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The food was delicious. Not that I expected otherwise but the choicest slabs of finely marbled lamb, grilled until the outer edge was deeply crispy, with a mint infused honey and mustard sauce spooned over was mouthwateringly good… Sadly the wine didn’t quiet match.

Combinations: Southern Dish Ingredients

Benito selected the recipe for this months Combinations; a truly Southern-inspired dish with mint-infused bourbon forming the basis of the sauce. Expecting some sweetness to the dish the wine I hoped would have a corresponding edge of sweet berry fruit to match. But in this particular bottle the tannins were too forceful, the wine as a whole a little too dry. I may have over done the Dijon in the sauce slightly but this flavour jarred slightly with the wine too.

Wine Tasting Note: Ravenswood Lane Off The Leash Red Max, 2005, Adelaide Hills, Australia.
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The splash of Viognier in this amounts to just 6%, the remainder is Shiraz. Peppery, berry fruit with a dry, tannin-led finish. Flavours of raspberry and cherry snuggle around the palate. Medium bodied. Alcohol 14.5%. Without the sauce the wine was a great match with the lamb; to match the dish a little more richness, a touch of sweeter fruit and a softer palate would have helped.
Scribblings Rating – 84/100

2 Comments »

  1. GW says:

    What do you reckon of our local trend of whacking a bit of Viognier into Shiraz willy nilly? Not sure I like the perfume and sweetness in Shiraz too much.
    GW

  2. Andrew says:

    To be honest unless it says it on the label or I have a non-viognierised version to compare too I seldom notice its inclusion; I find Viognier much easier to detect in a Chardonnay for example than in a heavy red.
    Personally I quite like the complexity to the aroma it provides.

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