It’s once again an Australia Time Friday! It’s FRIDAY!!!!
The Spouse wanted a Nostalgia Moment so asked that I re-create a comfort food dish from her childhood, but with lamb instead of beef. So her 1/2 pound of Lamburger (minced lamb) was divided into 2 to 3 cm bits and fried in olive oil. The exterior browned while the interior stayed moist and tender.
This was then added to a roughly equal volume of Kraft Mac & Cheese, stirred a little to make an even mix, and plated. Only added seasoning was a bit of salt on the lamb in the cook. It achieved the goal of a comfort food retro moment.
My 1/2 pound was seasoned with salt, pepper, and a sprinkle of dry garlic granules, cooked 3 to 4 minutes on a side, and placed on a “bun” made of the end bit of a loaf of home made bread (basic French Bread recipe but with an added Tbs of coconut oil in the mix to make a softer crust in a regular loaf pan). Mayo and Mustard.
For something different tonight, I have a bottle of Angove Family Vinyard Nine Vines Grenache Shiraz Rose – 2018. A lovely peach color in the bottle and glass. Light fruity aroma. A little carbonation tingle on the tongue. Then… then…
Something unexpected happened.
At first I wasn’t sure why but it just seemed “wrong”. Not bad, but, “what?” Then I realized it wasn’t about the wine, it was all about me. I was bringing my Rose Bigotry with me. Most rose here tends to the sweet or at least semi-sweet like fruit punch with alcohol in it. This was not that. It wasn’t that, and that told my bias it was not getting what it expected.
The flavor is not pronounced, but present. A very nice light fruitiness to it. But with an acidic tang. Not tannic, yet semi-dry. There’s a hard to describe overtone of sweet, but not sweet. It isn’t cloying at you saying “Fruit Punch!”. Rather it is a light and delicate flavor with a hint of sweet fruit behind a tang of ambition. It feels dry in the mouth, yet it retains the essence of “something sweet was here a while ago”… I’ve not had a wine quite like this before. A surprise, given the miles on my tongue, that is most welcome! “Different is good!” (To quote Groundhog Day ;-)
A bit of cracker or cheese (or big bite of Lamburger with Mustard and Mayo) lites it up even more. This wine does like to wash down a bit of food. It doesn’t overpower the food like a brash young Zinfandel. It doesn’t bury it in sweet like a White Zin (which was what I’d expected as they have the same peach color). It just agrees to “go along to get along” and lights up the tongue with a bit of sparkle and touch of acid, topping it with a fruit nose and afterglow.
I’d not pair it with a Lasagna or with a Pizza or even with a Mexican Taco (and hot sauce) as then it might seem thin. But boy does it go with a Burger & Fries. It would also be at home with butter sauteed shrimp with a squeeze of lemon or a simple piece of fried chicken.
I’ll certainly be buying more of this one, for all those times when a Cab or Zin or Shiraz is just too much for the meal, and all those times when “Alcoholic Fruit Punch” is just too cloying. Something that pairs with Mac & Cheese, as much as with Garlic Butter Shrimp with Avacado & Lemon…