Winter Warmer: Porcini Gnocchi w/ Pinot Noir

Winter Warmer: Porcini Gnocchi w/ Pinot Noir

​Looking forward to making (and eating, more importantly) this Porcini Gnocchi recipe from Donna Hay. It pairs so well with our juicy and earthy 2018 Santolin ‘Gruyere’ Pinot Noir.

“Fermented under the aegis of wild yeast in open pots before an elevage of 10 months on full lees in French wood (25% new). A pallid ruby, segueing to sour cherry, red plum, strawberry, orange zest and cranberry scents, before a juicy stream of acidity carries the fray long. A herbal twist, too, with wood smoke, turmeric and sandalwood sousing the finish. 92pts ~ Ned Goodwin, Halliday Wine Companion 2020.

Porcini Gnocchi w/ 2018 Santolin ‘Gruyere’ Pinot Noir

Serves 4


  • 3 tblsp olive oil
  • ⅓ cup sage leaves
  • 3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 200g swiss brown mushrooms, sliced
  • 100g chestnut mushrooms, halved
  • 1 cup (250ml) single (pouring) cream

To make the gnocchi:

  • 1kg starchy potatoes
  • Rock salt, for baking
  • 1 cup (25g) dried porcini mushrooms
  • ½ cup (40g) finely grated parmesan
  • ⅔ cup (100g) plain (all-purpose) flour, sifted
  • Sea salt and cracked black pepper
  • 2 egg yolks


  1. First things, first: open a bottle of2018 Santolin ‘Gruyere’ Pinot Noir, pour a glass and turn the oven on to 180°C (350°F).
  2. ​To make the porcini gnocchi, place the potatoes on a baking tray filled with rock salt and bake for 1 hour or until soft and skins are crispy. Allow to cool slightly. Cut in half, scoop the flesh into a bowl and mash until smooth. Place the porcini mushrooms in a bowl with 2 cups (500ml) boiling water. Set aside for 5 minutes. Drain well, reserving ¼ cup (60ml) liquid.
  3. Finely chop the porcini and add to the potato with the parmesan, flour, salt and pepper and mix to combine. Add the egg yolks and stir until mixture just comes together. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 1 minute or until a soft dough forms. Divide into 2 equal portions and roll each piece into a 64cm-long rope.
  4. Cut into 2cm-long pieces and place on a lightly floured tray. Set aside. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add the sage and cook for 1–2 minutes or until crispy. Drain on absorbent paper and set aside. Add the remaining oil to the pan with the garlic and Swiss brown mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5–6 minutes. Add the chestnut mushrooms, salt and pepper and cook for a further 3–4 minutes. Add the cream and reserved porcini liquid. Bring to the boil and cook for 3–4 minutes or until slightly reduced.
  5. Cook the gnocchi, in batches, in a large saucepan of salted boiling water for 3–4 minutes or until firm and floating to the surface. Remove with a slotted spoon. Add the gnocchi to the sauce, mix gently to combine and top with the sage leaves to save.
  6. Sit down, relax and enjoy the savoury juiciness of the ‘Gruyere’ pinot with the earthy creaminess of the mushroom gnocchi.

Source: Donna Hay