I’ve been wanting to visit Marcus Wareing’s newest restaurant the Gilbert Scott since it opened two years ago so I was very excited to receive an invitation to a 4 course wine supper by Langmeil wines last week. During the night, various other bloggers and writers and myself had the opportunity to hear the history of Langmeil Wines from Barossa born and bred, European Export Manager, Emma Shaw. To prepare the supper Emma had worked with Nick Shaw Head Chef of the Gilbert Scott to match a selection of Langmeil wines to each of the 4 courses of chef’s menu.
The Barossa region is one of the most famous wine regions in Australia and Langmeil has been making serious Barossa wine since 1996, and is now owned by fifth generation Barossan family, the Lindners. They own one of the oldest known surviving Shiraz vineyards in Australia, and possibly the world, from which the team create The Freedom 1843 Shiraz.
Langmeil’s winemaking philosophies are to produce world-class wines, through their own individual style, while maintaining the distinctive hallmarks of the Barossa, as such they have been awarded 5 red stars in the James Halliday Wine Companion eight years in succession placing them in the top 5% of premium Australian producers.
The evening started with us being welcomed to a beautifully laid table in the Gilbert Scott’s private dining room.
We mingled with other bloggers while being served some delicious canapes of smoked salmon and Rye bread, this was served along side a glass of Langmeil’s Eden Valley Riesling, which had a delicate and refreshing taste.
Next we were served our first course of Kedgeree, which I understand to be a traditional British dish that was cooked in colonial India. This was served alongside a glass of Eden Valley Chardonnay, which had a lovely zesty citrus and aroma.
For the main course we had a confit shoulder of lamb with white beans, braised carrot potatoes and greens, served with a glass of 2009 Valley floor Shiraz The portion of lamb was generous! It was so lovely and tasty that I felt bad leaving part of it but I knew I wouldn’t be able to eat dessert if I ate it all! The Langmeil Valley Floor Shiraz was a perfect pairing for the lamb and had lovely hints of chocolate and vanilla.
For our third course we were served cashel blue with malt loaf and pickled pear, which my Irish friend excitedly devoured. I found the cashel blue a bit heavy after the other courses but it was lovely and creamy. With this we were served a glass of 2008 Blacksmith Cabernet Sauvignon.
Dessert was a delicious vanilla pannacotta, blood orange, passionfruit and a slice of orange garibaldi. A lovely end to amazing menu, I finished every last morsel. We had this with a a lovely glass of 2011 Live Wire Eden Valley Riesling.
I don’t pretend to be a wine expert but I definitely will be looking to buy a couple of bottles of Langmeil’s Eden Valley Riesling to serve at my next dinner party. Langmeil gets a big Lanky Girl thumbs up!
Having also finally visited The Gilbert Scott I know that I will be back, the building in which it is housed is beautiful and full of history. The standard of food we ate was very high and the service impeccable.