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Inspired by the
Mediterranean.
Uniquely Australian.

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Named for both the signature characteristics of Nebbiolo, and the original winemaking team of Don Lewis and Narelle King.

INSPIRATION

The original Tar & Roses team of Don Lewis and Narelle King began their winemaking journey in Priorat, Spain, immersing themselves within the classic Mediterranean wine regions and varietals. This sparked an interest in how these varietals could be grown and made back home in their native regions of Central Victoria, Australia.

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Tar & Roses reflects the multi-regions of Spain, Italy and Australia, as well as traditional winemaking alongside the new. All Tar & Roses wines are lovingly made using fruit grown in Heathcote, Strathbogie Ranges, King Valley and Priorat, Spain.

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Inspired by Mediterranean grape varietals, our range stretches from the delicious viscous Pinot Grigio to the complex tannic Nebbiolo.

WINEMAKING

It's the little things that make the difference... the care and continued maintenance of the wines during maturation, the constant monitoring of temperature and acid levels during ferment plus the use of quality fruit at the outset combine to ensure a quality wine result. We want to produce wines that have individual flair and are distinctly varietal and reflective of their terroir as grown here in Australia.

Narelle King
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Don Lewis cemented his name in Australian wine industry history by winning the 1991 Jimmy Watson Trophy.

LEGACY

Sadly, 2017 saw the passing of Don Lewis and the final vintage of his legendary career. His legacy lives on in the Tar & Roses tradition of championing Italian and Spanish varietals, helping new world wine drinkers explore new flavours, and in the 'Lewis' Riesling.

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Cellar Door

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Cellar Door

Open Days 2020

July 4-5
August 1-2
September 5-6
October 3-4
November 31-1
December 5-6

Our Cellar Door is currently closed due to COVID-19. We hope to welcome you back soon.

Opening Hours
10 am to 4 pm

Ponot Grigio
OUR ADDRESS

61 Vickers Lane (otherwise known as the Heathcote Nagambie Road)
Nagambie 3608

Prosecco
NV

A SPRITZY YET SOFT PALATE OF LIGHT GREEN APPLE AND CITRUS MOUSSE, REFRESHING WITH A CRISP ACID FINISH.

$288 for 12 Pack
Wine Bottle

A spritzy yet soft palate of light green apple and citrus mousse, refreshing with a crisp acid finish.

TASTING NOTES
WINEMAKERS COMMENTS

The grapes were machine harvested, crushed and pressed through an air bag press in the protective presence of SO2. Cold tank fermentation was undertaken at between 10 to 12 degrees celcius. Pressings and free run were fermented separately but combined post fermentation, after which the wines were stabilised and blended. The base wine was then sent for secondary fermentation which was undertaken in Charmat (pressurised) tanks. Yeast, nutrients and sucrose were added.

PALATE & AROMA

A spritzy yet soft palate of light green apple and citrus mousse, refreshing with a crisp acid finish, with a lifted bouquet of green apples, grapefruit with hints of pear and spring flowers.

FOOD MATCH

Prosciutto wrapped fresh melon.

Tasting Note Food Match
Prosecco TNR001 prosecco

Nebbiolo Rosé
2019

FRESH AND LIVELY WITH CITRUS NOTES THAT COMBINE BEAUTIFULLY WITH A MOUTH FILLING VISCOSITY. THE WINE FINISHES CRISP AND LONG.

$384 for 12 Pack
Wine Bottle

Fresh and lively with citrus notes that combine beautifully with a mouth filling viscosity. The wine finishes crisp and long.

Tasting Notes
Winemakers Comments

The grapes were hand picked, crushed and pressed through an air bag press in the protective presence of SO2. Cold tank fermentation was undertaken at between 10 to 12 degrees celcius. Pressings and free run were fermented separately but combined post fermentation. The pressings were put to barrel and stirred. After fermentation the parcels were combined, stabilised and filtered ready for bottling.

Palate & Aroma

Fresh and lively with citrus notes that combine beautifully with a mouth filling viscosity. The wine finishes crisp and long, with a delicate nose of citrus and tangerine aromas, flowers and wet stone.

Food Match

A cheese platter.

