This recipe appeared in the June/July 2008 issue of Gourmet Traveller WINE.
Wine to try
2005 Trevor Jones Size 05 Grenache Merlot Cabernet, Barossa, A$17.50 (2006 current vintage)
Lamb mince is a much overlooked meat that gives a distinct, sweet, somewhat gamy flavour to any recipe that calls for minced meat. Here it’s mandatory – after all, if it was made with beef mince it would be a stockman’s pie (or cottage pie). The use of celery and carrot along with the traditional onion and garlic adds texture and helps to lighten the filling for this gutsy meat dish with its mash topping. The Trevor Jones red blend is an unusual combination. The juicy, sweet fruit flavours of the grenache are very much in harmony with the lamb mince, while the merlot adds softness and plumpness to the wine. The cabernet sauvignon component adds backbone and shape to the other, less structured red grapes. All in all, the quirky blend works wonderfully well; it’s a generous, easy-drinking red. And the size reference? Trevor Jones is a boots-and-all winemaker.
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