Wine buff bonus
SHERATON Mirage Longest Lunch guests will be the first to taste the latest Penfolds Bin wine series which is being released in the Far North for the first time.
The Carnivale favourite will feature a 2008 Penfolds Bin 407 cabernet sauvignon, a 2008 Penfolds Bin 389 shiraz cabernet and a 2009 Penfolds Bin 138 grenache shiraz mourvedre.
Chief winemaker Peter Gago describes the Bin 389 as “baby Grange” and insists it is worth queuing up for.
The wine is matured in the barrels of the previously held vintage of Grange, Australia’s most famous wine.
The 407 cabernet sauvignon, which has strong hints of French and American oak is a product Penfolds multi-vineyard blending philosophy, is described by Penfolds winemakers as a “textbook cabernet sauvignon” which will continue to improve with age.
The 2009 Bin 138 was elevated to the Bin range with the 1998 release and is sourced from old, low-yielding Barossa Valley wines blended just prior to bottling.
All of the wines will be presented with the Sheraton Mirage executive chef Klaus Keller’s matching a five-course menu.
Celebrity guests attending the Longest Lunch this year include the Today Show’s Karl Stefanovic, former Australian cricketers Matthew Hayden, Ian Healy and Allan Border, and the popular poet Rupert McCall who is expected to produce his own unique ode to lunch during the event.
The Sheraton Mirage Longest Lunch will be held on May 20.
Tickets cost $140 per person which includes beer, wine, champagne, a five course luncheon and entertainment.