Tasting Note Food Match

An embodiment of the name Tar & Roses, this wine shows lifted floral aromas with hints of herbal tea and spearmint. The palate is fleshy with substantial tannins and long, lingering acidity.


Australian Gourmet Traveller WINE, 1 September, 2019

From sangiovese to nero d'Avola, montepulciano and more, there’s a perfect Italian red wine for every occasion. Renowned for their boldness in flavour, while holding impressive substance and character, the red wines of Italy are of benchmark quality, and enjoyed all over the world. Explore this striking bottle by Australian winemaker, Tar & Roses. Narelle King says: "Burnt cherry red in colour, with lifted floral and carnation notes, and hints of black tea and herbs on the nose. Substantial tannin on the palate; lingering and fleshy.
Halliday Wine Companion, 13 June, 2019

James Halliday
90 Points
Mid-ruby and bright; such a complex nose of raspberry fruit, joss sticks, aniseed, basil, violets, menthol and old cedar - all appealing. While that entices, it's a false alarm: the palate is not at all ready to give a look in as it's tightly coiled with acidity and raspy tannins doing battle and they need time to settle. (Jane Faulkner)
Halliday Wine Companion 2019

Nebbiolo Rosé TNR002 nebbiolorose

Lewis Riesling
2019

A DELICIOUS MOUTH FILLING BURST OF MANY FLAVOURS REMINISCENT OF APPLE PIE AND BICKFORDS LIME CORDIAL WITH A TOUCH OF CLOVES.

$312 for 12 Pack
Wine Bottle

From one of Australia's best Riesling winemakers, comes this impeccably structured wine. It's overflowing with orange and quince blossom, hints of mint and thyme. Deliciously mouth-filling, the palate explodes with lemon and lime flavours that take you all the way to a crisp, dry, lingering finish. This is craftsmanship in motion. Try it with asparagus wrapped in prosciutto or fresh oysters.

Tasting Notes
Winemakers Comments

When picked at optimal level of ripeness, the riesling grape has a beautiful dusty pale lemony gold colour, with a sweet musk stick flavour. With care and attention, we aim to retain these characters through to the finished wine.

Palate & Aroma

A zesty palate of lemon and orange pith, fruit sweet and refreshing with a long linear tight acid finish, with a lifted bouquet of orange blossom with hints of musk sticks.

Food Match

Freshly shucked oysters with sea salt.

Tasting Note Food Match

James Halliday – 91 Points
Builds its stories patiently. First, it honours the contribution of the late Don Lewis to the wines of central Victoria. Second, it reveals more of itself from retasting several times over. It has aromas of white lilies, talc, apple and citrus; its apple, lime and citrussy acidity likewise build on retasting.

Halliday Wine Companion, 1 September, 2019

Campbell Mattinson
90 Points
Indeed it has some class. Lime blossom, blood orange, stonefruit and talc flavours purr through the mouth before gliding evenly and well through the finish. It felt fractionally jumbled at first but given some air it ironed itself out. It’s a very attractive wine to drink.

The Wine Front, 28 March, 2019

Huon Hooke
Light-straw colour, with a softly floral aroma, clean and gentle, with hints of gardenia and Easter lily; the palate likewise, with softness, roundness and accessibility. The length is very good.

The Real Review, 20 March, 2019

Top Gold
96 Points
Class 01. Riesling and Other Aromatics eg. Traminer, Frontiac.

Victorian Wine Show 2018

Lewis Riesling TNR003 lewisriesling

Pinot Grigio
2020

A LUSCIOUS TEXTURAL WINE WITH MOUTH FILLING JUICY PEAR AND HONEYDEW MELON CHARACTERS, WELL BALANCED, CRUNCHY ACIDITY.

$144 for 6 Pack
Wine Bottle

Alluringly fragrant with sweet nashi pear, white stone fruit and mandarin fruit flavours, bundled up in bright natural acidity. Hints of honeydew melon dance around the edges. It’s rich, viscous and elegant, a testament to the winemaking prowess of Narelle King. Enjoy it alongside snapper in burnt butter sauce.

Tasting Notes
Winemakers Comments

In 2020 our pinot grigio was sourced from four main vineyards; one in the King Valley, one in Sutton Grange, the Stratford Vineyard just north of Nagambie as well as the Mitchelton vineyard. The higher altitude of the first two vineyards provide cooler conditions, allowing the grapes to ripen slowly, ideal for the development of the delicious classic fresh peach and pear flavours, while the warmer region brings out the more tropical aromas of the flavour spectrum.

