Home' Scoop : Scoop 53 Spring 2010 Contents 210 scoop SPRING 2010
hether you call this year’s
wines the two thousand
and tens, the oh-tens or the
twenty-tens (which, for the
record, is what many of the
winemakers are dubbing the first vintag e of the
decade), we can all agree that Bacchus has ag ain
smiled on Western Australia.
Yet while the g od of wine beamed, some other
deity was clearly having a lend.
After lulling all at Scoop HQ into a false sense
of security, the flood gates were thrown open by
a delug e of new release wines in the last week of
the submission period.
By the time the dust from all those cardboard
boxes had settled, a stag gering 202 new-release
wines – not to mention an armful of wines
that were ineligible for the tasting – had been
catalogued and divided up between the panels,
waiting to be tasted.
While Margaret River (ag ain) received the lion’s
share of g old medals, it was pleasing to see other
regions get among it, although we still haven’t
received any submissions from Blackwood Valley
vignerons (don’t make us come down there...).
But enough from us, there’s a lot of wines
to g o through and get excited about, why are
you still reading the intro?
Scoop would like to thank Kiren, Kelli and
Karen at Dear Friends for hosting this edition’s
tasting and ser ving judg es some of the most
amazing canapés ever. Special thanks too to
Marta Maszkowski for her efforts in organising
this mammoth tasting.
words Lara Bray, Alan Dineen, John Griffiths, Arch Kosovich, David Watson, Max Veenhuyzen « images Simon Pynt
Scoop’s wine tasters run
the rule over WA’s 2010
releases. Which will be
the pick of the bunch?
It might have been Australia’s first wine-
house built in a vineyard, but it’s the future
of Caversham’s Dear Friends restaurant we
should be celebrating, particularly with young
husband and wife owners Kiren and Kelli
Mainwaring running the show.
Sure, Dear Friends might call semi-rural
Caversham home, but one look at the menu
– say, marron paired with scallop and tofu
or dry-aged water buffalo, cocao nib and
Jamaican rum – and one quickly realises
they’re not in proverbial Kansas anymore.
In fact, Kiren’s adventurous, yet classically
tempered cooking is hard to pin down to just
one location, and it’s not just because he’s a
Welshman while his wife – also the restaurant’s
manager – is a perpetually smiling Canadian.
After meeting at The Candlestores
Restaurant in Wales, the pair worked their way
through Europe and Asia, broadening their
food horizons through both work and play,
before heading to Australia in search of a new
home and opportunity.
The couple began their search in Western
Australia and instantly fell in love with the
area. Being the kind souls they are, a token
sprint was made around Oz but their minds
had already been made up and eventually,
they settled in God’s own Country.
After searching far and wide for somewhere
to call their own, they found Dear Friends
and instantly, the Mainwarings knew they
found their place. Sure, the previous owners
might not have left them with much to work
with – just two cases of wines in the cellar
and curtains “decorated” with dried fruit in
the dining room – but a function booked the
weekend the new owners took over ensured
they hit the ground running. The latest chapter
in Dear Friends story was being written.
Three years on and it looks like 2010 is
going to go down as a breakout year for the
Mainwarings. In addition to renovations to
the dining room, Dear Friends also received
the judges commendation award at this year’s
RCIA Awards for Excellence.
Imaginative cooking, a wine list stuffed full
of regional treasures and friendly yet pro wait
staff – what more could one ask for?
Dear Friends, 100 Benara Rd, Caversham
(08) 9279 2815, dearfriends.com.au .
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