We served lamb and pork from the spit as our center piece with crispy rosemary chat potatoes, and made a mass of grilled halloumi, topped with finely chopped capsicum, parsley, red onion and avocado dressed in lemon. We threw together a Greek salad of cucumber, tomato, feta, red onion, pitted Kalamata olives and drenched in olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper and garlic. We had bread from the baker – a soft, pillowy, salty focaccia, covered in caramelised oregano. And then, of course, we had dessert: a simple chocolate slice decorated with carrot shaped pieces of chocolate (and parsley?!) and strawberries… and a second dessert for good measure - Turkish delights! (Hence, I am now the size of a small continent.)
Now, if you know me at all you will know I see dining as a sensual, passionate, experience of the senses. Therefore, when I drink wine, I desire food. And when I eat (or more so cook), I get passionate for wine.
And passionate I was for the 2015 Clyde Park Pinot Noir that proudly sat within the platters of our Greek feast! This is a fuller, firmer bodied pinot noir from the Victoria wine region of Bannockburn. The wine entices with aromas of vibrant cherries and strawberries, sweet spices with a hint of roast coffee, and little bit of earthiness. It offers a big mouthful of fresh, honest pinot dark cherry and savoury tannins, that pretty much flows along smoothly and sweetly to the long finish while continuing to be beautifully balanced.
So as we lingered on at the dining table into what you might charitably call late afternoon… but clearly qualifies as something closer to early evening - the food (feast) was great, but as we know in all great lunches, it’s the wine that actually completes the experience.
Happy Easter All! ("Christos Anesti"!)
And thanks Terry Jongebloed for a wonderful Easter wine.
(RRP $40 at all the best bottle shops or cellar door)