Kersbrook Hill Wines degustation dinner at Sammys on the Marina lifted our spirits last week. A boutique, family owned winery located in the beautiful Adelaide Hills, Kersbrook Hill Wines partnered with the iconic Sammys on the Marina to provide guests with a superb food and wine experience. This was an occasion to not only showcase some of their best cool climate wines, but also an opportunity to bring people together.
At a time when we are all feeling shocked and saddened by the surreal events around us, it was lovely to be able to relax and enjoy some great food and wine. One can’t help but think of this night as a little bittersweet as it could possibly be the last event of this type for some months. The team at Sammys on the Marina did a wonderful job of introducing the new health considerations, including spacing tables further apart.
Sammys on the Marina has carved itself a classy reputation in recent years for their degustation dinners, partnering with some of South Australia’s finest winemakers. This night was no exception, and Executive Chef Camillo Crugnale and his team pulled out all the stops.
Guests were warmly welcomed with a glass of Kersbrook Hill’s Premium Single Vintage Cuvee sparkling wine – a delicious, basket pressed blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier grapes from Maximilian’s Vineyard in Verdun.
Our first course was a modern version of a traditional king prawn cocktail. The tang of fresh raspberries delighted our senses and matched beautifully with Kersbrook Hill’s zesty and refreshing 2018 Sauvignon Blanc.
Tender, marinated octopus with taramasalata and a refreshing cucumber salad with olives and caviar paired well with Kersbrook Hill’s 2013 Riesling. This fine wine’s age, distinct aroma and strong mineral notes provided a very textured palate.
Seared scallops with a velvety, flavour packed cauliflower puree with speck and truffle dressing was another winner – and danced in unison with Kersbrook Hill’s 2018 Viognier. Light, sweet and refreshing peach tones made this the perfect white to accompany our seafood.
Kersbrook Hill’s 2013 Chardonnay matched well with our next course of Garfish with asparagus, wrapped in prosciutto. A throw back to the 80s, this was a lightly oaked, super refreshing wine.
Our next course of a melt in the mouth Black Angus grass fed fillet steak introduced us to two of Kersbrook Hill’s excellent reds. One of my favourite wines of the night was their 2015 Strange Bedfellows Cabernet/Tempranillo. This light, fruit driven red was smooth and velvety – pure heaven! Our companion red was Kersbrook Hill’s 2015 Expat Shiraz – a rich, intense and luscious red wine.
Our last course, a superb Galliano Panna Cotta, matched perfectly with Kersbrook Hill’s ‘The Troublemaker’. A slightly sweet, sparkling rose with a beautifully soft and elegant finish. We were further spoiled with our last wine of the night, a Sweet Mary Botrytis Viognier. This dessert wine delivered golden notes of caramel and honey on the palate.
Thank you to the team at Sammys on the Marina for inviting me to attend this exceptional wine dinner. Further thanks to Sharna Haynes from Kersbrook Hill Wines for introducing me to their amazing wines.
Where: Kersbrook Hill Wines & Cider is at 1498 South Para Road, Kersbrook. Cellar Door is open daily from 10 am – 5 pm with a late closing on Friday at 9 pm. Phone 08 8389 3301 or email [email protected]