An evening hosted by the founders of much-celebrated Ata Rangi, Clive Paton and Phyll Pattie, promises opportunity to savour the deliciousness and intensity of their stunning 2013 releases – Juliet Syrah, Célèbre and signature Pinot Noir – truly big red wines.
Former share-milker Clive Paton took a huge punt on winegrowing when he sold his herd and bought a stony 5-hectacre paddock at the edge of the Martinborough village in 1980.
Clive dreamed of producing a world-class red wine, encouraged by a 1978 soil and climate report that identified the free-draining Martinborough Terrace as an ideal location for wine-growing. He was joined a few years later in life and business by partner Phyll Pattie, herself a pioneer of sorts as one of only three women winemakers in New Zealand at the time.
Together with Clive’s sister Ali and stellar winemaker Helen Masters, they have taken Ata Rangi from humble beginnings to recognition as one of New Zealand’s most respected producers. Today, Ata Rangi produces around 16,000 cases annually and exports to 28 markets.
Ata Rangi Pinot Noir is one of only two wines in New Zealand to be given ‘Grand Cru’ status by industry peers, with the 2013 vintage recently ranked No. 5 in influential US writer James Suckling’s TOP 100 Wines of the World for 2015 – out of 9,000 wines tasted. French magazine En Magnum recently named Clive in their list of the world's Top 10 influencers of excellence in Pinot Noir.
Clive Paton is also deeply immersed in conservation efforts, and in 2012 was appointed an Officer of the NZ Order of Merit for his contribution to conservation and viticulture in New Zealand. In 2014 he was awarded the historic Loder Cup, New Zealand’s oldest and most prestigious conservation award.
Truly fabulous wines such as these are worthy of the talents of a fantastic chef like Sydney’s Guillaume Brahimi. Guillaume visited us on a previous occasion when he was at Bennelong and since then he has gone on to further his success with more highly acclaimed restaurants and a continuous list of accolades.
French-born Guillaume Brahimi is one of Australia's most popular and acclaimed chefs. He trained under Michelin-starred chef Joel Robuchon in Paris before moving to Sydney in the 1990s.
In late 2001, Guillaume won the prestigious contract to take over the flagship restaurant at the Sydney Opera House, Bennelong, opening this spectacular venue in November 2001 as Guillaume at Bennelong. The restaurant went on to win almost every major accolade in Australian food, as well as international recognition.
Guillaume at Bennelong had its last service on New Year’s Eve 2013 and Brahimi and his acclaimed team opened their new restaurant, Guillaume, in August 2014, in Sydney’s Paddington. Here, Guillaume continues the high standard of service and food they became renowned for in their 12 years at Bennelong.
In 2009, Guillaume formed a partnership with Crown Entertainment Complex (Melbourne) and opened Bistro Guillaume. The restaurant won Best New Restaurant in both the Gourmet Traveller 2009 Restaurant Guide and The Age Good Food Guide and has held one hat since 2012.
Gilles Mereau, from La Fromagerie, the French cheese specialist company with Maison Vauron, invites you to travel across the gently rolling Loire Valley and up the green Mountains of Franche – Comte region to taste some classics, some characters, some artisans, and rare cheeses that are the wealth of France.