Fresh, juicy blackberries and blueberries leap out of the glass on first approach, along with cracked black pepper. Straight up you know this is not your average Barossa shiraz. There’s something more there, a certain savoury earthiness that underscores the juiciness. Haven’t even got to the palate yet. All right, here we go. Oooh! Lovely. Full and mouth-filling, but fresh like not too few Barossa reds manage. I think that blueberry-leather edge might come from proximity to the Eden Valley, without knowing its exact location. This is pretty moreish stuff actually. Bright, juicy, full and flavoursome. Not trying to be crazy complex, which is just fine by me. It knows its place, and exceeds any expectations when it gets there. It’s the hard-working secretary who does everything for the love of the company. Give that secretary a promotion! Right after they post my shiraz…
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- Barossa Valley
- Alcohol by Vol.
- Bottle Vol
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From the powerhouse Barossa duo of winemaker Kym Teusner and viticulturalist Warren Murray comes this firm focus on wines that Barossa does best. Read: shiraz, cab, and SSB. Nothing outside the box here, but also all the punchy fruit you could ask for in and outside the ring. Round Two because they kicked off in '05 called Square1, which was then trademarked by a British spirits company.
'Barossa'. This is Australia's key wine brand overseas, in the US especially. It's our riposte to 'Champagne', 'Scotch' and 'Barolo'. My mind conjures these images, in this order: Shiraz, Penfolds wine, Maggie Beer condiments. All of which can GET - IN - MY - BELLY! But there is so much more to the Barossa than first glance. There are fringe (and not so fringe) winemakers actively working to classify the valley's subregions, and this is a very worthy cause. From Moppa to Seppeltsfield to Marananga there's a lot of variation, and the styles produced can vary immensely. This is the next step in the vision of this region (which, let's face it, is a baby in the scheme of things), as it gets acquainted with its strengths, weaknesses and future opportunities.It's a region that's not sorry to produce the big, fruit-driven wine styles that make it so popular. So drink to the future of the Barossa, because it's as bright as any other region on the world stage.
The rules are there ain’t no rules, but here are some foods we think will work pretty well with this wine...
Steak with quick sauce bordelaise and boulangere potatoes
- 2 tbs olive oil
- 2 tsp chopped thyme leaves
- 2 garlic cloves, chopped
- 4 x 200g rib-eye steaks (on the bone)
- 2 cups (500ml) red wine (preferably Bordeaux)
- Bouquet garni (a few thyme and parsley sprigs and bay leaves, tied with string)
- 2 eschalots, finely chopped
- 2 cups (500ml) beef consomme or demi-glaze (see note)
- 1 tbs red wine vinegar
- 20g unsalted butter
- Watercress or salad leaves, to serve
- Boulangere potatoes:
- 100ml each duck fat (see note) & dry white wine
- 2 small onions, thinly sliced
- 2 tbs thyme leaves
- 8 desiree potatoes, peeled, cut into
- 3-4mm slices (a mandoline is ideal)
- About 300ml chicken stock, heated
- For the potatoes, preheat the oven to 180°C and grease a 2-litre baking dish.
- Heat the duck fat in a large frypan over medium-low heat. Add onion and thyme and cook, stirring, for 8 minutes or until soft. Add the white wine and simmer for 2-3 minutes until almost evaporated, then add the potato and stir to coat.
- Layer the potato mixture in a baking dish, overlapping in a circular pattern. Pour over enough stock to submerge the potatoes. Cover surface closely with baking paper cut to fit, then cover pan with foil. Bake for 20 minutes, then remove the foil and paper and bake for a further 30 minutes or until stock is absorbed and potato is golden.
- Meanwhile, combine olive oil, chopped thyme and garlic in a small bowl, then season. Brush steaks with the marinade and set aside while you make the sauce.
- Place wine, bouquet garni and eschalots in a pan over medium-high heat. Bring to a simmer, then cook, stirring occasionally, for 3-4 minutes until reduced by half. Add the consomme, then cook for a further 15-20 minutes until reduced by half again. Strain through a sieve, then keep warm.
- Meanwhile, preheat a chargrill pan or frypan over high heat.
- In 2 batches if necessary, grill the steaks for 3 minutes each side for medium-rare or until cooked to your liking. Loosely cover the steaks with foil and rest for 3 minutes.
- Stir the red wine vinegar into the sauce, then whisk in the butter to give it a nice glossy finish.
- Divide steaks among serving plates, drizzle with sauce, then serve with the boulangere potatoes and salad leaves.
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