02/07/2008 - 22:00

Bites: Limeburners and the Swan Valley

02/07/2008 - 22:00


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Bites: Limeburners and the Swan Valley

WesternAustralia's first official single malt whisky, Limeburners, was unveiled this week by the Great Southern Distilling Company.

Packaged under the commemorative 'Limeburners First Release' label, the whisky has been hand-distilled in small batches and aged for two years in American Oak barrels.

It is now available for purchase in a limited release of 331 numbered bottles.

GSDC managing director Cameron Syme says whisky operates in a niche sector of the market in Australia, but is certain there will be opportunities flowing from increasing worldwide interest in Australian whiskies.

While only a first release, Limeburners seems like a promising product, considering the bronze medal it won at the 2008 International Wine and Spirits Show in London.

Although the 700ml whisky bottles retail for between $150 and $200, Mr Syme says one customer paid almost $500 to secure one in the earliest-release bottles.

The name Limeburners is a reference to Albany's convict past, where convicts used to burn seashells to make lime for construction.

Bottles of Limeburners First Release can be purchased from the distillery and selected retailers.


Traditionally, most foodies wouldn't consider the matching of seafood and red wine.

But restaurateurs and winemakers from the Swan Valley, a region where shiraz thrives, are gearing up for the third year of Seafood & Shiraz Weekend, which takes place from July 11-13.

"Shiraz is the signature red wine for the region. Spicy, rich and perfumed, the variety enjoys the Swan Valley climate and rewards the grower with beautiful fruit every time," Swan Valley & Regional Winemakers president, Anthony Kosovich, says.

Chefs from venues including Black Swan Winery, Jane Brook Estate Wines, Broad's Café at Upper Reach Winery, Edgecombe Brothers, Dear Friends Restaurant, and Stewarts at Brookleigh, will come up with menus to try to change the perception that seafood has to be consumed with white wine.

Dear Friends will start the weekend with a special 'meet the winemaker' five-course dinner, accompanied by five different wines from Bella Ridge Estate Wines.


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