What do Katnook Estate, Aria Restaurant and Opera Australia have in common as they converge on the iconic Utzon room in The Sydney Opera House on October the 24th? How about a sense of style and place to start with, but most importantly all underpinned by a great deal of substance, which is truly evidenced by the clearly undeniable longevity of their respective achievements. The 2011 vintage and 30th release of Winemaker Wayne Stehbens Estate Cabernet Sauvignon marks the occasion, with ABC Classic FM’s Damien Beaumont hosting an exquisite night of matching wine, operetta and food.
In sampling a parcel of Katnook Estate Cabernet Sauvignon vintages between 1999 and 2011, one senses a very specific vision and expression of the renowned Coonawarra “terroir”. The consistency of structure and balance across the vertical is impressive, as is the nuance, complexity and unique character displayed. I am reliably informed the first vintage (1980) is showing particularly well, and the 1999 tasted displays intense flavour profiles and palate weight, indicating the wine has excellent cellaring potential which is a hallmark of the region. Similarly, the 2002 with strong tannins and fruit weight from a low yielding vintage, was truly a fascinating journey from the concentration of the grapes as they opened up and evolved in the glass over a period of three hours. The 2010 (95 Halliday points) displayed excellent balance, and will no doubt improve with bottle age, and being under screw cap has many years ahead of it.
Opera Australia principal artist Luke Gabbedy will perform ‘Largo al Factotum’ from Barber of Seville with the entrée, the stirring Toreador Song from Carmen with the main course, and conclude with ‘O Sole Mio’ with dessert. The canapés and three course menu is fittingly provided by Chef Matt Moran’s Award winning Aria restaurant, in what should be a unique and fascinating evening, with the poetry of Sydney Harbour as the backdrop. Having attended far too many stuffy wine events, it is indeed a great pleasure to see great food and operetta flamboyantly showcase the passions of the winemaker, and the virtue of the grapes from the vines he has nurtured, in an ambience truly worthy of both.
Details of the event:
All inclusive cost is $198pp or $180pp for Katnook Cellar Club members – includes a gift bag with a signed commemorative bottle of Katnook Cabernet for each couple. Strictly limited places can be reserved by emailing email@example.com Enquiries call 03 9682 5000.
LBV was invited by Whiteworks PR to celebrate the 30th release of Katnook Estate’s Cabernet Sauvignon