It has taken a few days, but I wanted to report on last week’s great lunch at Hibiscus. Hosted by Doug Wregg of Les Caves de Pyrene, the lunch accompanied a tasting of new wines from the Les Caves portfolio.
Yes, Les Caves are taking on the New World, and they are now developing a very exciting portfolio of wines from New Zealand, Australia and South Africa. This tasting was one of the most thrilling I’ve been to this year, and I have written it up in full here. It includes the New World’s best Pinot Noir, and South Africa’s best Chenin Blanc, among others.
The lunch was also fantastic. We began with a warm terrine of chicken and foie gras that was a great combination of textures and flavours, served with some mini-leeks. Superb with the Sorrenberg Chardonnay.
Then, a masterful course: roasted silver mullet with spring vegetables, shallots and paprika. This went very well with the Lion’s Tooth Chardonnay from Pyramid Valley, but also a good pairing for Craig Hawkin’s El Bandito Chenin Blanc.
Changing flavours quite dramatically, we then went to the wood pigeon (cooked sous vide), roast cauliflower and pastilla. A very interesting, richly flavoured dish that worked very well with Castagna’s Un Segreto, although the Cambridge Road Syrah also worked nicely.