Blue skies, warm breeze, and the crowning of the Bushing King. With every winemaker in the region enjoying lunch catered by the picturesque Penny’s Hill, the opportunity for the rest of us to join in came at the perfect time – 5pm on a Friday!
Brochure for Burst Source: Penny’s Hill
Celebrating in the sunshine the winners of the 2013 McLaren Vale Wine Show is not a hard task. Especially accompanied by a glass of Billiecart-Salmon.
Didn’t last long Photo: Willunga Wino
The Billiecart-Salmon has a bready fullness, and enough fizz to put a pep in your Friday night step. It certainly didn’t last long!
Before the fireworks, we also had the opportunity to peruse the finalists of the richest landscape art prize in the country, the Fleurieu Art Prize. Launched at Penny’s Hill last weekend with live charcoal art on a grand scale being crafted, and a potter spinning his wheel under the watchful gaze of black faced sheep.
Another day another glass of fizz. 31 degrees and blue skies in the Vale made for perfect sipping weather. All that’s needed is a view. D’Arenberg have that in spades.
View from D’Arenberg Cellar Door Photo: Willunga Wino
Winemaker Chester Osborn must be a very busy guy, there is a huge variety of wines produced from Roussanne to Sagrantino. Their Dadd NV ($28, cellar door) sparkling is made from Adelaide Hills fruit in the classic Champagne style, being made of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir & Pinot Meunier, and spending time on it’s spent yeast. It is toasty and crisp. The packaging is lovely and with a name like that, it makes a wonderful gift for the dads in your life.
Do yourself a favour while there, and ask the cellar door staff to borrow a couple of glasses, grab a bottle of something that tickles your fancy, and pop outside to soak up that view with a tipple. The perfect way to slow the pace of a busy day of wine tasting in the region. I will return to try the famed cuisine of D’Arry’s Verandah restaurant.
Lazy Ballerina are famed for their Sunday music sessions set in their picturesque gardens high in the hills above McLaren Vale by the Kuitpo Forest. Owned & run by the Hook family, they produce a range of quality McLaren Vale wines.
The Yearlings, Photo: Willunga Wino
On the day we visited, The Yearlings played their brand of folk rock. Crowd favourites were “Black Shoes” and “Distracted”. What could be better than a fine setting, music, good food, good wine and sunshine.
Along with their flagship Pinot Noir, there is Grenache and a food-friendly 2010 Shiraz ($25, cellar door) that evolves in the glass from caramel to dark earth and spice – the perfect foil for the food 7 tunes. There are also two choices of bubbles, a sweet rose and a bargain sparkling chardonnay ($12, cellar door) that is all apples on the nose and crunchy acid. Something for everyone, including Andy Klappis bases for their pizzas and cheese platters to enjoy on the shady verandas while taking in the tunes. One of each is ample for three people to share.
Lazy Ballerina spread & Shiraz Photo: Willunga Wino
What fizz bursts your bubble?