REVIEW

What to drink this week: Gunfire cold press coffee cans; Where Dreams go to Die DDH double IPA; Greenway 2018 Momento Merlot; Mount Broke Estate 2021 Albarino

Gunfire cold press coffee. Picture: Supplied
Gunfire cold press coffee. Picture: Supplied

Ready to serve

Gunfire cold press coffee; Traditional and Reviver; Twentyfivefour; $59.95 x 12 250ml cans.

Twentyfivefour is a coffee start up owned by Australian veterans and the launch range is a nod to the Anzac tradition of drinking tea or coffee laced with rum, a "gunfire", often the last comfort troops enjoyed before entering battle. These ready-to-drink cans are made from single origin coffee beans sourced from a family farm in Colombia which have then been infused in aged rum (traditional) and whisky (revivier) barrels. No alcohol remains in the process but there's a definite flavour profile. The Traditional had a sweet rum and raisin kick to it which we liked. There are also single origin beans available at twentyfivefour.com.au, perfect for the at-home coffee connoisseur. The company also partners with organisations taking care of returning service personnel. Check it out.

Karen Hardy

Where Dreams Go to Die, DDH double IPA. Picture: Supplied

Where Dreams Go to Die, DDH double IPA. Picture: Supplied

A dream come true

Where Dreams Go to Die, Banks Brewing with Mountain Culture, DDH double IPA, $17 a can.

There are two ways a dream can die - it becomes a reality, or it becomes an impossibility. Once, the idea of Banks and Mountain Culture working together seemed unlikely. Happily for those keeping track of craft beer's machinations, that dream has ended the right way, it's a best-case scenario. Seaford's Banks Brewing are quiet performers that have become more common as the word gets out. Where Dreams Go To Die earns the drama of its title. It has a lean but ample mouthfeel chased with a bitter whisper of peaches and cream. The cross-pollination of Australian breweries appears to be in full effect. It's never lumbering, instead dashing nimbly across the palate in a way few beers of its weight class can manage. There's a new dream in town: that there's another one in the fridge.

Matt Carr

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Greenway 2018 Momento Merlot. Picture: Supplied

Greenway 2018 Momento Merlot. Picture: Supplied

Broke's taste treats

Greenway 2018 Momento Merlot; $30; 4.5 stars (out of 6).

The Hunter Valley Region's Broke-Fordwich sub-region is a place of spectacular scenery and friendly, mainly family-owned wineries and vineyards. It's well-worth the extra travel on from bustling Pokolbin. This zingy merlot comes from the charming 6.5-hectare Greenway vineyard at 350 Wollombi Road, Broke. It is run by Anne Greenway, who describes herself as a "vigneron and architect" reflecting her dual roles in wine and operating a Sydney residential architecture practice. This 14 per cent alcohol, cassis-scented, bright garnet-hued merlot has juicy mulberry front-palate flavour. The middle shows cherry, spice, briar and savoury oak and a finish of minty tannins. Ideal for tapas and cellar nine years. At greenwaywines.com.au and the cellar door.

John Lewis

Mount Broke Estate 2021 Albarino. Picture: Supplied

Mount Broke Estate 2021 Albarino. Picture: Supplied

Zippy Spanish white

Mount Broke Estate 2021 Albarino; $30; 4.5 stars.

With its views over vineyards spreading down to Wollombi Brook and the distant Yellow Rock monolith, the Mount Broke Estate operation of Hunter coal mining executive Phil McNamara is a great place to visit for its alternate variety wines like this Spanish-origin albarino (al-bah-rin-yo). It is a grape that makes 90 per cent of that nation's whites and now is widely grown in Australia. The 2021 Mount Broke is green-tinted straw and has ginger blossom aromas and crisp kiwifruit front-palate flavour. The middle palate displays peach, star anise and gunmetal and the finish slatey acid. Buy at mtbrokewines.com.au and the 130 Adams Peak Rd, Broke, cellar door. It will go nicely with Mount Broke's weekend pizza lunches and dinners and cellar four years.

John Lewis

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