Hosting autumnal soirees means opening a bottle that marries well with the season’s slow-and-low-cooked comfort foods. Here are our top wine picks to serve with the best Aussie fayre of the season.
Mushroom risotto paired with Chardonnay
A good mushroom risotto will make any wine delicious. So versatile, it is just as comfortable with an earthy red as it is with a full-bodied and buttery Chardonnay. It’s a dish you generally have no hesitations serving with just about any drop without distracting from it. Happily married with a special cellared bottle it is also likely to make and cheap and cheerful drop taste like it should be twice the price.
RISOTTO COOKING TIP: When the risotto is cooked, stir through half a cup of grated parmesan and, if you like a little decadence, a few knobs of butter.
Our pick for the season is –
ROSEMOUNT SIGNATURE CHARDONNAY 750ML
Vibrantly aromatic with scents of fresh juicy peaches, lemon zest and creamy toasted almonds. This Chardonnay amplifies the richness of a chowder and provides the perfect accompaniment to a creamy seafood or mushroom risotto.
PIPERS BROOK CHARDONNAY 750ML
Dynamic pale green and golden straw in colour, with a bouquet offering delicate and steely aromas. There are notes of lush green fruits, apple, pear, citrus and limes, and hints of rock salt and mineral complexity.
FARM HAND ORGANIC CHARDONNAY 750ML
Pale green hues with fresh and fruit-driven aromas of citrus and nectarine with subtle creamy notes. The palate is likewise fruit-driven and elegant with excellent purity. Stone-fruits and citrus flavours build to a pleasingly round mouth-feel before being carried to a dry finish by fresh acidity.
Beef Bourguignon paired with Pinot Noir
Beef Bourguignon is a staple of French cuisine. It is a rich, robust and rustic beef stew which has been braised in red wine. And while Red Burgundy is the traditional match for Beef Bourguignon, a weighty Pinot Noir from Australia and New Zealand are a good, viable and delicious option. This also goes for cooking in the dish itself. Save the fancy-pants French wine for your glass, and substitute a new world Pinot into the slow cooker instead.
BEEF BOURGINON COOKING TIP: Use all wine and no stock.
Our pick for this delicious French staple:
TWO TAILS MARLBOROUGH PINOT NOIR 750ML
A silky and succulent palate with ripe cherry and currant flavours. Dry with a silky textured palate and a fruity aftertaste.
STONIER RESERVE PINOT NOIR 750ML
This outstanding Pinot Noir displays pure elegance and complexity. Dark cherry fruit flavours are balanced by gamey undertones and a savoury finish.
FREYCINET PINOT NOIR 750ML
Alluring aromas of spicy black cherries, ripe raspberries and plum fruits combine with a subtle perfume of game, truffle and cedar. The vibrant palate is smooth and even with plenty of ripe berry and plum flavours intermingled with sweet oak nuances, fine savoury tannins and the all-important velvety mouthfeel.
Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon + Prosecco
My 5year old self might tell you differently, but Brussel sprouts actually don’t need too much dressing up. Beside an indulgent knob of butter, adding slices of fried or baked bacon bits offer a savoury and salty contribution, and translate these mini cabbages into a hearty and satisfying dish unto itself. Their subtle astringent, nutty flavour marries well with the tropical fruit aromas of the Prosecco – a sparkling white wine traditionally from the Veneto region of North-Eastern Italy, and now well represented locally here.
TOP TIP FOR COOKING BRUSSEL SPROUTS: Buy small and tight compact leaved, bright green sprouts. Size actually impacts flavour. Trim them and cut them for how they’ll be cooked and roast them a little longer than you’d think.
ZILZIE SELECTION 23 PROSECCO 750ML
Refreshing and easy drinking, this sparkling displays a pale golden straw colour with a light green hue. Lifted summer citrus. Soft and fruity leading to a fresh and crisp acidity.
LA GIOIOSA PROSECCO 750ML
Fresh, slightly sweetish and soft to the palate, and flavoursome on the back of the tongue. It is agreeably fruity with a harmonious finish. La Gioiosa represents the tradition of winemaking, which the Moreti Polegato family have been carrying out for three generations, and it’s a magnificent symbiosis with the land of Prosecco and the Montello and Piave wines.
DAL ZOTTO PUCINO PROSECCO 750ML
A crisp and zesty Prosecco with a hint of apple; a lively, inviting aperitif. A great Australian version of an Italian classic.