Perfect Partner Found
At last we have a suitable white for Asian-fusion dishes
The rise of Asian fusion style restaurants and our penchant for dishes with a hint of spice has seemingly caught Australian winemakers a little by surprise; is it just me or is there a dearth of wine lists with a wide selection of whites with a hint of aromatic sweetness about them?
And in fairness, the Australian climate makes it more difficult for vignerons to successfully produce many of the styles that benefit from a cool or even cold climate. But the impression remains, that our local industry players haven’t been able to yet make wines designed to capitalize on the expanding opportunity to pair with East Asian dishes.
Personally, I love the
Granted, Australian producers do make some lovely
The gewurztraminer wine is one that I first courted while travelling through Alsace some years ago. It’s a pinky coloured grape on the outside but blessed with sweet white flesh on the inside. On the nose it’s typically pungent with tropical fruit and lychee, though generally more floral once on the palate. With a high level of sugar, it’s a pretty style of wine, and when made with a dry crisp finish, is sublime.
I recently encountered a blend from the Mudgee district in NSW which cleverly combined gewurz with traditional varietals to add perfume and spice to the palate and tropical fruit to the nose. The Robert Stein Semillon Riesling Gewurztraminer 2017 has lovely passionfruit and guava aromatics on the nose but delicious lime, citrus and Granny Smith apple through the middle. There’s a hint of rose petal and lychee through the finish as the Gewurztraminer does its work in adding a slightly sweet, though nicely rounded conclusion. The austerity of Semillon, the fruit orchards of Riesling and the aromatics of gewurz – and the result is an attractive wine with everything you could ask for in a partner for Asian fusion cuisine. Best of all, at only around $18 a bottle, the value proposition is irresistible!