Merry band of McLaren Vale producers in town
THE vineyards around the steeply rolling hillsides and medieval hilltop towns and castles of the Montalcino region in Tuscany had a great vintage in 2010, with one famed reviewer giving it the “vintage of a lifetime” accolade.
The region’s best-known wines are the marvellous but reasonably hard to find sangiovese-based and aristocratic Brunello di Montalcino and their more reasonably priced and slightly more accessible Rosso di Montalcino siblings.
Robert Palandri is co-hosting a tasting ($50) from 6-8pm on Monday, June 15, and dinner ($165) at 7pm, Wednesday, June 17, showcasing 11 of this region’s best examples with Giuseppe and Rosalba Pagliaricci at Perugino Restaurant, 77 Outram Street, West Perth. Reservations on 9321 5420.
Kate Lamont’s Cottesloe Wine store will also host a tasting and dinner with these wines from 36pm on Sunday, June 14. More details in the imported wines section at www.lamonts.com.au.
The tastings continue when The Vale Cru, nine of McLaren Vale’s smaller, top-end producers who have banded together, visit Perth. Visiting wineries include Waywood, La Curio, Ministry of Clouds, Rusty Mutt, Lazy Ballerina, Vigna Bottin, Wistmosa, Ulithorne and Beckers.
Events start with an 11-wine dinner ($150) at Frasers Restaurant, Kings Park, at 6pm on Wednesday, June 17.
Twenty-one wines will be open from 1-5pm on Saturday, June 20, at the Grand Cru, Beaufort Street, Mt Lawley.
The group’s WA finale is a Lamont’s 21-wine tasting with canapes ($25) from 3-6pm on Sunday, June 21, plus an 11-wine Lamont’s private dinner ($95) at 6.30pm that evening.
Visit www.valecru.com or contact email@example.com.
Nine McLaren Vale producers will host Perth tastings.