Dinner with some good friends. (long story, no names to protect the innocent, unless they pipe up
), started off with some pikelets/creme fraiche/roe with a nice 2000 Philipponnat
- lots of acidity, lemon
Then we had a truffle custard, crab and caviar entree matched with a 1975 Trimbach Clos St Hune
which was fantastic, showing beautifully with the age bringing out secondary flavours like a good Semillon. A privilege to drink this.
Followed by Smoked Cod, Potato and Leek soup with a nicely balanced 2004 John Forest Chardonnay
This segued into the reds with a very youthful 1993 Seppelt Show Sparkling Shiraz
which had lots of flavour and depth
Then onto a CdP in the 1990 Vieux Telegraph
this was sublime, beautiful aromas and palate. (WOTN) I believe.
Then the Beef Cheeks came out (cooked for like 8 hours) which only needed a fork to cut, with lots of gravy to soak up with the bread, this was partnered by a 1993 Lakes Folly Cabernets
and a 1985 Ch. Trotanoy
both very different beasts with differing qualities and both a joy to drink.
and then because we could...we finished off with a 1999 Yeringberg
and a 1999 Rockford SVS Pressings Shiraz
, both monster wines with gobs of flavour, fine tannins and length.
Then on to dessert, persimmon cream and something, I forgot, tasted great... with a 1976 Reiler Sorentberg TBA
which was very delicate and ethereal, almost orange cordial like on the nose.
We then finished off with a Diplomatico Ambassador
(forgot to take a photo, so took one the next day and gave me an excuse to have a glass) the rum is rich and decadent.