• Martin Bosley & Mahi Wines, Food & Wine Weekend, November 2011

    Friday night – introductions were made and opportunity for guests to meet Poronui staff, Martin Bosley and his team and wine maker Brian Bicknell. The following day - in amongst sporting clays, horse riding and hikes - everyone gathered at the Safari Camp on the banks of the Mohaka River for lunch. In the afternoon, Martin and his team Regi and Aaron hosted guests in the Stables kitchen  - where secrets were shared...

    Gala Dinner- the three canapés were each served in an experimental way (literally and figuratively!) in a test tube, a syringe, a pipette – and it worked amazingly!

    The menu a real gastronomic experience. The celeriac and radish salad with the creamy oyster really set the scene for the rest of the dishes. The scallop and braised venison challenged many of the guests and was the topic of conversation the following morning over breakfast. It got both the thumbs up and the thumbs down and great discussion as to why.

    The taste and texture of the hapuka with the crunch of the hazelnuts, the crisp of the whitebait and the pop of the caviar was so right on so many fronts. The duck liver parfait added a something extra special to the duck breast and venison loin. Dessert of raspberry and chocolate – I need to have this again!

    Here is the menu:

    19th November 2011 
    "Honouring the Animal"
    Blowtorch Tuna, Spanner Crab Roll, Cabbage Slaw
    Mushroom ‘Slurp’
    Raw Venison, Togarishi, Miso Dressing Pipette
    Pea Pannacotta, Mint Mousse ‘en Syringe’
    House-made Bread, Whipped Butter, Marlborough Sea Salt, Herb Salt
    Amuse Bouche
    Oyster, Capers, Smoky Bacon, Raw Celeriac and Radish Salad
    Course Two
    Sashimi of Fish, Compressed Cucumber, Legumes, Watercress Puree, Beetroot Juice Dressing
    Course Three
    Roast Nelson Scallops, Braised Poronui Venison Leg, Shaved Mooloolaba Prawns, Warm Black Olive Gelée, Micro Greens
    Course Four
    Roasted Fish, Hazelnuts, White Asparagus Risotto, Crisp Whitebait, Green Asparagus Sauce, Salmon Caviar
    Course Five
    Duck Breast, Sous Vide Poronui Venison Loin, Avocado, Duck Liver Parfait, Roast Pear, Fermented Black Bean Sauce
    Raspberries and Chocolate

    Brian, what an excellent job on the wine match. Brian only received a copy of the written menu - with no samples provided - and as Martin himself said - his own food as not exactly self-explanatory. The individuality of the wines not only matched but added to each dish. Brian shared his philosophy on wine making and the Mahi wines during dinner and gave great insight into the wines in the glass. For many he has reintroduced Pinot Gris in a whole new light.

    A special treat - with a great tie to Poronui - was the Alchemy Chardonnay served on Friday night. The grapes are grown on Paul & Robbie Taylor’s vineyard in the Marlborough wine region. Paul’s brother Ben Hall has been a guide at Poronui since the late 1990’s.

    Martin Bosley canape at PoronuiMartin Bosley canape at Poronui

    Martin Bosley canape at PoronuiMartin Bosley Scallops and VenisonMartin Bosley duck and venison at Poronui

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