High Style Dinners Delivering a Sensory Hit!
While cruise ships ground to a halt, a new opportunity to frock-up for a high style ‘Captain’s Table’ dining popped up in Stanthorpe, Granite Belt Wine Country.
Guests Seated with the Winery Owners
Winery owners, Robert and Therese Fenwick fancy high class dining themselves and report since inviting visitors to be seated with them for degustation dinners at their winery, visitors to Stanthorpe have relished the opportunity to don their dinner jackets and frock up.
Guests at the monthly Heritage Estate Wines Five Senses Degustation Dinners are seated with the winery owners at a grand oval table, which in itself a privileged experience given the table’s historic significance.
A Special Table Setting
The giant leather inlaid table is a Queensland treasure which these days calls Heritage Estate home, but once seated members of Parliament being the first Queensland Parliamentary Table, circa 1859.
Tastes, Sights, Smells, Sounds and a Touch of Class!
The dinners offer an indulgence in all the five senses, with taste, sight, smells, sounds and a touch of class. It’s thought to be the only sensory experience of its kind in Queensland, combining tastes of gourmet dishes and wines, smells of ‘Le Nez du Vin’ aroma kit to identify wine scents, sights of silent movies projected overhead and the sounds of a string quartet ensemble.
Guests love the formal nature of the dinners and delight in the excuse to get dressed up. Men are asked to come in dinner jackets if they have one and the ladies frock up. To capture the occasion there is even a professional photographer at all the dinners to capture and share the photos with the guests. Digital copies are provided to guests at no additional expense and are a lovely souvenir of the experience and capture guests looking their best!
A Wine Scent Identification Experience
The ‘Le Nez du Vin’ wine scent identification experience offered during the dinners is the only of its kind in Queensland. Heritage Estate are an exclusive Queensland distributor of the 54 scent aroma kits from France and over dinner guests are introduced to the little bottles of scents.
“It makes pennies drop for our guests when they smell the little scent bottles. In our Old Vine Shiraz there are the aromas of liquorice, chocolate, earthy tobacco, truffle and boxwood and by smelling the scents individually in the bottles they are able to identify them in the wine tasting,” says Mrs Fenwick. “Our guests are finding it totally enlightening to be able to verbalise a smell that they know is familiar in the wine, but it’s hard for them to verbalise until the kit reveals the scents.”
A 7 Course Degustation Menu
The Five Senses Degustation Dinners are catered by International chef, Sharah-Bree Cowper.
On the dinner menu is the likes of Amuse-bouche (bite-sized hors d’œuvres), seafood and game courses, decadent desserts, all served paired to Heritage Estate’s 5-Star Halliday Rated Wines. Exotic meats are a feature, including goose, venison, Angus beef cheek and goat.
Silent Movies in a Historic Cellar Door Building
Overhead during dinner conversation black and white silent movies are projected – classics like ‘African Queen’ and ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’.
Once an old apple store, the Heritage Estate cellar door is one of the oldest in the region and laden with antiques and a grand open fireplace it sets an impressive backdrop to dinner events.
Where is Heritage Estate Wines?
747 Granite Belt Drive, Cottonvale, Queensland (15 minutes drive north of Stanthorpe)
How to Book a Dinner
Coming dates for Five Senses Degustation Dinners are on the second Saturday of every month.
Tickets are $190 per person, including champagne on 6pm arrival, followed by 7 courses and matching wines. Accommodation pick-ups are available by prior arrangement.
Dinner bookings phone 07 4685 2197
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Hosts: Therese & Robert Fenwick of Heritage Estate Wines