Liz Carey is one of the most kind and caring souls in Australian wine. Always around for a chat, lending a hand (hello five years of volunteer work at Rootstock Sydney!), a late night drink and an early morning one perhaps too… She's a co-founder/director of her own festival (Soulfur) and is responsible for not only some of the most interesting imported wines to arrive in Australia, but a brilliant resource for all sorts of information on wine, culture, service and more. Just the best soul. And of course her partner Paul, who you’d have caught front of house at some of Australia’s best venues (is he ever not at Embla?!), chimes in for good measure on their import business. Great duo.
The Liz Pack roams from the Australian avant garde, through to European, benchmark natural wine producers. We start with Boaz Riesling, a textural feast and brand new Australian release from Lisanne Von Son who is better known for making wine (mostly) in the Loire Valley but has now turned her hand to our soils. Brand from Pfalz chimes in with another riesling, this one pure, frisky, electric and La Vrille et la Papillon Q Blanc sits alongside as a bonanza of minerality and citrusy tang. Travis Tausend, the quiet achiever amongst the natural wine sect of the Adelaide Hills, is next up with his sumptuous and refreshing Agori Rose. His slowly-slowy approach here creates an undeniably mature and delicious wine. Then we come to Philippe Chevarin's gamay, all crisp with tannins, tangy with cherry fruitiness and destined for your fridge. The pack finishes with a BANG! in the form of a scintillating, vibrant and lithe St Laurent red from the crazy-good producer Koppitsch. Such a good combination of wine here – something for everyone and a little bit more. Unreal value for such amazing wines, and to top it off you'll be supporting an amazing couple of humans while you sip.