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Wine wizardry & coconut beer

July 16, 2020
By Alana House

There’s delicious variety in the latest drinks offerings – from a seasonal coconut beer to a magical new wine range.

Little Creatures Coconut Banger

Little Creatures has launched its new winter seasonal, Coconut Banger, a milk stout combining malts, vanilla, cocoa bean and shredded coconut.

Russ Gosling, head brewer at Little Creatures Fremantle, said people are increasingly seeking out new and innovative beers that make the time we’re spending at home more of an occasion.

The recommended retail price of Little Creatures Coconut Banger is $25 per six-pack and it has a 5.6% ABV.

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Lust Liquor

Lust Liquor has added Lime & Soda Seltzer – with just 88 calories and zero sugar – to its alcoholic RTD range.

“Our alcoholic Lime & Soda seltzer has been carefully crafted through the fermentation of malt and sugar,” co-creator Nick Rowell said. “Thanks to a naturally refreshing lime flavour, this beverage has a zesty citrus pop. It’s an easy-drinking crowd-pleaser that both men and women can confidently hold in their hand.”

Lust Seltzer will be on-shelf from mid-July in selected independent bottle shops across Australia as well as selected Dan Murphy’s and BWS stores throughout QLD and NSW.

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Grenache Wizardry

De Bortoli has called its newest wine range Grenache Wizardry, paying homage to the magic skill of winemaking, the versatility of the Grenache grape, as well as the transformative nature of different forms of wine.

Chief Winemaker Steve Webber said: “These new wines – Grenache, Grenache Blanc and Grenache Rosé – are all wonderfully easy to drink and perfect for those who are looking for a different style of wine which is lighter, gentler and textured.”

Grenache Wizardry can be found at independent and major retailers, on-premise venues and at De Bortoli cellar doors. RRP: $23 each.

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Atilius Wines

Milestone Beverages has partnered with Jonathan Paige International to bring the Atilius collection of Italian still and sparkling wines to Australia.

The brand was launched three years ago and encompasses reds including Chianti DOCG and Super Tuscan through to sparklings such as Brut, Moscato and Asolo Prosecco DOCG.

Atilius has grown into an award-winning portfolio within a short span, available in all key markets of Asia Pacific. It is among Hong Kong’s best selling Italian wines, alongside Ruffino and Antinori.

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Kings Cross Distillery

Kings Cross Distillery has announced the launch of its flagship gin – KXG Australian Classic Dry Gin.

Inspired by a 1930s recipe adapted by distiller Odelia Potts, the KXG Australian Classic Dry Gin is made by the single shot method and vapour distillation using ‘Miss Pottsy’, a 200 litre still.

The inaugural gin recipe is a mix of classic ‘London Dry’ gin botanicals, such as juniper, coriander seed and cardamom pods, with the addition of fresh Sydney organic lemons, as well as a local mix of Australian native myrtles. The KXG Australian Classic Dry Gin also features notes of juniper, preserved lemon, grapefruit, bakers’ spices with exotic woods.

KXG Australian Classic Dry Gin can be purchased online now for $115 for a 700ml bottle. 

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Cameron Diaz Avaline

Meanwhile overseas, actress Cameron Diaz has launched a “clean” wine brand called Avaline.

Initially, the range includes a white and rosé. It is vegan-friendly, made with organic grapes and free of unnecessary extras like sugars, colours and concentrates.

It joins recent celebrity wine ventures by Kylie MinogueSarah Jessica Parker and Snoop Dogg.

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