This sumptuously juicy red does ‘winter warmer’ damn near perfectly. Super-ripe cherries, black plums, red berries and evocative toasty oak and roasted nut flavours. There’s a slight smoked meatiness about it, making it ideal for everything from Beef Wellington to wild boar stew. This one ditches the go-faster stripes and chrome-alloy screwcap in favour of dependable deliciousness that’ll see you through many a comfortable night in front of the telly.
Full price $21.00 from the winery on 18 October 2018.
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- McLaren Vale
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- 100% Shiraz
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A McLaren Vale stalwart, the Fox Creek story is truly a family affair. Initially founded by a group of doctors and their wives – today this superstar winery is still in the loving hands of Jim and Helen Watts, and their viticulturist son Paul, and has been so for the past 30 years. Spearheaded by Senior Winemaker Scott Zrna (formerly of McWilliams) since 2005, the team have adapted a winemaking philosophy focused on sustainable best practice, quality, creativity and passion. Exclusively crafting premium wines from McLaren Vale fruit, while avoiding the use of systemic chemicals on their grapes, there’s a reason why Fox Creek Wines have established such a firm and loyal following in Australia - as always with the premium market, the proof is in the bottle.
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...
Peppered steak with creamy mushroom sauce
- 1 tablespoon cracked black pepper
- 4 scotch fillet steaks, trimmed
- 50g butter, chopped
- 3 garlic cloves, crushed
- 200g button mushrooms, thinly sliced
- 150g shiitake mushrooms, stalks removed, thinly sliced
- 4 sprigs thyme
- 2 tablespoons red wine or beef stock
- 1/3 cup thickened cream
- mashed potato and baby spinach, to serve
- Rub both sides of the steaks with cracked black pepper and season with salt. Heat 30g butter in a heavy-based frying pan over medium-high heat. Cook steaks for 2 to 3 minutes each side until cooked to your liking. Transfer to a plate. Cover with foil.
- Add remaining 20g butter, garlic, mushrooms and thyme to pan. Cook, stirring often, until mushrooms are tender. Add wine. Cook until wine is almost evaporated. Add cream. Reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer for 1 minute or until sauce begins to thicken.
- Spoon mashed potato onto plates. Top with steak and spoon over mushroom sauce. Serve with spinach or salad.
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