Reserve  |  2004 HJ Reserve Shiraz

James Halliday 95+ McLaren Vale Dinner

Sophisticated cuisine made from South Australian produce was matched to the finest wines from the southern vales in a sumptuous feast at Serafino's, McLaren Vale on Thursday, July 4.

The 95+ Halliday McLaren Vale Wine Dinner saw punters have their food palate matched with wines from the region that received at least 95 points by James Halliday in his annual Wine Companion.

On the night, he said the style of wine from McLaren Vale that stood out from others is grenache.

He said although it is a well-established variety that locals would be familiar with, it should not be snubbed, particularly if it is good.

A total of $4000 was raised for The Len Evans Foundation, which provides a training course for people with exceptional talent in the wine industry with a greater understanding of the origins and nature of the truly great wines of the world, and where Australian wines stand in that world. 

WHAT WAS ON THE MENU?

First course: Prosciutto wrapped Two Wells quail breast and confit quail legs with shredded duck and green apple risotto, fresh chives and a sticky quail glaze.

Served with: Oliver's Taranga HJ Reserve SHiraz 2004 and Coriole Lloyd Reserce Shiraz 2004.

Second course: Slow-roased Murray Bridge free range pork belly topped with a sage and crispy shallot crumble, accompanied with a poached quince, parsnip puree and drizzled with quince syrup.

Served with: Serafino Terremoto Syrah 2010 and Wirra Wirra 'The Angelus' Cabernet Suvignon 2010

Third course: Grain fed fillet of beef with a trio of mushroom and ricotta ravioli, sautéed cavolo nero chervil beurre blanc and rich beef jus.

Served with: Shingleback D Block Reserve Shiraz 2010 and Gemree Uncut Shiraz 2010.

 Fourth course: Duo of Alexandrina black wax cheddar and Hindmarsh Valley goat cheese, Willunga almonds, dried apricots and lavosh.

Served with: Angove Warboys Vineyard Shiraz Grenache 2010 and Richard Hamilton Centurion Shiraz 2011.

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Closure

Cork

Grape Variety

100% Shiraz

Growing Region

100% McLaren Vale

Colour

Deep, dark maroon.

Aroma

Intense mulberry and dark Belgian chocolate pepper and spice nuances.

Palate

Subtle and elegant fine grained tannins dominate the mouthfeel of this wine-silky and long. The fruit is intense and rich. The balance and complexity of this wine is fabulous.

Cellaring Potential

10+ Years

Maturation

100% new French Oak

Alcohol%/Vol

14.5%

Winemaker

Corrina Rayment, 6th Generation family member

Date Bottled

16/06/2005

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