Corks 'n' Forks December 2020

Dear Members

Our final event for the year was our Henschke/Best’s Black Tie Dinner held on 20 November in the Macquarie Room. And what a rollicking fun night it was! There were 77 members and guests all “dolled up” for the occasion, including Fiona Macdonald who represented Henschke and Ralph Dunning who represented Best’s. Please take a peek at some of the photos.

The food from the Club’s Executive Chef Scott Thompson and his team was exceptional, as was the service from the floor team ably led by Shibli Sadik. As well as the food, the staff faced the challenging task of pouring and serving 12 different wines to the 77 people present. I’m pleased to report they did so with seamless efficiency.

The wines were all first class, and there was hardly a struck match between them. They matched the food well, highlighting the regional differences between Best’s from Great Western in the Grampians region of Victoria, and the Henschke wines from the Barossa Valley and Adelaide Hills in South Australia. Two of my personal favourites were the Best’s 2017 Sparkling Shiraz and Henschke’s 2016 ‘Abbots Prayer’. I also really enjoyed comparing the 2016 Best’s Bin 0 Shiraz with Henschke’s 2016 Wheelwright Shiraz.

Course Food Henschke Wine Best Wine
Arrival Corn fritter with haloumi and smoked salmon Johanne Ida Selma Blanc de Noir MD 2017 Great Western Sparkling Shiraz
First Scallop ceviche with pomelo and avocado ice cream 2018 Innes Vineyard Pinot Gris 2017 Concongella Blanc
Second Confit mackerel with serrano ham, cucumber, lemon, fennel and buckwheat 2018 Croft Chardonnay 2019 Chardonnay
Third Braised duck leg with vanilla, parsnip, apple and blackberry chutney with a side of duck fat roasted potatoes and buttered greens

2018 Giles Pinot Noir

2016 ‘Abbots Prayer’ – 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot blend

2017 Pinot Noir/Pinot Meunier blend

2017 ‘13 Acre’ – Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot blend

Fourth Selection of Australian cheeses with red wine and pear relish, honey, fig and walnut log and crackers 2016 Wheelwright Shiraz 2016 Bin 0 Shiraz

Well, that’s all for a difficult 2020 folks. On behalf of the Corks ‘n Forks Committee may I thank everyone who supported our events this year, and to the Club’s management and staff for so capably helping us put them together.

A happy Festive Season to you all, and we look forward to catching up with as many of you as possible in 2021.

Graeme Jones
For the Corks ‘n’ Forks Committee

Committee member details are:
Avril Fortuin -, Brent Halligan -, Roger Butler -, Dennis Han - and myself –

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