Friends Of Australia Friday Loin Chops & Merlot

It’s once again an Australia Time Friday! It’s FRIDAY!!!!

Sorry to be posting this late, but I was dealing with some network issues.

The main course was Thomas Farms Loin Chops. The ones that look like little inch or two thick T Bone steaks. Laid in a circle in a cast iron skillet, into the oven at 375 F for about 35-45 minutes depending on thickness and how done you like them. I’m an ‘almost all grey’ guy at 40 minutes. If you really like rare, go for 30, or even stand them on end on broil for about 12 ;-) $9 / pound at the local Bargain Market. Side of rice and baked beans.

The wine was Barramundi Merlot, 2018, from the same store (they tend to sell clearance wines). It was quite tannic. IMHO left too long on the stems and seeds. More like a young Cab needing bottle age than a soft Merlot. It could likely improve a lot with about 10 years bottle age. Flavor otherwise was good, and the tannin did not stop me from drinking it ;-) Though the 14% alcohol did slow me down after a couple…

Yes, this is a short post. I’ve got a lot of them to catch up…

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11 Responses to Friends Of Australia Friday Loin Chops & Merlot

  1. Nancy & John Hultquist says:

    Hard to know what the issue is, and/or whether intentional or not.

    Likely not from seeds, though.

    We’ll have chicken tonight. The wine will be a Roussanne {wiki} from the place where I help prune and bottle.
    A day without wine is like a day without sunshine.

  2. E.M.Smith says:

    Both stems and seeds are high in tannins and to a lesser extent, skins. How long after crush you let the the juice sit on stems and seeds fixes the tannin level. For red grapes, how long they sit on the skins increases both tannins and color. So sauvignon blanc is off the skins, cabernet sauvignon is on the skins a long time.

    Courtesy of my one intro class to grape growing and wine making at U.C.

  3. beththeserf says:

    This cold week-end in Great Southern Land, gettin’ tired of vegemite sandwiches,
    inspired by yu, E.M. friend of OZtralia, cooked Russian or Ukranian (?) Borscht soup.

  4. Nancy & John Hultquist says:

    The reason I think the seeds are less important for tannins is that they have a tough shell, and modern presses apply gentle pressure just so rupture and release of the contents doesn’t happen. The historic style basket/screw isn’t much used at commercial wineries because it does put significant pressure on the contents. Bladder presses are preferred. I last saw a basket press at a backyard apple juice making party. Last wine home-style I was involved with, we took the grapes from the stems (one by one) before pressing. Destemming is now, mostly, done automatically.
    Also, wine makers will sometimes use “free run” or lightly pressed juice in better wines, and then the pressed-run juice in a lower price-point label.

    Time to put the “Stars & Strips” out at the end of the driveway.

  5. Another Ian says:

    More equipment gremlins so I was there with Great Northern and the night before’s chicken in butter sauce.

    I’ve been chasing an intermittent water leak in our dozer and that was the day it stopped being intermittent. Up around the front of the engine where access is NOT a high point. Eventually found a pipe where the “tin-ants have stopped holding hands” (local term for rust). As it has been brazed before time to collect some pre-bent exhaust pieces and make a new ones, as there is a second one of similar vintage. Have the jig to align them for assembly mostly made.

  6. E.M.Smith says:

    Might be easier to just get a muffler shop to bend one up for you! I know, welding is more fun ;-)

  7. Michael Lewis says:

    I had a meal with friends at our local “cheap and cheerful” (and tasty) Italian pizza and pasta (and Hungarian meals) shop. I have been collecting since 2002, when I visited their vineyard cellar, a shiraz wine, called Faith – made by St Hallet wines – a Barossa, South Australia, company. This wine is periodically “on special” – selling for AUD 12-14 a bottle. I have been buying it – a whole 6 bottles per vintage, every year since. I’m a very modest drinker, so I stilll have bottles going back to 2014. I can’t beat the taste and flavour. So if you were to look into my small (3 dozen), wine cupboard, you would find nearly all the bottles bearing the same brand and grape variety.

    I have drunk – as you do – wines from all over – and with a variety of grapes – preferring shiraz. I like the Faith Barossa taste best (Barossa is a region north west of Adelaide). There is another (of many), wine region immediately south of Adelaide SA, called Mclaren Vale, where the shiraz tastes quite different and in my own state, New South Wales, I’ve tried Hunter Valley shiraz quite extensively. All of these shiraz wines seem to me to have locality differences – assuming the tannins etc, have mostly receded. The Mclaren type is big on the front of mouth, the Barossa less, but full mouth and the Hunter, thinner and full mouth. Whether it is the terroir, the grape, a locality style of wine making or just chance, who knows?

    Which gets me to Barramundi merlot. Is it made by Yellow Tail or some other fish inclined company? It’s name is a bit like Grouper Grenache or Shark Shiraz. I once bought a bottle of wine, intended for US sale, where the back label, described how it was made near a kangaroo farm. We all had a good laugh.

    Last word on our Italian / Hungarian restaurant. Both sides have the same flag colours. And each cuisine is tasty and moderately priced. My friends liked a pizza with greek feta salad side, my wife had gnocchi with quattro fromaggi source, I had a chicken and wild mushroom risotto – I eat risotto evey visit, and another friend, vitello limone (made by the Hungarian cook).

    A very enjoyable meal.

  8. Another Ian says:

    “Might be easier to just get a muffler shop to bend one up for you! I know, welding is more fun ;-)”

    Not much room so things have to line up. I’ll make a jig with the old ones and get th- e elbows belled on one end to make a slip joint. Then trim to size, line up and silver solder. I don’t have a MIG and am now a bit shaky on the stick welder – which is not good on thin stuff.

    There is a 150 km each way drive to get to the exhaust shop. Amazingly I could still get new genuine parts (even within about a week from Italy if the need was such. Not bad for a mid 1970’s non-Cat dozer – it is a Fiat Allis of Fiat parentage) but this works out a lot cheaper.

    The way parts are arriving I’ll be grease to the elbows and on left-overs again this Friday.

  9. Another Ian says:

    From an email just now

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  10. E.M.Smith says:

    @Another Ian:

    I can confirm Table Dancing and Karaoke…. unfortunately…. ;-)

  11. Geri Lawhon says:

    My future stepdaughter married an Australian, and I am very happy because I have found out how good lamb is. Thanks for the recipe.

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