Sunday lunch with Philip Shaw
Fiona, the kids and I had Sunday lunch with Aussie winemaker Philip Shaw, at the French House restaurant in Dean Street. On the menu was the most wonderful roast beef, cooked by Philip, and accompanied by his wines.
Philip became famous initially as winemaker with Rosemount, then as chief winemaker with Southcorp between 2001 and 2003. He left the world of big companies and is now heading up new mid-sized venture Cumulus Wines, which includes some high end wines from his own vineyard (the 52 hectare Koomooloo vineyard planted in 1989) in the Orange region of New South Wales, which go under his own name. They're pretty smart wines, with a distinctive cool-climate style. The other wines in the Cumulus range also come from Orange, and specifically a 600 hectare vineyard at a lower altitude than the Philip Shaw wines (600 metres as opposed to 900 metres). Proper write up to follow.
It was good to have a chance to meet another of the leading figures in Australian winemaking. Remarkably, the kids behaved themselves well. So did Fiona. Interesting fact: Shaw was in the same class at school as another famous Aussie winemaker. Can you guess who?