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McLaren Vale vs Barossa Valley Taste-off
At the Faculty Club
Tuesday November 8 2016

While November 8 is Election Day in the USA, we decided to have our own wine election to determine how many members prefer McLaren Vale, our Democrat candidate region, to Barossa Valley our Republican Region.

McLaren Vale is a wine region approximately 35 km south of Adelaide in South Australia, at the northern end of the Fleurieu Peninsula. The first vines were planted by John Reynell in 1838 at what is now Chateau Reynella, the headquarters of the famous long established wine company Thomas Hardy & Sons. McLaren Vale is on the coast with the Mount Lofty Ranges at its back giving conditions perfect for growing Shiraz grapes. Like the Clare Valley, soil conditions vary around the region so that a winery to the east of the region such as Kangarilla can produce a Shiraz which is more elegant and tart than the typical McLaren Vale style. The typical McLaren Vale Shiraz lies somewhere in between the typical Barossa and Clare styles. It is not quite as big as a Barossa Shiraz but not quite as refined and elegant as a Clare Shiraz. Wineries worth seeking out include Wirra Wirra, d’Arenberg, Chapel Hill, Shingleback and premium-level Hardy’s.

The Barossa Valley lies around 35 miles north east of Adelaide and follows the North Para river for around 20 miles, merging into the neighbouring Eden Valley region in the east. Summer in the Barossa Valley is hot and dry and many of the vines, especially the more recently planted, need irrigating to keep them supplied with water. This heat is at least partly responsible for producing the region’s typical young Shiraz style – full bodied, high in alcohol and a sun kissed character. However, the Barossa Valley is best known for its old vine Shiraz. Some of the best examples of Barossa Valley Shiraz come from producers such as Peter Lehmann, Langmeil, St Hallett, Turkey Flat, Rockford, Charles Melton and Grant Burge.

The evening will start at 6:30 with a white reception wine, then the tasting starts at 7:00pm.

We have four McLaren Vale wines and four Barossa Valley wines to taste through, here is the line-up:

McLaren Vale Wines
2003 Pirramimma Cabernet Sauvignon
2006 d’Arenberg The Derelict Grenache
2004 Yangarra Shiraz
2006 d’Arenberg The Laughing Magpie Shiraz/Viognier

 Barossa Valley Wines
1999 Yalumba Signature Cabernet Shiraz
2006 Yalumba Old Bush Vine Grenache
2005 Fox Gordon Eight Uncles Shiraz
2004 Schulz Family Turkey Flat Shiraz

The Faculty Club is at 41 Willcocks Street, Toronto, 416-978-6325, one block south of Harbord, and east of Spadina Avenue. Metered parking on the surrounding streets, and TTC stops at Willcocks on Spadina.

Price for this evening, all inclusive, with finger foods, Members $68.00 and Guests $75.00.
Seating is limited to 60, so be sure to book early.

You can register on-line at https://mclarenvsbarossa.eventbrite.ca or download and return the Registration Form to Bernard Nottage to the address as noted on the Form.

Future Events

Saturday, December 10 - Holiday Dinner
The Annual Holliday Dinner and Dance is booked for the Faculty Club on Saturday December 10th. We have booked the front room, all warm and cosy for a festive dinner with special wines from the cellar.

Wednesday January 25th - Australia Day Celebration
Australia Day 2017 celebration will be on Wednesday January 25th at a new location for us, the University Club of Toronto. Located on Toronto's prestigious University Avenue, in the heart of the City, the University Club of Toronto is housed in a cherished heritage building that is a retreat for members to dine, socialize, pursue intellectual or artistic enlightenment.

March - Big Reds Tasting
March will feature our Big Reds tasting followed by the favourite Steak Frites Dinner at the Faculty Club.

April - Dinner at Evoo Restaurant
April we are planning a return to Evoo Ristorante on Avenue Road. With the success of this year’s dinner there, it bodes well for a follow on evening.

May - Regional Tasting
In May we will have a Regional Tasting with the wines of Western Australia, date and location will be announced later.

June - Solstice Dinner
Then in June, we return to the Faculty Club for our Solstice Dinner.

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