There is no denying that I love themed dinners and it includes wine pairing dinners. Being my very first visit to Neo Tamarind, I was clueless as to what to expect except it was a Cape Mentelle wine pairing dinner.
Walked up a long flight of stairs. I arrived early but I can imagine that it would be quite a romantic walk:D
Thai and Burmese Cuisine!
Feels a tad mysterious, Australian wines with Thai and Burmese food! My tastebuds are dancing with glee!
I must say I love the warm rustic settings that as soon as I walked into the courtyard.
While the dining room was all elegantly white with warm lightings to match.
Hello to the 5 bottles of Cape Mentelle wines:
• Cape Mentelle Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2012
• Cape Mentelle Chardonnay 2011
• Cape Mentelle Cabernet Merlot 2010
• Cape Mentelle Shiraz 2011
• Cape Mentelle Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
A fun and interesting game for us. 4 wines for us to taste and to guess the type of wine. I gave it a try. Did I guess them correctly? The answer is unveiled at the end of this post.
Cape Mentelle Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2012 was paired with a selection of canapes:
• Black Ink Risotto with Salmon Roe
• Deep Fried Crisp Calamari Cajun
• Spicy Sauce Angus Beef
• Tomato Bruschetta
Cape Mentelle Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2012 is a good start before dinner bearing refreshing citrus with hints of melon and a crisp finish that I thought paired very well with the canapes especially the black ink risotto.
It was 'free seating' and I had no idea that I was placed beside Ashley Wood the viticulturist from Cape Mentelle. Indeed an honour as throughout the dinner, Ashley was kind to share more insights to Cape Mentelle wines and his role as a viticulturist.
Ashley Wood walked us through the different wines from Cape Mentelle. Interestingly, Cape Mentelle’s sister winery is Cloudy Bay in New Zealand.
Dinner kicks off with Cape Mentelle Chardonnay 2011. Cape Mentelle is famed for their chardonnay and I was in for a treat! A pretty straw colour with a refreshing nose of citrus, peaches and vanilla. The nice clean finish certainly makes this a lovely wine that I will love to savour till the end of dinner!
Cape Mentelle Chardonnay 2011 was awarded 97 points by the Australian Wine Annual 2013
Pale in colour with juicy flavours and a clean finish.
The Chardonnay was paired with Steamed White Cod with Coconut Herbs Reduction. It would seem that the dish looked pale. However the delicate coconut herbs reduction served well to enhance the delicate flavours of the cod. And when paired with the Chardonnay, we have a delicate balance of juicy flavours and a creamy touch.
Next up was Cape Mentelle Cabernet Merlot 2010. This blend is inspired by the classic red wines of Bordeaux is a blend of 44% cabernet sauvignon, 42% merlot, 7% cabernet franc, 6% petit verdot and 1% malbec.
Cape Mentelle Cabernet Merlot 2010 was rated 96 points by West Australian, Ray Jordan.
This rich ruby red bears juicy berries and currants with hints of aniseed. Slightly smoky on the palate with a medium body and an easy finish to it.
The Cape Mentelle Cabernet Merlot 2010 was paired with Roasted Chicken served with Garlic Bulb, Whipped Potato, Apple Sauce and Chicken Jus. Love the roasted chicken which was perfectly executed giving each bite a nice smoky and juicy touch to it.
Interesting to see the garlic bulb being served here and the very first I took of this dish was certainly the tender and flavourful garlic bulb. Would certainly have been a waste to not touch this humble looking spice. Did a little playing of my own and added the tender garlic bulb to the rich and comforting whipped potato.
We hardly have Shiraz when we dine because the hubster prefers a merlot in general. So the Cape Mentelle Shiraz 2011 was certainly a welcome.
Cape Mentelle Shiraz 2011 draws inspiration from the Northern Rhone Valley in France.
This Shiraz is good on its own with rich berries and hints of chocolate. Almost full bodied with a nice long spicy finish. The wine is still young as I can imagine that after a few years, it will certainly be a very nice and elegant Shiraz.
Roasted Duck Breast served with Red cabbage Puree and Mustard Sauce is quite an interesting pair with Cape Mentelle Shiraz 2011. Love the colour coordinates:P I always enjoy a good roast duck and this was one of the interesting ones that I have tasted. Served medium, it was slightly chewy on the second slice but it nonetheless it was a beauty when paired with the spiciness of the Shiraz.
The meal at Neo Tamarind has thus proven to be totally delightful especially with the gorgeous Cape Mentelle wines. Sealing the deal was the final wine Cape Mentelle Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 which was paired with one of my clear favourites for the night Grilled Tenderloin.
There is a lot of raving reviews for this Cape Mentelle Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 with 98 points being awarded by West Australian, Ray Jordan in March 2012 and Wine Taste, Tyson Stelzer in February 2012.
One of my fave photos of the night to pay respect to this glorious Cabernet Sauvignon. Full bodied with the richness of blackcurrants, cocoa, aniseed and fine tannins makes this the highlight of the night.
Grilled Beef Tenderloin served with Eryngii Mushroom, Scallion Oil and Beef Jus is the perfect bold dish to go with the sophisticated Cape Mentelle Cabernet Sauvignon 2009. No complains as my tenderloin was juicy and medium rare the way I liked it. If I had my way, I would love to have extras of this dish and plenty of the cabernet sauvignon too!
Dinner comes to an end with lots of chatting with Ashley, Eiling and KY. No complains on the brilliant end of Green Tea Crème Brulee which wasn't overly sweet.
And the best dessert! Remember the wine guessing game that I mentioned at the start of the post? Well, this Missy got her wines right and I went home with a bottle of Cape Mentelle Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2012! Brilliant! Congras to KY and Eiling too!
Reasons to smile: A good dinner with the good company of Ashley, KY and Eiling and definitely good Cape Mentelle wines!
Congras Eiling! Happy hurrayday in Belgium!
Happy boy KY
Certainly a very interesting night of wines and learning about wine making. And I will add that this night has rekindled my love for reds. BTW do ask for Cape Mentelle when you next dine out. You will certainly be thrilled!
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