Hilltops isn’t a mythical land between Lilliput and Hobbiton. But it is a mythical land of magical pinot gris. And this is one of them. Bright, popping citrus and juicy stonefruit are the order of the day. The palate is subtly textural, with a lovely soft pear-skin grip to it. Lees maturation adds a gently briochey richness and luxuriously creamy finish.
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The Hilltops (no relation to The Hilltop Hoods...) is quickly emerging as one of the most exciting and new viticultural regions in Australia. Located in Southern NSW and nestled on the South West Slopes of the Great Dividing Range - this discrete region is home to a small number of boutique wineries with vines dating back to the early 1860s, and more recently, the 1970s. Known for its continental climate, i.e. very hot summers and terribly cold winters has given rise to distinctive, award-winning regional wines that never fail to charm.
The rules are there ain’t no rules, but here are some foods we think will work pretty well with this wine...
Salt & pepper squid
- 3 (about 600g) large cleaned squid hoods
- 1L (4 cups) vegetable oil
- 40g (1/4 cup) plain flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp ground white pepper
- 1 tsp Chinese five-spice
- 1/2 tsp chilli powder
- Lemon wedges and soy sauce with
- sliced fresh red chilli, to serve
- Use a sharp knife to cut through 1 side of each squid hood lengthways. Open out flat with inside surface facing up and score surface diagonally. Cut into 3.5cm squares and pat dry with paper towel.
- Heat the oil in a large wok over medium heat until it reaches 190°C on a confectionary/oil thermometer. (Or, add a 5cm cube of bread to the oil - it should turn light golden in 10 seconds.)
- Meanwhile, combine the flour, salt, pepper, Chinese five-spice and chilli in a medium bowl. Add the squid and toss gently to coat.
- Remove half of the squid from the flour mixture and shake off any excess. Add to the oil and cook, turning with a slotted metal spoon, for 2 minutes or until the squid just turns golden and curls. Use the slotted spoon to transfer the squid to a large plate lined with paper towel to drain. Reheat the oil in the wok to 190°C. Repeat with the remaining squid.
- Serve immediately with the lemon wedges and chilli soy sauce.
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