Wirra Wirra checks in at The Crane KL
Here’s another reason to visit The Crane KL … at the recent wine pairing dinner, we had the pleasure of Damian White, Wirra Wirra Vineyeards sales director who elaborated on the wines and vineyard history.
Adelaide Savignon Blanc 2021: fragrant with lime, passionfruit, mandarin, fresh herbs and jasmine. Described as a fruit salad of flavours, combined with citrus acidity for fresh and zesty mouthfeel. Palate is long on flavour, crisp, clean finish to start the evening.
The Lost Watch Riesling 2020: freshly cut lime and apple aromas with subtle creamy, lavender and spice nuances. Citrus and fresh apple fruit characters dominate palate, balanced with natural acidity. Paired with tuna tartare, salmon mousse on cracker, seared scallop. My fav white for the nite.
Church Block 2019: deep plum with vivid red hues, fragrant aromatics with cassis, plum and raspberry, dried herb and clove spice complexities. Palate has blueberry, plum and mulberry fruits. Paired with Prawn chowder with spicy carrot puree. Very easy to drink red, chowder though failed to shine as was thick and starchy, prawn goodness didn’t come thru.
Woodhenge Shiraz 2019: deep red with bright crimson hue. Aromatic plums and mulberry infused with bitter chocolate, anissed, cinnamon and sweet vanilla oak. Ripe plum and dark berry fruits support lovely rich mouth-filling wine – quintessential McLaren Vale shiraz. Paired with Moroccan style braised lamb with tomato risotto. Mint crumble gave added texture to otherwise normal risotto, lamb truly tender. Really liked the character and body of this shiraz.
Vintage Bell Cabernet Savignon 2017: deep claret with crimson rim. Fragrant red and black currant nose, with forest floor earthiness and briary, tobacco-leaf character. Peaty, cedary influence of French oak. Ripe core of blackcurrant cut by bright acid line, long spine of powdery tannin travels length of palate for a savoury finish. Paired with Grilled wagyu ribeye. Best dish of the night, strong pairing. I’m not one for heavy, spicy reds, but dinner mate @Joanneteoal loved this the best.
Great sweet ending with dark chocolate cremeux and morello cherry leather. Not big on dessert, but this I had almost 2 helpings of this. Tells you a lot. This is the first of many wine (and hopefully other concoctions) pairing dinners to come.
Crane KL is located at the four-storey Selangor Grocer’s Guild which has a neoclassical facade on Jalan Sultan. Boasting a menu of western Asian fusion, the gorgeous restaurant switches ambient at night and looks even cozier, and upstairs is a hidden cocktail bar with a real sexy list of drinks.
Add: 78, Jalan Sultan, Kuala Lumpur
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