Lunch at La Trompette today, the Nigel Platts-Martin restaurant out in the wilds of Chiswick, west London.
It was very good indeed. Starter: smoked haddock and creamed leeks with grain mustard, poached egg and toasted crumbs. It was brilliant, with strong but balanced flavours. To match? Adi Badenhorst’s Secateurs Chenin Blanc 2010 Swartland, South Africa, at a very reasonable £26 on the list.
Main: roast middle white pork with morteau sausage, green beans, fondant potato and trompettes. Again, lovely rich flavours, and it just worked so well. Thoroughly delicious. To match? Scali Pinotage 2006 Voor Paardeberg, South Africa. Now this was superb: it is a Pinotage that doesn’t have Pinotage character, which is a good thing. I guess with a few year’s bottle age like this it is closest in flavour profile to a top Chateauneuf, with rich, warmly spicy flavours and focused cherry and berry fruits.