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With tables set, the ultimate challenge between Australia and New Zealand commenced not on the rugby field but at Centennial Parklands Dining. On Friday 19th August the Australian Rugby Foundation hosted its second annual Bledisloe of Wine event in partnership with Taylors Wine and Central Otago Pinot Noir Ltd. Guests from the Australian Rugby Foundation, Australian Rugby Union Board and New Zealand Rugby Union Board enjoyed a perfectly paired menu by Centennial Parklands Dining’s Head Chef Arkin Barretto.
Ahead of each course guests were given two wines that had been paired with the dish – one from Australia and the other from New Zealand. Acclaimed actor and Two Paddocks vineyard owner Sam Neill and Mitchell Taylor from Taylors Wine, spoke on each wine giving guests an insight into their characteristics and origin whilst sharing stories of their own regarding all things Rugby and wine. Guests were then asked to submit votes after each tasting to determine an overall winner.
Here is a look at what guests enjoyed on the night
2010 Brown Brothers Patricia Pinot Noir Chardonnay Brut, Milawa South Australia
2010 Quartz Reef Methode Traditionnelle, Bendigo Central Otago
2015 Taylors St Andres Riesling, Clare Valley South Australia
2014 Prophet’s Rock Riesling, Bendigo Central Otago
2013 Taylors St Andrews Shiraz, Clare Valley South Australia
2014 Two Paddocks The Fusilier Bannockburn Pinot Noir, Bannockburn Central Otago
2012 Yalumba Museum Reserve FDR1a Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz, Angaston South Australia
2010 Brennan Pinot Noir, Gibbston Central Otago
2013 De Bortoli Noble One Botrytis Semillon, Riverina South Australia
2008 Aurum Noble Riesling, Lowburn Central Otago
The night was a huge success with not only Australia taking out the Bledisloe of Wine for 2016, but the Australian Rugby Foundation raising over $5,000 that will go directly back into supporting Rugby in Australia through some of the ARF programs such as indigenous rugby, women’s rugby, junior elite player pathways, grassroots rugby and player welfare.
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