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Celebrating Premium Australia at The Harrow at Little Bedwyn

Celebrating Premium Australia at The Harrow at Little Bedwyn

23rd July, 2014

Celebrating Premium Australia at The Harrow at Little Bedwyn

The recent heat wave couldn’t have been timed better, as Roger and Sue Jones of Michelin-starred The Harrow at Little Bedwyn put on a four day extravaganza celebrating Australian wines.

The first event for Liberty Wines was a food and wine matching presentation and lunch, hosted by Australian wine expert Sarah Ahmed, who was joined by Emma Cullen of Cullen Wines, Ella Shaw of Shaw + Smith and Liberty Wines brand managers Fran De Paolis and Tori Eeles. Wines were set out in pairs, by varietal: Riesling from Dandelion Vineyards and Plantagenet Wines; Chardonnay from Shaw + Smith and Cullen Wines; Pinot Noir from William Downie and Tolpuddle Vineyard; and Shiraz from Mount Horrocks and Charles Melton. Each pair beautifully showcased the diversity of styles that the country has to offer.

Taste buds were tantalised with an array of ingenious food matches created by Roger, including the lively yet complex 2006 Plantagenet Museum Riesling with foie gras & salted caramel macaroon, the full and powerful 2011 Cullen ‘Kevin John’ Chardonnay with curried lobster, the earthy 2013 William Downie ‘Gippsland’ Pinot Noir with mushroom risotto and the fresh and elegant 2011 Mount Horrocks Shiraz with Japanese-style steak tartare versus the round and concentrated 2010 Charles Melton Nine Popes with venison. Following the tasting, everyone was treated to a delicious four course lunch on the terrace served with wines from Shaw + Smith and Cullen Wines.

The four day celebration culminated in the 7th annual Mamba Riedel Decanter Awards. As temperatures reached 33°C in the restaurant’s garden, wine professionals and consumers judged 18 Sauvignon Blancs and over 50 Cabernet Sauvignons, each set out by region. Representing Liberty Wines were Cabernets from four different regions: Balnaves Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 from Coonawarra, Cullen ‘Diana Madeline’ 2011 from Margaret River, Grosset ‘Gaia’ 2011 from the Clare Valley and Mitolo ‘Serpico’ 2010 from the McLaren Vale, which all showed excellent varietal and regional typicity.

In the Sauvignon Blanc section, the 2013 Shaw + Smith was voted the best in its category by the tasters and was crowned Champion Sauvignon Blanc due to its intensity and purity – the hallmarks of true Australian Sauvignon Blanc. Aaron Brasher, Wine Australia’s Regional Director for Australia, Asia and Emerging Markets, presented the award, stating “Shaw and Smith have produced one of Australia’s benchmark Sauvignon Blancs for over two decades. The just released 2014 is their 25th vintage of this sophisticated, cool climate, Adelaide Hills wine.” The 2014 Sauvignon Blanc will arrive in the UK in August.

What a great way to end this celebration of such a pioneering wine producing country!

Pictured above: Roger Jones, David Cox (Chief Executive of the Drinks Industry charity ‘The Benevolent‘), Aaron Brasher, Sue Jones, Fran De Paolis