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Jane Macaulay in fine tune

Thank you those of you who joined us last Friday (March 23rd). Guest speaker Jane Macaulay was in fine tune, singing her wineries praises,  and  Tony Bell, in perfect harmony, created a superb menu to compliment the wines.  All the details are included here for your interest. Not a note out of tune … oh please!

Guest speaker: Jane Macaulay – Host: Anthony Borges –

Chef: Tony Bell

Wine-tasting dinner, 23rd March 2018

Frost Pocket, Marlborough, New Zealand 2017 (aperitif), £12.99

Crisp and fresh, packed full of vibrant and long-lasting lime, gooseberry and tropical fruit flavours.

D`Arenberg The Hermit Crab, McLaren Vale, Australia 2016, £15.99

The now famous Hermit Crab is a delicious blend of Viognier & Marsanne. A spiced fruit-salad of stone fruits, candied ginger and pineapple, with lingering notes of candied citrus rind, hay and mango.

Mount Pleasant Elizabeth Semillon, Hunter Valley, Australia 2007, £21.99

A rush of fresh limes, grapefruit, lemon blossom and cut grass greet you in a seamless expression of this impressive grape variety (Jancis Robinson has said that Semillon is Australia`s gift to the world!)

Kooyong Beurrot Pinot Gris, Mornington Peninsula, Australia 2016, £26.99

This whole-bunch pressed barrel-fermented Pinot Gris exhibits notes of honeysuckle blossom, fresh hay, nougat, lychee, almond, melon and stone fruits.  A juicy, peachy delight.

Costa y Pampa Pinot Noir, Buenos Aires, Argentina 2016, £18.99

Delightful aromas and flavours of red fruits (raspberries, cherries) with pleasing spicy notes. Terrific balance and elegance.

D`Arenberg The Stump Jump (old vine) Shiraz, McLaren Vale, Australia 2016, £13.99

The nose is chock-full of fresh blackberries, cherries and dark chocolate sprinkled with spices. The palate is fresh and juicy, ripe red fruits mix with plums, blackcurrant, flowers and a twist of black pepper.

Humberto Canale Estate Malbec, Patagonia, Argentina 2016, £14.99

A full-bodied red with complex notes of red berries, eucalyptus, spice & black pepper. A refined style with good concentration.

D`Arenberg The Custodian Grenache, McLaren Vale, Australia 2014 £16.99

First impact is mulberry, blueberry and plum. Deeper inspection reveals notes of aniseed, fennel, coriander seed and cedar. The palate is liquid velvet, warm and juicy.


Roasted fennel &Serrano ham, ramiro pepper dressing

Crab, crayfish and mango spring roll, lime and chilli

Twice cooked cube of ginger & star anise pork, white cabbage ‘kraut’

Welsh Black-Face lamb ‘calderete’, Asturian beans






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