Beginning of March saw the Club present our first wine dinner for 2013.
Renowned South Australian winery Henschke was selected and a menu was designed to complement the wines.
Unlike other wine dinners we have done, this time we kept it to 3 courses and were able to select wines that were a little more mature.
To start a wine I have not seen in retail Henschke Lenswood Blanc de Noirs NV. A selection of five canapes was offered along with the sparkling. Unfortunately I only got photos of two of the canapes, the crispy bbq pork belly with bbq sauce and sweet potato and brie croquettes with coriander aioli.
First course was a Peking duck roulade, rather than use the traditional pancakes, we used a crepe with finely chopped coriander leaves in the batter which gave a pretty spotted effect. This was served with Henschke Joseph’s Hill Gewurztraminer 2010.
Our second course was a stuffed lamb loin, on parmesan and rosemary scented pommes anna, green beans wrapped in proscuitto, beetroot glaze and rosemary jus. The lamb loin needed quite a bit of work, firstly to minimise the amount of fat over the flap and then after it was stuffed with spinach, garlic, rosemary and thyme I had to tie them all up( 12 loins in total). Talk about rope cuts!! We served this with Henschke Henry’s Seven 2005.
Our mystery wine was a wonderful 20 year old Cyril Henscke Cabernet Sauvignon. This was the oldest wine we have ever been able to offer our diners, and I think they really enjoyed it. I know I did!
For dessert a honey and vanilla pannacotta, coffee caramel sauce, coffee and almond brittle. so much flavour and a great range of textures. This was served with Henschke Muscat of Tappa Pass 2010. For a dessert wine this was not overly sweet and had a nice balanced acidity to it. Yum!! I also added a few raisins soaked in bourbon and maple syrup to complete the dish.
Over all everyone enjoyed themselves and had a great night. Even in the kitchen we had a smooth service of the food and we are looking forward to our next dinner in May.
Thanks for dropping by!!