As I flipped over the last page on my food and wine inspired calendar to December, I took a look at what looked like a delicious seafood pasta dish. Nice and simple. Combine baby octopus with lemon, rocket, olive oil and linguine. Add a good glug of white wine and some chilli and you`ve got one cracking dish. I ordered Elle into the kitchen and this was exactly the result. Brilliantly simple but delicious (thanks honey!)
When I thought about a nice wine to accompany this dish, I knew the Eden Road 2012 The Long Road Chardonnay would not disappoint. I offered this wine at a tasting at Dickson Tradies last Tuesday night and my handful of punters and I were pretty impressed with this drop. I made sure I poured myself a large glug before I walked home to Turner.
The origin of chardonnay is Burgundy, France. While this grape grows in many areas throughout the world, early budding does put it at risk of frost damage so this is a consideration during sight selection for wineries, especially in Canberra. I`m sure the experienced guys at Eden Road are all over this. Now, to the wine.
I found this wine varied, in a good way. I noted subtle caramel and some oak on the nose with a lovely floral note coming through as the temperature dropped a little. On the palate I picked up caramel, green apple and a little grapefruit. There was a nice creamy and viscous feel to the wine which I loved. Overall, for $27, I think this is a classy, complex and very drinkable wine. I would enjoy a glass on its own but it also worked perfectly with Elle`s dish – and the entree of fresh prawns we had, life’s tough…!
If any of my vast list of followers are interested (ha, ha, ha), I read an interesting article on cool-climate wine from Sally Easton. The article is four years old but it clearly defines what makes a region cool-climate, and where they are located in Australia.
Cheers – Suits