The week in pictures


Continuing the indulgence, we ended the day at Benares at decadent dinner hosted by Hawke’s Bay Syrah specialist Elephant Hill at Atul Kochar’s Michelin-starred Indian restaurant Benares in Mayfair, where we were treated to smokey lamb cutlets in a rogan jus, creamy mango and pistachio kulfi and tandoor grilled poussin that was so tender we nearly wept.


Keen to show how Hawke’s Bay Syrah can compete with the best in the world, Elephant Hill’s chief winemaker Steve Skinner pitted his wines against Rhône heavyweights like Chapoutier in a fascinating tasting that highlighted the elegance, finesse, savouriness and spice Hawke’s Bay Syrah offers.

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