Spanning across the entirety of the Adelaide Hills Wine Region, more than thirty wineries from from Uraidla to Basket Range and everywhere in between participated in this year’s Crush Festival festivities.
Festival-goers donned their most colourful summer dresses and pink-themed outfits to celebrate in festive style as they lazed underneath shaded areas and frolicked in the sunshine at the home of good times in the hills.
Located just twelve minutes from the tollgate in the picturesque town of Verdun, Maximilian’s Restaurant is nestled amongst a labyrinth of vineyards and rolling hills as far as the eye can see. Open all year round, Maximilian’s offers a warm ambience with open fires in the winter as well as al fresco dining on the pavilion or deck in the summer.
Within Maximilian’s Restaurant lies the Sidewood Estate Cellar Door, which offers an intimate indoor tasting room as well as a large open deck with scenic views of the nearby lake and floating golf green.
The lovely Sidewood staff offered us an exclusive tasting, where we were taken on a journey through all of Sidewood’s finest whites, sparklings, rosés and reds in order to find the drop that truly tickled our tastebuds to perfection.
We fell head over heels in love with their 2011 Isabella Sparkling Rosé and 2018 Pinot Gris, which both paired perfectly with our antipasto boards for lunch. Containing a selection of charcuterie, dips, pickles, crèmeus d’argental cheese, pickles, Coriole olives and pita bread, there was something for everyone to graze and nibble on all afternoon long.
Other menu items included a selection of rolls containing porchetta, beef meatballs and falafel that came with a side of fries, cheese boards, nuggets and fries for the kids, giant watermelon slices and sorbet cups.
The true star of the show was their signature “Frosé” aka frozen rosé (picture an alcoholic version of a McDonald’s frozen drink!). Cool, refreshing and irresistibly sweet, this vibrant pink beverage proved to be the perfect sip on such a warm summer’s day!
Thank-you so much to the team at Sidewood Estate and Maximilian’s for having us, and endless gratitude goes to the lovely Noma and the Adelaide Hills Crush Festival organisers for kindly gifting us with our media passes.
Crush Festival 2019 – you’ve absolutely “crushed” it. See you next year!
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