It was a wonderful date with Cape Mentelle x Cameron Murphy.
It was such an honor to be able to enjoy and experience the wine pairing degustation by Cape Mentelle at the newly open Stoked Restaurant & Bar (previously known as Ribs by Vintry) in Medan Damansara. The set up for the special session was lovely too!
The special session was hosted by Cameron Murphy, Cape Mentelle's Estate Director, featured five award-winning variants from the Cape Mentelle portfolio, for an experience of food and wine pairing like never before.
Cape Mentelle, a founding winery of Australia's remote Margaret River wine region, is one of the most remote wine regions in the world located in the southwest corner of Australia.
The wine pairing session began with Cameron Murphy enlightening the media on the incredible wines of Cape Mentelle and how the estate has become a five-star winery, with the winemaking team fully capitalizing on the extensive and largely mature vineyard. He also revealed the featured five for the wine pairing session - Cape Mentelle Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2013, Cape Mentelle Chardonnay 2012, Cape Mentelle Cabernet Merlot 2012, Cape Mentelle Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 and Cape Mentelle Shiraz 2012 - individually highlighting these wines and their own unique identities.
Yin How, Founder & Managing Director of Stoked Restaurant & Bar took the floor next to explain the concept of the unique new restaurant and how the menu was specially crafted to complement and enhance the wines. We also get to know that Stoked is currently the only outlet in Asia to own a Bertha Charcoal Oven, described as the most advanced in design and ensures food retains all its natural moisture and flavor.
excellent degustation menu
super yummy warm and fluffy bread with butter spread
The lunch begin with the Cape Mentelle Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2013, a wine with a creamy texture and a bright, long and elegant finish. The classic white wine blend showcased its pithy structure and a delight of rich fruit flavors when paired with the first dish - Uni Sashimi with Tofu Puree and Consomme Jelly. Trust me, it's really hard to enjoy a really fresh uni sashimi in Malaysia, this one was really fresh and delicious. It was great, except for the tofu was a little too mushy in texture.
It was then followed by a glass of Cape Mentelle Chardonnay 2012 served to be paired with the Steamed Coral Trout with kale and tomato, served with Caper Beurre Blanc Sauce. This dish complemented the chardonnay, with the wine possessing a focused acidity and leading to a great persistence of flavor, exuding an overall fine yet textural and clean journey on the palate. This was a perfect pair! I really enjoyed the dish itself, moist and flaky trout, yums!
Up next was the Cape Mentelle Cabernet Merlot 2012, paired with the Foie Gras & Duck Pâté en Croûte with baby spinach and red wine sauce, the Cabernet Merlot which has developed an international reputation for an outstanding Bordeaux varietal and blended wines showcased a good elegant structure on the palate before surging with an assertive yet supple tannic drive. I wasn't really a fan of foie gras, but this was really great. The red wine sauce complemented the entire dish perfectly too!
The fourth dish - Slow Roasted Lamb with sautéed white mushroom, arugula, mashed potato with lamb jus - served together with the Cape Mentelle Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 and Cape Mentelle Shiraz 2012. For this, we get to try to pair this dish with two different type of wines. If you ask me, I really prefer to enjoy this with a glass of Cape Mentelle Cabernet Saugvinon 2012 more compare to the other one.
We were then served with a fluffy White Chocolate Mousse with mixed berries and crumble with raspberry sauce for a sweet ending of the session.
Grace & I
It was really nice to have a wonderful session with Cameron Murphy with him explaining everything thoroughly to us, guiding us and allowing us to explore the taste of the different type of wines by Cape Mentelle. Not to forget the amazing degustation menu that prepared by Stoked Restaurant & Bar that specially crafted for the wine pairing session.
Till next time! xxx