Spanish Reds Better Than New World Whites with Some Asian Dishes

We had an Asian food weekend and we started off on Friday with Nasi Goreng (Indonesian Stir-Fried Rice) from Rick Stein.

Key ingredients in the dish were chicken, prawns, chillies, Balinese spice paste and Kecap Manis. We thought this would add a sweetness to the dish, so we opened a bottle of Litho Clare Valley Riesling 2008, an Australian white from the Sunday Times Wine Club. We expected this would be off-dry like many Aussie Rieslings, but it was quite dry and its flavours were dulled by the food, so we set it aside. 

We then opened a bottle of Brancott Estate New Zealand Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2008 from Costco.  We tasted fresh melon, citrus and tropical fruit flavours and considered this a better match, but still not perfect.

Overall the food and wine experience on Saturday was a bit of a let down, especially after the previous evening’s meal – Kerala-style Bhuna Lamb, with Chapattis from Madhur Jaffrey.

We paired it with a bottle of Marques de Carano Gran Reserva 2004 a Spanish red Tempranillo/Garnacha blend from Tesco.  This was rich and full-bodied, with red fruits and spiciness and a good match with the richly-flavoured curry.

We finished the Bhuna Lamb leftovers on the Sunday evening and again enjoyed the meal with a Spanish red, this time Conde Galiana Gran Reserva 2003 from the Sunday Times Wine Club.  This medium-bodied blend was full of blackcurrant fruit,with spiciness and a smooth creamy finish from the vanilla oak.  Another good match.

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