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Asian food-wine pair­ings

Thorn-clarke Wil­liam Ran­dell Shi­raz 2014

Shi­raz is of­ten paired with beef ren­dang, and de­servedly so. It has the spice, big fruit, and earth­i­ness to meet the com­plex­ity of flavours in the sauce and meat. The Thorn-clarke fam­ily has some of the old­est Shi­raz parcels in the Barossa, and its Wil­liam Ran­dell range is made only in ex­cep­tional vin­tages. Look for a lifted cas­sis aroma, fol­lowed by el­e­gant lay­ers of dark choco­late, plum and Christ­mas spices, with a good bal­ance of tan­nins that won’t de­tract from your food pair­ings. $74 from 1855 The Bot­tle Shop

Penfolds Max’s chardon­nay 2015This range pays trib­ute to the leg­endary for­mer chief wine­maker of Penfolds. At 13% and us­ing a large per­cent­age of sea­soned oak, the wine-mak­ing style al­lows the more del­i­cate citrus, white nec­tarine and lemon notes to show over the al­mond and wood. This first-ever vin­tage of the Max’s Chardon­nay is pale straw with green flecks, putting one in mind for a light co­conut cream based dish like lon­tong sayur or otak-otak. $40 from Mar­ket Place

Moulin de Gassac Guilhem Rosé 2016 The newly re­leased Guilhem Rosé com­prises equal amounts of Syrah and Carig­nan, for earthy herba­ceous­ness and fruity round­ness re­spec­tively. Moulin de Gassac is the se­cond es­tate by Langue­doc ex­perts Mas de Dau­mas Gassac, and their ac­cess to ex­cel­lent plots el­e­vate this en­try-level sip­per. Pair it con­fi­dently with items from the grill, such as sa­tay and veg­eta­bles, as it will pro­vide the fresh­ness and long fin­ish to stand up to the char. $29.80 from The Vin­tage Club

Trimbach Gewürztraminer 2014When in doubt over Asian food pair­ings, reach for Gewürztraminer. This cool cli­mate aro­matic va­ri­ety brings out sweet­ness to tame dif­fi­cult chilli, while also im­bu­ing a so­phis­ti­cated bou­quet of ly­chee, nut­meg and cin­na­mon. Trimbach, the 13th gen­er­a­tion Al­sace wine­mak­ers, has some of the finest fruits in the re­gion, and main­tains its nat­u­ral acid­ity by us­ing tem­per­a­ture-con­trolled meth­ods with­out any sec­ondary mal­o­lac­tic. $44 from 1855 The Bot­tle Shop

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