Matt Moran heading to Art Gallery of NSW

Leading Australian chef and restaurateur Matt Moran will be bringing his passion for quality food to the Art Gallery of NSW from 1 July 2014. Moran and his business partner Peter Sullivan from MorSul, together with Bruce Solomon of Solotel, have been appointed as the new restaurant, cafe and event food partners for the Gallery.

“More than one million people come to the Gallery each year and are looking for great food to complement their rich art experience – whether at our buzzing cafe, at our restaurant with some of the best views of Sydney, or at one of some 250 functions we hold annually,” said gallery director Michael Brand.

Moran and Sullivan will take over all venues within the Gallery from the start of July, and have plans for a destination dining concept in the existing restaurant space which will be announced later in the year.

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Schwarz 2012 Meta Shiraz: Tasting Note

Schwarz Meta Shiraz

Schwarz Meta Shiraz

The Schwarz Meta Shiraz shows dark and ripe red fruit, fresh and animated. Hints of roast beef on the nose.  On the palate Meta Shiraz has nice acidity, with juicy ripe dark fruit, subtle warm spices. Warming alcohol but still in balance.  Gentle tannin grip, with good length.

RRP $35
Alc 14.3%
Bottles: 1500
Sample: Provided by producer

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Schwarz Wine Co 2012 Meta Grenache

The new Meta range from Schwarz Wine Co includes a Shiraz, Mataro and this Grenache.  Meta being defined an abstraction from a well known concept.

In my philosophy students mind it’s the essence or pure concept of a something.  With the Meta wines from Schwarz it’s the cutback essence of the varieties.  Unhindered by observable oak, or visible wine-making influences. Unfiltered, unfined. The pure characters of the grape show through.  The wines see hand picking, wild yeast small batch ferments, and some whole bunches.  The Meta wines are made in a fresh and juicy ‘drink now’ style.  Although for me the price probably communicates something different.

Schwarz Wine Co Meta

Schwarz 2012 Meta Grenache

The Schwarz Meta Grenache is definitely true to label – the essence of Grenache. A delicate and complex wine from Barossa Valley.  Ripe strawberry, perfumed and floral on the nose.  The palate shows warm spice and white pepper, with a herbal edge, but a core of ripe strawberry fruit.

Schwarz Meta Grenache

Schwarz Meta Grenache

RRP $35
Alc 14.1%
Bottles: 650
Sample: Provided by producer

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Window Estate 2011 Basket Press Shiraz: Tasting Note

As this wine is tasted I can imagine ‘Ode to Joy’.  It’s such a pleasure to see soft restrained Shiraz.  The Windows Estate Basket Press Shiraz is a great example of complexity and interest without dominating over extraction.  The aromas show good intensity, without leaping from the glass.  Ripe red fruit, a complex amalgam of sage, old fashioned roses, and savoury roast meats.Windows Estate Shiraz

On the palate it’s all soft and silky, and still fruit driven. Warm spices, ripe red fruit, hints of liquorice.  No dominate oak flavours (with 18 month French oak barriques).  But all supported with gentle tannins.  Well priced, especially if buying direct. Happy drinking over the next 5 years.

RRP $30
Alc 14.4%
Production: 400 doz
Region: Margaret River
Source: Provided by producer

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Window Estate 2013 Semillon Sauvignon Blanc: Tasting Note

The Windows Estate Semillon Sauvignon Blanc, has pristine citrus and lemon Windows Estate Sem Sauv Blancsherbet aromas, with hints of lemon balm herbaceousness in the background.

A balanced blend of 70% Semillon and 30% Sauvignon Blanc.  On the palate it is a little fuller in style than most, with some creamy texturalness – presumable coming from the partial barrel fermentation.  Again the fresh citrus, with energetic grapefruit acidity keeping things racing.

RRP $23
Alc 12.5%
Production: 500 doz
Region: Margaret River
Source: Provided by producer

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Window Estate 2013 Sauvignon Blanc: Tasting Note

The Windows Estate 2012 Sauvignon Blanc has a bit more complexity than most straight Sauvignon Blancs.  Chris Davis uses a bit of barrel fermentation as well as keeping the juice on lees for a little longer.Windows Estate Sauvignon Blanc

On the nose there is the fresh Sauvignon Blanc herbaceousness, a good dollop of tropical passionfruit and ripe pineapple, and a nice floral lift.  On the palate good acidity, and a balance of flavours between tropical fruit and grassy green pea. A bit of citrus pith grip and a fuller mouthfeel keeps things fresh and full.

This is a Sauvignon Blanc to think about, if that’s how you roll.

RRP $23
Alc 12.5%
Production: 500 doz
Region: Margaret River
Source: Provided by producer

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