Lazarus is the latest instalment of AB&D’s ambitious and enduring ‘Alphabet of Wine’ endeavour, where every letter of the alphabet represents a different wine style. This is the first new addition to the ‘alphabet’ since December 2015.
The name Lazarus takes its inspiration from the Biblical story of Lazarus being raised from the dead, which acts as a bit of a metaphor for how the wine was made: AB&D Head Winemaker Sam Berketa passed old vintage wine over fresh grape skins, allowing the older wine to absorb the vitality and flavours. Traditionally, Ripasso wines are made where new wine is washed over already fermented grape skins. This twist on a traditional Ripasso results in an intriguing blend of flavours and characteristics found in both old and young wines.
Smith & Daughters Head Chef Shannon Martinez has invited the Head Chef of Adelaide’s much-celebrated African-inspired restaurant Africola, Duncan Welgemoed, to collaborate on a finger food menu specifically to match Lazarus and the other wines in AB&D’s ‘alphabet’ (the addition of Welgemoed to the lineup is particularly apt as AB&D’s city office is situated above Africola).
The event will see Smith & Daughters transformed for cocktail-style dining, favoured over a sit-down dinner to help the party flow.
Tickets include food and some drinks, with further drinks available over the bar. A fully immersive party experience is promised, with specially-created food, cocktails and collaborative T-shirts and merchandise.
WHO: Alpha Box & Dice, Smith & Daughters, Duncan Welgemoed (Africola) WHAT: Lazarus Launch Party WHERE: Smith & Daughters, 175 Brunswick St, Fitzroy WHEN: From 6pm, Monday September 25 WHY: Launch of Lazarus Ripasso, the new ‘letter’ from Alpha Box & Dice HOW: Tickets $50, via smithanddaughters.bigcartel.com