South Australian premium wine graced the tables at golf’s most exclusive gathering – the Masters Champions dinner.
Adam Scott, the first Australian to enter the realm of champions, bought out the big guns to impress the likes of Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Gary Player.
His surf ‘n’ turf style barbecue feast included $500 bottles of 2005 Penfolds Grange Shiraz and the wine known as the white Grange – Penfolds Yattarna Chardonnay – prompting Augusta National Chairman Billy Payne to describe it as one of the best dinners he’d ever had.
“It was a fantastic evening for me. I think every golfer could dream of sitting at the head of that table,” Scott said.
“It was a pretty amazing experience that I can look forward to now, forever.
“It’s a pretty inspiring room of golfers and it’s amazing to be a part of it. It’s a fun evening, everyone’s up there having a bit of a laugh. It’s pretty rowdy and I enjoyed it.”
Scott, who picks up the tab, opened the dinner with artichoke and arugula salad with grilled calamari, lime aioli and a white balsamic vinaigrette.
The defending champion then added his Australian barbecue theme to the feast, serving Australian Wagyu New York Strip with Moreton Bay Bugs.
“Wow. That Wagyu beef, it was great. I had a bug and it was great also. Everything was great. I’d put it up there with the best dinners I’ve had,” Payne mused.
Pam Scott’s strawberry and passionfruit pavlova was wheeled out for dessert and gained a thumbs up from the group, despite his mum’s fears it wouldn’t be quite right.
“It went down well, very well,” Scott said.
“They did a nice job of it in the kitchen and the bugs also turned out great – no one ordered off the menu.
“I think it was well received and certainly the Grange was a hit with the wine drinkers.”
Along with the Grange Shiraz option attendees also enjoyed the 2009 Penfolds Yattana Chardonnay Scott paired with the meal.
Three-time winner Player joked with his housemates after the dinner that he had been served platypus claw and (gum) leaves for dessert before praising Scott’s menu.
“His selection was outstanding and Australia can be so proud of him,” Player said.
“The first Masters champion, a well mannered, humble man with as beautiful golf swing as any man has ever had. He’s a credit to the game.”
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