Pinot Noir or Cab Sav with Chinese Duck ?

Brett Snelson, winemaker with One Day Estate and Ainsworth & Snelson, talked Duckmasters Ron Leslie and Roy Moorfield into convening a Duck Crawl where two Cabernets were included in the into the usually exclusive Noir line-up.  Again, three restaurants were involved, all in Little Burke Street:  Bamboo House, Tea House and Shark Fin House. As usual the fare was fantastic, and so were the wines, which included our 2011 Providence Pinot Noir.  At Shark Fin House we were treated to two Pinots (Providence and One Day Wild) and two Cabernets: 2010 Dalwhinnie and 2013 Ainsworth & Snelson’s Jakob’s Black Magic.  Both cabernets were excellent and swayed the vote, but not enough to overwhelm the Pinot vote.

At the Tea House, we were treated to some pre-release wines from Coldstream Hills: the 2015 Esplanade, Dear Farm, and Hazeldine, which gave us an idea of the effects of altitude in Yarra Valley vineyards.  Much thanks to Ian Thom from Treasury Wine Estates.

Post Duck Crawl gathered at "Madame Brussels"

Post Duck Crawl gathered at “Madame Brussels”

And much thanks to Roy Moorfield and Ron Leslie for keeping the Duck Crawls going, now for over twenty years.  If you are interested in attending one of these events, contact Ron Leslie at

The "One Day Estate" team, Brett Snelson and Allan Day with Duckmaster Ron Leslie

The “One Day Estate” team, Brett Snelson and Allan Day with Duckmaster Ron Leslie

About Rusty Cook

Born Bushey Herts UK in 1945. Migrated to Australia 1949. Schooled in Launceston Tas. Served in the RAAF 1963-1986 initially as an instrument mechanic, graduating from 64 pilots course in 1968. Service in Vietnam 1971. Graduate: Navy Staff College in 1984. Retired as Wing Commander 1986. Graduate: Charles Sturt University 1987 with BAppSc (Wine Science). A decade of wine politics 1987 - 2007 including state president (Tas) and national vice-president of the Winemakers Federation of Australia. State services member: Veterans Review Board 1991 - 2015 and chairman of Life Education Tasmania Inc 2007 - 2013. Passionate about wine; keen trekker in PNG; military history.
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