Palate & Aroma

The palate is generous with abundant fruit sweetness of mandarins and pears. Nashi pears and white peach on the nose with hints of guava, floral blossom and citrus notes of mandarin.

Food Match

Grilled snapper in soy ginger sauce.

Tasting Note Food Match
Pinot Grigio TNR004 pinotgrigio

Shiraz
2018

CLASSIC CENTRAL VICTORIAN SHIRAZ BLEND, REPLETE WITH SWEET BLACK CHERRY, BLOOD PLUM AND LIQUORICE CHARACTERS.

$132 for 6 Pack
Wine Bottle

High praise comes in far and wide for this Heathcote Shiraz. It’s typical of the region showing black cherry and fennel aromas alongside a palate that’s broad and savoury with hints of blood plum, liquorice and roasted beetroot. It’s juicy, well balanced and sensational value to boot. A great partner for salt-crusted eye fillet.

Tasting Notes
Winemakers Comments

As with previous vintages, the grapes come from two main vineyards, one off the deep red Cambrian soil, the other from tougher more gravelly ground. The first gives us rich, chocolatey and earthy flavours whilst the other has more highly fragrant notes with good acid and sweet fruit. The wine that results is our take on Heathcote shiraz.

Palate & Aroma

Rhubarb and mulberry flavours on the palate. Mouth filling with fine grainy tannins, well balanced with a clean finish. Ripe black and red berry fruits with liquorice, spice and warm earth.

Food Match

Chargrilled eye fillet with a fresh garden salad dressed with oil and balsamic vinegar.

Tasting Note Food Match
Shiraz TNR005 shiraz

The Rose Shiraz
2018

CARAMELISED BEETROOT WITH HINTS OF MULBERRY JAM. A BEAUTIFULLY INTEGRATED AND COMPLEX WINE.

$360 for 6 Pack
Wine Bottle

Caramelised beetroot with hints of sweet balsamic vinegar and mulberry jam. Shaved dark chocolate, wild fennel, mulberries and earth on the nose. Hints of custard and blackberry vines.

Tasting Notes
Winemakers Comments

The grapes come from two main vineyards, one off the deep red Cambrian soil, the other from tougher more gravelly ground. The first gives us rich, chocolatey and earthy flavours whilst the other has more fragrant notes with good acid and sweet fruit. The wine that results is our take on Heathcote shiraz.

Palate & Aroma

Caramelised beetroot with hints of sweet balsamic vinegar and mulberry jam. Shaved dark chocolate, wild fennel, mulberries and earth on the nose. Hints of custard and blackberry vines.

Food Match

Slow roasted lamb shanks in red wine reduction jus with winter vegetables and fresh crusty bread.

Tasting Note Food Match

Campbell Mattinson 93 Points
Not so much roses, but plenty of tar. Malt, licorice, asphalt and peppercoprn flavours too, and not a little dark chocolate/vanilla on top. It’s rich, cuddly, well-integrated and seductive, though alcohol warmth does show. Tannin is fine and well massaged into the fruit. In all it’s a mighty example of shiraz from the Heathcote region, and a smooth/seamless one too.

The Wine Front, 28 March, 2019

Gold Medal
Saint Martin Oak Great Australian Shiraz Challenge 2017

The Rose Shiraz TNR006 theroseshiraz

Tempranillo
2019

HIGHLY FRAGRANT LIQUEUR CHERRY AND SPICY PLUM SAUCE CHARACTERS. THE MID PALATE IS SWEET WITH HINTS OF SOY SAUCE.

$162 for 6 Pack
Wine Bottle

HIGHLY FRAGRANT LIQUEUR CHERRY AND SPICY PLUM SAUCE CHARACTERS. THE MID PALATE IS SWEET WITH HINTS OF SOY SAUCE.

Tasting Notes
Winemakers Comments

In contrast to the Nebbiolo and Sangiovese in our range, the Tempranillo is an early ripener and has no problem reaching full maturity in the soils at Heathcote.

