An Aussie Shiraz/Cabernet Goes Well with Barbecued Keftedes

Barbecue time and we were keen to try Jamie’s Keftedes from Jamie Does.  Keftedes are beef meatballs and we served them with flatbreads and pitta.  We chose a bottle of The Optimist Shiraz/Cabernet 2009 from Sunday Times Wine Club.  This was a powerful red and the meatballs were not particularly strongly flavoured, but it worked quite well.  The combination tended to accentuate a smooth, plummy aftertaste in the wine.  Very pleasant.

Spanish Garnacha Pleasant with Beef Stifado

We finished off the Stifado with a bottle of El Bombero 2007 from Sunday Times Wine Club.   This is a Spanish Garnacha from Cariñena DO and the Stifado tended to accentuate the plum, cherry and vanilla flavours in the wine.  Very pleasant but not perfect.  Next time we do this recipe we wil leave out the wine vinegar; it makes the sauce acidic and not red wine-friendly.

Given the lack of real success with reds, we wondered whether we would have been better off with a white, perhaps a Sauvignon Blanc?