Week­end strings at­tached

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Wine - with John Jens

ADELAIDE-based Aus­tralian String Quar­tet will host its fifth Mar­garet River Week­end of Mu­sic on the week­end of April 21 to 23, 2017.

The ASQ will per­form four con­certs on a matched set of Guadagnini in­stru­ments which were hand­crafted in Italy be­tween 1743 and 1784 that are val­ued in ex­cess of $6 mil­lion.

The Fri­day open­ing con­cert at the Vasse Fe­lix Win­ery Art Gallery is pre­ceded by a re­laxed wine tast­ing and fol­lowed by an ex­clu­sive din­ner in the win­ery restau­rant.

Satur­day sees a mid-morn­ing cel­lar con­cert be­fore a pic­nic lunch in the grounds of McHenry Hohnen that en­cap­su­lates the Mar­garet River am­bi­ence within its tree-sur­rounded vine­yards.

The Satur­day evening con­cert and Gala Din­ner are at the ASQ’s na­tional wine spon­sor’s home at Cape Dutch-style Voy­ager Es­tate with mag­nif­i­cent grounds and vast cel­lars.

Guests will gather at the Cullen win­ery on Sun­day at 11am for the week­end fi­nale, a con­cert in the bar­rel room and the farewell lun­cheon in the win­ery’s restau­rant.

It is an added bonus that all three of the win­ery restau­rants in­volved have been bril­liantly re­viewed by crit­ics and con­sumers alike.

The wines at each of the four host winer­ies have never been bet­ter.

Some of Voy­ager Es­tate’s grow­ing list of young chardon­nays and caber­nets are like their grounds and ar­chi­tec­ture, well worth see­ing, and at Cullen, Vanya Cullen is one of a hand­ful of Aus­tralia’s finest wine­mak­ers.

Her 2012 Vanya is Aus­tralia’s high­est ranked caber­net ever on Robert Parker’s in­ter­na­tional wine web­site.

The ASQ of­fers sev­eral con­cert and meal pack­ages on­line at www.asq.com.au.

Prices start from the Vasse Fe­lix Fri­day evening wel­come drinks and con­cert for $100.

Aus­tralian String Quar­tet.

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