You’ll either know Golden Ball or you won’t, because they’re one of those cult makers that fly under the radar, unless you’ve heard of them by word of mouth. Cabernet is one of their mainstays, rocketing them to such lauded status. Buyer Ben enlightened me about this wine: “This is essentially First Growth Bordeaux down under. Structured, cellar-worthy, food-friendly and immensely complex. Decant and enjoy with someone you want to impress.”
“Deep red colour with strong purple tinges; some lamb fat and black olive aromas, blackberry emerging later with airing. It's a full-bodied wine with a dry, tannic palate and some earthy development. The palate is intense and flavoursome, big on structure, and very savoury. A wine of character and interest.”
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- Alcohol by Vol.
- Bottle Vol
- Blend Info
- Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec
- Serving Temp.
The rules are there ain’t no rules, but here are some foods we think will work pretty well with this wine...
Traditional roast lamb
- 2kg leg of lamb, fat trimmed
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary leaves
- 2 garlic cloves, crushed
- 1.5kg chat potatoes
- Basic gravy (makes 2 to 2 1/2 cups):
- 2 cups beef stock
- 3/4 cup red wine
- 2 1/2 tablespoons plain flour
- Preheat oven to 200°C/180°C fan-forced. Lightly grease roasting pan. Place lamb in pan. Combine oil, rosemary and garlic in a bowl. Rub half the oil mixture over lamb. Season with salt and pepper. Roast for 15 minutes.
- Reduce oven temperature to 180°C/160°C fan-forced. Roast lamb, basting with remaining oil mixture every 20 minutes, for 1 hour 15 minutes for medium or until cooked to your liking. Add potatoes to pan for last 40 minutes, turning halfway through cooking.
- Remove lamb from oven. Cover loosely with foil. Stand for 10 minutes. Carve. Serve with potatoes.
- Basic Gravy: Transfer meat (and any vegetables) to a plate to rest. Combine stock and wine in a jug. Skim fat from roasting pan, leaving 1 1/2 tablespoons pan juices and fat in pan. Place pan over high heat. Add flour. Cook, stirring with a wooden spoon, for 1 to 2 minutes or until mixture bubbles and becomes golden. Add juices from resting meat. Slowly add stock mixture to pan, stirring constantly. Cook, scraping pan, for 8 to 10 minutes or until thickened.
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