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Poacher's Ridge Wine Dinner

On Wednesday 13th June, I will be showcasing Poacher's Ridge estate at Winederlust Wine Bistro. To mix things up a little, you will get to experience a vertical tasting of Riesling and Merlot. These 2 grape varietals are stand-out performers from this single vineyard family estate, in addition to their beautiful cool-climate Shiraz and the lesser-known Marsanne.

 

 From left to right: Aged Riesling 2007, Riesling 2017, Merlot 2015, Reserve Merlot 2012

 

Poacher's Ridge was founded in 1999 by loving couple Alex and Janet Taylor, and with the support of their fiercely loyal sons Marcus and Andrew, painstakingly built the vineyard from scratch, upon identifying the location's immense potential. Marcus still fondly remembers helping Dad till the soil as a teenager!

 

The estate is located in the outskirts of a very small town, Narrikup, and the town itself is approximately halfway between Mount Barker and Albany. Although seemingly a "small patch of dirt" set in a rural Western Australia setting, I've always reminded folks to not mistaken humble appearances for mediocrity! 

 

 

Poacher's Ridge hand-tends, hand-harvests and hand-crafts its wines to produce cool-climate, medium-bodied styles that best reflect the terroir of its twenty-acres land. You can find Riesling, Marsanne, Shiraz, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon planted and the wines are made by winemaker, Rob Diletti from the famed Castle Rock estate in Porongurup.

 

Among the various accolades and medals won by this humble estate, the most notable was the 2007 Tri Nations Cup for its 2005 Merlot. It was a stunning achievement for a limited production vineyard (average 2,000 bottles per label per year) and a cellar door that only opens 3 days a week, to claim a significant international trophy. Imagine beating the biggest names in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa!

 

On 13th June, we will revisit this victory by tasting the 2012 Reserve Merlot and the newly released 2015 Merlot. We will also enjoy their exceptional Riesling - the newly released 2017 vintage and also the decade-old 2007 Riesling which first won a Gold medal in 2008 and when re-released, won a second Gold medal in 2017!

 

Poacher's Ridge Riesling 2017

95 points, James Halliday Wine Companion

 

Poacher's Ridge Aged Riesling 2007

96 points, James Halliday Wine Companion

Gold, International Riesling Challenge 2017

Gold, Qantas Mount Barker Wine Show 2008

 

Poacher's Ridge Merlot 2015

94 points, James Halliday Wine Companion

 

Poacher's Ridge Reserve Merlot 2012

96 points, James Halliday Wine Companion

 

A 3-course dinner will be provided by Winederlust Wine Bistro, for a total price of $65++ per pax. A vegetarian menu option is available.

 

Email info@wineedens.com or contact +65 90689160 to make your reservation. 

 

------ Dinner Menu ------

 

Butternut pumpkin veloute, grilled prawns and truffle

 

“Florentina” sea bass fillet or Rib eye, grilled asparagus, pepper sauce

 

Pineapple strudel vanilla ice cream

 

 

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