Matt Fowles wine match

Grampians Es­tate 2009 Stree­ton Re­serve Shi­raz.

Field and Game - - BUSH TO BANQUET -

When think­ing about head­ing to the western dis­tricts of Vic­to­ria, two food and wine in­sti­tu­tions came to mind: Royal Mail and Grampians Es­tate.

The Gram­pains has be­come well known for its ex­cel­lent cool cli­mate shi­raz and the 2009 Stree­ton shi­raz is a great ex­am­ple of this.

Very com­plex with aro­mas and flavours of dark berry fruits and a com­plex mix of aro­mas of all sorts of herbs and spices. This is a bench­mark wine for the re­gion and a spe­cial oc­ca­sion wine — the sort of wine you might drink when eat­ing at the Royal Mail, or whilst look­ing at the stars in the bush!

Som­me­lier and food and bev­er­age man­ager, Matthew Lance se­lected the wine from the ex­ten­sive (30 000 bot­tles) Royal Mail cel­lar. “The lean kan­ga­roo meat and the ad­di­tion of the coal oil in­stantly brings you to a red but the gin­ger rel­ish and the an­chovies add a salty fac­tor so to ac­cen­tu­ate that on the palate I’m think­ing spice,” he said.

“The flavours just work, I’m look­ing for par­al­lels to ac­cen­tu­ate that kan­ga­roo flavour, it is game but light and this wine com­bines well on the palate.”

The Stree­ton Re­serve might be hard to find so Matthew rec­om­mends the Gar­den Gully shi­raz by Grampians Es­tate, which re­tails for around $50.

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