We fancied trying Autumn game casserole from the Slow Cook Book. Mixed game meat such as pheasant, venison and rabbit are slow cooked with onion, carrot, parsnip, fennel and mushrooms in cider and chicken stock. We garnished with chopped parsley and served with mashed potato.
We weren’t sure what to expect and what would be a good wine pairing. Whilst there were pleasant savoury and sweet flavours in the casserole, our next using game will involve a red wine sauce.
We sampled two reds with the dish. The first was The Hundred Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2011, a favourite of ours from the Sunday Times Wine Club.
This full bodied Australian red delivered a slight sweetness, black fruits and a smooth finish, but its flavours were not enhanced by the pairing. See here and here for some better pairings for this wine.
The next wine was a bottle of Castillo de Viñas Crianza, Rioja 2012, a medium-bodied Spanish red from the Wine Society made from 90% Tempranillo and 10% Graciano.
We detected red fruits on the nose, with flavours of strawberries and a creamy vanilla finish. A marginally better match, but not great.