Hercules Noble's Cloudy Bay clams with nduja

Here’s a quick and impressive dinner party entrée.

Produced in partnership with Cloudy Bay.

Creating a menu for a large group may feel overwhelming, however Menuscape Expert Hercules Noble’s philosophy will inspire you to keep things simple for your next long lunch. 

Noble’s approach to cooking is to take risks and be bold without overcomplicating things. His bespoke Wonderscape At Home menu is an idyllic pairing of fresh seasonal produce that enhances Cloudy Bay’s delicious range of wines.

Read on for a flavour-infused nduja clams recipe, and book your very own Wonderscape At Home long lunch experience at cloudybaycurated.co.nz


Bringing you a taste of Marlborough with Cloudy Bay clams, this impressive mouth-watering entrée is ready in less than 20 minutes, and is best cooked in a heavy-bottomed pan. 

Recommended wine pairing: Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc. 


  • 6-8 Cloudy Bay clams per guest
  • 25g butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small leek
  • 2 shallots
  • 1/2 fennel bulb 
  • 3 celery sticks
  • 1/3 cup nduja
  • 1 cup Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 
  • 1 cup double cream
  • 2 lemons
  • 1 bunch of parsley
  • 1 chilli for garnish


Wash and drain the Cloudy Bay clams, and set aside. 

Add finely chopped shallot, celery, fennel, leek, olive oil and butter to a pan over medium heat. Gently fry for 5-10 minutes until caramelised. 

Once the veggies in the pan are soft, turn the heat up to high. Add the nduja and Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc. Allow the wine to cook off for a minute or so.

Add your Cloudy Bay clams and cream, keeping the heat on high. Cook until all the clams have opened up and the sauce has reduced. This will take about 5-7 minutes. 

Finely chop the parsley, reserving some for garnish, and sprinkle through the clams with a squeeze of lemon.

Plate up using a big serving spoon. Garnish with parsley and chopped chilli.

Mop up the sauce with fresh sourdough, and enjoy with a glass of Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc! 

Hercules Noble.

A beautiful way to recreate the now-sold-out Wonderscape long lunch experience by Cloudy Bay in the comfort of your home, Wonderscape At Home is an indulgent offering of the best of Cloudy Bay wines, fine food, impeccable decor, and so much more. 

Wonderscape At Home is curated by tastemaker friends of Cloudy Bay, including Wonderscape host and charismatic foodie Polly Markus, stylist Kayla Jurlina, musician Sandon Ihaia, and chef Hercules Noble. 

Discover Cloudy Bay’s three limited-edition Wonderscape At Home packages, which allow you to sip and savour the best of Cloudy Bay wines in the company of friends and family. Visit cloudybaycurated.co.nz for more details. 


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