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Cool Climate Wines Tasting

Whether influenced by altitude or latitude, grapes grown in cool climate wine regions tend to experience long, slow ripening periods which result in wines of exceptional balance, finesse and intensity of flavour. Join Ned Goodwin MW as he guides you through some of Australia’s top cool-climate drops
Ned Goodwin
28 May 2019
Antler Room, Mercado Restaurant
4 Ash St, Sydney
$95 per person (inc GST), snacks and charcuterie included
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2018 Nick Spencer Pinot Gris, Hilltops

Sourced from the high-altitude region of Hilltops in southern New South Wales, this bright and aromatic style of pinot gris exhibits a crisp, long palate with flavours reminiscent of lemon icy poles and crunchy Nashi pear.

2018 Ottelia Riesling, Mount Gambier

Mount Gambier’s proximity to the Southern Ocean provides the coolest maritime climate in mainland Australia. This riesling’s lime and lemon thyme aromas lead to a cool, mineral palate with eloquent grapefruit and herbal flavours, and tingling acidity.

2018 Gilbert Sauvignon Blanc Sur Lie, Orange

Grown at 800 metres altitude on the volcanic red basalt slopes of Mount Canobolas, this single vineyard sauvignon blanc was barrel fermented and left on lees for six months prior to bottling. The result is a textural, complex wine with crisp peach stone and grapefruit characters.

2017 McW 660 Reserve Chardonnay, Tumbarumba

Aromas of bright citrus and white nectarine with underlying flint and biscuity oak lead to a focused palate, richly textured with flinty acidity. Creamy cashew characters and citrus fruit flavour are rounded out by a long, seamless finish.

2017 Picardy Chardonnay, Pemberton

Inspired by the great white wines of the Old World, this chardonnay saw 40% whole-bunch fermentation, resulting in wonderful fruit complexity. The wine exhibits floral and citrus fruit characters with excellent minerality, structure and texture.

2016 Gala Estate Black Label Pinot Noir, East Coast Tasmania

This pinot noir is aromatic with bramble berries, wet stone and rose petal with hints of smoke. The palate is full bodied and structured with ripe fruit tempered by well-integrated, savoury oak and eggshell-like tannins.

2018 Ghost Rock Estate Pinot Noir, Northern Tasmania

This textural, elegant pinot noir displays both the intensity and finesse of Ghost Rock’s seven vineyard sites. Fermentation utilised cultured and wild yeast, with maturation taking place over 11 months in first-grade French oak, 30% new.

2017 Shadowfax Little Hampton Pinot Noir, Macedon Ranges

One of the coldest sites in the Macedon Ranges, the Little Hampton vineyard sits at 720 metres above sea level. Aromas of violets, rose petal and graphite lead to a rich palate with blue fruits, citrus and wild sage.

2018 Long Rail Gully Gamay, Canberra District

Whole-bunch fermentation and carbonic maceration has produced a wine with a lifted nose of cherries and red berries. The palate is vibrant and medium bodied with juicy red fruits and soft tannins.

2017 Mount Langi Ghiran Talus Shiraz, Grampians

Intricate aromas of black fruits, pepper, five spice and earth are heightened by red and blue floral perfumes. The palate is pure and full bodied, elegant and deeply layered, with inky black and red fruits, dark chocolate, aniseed, pepper and violet.

2015 Payne’s Rise Redlands Shiraz, Yarra Valley

An excellent example of the vibrancy that can be achieved with Yarra Valley shiraz, this wine portrays stunning elegance and great texture, with bright, spicy red fruits, black pepper and soft tannin structure.

2016 Warramunda Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Yarra Valley

Ceremoniously the last block to be harvested each year, Warramunda’s cabernet vines witness the entire ripening season. Aromas of violets, cigar box and old spice lead to a palate dense with plum, blackberry and dark chocolate.