Traveling in Australia
Between June 14 and July 5, 2001, while traveling in Australia, I had only one mind-blowing meal, and it was not where one might have expected. The fare in Sydney was excellent from Tetsuya, Bathers Pavillon, and a few other places, but my best meal was prepared by the staff at the Landhaus restaurant in the Barossa Valley. Excellent meals in Adelaide included Te Chow in Chinatown, with a superb Veritas 1999 Shiraz Harnisch, and Blake's at the Hyatt Hotel, where I had the 2000 Brokenwood Semillon and 1998 d'Arenberg Dead Arm Shiraz. The latter is not ready to drink, but decanting two hours in advance helped immensely.
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