Malcolm Leask, the owner and director of Hither & Yon, said that wine pairing is important to spark conversation and highlight the flavours of a meal.
“We really want to make the food shine but also add some complexity in the flavour profile of the food,” Leask said.
“We’re looking to enhance and celebrate the varietal integrity and character of our wines.
“Ultimately, as with the approach is in the vineyard – we want to keep things nice, light and fresh.”
Now in its fifth year, InDaily’s 40 Under 40 Awards celebrate the impact that the finest young business people have on shaping the future of South Australia.
The gala evening at Adelaide Oval will begin at 6:30pm on Thursday 9 June and feature South Australia’s finest food, beverages, guest speakers and live entertainment.
The final 40 and individual award winners will be announced at the event, as well as being featured in the free print edition of CityMag that hits Adelaide’s streets in June.
Guests’ will receive a bubbly welcome with Hither & Yon’s “carefree but not careless” Prosecco upon arrival, which Leask said is a fun way to start any night.
“It gets people going and it’s a nice occasion to have some bubbles to start in hand,” said Leask, who started the McLaren Vale winery, which follows a regenerative agriculture model of farming, with his brother Richard in 2011.
Hither & Yon’s brand new 2022 wine, Grenache Rose, will be served with the braised pork belly entrée.
Leask chose this wine as he recently hosted a group of food and wine writers’ in McLaren Vale who wanted a drop that had a “natural acidity” to cut through their food’s flavour.
“It can be quite a fatty dish, so something that’s dry and textural but has good natural fruit sweetness and a nice sort of light crunchiness about it… that’s where the Grenache Rose comes in as well — it’s really pretty.”
Leask said he bottled the wine last week, which reflects the event’s contemporary and modern philosophy.
“Our partnership with 40 Under 40 is about celebrating the new and bringing forward what the region does really well, which is Grenache and making a different style from it in a rosé,” he said.
The main course of either braised lamb shoulder or Atlantic salmon will be complemented with Touriga Tempranillo.
Touriga and Tempranillo are wines from Portugal and Spain, and are used to enhance bold, meaty or strong seafood dishes, Leask said.
“Red wines with soft, round tannins and good spice go well with fish dishes whereas lamb needs a bit of flavour,” Leask said.
“We’ve gone with a wine that has two varieties in it, so for one dish the Touriga component might work and for the other dish the Tempranillo component will work really well.”
For dessert, a bittersweet dark chocolate tart will be paired alongside a Cabernet Sauvignon.
The tasting notes of this medium-bodied wine include black fruits, chocolate and a touch of spicy oak.
“There’s a richness and a lushness about it,” Leask said.
“We make a cabernet in a way that’s really modern – it’s almost a refreshing style of Cabernet.
“On the palate you get all these beautiful blackberries and cassis and spice clove, so it’ll bring some depth to the chocolate dish.
“It’ll leave people wanting a little bit more.”
Leask said Hither & Yon are proud to be the wine partner of the 40 Under 40 Awards.
“We’re dynamic and different in what we do, and clearly people that are in 40 Under 40 are doing that, but they’re also a strong part of their community,” Leask said.
“We’re a family business and proudly South Australian and probably like a lot of those people that are selected, we’re trying to take our South Australian story and message to the rest of the world.
“Any way that we can help and make people feel like they’ve had a great time and met some new friends – that’s great for us as well.”
Tickets to the InDaily 40 Under 40 Awards include a three-course meal and premium SA beverages from Hither & Yon, Big Shed Brewery and Never Never Distilling.
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