I don’t normally like to jump straight into a tasting note when writing why we love a wine, but when I do... Smells like a cherry clafoutis, and I think I’ve had one once in my life, but it took me right back there. There’s that dark, sweet and sour note, just-hit-the-frying pan butter and wafts of pancake-like dough. Overlaid with a dark chocolate note, it’s equal parts deep and dark as fresh and crunchy. The palate follows suit, with expected bright crunch and soft, silky fruit, but layered with a dusty cocoa tannin vibe and a brilliant tension between seriousness and playfulness.
The Joker would love this. Unlike the frivolous carbonic maceration-dominated Beaujolais, it’s not just fun for fun’s sake; and unlike Burgundy, he needn’t ask the question: “Why so serious?” This is as serious as it needs to be, and playful to match. Game on.
Full price $44.00 from the winery on 16 April 2019.
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- 100% Gamay
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Oh Beaujolais, how we love you! Known for growing the delicious Gamay grape, this French wine region is located just north of Lyon. While administratively considered part of the Burgundy wine region and the climate here is close to the Rhône - the wine is unique unto itself.
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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