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Sunday 24 Mar
12:00 PM

Running Time Approximately 4 hours

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A Sunday feast inspired by Riesling

Victoria’s finest wine connoisseurs team up with The Barre for a fresh autumn feast inspired by the floral aromas and explosive fruit flavours of Riesling.

Enjoy a lively foray into the wonderful world of Riesling to be led by Hilary Fordham and Matt Withers from the Joval Wine Group. They will inspire a wine lunch like no other; showcasing the diversity and versatility of Riesling. Planted in a vast number of regions worldwide, the Riesling grape produces a surprising range of expressions; from crisp and tangy citrus styles (Clare and Eden Valley), to the floral wines of Tasmania and finally to the more rich, textural styles of Alsace.

Featuring dishes such as pickled kingfish with quinoa salad, yuzu sorbet and hijiki marinade, and a dessert not to be missed – Riesling poached pear with pain perdu, golden hazelnut dust and vanilla ice-cream. Embrace autumn with a Riesling lunch guaranteed to satisfy and inspire.

On Arrival

White bait fritter, cayenne salt & smoky mayonnaise
Chicken liver parfait with smoked bacon 

Served with
Aperol Spritz

Act I

Pickled kingfish with quinoa salad, yuzu sorbet & hijiki marinade 

Served with
Rockbare Riesling, Clare Valley
Crabtree Hilltop Riesling, Clare Valley

Act II

Pork steak served with red cabbage crisps, porcini mushroom polenta & sage sauce

Served with
Mountadam Riesling, High Eden
Frogmore Creek Coal River Valley Riesling, Tasmania


Riesling poached pear with pain perdu, golden hazelnut dust & vanilla ice-cream

Served with
Domaines Schlumberger Les Princes Abbes- Alsace, France

More about Riesling

Originating in Germany's Rhine region, Riesling has a long history dating back to March 1435. Made from a flowery aromatic white grape, it is used to make dry, semi-sweet, sweet and sparkling white wines.

It is adaptable and grown in various conditions around the world, however it prefers cooler environments. In 1838 William Macarthur planted Riesling vines near Penrith in New South Wales. Riesling was the most planted white grape in Australia until the early 1990s when Chardonnay greatly increased in popularity. Riesling still flourishes in The Great Southern (in particular Mt Barker, Frankland River and Porongorup), Clare Valley, in particular the areas of Watervale and around the Polish Hill River, and the cooler Eden Valley and High Eden regions. The warmer Australian climate produces thicker skinned grapes, sometimes seven times the thickness of German grown grape.

Riesling wines are often consumed when young; they make a fruity and aromatic wine which may have aromas of green or other apples, grapefruit, peach, gooseberry, honey, rose blossom or cut green grass, and usually a crisp taste due to the high acidity. However, Riesling's naturally high acidity and range of flavours make it suitable for extended aging.

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