29 June 2012

Naked Wines Australia Media Launch at The Village, Potts Point (28 June 2012)

1 Kellett Way, Potts Point NSW 2011

Get naked with the little guys

“They called themselves ‘Naked’ because customers get exactly what they see. They strip out the pretentiousness and wine-speak often associated within the wine industry and commit all resources to helping winemakers make great wines.”

Thanks to Daniela Penno from Polkadot PR for inviting me to get 'naked' with a few quaffable wines at the Naked Wines Australia media launch held at The Village. Guests were treated to a small selection of wines from three Australian winemakers which you wouldn't find at your big name liquor stores. Sam Plunkett with The Butterfly Effect label had one of my favourite shiraz's of the night. Very different to what I'd expect from a shiraz in a good way. Not as peppery, a bit lighter on the palate with some interesting flavours. Rebecca and Adrian Santolin had their cute label 'Boy Meets Girl' and Brian Fletcher was the winemaker of Fletcher Wines. After some in depth speeches explaining what the Naked Wines Angels were all about it was back to more wine tastings. Canapes were served and the Prawn with Spiced Gazpacho was very good. Lots of flavour with a decent sized grilled prawn although you needed to use both hands to eat it which meant putting down your glass of wine, but it was worth it. I thought it would work as an oyster shot was well. The meatballs were moist and full of flavour including a noticeable kick of garlic. The Steak Frites canape was interesting with nice flavour although a bit awkward to eat all in one go. The fries had a tendency to get a bit stuck in the eating process. Apparently already hugely popular in the UK Naked Wines will be officially launching in Australia on 1 July to help showcase 20 independent winemakers looking for a break in Australia.

PROS: Nice quaffable wines with a couple of standouts for me, Interesting and tasty event canapes, Helping smaller winemakers find a market to showcase their wines
CONS: Hopefully the pricing will be attractive against the big supermarket liquor chains
MUST TRY: Using my $50 voucher to order a case of wines
Pick a glass and let's start tasting

Fletcher Wines

The Butterfly Effect — liked the Shiraz

Boy Meets Girl

A tasting of unfinished cabernet — was actually quite nice and should turn out to be a very nice bottled wine

Prawn with spiced gazpacho


Fig wrapped in prosciutto

Steak frites canape

Scallop with saffron risotto


Speech time with Luke Jecks (Managing Director, Naked Wines Australia)

Official photographers: Esteban La Tessa (La Tessa Photography) and Lola Li (Figs & Brie)

Daniela Penno (Polkadot PR) and Me

Goodie Bag: Shiraz 2010, McLaren Vale, Shottesbrooke — feedback will be required in the chatroom

Goodie Bag: $50 voucher to use towards a case of wine

Shiraz 2010, McLaren Vale, Shottesbrooke

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Jules Brooker said...

Congratulations Naked! Love the Goodie Bag and the Simon food looks superb. Jules

Andrew said...

Simon, saw you across crowded room shame didn't realize you were a blogger! The boy meets girl'pinot gris was a hit for me - tying to get the wines listed at naked uk!

Hope you enjoy the wines you buy with that voucher, the eastthorpe range especially good!

Simon Leong said...

hi jules, the village looks like they do some very nice food in the kitchen. hope to try one day.

hi andrew, i remember the boy meets girl pinot gris was very nice too. thanks for the tip on the eastthorpe range.

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