A Culinary Experience of Alex Retief Wines and exceptional food by The Caterer Sydney

The Caterer Sydney, Urban Winery Sydney and Stedmans Hospitality joined forces to present the Culinary Experience: an event where award winning wines by Alex Retief were matched with exceptional food at the Urban Winery Sydney on Thursday 9 February 2017.

The Urban Winery Sydney is located in the backstreets of St Peters in newly revived area called Precinct 75, which used to be the old Taubman’s site. It is Australia’s first large scale urban winery and consists of two rooms: a bar area and a barrel room with a long table. It has a capacity of 60 people and holds regular wine tasting and wine blending masterclasses.

Alex Retief produces a range of wines using New South Wales grapes including sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, rosé, a field blend, mataro, shiraz, tempranillo and petit verdot. Guests were served these wines with dishes that were made to match. In addition, guests were served a Rosé Spritzer made with 60ml of rosé, 20ml of elderflower syrup, 60ml of soda water and a rosemary sprig for a garnish.

The Caterer Sydney put together an exceptional menu of canapés to pair with the Rosé Spritz including: freshly shucked oysters with lemon and cracked pepper; jamon with nectarine and pursiane; blini with creme fraiche, caviar and chives; beef tartare; and truffled potato gems. They also created small dished to match all the wines including: local calamari, grilled on hibachi with peas, yuzu and wild garlic vinaigrette matched with 2014 A. Retief Sauvignon Blanc from Tumbarumba NSW; fresh blue swimmer crab in brown butter with macadamia puree and asparagus matched with 2014 A. Retief Sauvignon Blanc from Tumbarumba NSW; yabbies with tomato, shallot, tarragon vinegar, and shellfish dressing matched with 2014 A. Retief Chardonnay from Tumbarumba NSW; duck rillettes with crisp skin, confit heirloom carrots, cherry gel, oat crumble and pickled cherry jus served with 2015 A Retief Tempranillo from Gundagai NSW; wagyu rump on hibachi with white onion puree and pickled oyster mushrooms served with either 2015 A Retief ‘Field Blend’ from Hilltops NSW or 2013 A Retief Bio-dynamic Shiraz from Gundagai NSW; and bruleed fig with fresh honeycomb and black tahini yoghurt matched with 2014 A. Retief Chardonnay from Tumbarumba NSW.

Urban Winery Sydney is located at Suite 6.01, Precinct 75, 75 Mary Street St Peters. NSW 2044

For more information about the Urban Winery Sydney, go to: http://urbanwinerysydney.com.au/

For more information about Stedmans Hospitality, go to: http://www.stedmans.com.au/

For more information about The Caterer Sydney, go to: http://thecaterersydney.com.au/