Welcome to the Brickmakers Arms, home of the cocktail elite and discriminating wine connoisseurs. You won’t find drinks better shaken or stirred in Melbourne than at this fine wine bar where bartending has been elevated to an art form, ice is hewn from giant blocks, hair is slick, and the four-ingredient cocktail is king. But the piece de resistance really is its vast collection of fine and rare wines obtained from all four corners of the earth.
At Brickmakers Arms, you get the opportunity to taste some the world’s finest wines. The wine cellar is a stunning display of premium wines that seats up to 20 guests at a time. Whether you come solely for cocktails, fine dining or both, the wine bar is the place to be.
Here is a list of the wine collection in this wine bar in Melbourne, with a description of the characteristics and origin of each wine selection:
Mitchell Watervale Riesling, Clare Valley, SA. Intense aromatic Riesling fruit flavours are the hallmarks of this wine.
Cantina Zaccagnini, il Bianco, Italy. Pale straw yellow with green highlights, its bouquet is intense and persistent following through to ripe apples, peach and a hint of almond biscuit on the palate.
Pink Claw Grenache Rose, Heathcote, VIC. It's a crisp, semi dry style with a vibrant, red berry character. The Pink Claw is a variation of the Red Claw to help awareness of breast cancer. A portion of the profits from every bottle of Pink Claw goes towards supporting women affected by breast cancer
Te Mata Cabernet Merlot, Hawkes Bay, NZ. Te Malta make some sublime Bordeaux style red wine and wonderful floral aromas with intense blackberry, currant and dark plum flavours
Poliziano Chianti DOCG, Tuscany, Italy. A fresh, fruity wine with a wonderful vinosity and suppleness, making it ideal for an early drink. It's and ideal to accompany tasting board, pasta dishes, risotto or duck
Louis Roederer Cristal Champagne. Louis Roederer Cristal Champagne is the epitome of class and elegance from the house of Roederer. A super limited and hard to find top echelon Champagne, Cristal is a 55% Pinot Noir and 45% Chardonnay blend that was harvested in near perfect conditions. The resulting wine is a blend of vineyards from the finest vineyards of Montagne de Reims, the Vallée de la Marne and the Côte des Blancs
2004 Vintage Dom Perignon Champagne. Dom Pérignon is the most famous Champagne in the world, and for good reason. The bouquet sparkles with delicate fresh violets in a setting of white peaches. The soft delicate flavours continue while the senses are tickled by the most delicate of fine bubbles. Though this is such a fine delicate wine, the complexity is astounding, along with its length.
Te Mata Elston. Elston ’12 has a brilliant, pale lemon colour, with inviting aromas of golden grapefruit, toasted brioche, brazil nuts and popcorn. The palate shows immediate characters of ripe nectarine and nougat, together with both the sweetness and acidity of fresh pineapple that contribute to its long, fine finish.
1999 Giaconda, Chardonnay. A perfect growing season and vintage has provided a wine of significant depth. The 1999 Chardonnay continues the theme established by the 1996, and in our opinion, surpasses it both in terms of intensity and complexity. In a glass, the wine looks rich and enticing. The vibrant glow of white gold and green suggests richness. Hazelnuts, oatmeal, fig and white peach meld with the oak and "dirt" to provide an intoxicating aroma. Creamy and intense with lingering spicy oak, the core flavours of white peach and oatmeal build and build on the palate. As is the custom, the oak character is perceptible at this stage, but the sheer explosive intensity of the wine will in time ensure complete harmony.
Torbreck ‘The Factor' Shiraz. A homage to the great old Shiraz vines of the Barossa Valley and the growers who painstakingly tend and nurture them each year. The Factor displays the concentration & fruit purity that only the most meticulous farming can achieve. Delicate scents of wild blackberries, pipe smoke and pepper are supported by a dark core of espresso roast, black currants and coal.
Te Mata Coleraine, Cabernet Merlot. A deep crimson colour with intense aromas of blackberry syrup, espresso, marzipan, and dried roses. The palate has a concentrated core of perfectly ripe blackcurrants, with layers of damson plums and chocolate leading to long, powerful, tannins and refreshing acidity and closed with a natural cork !
Torbreck 'Run Rig' Shiraz. RunRig, although wonderfully aromatic, is a wine that exhibits so much power and latent richness that it could easily be mistaken for the hugely concentrated wines sourced from the sun drenched hill of Hermitage (the historic home of Syrah and some of the worlds most powerful and longest living wines
2005 Penfold Grange Hermitage. 2005 may not be the most profound Grange, nor will it be the most long-lived, but, oh my goodness, is there some complexity tucked into its crevasses! It is not the blockbuster of 2002 and doesn’t have the stamina and hidden secrets of 2004 (which took hours to reveal itself) but there is no question that this is a great vintage for Grange, as exuberant and expressive as any young Grange I have seen. In no way precocious or simplistic, this is a wine with a plethora of layers. The bouquet is particularly lifted and spicy this year, with violets and mixed spice hovering over fruit mince and dark chocolate oak. In time, coal, black olive and Satsuma plum aromas unravel.