Bunnamagoo Estate Wines may not spark a must ‘try’ reaction from your trips to the bottle shop. In fact today’s selection at the local bottle-o is an intimidating array of names never heard and places where you never imagined the proliferation of vines over the hills and dales in places where sheep and wheat were once the major agricultural income source.

Bunnamagoo sources its grapes from two vineyards. The namesake is a high altitude vineyard at Rockley NSW and the other the Eurundee vineyard near Mudgee NSW where they also have an award winning cellar door facility.

To try and buy at the National Press Club Bunamagoo Estate Wine Dinner a five course degustation menu was matched to their wines and the result was a delicious indulgence of fine food, inventive flavours and creative combinations to wines that were balanced and palate pleasing.

But to add the pleasures was an innovative idea to put wine blending in the hands of the guests, with teams competing to match the wine makers chosen balance of shiraz and cabernet. It became a science lab of experimentation with the ideas as much about the guests preferences as about the subtlety of flavour and balance required. But a giant learning curve ensued.

The menu was an innovative mix with the stand out flavour for me a King Reef barramundi ceviche, blood orange salt, grapefruit ice, avocado foam  and a dehydrated orange and apple salad matched with the sometimes forgotten perfect partner white wine for a dish of ceviche, a 2014 Semillon. The Semillon featured again in their 2014 Autumn Semillon, the perfect desert wine to accompany a poached rhubarb, Tasmanian leatherwood honey mousse with pistachio praline creation that was lip smackingly delicious.

A dinner to remember with flavours to delight and wines to definitely buy. Prizes were awarded and a bonus bottle of the smoothest Bunnamagoo Cabernet Sauvignon to take home for each guest a special treat.