As the title of this post states, The Gourmet Belle’s latest tasting event was thematically dubbed, “Last of the Summer Wine” – a somewhat cheesy moniker, but one to match my romantic vision of everyone casually sipping on crisp and refreshing wines while looking out over the Brisbane river on a sultry tropical evening.
Unfortunately, during the weeks leading up to the occasion, this lovely vision was replaced with much angst and the drafting of an updated event invitation, which kinda read a little something like this:
“Join me for the last
of the summer wine…before we’re all washed away into the Pacific Ocean (inflatable dinghy attached)”.
Needless to say, Brisbane (and much of Queensland) has been a little wet lately. Ok, a lot wet. And this didn’t bode well for a (partially) al fresco, ‘summery’ wine tasting.
Mercifully, however, the vinous gods managed to persuade the rain gods to take some time out last night (27 Feb) and we were ultimately afforded a more conducive setting for our tasting of boutique and small production wines.
Over 20 different premium wines were matched with delicious canapés, a picturesque setting (only slightly tinged with grey) and lots of fun!
The diverse line-up comprised wines from across the country, as well as some more ‘exotic’ additions, such as Gewurtztraminer from New Zealand and Torrontés from Argentina. A hand-picked selection of dry and textural rosé wines were also included in honour of the annual Rosé Revolution celebrations.
There was a great vibe amongst our cosy group of wine tasters; which I’d like to think was attributable to the splendidness of the wines on show (and not a case of monsoon madness).
I’m sure it was the vino splendour, as I was very heartened to receive overwhelmingly positive feedback about each and every one of the wines featured.
And they were…
Godfrey “The Doctor’s Wife” Sparkling 2011, Barossa Valley (SA)
Holm Oak Sparkling Rosé NV, Tamar Valley (TAS)
Thorpe Sparkling Shiraz 2006, McLaren Vale (SA)
Chrismont Riesling 2012, King Valley (VIC)
Verdun Park Lyla Sauvignon Blanc 2011, Adelaide Hills (SA)
Cape Margaret Semillon Sauv Blanc 2012, Margaret River (WA)
Goaty Hill Pinot Gris 2012, Tamar Valley (TAS)
Spy Valley Gewürztraminer 2012, Marlborough (NZ)
Jed Torrontés 2010,
Spring Seed Co “4 O’Clock” Chardonnay 2011
Peel Estate Wood Matured Chenin Blanc 2011
Chrismont La Zona Rosato Mezzanotte 2010
Darling Park Rosé 2011
Dominique Portet Fontaine Rosé 2012
Verdun Park Ruby Rose 2012
Goaty Hill Pinot Noir 2011
Waywood Wines Quattro Vini 2010
Waywood Wines Nebbiolo 2010
Waywood Wines Cabernet Franc 2009
Verdun Park Albert Arthur Shiraz 2009
Rusty Mutt Shiraz 2010
Godfrey Polished Shiraz Cabernet 2011
Which was your favourite? Be sure to tell me in the comments box below!
Above all, once again, I was privileged to receive such a fabulous group of passionate gourmets. It certainly makes my mission of connecting people to fantastic wine (lovingly produced by fantastic people) so much more fulfilling.
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