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Henschke To Join The Collection in 2022.


We are delighted and honoured to announce that Mezzanine the Fine Wine Specialist will begin distributing Eden Valley based Henschke wines in 2022.

Mezzanine The Fine Wine Specialist will welcome one of Australia’s oldest and most admired wineries, Henschke to the portfolio from February next year.

Of the partnership between the two family-owned companies, Gary Crawford, CEO of Joval Wines said, “we are delighted and honoured to welcome Henschke into the Mezzanine The Fine Wine Specialist portfolio”.

“Henschke will become one of our cornerstone brands in the Mezzanine The Fine Wine Specialist portfolio alongside some of the world’s greatest family-owned wine brands” he added

“Henschke will become one of our cornerstone brands in the... portfolio alongside some of the world’s greatest family-owned wine brands.” 

- Gary Crawford | CEO Joval Wines

As custodians of some the country’s oldest vines, producers of nation-defining wines and innovators for a sustainable future, we admire the Henschke family as people of both principle and action. We are looking forward to working closely with Stephen and Prue, the next generation and the wider Henschke team for many years to come” he added.

In recent years, Stephen (fifth-generation winemaker) and Prue (viticulturist) Henschke have welcomed their adult children, Johann, Justine and Andreas into the family business.

“We are pleased to form a new distribution partnership with one of Australia’s most reputable and dynamic fine wine businesses, Mezzanine The Fine Wine Specialist, part of Joval Wines. Their enduring values and commitment to the premium wine trade align with our family business, and we look forward to a long and prosperous relationship, servicing our loyal customers throughout Australia.” said Stephen.

On the new addition to the portfolio, Mezzanine The Fine Wine Specialist National Brand Manager Bree Richmond said “we have always respected and admired the Henschke family, their approach to winemaking and extraordinary 150 year legacy. We are both humbled and excited to embark on this new chapter with one of the country’s most iconic brands.



For more information, customers are encouraged to contact their area managers.


Top (left to right):  Justine, Johann, Angela Henschke
Top (left to right): Stephen, Matilda, Prue, Ruby, and Andreas Henschke


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Taittinger Wows at Champagne Showcase


While the rest of the country slowly emerged from Lockdown, Queensland-based trade and media were treated the biggest global Champagne showcase hosted by Tyson Stelzer. Taste Champagne is back and coming to other capital cities across Australia in 2021 and 2022.

Taittinger was one of 72 Houses and growers represented at the event and it was Mezzanine the Fine Wine Specialist's first opportunity to taste the wines with so many people since onboarding the iconic House in late 2020.

Needless to say, the 2008 Comtes de Champagne was highly sought after and was the first time the team has seen it benchmarked with so many other Cuvées de Prestige.


A weekend to remember As Brisbane Area Manager Jamie Holmes recalls "to have (almost) the most the full collection to show simultaneously was a tremendous privilege. Seeing the brand story unfold across so many different cuvees was compelling for our retail and on-premise customers alike.”

Above Left: Jamie Holmes. Above Right: Gae Grant and guest.

Queensland State Manager Gae Grant was thrilled at how well the Folies de la Marquetterie was received. “It’s such a special wine for the House and for us” she said, “100% estate grown, from the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir vines growing on the hillsides around the Château de la Marquetterie, the birthplace of the Taittinger family Champagne, it’s the closest to home soil many of us will get for some time.” Folies de Marquetterie is a reflection beautiful balance of science and madness for which Taittinger is so affectionately known.



Top: Craig Haworth, Above: Craig Haworth, Tyson Stelzer and Jamie Holmes.



IMAGES (C) Tyson Stelzer 

Time Posted: 28/10/2021 at 1:17 PM Permalink to Taittinger Wows at Champagne Showcase Permalink
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Q & A with Nanny Goat Vineyard Winemaker Alan Peters-Oswald

Where did it all start for you?
When I headed off to study at NMIT in Marlborough back in 2001 winemaking was not the career path I had in mind. 
Pinot Noir vineyard plantings in Central Otago were booming and I had my sights set firmly on the viticulture side of the wine industry. 8 weeks of vintage work experience at Villa Maria’s Marlborough winery during my second year of study completely changed that though - the intense atmosphere of the winery during vintage, long hours working closely alongside passionate winemakers from all corners of the world – all of whom were there to learn but also share their own knowledge struck a chord with me. The buzz of the winery in full swing was infectious and very quickly shifted my focus towards winemaking.

Which of your wines are you most proud of and why should we add it to our cellars?
While I am proud of all wines I have made over the years, I am most proud of the soon to be released 2020 Nanny Goat Vineyard Single Vineyard Queensberry Pinot Noir. 
Not only is it a wine produced amidst the stress and uncertainty of the Covid19 lockdown, but it is also the inaugural release of an organic single vineyard wine from the Nanny Goat Vineyard in Queensberry.
Queensberry is a small and often overlooked sub region of Central Otago producing Pinot Noir that is typically very perfumed and aromatically lifted yet also densely fruited, silky and energetic.
This wine embodies all of these traits, and in 10 years' time when you pull a bottle from your cellar I would hope that it has helped elevate Queensberry out of obscurity and become a benchmark example of Pinot Noir from this sub region.

