Oatmeal, steely, hazelnut, citrus and papaya. Incisive but fleshy. These were my notes at the Tasting Bench. It’s a good start, and it has a very good finish too. This wine’s about texture and fine, subtle fruit rather than any oak-driven butter-bomb parties. Just as we like it. Unless you’re planning on an oak-driven butter-bomb party, which does actually sound like more fun than Hot Dub Time Machine. Meanwhile…
This is more of a sophisticated Social of Subtlety. Go here to have a good time with nuts on the balcony at sunset, maybe a salumi plate or a selection of cheeses. Or at Moonlight Cinema (when it’s warm enough). Doesn’t need to be too cold either. One of those wines I like to take out of the fridge a bit early, even decant, and let it open and evolve in the glass. Come to think of it, that’s most wines. Follow my lead. But first you have to stock the fridge.
Black Market deals are only made possible if we don’t reveal the maker’s brand on site. The wines are the genuine article, absolutely no cleanskins or fake brands, just dangerously good value. You won’t find out what it is until it hits your doorstep, but you won’t regret it. Just keep it on the down low.
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- Mornington Peninsula
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- 100% Chardonnay
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The Mornington Peninsula is one of those places you dream of retiring - once you've made a cool $10m to get you into the Red Hill club. The sublime mix of temperate climate, expansive views, lush hills and pristine beaches is something not many would turn their nose up at. You can rest assured that every winery here has all the money they need, and although the wines may be relatively expensive, they're made as close to idealistic aspirations as possible. It's hard to find a bad wine. The usual cool climate suspects are the mainstay here (Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and Riesling) and they range from ethereal to weighty. Whichever end of the spectrum, they're all class.
The rules are there ain’t no rules, but here are some foods we think will work pretty well with this wine...
Chargrilled harissa fish
- 1 1/2 tablespoons harissa
- 4 x 200g blue-eye fillets, skin removed
- 1 red capsicum, cut into quarters, deseeded
- 2 x 400g cans chickpeas, drained, rinsed
- 1/2 cup flat-leaf parsley leaves
- 4 green onions, thinly sliced
- 1 lemon, juiced
- olive oil cooking spray
- 1/3 cup low-fat natural yoghurt
- Combine harissa and 1/2 cup cold water in a shallow ceramic dish. Add fish fillets and turn to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes, if time permits.
- Preheat a barbecue grill on high heat. Place capsicum, skin side down, on grill. Cook for until skin turns black. Transfer capsicum to a plastic bag. Twist top to seal and stand for 5 minutes. Peel and discard skin. Roughly chop capsicum and place in a bowl.
- Add chickpeas, parsley and green onions to capsicum. Drizzle over 2 tablespoons lemon juice. Toss gently.
- Reduce barbecue grill to medium heat. Spray both sides of fish with oil. Cook for 3 minutes each side. Place fish and salad on plates. Top with yoghurt. Season with pepper and serve.
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