A few weeks ago, the first edition of “Eveleigh Uncorked” took place at Carriage Works in Eveleigh/Darlington.
According to the organisers of the event, this Wine and Cheese Fair attracted “over 4,500 wine and food loving people coming down to support over 45 family run independent wineries and 10 artisan cheesemakers, olive producers and bread makers.”
The wines were mostly from NSW and ACT, with a few names that I was already familiar with, such as Logan Wines, Cooks Lot, Gundog, Freemans…
Here’s a non-exhaustive photographic account of my afternoon there…
The cheese part of the fair was a bit smaller than I expected, but there was still plenty to busy oneself with! The very popular Pepe Saya was there and was offering many samples of his legendary cultured butter for the visitors to taste.
Ester Wimborne, from Country Valley Dairy
The producers of the award-winning milk that Pepe Saya uses for his products, Country Valley, were also there.
John Fairley of Country Valley had even brought his cow, Mootilda, to show the public the butter-making process.
Country Valley John Fairley, “The Milk Man“
And now, onto the wines. There was a lot to do! Here are some of my favourites of the day:
I had already tasted De Beaurepaire‘s 2006 Victor Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon at the Pyrmont Mudgee Wine Festival, and it was very good.
Lark Hill wines are made according to the biodynamic principles. Like for organic wines, it involves not using pesticides, synthetic fertilisers etc., but also adopting a more holistic approach to winemaking, following the moon cycles, using special preparations like cow-horn manure, for a healthy soil and therefore healthy vines. Even though it sounds a bit hippy, it apparently translates into the wine. You can read more about biodynamic wines in Australia on wine writer Max Allen’s website, where you’ll find a list of biodynamic wineries.
Cupitt Wines run a winery and a restaurant on the South Coast and make their wines sourcing grapes from their vineyards in Ulladulla and around NSW. I thoroughly enjoyed their pinot noir and talking to Rosie!
I was very strong the all time I was there… but on my way out I couldn’t resist any longer and bought a bottle of Pinot Noir and a Pink Billy Rosé from Philip Shaw. (Plus look at the cute label!)
Hopefully the Eveleigh Markets organisers renew the experience next year, it’s a great way for the public to discover wines from NSW & ACT, at a very reasonable price ($5 for your tasting glass and then you taste everything you want for free). I would maybe like to see more cheeses (maybe it’s me just being difficult!), but on the whole it was a great way to spend that sunny Sunday afternoon!
Eveleigh Uncorked! was held on Sunday, 16 June at Eveleigh Market.