Gundog Estate wines on show at Wollongong Art Gallery with a screening of Red Obsession

Gundog Estate winery owner Geoff Burton and his dog Carl Marx at Geoff's Austinmer home. Picture: Adam McLean

Gundog Estate winery owner Geoff Burton and his dog Carl Marx at Geoff's Austinmer home. Picture: Adam McLean

Two experts of the bottle will share their obsession for red wine at Wollongong Art Gallery this Sunday as part of the gallery’s 40th “Ruby” anniversary program.

Austinmer wine producer Geoff Burton runs Gundog Estate with his family and will discuss why some reds are called “sex in a glass”, why a wine list should be examined just like a menu and will allow people some of his winery’s best drops.

“Every wine has a story,” Burton said. “It’s interesting having this tasting in a gallery in that the creative process of making these ... small batch high quality wines is the same as a work of art.

“You look for a story, you find inspiration, you choose the components whether it be an oil painting or a sculpture or a pinot noir vine and you go about making this work of art.”

The wine-maker said a good pinot noir is the colour of the gemstone garnet and lighter in colour than a shiraz or cabernet, the smell should be reminiscent of red and black berry fruits, while the mouth feel should be long, soft and elegant: “sommeliers often refer to pinot noirs as ‘sex in a glass’.”

The tastings will be followed by a screening of Red Obsession and a Q&A with Illawarra film-maker David Roach.

The documentary (narrated by Russell Crowe) takes the audience on a journey from Bordeaux to China, and shows two disparate and powerful cultures struggling to find common ground over their love of rare wine.

“The great thing about making documentaries is you’re never quite know where the story is going to go,” Roach said.

“We thought we were going to make a film about the greatest wines in the world, in fact what we ended up making was the shift in economic power from the west to the east.

“I learnt pretty well everything I know about wine from making the film.” 

Fine Wine and Film is a free event at Wollongong Art Gallery, Sunday July 1, from 3pm to 6pm.