Post is one of the best restaurants in Perth – always excellent food in an outstanding location, and last week it was the setting for a great dining and wine tasting experience when Joanne Bradbury from 3Drops hosted a dinner to showcase her wines, matched against the food of Post.
The evening began with the guests gathering in the old Postal Hall outside the restaurant entrance and sampling two of the 3Drops collection – 2016 Rosé and 2015 Pinot Noir, while pecking at plates of delightful canapés – kingfish tartare with sparkling finger lime jewels sprinkled over; Shark Bay crab egg rolls with Avruga caviar; and veal tartare with egg yolk and pickled radish – all beautifully presented, full of fresh and glimmering flavours, and adeptly complementing the wine.
The palely salmon rosé, a blend of Nebbiolo and Shiraz, has a fragrant bouquet of strawberries and rose petals; the crisp and elegant palate full of pomegranate, cherry and raspberry flavours.
And of course, the first-rate Pinot – a quite spicy nose, with elements of cherries and plums. It has juicy fruit on the palate, very smooth with fine tannins. Lovely drinking; should age well and demonstrates the growing reputation of Great Southern Pinots.
Ushered inside to our seats we were treated to 3 courses accompanied by an appropriate wine – Joanne spoke as each course was delivered, running through, as the evening progressed, the history of the winery and salient points about the wines on display.
Our entrée – Shark Bay prawns served with confit kipfler potatoes and miso and brown butter emulsion came with 2015 Chardonnay. Crunchy, squeaky prawns sat on tender spuds and drizzled with nutty, buttery sauce – delicious!
2015 Chardonnay was a perfect companion – nectarines, peaches and citrus aromas, preceded a creamy and buttery palate, flavours of grapefruit and cashews – seafood its born fellow traveller.
Our main – a delectably, meltingly tender fillet of Tara Valley beef was served with caramelized celeriac, with a scatter of watercress adding a peppery note to the jus of tomatoes, peppers and onions.
Again a great companion, 2014 Shiraz – blackberries, plums and peppery spice leap from the glass – then a rich opulent palate of dark chocolate, black cherries and plums follows – fine tannins assist it to a long and satisfying finish.
Finally, dessert – stunning presentation of Riesling poached apricots, sweet and luscious, honey creameaux, milk sorbet and topped with a crackling and cracking round of almond nougatine. Brilliant ending to the meal.
Two vintages of the winery’s flagship wine – the Riesling – accompanied the dessert – an interesting choice, decided upon by the kitchen, and by golly, it worked! The 2016 has an intense lemon zest bouquet, followed by powerful citrus zing, fine acid and a lingering finish. This cut through the sweetness of the dessert wonderfully.
And then the 2012 showed some of the benefits of age with it developing golden colour, a little kerosene evident on the nose, lemon curd flavours, balanced by good acid; once more complemented the food to a magnificent degree.
A marvellous night at one of Perth’s premier eating houses, located in the greatest building renovation in the City, and with the wines of one of the Great Southern’s – and by definition Australia’s – best wineries. We hope this becomes an annual event!