New Wines, Rare & Limited Whisky... Now at Sense of taste!

Each single vineyard wine tells a story about the vineyard, vintage and variety.

This description from the Giant Steps website simply sums up all that is good about these distinctive, stunning wines from the Yarra Valley.

The new Giant Steps Single Vineyard range is in stock at Portside and online and features chardonnay and pinot noir from the Sexton, Applejack, Tarraford and Wombat Creek vineyards.

Giant Steps has achieved global acclaim and won many medals at international and domestic wine shows. Chief winemaker Steve Flamsteed has been at the helm since 2003 and capped off an amazing run by being named Gourmet Traveller Wine’s Winemaker of the Year in 2016.

The Giant Steps story started in 1997 when Phil Sexton arrived in the Yarra Valley in search of “altitude, aged soils, slopes of exposure, regular rainfall and cool to cold night-time temperatures and a gentle breeze off the protecting mountain range’’ to grow his chardonnay and pinot noir fruit.

Production of these premium wines are very limited with some vineyards producing as little as 200 cases.

But they’re at Sense of Taste and ready for you to sample.


You won’t see many of these rare and striking Johnnie Walker Blue Label The Casks Auckland Editions on bottle shop shelves, but the team at Sense of Taste has managed to acquire a quantity.

Crafted from some of their rarest casks, this limited-edition release, bottled at 55.8% ABV, has intensified oak flavours and is for connoisseurs who seek new depths of flavours.

These carefully selected casks ensure a robust and powerful flavour experience with a rich and lingering oak finish.

Talk to your local SOT manager about where to purchase your striking Blue Label edition or buy online now.


Get in quick and grab your tickets for the Pepperjack wine dinner featuring chief winemaker Richard Mattner.

At Stafford City Tavern, on Monday, July 18, the dinner will include three courses with matching wines, followed by additional wines to taste. All this for just $64.90 per person.

Places are strictly limited, so book now via Eventbrite to avoid disappointment.


You can’t go past a bold, full-bodied Barossa Shiraz on a cold, winter’s night and we have a great selection at Sense of Taste.

Matt, from our Tarragindi store, recommends a few to try, including

The St Hugo 2018 Barossa Shiraz, a dry, full-bodied style lauded for the depth, intensity and ability to age well.

The 2017 St Hallett Blackwell Shiraz would pair perfectly with robust beef or game dishes, while the 2017 Yalumba Paradox is a softer, more gentle, velvet-like and savoury style of wine.

The Shiraz grapes are picked earlier than most in the region, for spicier flavours and a slightly lower alcohol percentage.

The Paradox is matured for 15 months in new and older French oak.

From now until June 30, take advantage of our End of Financial Year Sale of 10 percent off with a minimum spend of $100 (online only).