We have an exciting program of exclusive Wine Events that run Australia wide.These offer a wonderful opportunity to meet our team, taste wine, and importantly, learn from key wine makers and experts in the world of fine wine. Of course, there is always the opportunity to also purchase what you taste. Our events range from larger scale experiences to small intimate affairs and numbers are often limited so it’s wise to get in early.
When: Saturday 11th November 2023 @ 12pm – 3pmWhere: 18 Rocklea Drive, Port Melbourne VIC 3207Cost: $30 pp (refundable on spending $100)
We’re cranking up the roller doors and rolling out the barbecue. Come down to stock up on amazing wine bargains as we make space in our overflowing warehouse. We’ll be opening a whole slew of our favourite bottles. Stay for a long time or just pop through, we’d just love to see you to say cheers for such a great year.
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When: 6-8pm Tuesday 5th DecemberWhere: MacPhee’s Showroom & Warehouse18 Rocklea Drive Port MelbourneCost: $60pp
For the last event of the year, we’re conducting a very special tasting of 20 wines that dazzled us in 2023 – the MacPhee’s Top 20! Come on down to our Port Melbourne showroom for a taste. Most wines will be available to purchase, albeit some in very small quantities.
Our team is busy working on a unique and exciting event program for the rest of 2023.
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The Long Room at Pentridge Prison $165pp
This evening promises to be a captivating blend of fine wine, gourmet cuisine, and invaluable insights from a true wine luminary. Sue Hodder’s expertise and passion will be shared as you explore an exquisite selection of Wynns’ finest single vineyard Cabernets, including the freshly released Wynns John Riddoch 2020.Don’t miss this opportunity and book now for this unique culinary and wine soirée!
Join us for a very special evening with Wynns winemaker Sue Hodder at the 170-year-old castle-like icon which has been transformed into a purpose-built event space. With its high rising central atrium and soaring walkways, The Long Hall at Pentridge is an incredible venue space. The menu has been put together by North & COMMON’s head chef, Mark Glenn, who spent three years at Dinner by Heston before becoming head chef at Cumulus and this promises to be one of the most memorable wine dinners we’ve hosted!
Planted in 1891 by John Riddoch who completed Wynn’s famous triple gabled winery in 1896, Wynns was established in 1951 by David Wynn and today Wynns Coonawarra Estate is the region’s pre-eminent wine producer, and largest single vineyard holder. The first Wynns John Riddoch was made in 1982 and since 2001, every year a special wine is released from, and named after, the top performing vineyard on the estate. This dinner will feature a number of these single vineyard Cabernets along with the just released, Wynns John Riddoch 2020.
Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine Winemaker of the Year in 2010 and the Australian Women in Wine Awards Woman of Inspiration winner in 2018, Sue Hodder, who joined Wynns in 1993, is one of Australia’s most respected and revered winemakers. Since becoming chief winemaker in 1998, Sue has overseen a period of great rejuvenation of Wynn’s vineyards and the wines have never looked better. We are delighted Sue will be here to talk about her work over the last thirty years and if it’s been a while since you’ve seen these wines, this is a great place to start!
MacPhee’s HQ (Port Melbourne) $45pp
MacPhee’s HQ (Port Melbourne) $20pp donation
Carlton Wine Room (Melbourne) $160pp
Scopri (Melbourne) $385pp
MacPhee’s is thrilled to invite you to an exclusive Barolo and Barbaresco dinner at one of Melbourne’s most renowned restaurants, the legendary Scopri. Join us for an unforgettable evening as we take you on a journey through some of the finest expressions of these iconic wines.
We’ll be exploring four different brackets of Barolo and Barbaresco, each carefully selected to showcase the incredible diversity and depth of the regions. From bold and structured through to elegant and nuanced, each wine will transport you to the rolling hills of Piedmont. Our expert wine team will guide you, providing insights into the history, terroir and the winemaking techniques that make these wines so unique.
The talented chefs at Scopri are crafting a stunning five-course menu to complement these exceptional wines. The menu will showcase the very best of seasonal and local produce, bringing you a dining experience that’s truly unforgettable.
