It’s once again an Australia Time Friday! It’s FRIDAY!!!! (Though once again I didn’t post before the wine so now it’s a day late…)
Due to some scheduling issues, I was rushed and on the wrong side of The Valley at the last minute. Stopped in “Sprouts”, a local Whole Foods Wannabee without the horrible prices, and while getting what I was there to get, saw a package of lamb. Oh Boy! So I put it in the cart. They also had whole legs of lamb, but they were running about $50 each (being the whole thing…) so I skipped them. These were “Spring Lamb” brand. Never seen it before, but I was in a hurry…
The only Australian wine on the shelf that I could spot in a quick scan was Yellow Tail Cabernet, so that’s the same as last week.
This was made as a simple 1/2 pound “Salisbury Steak” for each of us. No topper or special side this time. Fried in olive oil. 4 minutes a side on medium in a cast iron skillet.
For sides, we had a simple salad of butter lettuce and red leaf lettuce with Muenster cheese bits. Take a slice of cheese, cut it into 1 cm x 2 cm bits, dump it on the lettuce. That was then given a squirt of Caesar Dressing. Then a broccoli head was cut into chunks, put in a steamer basket and steamed until done. Most folks go for short and sweet, the spouse likes it more soft, so I did about 8 minutes. IF it starts to smell a bit sulfur like, you have gone too far.
Now about the time the Lamburger Steak was ready to flip, I finally got around to reading the package closely. Turns out it was from New Zealand, not Australia… So this week we’re having a Kiwi Friday as well ;-) Anyone know if China is trying to screw over New Zealand the same way they are sticking it to Australia? In any case, it was really nice lamb.
Repeating last weeks description as this is the same wine:
Nothing particularly spectacular. A very nice Cabernet Sauvignon from Yellow Tail. This is one of the more common wines in the bigger grocery stores. One presumes because they can deliver in volume. It was what they had on the shelf in Smart & Final. $10 for 1.5 L jug. (Or in this case, $7 for a 750 ml )
Very drinkable but nothing to make it stand out from any other Cab. I’d never turn it down, and the bottle drained fairly quickly, but other than saying “Yeah, nice Cab”, I don’t have much impression of distinction about it. No impression of “chocolate” or “deep fruit” or all those other wine snob terms. More like an Italian table wine. Meant to be enjoyed right now and not fussed over.
It went well with the lamb, and I’d be happy to drink it with anything from a hamburger to Prime Rib, or from Lasagna to Pepperoni Pizza.