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The Confessional McLaren Vale Cellar Door Review
Proudly on the corner of Foggo and Kangarilla roads McLaren Vale is the newest boutique wine labels cellar door in McLaren Vale.
Settle thy weary bones in the hammock that swings invitingly by the carpark. Wander into a stylish open plan bar, Confessional booth, and seated dining area.
Relieve any niggling guilt at previous overindulgence, with a tasting ($5 – redeemable on purchase) of wines from boutique labels:
- La Curio
- Skin Deep
- Sew & Sew
- Land of the Vines
- Nova Vita
Linger longer over a platter, or sit down at the tables and give in to your evil side with a wine flight, paired to morsels made by Nigel Rich of acclaimed local restaurant, The Elbow Room.
You may recognise The Confessional, it used to be headquarters for Ekidna wines, brews and restaurant. Further back, it was also HQ for RedHeads – a boutique collaborative winery, now owned and run in the Barossa by Laithwaites.
Choose your vice and you also choose one of three food and wine flights.
As Adam Hooper describes it – he picked out the characters of each wine, told Nigel Rich, and Nigel came up with food incorporating those flavours.
The interest will be in recognising those flavours in both food and wine, and seeing how the food changes the wine flavour.
Flights will rotate every 6-8 weeks, so be quick to sample my “Lust” white wine flight.
First cab off the rank, the Nova Vita Firebird Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc .
Grassy, minerality, touch of floral and funk.
Round, soft palate, fuller than expected.
Nice sweet-tart juiciness, like from a nectarine.
Lychee and rambutan sorbet accentuates the grassy acidity.
Wine two: Skin Deep Wines Love Lost Adelaide Hills Pinot Gris 2015.
More savoury than expected, with underlying stone fruit.
Brighter, more acidic than the savvy b.
Touch of cedary oak.
Dried pear & gorgonzola raviolo accentuates the nice acid and juicy minerality.
Wine three: Rusty Mutt Catnip McLaren Vale Viognier 2015.
Cedar, lemon, oily,
On the palate, she’s less oily than other Viognier’s that I’ve tried.
Bright juicy lemon, silky palate, and a bit of olive brine flavour.
Brie and brioche – brie on bri – clever. Creamy on creamy, toasty on toasty.
The beautiful rich and pungent Brie is enhanced, when tasted with the wine, more spice is enhanced too.
Next, La Curio The Suffragette McLaren Vale Chardonnay 2015.
Rich, creaminess with stewed, sweet tart stone fruit.
This reminds me of the bold chardonnay of the 1990’s. Super old school, buttery, vanillan oak.
A smooth chardy with enough acidity to hold it together and keep the flavours rolling on.
Smoked salmon sprinkled with cinnamon – clever. It makes you notice the warm spice in the wine.
Here is the flight in its’ entirety.
With an envious glance, I took a peek at the Envy – whites and rose flight.
The La Curio Aglianico Rose 201 is a cracker, deeply coloured, touch of tannins from skin contact, juicy savoury flavours.
Pieri’s Malocchio Montepulciano is an interesting drop, as are Pieri’s amarone style wines, with the added depth of rich, sweet dried fruit.
Hot foot it down there to sample the first three flights – before they change to something else interesting, boutique, and local.
Oh and don’t forget to confess all in the Confessional booth!
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