On the first day of Summer in 2018 (yes I’m a bit late writing this up!) wine-ophiles descended on Harvey Leigh’s Public House and Wine Rooms for Young Guns of Wine Uncut. If you haven’t heard about this event, it tours nationally and searches for, showcases and celebrates Australia’s young wine talent.
Tickets were $50 each (which included entry, tastings and a take home Riedel glass valued at $20), and the balmy weather was a natural companion as we sipped many different wines (over 20 different producers with at least two different wines each). I was lucky enough to receive an invitation to attend, and I was all too happy to throw myself in with gusto with my girl gang.
I’m not going to lie: I tried A LOT of wines on this day. From frosty whites to dry roses to delicious reds, there were so many different bottles to sample. But it was pet-nats that got me the most excited as they’re my current obsession! (Pro tip if you go to this event next year: you can order bottles or cases of wines you try here and the pricing is so much cheaper! I still have some bottles I bought in the cupboard and fridge waiting for me.)
If you haven’t heard of pétillant-naturel (pet-nat), it’s an ancient and natural way of making sparkling wine that predates champagne even. They tend to be cloudy, unfiltered and fizzy, thanks to being bottled before primary fermentation and without the use of secondary yeasts or sugars.
And best of all, they taste really damn good! There’s some great ones you can try out and about in Perth like at The Standard or Panama Social. I highly recommend you give them a whirl.
Partway through the event we decided to grab some food and sit outside while some of the wine producers engaged in a lively conversation and Q&A session on the newer styles of winemaking currently taking place.
This was a really interesting part of the day, not just because we got to eat delicious food, but because we got to learn more about the current wine trends from different producers. I really liked this aspect of Young Guns.
The food we dined on was good… really good. Excellent actually.
Oysters with shallots and mignonette, pate with toasted bread and Pedro, cured ocean trout, fried cauliflower and pig’s head croquette. This is the kind of food that goes so well with tasting wines, so they all definitely hit the spot.
As a self confessed pate and parfait obsessor, this was the standout for me – and everyone was quick to agree too!
This was a great event to kickstart the festive season and summer! I’m really keen to go again next year (yes I was pretty boozy by the end as you can imagine), but I’m also keen to go back to Harvey Leigh’s too for a proper meal because those small plates I tried were just so good.