Paracombe Vineyard and Winery is the star of this year’s Adelaide Hills Wine Show, winning the Wine Show Committee Award of Recognition to cap off an exciting thirtieth birthday year. The Committee Award recognises not just Wine Show success but also service to the region, community spirit, drive and dedication.
Paul and Kathy Drogemuller first established their Paracombe vineyards, with no viticultural or winemaking experience, after buying a dairyfarming property that had been destroyed in the 1983 Ash Wednesday bushfires. Earlier this year, Paracombe’s 2010 The Reuben Cabernet blend was named The Advertiser’s Top 100 Wine of the Year. Today, the Drogemullers collected the Committee Award along with Best Riesling in Show at the awards lunch at Mount Lofty House.
Paracombe Wine Maker Paul Drogemuller paid tribute to the region in receiving the trophy. “I carry this for each and every one of us in this room as a proud Adelaide Hills wine grape grower,” Paul said.
“It is 30 years since we started, but may there be many more years and many more success stories; I feel so proud to be an Adelaide Hills resident and wine has just been an interesting and good fun part of the journey.”
Best Wine in Show went to Lobethal Road – another family owned business – for their 2012 Bacchant Chardonnay, with best Shiraz going to small Hahndorf producer Stable Hill.
Dan Buckle from Domaine Chandon was Chairman of this year’s Judging Panel. “I’m hugely impressed with the overall quality here in the Adelaide Hills – it’s clearly a very professional group of winemakers,” Dan said.
“The Chardonnay in particular was a real pleasure to judge and the Shiraz also showed really nice diversity. “I would also say there’s some very interesting new varieties like Fiano, Nebbiolo and Tempranillo.”
White wine lovers are invited to taste the newest releases from Adelaide Hills winemakers at a Spring themed tasting at Burnside Village on Saturday, October 26, from 1:30pm.
Popular varieties such as Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay will be poured alongside rising stars like Arneis and Fiano, plus a selection of premium sparkling drops.
John Harvey, Chair of Adelaide Hills Wine Region, says the new 2013 releases again reinforce why the region is known as the home of premium white wine. “The Adelaide Hills is still a young wine region compared to many others but people are now appreciating the quality, consistency and character of our white wines,” John says.
“We had an exceptional vintage this year, with warm days and cool nights ripening the fruit beautifully, so it will be very exciting to taste these wines for the first time. This event will feature lots of smaller producers like Lambrook, The Pawn Wine Co. and Scott Winemaking, who are getting rave reviews but who might still be relatively unknown to some casual wine drinkers.
“Alongside these names are plenty of favourites such as Shaw + Smith, Petaluma, Nepenthe and Bird in Hand. “The winemakers will be pouring their own products so it’s a chance for people not just to taste the wines, but also to get to know the characters behind them.”
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Tasmania is a hot place at present. For such a cool climate wine region there really are some sensational things coming out of the state. But alas I haven’t been myself, so it is high on my foodie to-do list. After this wine and a few others from Moorilla at the Adelaide Wine Show it’s even higher on that list. In general I was very impressed with Tasmanian Chardonnays, Pinot Noir and Rieslings.
Tasmania’s cool climate and Moorilla’s close proximity to the ocean sees the vines kept cold at all times. This helps with reduced risk of frost and fungal diseases. But also the climate facilitates a long ripening process and promotes complexity of flavours. Just 15km north of Hobart on the Derwent River, it will definitely be on my “must visit” list.
The 2010 Moorilla Muse Chardonnay has great intensity and complexity on the nose. Lovely warm roasted cashew nuts, beeswax/lanolin, and preserved citrus. On the palate it was lively, and full of flavour with a pleasant citrus pith grip. While being fuller in flavour, it wasn’t full of malo-creaminess. Soft ripe citrus and white stone fruit flavours, combined with a subtle savour edge. For me this rates pretty high on the drinkability scale.
I’d probably match the Moorilla Chardonnay with a cured Tasmanian salmon – you have to really.
