Levantine Hill Estate has long been known to challenge the rules of fine dining, since incorporating its Mediterranean roots into its food several years ago. The menu celebrates a connection with the ‘Land to the East’, in keeping with the inspiration behind the winery, which as its name suggests connects the founding family’s heritage to the Levant region bordering the Eastern Mediterranean Sea.
To highlight the warmer summer months and the spirit of fun-filled gatherings, Levantine Hill has unveiled a new signature desert called ‘Nights of Lebanon’, which is topped off by an exciting new Rosé granita.
“Nights of Lebanon was created by our pastry chef’s time spent cooking as a young boy with his mum and making Lebanese sweets, encapsulating the spirit of having fun. The frozen Rosé is shaved into a perfect blush-coloured ‘Rosé snow’ at the table, so guests get to experience the act of creating this dessert, amongst friends and family. In a way, we are re-creating the sense of shared family cooking.,” said Samantha Jreissati, Managing Director.
“The dish has a base of orange blossom milk pudding, Sparkling Rosé jelly, rhubarb grown in the Levantine Hill’s kitchen garden, candied pistachios, and is topped with its crowning glory – a Rosé granita.”
“The granita is made from Levantine Hill’s very own Levant Rosé, which is primarily comprised of Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. It is made in a style heralding northern Spain. It has serious character and complexity and does not shy away from flavour and body. That is why it’s the ideal wine to use in this dessert – the flavour of the wine can hold its own against the added sweetness and other components” said Paul Bridgeman, Chief Winemaker.
“We reserved our limited edition 2016 Sparling Rosé for the jelly that sits atop the pudding, due to its more delicate flavour and strawberry notes,” he said.
“We refer to Nights of Lebanon as a ‘kitchen cocktail’. It’s just another example of how Levantine Hill continually seeks to lift the standards, either through our award-winning wines or the food on our menu,’’ said Samantha Jreissati.
Levantine Hill Estate has traditionally offered a choice of five or seven course menus at its restaurant to accompany its internationally award-winning wines, an offer it will maintain for those who prefer not to choose, but now also allows diners the option of ordering fully à la carte from its new menu.
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