The Roussanne is a relative newcomer to the Yalumba stable. Negociants has only been importing this wine for the last couple of years and the variety was not widely recognised within the room. With the success of growing and making Viognier, the winemaking team at Yalumba were keen to work with another perfumed and exotic variety originating in the Northern Rhone and this resulted in Roussanne being planted in the Eden Valley. A silky textured wine, with white peach, vanilla custard layered over fresh grapefruit acidity, it was a surprising revelation which added a lot of interest to the lunch wines.
Lastly the Hill Smith Estate Chardonnay is a wine that is made under the Hill Smith Family Vineyards brand. Chardonnay is a more familiar variety for Kiwis and this wine has a creamy textural palate with flavours of lemon curd, quince and fresh peaches. A fresh citrus acidity provided balance and restraint with a refreshing, persistent finish.
After the first course was finished and all wines were thoroughly sampled, Jane continued to entertain guests throughout the long lunch with her hilarious stories, which had the whole room laughing.
The main meal was delivered and Yalumba Paradox Shiraz 2013 was served. The Paradox is part of the Yalumba Distinguished sites range of exceptional wines, carefully sourced and masterfully crafted to capture the true essence of specific, special sites within the Barossa. Paradox: A person or thing made up of contradictory elements. The Paradox is not what you might expect from a wine from the northern Barossa. It’s not the high octane, lots of new oak stereotypical northern Barossa Shiraz, but rather a softer, more gentle velvet-like and savoury style of wines. This wine matched well with the thyme and parsley beef flillet and was very drinkable and popular with a few more bottles having to be sourced for some tables.