Merry band of McLaren Vale pro­duc­ers in town

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Wine -

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 john­jens@big­pond.com.

Nine McLaren Vale pro­duc­ers will host Perth tast­ings.

With John Jens

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