Our buyer John fell hard for this shiraz and his praise for it was profuse. It’s not often you have access to wines like this having been made only in great vintages from carefully selected parcels of fruit. It's too good to keep to yourself so gather the family and friends, they'll want a piece of this.
The word ‘Grono’ is of Polish origin and with reference to wine means berry or cluster. There’s another context in which it can be used - to refer to a group of family or friends and that’s exactly who you should be sharing this wine with.
Grono are based in the Barossa but recently have embarked on a new project to source fruit from other regions to compare and contrast. This time they’ve headed to Heathcote and found some gorgeous spicy red fruit. The finished product demonstrates great depth and body, plums feature throughout and well integrated oak frames the whole package.
This is a great wine to share with your close-knit crew and at this price there’ll be plenty to go around, so bring out the big glasses and don’t skimp on those pours.
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Grono Ancient Method Wines
Based in the Greenock sub-region of the Barossa Valley, Grono make wines almost exclusively from Barossa fruit. Across the range they feature single vineyards as well as a shiraz from Heathcote made only in outstanding vintages. Robert and Iwona Patynowski are at the helm with Robert taking care of winemaking duties. A graduate of the renowned Roseworthy College (first class honours) he's had over twenty years of experience both here in Australia and abroad.
There are two distinct styles of Heathcote wine, which can get confusing. There's Wild Duck Creek Duck Muck at the giant end of the spectrum for Greenock Creek lovers (I'm talking 17.5% alcohol!). And then there's Jasper Hill, Heathcote Estate, Chalmers' new Heathcote outfit and some new alternative varieties that seem to be making it into the best weird and wonderful natural wines in the country. Think Shiraz here traditionally, but don't be afraid to try the Nebbiolo, Fiano and Lagrein from painstakingly selected vineyards. They're refreshingly delicious.
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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Good times drinking awesome wine with friends gets even better when we all start singing along...
'Family Affair', from the album 'No More Drama'. Looks like Mary's had her fair share of family get-togethers. Could've done with a few bottles of this I reckon.Open in Spotify