Hahndorf Hill Winery
Each year the Adelaide Hills Wine Region launches its CRUSH wine festival to promote the wonderful cool climate wines from our region.
For the first time at CRUSH – and for the first time in Australian wine history – a masterclass of Australian-grown Gruner Veltliners was held to celebrate this wonderful new variety’s ascent in the Adelaide Hills.
In five short years, the Adelaide Hills now has more plantings of Gruner than anywhere else in Australia – in fact all the combined Australian plantings outside of our region do not even come close to the current acreage of Gruner Veltliner in the Adelaide Hills.
The top six wines awarded at the Adelaide Hills Wine Show 2014 were selected to participate in this event, which was held in a beautiful dining area at the Mount Lofty House resort in Crafers. Chef Girard took advantage of Gruner Veltliner’s amazing ability to pair with all manner of Asian cuisine and created an extraordinary menu that incorporated six beautifully crafted treats, each one matched to a specific wine. And so ‘Asian Persuasion – a Gruner Veltliner Degustation’ was born.
I can report that each one of these wines performed beautifully and were a credit to this variety and our region. The food-pairing exercise was both pleasurable and inspiring as was the extraordinary synergy between each wine and its matching dish. Perhaps the most exhilarating – and potentially terrifying – match was the CRFT Gruner Veltliner 2014 that was selected to go with the final item on the menu: a beautiful lemon curd tart served with coconut snow, baby basil and mango. Despite fearful anticipation, this was a match-made-in-heaven with the lemon curd managing to consolidate this beautiful wine from every direction and pulling it all together in a delightful melange of flavour, texture and pleasure.
Hats off to the Mount Lofty House team and especially Chef Girard for making this such a successful day!