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
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.
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.
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Wednesday January 25th - Australia Day Celebration
March - Big Reds Tasting
April - Dinner at Evoo Restaurant
May - Regional Tasting
June - Solstice Dinner
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