The beautiful and knowledgeable Denise McCann, founder/director of boutique wine consultancy Women of Wine based in the Yarra Valley dropped in on the Friday of the F1 weekend to guide us on an Australian Wine Tour. (Denise loves F1 almost as much as she loves wine, so she got to combine her 2 passions in one weekend). Denise created Women of Wine to lift the profile of women in the Wine Industry – gotta love that!
During our vinous exploration, it was a real eye-opener to compare the same grape variety from different wine regions. For example we tasted the Schwarz Dustkicker Shiraz – a full bodied Barossa fruit bomb and compared it with a medium bodied Shiraz from the Geographe region produced by Yilgarnia. What a revelation and amazing that these 2 wines are the same grape variety from the same country but such different styles.
Australia has such variety of ‘Terroir’ – and we love to celebrate and share this diversity with the Singapore wine loving community. Thanks Denise and all of our guests who joined the Merchants Wine Tour.
Julian Hanna, owner of Towerhill Estate in Mount Barker, WA, visited Merchants recently – bringing with him famous truffles from neighbouring Manjimup, in WA.
A wine dinner with Julian the Riesling Whisperer was hosted at Merchants, and guests enjoyed Julian’s magnificent Rieslings and Cabernet Merlot, including the 2008 Riesling – winner of Decanter Gold. The highlight of the evening (besides, the wines and truffles) was Julian’s impromptu Slam Poetry dedicated to an old work colleague…
Check out the Truffle Dinner and Julian’s poetry in our video!
Christmas was celebrated early at Merchants – in July as the tradition goes in the land Down Under..
We ho-ho-hosted a fabulous, festive feast with special guest Chief Winemaker from Blue Pyrenees Estate Andrew Koerner as our host. Not-so-secret Santa made a surprise appearance, gifting our guests with a bottle of Blue Pyrenees Brandy.
Read all about it here on The Local Nose, and thanks to the lovely Donna Daritan for covering our event!