A series of confusing events recently found me out for dinner in a restaurant which had been recommended by a few people late last year. An unusual offer of Thai, Chinese, Indian and Mediterranean food served tapas style so you could savour tiny dishes from around the world. Unfortunately that offer hadn’t paid the bills so although those cuisines were still represented they came in ‘all you can eat’ buffet style. Odd.
The winelist was also a bit of a mish-mash and bore no relation to the food available, with nothing even remotely Alsacian in the white section. In a vague attempt to add some zip to the meal I opted for a Marlborough Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2006.
It was fruity and fresh with plenty of gooseberry fruit and a little grass and herbs on the nose. Bone dry with a crisp lemony acidity the green flavours were joined on the palate by some sweet tropical fruit. It was good, better than the food, and the 13% alcohol may have fought off some of the indigestion which may otherwise have been a feature of the evening. My dining companion felt it was serve a little too warm, but as the food was served a little to cool there was a yin-yang balance to the meal!