Coming into to winter and the weather is starting to change. As the days get shorter and the nights are get cooler our tastes start to change. The BBQ has been packed away until next year and out comes the slow cooker. This month I have discovered four quite special wines that are worth trying, All under $40 and highly recommended. Either with a meal or just relaxing by an open fire – welcome in the winter with some great reds…
Paradox Barossa Shiraz 2013
Yalumba are one of the earliest producers from the Barossa valley and a one of the brands responsible, in a large part, for the development of what is the Aussie wine industry today. Responsible for introducing quite a few ‘new’ varieties to the region, with experimentation and innovation being central to their success.
The name of this wine ‘Paradox’, from the Distinguished Sites, range is an expression of the contradictory nature of this wine. Not a wine you’d expect from the Barossa region – rather than the high octane ‘big Aussie’ Shiraz with strong new oak flavours this wine is instead a lot more subtle and velvety, soft and gentle.
Tasting Notes: An inky, crimson colour with complex aromas full of spice , crushed black pepper, violets and fennel with hints of blueberries. The palate is like layers of velvet with great structure and flavours reminiscent of satsuma plums, olives, black pepper and anise.
Food Match: A great match with pumpkin & mushroom risotto with truffle, or with roasted beetroot, grilled lamb backstrap, and chimichurri with roasted potatoes. It would also be fantastic to match with dark chocolate cake with poached sour cherries & fresh cream.