Fine Wining with HQ Restaurant and Haute Cabrière- July 2015

Headquarters-HQ
Headquarters-HQ

HQ Restaurant gets it right again,yet another successful installment of Fine Wining,this time they paired up with the Franschhoek based Haute Cabrière.

Pierre Jourdan Brut is fresh and crisp yet complex and rewarding on the palate. The “lime” characteristics of the Chardonnay are leading and are well backed by the complexity of Pinot Noir.
Pierre Jourdan Brut 

The Aperitif

Pulled Pork on crostini with marinated Cucumber,roasted Apple compote and crispy Pork crackling paired with Pierre Jourdan Brut MCC (latest Vintage)perfect pairing as the MCC is fresh and crisp yet complex and rewarding on the palate. The “lime” characteristics of the Chardonnay are leading and are well backed by the complexity of Pinot Noir.

Aperitif-Pulled Pork on crostini with marinated Cucumber,roasted Apple compote and crispy Pork crackling paired with pierre Jourdan Brut MCC (latest Vintage)
Aperitif-Pulled Pork on crostini
Aperitif-Pulled Pork on crostini with marinated Cucumber,roasted Apple compote and crispy Pork crackling paired with pierre Jourdan Brut MCC (latest Vintage)
Aperitif-Pulled Pork on crostini 

The smooth sound of crooner Ricky Botsis and the warming fires at HQ,made you really forget the cold outside.

Warming it Up
Warming it Up

Starters was the crowd favourite ; Cos and Iceberg salad with toasted Pine nuts, Parmesan shavings and Dijon mustard dressing, paired with Tranquille.

The Tasting Notes from Haute Cabriere-The Pinot Noir portion of the blend lends our Tranquille the beautiful salmon colour. On the palate the fruit and structure of this cultivar combine perfectly with the elegance and freshness of the Chardonnay.

 Tranquille (Latest Vintage)
Tranquille (Latest Vintage)
Double Threat
Double Threat
Starter  Cos and iceberg salad with toasted pine nuts, parmesan shavings and Dijon mustard dressing, paired with Tranquille (Latest Vintage) Tranquille (Latest Vintage) Tasting Notes from Haute Cabriere-The Pinot Noir portion of the blend lends our Tranquille the beautiful salmon colour. On the palate the fruit and structure of this cultivar combine perfectly with the elegance and freshness of the Chardonnay.
Starter
Cos and iceberg salad with toasted pine nuts, parmesan shavings and Dijon mustard dressing, paired with Tranquille (Latest Vintage) Tranquille (Latest Vintage)

Next up the HQ Staple ; Steak & Chips, 250g Sirloin Steak cooked to perfection and served with Café de Paris butter sauce and skinny fries, paired with Pinot Noir (Wooded) 2012 Vintage. The Tasting Notes from the wine Maker-The 2012 vintage produced a crop of exceptional quality, resulting in an elegant wine with true varietal character. Dark fruit flavours are layered with juicy red fruit, soft tannins and complemented by well-integrated acidity.

Mains  250g sirloin steak cooked to perfection and served with Café de Paris butter sauce and skinny fries, paired with Pinot Noir (Wooded) 2012 Vintage
Mains
250g Sirloin Steak 
Haute Cabriere-Pinot Noir (Wooded) 2012 Vintage Tasting Notes from the wine Maker-The 2012 vintage produced a crop of exceptional quality, resulting in an elegant wine with true varietal character. Dark fruit flavours are layered with juicy red fruit, soft tannins and complemented by well integrated acidity.
Haute Cabriere-Pinot Noir (Wooded) 2012 Vintage

HQ's bright light
HQ’s bright light
Dessert Ratafia poached Pear served on a Orange and Pistachio Baklava Square & topped with a baked Meringue Connell paired with Ratafia (Latest Vintage)  Tasting Notes from Haute Cabriere-Ratafia is a fun drink, packed with rich honey flavours. The taste is delicate and enticing. The nose a melange of tropical flavours. As aperitif or with starters: Liver, liver paté & scallops, escargots. With decadent desserts it is a delicious digestif. Enjoy chilled in a elegant small glass
Dessert
Ratafia poached Pear 
Haute Cabriere-Ratafia
Haute Cabriere-Ratafia

Last up was the delectable dessert,  a Ratafia poached Pear served on an Orange and Pistachio Baklava Square & topped with a baked Meringue Connell paired with Ratafia (Latest Vintage). The Tasting Notes from Haute Cabriere- Ratafia is a fun drink, packed with rich honey flavours. The taste is delicate and enticing. The nose a melange of tropical flavours. Enjoy chilled in an elegant small glass.

Where friend's become family
Where friend’s become family

Once again an awesome event, next up will be their fifth and very exciting installment in their Fine Wining Series will be held on Wednesday 26 August 2015. This time they will be teaming up with the award-winning Ernie Els Wines to bring you a night of Sophisticated Simplicity and the man himself is rumoured to be there. So contact HQ Restaurant for your tickets matt@hqrestaurant.co.za.

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