Wine or Whisky, what'll it be this weekend from Sense of Taste?

With a forecast of rain and cooler temperatures, this weekend might be best enjoyed indoors, bingeing Netflix and sipping on a hearty red.

We have you covered on that front with a great offer on the Beresford Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz. Purchase in a 12-bottle buy for just $11.99 a bottle, top value given they’re normally $25.99 a bottle.

Beresford Wine is a family-owned operation in the heart of McLaren Vale.

The shiraz has a rich, full palate brimming with dark berry fruits, coffee and spice characteristics finishing with soft, lengthy tannins. A cracking wine of great substance and exceptional balance.

The cabernet sauvignon displays ripe blackberry fruits with an underlying spice lift and hints of chocolate, vanilla and toast. Round and generous.

If white wine is your preference, the Amadio Sauvignon Blanc, normally $24.99 a bottle, is only $12.50 in a 12-bottle buy.

The offer is available all stores and online.

Definitely one for the collectors, the Hunter Laing 2021 Kinship Collection is now available.

A beautiful suite of six ancient whisky gems, the Kinship Series is a yearly release from independent bottler Hunter Laing & Co, celebrating the Feis Ile Festival (Islay festival of malt and music) as their new Ardnahoe Distillery comes online.

Highly sought after and in limited supply, the series is available in its individual parts or as a whole.

The 2021 series features the Bowmore 1987 (33YO), 51.2%: The delicate peatiness of this whisky melts into sweet floral notes on the nose, making this remarkably well-rounded. Sweet vanilla fruitiness, white pepper and a peaty element on the palate.

Bruichladdich 1991 (29YO), 45.4%: Combining soft fruits, honey and a hint of iodine with sea salt. Wonderfully balanced in the mouth with all flavours acting as one, segueing from sweet to fruity then leaving a slightly dry sea salt finish.

Bunnahabhain 1989 (31YO), 46.9%: A sweet mellow nose of custard drizzled over spiced fruit cake. Oily and mouth warming, the sweet spicy notes come through in force along with the faintest hints of cocoa. Long and lingering on the finish.

Caol Ila 1980 (40YO), 51.8%: Wonderfully sweet floral notes on the nose, wrapped up in the warm sea breeze that Islay has in abundance.

Mellow and silky smooth in the mouth with apples, honeydew melon and Seville orange, slowly giving way to a long satisfying finish with just a hint of seaweed.

Ardberg 19YO, 47.8%: Rich and intense on the nose, initially sweet before the peaty sea salt character takes over. Sublime notes of vanilla fudge and almonds on the palate blending with the saltiness of the Islay peatbog.

Laphroaig 1997 (23YO), 50.5%: A whisky full of character, strong-bodied with vanilla sponge cake, toffee, aniseed and Islay sea breeze on the nose. On the palate this Laphroaig is surprisingly subtle with vanilla sweetness complementing a beautifully nutty element, along with typical Islay peat smoke, iodine and leather which linger into the finish.


Our French wine and cheese masterclass is fast approaching, but if you miss out on a ticket, don’t despair.

A new French wine range will hit the SoT shelves in the coming weeks, including the seven wines on the tasting table at our July 12 masterclass at Portside.

Enjoy champagne on arrival, plus seven wines to taste, accompanied by perfect cheese pairings from le Fromage Yard. Cheese guru Pierre Lantourne is special guest host.

The featured white wines include a 2018 Domaine Grande Esperance Chenin Blanc from the Louire Valley, a 2020 Cotes du Rhone Delas St Esprit Blanc and a 2019 Famille Paquet Pouilly Fuisse from Burgundy.

In the reds, enjoy a 2019 Domaine de al Vougeraie Terre de Famille Rouge (Burgundy), 2019 Delas les Grands Chemins (Crozes-Hermitage) and a 2016 Chateau de Malleret Haut Medoc (Bordeaux).

A 2018 Le Tertre de Lyse d’Or Sauternes from Bordeaux is the sweet wine to be featured.

Look out in the coming months for our Italian and Spanish masterclasses, which will feature wines synonymous with each country’s wine regions.