Australian wines are still unknown for many wine lovers in Brazil, many of whom don’t know the brands, the regions, or even which styles of wines Australia produces. This month we highlight five classics wines, from different price ranges, plus give tips on what type of food goes well with each.
1. Curator Wines Co. “Parishes” Barossa Valley Shiraz – 2018
A classic Shiraz from one of the most well-known regions in Australia, Barossa Valley. Hand-picked and aged in oak for 18 months, this is a full-bodied Shiraz with dark fruit aromas, rich and full of flavour – a wine that matches well with the traditional Aussie Meat Pie.
Recipe for Meat Pies: Meat Pie recipe! | RecipeTin Eats
Where to buy this wine: Curator Wines Co. Parishes - Shiraz - 2018 – Coala Wines
2. Two Hands “Angels' Share” McLaren Vale Shiraz - 2018
McLaren Vale receives the influence of the ocean, which moderate the temperature in the vineyards and intensifies the wine’s aromas – truly reflecting this winemaker’s philosophies. The wine has lovely violet and blueberry aromas, a medium body, and after aging for 14 months in oak, the tannins are deliciously smooth and velvety. For my vegan friends (and everyone else), I recommend drinking this wine with Beetroot Burgers.
Recipe for Vegan Beetroot burger: Vegan beetroot burger - Vegan Recipes - Vegan Food & Living (veganfoodandliving.com)
Where to buy this wine: Vinho Two Hands Angels' Share McLaren Vale Shiraz - worldwine
3. Yalumba “The Strapper” Barossa Valley GSM – 2012
One of the most common blends in Australia is the GSM: Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvèdre (traditionally called “Mataro” here in Australia). Although the blend is originally from France, these three grapes have adapted well to the warm climate of Barossa Valley. In this wine, the Grenache brings the red berry flavours, the Shiraz brings the body and structure, and Mataro’s role is to add savoury notes to the wine. Our recommendation for this wine is Pork Chops in Garlic Mushroom Sauce.
Recipe for Pork Chops in Garlic Mushroom Sauce: Pork Chops in Garlic Mushroom Sauce Recipe | Allrecipes
Where to buy this wine: The Strapper GSM | KMM Vinhos
4. Jim Barry “Lodge Hill” Clare Valley Riesling - 2011
Riesling is the king in Clare Valley, where warm days allow the grape to develop its full flavour, while cooler nights help retain the acidity, resulting in exceptional wines. The combination of Ceviche and Riesling is simply perfect for the warm days, when all we want is fresh food with a fresh wine. This particular wine has been aged for over 10 years, and already shows some of the characteristics of age, adding complexity, yet still retains the acidity to balance with the citric flavours of the Ceviche.
Recipe for Ceviche: Ceviche recipe | BBC Good Food
Where to buy this wine: Lodge Hill Riesling | KMM Vinhos
5. Grigori Family Reserve Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon - 2018
Coonawarra has a Mediterranean climate with maritime influences that produces some of Australia’s best Cabernet Sauvignon, which typically has a flavour profile of dark chocolate with mint. The growing conditions allow the grapes to ripen slowly, allowing the tannins and flavours to fully develop. This wine has such great structure, richness and power that it matches perfectly with a succulent Braised Lamb Shoulder.
Recipe for Braised Lamb Shoulder: Braised Lamb Shoulder Chops Recipe | Allrecipes
Where to buy this wine: Portia Valley Wines - Grigori Family Reserve - Cabernet Sauvignon - 20 – Coala Wines