Cascina Adelaide Barolo DOCG 2012
- Textured, savoury
- Barolo DOCG
“So this is an Italian import, Johnno Clark brought it over and he reckons it’s the best value Barolo on the Aussie market. It’s in the top-tier of appellations within Italy and has standard Barolo notes of rose petals and tar, but this one also has tobacco leaf thanks to the age. It’s aged 4 or 5 years and has orange peel and plum notes, it’s quite a feminine style.” – Zahn, Mofo Wine Broker
“I think the really cool thing about this wine is the producer owns wineries in 8 of the 10 Crus so this is kind of like a field blend. So rather than straight single vineyard or single estate, this is a blend of these 8 crus and is a harmonious creation of wine. I’d probably go with something Italian like a ragu, a wild boar ragu as John Clark said, or a tagliatelle, just a nice meaty pasta.”
It’s cool, we get it, you want to know absolutely everything about this wine. Well here you go, go nuts.
- Barolo DOCG
- Alcohol by Vol.
- Bottle Vol
- Blend Info
- 100% Nebbiolo
- Serving Temp.
The grapes are sent to a drying room for 12 hours to remove excess moisture before being gently crushed to avoid the stalks tainting the must. Fermented at 28 ° C with continuous but delicate pumping over. The Marc is macerated for 300 hours before malolactic fermentation in wooden barrels.
These are the wines dreams are made of, from the foggy little tough-skinned nebbiolo grape and the beautiful region of truffles and rolling hillsides. In these dreams lives the hauntingly long flavours and "peacock tail"-like tannins that bring a kaleidoscope of ever-evolving experience to the taste buds, and conversation to the table. To me, where Burgundy falls short so often, Barolo is rarely not worth the money. In fact, once you experience a good vintage with the right amount of age, it's hard not to justify the coin.
The rules are there ain’t no rules, but here are some foods we think will work pretty well with this wine...
Hot Game Pie
- For the stock:
- 2 pheasants, about 800g each
- olive or sunflower oil
- sprigs fresh thyme and rosemary
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 carrot, chopped
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 200ml red wine
- 1 tbsp tomato purée
- For the filling:
- 1 small celeriac, about 600g, peeled and chopped into large chunks
- 50g butter
- bunch rosemary, thyme and parsley
- 3 venison sausages
- oil, for frying
- 100g pancetta, skinned and cut in small cubes or use bacon lardons
- 125g shallots or baby onions
- 150g mixture cleaned mushrooms (try shiitakes, ceps and chestnuts)
- 200g young parsnips, peeled and cut into 6cm sticks
- 2 tsp clear honey
- To assemble:
- 2 tsp grain mustard
- 250-300g puff pastry, thawed if frozen
- 2 egg yolks
- sprigs of thyme and sea salt, to decorate
- Untie the pheasants and pull out the legs. Using the tip of a very sharp knife, detach the legs where the thigh joins the body. Then slice off the breast fillets from the rib cage as neatly as possible and set aside. Discard the rest of the carcass.
- Heat 2 tbsp oil in a large pan, brown the legs and season. Add the carrot, onion and 2-3 sprigs thyme, rosemary, bay leaves and cook for 5 mins. Pour in the wine, boil to reduce by three-quarters, then mix in the tomato purée. Cook for 1-2 mins, pour in 1.25 litres water and bring to a rapid boil. Skim off any fat and scum that rises to the top.
- Simmer the stock until it reduces by half to around 600ml, about 15 mins. Strain the stock and pour back into the pan. Boil until reduced to around 300ml. You can make up to this point 2 days in advance or freeze the stock for up to 1 month. (The leg meat isn’t used in this recipe, but you can shred
- Make a celeriac purée. Sauté the celeriac in the butter with 2 sprigs rosemary in a covered pan for 15-20 mins until soft. Discard the rosemary. Heat the stock, put a small ladleful in a blender or food processor with the celeriac, then blitz to a purée.
- Slice the breast fillets into large chunks and poach in the stock for 7 mins until just firm. Remove and set aside. Add the sausages, poach for 8-10 mins, then remove and slice. Take the stock off the heat.
- Heat oil in a large frying pan and sauté the pancetta for 4-5 mins. Add the shallots or onions and some oil, then cook for another 5 mins. Tip the mixture into a large bowl. Add more oil to the pan and fry the mushrooms for 5 mins. Add to the bowl and toss together with your hands or a large spoon.
- Tip the parsnips into the pan with the honey and the leaves of a sprig of thyme. Season and cook for 5-7 mins, discard the thyme and remove to the bowl along with the meat. Chop a sprig each of thyme, rosemary and parsley, add to the bowl and toss everything together.
- Heat the stock and mix in 1 tbsp of the celeriac purée and the mustard. Spoon the remaining purée into the bottom of a deep rectangular 22 x 10cm pie dish. Tip the filling on top, then pour over the stock. The filled pie dish can be covered with cling film and chilled for up to a day.
- Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Roll out the pastry on a lightly floured board to the thickness of £1 coin. Beat the yolks until smooth and brush some around the rim of the pie dish. Lay the pastry on top and press down the edge to seal. Using a sharp knife, trim off the excess, then pinch the edges to crimp. Brush evenly with more glaze.
- Cut out some small oval shapes, score leaf marks down the centre and pinch the ends. Fix onto the pastry and glaze with the egg. Fix thyme sprigs on top and crush over some sea salt flakes. Bake the pie for 10 mins, then reduce heat to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4 and bake for another 20-25 mins until golden and crisp. Leave to stand for 10 mins before serving.