Wine buff bonus

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - CARNIVALE -

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.

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