Mouchão Wine Dinner | The Olive Branch
Hosted by both Charles Hawkins from ABS Wines and David Ferreri from Mouchão.
In April 1974 the military dictatorship in Portugual seized this famous Alentejo estate, and the Reynolds and Richardson families were evicted from their lands. They had to wait 12 years before Herdade do Mouchao was returned to them in 1986. The estate has 32 hectares of vines planted mostly with Alicante Bouschet from their own pioneering cuttings.
In the vineyards, modern techniques such as spray irrigation to ensure frost protection are employed, while in the winery traditional techniques are adhered to – the grapes are received in large open lagares where they are hand crushed and delivered down chutes to be foot-trodden. Production here is small and Iain Richardson, who runs the estate, is unable to meet the majority of orders he receives for his extraordinary wine.
We will be drinking wines from the stunning range of Mouchão including three different vintages of the estate’s flagship red.
The evening starts at 7pm in the bar and an opportunity to meet and mingle with other guests.
At 7.30 we all go into the ‘Barn’ for the dinner, with wines to accompany each course. The wines will be introduced by David & Charles, who will be happy to answer questions.
It is probably best to have booked a taxi home, you are welcome to leave your car here overnight or book one of our six luxurious rooms at Beech House.
We are sure you will have an enjoyable evening, with good food, great wines and convivial company, and hopefully you will have learned something about the magic of wine.
Booking essential: 01780 410 355
On the menu…
DOM RAPHAEL WHITE 2017
Game terrine, crab apple jelly, pickles
DOM RAPHAEL RED 2014
Fillet of lamb, tarragon & parsley crust, red wine reduction
PONTE DAS CANAS 2014
Braised oxtail, root vegetable stuffing, glazed parsnip, horseradish creamed potato
MOUCHAO 2013, 2011, 2006 & 1983/1984
MOUCHAO TONEL 3-4 2013
Devilled kidneys, toasted sourdough
Poached Yorkshire rhubarb, ginger pannacotta
Coffee & petit fours