Just occasionally we have one of our wine-tasting dinners to ourselves – for educational reasons, you understand – and how educational it was! Our thanks to the team for all your hard work!
May 18th – 2019
Wine-tasting Dinner, Staff Party
Chef – Dominic Carter
Hosts – Anthony & Janet Borges
Charles Heidseick `Brut Reserve` Champagne NV, £49.99
Charles Heidsieck is one of the most admired Champagne houses thanks to the unrivalled and consistently high quality of its wines. Founded in 1851 by the man who would become known as ‘Champagne Charlie’, this family-owned house is the smallest of the Grandes Marques. Their size, and commitment to excellence, has been underpinned by a winemaking team that between them have been named ‘Sparkling Winemaker of the Year’ at the International Wine Challenge 15 times. The style of their Brut Reserve is rich, soft and opulent, with pastry, pistachio, almond and brioche to the fore, while also being fresh with an elegant mousse, exhibiting underlying fruit notes of ripe apricot, mango and melon. It has had 5 years aging on its lees in their deep, cool Champagne cellars and grapes used for the base wine are of the highest quality thus deserving their Grandes Marques status.
40% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir, 20% Pinot Meunier.
D`Arenberg `Hermit Crab` Viognier Marsanne, McLaren Vale, Australia 2016, £16.99
Named after the calcareous remains of local marine fauna, of which the Hermit Crab is well known. It`s doubly a play on the appellation of Hermitage in France`s Rhone Valley, where Marsanne and Roussanne grapes reign supreme, and a little further north, where the appellation Condrieu is located and the Viognier grape is King. This wine has had a proportion of Viognier fermented and matured in French and American oak, adding complexity and richness to the wine. The wine has intense fruit characters of green mango and melon, with delicious notes of almond, hay, sweet spice and candied ginger.
Viognier 56%, Marsanne 35% Roussanne 9%
Emiliana `Signos de Origen` La Vinilla Estate, Casablanca Valley, Chile 2016 (Voted by Wines of Chile as ‘Winery of the Year 2016), £16.99
Organic wine with peach and apricot aromas and savoury notes of freshly cut walnuts. Smooth, fresh and creamy on the palate with depth of flavour. Aged 6 months mostly in French oak. Malolactic stopped. Battonage promotes transfer of fatty compounds and aromatics from the lees.
72% Chardonnay, 12% Viognier, 10% Marsanne, 6% Roussanne.
Domaine Saumaize Michelin `Vignes Blanches` Pouilly-Fuisse, Burgundy, France 2015, £32.99
Organic Chardonnay from Maconnais, oak matured. White peach, pear, yellow plum and melon blend in with brioche, butter, calcareous minerality and sweet spices. The palate is soft and rich. 10-25% new oak. 100% barrel fermented, 100% malolactic.
Seresin `Leah` Pinot Noir, Marlborough, New Zealand 2014, £23.99
Organic and biodynamically grown, wild yeast fermented, and suitable for vegetarians and vegans (no dairy products or eggs used during production). The wine has bright, fragrant berry-fruit aromas, interlaced with spice and herbal notes. It is focused and concentrated, with a succulent fruit core, framed by fine-grained tannins and a mouth-watering acidity. An elegant and understated style, savoury, with immediate appeal, but structure to last. 11 months in French oak, 15% new.
100% Pinot Noir
Two Paddocks `Picnic`, Central Otago, New Zealand 2012, £28.99
Sam Neill`s Picnic wine has typical redcurrant and vanilla spice on the nose, the warm 2012 adding wildflower, bramble and spice into the mix. It is fermented and matured in `medium toast` French oak for 10 months. A savoury, atypically restrained style for the region.
100% Pinot Noir
Marques de Murrieta Rioja Reserva, Spain 2013, £26.99
Classic Rioja with red cherry fruit but also black fruits of plum and blackberry, accompanied by toast, leather, vanilla and a herbal note. This is elegant, classy Rioja. 16 months in American oak barrels.
83% Tempranillo, 9% Graciano, 5% Mazuelo, 3% Garnacha.
Ventisquero `Vertice`, Apalta Vineyard, Colchagua Valley, Chile 2007 £26.99
Joint venture wine between Australian winemaker John Duval and Felipe Tosso, Dark, smoky red with cassis and black cherries intermingled with vanilla and cinnamon spicy oak, cured meat, chocolate, black olive and black pepper. A slight tertiary earth/game quality persists on the finish, velvet smooth. 18 months in American French oak.
51% Carmenere and 49% Syrah
Peller Estates Icewine Vidal Blanc, Niagara, Canada 375ml 2016, £45.99
A rare dessert wine produced from the juice of naturally frozen Vidal grapes that have been picked in the middle of a cold Canadian winter. This intensely sweet golden wine has an aromatic bouquet of lemon marmalade, caramelized oranges, golden pineapple, star anise, brown sugar, peach and honey.
100% Vidal Blanc
Salmon en Papillote Garlic and Lemon Butter
Creamy Tuscan Chicken Thighs with Crisp Pastry Disc and Toasted Pine Nuts
Rump of Lamb, Potato Vegetable and Thyme Terrine, Aubergine & Parmesan Puree and Lamb Jus
Lemon and Yuzu Tart, Confit Lemon and Lime Zest