We know it all starts with the winemaker. But how much do you know about organic and biodynamic wine? Join Lark Hill Winery’s Chris Carpenter, one of 12 finalists in the 2017 Young Gun of Wine Awards for a five course, matched wine degustation and discover how a winemaker with a pure science pedigree comes to be filling cow horns with fresh manure and burying them for six months.
Chris was the only finalist from NSW and the ACT in the awards, which showcase and celebrate Australia’s emerging winemakers. His parents, Sue and Dave Carpenter established Lark Hill in 1978 and Chris is now the director and chief winemaker. Formerly, David was a visiting fellow in mathematics and physics at ANU and Sue was a consultant statistician with the CSIRO. Christopher left a degree in pure science to become their winemaker in 2003.
Lark Hill is now a certified Biodynamic, family owned & run estate, producing Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Shiraz, Sangiovese and Australia’s first Gruner Veltliner.
Seats are limited so hurry to reserve your place at the table to join Chris for what promises to be a fascinating – and delicious – voyage of discovery.
Biodynamic farming was founded by Austrian philosopher Rudolph Steiner in the 1920’s to counter the emergence of synthetic fertilisers and pesticides. Essentially, biodynamics is a holistic view of agriculture. Certified biodynamic wines meet the same production standards as organic wines insofar as no synthetic chemicals are used; however, biodynamics adds a further dimension, based on the belief that the farm or vineyard is a living organism capable of being self-sustaining and self-regenerative. Biodynamic wine growers therefore observe the cycles of nature, including planetary activity, and ensure their vines are subject to very little human interference – including irrigation. Unlike conventional vintners, they frown on the introduction of outside materials to assist with soil fertility and pest control.
Lark Hill Wine Dinner
with Winemaker Chris Carpenter
March 8, 2018
Scallop ceviche, fennel, apple, yuzu
Lark Hill Riesling 2016
Lark Hill Gruner Veltliner 2017
Grilled pork jowl, black beans, pickled plum
Lark Hill ‘MrV’ 2015
Lark Hill Chardonnay 2016
Charred duck breast, red cabbage, beetroot
Lark Hill Pinot Noir 2016
Lark Hill Sangiovese 2017
48 hour braised chuck short rib, pumpkin, king oyster mushroom
Lark Hill Shiraz Viogner 2015
A selection of cheese