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Rhône Rangers

Ever tried a blend of grenache blanc, roussanne, clairette and bourboulenc? How about a beautiful SMG from the isolated climes of WA’s Frankland River? Host Peter Bourne will guide guests through 12 incredible Rhône Valley-inspired wines while the kitchen team at City Winery prepare four sublime matching dishes. Book early to avoid disappointment.

Brisbane Dinner

Peter Bourne
27 April 2021
City Winery
11 Wandoo St, Fortitude Valley
$225 per person (inc GST), four-course dinner included ($202.50 for subscribers)
For phone and subscriber bookings, call 0408 489 507 or email
Places are strictly limited

2019 Torbreck The Steading Blanc, Barossa Valley

This blend of marsanne, roussanne and viognier exhibits fragrant aromas of acacia flower, roasted nuts, and citrus balanced by hints of beeswax. It’s medium to full bodied, with creaminess that lends texture to the opulent fruit, and invigorated by a lively line of acid and a long, spicy finish.

2018 Tournon by M. Chapoutier Landsborough Vineyard
Viognier, Pyrenees

The Landsborough vineyard is situated on well-drained soil comprised of loose quartz with shale and siltstone, which helps produce beautifully fragrant and structured viognier. Aged in stainless steel on lees, this wine shows fresh white fruits and floral aromas leading to a generous palate balanced by complex acidity and saline minerality.

2020 Yangarra Blanc, McLaren Vale

This bright and lively blend of grenache blanc, roussanne, clairette, picpoul and bourboulenc is testament to both the great Châteauneuf-du-Pape blanc wines and McLaren Vale’s ability to grow these top white varieties.

2019 Bondar Monastrell, McLaren Vale

Sourced from a vineyard on the rocky clay soils of the foothills behind Willunga township, this wine is spice-laden with an underlying core of red fruit. Labelled as Monastrell for its lighter, fresher feel, it nonetheless retains the rustic and structural tannins of the variety.

2018 Henschke Johann’s Garden, Barossa Valley

This blend of grenache (77%), mataro (19%) and shiraz (4%) is sourced from low-yielding, dry-grown bush and trellised vines from selected vineyards in the Barossa Valley. Lifted aromas of fresh herbs and pepper are met with notes of cherry and Satsuma plum. The palate is rich and juicy with raspberry and berry compote, fine, grainy tannin and linear acidity.

2018 Keith Tulloch Shiraz Viognier, Hunter Valley

This shiraz viognier shows the luxurious completeness of co-fermenting these two varieties, combining the aromatic, soft black cherry richness of shiraz (95%) with the floral, jasmine-like perfumes of viognier (5%). It’s a dense yet satiny wine with blackberry and cola flavours framed by depth and spice of fine French oak.

2016 Sirromet Syrah Viognier, Granite Belt

100% wild fermented with minimal intervention, this elegant wine shows intense syrah-driven flavours of dark forest fruits, blueberries and dark chocolate with hints of apricot from the viognier component. It’s bold yet perfectly balanced with soft texture and ripe tannins from the influence of superior French oak.

2019 Spinifex Dominion Grenache, Barossa Valley

At 110 years of age, the Dominion vineyard is a relative youngster compared to its surrounding vineyards, which are some of the world’s oldest.
Winemaking here was simple: handpicked, partly destemmed, no crushing and fermentation with indigenous yeast before it was bottled at 16 months without filtration.

2018 The Standish Wine Company The Relic, Barossa Valley

Sourced from the Hongell Family vineyard in Krondorf, this shiraz, which includes 2% viognier, shows rich dark fruit flavours, with liquorice and dark chocolate undertones and fine, driving tannins leading to a lengthy finish.  

2019 Swinney Syrah Mourvèdre Grenache, Frankland River

A modern Australian blend, this mourvèdre-dominant red is complex and intriguing with an aromatic lift of blue and black fruits, underscored by white pepper, violets, Turkish delight and an earthy richness of freshly tilled soil. Soft, full and textural, the wine has a distinct umami character with a fine structured palate and great length.

2018 Torbreck The Steading, Barossa Valley

A blend of grenache, shiraz and mataro, this vibrant wine shows aromas of violet, star anise and spice underpinned by an array of underlying fruit flavours. The palate is silky in texture with succulent dark fruits, black olive and savoury earth notes, balanced neatly by fine acid and supple, silky tannins.

2018 Yangarra King’s Wood Shiraz, McLaren Vale

The King’s Wood is exclusively sourced from Yangarra’s east-facing Block 12, which sits on a sandy ironstone outcrop. Coming from a textbook growing season with moderate yields, this energetic shiraz was fermented with 25% whole bunches and wild yeast, and matured in French oak Foudre for
15 months.