There’s nothing better than spending a beautiful Spring day at a winery in Hahndorf. Only a quick 15 minute drive from the city and we’re in the beautiful country side. So lucky we are to live in Adelaide. Today, Adelaide Food Central was invited to sample the wine tasting flight for the newly released La Prova wines. All food and drink were provided free of charge.
The Scott and La Prova Cellar Door is not as large as other wineries but then it doesn’t need to be. A single open plan room set up with tasting flights awaits as you enter. The decor is casual but modern, and there is plenty of space to move around.
To accompany the wine tasting flight, we opted for the Charcuterie Platter which features a selection of smallgoods, cheese and accompaniments. All the components of the platter were light and matched the wines we were about taste perfectly.
The wine tasting flight consisted of the La Prova 2015 Prosecco, La Prova 2015 Pinot Grigio, La Prova 2015 Fiano, La Prova 2015 Aglianico Rosato and the La Prova 2014 Sangiovese.
The Prosecco is fermented twice; the first time to capture the bright and subtle varietal flavours, while the secondary fermentation creates the bubbles. The wine is light, bright and vibrant with notes of citrus blossom, apple and melon.
The grapes for the Pinot Grigio are handpicked and chilled, and then pressed the following day. The juice is allowed to oxidise and fluffy lees are added to the ferment. This creates a wine that is vibrant, racy and bright with distinct aromas of pear and apple. Very dry and crisp, but refreshing on the palate.
The fruit for the Fiano was handpicked on three occasions, chilled and then bunch pressed. 80% of the juice was fermented with fluffy lees while the remainder was filled straight off the press tray into old French oak. This wine has aromas of Summer flowers, hazelnut and guava leading to bright and dry palate.
The grapes are grown and picked early specifically for Rosato. The only skin contact is during the truck ride to the winery where it is pressed out quickly with 20% of the juices diverted off the press tray into old French oak. With a lovely salmon hue in colour, it has distinct aromas of roses and cherries. It is softly acidic, dry and textural on the palate.
The grapes for the Sangiovese are de-stemmed into an open fermenter and the skins left on for a month. This allows the tannis to soften from angular to silky, which enhances the flavour. Matured in a mixture of old oak and tank for 9 months, this wine has distinct aromas of red berries and fruits. It is fragrant but supple, and delightfully grippy.
What a way to spend the afternoon! We’d like thank the team at Scott and La Prova for their hospitality, and for making the experience an enjoyable one.
Their cellar door is open from 11am to 5pm, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Make sure you check them out when you’re in Hahndorf!
WHERE: 102 Main St, Hahndorf