If you’re known to spend a summer’s afternoon frolicking among the grape vines, we’ve got your next weekend sorted.
We went down to Beresford Estate in McLaren Vale over the weekend to celebrate the launch of the Vale Brewing pop-up bar at Beresford, have a tasting of pre-release vintages, and take a tour of both of the luxury venues that the estate offers.
What we discovered was a luxe and modern cellar door showcasing a range of handcrafted wines with expertly paired tasting plates.
While Chardonnay isn’t usually our go-to white wine, the pre-release 2017 Beresford Chardonnay was surprisingly zesty with a French oak palatability. It paired perfectly alongside the oysters with buttery shallot vinaigrette.
So leave your Chardonnay preconceptions at the door, because these ones might surprise you.
If Chardonnay isn’t your poison, Beresford have also recently introduced two new summer spritzers to cool down with.
The first is the Plum Delicious, featuring the Beresford Grenache Rose spritzed with sparkling apple and a twist of plum, topped of with fresh strawberries and mint. It’s a sangria-like treat, perfect for a warm summer’s evening.
The second spritzer on your To Try list is the Sparkling Spritz, a zesty pick-me-up starring the Beresford Angelique Premium Cuvee spritzed with sparkling pear, wild lime and fresh mint to top it off.
In addition to great wines, Beresford features a pop-up bar from 23rd Street Distillery at their Lavish Lawns Saturdays over summer.
We spoke with Marketing Director Keely Valente about the differences between the Tasting Pavilion and the House that make up Beresford Estate.
“The Beresford Tasting Pavilion is a modern architectural space to enjoy structured tasting flights that hero our premium range of wines and local produce, while taking in idyllic views of the estate!” Said Ms Valente.
The pavilion is a little more luxe than your average cellar door, and includes structured tasting flights paired expertly with corresponding wines. The oyster bar will pair your oysters expertly to your drink. We’d particularly recommend the icy gin and cucumber granita oysters.
The Beresford House, on the other hand, is a venue perfect for weddings, functions, or just some special time away.
“Beresford House is for those seeking luxurious weekend retreat or deluxe event spaces that can be used separately or together for a seamless day,” Ms Valente told The Adelaidian on Saturday.
The property boasts soaring ceilings and fireplaces fit for kings. The manicured gardens and structured grounds offer a tranquillity and luxury that would suit a pair of loved-up newlyweds, or those looking for a little holiday among the grape vines.
Whether the House tickles your fancy, or you’re coming for the Rosé sorbet at the Tasting Pavilion (Wine and desserts together? We’re in), Beresford is worth a visit.
Check your white wine prejudices at the door.