31/01/2006 - 21:00

Amberley to host seafood and semillon weekend

31/01/2006 - 21:00

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Amberley Estate, one of Margaret River’s most dynamic producers, is highlighting this summer’s food and wine scene with a semillon and seafood match.

Amberley to host seafood and semillon weekend

Amberley Estate, one of Margaret River’s most dynamic producers, is highlighting this summer’s food and wine scene with a semillon and seafood match.

Not content with merely an evening devoted to the pairing, the winery is hosting a weekend to the pairing, on February 4 and 5.

As is customary in winemaking circles, an established vineyard, long thought of as the benchmark for a particular style of wine, will gather together a collection of the best of that variety in an informal taste-off.

So Amberley is hosting the semillon bracket. And fittingly too, for its semillon, notably the First Selection Semillon, is considered to be among Australia’s finest. Enjoying recent success with the 2002 vintage, the wine won bronze medals at the 2004 Sydney Royal Wine Show and the 2003 Margaret River Wine Show.

And the match is really quite simple.

On the one hand, under Amberley’s head winemaker, Paul Dunnewyk, a tasting panel has been formed to taste through 10 Australian semillon styles, including Amberley’s benchmark semillon.

On the other hand, head chef Kees Timmer set about complementing the style of the wines with an array of seafood creations.

The ‘semillon and seafood weekend’ has been a successful entry for Amberley into the circles of food and wine marketing.

It was only two years ago that the company joined Mount Barker producer Goundry under the umbrella of Canadian-based wine conglomerate Vincor.

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