Recently I was invited, along with a group of other wine and food bloggers to an event held at the delightful Sittella winery – harvest@sittella.
Starting off with a glass or two of Sparkling Chenin Blanc in the rotunda where so many weddings are performed we were introduced to Yuri Berns the winemaker who gave us a history of the winery, some of his thoughts on the various wines, and a run-down of the impact on the floods on the current vintage.
Then it was off to the wine and barrel rooms and a taste of fermenting Chenin Blanc and Shiraz before retiring to their lovely little wine bar, the Nest where, under shady trees and sails, we were treated to a range of small dishes and accompanying wines.
This was a wonderful array – the food was sublime – I still reminisce of the Scotch eggs – quail eggs in a moist and crispy coat, in a sauce of tomatoes and beans – lovely.I was also taken by the amazingly tender semolina crusted arrow squid with fried garlic and creamy, zesty citrus infused mayo – and the succulent, juicy steak tartare with fried shallots!And I absolutely loved the two small pies – rabbit and mushroom, and braised oxtail – both with brown and crumbly crisp pastry, and a rich and unctuous fillings.The mouth-watering confit lamb shoulder was yet another hit – so tender, so succulent!
As for the wines – well these were so very good, and perfectly matched to the food – NV Pinot Rosé – lovely crisp palate, lifted strawberry aromas; the simply stunning 2012 Marie Christien Lugien sparkling – a blend of chardonnay and pinot noir – yeasty nose and apple and pear flavours, with a subtle lemon note running through it. So refreshing!
I’ve paired my book with the Sittella 2016 silk – tropical fruit aromas, crisp citrus flavours dominate the palate, with a crisp dry finish – will be out to stock up the fridge with more of this wine soon!
The 2016 Reserve Margaret River Chardonnay yet another excellent wine – creamy and buttery with flavours of citrus and cashews.
2016 Swan Valley Tinta Rouge – this easy drinking blend of Shiraz, Grenache and Tempranillo full of liquorice and plums flavours is wonderful everyday quaffing but with good ageing potential, while the outstanding 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon from Margaret River was a great example of Margaret River Cabernet; we all loved 2016 Avant-Garde Swan Valley Tempranillo, a bouquet of cherry and red plums and tart sour cherry flavours.
This was a fabulous day out in the Valley – so good to see the wineries recovering from the setback of the floods and the enthusiasm of all involved. And the food and wine exemplifies the fantastic produce of this region on our doorstep.