Craggy Range in the Capital
Lucky old Wellington is sandwiched between two of the world’s finest winegrowing regions. Just across Cook Strait, Marlborough is a vinous colossus producing more than three quarters of New Zealand’s wine including world-renowned sauvignon blanc. Even closer to home, the wonderful Wairarapa is famed for its Bordeaux-rivalling pinot noir, luscious chardonnay and racy riesling.
One of the best places in town to savour these local delights is Arbitrageur, a sophisticated central city wine bar with an unwavering commitment to both wine and food. It was in fact a finalist in Cuisine’s prestigious 2012 Restaurant of the Year Awards.
The next fortnight is a great time to get your local wine mojo on, because until March 14th, Arbitrageur is partnering up with Craggy Range to present a decadent, celebratory lunch.
Hawkes Bay’s Craggy Range winery branched out into the Wairarapa a decade ago when they established Te Muna vineyard just a stone’s throw from marvellous Martinborough. The elevated site produces excellent cool climate classics – sauvignon blanc and pinot noir.
‘Ten Years of Te Muna’ celebrates the anniversary of the vineyard’s establishment. A multi-talented team headed by consultant sommelier Stephen Wong and Arbitrageur chef Chris Green have created a three-course lunch matched with Te Muna wines.
The menu kicks off with buffalo mozzarella, before heading off into slow-roasted pork belly or braised lamb and a choice of cheeses. Te Muna’s 2012 sauvignon whets the appetite for the first course, followed by pinot noir selected from four different vintages.
This promises to be Wellington’s fanciest, most flavoursome lunch for the next couple of weeks – every day of the week except Sunday. It’s a very reasonable $60, with the bonus of prize draw entry to win two tickets to a special celebratory event on March 17th. The other incentive, of course, is the excuse to linger over a long lunch and a drop or two of fine, local wine.