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Explore winemaking techniques that make our flagship Shiraz 'The Dead Arm' one of Australia's most collected wines. Create your own unique blend while learning about McLaren Vale's vast geography. Then indulge in an 8 course degustation with carefully paired wine at d'Arry's Verandah Restaurant.
The Blending Bench is a hands on, interactive experience where you play winemaker. Using three barrel samples of our premium Shiraz you get to create a wine of your very own.
A palette of wine parcels, each with distinctive flavours and textures, are melded in search of balance, fullness and finesse. The physical work has been done – picking, crushing, fermenting, foot treading, basket pressing and barrel ageing, and you get to create a wine that is truly unique. You then bottle, name and label a 750ml sample to take home and show off to your friends.
Following your blending session, indulge your taste buds at an eight course degustation in d’Arry’s Verandah Restaurant, overlooking the rolling hills of McLaren Vale. This is a very favourite way of eating and a homage, if you like, to the old adage ‘variety is the spice of life’. The resultant combination of flavours and textures created between the food & wine pairings makes for an experience that will linger.
Due to the nature of our booking systems you will be contacted within 48 hours if there is any issue accommodating your lunch booking.
Once this experience has been confirmed, changes are at the discretion of the experience provider and arranged directly with them according to their policy.
There is a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 20 on this experience. This experience is valid for 2 participants.
This experience is located in McLaren Vale, SA.