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Valley festival a true feast

PACE YOURSELF: Guests at the Olive Long Table Luncheon at the Whispering Brook winery and olive grove at Broke.NEXT week is the opening of the two-month-long2018 Hunter Valley Wine and Food Festival offering a kaleidoscope of special events throughout the wine country.

Presented by Wine Selectors, this year’s festival will feature 15 new events, includingThe O’Shea Experienceat McWilliam’s Mount Pleasant winery at401 Marrowbone Rd, Pokolbin, a vertical tasting of four vintages of Maurice O’Shea shiraz, one of Australia’s most acclaimed reds.

For $55 a person, tastings will be held daily between 10am and 3pm in May and June and bookings onmountpleasantwine南京夜网.auand 4998 7505 are essential.

Another new event is the daily $18-per-personViva Verdelhotastings at Tulloch Wines,638 De Beyers Rd, Pokolbin. Its presentation of five different styles of verdelho is by appointment made ontullochwines南京夜网.auor 4998 7580.

The463 Deasys Rd, Pokolbin, Hart and Hunter cellar door ofhusband and wife winemaking duo Damien Stevens and Jodie Bellevillewill stageMagnum Madnessbetween 10am and 4pm on May 5 and 6 and May 26 and 27.Details: hartandhunter南京夜网.auand 4998 7645.

The ever-popular Olive Long Table Luncheon will be held from noon to 4pm at the Whispering Brook winery and olive grove at Rodd St, Broke, on June 2. For $150 aperson, guests will be treated to a four-course Mediterranean-inspired lunch prepared by chef Andrew Wright, an olive grove and vineyard tour, an olive oil appreciation and tasting session and live music. Bookings: whispering-brook南京夜网.auor 02 9818 4126.

Open-air film showings will be another festival attraction from 6pm on Saturday, May 5, and Saturday, May 26. $20 aperson. Details:winefoodfilmfestival南京夜网.au.

See winecountry南京夜网.aufor the full festival program.

INSECTARIUMI ERREDin my April 4 column in saying that Matthew Bailey had won the Australian Society of Viticulture and Oenology (ASVO) 2014 Australian Viticulturist of the Year award for his work at the Coppabella vineyard at Tumbarumba on insectarium techniques.

Matthew in fact won the award for his insectarium work, in which predatory insects eliminate or greatly reduce the use of pesticides and combat erosion, during the 10 years up to 2015 in which he worked at the Taltarni vineyard at Moonambel in Victoria’s Pyrenees area.

Since March 13, Matthew has no longer been employed by or been associated with Coppabella vineyard but says he continues to pursue his passion for viticulture in the Tumbarumba Region.

WINE REVIEWSTHREE FEST SIP TIPSSEEKout thisStonehurst 2013 Semillonand the following two wines on yourHunter Wine and Food Festival visit. The semillon is green-tinted straw and has honeysuckle scents, ruby grapefruit on the front palate and middle-palate flint, lemon curd and toast. The finish has slatey acid. It’sat the Wollombi Rd cellar door andstonehurst南京夜网.au.PRICE: $20. DRINK WITH: sushi. AGEING: 10 years.

RATING: 4.5 stars

SHIRAZ-MOURVEDRE MELDTHEMargan 2016 Breaking Ground Shiraz Mourvedreisatmargan南京夜网.auand the Milbrodale Rd, Broke, winery, site of the June 2Meet the Farmerdinner. The wine has 14.5% alcohol, purple hues, pine bark scents andspicycherry front-palate flavour. The middle palate shows blackberry, mint, licorice and cedary oak and the finish chalky tannins.PRICE: $40. DRINK WITH: paella. AGEING: 10 years.

RATING: 4.5 stars

SIBLING OF GRAVEYARDTHISbeautBrokenwood 2016 Hunter Shirazis from younger Graveyard vineyard vines and has 13.5% alcohol, garnet hues and gumleaf scents. The front palate shows ripe plum flavour, the middle Morello cherry, black pepper and savoury oak and the finish minty tannins. It’sat the McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin, winery,brokenwood南京夜网.auand shops.PRICE: $50. DRINK WITH: rack of lamb. AGEING: 12 years.

RATING: 5 stars

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