News Articles

South American Wine Masterclass


There are two countries at the southern end of South America who've long been known for producing world-quality wines appreciated by drinkers around the world - two country's we'll be exploring in a masterclass at The Oak Barrel this October.

The first, Chile, delivers wines from climatically diverse valleys that travel from the north to the south. Lying west of the majestic Andes mountain range, these valleys weave through the central part of the long, thin country.

The second, Argentina, concentrates most of its production in the Mendoza region. The region brings worldwide fame to a vairety that the many vineyards of South West France know as Cot Noir, but we more commonly know as Malbec.

These two neighbouring nations boast a long history of winemaking since the Spanish colonisation. But it is not until the later end of the 20th century that they began to define their strength and become the super-powers of wine production that we know today. 

Both countries have techniques to suit the conditions of their regional diversity, by consistently exploring new areas to plant vineyards and with relentless research to perfect and understand the older vines planted by the pioneers of the modern era.

Our tasting will consist of a comparison amongst the classics of each country - Carmenere from Chile and Malbec from Argentina, for example. We will also have some eye and tasebud-openers on display that will show the potential of the 'young at heart' winemaking philosophy across the two nations.

This tasting will be host by Dennis Roman, importer and sommelier of SensesAt.

When: Thursday October 27th
Time: 6:30pm to 8:00 pm
Where: The Oak Barrel, 152 Elizabeth St. Sydney CBD
Tickets: $30 for members$40 for non member

 We’ll be trying:

Vineyard Selection Chardonnay 2015
Hey Rose! Malbec Rosé 2016
Hey Malbec! Malbec 2015 Mendoza
The Apple doesn’t Fall Far from the Tree’ Malbec 2014
Vineyard Selection Malbec 2011
Kakan Carmenere 2013
Antiyal Carmenere 2011
Kakan Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
Antiyal Carmenere Cabernet Sauvignon Syrah 2011

Wines are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances. Tickets are transferable and non-refundable.

Paul Hervy