Our Guide to Mourvèdre Pairing

Our Guide to Mourvèdre Pairing

Mourvèdre, with its rich, spicy flavours and full-bodied texture, pairs beautifully with a variety of dishes that can match it’s intensity. Here are some recipes that a glass of Mourvèdre would enhance, especially our new release the food friendly 2022 Mourvèdre. 

bottle of subrosa viognier lying on the granite rocks in the grampians wine region
2022 mourvedre by subrosa is a rich red wine from bendigo
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    Grilled Lamb Chops with Rosemary: Mourvèdre has an earthiness that matches the gamey characteristics found in lamb. This simple dish can be served up during the week or is equally good as a crowd pleaser. All it takes is making a paste with chopped rosemary leaves, salt and pepper. Rub this mixture over the lamb chops and marinate for an hour in the fridge. Preheat the grill to medium-high. Grill the lamb chops for about 3-4 mins per side. Serve with lemon wedges. I like to dish them up with roasted smashed potatoes and a green salad (using as many greens from our garden as I can!). 

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    Slow Cooked Lamb Shanks in Red Wine Sauce:  Sometimes you think you’re wasting good wine when you use it as an ingredient, but like all ingredients, quality matters. Mourvèdre is a wonderful wine for cooking. It adds an earthiness to a slow cooked recipe like these lamb shanks, making them rich but not heavy. This slow cooked lamb shanks recipe from Recipetineats hits the spot. She recommends a Cabernet, Merlot or a Shiraz. Try it with a Mourvèdre!

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    Chilli Con Carne: While living in the US I developed a taste for Tex-Mex. The beverage of choice at most Tex-Mex restaurants is beer. However, I prefer pairing it with wine, to enhance the chilli flavour rather than dull it. I gave Chilli Con Carne a try with our Mourvèdre and liked the experience. The plum and blackberry characteristics, and earthy notes of liquorice and chocolate, match the heat of the chilli. This easy to make (and delicious) Recipetineats chilli con carne recipe is one of our favourites. For an authentic Tex-Mex version, here’s a classic chili con carne to try. I like to add kidney beans to mine but that’s up to you…Texans say no….

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    Thai Massaman Curry: Massaman is a Thai/Indian curry, where red curry is fused with Indian spices, in a creamy coconut milk base. The sweetness of the coconut is well balanced with the tannins of a Mourvèdre. The Minimalist Baker has a good one pot version using a store-bought red curry and stock standard Indian spices like cumin and cardamon. When it comes to a protein, it’s a versatile curry where chicken, beef, lamb or tofu are all good.

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    Mushroom Risotto: Ask anyone for a vegetarian recipe to pair with a red wine and invariably mushrooms are mentioned. In the case of Mourvèdre it definitely makes sense. The earthy flavours of the mushrooms match the rustic, spicy notes in Mourvèdre. Also, the creamy texture of the risotto helps smooth out the tannins in the wine, creating a balanced and enjoyable taste experience. It’s hard to pass up a Jamie Oliver recipe and I like how he uses fresh and dried mushrooms for added layers of complexity while keeping it easy to make.

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    Fall-Apart Roasted Pork Shoulder: This is such a crowd pleaser recipe. And also a dish that keeps on giving meal after meal. Eat it with baked vegetables or the next day on a soft bun with a drizzle of BBQ sauce and some light mayonnaise based coleslaw. Here’s a good one to try, the Fall-Apart Roasted Pork Shoulder with Rosemary, Mustard and Garlic by Katie Workman.

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    Cheese Pairings: Mourvèdre has a robust tannin structure, which helps it pair well with many cheeses, especially those that are rich and fatty. The tannins in the wine interact with the fats in the cheese, balancing the flavours and textures in both. Some favourites are:

    Manchego – This Spanish sheep’s milk cheese has a firm texture and nutty flavour that complements the full-bodied nature of Mourvèdre.

    Cheddar – The creamy flavours in this cheese pair delightfully with the earthy tones of Mourvèdre, enhancing its complexity.

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    Steak: Juicy Australian steak (scotch or eye fillet are Adam’s favourite cuts) from the local butcher seasoned simply with salt and pepper cooked on the BBQ with a red wine jus or mushroom sauce. Serve with creamy potato gratin and roast vegetables. Add our Mourvèdre and you have a simple, but delicious, meal.

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    Hearty One-Pot Lentil Stew: Mourvèdre is a great red wine to pair with a vegetarian dish, especially lentils. Most times you’ll be given a mushroom recipe to make (portobello mushrooms are the standard go to…) but I’m going to recommend this Mediterranean inspired lentil stew. All done in the one pot, it’s easy to make on a winter’s week night. Our full-bodied Mourvèdre compliments the spices in this dish beautifully – the cumin, ground coriander and turmeric.

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    Short Ribs: Mourvèdre loves to pair with rich, concentrated flavours and slow cooking does this better than anything. Try this beef short ribs recipe to see what I mean. Making your own BBQ sauce seems like an effort but most of these ingredients you’ll have in your cupboard anyway. It’s worth that extra time and you can store it for other uses too.

Now with pairing ideas in mind, you’ll need a bottle of our 2022 SubRosa Mourvèdre. We can help you there.

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