We once again had a fabulous meal at HUX @ Nortons. Jay Huxley had recently returned from his trip to Las Vegas and was rearing to cook. We had a special treat tonight of a blue-fin tuna belly starter and my wife and a friend had the Smooth Dory fish for mains while myself and the others had the Porterhouse Steak. Usually it is just Deanna and me, and Deanna always gets a lemon, lime and bitters to drink and I always get a beer, either a Heineken or a James Boag's Premium Lite. However, since there were 5 of us tonight, we also got a bottle of wine - our first wine ever at HUX!
I was pleased to find they had a few decent bottles to choose from in addition to a decent selection by the glass. For those of us having the steak, we narrowed the choice down to either a bottle of the 2006 Penfolds Bin 128 Shiraz or the 2008 Penfolds Bin 407 Cabernet Sauvignon. Either would have been 'ok' with the Porterhouse, but Jay applies some nice seasoning and also makes a tremendous side of Potato Salad to go with the steak, so we opted for the Shiraz. Since Jay's food is so good, it demands a very decent to great bottle of wine.
I should have brought a pocket Vinturi along to do an immediate decant. The wine needed a few minutes to breathe, but opened up after a bit. Pouring it through the Vinturi would have made the wine more immediately accessible, but it was certainly drinkable enough and an enjoyable drop to have with the Porterhouse.
What did surprise me though was that there were about a dozen different wines available by the glass and a few decent choices of both reds and whites. Plus they had a few premium bottles of reds with some age on them. This impressed me. I had usually just bought beer while eating at HUX, but will now consider wine by the glass or a bottle if there are a few of us who want wine.
And in a future column, I will be matching a Norton's Hotel wine selection with each main on the HUX menu. Stay tuned for that coming soon.