘Lightly Sparkling’ Chenin Blanc, Blewitt Springs, South Australia

Our very own pét-nat, with a little less fizz – like Solo in texture – than you might expect. Which, combined with its (on cue) lemony freshness, salinity and varietal nuttiness, makes for a refreshing time – big ups to winemakers Sherrah Wine Co. for delivering the goods and artist Julia Laskowski for the excellent label! $20

2018 Blackhearts x Bobar 'Grafted Editions #10' Semillon, Yarra Valley, Victoria

Together with Bobar's Sally and Tom Belford, we're thrilled to release our tenth Grafted Editions wine, a 2018 Yarra Valley Semillon, that's ideal for warm weather drinking. It's crisp and bright to taste, and incredibly aromatic – preserved lemon, almond skin, acacia honey and jasmine precede a tangy, saline-infused finish.

2017 Olek Bondonio ‘Rosso Giulietta’ Pelaverga, Piedmont

To taste, there’s the usual white pepper and smoky charcuterie complexity typical of the Pelaverga variety, followed by plenty of crisp raspberry and strawberry fruit. Drink it with anything and everything – it’s that versatile and crowd-pleasing. $65

2018 Swinging Bridge #003 ‘Amber’, Orange, New South Wales

Though exotic in nature – you’d expect as much from an aromatic blend of Pinot Gris, Riesling and Gewürtztraminer ­– there’s brilliant poise within. It’s filled with yellow peach, tangerine and musk, and held together with a line of cooling acidity. $28

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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, or follow them on Instagram @blackheartswine.