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Friday, 14 December 2012

Brancott Estate Wines, a taste of NZ


Photo courtesy of Brancott Estate

I was delighted to be invited to a dinner and wine tasting by Brancott Estate Wines at Gautier in Soho.  As a proud New Zealander, and regular wine drinker, I am familiar with a fair few New Zealand wines so was interested to experience a taste of home in a gorgeous setting with a delicious dinner to accompany the wine tasting.

Our menu, with accompanying wines, was as follows:

Selection of Hot and Cold Canapés
Brancott Estate Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc Brut NV


Warm Lobster Salad
Confit Lemon, Tomatoes & Artichokes
Coral and Grain Mustard Dressing


Brancott Estate Classic Sauvignon Blanc 2011
Brancott Estate Letter Series ‘B’ Sauvignon Blanc 2011


Black Winter Truffle Risotto
Brown Butter


Brancott Estate Letter Series Renwick Sauvignon Gris 2011
Brancott Estate Classic Pinot Noir 2011


Roast Loin of Highland Venison
Celeriac and Truffle Purée
Caramelized Pumpkin and Poached Williams Pear
Venison Jus


Brancott Estate Letter Series ‘T’ Pinot Noir 2010


Traditional Christmas Pudding


Brancott Estate Letter Series ‘B’ Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc 2011

The food was exceptional and the wines perfectly matched each course.  Discussion on the characteristics of the wines and our opinions on them was actively encouraged and Brancott Estate’s Wine Development Director was on hand to answer questions and offer pearls of wisdom on selecting wines and share details of the production process.  We were given tasting notes at the conclusion of the evening which was brilliant as we were able to discover whether the tasting notes matched our own conclusions.

A fantastic evening was had by all!

Should you wish to add some New Zealand wines to your Christmas table this year, here are some suggestions complete with classic food matches:

BRANCOTT ESTATE SPARKLING SAUVIGNON BLANC BRUT NV
A new take on New Zealand’s favourite grape variety, this sparkling Sauvignon Blanc displays bright, tropical fruit and fresh passionfruit aromas with a crisp, zesty finish.

Classic Christmas food match: Smoked salmon blinis


BRANCOTT ESTATE CLASSIC SAUVIGNON BLANC 2011
Aromas of ripe lemongrass and tropical rock melon are immediately apparent, allied with a range of sweet, tropical top notes. Brancott Estate’s Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc is a fruit-driven wine crafted in a style that epitomises the character and flavour of the Marlborough region.

Classic Christmas food match: Seafood and shellfish starters


BRANCOTT ESTATE LETTER SERIES ‘B’ SAUVIGNON BLANC 2011
The Brancott Estate Letter Series ‘B’ wine is a superb expression of this terroir and displays fresh grapefruit and peach notes. All fruit for this wine was harvested from Brancott Vineyard; home of Marlborough’s first Sauvignon Blanc plantings.

Classic Christmas food match: Seafood and shellfish starters


BRANCOTT ESTATE RENWICK SAUVIGNON GRIS 2011
This Sauvignon Gris presents prominent lifted aromas of elderflower and grapefruit with hints of pear and crushed blackberry leaves underpinned by soft herbaceous notes. On the palate this is a dry, light to medium bodied drop that positively exudes elderflower and mandarin characters with a delicious mineral mouth-feel and a crisp lively finish.

Classic Christmas food match: Seafood and shellfish starters


BRANCOTT ESTATE CLASSIC PINOT NOIR 2011
With aromas of ripe, red cherry accentuated with savoury and spice highlights, the style of this wine is typical of fruit-driven Pinot Noir originating from our premium Marlborough vineyards. It has a sweet, velvet approach, displaying ripe red stone fruits, subtle spice, silky tannins and good length providing a balance of structure and concentration.

Classic Christmas food match: roast turkey and all the trimmings


BRANCOTT ESTATE LETTER SERIES ‘T’ PINOT NOIR 2010
The wine is handmade, reflecting the concerted effort in both the vineyard and winery. This Terraces Pinot Noir delivers an intense concentration of flavours with complexity and a harmonious balance between the richness of the fruit and silky tannins.

Classic Christmas food match: roast turkey and all the trimmings


BRANCOTT ESTATE LETTER SERIES ‘B’ LATE HARVEST SAUVIGNON BLANC 2011
This luscious wine displays lifted aromas of mango, peach and passion fruit. The palate is rich with layers of tropical and stone fruit flavours.

Classic Christmas food match: Christmas pudding  


Many thanks to Brancott Estate for a fabulous evening of wines and fine dining!

Please drink alcohol responsibly.  It is very easy to drink too much which can spoil a good evening for you and others, not to mention the potential for lingering and unpleasant side effects the next day.  For more information on alcohol awareness please visit Drinkaware.


1 comment:

  1. It was a good evening, with tip top wines too!

    such fun.

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