Palate & Aroma

Rhubarb and black cherries on the palate, plush and round. Well balanced with substantial chalky tannin, the wine finishes rich and long. Liqueur cherries, cream and coffee on the nose with hints of freshly tilled earth.

Food Match

Lamb cutlets and garlic potato mash.

Tasting Note Food Match
Tempranillo TNR007 tempranillo

Sangiovese
2018

INTENSE FLORAL AND RED CHERRY AROMAS WITH FINE CHEWY TANNIN, CRISP ACIDITY AND A HINT OF SPICE.

$162 for 6 Pack
Wine Bottle

Deliciously savoury, fruity and smoky, this is top shelf Australian Sangiovese. It’s bone dry with intense floral aromas introducing a palate that’s full of sweet cherries, pomegranate and bold, chewy tannins. It’s a red wine made for food.

Tasting Notes
Winemakers Comments

Sangiovese is also a thin-skinned variety like Nebbiolo. It is known for its earthy more than fruity notes, it has attractive mid red colour and can be characterised by high levels of tannin well balanced by acid. It is suited to well drained soils with abundant sunlight both of which the Heathcote vineyard provides.

Palate & Aroma

Mouth-filling tannins with sweet red cherry flavours and a hint of spice on the finish. Sweet red cherries on the nose with hints of thyme, fennel and dried bay leaf.

Food Match

Ndjua and rosemary pizza.

Tasting Note Food Match

James Halliday 90 Points
Deep, bright hue, uncommon in sangiovese. The colour isn't deceptive - this is as soft and plush as any sangio you will find anywhere, here or overseas. I don't think many would pick the variety if it were served blind, but that doesn't diminish its drinkability.

James Halliday Wine Companion 2020, 1 August, 2019

Campbell Mattinson
91 Points
The flavour profile here is excellent. Gamey, cherried, meaty and spicy; complex in a good way. One smell/taste and I was on board. There’s some alcohol heat to the finish, which has to be acknowledged, but there’s plenty of both value and enjoyment to be had here. Gentle creaminess to the texture doesn’t hurt either.
The Wine Front, 30 November 2018

Huon Hooke
90 Points
Deep, bright red/purple colour. Attractive fresh and ripe dark cherry to raspberry aromas, the structure is firm and bold and upright, with nicely measured grip which is balanced by intense and concentrated flavour. A bright, bold wine with depth and persistence.
The Real Review, 02 October 2018

Gold Medal
Mediterranean Style Red Wines and Older Mediterranean Red Wines
Saint Martin Heathcote Wine, August 2018

Sangiovese TNR008 sangiovese

Nebbiolo
2017

SWEET BLACK LIQUORICE BALANCED NICELY BY BITTERSWEET CLOVE AND CINNAMON CHARACTERS AND CLASSIC MOUTH-FILLING.

$300 for 6 Pack
Wine Bottle

Tar and roses are flavours synonymous with nebbiolo and this red embodies the name like no other. Black liquorice sweetness, leather and olive tapenade characters, combined with bold tannins give this impressive wine flexibility to cellar for several years. It will go down a treat with your classic spaghetti al pomodoro.

Tasting Notes
Winemakers Comments

Nebbiolo is a thin skinned variety known for its unusually light colour and deceptively high level of tannins. In fertile soils it can produce large crops with large bunches and berries. The Heathcote vineyard, while close to the rich deep Cambrian vein of soil, is tempered by harder granite gravels that has seen the vines produce a more balanced canopy to crop ratio. The balanced crop level has meant even ripening and minimal disease pressures.

Palate & Aroma

Substantial tannin on the palate lingering and fleshy, with a lifted floral and carnation notes on the nose with hints of herbal tea and spearmint jube leaves.

Food Match

A classic spaghetti al pomodoro.

Tasting Note Food Match

An embodiment of the name Tar & Roses, this wine shows lifted floral aromas with hints of herbal tea and spearmint. The palate is fleshy with substantial tannins and long, lingering acidity.

Australian Gourmet Traveller WINE, 1 September, 2019

Nebbiolo TNR009 nebbiolo

Miro
2007

Sweet raspberry like fruit on the front palate. The wine flows across the palate beautifully with fine tannins, good acid and flavour balance, great structure and length.

$300 for 6 Pack
Wine Bottle

Sweet raspberry like fruit on the front palate. The wine flows across the palate beautifully with fine tannins, good acid and flavour balance, great structure and length.

