Which wine matches which food?
Which wine matches which food? Mike Knott BUN180714HLL5

Wine lovers, meet your perfect match

FOOD and wine pairing. Anything goes, right? Well... mostly. There are some guidelines that should be adhered to: not all cheese pairs with red wine (it works best with vintage hard cheese) and some seafoods sing well with a red (think tuna steak and light pinot). There is one match to avoid: a big, tannic cabernet will exacerbate chili. Here are three wines made for food.

 

Bremerton Wines, Special Release Vermentino, Langhorne Creek, 2016

Almost medium-bodied with juicy mandarins, lemon citrus, racy acidity and a briny twang. Pair this with garlicky grilled sardines on toast or with banana prawn tails and lemon tossed through spaghetti. Available from bremerton.com.au.

Rating: 8.5/10 RRP: $24 Alc: 12%

 

Yalumba Galway Vintage Malbec, Barossa, 2013

Yalumba is always a reliable source of well-made wines at quality prices. Here we have a straight malbec (which is usually blended with other varieties) showing suave flavours of black strap licorice and blueberries. Pair this with native pepperberry-spiced, barbecue-seared venison or kangaroo fillet.

Rating: 8.5/10 RRP: $17 Alc: 13.5%

 

De Bortoli Woodfired Shiraz, Heathcote, 2015

When De Bortoli chief winemaker Steve Webber says "Nothing is more perfect than that melt-in-the-mouth moment you experience with a chargrilled dry aged steak, followed by a good glass of red", you can bet that this shiraz is purposefully made to match. Non-steak eaters (or anybody) should try it with field mushroom "woodfired" pizza. Available from most retailers.

Rating: 9/10 RRP: $24.85 Alc: 14.5%

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