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and Peter became a silent partner. And now Neal’s
about to return the favour, as a flavour consultant.
“He’s a real perfectionist and is g oing to make
up all the flavours that will match our lamb and
beef, such as sauces and marinades,” Peter says.
“We’re sending him off to China this week,
right out to the Mongolian border, where there are
a lot of lambs with different tastes and flavou rs
and cuts. And he’ll be studying all that to see if we
can relate it back to what we’re doing here.
“Then we’ll start looking into olive oil with him.
And, down the track, there will also be chocolate.
Neal’s a multiple award-winner, and we are keen to
go to the next level with him.”
Neal’s been to China before, he says, but not
to study the Chinese lamb industry. “It’s just
like Peter to be thinking outside the square,” he
chuckles. “He’s definitely a visionary. He never
sits still and is always looking forward. It’s quite
exciting to be getting involved.”
In fact Peter has been wheeling and dealing
with China for almost 20 years, in lamb and beef
as well as sheepskin for the fashion trade. And
he already has an office in Beijing.
“There’s a lot of talk these days about business
expanding into China, but Peter’s been doing
business with them since he first visited China
around 18 years ag o,” says Daniela Gordon,
part-owner of Amelia Park Wines.
“He’s always looking at new ways of doing
things. He’s really visionary in his approach.”
Daniela is married to winemaker Jeremy
Gordon, winner of the esteemed Jimmy Watson
Trophy and former co-owner and founder of
Flametree in Margaret River.
Amelia Park Wines was launched in July, with
varieties including a cabernet merlot, a shiraz and
a sauvignon blanc semillon, and, true to form, the
label is now in the process of g oing global, with
many Sydney hotels and restaurants stocking the
wines and exports already underway to China,
Mauritius and the UK.
When Amelia Park formally launches its new
cuts of meat, marinades and other ranges this
CHEERS Daniela Gordon, Peter Walsh, Juan Hung
and Amelia Park winemaker Jeremy Gordon enjoy the
delicious produce; (below) juicy lamb cutlets with herb
crust; (right) Amelia Park cabernet merlot.
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