Is there any new trend or innovation in wine that’s excited you or that you’re involved in?
I love the sense experimentation that is happening within the NZ wine industry at the moment. The willingness to plant a new grape variety to see how it will perform in the context of our soils and climate. 
Unconventional blends, natural wines, minimal intervention winemaking - with so many talented and creative winemakers plying their craft, innovation is alive and well here in NZ
I have produced a skin fermented Gewurztraminer dominant white blend called ‘Cross Breed’ for a few years now, and I plan on planting a few small experimental blocks as we expand our home vineyard, so that will help satisfy my creative side in years to come.

How would you like to see New Zealand’s wine industry evolve in the longer term?
I would like to see the continued adoption of organic and regenerative viticulture practices. 
I see first hand from our own vineyard and the resulting wines the benefits, both environmentally and qualitatively that organic farming has. Healthy soils producing healthy, resilient vines and the flow on effect to the fruit in the winery is evident.

At the end of a busy day making wine or tasting tank and barrel samples, what beverage do you turn to?
As the saying goes – ‘It takes a lot of good beer to make great wine.’
My current go to would be a nice cold Hazy IPA, and with so many great local craft brewers I am never short of options.

NANNY GOAT QUEENSBERRY CHARDONNAY 2020 and NANNY GOAT QUEENSBERRY PINOT NOIR 2020 available now in limited quantities through your Mezzanine The Fine Wine Specialist Area Manager




Time Posted: 16/08/2021 at 2:15 PM Permalink to Q & A with Nanny Goat Vineyard Winemaker Alan Peters-Oswald Permalink
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The Pawn Makes a Move with New Labels

 Tom Keelan (viticulturist and winemaker), Rebecca Wilson (Winemaker) and David Blows (a leading Adelaide Hills vigneron) joined forces. The 3 Amigos feared that special parcels of fruit, in exceptional vineyard sites were being blended away into "large company" essence they decided to channel their skills towards small batch winemaking, and to stop being "pawns" of the global game. A recent label change has seen this smart brand really "go there" and we're loving them.

The carefully hand selected parcels of fruit produce wines that are not only unconventional, but incredibly food friendly. 

New for the brand is the Pawn Star Maturana Tinta 2018. Another bold and beautiful label. "A rare grape in the Adelaide Hills, producing a rich, ripe and vibrant red with attractive aromas of spice, earth and bracken, leading to a bold but drinkable palate that is packed with ripe dark-berry and plum flavors. The tannins are carved in thick, soft slices. Drink over the next five years." 92 Points, Nick Stock




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Taittinger x Van Gogh Alive


Late last year Mezzanine The Fine Wine Specialist welcomed Champagne Taittinger into the collection. Since then together we have joined with two prestigious partners in Australia who encompass and highlight our shared passion to create moments of great enjoyment and pleasure.

Van Gogh Alive is an unforgettable multisensory experience, hailed as the most visited in the world. Travelling to most major cities across Australia from 2021, Champagne Taittinger is proud to be the official Champagne partner of a perfectly aligned celebration of elegance, heritage and luxury.






Time Posted: 09/08/2021 at 3:22 PM Permalink to Taittinger x Van Gogh Alive Permalink
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15 Years of Tar & Roses

It's been 15 years. Some will remember the launch of this brand. We do. It was such a formative time in Mezzanine's history. These beautifully expressive, in-the-moment wines have been a pleasure to bring to the market from day one.

A perfectly odd couple of winemakers Narelle King and Don Lewis. Together they were the rugged beauty of Tar & Roses' Central Victorian home. The grip of tannin and the perfume of fruit: elegant power; a balance that few can replicate; a walking, talking, winemaking paradox.

Their friendship was defined by their differences as much as their similarities. Their deep love and highly-tuned skill for making wine from Mediterranean varieties was a commonality we have enjoyed watching flourish these past 15 years.

We were so sad to lose Don to cancer four years ago. His legacy lives on through Narelle and in every glass of Tar & Roses. He is missed, but certainly not forgotten.






By Narelle King

"When I reflect on the last fifteen years it makes me smile. It makes me happy to think of our achievements over this time, the problems we overcame, the fun we had along the way and the joy our wines bring to so many people.

In the bigger scheme of things fifteen years is nothing but it feels like we’ve packed a lot of change and growth into a short period of time. Being able to make an array of different varieties from different areas around Victoria has given Tar&Roses the opportunity to engage with multiple vineyards and wineries each with their own distinctive personalities and foibles.

From the King Valley to Faraday/Sutton Grange, Strathbogie Ranges to Heathcote, Murrandindi to the Yarra Valley and multiple sites in between. Above all though the personal interactions and relationships that we have been able to foster makes us feel connected to the greater Victorian wine team not just team Tar&Roses.

