Author: Hungry Husband and Wineing Wife
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Bring together passionate foodie and wine lovers, incredible dishes and fantastic wines, and what do you get? A brilliant afternoon filled with a whole heap of fun!
Hungry Husband and I were lucky enough to be invited to Myattsfields annual long Wine Markers Lunch for the Bickley Harvest Festival. The Bickley Valley has some fantastic venues, and we have previously mentioned how much we love it there here. Tapas Man catered the food, and wow it was delicious!
Walking into the cellar door and seeing the set up we could tell it was going to be an intimate get together of just a few people. On entry wine maker and owner, Josh Davenport, was there waiting to welcome us and pour glasses of their fantastic 2012 Method Champenoise Sparkling. This beautiful sparkling had fine, constant bubbles, with biscuit, toast and lemon on the nose and palate. Super easy to drink, and just delightful. Nothing is better than sparkling and oysters, so the first dish was perfect, Gazpacho with an Oyster Shooter.
Next up, 2012 Verdelho. Tropical fruit, especially pineapple, and spice on the nose. Well balanced, soft and smooth, with more of that tropical fruit and a bit of smoke on the palate. If I though the Verdelho was good before, it was made even better by the food match. Jamon wrapped King Prawn Skewers with Lime and Smoked Paprika Aioli, with some of the biggest prawns I have ever seen! The salty jamon brought out more of the fruit flavours in the Verdelho, and the lime in the aioli balanced it all. There were a few of us who couldn’t help but go back for more of the aioli just on its own, it was that good!
Teeny fried White Bait with Lemon Basil Aioli was matched with a crisp, fresh 2014 Chardonnay. This wine was part of Myattsfield’s Tete a Tete a Trois challenge, where 3 wine makers made 3 different styles of Chardonnay. This one was more of a light, elegant style, perfect with food, having notes of stone fruit and lemon. I was sitting next to a former member of the ABC (Anything But Chardonnay) club, and she said that this was the Chardonnay she would drink… this and this only!
The next wine, a 2008 Chardonnay, was in the style we’re huge fans of. A deep, fluro gold colour hinted at its age, and gave off aromas of butter, pineapple, lime and toasty oak. Tasting it was everything I hoped for! More of that butter, pineapple with some minerality and hints of nectarines, and that 9 months on oak really showed itself. While I was savouring this delight, a plate of melted cheese was placed in front of me… was I in heaven? Local Albany Haloumi was surrounded with Grapes, Candied Walnuts and Rocket. In the past I’ve found that haloumi gets squeaky and chewy as it cools down, but this did not, it stayed perfect until the very reluctant end.
As incredible as the last course was, it only came a very close second to our next dish. Cabernet Franc is not a wine I’ve seen much of here in Australia, and Myattsfield had only just released this 2013 Cabernet Franc that weekend. It was a beautiful purple red colour, providing notes of raspberry, black cherry, savoury smokiness and licorice on the nose which followed on to a perfectly intense, but surprisingly light bodied, palate. I was taking notes during lunch, and I only wrote one sentence to summarise the Fig & Rosemary Glazed Smoked Chorizo with Potato Bravas…. Sweet, salty, spicy, perfect!!