Packed with ripe purple fruits, coffee, toffee, licorice and vanilla… it’s hard to deny this wine’s full bore approach to its regionality. It’s a wine that’s all about density and intensity. The almost black colour, the two years it’s spent in mostly new American oak, the generosity in the glass. There’s no doubting that this is McLaren Vale - I can imagine it proclaiming it like Leonidas, King of Sparta, does in the film 300: THIS. IS. MCLAREN VALE! So don’t mess with it. Do decant it though.
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- McLaren Vale
- Alcohol by Vol.
- Bottle Vol
- Blend Info
- 100% Shiraz
- Serving Temp.
McLaren Vale is a region that lives in the shadow of the hype of the Barossa. While it has played on Shiraz as its drawcard, and continues to battle (quite rightly) with the supreme power of the Barossa, perhaps the most exciting wines from this region are its old vine Grenache and Mataro (Mourvedre/Monastrell - whatever you want to call it), and its more recent foray into Spanish and Italian varietals. Both the sun's warmth and the reliable salty afternoon gully breeze make the climate closer to Mediterranean than many other Aussie regions, and some of the Fiano, Vermentino, Tempranillo and Sangiovese from here are sublime (to name only a few). Awareness, proper consideration and sense of place are key attributes to the region's success, and its recent win against urbanisation reinforces the value of the viticultural region.
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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