Clovely Estate Winemaker Dinner – it’s time to share the secret

Every season Clovely Estate City Cellar Door holds a multi-course degustation dinner to rave about.

The dinners boast inspiring food and wine matches created by Executive Chef Mike Kirwin, who came to Clovely Estate from well known Brisbane seafood restaurant Jellyfish.

Clovely’s recent “Woodland Fall” degustation dinner was inspired by autumn creations, each capturing the woodland’s earthy, mellow fruitfulness.

The evening commenced with an opportunity to get to know fellow diners in a relaxed atmosphere over a glass of Clovely’s stylish and dry Brut Reserve, made from Semillon with a touch of Chardonnay.

After being shown to elegantly decorated tables, excited diners were served six courses with a carefully selected wine accompaniment.

Matt Leziak talked to diners about the meal to come and how he used exotic food ingredients including wild boar, quail eggs, kingfish, venison and forme d’ambert.

Meals were served by very attentive staff, with each course looking to outdo the previous through creativity and spectacular presentation.

In particular, the kingfish was a culinary achievement. The dish was flavoursome and moist with a Japanese twist.

The venison was a flavour masterpiece with a unique sauce boasting beetroot and dark chocolate notes.

The award for most outstanding presentation went to the picture perfect “Birds Nest.”

This course was a combination of shredded porcini, leek and chervil made into a nest with a quail egg sitting elegantly in the middle.


Diners were able to sample exceptionally matched wines including the outstanding 2013 Estate Reserve Chardonnay, which had a rich and complex peach flavour.

Other wines included the 2013 Left Field Semillon, which was fresh and zesty, with the backbone to age well in the bottle for many years; the 2014 Left Field Sangiovese, an Italian inspired style, with fruity flavour and a soft pallet that partnered beautifully with the kingfish; and Brisbane Weekender’s favourite, the 2014 Left Field Alicante Bouchet.

This wine is a rare red flesh grape variety that is widely planted in southern Europe, particularly Portugal, and is a vintage that has produced a generous wine displaying rich fruit.

It partnered the venison and emphasised the earthiness of the combination.

Diners were treated to the 2014 White Label Shiraz, with rich blackberry and coffee flavours; and the NV Sparkling Rose, which provided a succulent and sweet combination with the chocolate based desert.

Get yourself on the mailing list so you can attend one of the future degustation diners. Clovely Estate are one of Brisbane’s “best kept secrets” and a wonderful night out. It’s time to share the secret and the experience.

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Words and images by Peter Lamont

Middle: Kingfish. Image by Elizabeth Lamont

Details: Seasonal winemakers dinner | Clovely Estate | City Cellar Door | 210 Musgrave Road Red Hill

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