Music Makers: A Tasty Pairing at Elgee Park

Chamber Music

Wine and music, two timeless forms of art that have been enjoyed for centuries. We thought we’d have a bit of fun in this edition of Music Makers and ask ChatGPT to suggest a listening list of suitable music to accompany some of the amazing wines on offer from our new performance partner, Elgee Park.

1. Riesling - A Zesty Ensemble

Our journey begins with Elgee Park's lively Riesling, a wine that dances on the palate with citrus and floral notes. This zesty ensemble calls for the playful and effervescent Eine kleine Nachtmusik by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The bright and lively composition mirrors the refreshing character of the Riesling, making it a perfect accompaniment for a sunny afternoon or a lively gathering. As the Riesling ages, much like an established chamber ensemble, it promises to develop complex tertiary flavours, creating a delightful harmony of taste and sound.

2. Cabernet Merlot - A Rich Symphony

Moving on to the Cabernet Merlot, a wine crafted from the Mornington Peninsula’s oldest vines. With aromas of cassis, aniseed, and dark chocolate, this wine deserves something grand. Enter Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No. 7. The powerful and majestic notes of this symphony complement the ripe cool climate flavours of blackcurrant and cocoa in the Cabernet Merlot. The oak maturation for 18 months, akin to the composition's meticulous craftsmanship, results in a remarkable wine that commands attention. Enjoy this pairing as you savour the richness of both wine and music.

3. Chardonnay - A Serenade in Oak

Our final stop takes us to the Chardonnay, a pale golden straw elixir matured in French oak for 11 months. With intensely perfumed nectarine and a hint of honey, this wine calls for a serenade. Claude Debussy's Clair de Lune sets the perfect ambiance for sipping this golden delight. The balanced notes of stone fruit, nuts, fresh citrus, and creamed honey find a kindred spirit in the nuanced and emotive composition. As you enjoy the exceptional balance of Elgee Park's Chardonnay, let the music transport you to a world of elegance and sophistication.

Bonus Track: A Hidden Harmony

For those seeking a lesser-known gem, pair the Cabernet Merlot with Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's Francesca da Rimini. This evocative and lesserknown work complements the wine's remarkable depth and complexity. Let the swirling notes of the music intertwine with the velvety texture of the Cabernet Merlot, creating a hidden harmony that captivates the senses. In this symphony of tastes and melodies, Elgee Park's wines take centre stage. Cheers to a delightful adventure filled with exquisite flavours and enchanting music!

You can experience the stunning wine selection from Elgee Park across two programs of music on 4 May and 26 October at 2.30pm or 4.30pm.

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First published in volume 50 of Music Makers

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