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Winemaker Lunches – 2020 dates

10 February 2020

6:17 PM

10 February 2020

6:17 PM

Join us in the boardroom at 22 Old Queen Street, London SW1H 9HP for the following Spectator Winemaker Lunches where a delicious, cold four-course lunch provided by Forman & Field will be served; arrive at 12.30pm for a 1pm start.

To buy tickets, head to the Spectator Shop.



Friday 14 February: Chêne Bleu
Chêne Bleu – described by the Wall Street Journal as ‘The world’s first super Rhône’, lies is a dramatically isolated position high in the Dentelles de Montmirail above Gigondas and Séguret and has deliberately opted out of the appellation contrôlée system, allowing them to make the wines that they feel best reflect the local terroir.

Friday 28 February : Turkey Flat
First planted with Shiraz in 1847, Turkey Flat Vineyards is one of the oldest producers in Australia, famed not only for the remarkable quality of their sustainably-farmed Rhône-style wines but also their downright accessibility.

Alex Schulz, fifth generation owner and head winemaker of Turkey Flat Vineyards, will present and discuss a number of wines including the Turkey Flat White, the Butcher’s Block Red, the Butcher’s Block Shiraz, three vintages of the Turkey Flat Grenache, the Turkey Flat Mataro, the fabled Turkey Flat Shiraz and the tongue-tinglingly tasty fortified Turkey Flat Pedro Ximenez.

Thursday 5 March: Hamilton Russell

Join us in the glorious surroundings of the Rex Whistler Restaurant at Tate Britain on Thursday 5 March for a very special dinner with Anthony Hamilton Russell, producer of South Africa’s finest Pinot Noir and Chardonnay (and certainly the most ‘Burgundian’) in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, Walker Bay.

These are exciting times for South African winemakers and Anthony will chat about the current state of play in the Cape as he introduces his exceptional 2018 Hamilton Russell Chardonnay and 2018 Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir along with superb wines from his other estates, namely the 2019 Southern Right Sauvignon Blanc, the 2018 Southern Right Pinotage, the 2018 Ashbourne Sauvignon Blanc/Chardonnay, the 2018 Ashbourne Pinotage/Cinsault and the 2016 Ashbourne Pinotage.

Always eloquent and often outspoken, Anthony and his wife Olive will happily answer guests’ questions over a delicious three course dinner and, for those lucky enough to attend, a limited number of wines will be available for purchase on the night for later delivery.

Friday 6 March: Domaine Du Grand Mayne

What was once an abandoned estate was completely transformed in the 1980s and the revival has continued with the help of consultant winemaker Martin Meinert (of South African fame) and Philip himself (founder of Great Western Wines). Today, thanks to two rounds of crowd-funding, Domaine du Grand Mayne, is owned by a community of some 900 wine lovers and the estate has put the wines of south western France firmly on the map whilst also leading the way in wine tourism.

Friday 20 March: Chapel Down
We will enjoy an aperitif of the 2014 Kit’s Coty Blanc de Blancs – Chapel Downs’ first 100 per cent Chardonnay sparkler sourced from their Kit’s Coty single vineyard on the North Downs of Kent – followed by the 2018 Chapel Down Bacchus, the 2017 Kit’s Coty Bacchus, the 2016 Kit’s Coty Chardonnay, the 2018 Domaine Gayda Syrah (part of Chapel Down’s ground-breaking series of partnership wines marketed under the Great Minds Drink Alike label) and the utterly charming sweet 2017 Chapel Down Nectar.

Mark Harvey is uniquely placed to share his observations about English wine’s standing in the world having been a director of champagne giant Moët-Hennessy for many years before he joined Chapel Down and he will have much to say.


To buy tickets, head to the Spectator Shop.

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