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Wine lovers, a Darwin first is coming.

The arrival of Piper Collective will forever change how Darwin buys and stores fine wine.

Dreamed up by local husband and wife team Kelly and Mike Hope over a couple of glasses of wine, Piper Collective aims to offer a level of quality and service not seen before, with climate controlled personal cellaring and an online retail collection of labels you won’t get anywhere else in Darwin.

To bring Darwin the best, Piper Collective partnered with one of Australia’s most renowned sommeliers to curate their exclusive wine list. Jeff Salt, Group Sommelier of Collins Square Hospitality Group in Melbourne, Jeff oversees wine lists for several restaurants including Chiara and Bar Nacional and has served as sommelier in establishments like Shannon Bennett’s Vue de monde.

For Piper Collective he has developed a list of Australian wines to be savoured and delighted in.

“We’re lucky to have some of the best wine regions in the world in Australia and I’m a believer in supporting local products,” he said. “I’m excited to be working with Piper Collective to bring the best Australian wine to Darwin. There is quite a bit of talk in the southern states about the food and wine scene in Darwin right now, and it’s a great opportunity to be part of this foodie revolution happening in the Top End.”

Labels in the 2016 Piper collection include a Riesling from UK writer Matthew Jukes’ Winery of the Year Jim Barry Wines, sauvignon blanc semillon and chardonnay from Cullen Wines and sparkling from Deviation Road.

Piper Collective will deliver three exciting services to Darwin: online retail shop, delivery and personal cellaring. Jeff said Piper Collective’s personal cellaring was an incredible feature.

“Storage in a tropical climate is very difficult,” he said. “Heat strips the fruit flavour out of wine, so it needs to be refrigerated or stored in a cool dark place with not too much light and a constant temperature. Piper’s cellar is climate controlled, fully insured and secured. It’s an ideal way for Darwin wine lovers to store their wine locally and know it will age well.”

Piper Collective is offering its services to both individuals and selected hospitality outlets in Darwin.

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