SQUITCHY LANE WINE DINNER at SCOPRI
THURSDAY 14 JULY $100 per head
Roasted Hervey Bay Scallops served on a parsnip puree
with 2010 FUME BLANC and 2014 FUME BLANC
After a couple of wine dinners, we have decided that Fume Blanc and scallops is a wonderful match.
The 2010 was rich, smooth and buttery, almost like a Chardonnay and quite a contrast to the 2014 which is still lemony, youthful and fresh. For me (but not for most of the other guests) a win for youth.
AGNOLOTTI DEL PLIN
Agnolotti filled with roasted rabbit and veal in butter and sage
with 2010 CHARDONNAY and 2013 CHARDONNAY
A testament to the ageing ability of our Chardonnays. The 2010 retains vigour, life and freshness with a long life ahead of it. Interestingly, it benefited from some aeration. The 2013 is a fuller wine and in time will show itself to be our best yet, in my view. But it needs the time.
Pan roasted quail wrapped in pancetta and zucchini
with 2010 PINOT NOIR and 2015 PINOT NOIR
My word, what a treat--the quail was superb and the wines matched it in spectacular fashion. The 2010 was a revelation and, for me, the wine of the night. Bright colour, restrained aromas, lovely flowing palate. In short, a charming wine with a good few years left in it. So easy to drink! The 2015 is simply a huge mouthful of flavour. Great wine but too young now.
BISTACCA ALLE BRACE
Chargrilled grass fed beef with hand cut chips
with 2010 CABERNET SAUVIGNON and 2014 CABERNET SAUVIGNON
If you have any of the 2010 in your cellar, congratulations. It's an archetypal Yarra Cabernet--medium-bodied, showing stacks of blackcurrant fruit and delicious texture. Beside it, the 2014 looked callow but this wine only needs time. It's more strongly built than the 2010 and isn't ready yet.
The lesson of the night--Squitchy Lane wines are made in the classic style. There are no concessions to modernity. These are wines that benefit from cellaring. It's true they are very enjoyable in their youth but their true character is revealed with time. It's a privilege to be involved.
and to finish, coffee.
with a shot of Sambucca to warm us before we headed off into the evening chill. Many thanks to the team at Scopri.