Tonight I returned to The Spice Room (a favorite haunt in Wanaka). On offer tonight was 'Shank Delight', the Spice Room's signature dish in the Wanaka Festival's competition.
The description perfectly matched what arrived on the table:
'Succulent and tender Otago Lamb shank, lying on a luxurious bed of red and green pepper, roasted cumin, buttery mashed potato; accompanied with a side of tongue tingling sweet chilli yogurt and a steamy baby peas pilaf'.
I was guided to match it with the current release of the Terra Sancta Mysterious Diggings Pinot Noir.
The Indian take on the tried and true lamb shanks with mashed potato, was a culinary delight. The presentation is intriguing, leaving the diner a myriad ways to combine flavors and textures. The meat fell easily from the bone, the delicately flavored sauce pointed to the Indian influences in the dish. The pilaf was bright, light and fresh and was both a flavor experience in its own right and great in combination with lamb and the sauce.
The sweet chilli yogurt had a delightfully delayed tingle.
Even with the complexity of the flavors in the dish, the Terra Sancta pinot noir was a very successful match. With strong cherry and red fruit notes to the nose, a full and satisfying mouth feel and silky tannins on the finish, it has the body need for such a robust dish.
Hard to fault.
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