Spanish and Aussie Reds Fail to Impress with Steak Diane

Our daughter and son-in-law came round for a meal and we cooked the BBC Food Steak Diane recipe that we had previously enjoyed with a superb Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon (see 1st Jan 2012).  This time we used Rib-Eye from Bakers of Nailsea.  It was OK but not as tender as some we have had from them.  Our daughter had brought a bottle of Wollemi Shiraz/Cabernet NV, a medium-bodied Australian red apparently from the Sunday Times Wine Club.  This was spicy with red berry fruits and was adequate, if not particularly exciting, with the steak.

We also opened a bottle of Gran Bombero 2007, a powerful Spanish Garnacha and again from the Sunday Times Wine Club.  There was spiciness, plums and Phil tasted pomegranate.  We found it creamy, perfumed and floral, which overpowered the fruit.  There was also a smokiness.   Teresa was not impressed and Phil preferred the Shiraz/Cabernet.  Hannah and myself favoured the Garnacha overall, although neither wine was a stunning match.

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