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Reproduced below is the first page of Kinkead’s wine list, to illustrate Wine Director Michael Flynn’s innovative and popular thematic front page. The theme changes each year, but the individual wine selections will change as wines sell out over the course of the year. The complete wine list, including the Cellarmaster’s Reserve, is accessible at www.kinkead.com.

 

KINKEAD'S INTRODUCES "OVER THE TOP AND DOWN UNDER"!!

G'dye mytes! Time to sit a spell and reflect on the beauty of the grape Down Under. You know, when we're not tying our kangaroos down, or cuddlin’ koalas out on the outback, we're often engaged in the game of the grape, and we've learned a thing or two these last two hundred years. Take for example our incomparable shiraz; that’s ‘syrah’ to you blokes from the States. Now, where on earth can you find wines of such brawny power, opulent black fruit, and smoky spice as a shiraz from Coonawarra, Hunter Valley, or Barossa - and at a price to put your cabs to tears?

Or take our mates to the east. Those Kiwis are really dusting it up with their pungent Marlborough Sauvignons and dry fruity Rieslings. No duffers they, though just a few years back it seemed all they knew to do with a vine was pull it up!

And then there's South Africa. They've been bangin' away at it too these last few years - whipping up a frenzy of steely Steen and plummy Pinotage to make me mum wanna weep. Taking a page from the likes of us, I should say!

So no worries, then. Just sidle up to some fine bush tucker, and have yourself a sip from down under, where women sway and men plunder!

 

BOTTLE/GLASS    
     

25.00/5.75

Chardonnay (unoaked), David Wynn, South Australia

1998

Enticing aromas of tropical fruit and melon. Concentrated, clean, and fruity, with a dry, lingering finish.

27.00/6.50

Chardonnay, Buckeley’s, South-Eastern Australia

1999

Tropical, buttery nose. Pear, citrus, and guava flavors pick up a toasty, oaky nuance on the finish.

31.00/7.50

Chardonnay, Barossa Valley Estate, Barossa, South Australia

1999

Super elegance and full nutty flavor for the price. This wine emulates the caramel, hazelnut and ripe pear flavors of a white Burgundy.

39.00/9.00

Chardonnay, Glen Carlou, Paarl, South Africa

1999

Spice, cloves, and rich, nutty pear on the nose. Burgundian-style palate with generous baked apple, hazelnut, and nutmeg flavors.

18.00/4.75

Chenin Blanc, Cape Indaba Wines, Western Cape, South Africa

1998

Shows charming quince and lanoline on the nose. Like a dry Vouvray, there’s crisp Granny Smith apple and quince on the palate, and a clean, stony finish.

26.00/6.75

Riesling, Jackson Estate Winery, Marlborough, New Zealand

1998

A crisp, flinty style, with ripe notes of passionfruit and lime, finishing dry and refreshing.

26.00/6.75

Sauvignon Blanc, Nobilo Vintners, Marlborough, New Zealand

1999

The racy gooseberry, lime and grapefruit flavors of this wine show the quintessential profile of a Marlborough Sauvignon. Great with oysters!

32.00/7.95

Sauvignon Blanc/ Semillon, Four Sisters, South Eastern Australia

1999

A 73/27 blend from the much-acclaimed Trevor Mast. Buttercups and honey on the nose. A medium palate of Spring flowers, figs, and delicate herbs. Finishes dry.

29.00/7.25

Shiraz, Deakin Estate, Victoria, Australia

1999

Opulent, blackcurrant aromas lead into a rich, almost jammy palate, on a spicy, full-bodied frame. Somewhat oaky style.

31.00/7.50

Shiraz, Barossa Valley Estate, Barossa, South Australia

1998

A big, jammy mouthful of brambly blackberry, coffee, and smoke! An excellent choice for grilled food.

25.00/6.50

Pinotage, Cape Indaba, Coastal Region, South Africa

1998

A purple/ruby gem with an almost Beaujolais-like nose. Clean, bright, and mouthcoatingly fruity with cherry and raspberry jam notes, and medium-dry finish.

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