From 25 October, Australian fine-wine producer Penfolds (creators of the famous Penfolds Grange) and top restaurant group D&D London (which includes Marylebone haunt Orrery, hidden Islington gem Almeida, City newcomer New Street Grill and Canary Wharf high-flier Plateau) are teaming up to offer Square Meal
readers delicious autumn menus created with Penfolds’ two latest vintages in mind.
The head chefs at the selected D&D London restaurants – which ranges from City high-flier Coq d’Argent, to Chelsea stalwart Bluebird – have worked with Penfolds to create a bespoke three-course menu with starters and mains that pair perfectly with 2010 Bin 28 Kalimna Shiraz
and 2012 Bin 311 Tumbarumba Chardonnay. For just £55, Square Meal readers can sample a glass of each wine, paired with dishes from menus that include seared scallops with grilled heritage potatoes,
toasted hazelnuts and maple-syrup dressing (at Skylon), partridge with foie gras, butternut squash purée, savoy cabbage and wild mushrooms (at
Almeida), and much more.
The variety of dishes on offer highlights the versatility and food-friendliness of the Bin series – and especially its two newest releases. Bin 311 Tumbarumba Chardonnay is sourced from a
cool-climate, high-altitude vineyard and displays a mineral style and zesty, floral aromas, backed up with biscuit notes from the sensitive maturation in seasoned oak. Its fruity palate and
lingering finish make it a perfect match with dishes such as Cornish crab cakes with curried lemon pickle (being served at bustling Paternoster Chop House) or pan-fried calamari with pickled cucumber, red onion and heritage tomatoes (on the menu at New Street Grill).
Meanwhile, the 2010 Bin 28 Kalimna Shiraz is a distinctive, generous, full-bodied wine packed with coffee, mocha and spice aromas on the nose, moving to dark fruits and black liquorice on the
palate, and with the bonus of a lengthy finish. It pairs exceedingly well with dishes such as roast partridge with polenta and blackberry jus (available at Orrery) or roasted rump of beef with beetroot raviolo and buttered Savoy cabbage (being served at waterside find Le Pont de la Tour).
Each three-course menu costs £55 per person, including all food and a glass of each of the new Penfolds Bins – with the option to buy additional glasses for diners who fall in love with the wines!
How to get involved
To take advantage of the Penfolds Fine Wine Dining Experience and enjoy fabulous Penfolds wines matched with delicious menus, book a table at one of the D&D restaurants below and quote
‘Penfolds Fine Wine Dining Experience’. The promotion will run from 25 October to 15 November.
The Avenue, St James’s
Butlers Wharf Chop House, Shad Thames
Coq d’Argent, City
Le Pont de la Tour, Shad Thames
New Street Grill, City
Paternoster Chop House, City
Plateau, Canary Wharf
Skylon, South Bank
Originating as a tonic wine made by the wife of Dr Christopher Rawson Penfolds in the 1840s, Penfolds wine has evolved and expanded to become a classic Australian wine – proving the theory that
great things can grow from small beginnings.
Having joined Penfolds as a messenger boy in 1931, it was future chief winemaker Max Schubert who changed the direction of the winery’s output from sweet and fortified wines to European-style
varietal dry wines; in 1951, he unveiled the Grange Hermitage, single-handedly inventing the Australian fine-wine scene.
Schubert also believed that Penfolds needed wines crafted in the image of his legendary Grange: ‘Not the same, but similar.’ The company used a system of numbered ‘bins’ in the cellar where the
finest wines – often for the exclusive enjoyment of the company’s directors – were stored. So Schubert used this system to give defined identities to the new wines he created, starting with the now
famous Bin 28 of 1959.
Today, the range includes some of Australia’s most highly sought-after wines, now made under the watchful eye of chief winemaker Peter Gago.