Regional Flavours presented by The Courier-Mail is one of the best events on the culinary calendar each year.
Seriously, what’s not to love? Be serenaded by live music while enjoying a cheese platter, indulge at open-air bistros and kick back with a smorgasbord of Queensland’s tastiest produce.
This year’s Regional Flavours has a particularly exciting selection of wines from the Sunshine State. We’ve gathered the best and present them here for easy reference. But we won’t be held accountable for the hangover…
Le Sauvage ‘The Wild’ Viognier | Sirromet Wines
Grown on the Granite Belt, about three hours’ drive south-west of Brisbane, this limited-edition range of wines has been “wild fermented” using the natural yeast from each vineyard. The complex flavour profile includes aromatic apricot, white florals, dried citrus rind and a touch of vanillin oak influences. This opulent and rich wine is a perfect match for pan-seared scallops with Asian flavours.
Wine Ice Cream | Kingsley Grove
We love wine and we love ice cream, so when Kingsley Grove decided to combine them, we basically lost our minds. In addition to their glorious selection of rosé, sparkling wine, and other styles (Sangiovese 2015, Sweet Berry Rosé, Queensland Sunset and Tickle 2016 will be showcased at Regional Flavours), Kingsley Grove will bring their mouth-wateringly delicious wine ice cream to the festival. The newly created flavours they will showcase are Port and Dark Chocolate, Merlot and Vanilla Bean, Shiraz and Raisin, and Verdelho Lemon Sorbet. Ice-cream sundaes just got a whole lot better – hangover be damned.
2016 Gewürztraminer | Symphony Hill
Symphony Hill’s signature white wine is the perfect accompaniment to any spicy dish, with lip-smacking flavours of lychee, aromatic rose petal, exotic lavender, and a glorious wash of wild musk and Turkish delight. This perfectly balanced wine has multiple accolades to its name, including a 5-star rating from James Halliday and multiple gold awards awarded at Royal Melbourne Wine Show and Royal Brisbane Wine Show. This is a drink not to miss out on.
2015 Reserve Lagrein | Symphony Hill
This Italian stallion is a rich blend of dark fruits, vanilla, and Ecuadorian chocolate. Grown in Alto Adige, in northern Italy, this extremely dark red is deceptive in appearance. The colour suggests a heavy, over-the-top red, but the Reserve Lagrein is perfectly balanced. It boasts a medium-to-fuller body, silky texture, velvety tannins and a rich layer of wild boysenberry.
‘V’ Verdelho Bubbles | Robert Channon Wines
Everyone loves a glass of sparkling wine, and with a platter of Queensland seafood on the side, it would be hard to find a more delicious combination. Verdelho, the enticing and delicious grape from Portugal, is taken to new and exciting levels with Robert Channon’s Verdelho Bubbles. Crisp and fresh with just a touch of sweetness, ‘V’ Bubbles is the perfect wine to sip and savour as you while away a lazy afternoon in Queensland’s incomparable sunshine.
Fiano Vintage Reserve 2016 | Heritage Estate Wines
This ancient and extremely rare Mediterranean variety thrives in the fertile fields of the Granite Belt. The 2016 vintage features striking aromas of tropical fruits, citrus zest and just a delicate hint of spice. Fruit flavours bathe the palate, with a little acidic crunch to finish. This multi-award-winning wine is a stellar addition to any cellar.
Messing About Saperavi 2015 | Ballandean Estate
This particular variety is only grown in about 20 vineyards in Australia, making it a super-exciting wine to be showcased at Regional Flavours. The red juice and pulp means Saperavi has an incredibly high anthocyanin content that acts as an antioxidant. In other words, it’s basically a superfood. Ballandean Estate has produced three vintages of this kind so far, with six gold medals in the tally count. This particular wine has an intense bouquet of liquorice, berries, and savoury fruits. Bold and gutsy, this wine is best enjoyed with wintry dishes such as duck and venison.