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Last week we hosted another great wine dinner with Andrew Marks wine maker at both Gembrook HIll and The Wanderer. The night began with a Gin and tonic for all the guests, made with of course Andrew's other project Melbourne Gin Co. gin, we garnished it with rosemary and pink grapefruit which complemented these notes in the gin's botanical profile. Once everyone had enjoyed a chat with the winemaker and found their seats there was a huge array of wine and food for them to enjoy....
The starting bracket was Blanc de Blancs sparkling, Gembrook Sauvignon Blanc and Gembrook Chardonnay, we teamed up with Andrew and his gin again and cured some fabulous winter salmon from Tasmania in the gin. Was a wonderful bracket of wine but the standout for everyone and possibly the most unexpected wine was the Sauvignon Blanc.
The next bracket was pinot focused with both the Gembrook Village Pinot and Estate Pinot matched with a pork pie with red currant gravy. The Estate pinot was really expressive and was my personal favourite but the Village wine seemed to be very popular on the evening judging by the amount of wine ordered from the ladies at the Independent Wine Store in Rye after the evening had concluded.
We finished the evening with the Wanderer Syrah and Shiraz both of these wine were from the same vines but showed the difference that you can get if you change the wine making techniques in the winery.
MEET THE MAKER WINE DINNER
Tuesday 24th July 6.30pm
Join us for a 3 course dinner with winemaker ANDREW MARKS from Gembrook Hill.
Gembrook Hill is one of the pacesetters in the Yarra Valley wine scene with its restrained yet complex style. Andrew’s wines are regarded as some of the most outstanding examples of their variety in Australia and are crafted with an old-world winemaking mindset, most of the vines are now aged over twenty years imparting great complexity to the wine.
Andrew will also be bringing along his other projects; The Wanderer and Melbourne Gin Company for you to enjoy as part of the night.
3 course dinner including wine $85
Bookings essential: 5984 4995
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