More wining and dining in Mount Lawley
Beaufort Street in Mount Lawley, one of Perth’s hip inner city precincts, has seen the recent opening of several new eateries. The Mary Street Bakery is an artisan bakery and café offering a range of sweet and savoury products; Solomon’s Café features quality organic and free range foods; Circa restaurant is serving European inspired fare; and sweet connoisseur Rochelle Adonis has opened her new store which is quickly becoming the premier destination for cakes, confections, high teas, cooking classes, dessert degustations, bespoke wedding and celebration cakes, nougat and ice cream.
Northbridge given an American twist with The Old Crow
The hip inner city precinct of Northbridge, only a short walk from the Perth CBD, has welcomed another addition to its bar and dining scene with the opening of The Old Crow. Set in a refurbished, heritage listed cottage, The Old Crow is a funky new venue with a menu that boasts southern American flavours from former Cantina 663 chef Ben Atkinson. Northbridge is Perth’s cultural hub and is home to a vast array of restaurants, bars, nightclubs and boutiques, and to the Art Gallery of WA, WA Museum, State Library of WA, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, State Theatre Centre and more. Northbridge is easily accessible by the free Blue Cat bus, taxi or a short stroll.
Olive Farm Wines celebrates its 80th anniversary
Located in Perth’s Swan Valley, the oldest wine making region in WA, Olive Farm Wines has been making a diverse range of wines since 1933 and is now celebrating its 80th anniversary. Owned and run by the Yurisich family for four generations, the winery has released limited release Commemorative Port Barrels available for purchase. Olive Farm Wines also offer a series of wine and cheese pairing master classes at its purpose built café – The Cheese Barrel – that offers farmhouse and artisan cheeses. Sample their extensive wine range of over 25 different wines at their cellar door.
The Royal Adelaide Wine Show is a huge event – 2608 wines to be precise. So much choice, so much diversity, your head hurts even before you start tasting. What was great to see was the broad range of styles. More cooler climate Shiraz, more off-dry Riesling, more top notch Chardonnay, and some impressive Pinot Noir. Sue Hodder, chairman of judges, said a total of 192 gold medals, 243 silver medals and 815 bronze medals were awarded.
While the wines provided a broad range of styles, the audience of the VIP tasting was clearly broken into three categories: Older men in tweed jackets with red noses, middle aged men in stripped shirts who can spit across a room with deadly accuracy, and young hippster men with beards (clearly part of the up and coming sommelier set). There may have been a female present, I’m not certain.
Saltram Estate shiraz scored two top trophies at the 2013 Royal Adelaide Wine Show. Saltram’s Mamre Shiraz 2010 also receiving the award for Best Shiraz in Show. Saltram is also the latest recipient of the Outstanding Wine of Provenance award which was created, to recognise wines that reflect their region, lineage and longevity.
ROYAL ADELAIDE WINE SHOW 2013 – TROPHY WINNERS
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Discover wineries and new releases from the regions of Western Australia at the boutique wine and food event in the city. UnWined WA will be held on October 26 and 27th in Subiaco Perth. UnWined WA promotes fine Western Australian wines and gourmet food treating visitors to an indulgent experience of the state’s produce in the magnificent Subiaco food and wine district.
Now in its third year, the UnWined WA is an important showcase for wineries and food producers and is building its following as part of the annual wine and food calendar. Perth city also has great range of small bars and restaurants worth exploring.
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Western Australian food producers and manufacturers will also be on show allowing people to discover what’s best in the west. Talk to the wine makers and the mix with the foodies to understand what makes their produce unique, and ask them where and how you can buy what they have to offer. It is a great chance to support and buy local products.
At UnWined WA there will be a series of wine seminars and cooking demonstrations will feature local chefs and fantastic WA produce. In addition to being able to taste wines, enjoy a glass with a meal or purchase your favourite bottle of wine to enjoy later. UnWined WA will be set in the relaxed garden atmosphere of Market Square Park in Subiaco. More details www.wineandfood.com.au
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