Friday 16 March 2012

Stoneleigh Rapaura Series Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2010

With a tinge of green, I picked up green gooseberry and passionfruit to the nose. To taste it is very full bodied, beautifully smooth with nice gooseberry and passionfruit flavours, and a nice long tail. This is a superb New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc that is drinking beautifully now.

Paired with Beef Stroganoff, which had some of this wine in it, it went very well.

Friday 9 March 2012

The Engine Room, Northcote Point

Last night we went to The Engine Room at Northcote Point for the first time in about a year and had yet another pleasurable experience. Over the years we have been many times, and they are consistently good in terms of quality and service and last night was no different. Admittedly the service was slower once the restaurant got busier but it was consistently friendly, professional and not stuffy.

The menu is still small, but everything is done to perfection.

I started with the goats cheese souflee. This was lovely and light with chives for added flavour. Jane started with the mushroom soup with barley and thoroughly enjoyed it.

For my main I had the chicken which was done in a middle eastern style with lentils. It was a well executed dish. Jane had the pork belly and enjoyed it.

Jane enjoyed a pavlova for dessert and I had the black doris plum and almond tart that was a nice balance of tart and smooth flavours.

An enjoyable evening out and we will definitely be back.

Sunday 4 March 2012

Jules Taylor Sauvignon Blanc 2011, Marlborough

croppedimage209602-SB11webWith a light greenish hue, Jules Taylor Sauvignon Blanc 2011 from Marlborough is magnificent. Great passionfruit flavours, fresh and nicely balanced. Drinking beautifully now.