Carlton Wine Room (Melbourne) $235pp
“With respect to the reds, 2021 marks a sharp return to the vivid red fruit of cooler growing seasons. Red cherries, crushed strawberries, often traits of orange rind or blood orange, most are far removed from the black/blue-fruited 2019s and 2020s. Alcohol levels are much lower than the previous three years and there is greater underlying mineralité, tension, and vibrancy on the palate compared to recent vintages.” Neal Martin, Vinous
Having become the first Australian, and the first woman, to be named La Revue de France’s Negociant of the Year in 2021, Jane’s small brand continues to go from strength to strength. This will be the only public appearance Jane will be making while she’s in Australia during harvest for her Aussie Pinots. It’s a great line-up of wines and food, and apart from the ‘Corton-Bressandes’ 2021 (there are 250 bottles for the world!), all the 2021s will be featured at the dinner. The demand for what is now an annual new release lunch or dinner is always strong, so if you’d like to attend let us know as soon as possible!
MacPhee’s Showroom (Melbourne) $55pp
It’s somewhat of a cliché to say that the year has gone fast, but boy hasn’t it! We’ll be sliding into December before you know it, then after a few frantic weeks most of you will be packing up for a well-deserved break. But it’s not over yet!
For one of our last events of the year we’re conducting a very special tasting of 20 wines that dazzled us in 2022 – the MacPhee’s Top 20! It’s a list that has something for everyone, with a broad range of styles and price points, from Champagne and Australian sparkling through Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Shiraz… you get the picture.
We’ll have wines from near and far, but the overriding key is that we believe they’re some of the best of their kind that have been released in the calendar year. It’ll be a stand-up affair, with the MacPhee’s Fine Wine Team on hand to answer your questions, along with some antipasti to snack on.
Many of the wines will be available to purchase, but some are extremely limited. So it’s a great opportunity to ensure you don’t miss out, and to try before you buy. Places are strictly limited.
Bistro Elba (Melbourne) $245pp
Following the success of the Jane Eyre Burgundy lunch at Patsy’s earlier this year, we are again teaming up with the same team but this time at Bistro Elba, their classic French restaurant in Sorrento.
Hosted by Philip Rich, this is a great chance to get a snapshot of the excellent 2020s. While it was another hot year in Burgundy and the earliest vintage on record, it has paradoxically turned out to be an excellent white Burgundy vintage, easily the best since 2017, if not 2014. Some superb reds were made, too, particularly in the Côte de Nuits.
The dinner will feature white wines from Chablis, the Mâcon and Côte Chalonnaise, while the two red wine brackets focus mainly on wines from the Côtes de Nuits, and from Village to Premier Cru and Grand Cru.
Flower Drum (Melbourne) $295pp
Join David Bicknell – Australian winemaking royalty and 2017 Gourmet Traveller WINE Winemaker of the Year – and MacPhee’s Philip Rich – who covers the Yarra Valley for the James Halliday Wine Companion – for what will be one of the wine events of the year. Across five brackets of wine, matched with five courses from Flower Drum’s kitchen, the dinner will feature all the latest Oakridge ‘864’ releases together with a number of Local Vineyard Series wines and some specially selected museum wines from Oakridge’s cellars. From sparkling wine to Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon, and with David and Philip both there, the discussion is sure to be lively for what will be a superb evening of wine and food!
Chablis and Rhône. They’re not that far apart in distance, but they play two very different, though quite complementary, roles for us. From the mineral-etched charm of Chablis, which is often our white of choice, to the spicy, fragrant and long-lived Syrahs of the Northern Rhône and on to the brooding earthy wines of the south, there’s hardly a better regional pair for a two-bottle (or more) dinner, skipping from cold entrees and seafood to meatier things, from duck through to lamb, steak and… Let’s just say they’re well-stocked parts of our cellar.
Join us for a tasting of some of our favourite Chablis and Rhône wines of the moment, from Premier and Grand Cru Chablis, seriously impressive Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Côte-Rôtie to the more everyday wines that make us smile. This is going to be a great tasting. And, as usual, we’ll be opening some oysters on the night to match the Chablis and providing some cheese and charcuterie for the sturdier southern options. As always, the pricing on the night to purchase the wine will be super keen, and is only available to attendees.
*Dates, prices and venues are subject to change prior to tickets being available
MacPhee’s Wine Offers provide reviews and the opportunity to purchase from a curated selection of fine wines.Our team has years of experience in the industry with unparalleled access to highly sought-after wines via an extensive network of leading Australian wineries and importers. Each Wine Offer presents wines that we believe offer the best drinking and cellaring experiences in the market across various price points. The chance to discover new wines and to build your wine collection into something quite special over time.
