Spring Fling with First Creek Wines


By Cathy Gadd on December 19, 2016   0 Comments

I confess I’ve been totally slack cause it’s taken me a month & a half to write this blog on our last event. In my defence I did go on an R&D trip to Margaret River for their Gourmet Festival. Seriously put that festival on your list, it’s the best Oz wine festival I’ve been to.

So, on a perfect spring night in late October some 55 Liquidity fans came together at the Bristol Arms fab rooftop bar for our Spring Fling with First Creek wines.

First Creek is a family owned Hunter Valley winery who have been on a major winning streak & in 2015 were awarded a remarkable 11 trophies & 26 gold medals for their wines. Liz Silkman their talented winemaker was named Hunter Valley Winemaker of the Year in 2016 as well as a finalist for Gourmet Traveller WINE Australian Winemaker for the year. 

Pretty impressive credentials. 

This event was effectively a roof top cellar door in the CBD hosted by Steve George their Sales & Marketing Manager & a very entertaining dude.

We eased into a nice casual tasting with their refreshing NV bubbles. Then worked our way through their range of whites starting with a lovely crisp 2011 Semillon - drinking beautifully with that bit of age. Next was a 2014 Vermentino & 2015 Pinot Gris, both easy drinking whites for summer. Then onto 2015 Chardy – this was my pick, loved it & a bargain buy on the night at $20. And, we were lucky enough to try the 2013 Winemakers Reserve Chardy one of the wines which has been helping them pick up that extraordinary bounty of awards. A special wine worth the extra $ stretch.

Along with the wines we devoured prawn cocktails, salt & pepper squid, zucchini fritters & fish & chip. Sooooo good.

Then onto the reds. First up a lovely 2016 Rose & for me it screams summer – all about getting together with friends for fun in the sun. No brainer.

Loved the 2015 Barbera – if you haven’t’ tried this variety, it has lovely bright fruit & is great if you don’t feel like a heavy red. Then a cracker of a Shiraz – the 2014 which was the best vintage in the Hunter Valley for 50 years. Great wine.

And finally as we scoffed chicken wings, mushroom arancini & lamb cutlets, we tried the 2013 Winemakers Reserve Shiraz. Scored highly by Halliday & it’s not hard to see why.

 Even better than great food, wine & company, 10% of all ticket sales were donated to the amazing work of Project Futures who fund support services to victims of human trafficking.

 So you see, we were really drinking for a very good cause.

Well, that wraps up Liquidity events for 2016, have a good Christmas & New Year, drink well & seeya next year. Cheers !

Cathy

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