This South Aussie pinot is one of those ones that would be too recognisable if we told you its region, along with all the other info here - so we’re playing a bit coy. It’s bloody good, from a famous family. All the funk and almost feral qualities you could ask for without being too out there, matched to fantastic freshness of fruit, from red to black, sandwiching some musk, toast and mid-palate earthiness. This has all the tricks. There’s evident whole bunch, but not too much. There’s fine French oak that ducks away just as you go searching for it. The palate’s fine but rich, with texture to write home about. This is big-boned, fleshy pinot that’s spicy and muscular, but shies away from full body. Elusive, as pinot should be, but distinctive at the same time. There’s a rabbit in this hat, I swear. And if I find it, I know what’s for dinner.
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It’s cool, we get it, you want to know absolutely everything about this wine. Well here you go, go nuts.
- South Australia
- Alcohol by Vol.
- Bottle Vol
- Blend Info
- 100% Pinot Noir
- Serving Temp.
Adelaide as a wine region includes Barossa, Fleurieu and the Adelaide Hills. The wines that use this as their region tend to be very interesting, as they'll inevitably use some cooler, stylish fruit from the Hills, bolstered with richer fruit sourced from one of the other two regions. Grange is a multi-regional blend, after all.
The rules are there ain’t no rules, but here are some foods we think will work pretty well with this wine...
Fillet of venison with red wine and wild mushrooms
- 600ml red wine (such as shiraz)
- 1/3 cup (80ml) Madeira or dry sherry
- 1/3 cup (80ml) balsamic vinegar
- 6 eschalots, sliced
- 1 fresh bay leaf*
- 1 thyme sprig
- 2 cups (500ml) cranberry jus or good-quality beef stock**
- 10g dried chanterelle or porcini mushrooms***
- 1kg venison fillet****
- 1 tbs olive oil
- 30g unsalted butter
- 1 tbs plain flour
- Redcurrant jelly, to serve
- To make the sauce, combine the red wine, Madeira, balsamic vinegar, eschalots, bay leaf and thyme in a bowl and set aside for 2-3 hours. Place in a saucepan with jus or stock and bring to the boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until reduced by three-quarters (this will take about 20 minutes). Set aside.
- Preheat the oven to 200°C.
- Place the dried mushrooms in a small bowl, pour over a little boiling water and set aside to soak for 10 minutes.
- If the venison fillet is long, cut it in half. Season well with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
- Heat the oil in a large frypan over high heat and sear the venison on all sides. Transfer to a baking tray and roast for 10-12 minutes for medium-rare. Remove from oven, cover loosely with foil and set aside to rest for 10 minutes.
- Drain mushrooms, reserving the liquid. Heat the butter in a frypan over medium heat. Add mushrooms and cook, stirring, for 1-2 minutes. Add flour to the pan and cook, stirring, for a further minute. Add red-wine sauce and reserved mushroom liquid, and simmer for 5-6 minutes until well-reduced. Season to taste.
- Slice the venison and serve with sauce and redcurrant jelly, accompanied by the salad and tartiflette.
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