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2 October 2017 | Katnook Estate

Matching Food With Wine - the

As the weather warms up, winter longing for outdoor dining with family and friends start to become reality.  Then comes the ' age old' question, which wine shall I serve with this dish?  Katnook friend and noted wine writer, Tony Love, challenges us that perhaps we should think of it the other way around - which dish will I serve with this wine?

As Tony explains, " When it’s dinner party time the plan goes like this: we’re having a leg of lamb, what shall we drink? Usually that means searching the wine rack or a trip to the bottleshop for a classic cabernet or smart shiraz.

Now let’s look at this from a wine lover’s perspective. How about: “I have a great bottle of Coonawarra cabernet-shiraz that we should drink tonight — what should we serve with it?”

That’s my kind of pre-dinner conversation.

The colder months scream for big, bold wines but medium-bodied reds, which tend to have a lower alcohol level and brighter fruitier flavours and aromas, suit the more exotic cuisines that make up a modern Australian table.

When cabernet sauvignon and its various blends is the wine of the night, turn to the red meat section and go no further.

The traditional partner to lamb, cabernet often shows a regional mint character which suits that old school mint sauce addition for a roast leg — and the wine will also rock stronger saltbush and mutton stews.

And, of course, cabernet and beef go hand-in-hand, again in its simpler most familiar roast fillet or rib all the way to slow braises of shoulder and brisket.

If you’ve found a cabernet that has a slight vegetal aromatic, add snow peas or beans to your three vegetables on the side. Or try to include a bunch of baby beetroots which offer a tasty reflection of the purple fruit and earthier impressions of the wine.

In this, part one of our Wine First-Food Next series, we’re going to select our sippings before our supper as a way of turning food and wine matching on its head.

Read Tony's full article here and happy matching!

Katnook Estate
4 September 2017 | Katnook Estate

International Medal Haul for Katnook

Katnook Estate has struck gold at the Japan's largest and most prestigious show, the Japan Wine Challenge 2017.

The winning wine was the Katnook Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, closely followed by Katnook Estate Shiraz 2012 and Katnook Estate Chardonnay 2015 - which each won a silver medal.

The 20th Japan Wine Challenge 2017 was held in the Conrad Tokyo Hotel from 15th to 17th August 2017. In conjunction with 11th International Sake Challenge and 1st Fuji Cider Challenge, a total of almost 2,000 wines, sakes, and ciders from across the world were entered, representing an increase of 30% on last year.  These were judged by a panel of over 30  top wine professionals from Japan and internationally.  These included John Salvi MW, Jim Harre, Katsuyuki Tanaka, Anthony Rose, Australia's Andrew Caillard MW, Neal Martin, Rowald Hepp, Chris Martin, Marcelo Pino, and Eduardo Dingler, as well as their counterparts from across the spectrum of Japan’s wine trade and media. The result was a judging panel and professionalism acknowledged as bring second to none.

Our Trophy Awards Ceremony will be held on 16 February 2018, followed by a celebration dinner/charity auction at the Conrad Tokyo Hotel, in the presence of HIH Princess Takamado.

Over the 20 years since its inception, the Japan Wine Challenge has established itself as Japan's largest and Asia's most prestigious and professional international wine trade competition.

Katnook Estate
3 August 2017 | Katnook Estate

Halliday Wine Companion 2018 Released

Released today, the 'Halliday Wine Companion 2018' is the bestselling and definitive guide to Australian Wines. Katnook was again awarded 5 stars, which denotes an "outstanding winery capable of producing wines of very high quality".

Katnook Coonawarra's star performers this year were its limited release range.  The 'yet to be released' 2013 Odyssey Cabernet Sauvignon scored 96 points while Cellar Door releases of Amara Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 and Caledonian 2015 both scored a stunning 95 points.

All wine reviews can be accessed here.

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