Over this time the change in consumer tastes has been a blessing with more people turning to the alternative varieties. Its hard to believe today that Pinot Grigio was once considered an alternative variety as it is almost as ubiquitous now as Sauvignon Blanc once was in the nineties. Consumers still struggle a little with pronunciations, eg: Neb_bilio instead of Nebb_i_olo, but essentially who cares so long as people are willing to try.

We started with PIG, Sang, Temp, Neb and Shiraz however over the years we have introduced five new variants. First was our Spanish wine, made and bottled in Spain from Grenache, Carinena, Shiraz, Cab Sav and Merlot simply called Miro.

 To the introduction of our Riesling and premium shiraz, The Rose Shiraz in 2013 and finally our NV Prosecco and Nebbiolo Rose in 2019. Each has its own individuality and place within the range, and each are all distinctly varietal.

With our grape sourcing coming from far and wide we settled on Nagambie, in Central Victoria as our home and barrel store.Nagambie also being Don’s home and well situated for easy access to vineyards and winery options.

Unfortunately, Don contracted cancer and died in early 2017. He loved Tar & Roses and what we had be able to achieve and it also gives me great pleasure to think we have been able to continue and grow the brand successfully in his absence. He would be so happy to see how many people now love and drink the Pinot Grigio.

"[Don] would be so happy to see how many people now love and drink the Pinot Grigio." - Narelle King Winemaker Tar & Roses

And the next fifteen years, well who knows. Life is short and you do really need to “just do it”. I think Covid has taught us to appreciate that and what’s important in our lives. Just like good coffee, you should enjoy the things that make you happy, especially fine wine."

Time Posted: 29/07/2021 at 1:05 PM Permalink to 15 Years of Tar & Roses Permalink
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Cullen Celebrates 50 Years of Fine Wine

A brief break from most lockdowns and a fleetingly-ajar Western Australian border saw MTFWS representatives  Jenny Butcher (NSW), Gae Grant (QLD), Nick Kay (SA), Tyrone Stott (WA) and Craig Haworth (QLD) join Vanya Cullen and some very special guests for the 50 Years Tasting and associated events.

A weekend to remember 

"Venturing into the vines we planted sunflower seeds in the centre of the vineyard which had been marked with a special quartz stone. Spending time among the vines emphasised how central the earth, soil and site are to the wine. Feeling the energy held in the land and finding the "heart" beating beneath our feet." - Gae Grant MTFWS (QLD)

"We were totally spoiled. The Kevin John and Diana Madeline verticals were once-in-a-lifetime. I also found the Semillon Sauvignon Blanc tastings so interesting. The original Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc  (Cullen Vineyard) were planted in the 70s, with planting of the Mangan Vineyard commencing the mid-1990s. Originally, Cullen blended the two vineyards, but the introduction of biodynamics in 2006 began to amplify the sites' own styles. Vanya decided to showcase their individuality release both a Cullen and a Mangan Vineyard wine from then on. Seeing the differences emerge through time was illuminating." - Gae Grant MTFWS (QLD)

"It was such a privilege to attend the tastings and absorb the conversations of some of the country’s best wine writers and industry leaders. Vanya’s passion shone through in the wines and expressed her vision in every glass." - Nick Kay (SA)


Time Posted: 08/06/2021 at 11:27 AM Permalink to Cullen Celebrates 50 Years of Fine Wine Permalink
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Family Matters


Passionately led by sisters Katherine and Julia Jackson, Cambria Estate sits on storied land located in the cool, coastal ridges of the Santa Maria Valley. Early pioneers of this region, Jess Jackson and Barbara Banke purchased the estate in 1986. All wines are single vineyard expressions, sustainably farmed, and Estate grown, produced and bottled. Known for site-specific Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from Katherine’s and Julia’s vineyards.

As home to a rare geological feature, found in only a few places in the Western Hemisphere, the Santa Maria Valley is an ideal place to make wine. A transverse mountain range—running east-west instead of a common north-south orientation—plays a major role in grapes’ maturation. Cool air and fog funnel from the Pacific Ocean inland. Not only is it a wine produced amidst the stress and uncertainty of the Covid19 lockdown, but it is also the inaugural release of an organic single vineyard wine from the Nanny Goat Vineyard in Queensberry.



These elements temper what would normally be a hot climate. The Jackson sisters and winemaker Jill Russell refer to the climate as their “refrigerated sunshine.” As a result, the vines benefit from a long and steady growing season, about 200 days a year compared Burgundy’s 160-day-long season, and it’s easy to see how Cambria wines develop a beautiful texture and great fruit, while still retaining energy and bright acidity. 

The Pacific Ocean not only influences the climate, but our soils as well. Marine sediments, like seashells and fossils, coupled with mixed sand, create numerous sites, all which give grapes diverse personalities and profiles. A good place to start is the Cambria Julia's Pinot Noir 2019 and Cambria Katherine's Chardonnay 2019.

NANNY GOAT QUEENSBERRY CHARDONNAY 2020 and NANNY GOAT QUEENSBERRY PINOT NOIR 2020 available now in limited quantities through your Mezzanine The Fine Wine Specialist Area Manager




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