Time brings out best in fine food and wine

It was another great weekend full of Coonawarra Cellar Dwellers festivities with a variety of events for wine and food lovers.

On Thursday afternoon Zema held ‘Musing in the Museum’, an interactive museum which celebrated 40 years of Zema with rare wines from the Zema Estate cellar accompanied by a light grazing platter.

On Saturday night Zema held ‘Better with Age’ at Mayura Station where attendees enjoyed a special dining experience with rare wines from the Zema Estate Cellar and dry-aged Wagyu beef.

The ‘Coonawarra @ Heart Masterclass’ at the Katnook Estate Stables on Saturday was a highlight, where five Coonawarra winemakers compared the ageing ability of current release Cabernet Sauvignon to the 2010 vintage.

Winemakers shared their winemaking philosophies and discussed what made Coonawarra wine age so well.

Katnook Estate senior winemaker and site manager Natalie Cleghorn said both attendees and winemakers enjoyed themselves and winemakers enjoyed talking about their wines.

“It was a small group but really, really engaged so that was good, we had people from Melbourne and from Adelaide across all different age groups,” she said.

“There were people who asked questions and then there were other people who just sat and enjoyed the wines, everyone seemed to have a smile on their face.”

Ms Cleghorn believed everyone really enjoyed the older wines and said there was lots of discussion about how fresh the wines looked at 12 years old with lots of life left in them.

‘Parker x Producer,’ held by Parker Coonawarra Estate with producer Beachport Berkshires in ‘The Stillage,’ was a night of decadence with fine Limestone Coast produce and some of Parker Estate’s best wines.

Yalumba held ‘The Menzies Winemakers Lunch,’ where they uncovered amazing wines including hidden treasures and prized wines followed by a great lunch.

Upcoming feature events include a ‘Long Lunch Upstairs’ at Hollick Estate this Saturday afternoon and a ‘Camp Oven Cook-Out Under the Stars’ on Saturday, July 30.

Visit www.coonawarra.org to view the full program, upcoming events and to book tickets.

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