Celebrated chef joins New Zealand line-up at Melbourne Food and Wine Festival

24 February 2017

Food and wine lovers are in for a treat at the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival with award winning restauranteur Michael Meredith crossing the ditch to create a special New Zealand-inspired menu at Made in New Zealand.

Renowned for his adventurous approach to food and degustation menus at Auckland’s fine dining restaurant Merediths, as well as for his work as consultant chef for Air New Zealand, the Samoan born and New Zealand raised chef will work with Master of Wine, Stephen Wong, to design a four course menu that complements the stellar line up of New Zealand wine.

“I’m looking forward to creating a uniquely New Zealand menu for Melbourne festival-goers. We have incredible local producers from New Zealand who fly under the radar in Australia, and it will be a real privilege to share a selection of those I work with in the restaurant, at home and for the menus I design for Air New Zealand.”

Two Made in New Zealand dinners will be held at Glasshaus Inside on the 6th and 7th April as part of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival 2017. Fourteen different wines will accompany the courses, taking guests on a journey beyond the well-known and well-loved sauvignon blanc. The “wine-up” includes riesling, aromatics, chardonnay, pinot noir, alternative varieties and full-bodied reds that are making their mark in the continuing evolution of New Zealand wine and were chosen following a rigorous selection process with Master of Wine, Stephen Wong.

“While best-known for Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand is home to a wide range of cool-climate wine styles,” said Wong, who will host the event. “The past decade has seen the fruits of a quiet revolution as producers practice to finesse the grapes from more mature vines, gain confidence with new varieties and unlock the terroir in new regions. Selecting just 14 wines to present to the discerning Melbourne diner was a challenge I’ve relished. The final cast of classic producers and new wineries at the forefront of our wine scene represent the diverse culture of winemakers, thinkers and drinkers we have in New Zealand –it’s going to be a great couple of nights.”

Visit Made in New Zealand for more information and to purchase tickets.

Made in New Zealand event details:

Thursday 6 April & Friday 7 April 2017, 7:00pm -10pm

Glasshaus 'Inside', 44 Cremorne Street, Cremorne

Tickets: $140pp (includes 4 courses and matched wines)


Wine producers:

Bilancia │ Carrick │ Craggy Range │ Gladstone Vineyard │ Greystone │ Greywacke │ Mahana Estates Matawhero │ Millton │ Prophet's Rock │ Quartz Reef │ Spy Valley │ Te Mata Estate │ Villa Maria

 Full list of wines:

2012 Quartz Reef Methode Traditionnelle Vintage

2016 Gladstone Vineyard Rose

2016 Villa Maria Reserve Wairau Valley Sauvignon Blanc

2014 Greywacke WILD Sauvignon Blanc2016 Mahana Riesling

2015 Prophet's Rock Pinot Gris

2015 Spy Valley Gewurztraminer

2015 Matawhero Church House Chenin Blanc

2015 Te Mata Elston Chardonnay

2015 Greystone Pinot Noir

2014 Carrick Bannockburn Pinot Noir

2014 Bilancia La Collina

2014 Craggy Range 'Sophia', Gimblett Gravels Vineyard

2013 Millton Clos Samuel Botrytised Viognier