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At MacPhee’s, we live, breathe and talk wine. Whether it’s something affordable to drink tonight or a rarity to cellar for the next fifteen years, you can begin your journey with us here and now!
With over eighty years collective experience, our team of experts (and we don’t use that term lightly) are always on the lookout for new and exciting discoveries as well as securing allocations of those hard to find gems. Most importantly, they are dedicated to giving our customers the friendliest and best service, guidance and advice when it comes to anything vinous!
Craig has been cellaring and drinking wine for over 40 years (he started cellaring at a very young age!!) and was the joint founder of MacPhee’s which launched in March 2002. A highly trusted advisor to both industry professionals, restaurateurs and private individuals on all things wine cellaring, Craig leads the wine team at MacPhee’s.
Prior to founding MacPhee’s, Craig had a long successful career in financial services, his last role as CEO of a subsidiary of a major bank. He has an MBA from the AGSM UNSW and is married to Tania (The Boss) with two teenage boys.
Craig is a highly passionate and knowledgeable wine enthusiast who takes great pride in helping clients build their wine collections into something that will bring them immense drinking pleasure. He is focused on establishing MacPhee’s as the most trusted, expert, approachable and customer focussed fine wine retailers in Australia.
James is proudly South Australian, an Adelaide Crows tragic and immensely proud of the superb wines that SA produces. After discovering wine and Bob Dylan amongst other diversions at university, he developed a passion for travelling to discover the fine wines of Barossa, McLaren Vale and Coonawarra, meeting winemakers and learning about winemaking.
Despite James having an all-consuming interest in wine, his corporate career consumed most of his time. However, in 2019 he felt the impulse to leave the corporate world and truly follow his passion for wine. He set about educating himself, obtaining his WSET3 with distinction, and learning the ropes in the retail ‘trenches’ at the likes of Dan Murphy’s and Vintage Cellars.
With age and a growing curiosity for all things wine, his attraction to the big, wide world of winemaking, its regions, varieties, personalities, philosophies and history has intensified. He loves learning and talking about wine from all over the world, which brings him to MacPhee’s, ready to offer client’s a tailor-made wine experience.
Melbourne born and bred, Philip has more than 25 years’ experience as a passionate retailer, educator, wine show judge and wine writer. In 1996, Philip joined the van Haandels at The Prince of Wales and Stokehouse in Melbourne where he was responsible for all the wine buying, wine lists (including Circa’s award winning list) and sommelier training. With the van Haandels Philip was the founder and a partner in Prince Wine Store (1996 – 2015) and then with new partners Bellota Wine Bar (2013-2015). From 1999 – 2016 he wrote the monthly wine column for The Australian Financial Review Magazine.
Philip has chaired a number of wine shows including the James Halliday Chardonnay Challenge and Yarra Valley Wine Show, Margaret River Wine Show, Mornington Peninsula Wine Show and, most recently, The Australian Pinot Noir Challenge. From 2016 – 2019 Philip was the General Manager of Wine for Lucas Restaurants in Melbourne including Chin Chin (Melbourne and Sydney) and Kisumé (which won the Gourmet Traveller Best Wine List in Australia in 2017) and these days he divides his time between looking after the wine list at France Soir, covering the Yarra Valley and Geelong for the James Halliday Wine Companion and consulting to MacPhees!
With a career spanning 30 years, Marcus has worked across the world of wine and food. For over a decade, he directed the wine program at the culture-shaping Melbourne Wine Room, curating a near 1,000-bottle list. Established by Donlevy Fitzpatrick and Maurice Terzini, along with chef Karen Martini, the MWR was a foundation stone in Melbourne’s subsequent fine-wine boom. It was awarded the Wine List of the Year Award in 2000 and was a hatted restaurant for over 15 years.
In 2004, Marcus launched St Kilda’s mr. wolf in partnership with Martini and Michael Sapountsis, with a deep focus on Italian wines. Since the sale of the MWR in 2011, Marcus has worked as a wine consultant and food and wine writer and editor, partnering with importers, wholesalers and independent wineries.
Marcus has been the editor for Young Gun of Wine, creating content and writing extensive profiles on Australian wine regions, makers and wine-focused venues. He also chairs monthly panel tastings, featuring top sommeliers, MWs and industry-leading winemakers. He has also worked as an editor and collaborative writer with Pan MacMillan and Hardie Grant. His credits include books with Karen Martini, Three Blue Ducks, Grown & Gathered and Broadsheet.
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