Your Margaret River Region Magazine Summer 2018

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Summer highlights

AWARD-WINNING DINING MAKES THE REGION SHINE “For the first time, the major Good Food Guide award, Restaurant Of The Year, has gone to a venue outside the metropolitan area. Wills Domain is the big winner this year,” said Good Food Guide Editor Rob Broadfield. “The Margaret River success story in 2018 is a coming-of-age story for the celebrated wine region and also a consequence of a changing of the guard at some of the most storied restaurants in the south west,.” The Western Australian Good Food Guide Top 50 is WA’s most contested rankings of restaurants in WA. Its annual ranking of restaurants, bars and casual dining venues culminates in the Good Food Guide Awards ceremony held at Crown Towers, Perth. “The ranked restaurants and awardwinners are the elite of the elite,” said Rob. “There are 5,300 restaurants and cafes in Perth so those that have made it into the Top 50 - that’s less than one per cent of all venues - are the cream of the culinary crop. The Top 50 is in the rarest territory – and a celebration of the best dining in Western Australia. Any restaurant ranked in the Top 50 is a winner,” he said. “Several of Margaret River’s well-known and long-serving chefs moved on in 2018, opening up restaurants like Vasse Felix and Leeuwin Estate to new, younger head chefs and new directions for their cuisine.”

The Top 10 restaurants in WA: 1. Wills Domain 2. Wildflower 3. Voyager Estate (pictured above) 4. Lulu La Delizia 5. Millbrook Estate 6. Leeuwin Estate 7. Vasse Felix 8. Clarke’s of North Beach 9. Rockpool Bar & Grill 10. Santini Bar & Grill





from around the region

MARGARET RIVER ON TOUR By Dianne bortoletto Singaporeans were treated to a taste of Western Australia’s finest during Margaret River on Tour held at various venues in The Lion City in October.VIPs, media and paying guests sampled fine wines, incredible produce and gourmet foods. learning about unique destination stays and other holiday experiences available in the Margaret River region. Over 30 local purveyors came together for an all-encompassing showcase There were over a dozen events held during Margaret River on Tour that included G'Day, Can We Get A Boilermaker, an event showcasing breweries and distilleries, pop-up wine education events and a Pressed and Fermented dinner with Arimia’s chef Evan Hayter who brought ethically-raised pork and trout from the winery’s farm. The food was paired with bold wines from Arimia, Cape Grace and Woody Nook. Ten iconic Margaret River chardonnays were on offer at a collaborative seven-course

degustation dinner headlined by acclaimed local chef Tony Howell that was held at Gunther’s Modern French Cuisine Restaurant. The dinner featured abalone from Augusta, as well as other Western Australian grown and farmed produce such as western rock lobster from Brolos and Manjimup truffles. There was also a Women in Wine Lunch with Joanne Davies from Windows Estate, Ann Spencer from Arimia Estate, Charmaine Saw from Umamu Estate, Karen Karri-Davies from Cape Grace Wines and Leah Clearwater from Happs Wines. •

WINNING STREAK By Fergal Gleeson The results are in from the 2018 Langton’s Margaret River Wine Show. Stella Bella Wines were the biggest winners on the night winning six trophies including Best Wine of Show for the Suckfizzle Chardonnay 2017 and Most Successful Exhibitor. It’s a great recognition for winemaker Luke Jolliffe and his team making wines from the cooler, southern Margaret River area. Other notable winners included Xanadu Wines who collected four trophies including Best Single Vineyard Wine for the Xanadu Stevens Road Chardonnay and a trophy for Xanadu Cabernet Sauvignon 2016. Xanadu have had phenomenal critical acclaim since Glenn Goodall took the reins as winemaker 13 years ago. This year he won the Jimmy Watson Award, Australia’s most respected red wine award, for the same 2016 cabernet. Another winemaker with consistent trophy success is Julian Langworthy. He is Winemaker of the Year for the 2019 Halliday Wine Companion and the 2016 Jimmy Watson Memorial winner. Deep Woods Estate won a trophy for their 2018 sauvignon blanc.