TASTING NOTES
Winemakers Comments

Both older bush vine grenache and carinena as well as younger trellised syrah and cabernet are included in this blend. The older vines are all dry grown while the younger vines have access to irrigation which until recently was banned in Spain. Each individual vineyard and in some cases, varieties within the vineyards, were vinified seperately and matured in seperate parcels before being carefully selected for the final blend. Individual barrel selection was also used to bring complexity, balance and structure to the wine.

Palate & Aroma

Sweet raspberry like fruit on the front palate. The wine flows across the palate beautifully with fine tannins, good acid and flavour balance, great structure and length.

Food Match

Grilled meat or vegetables.

Tasting Note Food Match

WHITE MIXED THREE

1 X PINOT GRIGIO 2020
1 X PROSECCO NV
1 X NEBBIOLO ROSE 2019

$60 for 3 Pack
Wine Bottle

PINOT GRIGIO 2020

A LUSCIOUS TEXTURAL WINE WITH MOUTH FILLING JUICY PEAR AND HONEYDEW MELON CHARACTERS, WELL BALANCED, CRUNCHY ACIDITY.

PROSECCO NV

A SPRITZY YET SOFT PALATE OF LIGHT GREEN APPLE AND CITRUS MOUSSE, REFRESHING WITH A CRISP ACID FINISH.

NEBBIOLO 2017

SWEET BLACK LIQUORICE BALANCED NICELY BY BITTERSWEET CLOVE AND CINNAMON CHARACTERS AND CLASSIC MOUTH-FILLING.

TASTER REDS

2x Tar & Roses Sangiovese 2018
1x Tar & Roses Shiraz 2018
1x Tar & Roses Tempranillo 2019
1x Tar & Roses Nebbiolo 2017
1x Tar & Roses 'The Rose' Shiraz 2018

$139 for 6 Pack
Wine Bottle

SANGIOVESE 2018

INTENSE FLORAL AND RED CHERRY AROMAS WITH FINE CHEWY TANNIN, CRISP ACIDITY AND A HINT OF SPICE.

Shiraz 2018

CLASSIC CENTRAL VICTORIAN SHIRAZ BLEND, REPLETE WITH SWEET BLACK CHERRY, BLOOD PLUM AND LIQUORICE CHARACTERS.

Tempranillo 2019

HIGHLY FRAGRANT LIQUEUR CHERRY AND SPICY PLUM SAUCE CHARACTERS. THE MID PALATE IS SWEET WITH HINTS OF SOY SAUCE.

Nebbiolo 2017

SWEET BLACK LIQUORICE BALANCED NICELY BY BITTERSWEET CLOVE AND CINNAMON CHARACTERS AND CLASSIC MOUTH-FILLING.

'The Rose' Shiraz 2018

CARAMELISED BEETROOT WITH HINTS OF SWEET BALSAMIC VINEGAR AND MULBERRY JAM. A BEAUTIFULLY INTEGRATED AND COMPLEX WINE.

TASTER WHITES

2x Tar & Roses Pinot Grigio 2020
2x Tar & Roses Prosecco NV
1x Tar & Roses Lewis Riesling 2019 
1x Tar & Roses Nebbiolo Rose 2019

$99 for 6 Pack
Wine Bottle

Prosecco NV

A SPRITZY YET SOFT PALATE OF LIGHT GREEN APPLE AND CITRUS MOUSSE, REFRESHING WITH A CRISP ACID FINISH.

Lewis Riesling 2019

A DELICIOUS MOUTH FILLING BURST OF MANY FLAVOURS REMINISCENT OF APPLE PIE AND BICKFORDS LIME CORDIAL WITH A TOUCH OF CLOVES.

Pinot Grigio 2020

A LUSCIOUS TEXTURAL WINE WITH MOUTH FILLING JUICY PEAR AND HONEYDEW MELON CHARACTERS, WELL BALANCED, CRUNCHY ACIDITY.

Nebbiolo Rose 2019

FRESH AND LIVELY WITH CITRUS NOTES THAT COMBINE BEAUTIFULLY WITH A MOUTH FILLING VISCOSITY. THE WINE FINISHES CRISP AND LONG.