Scotland & New Zealand At Their Best

Diners and lovers of wine are invited to a very special dinner at the five red star Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa in St Andrews – celebrating five of the finest wines from New Zealand together with "Scotland's best produce".

The dinner, on Thursday 28th March, is five courses with accompanying wines from the award-winning Yealands Estate in New Zealand's Awatere Valley, Marlborough.

General Manager at the resort, Daniel Pereira, explains the event, saying: "We have run a series of successful and very popular wine dinners over recent months – building relationships with some of the world's finest vineyards." Daniel adds: "The dinners provide our exceptional team of chefs with an opportunity to create dinners that showcase Scotland's finest produce – and this dinner is no exception."

Executive Chef, Martin Hollis, explains the menu, saying: "This will be a real gourmet event pairing New Zealand's and Scotland's best. It begins with West Coast Scallop & Langoustine, Brown Shrimp, Beurre Noisette, White Bean Puree with Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2011, followed by a Ballotine of Rabbit with Kohlrabi Remoulade. That is accompanied by a 2010 Pinot Gris." The fish course at the dinner is a Fillet of Ghiga Halibut with Harissa Spiced Peppers and is served with a Gruner Veltliner 2012.

Peter Yealands, owner of Yealands Estate, is passionate about sustainable wine growing and has helped to develop many vineyards in New Zealand. He explains his philosophy, saying: "Our unique combination of soil, climate and water, our innovative pioneering spirit and our commitment to quality, all come together to deliver pure, intense and diverse wines that are brimming with flavour." Their vineyards are in the most southerly sub region of Marlborough in the Awatere Valley and Peter explains: "We have the coolest, driest growing regions and being close to the Pacific coastline, the strong offshore winds impart a distinctive mineral and fresh herb character."

Peter is "thrilled" by the resort's collaborative dinner, adding: "There are many links between Scotland and New Zealand – especially with the South Island - and we are very proud that our wines are to feature in such a prestigious event at the 3 AA rosette awarded Road Hole Restaurant at the Old Course Hotel." Pete adds: "The main course – Martin's Shoulder of Iberico Pork, Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Spinach, Garlic & Lemon to be enjoyed with our delicious Reserve Pinot Noir 2011 - sounds mouthwatering. I only wish I was there to enjoy it!"
The final wine, a Gewurtztraminer 2011, accompanies the desert of Warm Criffel Wrapped in Medjool Date, Apple Puree and Anise Sauce.

The evening begins with a drinks reception in the hotel's Road Hole Bar at 7pm. Tickets are £50 per person to include the five course menu paired with wines followed by coffee and petit fours. Please call reservations on +44 (0)1334 474371 for or email


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