Good morning from the Barossa
Here's the view from my room this morning here in the Barossa, as I prepare for an exciting day's tasting and learning. We are so, so lucky to be experiencing this! I hope you'll forgive my unbridled enthusiasm...
Last night we closed day one of the Landmark Tutorial with a dinner at Appellation, the restaurant here at the Louise. As part of the Tutorial, we're really fortunate to be eating here each night, with menus chosen by chef Mark McNamara to complement the rather special wines that will be served with dinner.
Each evening, we'll be joined by some rather special guests. Last night we had James Halliday, Andrew Pirie and Stephen Henschke, as well as our tutor for the day Michael Hill Smith. Tony Jordan and Andrew Caillard will be with us all week. Access to people of this stature is another reason why this week is such a treat.
Last night's wines included verticals of Jacob's Creek Steingarten Riesling, McWilliam's Mount Pleasan Lovedale Semillion, and Yarra Yerring Dry Red No 1 and No 2. Of the four Yarra Yerring reds, three were astonishingly good; one was disappointing. We also had a remarkable Domaine A Cabernet Sauvignon 2000 (this is fantastic) and the 2001 and 2004 Dahlwhinnie Eagle Series Shiraz.