Wine to shine at festival

Wine lovers are in for a treat at this year’s Tinamba Food and Wine Festival with at least one winemaker calling the 2015 vintage his best yet.

Glenmaggie Wines winemaker Tony Dawkins said the vineyard would launch its “outstanding” 2015 reds – pinot noir, bazz shiraz and cabernet sauvignon.

“These are some of our best yet. These wines show great power and depth of flavour already and are only a few months in the bottle,” he said.

“The pinot is haunting and beautiful and the cab is all blueberries and red currants with fine, grippy tannins. They’re exciting to drink now, but great to cellar.”

Sarah Gray of Avon Ridge was also excited about the 2015 vintage.

“The sauvignon blanc is showing intense fruity and herbaceous characteristics with a crisp finish, and the blanc de blanc sparkling stands as a light, dry and crisp sparkling, perfect for special occasions,” she said.

“With the 2015 chardonnay we have produced a wine that is balanced and refreshing, with all the elegance you’d expect from a cool climate chardonnay. It boasts fruity sensations with crisp acidic notes and a hint of French oak.”

These and more will be available for tasting, and purchase by the glass and bottle at the Tinamba Food and Wine Festival, from 11am to 4pm on Sunday, 3 April.

Entry is $10 per person, including a souvenir glass, with under 18s free.

Tinamba’s community service organisations, the Tinamba CFA, Tinamba Tennis Club and Tinamba Hall Committee, will receive donations for the entry fee.

Music on the day will be provided by the Briagolong Bush Band and multi-instrumentalist Niq Reefman and his sister Yetzka, who perform a folk-jazz fusion with a good dash of fun and mischief.

Food from the Tinamba Hotel, Avon Ridge Restaurant, Duart Homestead and Bancroft Bites will be complemented by a wide range of locally grown and produced beef, fruit, vegetables, preserves, bread, olive oil and ice cream.

“The festive atmosphere, live music and excellent food and wine make for a fantastic day out – grab your partner or get a group of friends and family together, and arrive early so you can enjoy the whole afternoon at this local event that just keeps growing,” a spokesperson said.

Local wineries that will feature at this year’s festival are Mt Moornapa, Nicholson River Winery, Glenmaggie Wines, Narkoojee, Blue Gables, Avon Ridge, Lightfoot and Sons and Tambo Estate.

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