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Wines of Altitude

Whether it’s elegance and purity, balance and restraint, or simply a reflection of somewhere dramatic and mountainous, there’s something remarkable about wines made from places of high altitude. Join host Peter Bourne at this dinner in Sydney as he guides you through 14 stunning examples of high altitude wines from Australia, New Zealand, Italy and Argentina, all matched to a delicious four-course dinner by chef Nino Zoccali and the team at The Restaurant Pendolino.

Sydney Dinner

Peter Bourne
1 June 2021
The Restaurant Pendolino
Shop 100, Level 2, Strand Arcade, 412-414 George St, Sydney
$225 per person (inc GST) Four-course dinner included ($202.50 for subscribers)
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2019 Centennial Vineyards Reserve Albariño, Southern Highlands

Crafted from Centennial’s Bowral Vineyard, this unique wine exhibits ruby grapefruit and mandarin zest aromas. It is full flavoured with crisp acidity and added texture from time on lees. A wonderful citrus woven wine perfect for the warm summer months.

2018 Tertini Riesling, Southern Highlands

Made from fruit sourced from Tertini’s Yaraandoo vineyard, this complex riesling shows the hallmark lime and citrus characters with slatey acid and minerality, attributed to the shale bedrock beneath the vines.

2010 Logan Chardonnay, Orange

Despite the difficulty of the 2010 vintage in Orange, the resulting wines showed lower alcohol levels, with vibrant varietal characters and beautiful, fresh structure. This chardonnay has aged gracefully, now golden straw in colour with aromas of apple blossom, pear, lime and nuts. A smooth, full palate of white peach and zesty lemon.

2017 Topper’s Mountain Gewürztraminer, New England

At 900 metres above sea level, the altitude of the Topper’s Mountain vineyard leads to cool picking late in the season, meaning the grapes retain freshness, balance and flavour intensity. Aromas of lychee, rose petal and Turkish delight lead to a bone dry palate with great structure and length.

2016 Cherry Tree Hill Barrel 11 Hayden Pinot Noir, Southern Highlands

2016 was the best year the team at Cherry Tree Hill had ever seen, so they selected the best of the pinot noir harvest and aged it for 24 months in a new François Frères 500 litre puncheon. Just 650 bottles were hand-filled, corked, waxed and labelled in individually numbered bottles.

2018 Colmar Estate Reserve Pinot Noir, Orange

The fruit for this single vineyard wine was sourced from Colmar’s estate vineyard, situated at 980 metres above sea level. It shows subtle yet complex aromas with a hint of funk. Fine, silky tannins and cool-climate acidity shape the palate, balancing elegance and depth with a long finish.

2019 Rockburn Pinot Noir, Central Otago

This pure expression of Central Otago pinot exhibits vibrant notes of red and black cherry, rich mocha and supple, silky tannins leading to a long finish. It shows the hallmark Rockburn traits of elegance, integrity and balance.

2018 PepperGreen Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Southern Highlands

A fragrant, savoury cabernet from the cool climes of NSW’s Southern Highlands. Aromas of violets, red berries and leafy overtones lead to a medium-bodied palate with elegant berry flavours and a fine tannin grip.

2016 Castel Firmian Teroldego Rotaliano Riserva, Trentino

This Riserva is produced in the best vintages from vineyards in Piana Rotaliana, an area in Trentino, northern Italy, planted exclusively to teroldego. Aromas of ripe fruit, prunes and blackcurrant lead to a full-bodied palate with fruit, tannins and oak all perfectly balanced.

2019 Moppity Vineyards Estate Shiraz, Hilltops

This is an aromatic and perfumed wine with nuances of sweet dark berry and plum. The palate is bright and medium-bodied, with concentrated forest fruit flavours and supple, velvety tannins. Made from 98% shiraz co-fermented with 2% viognier.

2012 Printhie Swift Family Heritage Cabernet Shiraz, Orange

Typical of a well-matured quality wine, the colour of this cabernet shiraz remains opaque but with red brick hues. It shows lifted aromas of bramble and spiced cherry underpinned by savoury oak, leather and freshly turned earth. The palate has richness, weight and fully integrated dry tannins.

2018 Terrazas de los Andes Reserva Malbec, Mendoza

Sourced from high-altitude Mendoza vineyards ranging from 1,070 metres to 1,200 metres, this complex and layered malbec reveals aromas of cherry and plum, violet and gentle toasty oak notes. The palate is full-bodied with sweet, round tannins and a fresh, juicy finish.